We heartily welcome you to the birth place of Lord Buddha. Buddhism is widely practiced in Nepal and is the second major religion after Hinduism. Buddhism is Nepal is greatly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Majority of people in Himalayan region practice Tibetan Buddhism. There are a number of famous sites, across the country that reflect Buddhist religion and cultural practices. In this Buddhist Cultural Tour you will be visiting some of the prominent ones.
The tour will begin by visiting the important sites around Kathmandu, Bouddhanath and Swayambhunath stupa. Bouddhanath stupa lies in an eastern part of Kathmandu at Bouddha, named after the stupa. It is considered as the largest stupa in Nepal. The design is in Buddhist style and regular maintenance has kept the stupa in good shape. It is a great place to spend some hours in a serene state with the soothing Buddhist mantra being played continuously. Swoyambhunath stupa is also called the Monkey temple as there is a huge monkey population. The stupa is situated at the top of a hill and you will have to climb through 365 steps before reaching the stupa. The stupa is surrounded by a number of temples and small stupas. The main stupa is coloured white and a pair of eyes is painted on all four sides. You can spend some time visiting the surrounding area as well. We will then drive to Pokhara and visit the major sites and famous world peace pagoda. Then we will visit Lumbini. There are various monasteries around the area. We can see the ancient Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi temple. Lumbini is famous due to its religious as well as historical significance. We will be visiting the museum and a peace pagoda there. We will then drive back to Kathmandu and the tour concludes thus.