Day 1: Kathmandu - 1300m altitude
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and meet, assist and transfer to the hotel with our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of our representative from the company.
Day 2-4: Visit Spiritual places in Kathmandu Valley (B)
Nepal is a holy place for many Sadhus and Sants from the beginning and still the influence of spirituality found.
Kathmandu valley has an exotic setting. It contains three fabled cities of great historic, religious and cultural interest: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Every town has Durbar Square (old palace) with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. The valley has often been described as an open air art gallery with thousands of sacred shrines in brick, stone, metal and wood scattered throughout it.
Visit some of the best spiritual places in Kathmandu valley in 3 days:
Day 5: Day Trip to 4 Ganesha Temple (B)
Ganesh is one of the most important Hindu god and one of the major gods for people of Kathmandu. He is remover of obstacles and gives good luck. The day trip to four Ganesh tamples includes visit to following Ganesh places
Day 6: Day Trip to 4 Vishnu Temple (B)
Vishnu is the protector deity of Hindu. Kathamndu valley is protected by placing four Vishun temples in four corners of Kathmandu. The day trip to four Vishnu Temples includes visit to following Vishnu places
Day 7: Shaman Healing Day Trip (B)
This trip includes visit to a local shaman who heals your problems with native knowledge and skills based on the tradition. He will tell your fortune, makes you cautious the practices to be taken to avoid illness and bad omens. Get a living guidance from a local shaman joining shaman healing day tour.
Day 8: Drive to Pokhara: Visit Manakamana Temple en route (B)
After Breakfast drive to Pokhara for around 6-7 hours. Enroute visit Manakamana Temple in cable car, highly venerated sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. It is believed that the goddess will fulfill their wishes
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty, situated at an altitude of 900m from the sea level and 200km west of Kathmandu valley. The enchanting town has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. Check in hotel
Day 9: Fly to Jomsom (2700m): 30 minutes flight. Drive to Muktinath (3710m): 2 hours drive
After morning breakfast fly to Jomsom. With view of mountains, hills and forest we reach to Jomsom. It is a town located at an altitude of is a town located at an altitude of about 2700 m in Mustang District. Today you can acclimatize yourself and explore around Jomsom. Drive to Muktinath for around 2 hours. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal
Day 10: Ritual at Muktinath Temple: Enjoy beautiful landscape: Drive to Jomsom (B)
In the morning, we will visit the Muktinath Temple of Lord Vishnu. For Hindus, the region is a "Muktikhsetra" or place of liberation or salvation. There are channels of water channeled to the flow that flows over the temple. There is also a Buddhist monastery nearby. You will also enjoy the magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri peak.
After Breakfast drive back to Jomsom. On the way you may stop at Kagbeni – a very famous place from religious point of view and its unique location as well
Day 11: Fly back to Pokhara: 30 minutes flight: Sightseeing at Hindu & Buddhist sites of Pokhara city (B)
Early morning fly back to Pokhara. Sightseeing at Hindu sites: Bindhyabasini Temple, Gupteshower Cave- popular for the different natural forms made from limestone deposits and Devi’s Fall -which comes to its gushing best just before disappearing underground and Tal Barahi in the middle of Phewa Lake
Later visit Buddhist site: World Peace Pagoda. Enjoy the beautiful view of Pokhara city and Himalayan views from Stupa
Day 12: Drive to Lumbini: The Birth Place of Lord Buddha (B)
After Breakfast fly to Bhairahawa airport and take an hour drive to Lumbini. Lumbini is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site - the place where Buddha was born.
We devote today's time in visiting as many places and sites in Lumbini as possible. The place is really a big area with monuments, temples, and ancients sites making it UNESCO World Heritage Site. First we visit the Mayadevi temple which is built on the exact place where Buddha was born. We spend some time wandering around the gardens. We also visit the museum and peace pagoda. Visit newly built many Buddhist temples by different nation: - Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese and Burmese, Korean, etc. Monasteries like: - Chinese Monastery, Korean Monastery, Royal Thai Monastery, Ashoka Pillar, Myanmar Monastery.
Day 13: Day trip to Tilaurakot/Kapilvastu (B)
Today we spend whole day at Tilaurakot. Located in the Kapilvastu District, the village of Tilaurakot is most likely best known for being the site of the Tilaurakot ruins. It is believed the ruins are the remains of a stronghold of the Kapilvastu/Shakya Kingdom, established by Siddhartha Guatam Buddha’s father, Suddhodana. Excavations carried out in the year 2000 revealed that the fortress which had once stood there had been of considerable size, having a number of smaller buildings within its walls. A nearby museum displays some of the items discovered, many of which date back as far as the seventh century BC
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu: Drive to Namobuddha- Buddhist Chanting at Monastery & blessing by monks (B)
After Breakfast fly back to Kathmandu. Our guide will escort you to drive to Namobuddha: a sacred Buddhist sites. You’ll also surprised by the number of temples, variation in landscapes and diversity of people living in harmony.
Visit monastery where you can meet the monks and involve in daily Buddhist chanting perform by monks. The place is very quiet and pure. Its environment is very clean, with no pollution, and the natural air is so fresh, cool and healthy. It is also the right place for meditation and practice.
Overnight at Monastery subject to availability
Day 15: Explore Namobuddha and surrounding temples: Drive back to Kathmandu (B)
Today we will have short trip to Namobuddha stupa and surrounding. Along with Bodhnath and Swayambhunath, the Namobuddha Stupa is one of the three most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal, attracting large numbers of Tibetans from Nepal, India and Tibet itself. Drive back to Kathmandu and refreshment in hotel
Day 16: Yoga and Meditation Session: Day Trip (B)
It is one full day program, where we do 5 hrs hiking to Nagarjuna Hills Buddhist cave. Morning Yoga and breakfast at the Osho Divine Zone and moving to Nagarjuna Forest for the Hiking. It is famous National park forest in the Kathmandu valley. 3 hrs going up and two hrs to return. It is one of the short and sweet hiking for the nature lover where lots of birds and wild animals can be seen and at the top of the forest we can see beautiful panorama of Mountains.
Other options include visit to Pharing Asura cave for a meditation session or hike to Shivapuri to meditate on the high energy field where Shiva Puri Baba have meditated for several years
Day 17: Departure (B)
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.