Cultural Tour Nepal is special tour package that will take you through the holiest cultural sites over Nepal. Starting for Kathmandu Valley, Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Namobuddha and ending at the most sacred Buddhist Pilgrim site Lumbini and Kapilvastu one will get ultimate cultural experience. These sites are both very sacred to both Buddhist and Hindus, that why the culture one will experience can be found nowhere in the globe.
Arrival in Tribhuwan International airport our office representatives will welcome you and assist you till the hotel. You will be briefly explained about the upcoming tour programs.
After breakfast you will be greeted by our guide who will show you around the city to the following places:
Swyambhunath Stupa, also known as monkey temple is situated a western hilltop of Kathmandu Valley. Swyambhunath is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrim sites and one of the oldest monuments in Kathmandu Valley too. From the stupa you can get a magnificent view of the entire Kathmandu City and the valley. The main attraction is the main stupa which represents the body of Buddha, its eyes looking down over the valley to every direction, it represents Buddha’s insights and it the most recognizable symbols of Nepal. Around the stupa there are various interesting monuments like two white temples in the Indian Sikhara style, both dating around 1646, behind the stupa there is museum of Buddhist statuary, Hariti temple (Ajima) a Hindu goddess temple who is responsible for fertility and illustrates a strong bond between the Hindu and Buddhist beliefs in Nepal.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is the ancient seat of Malla Rules of Kathamndu valley. The palace complex is home to many temples and monuments of archaeological importance and reflects cultural richness prevalent during the days of Malla rulers. Some of the attractions of the Kathmandu Durbar Square are the nine-storied palace, Kastamandap temple, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju Temple, Kal Bhairab and the museum inside the palace, built between the 12th and 18th centuries. It has other interesting aspects that are various festivals, cultural activities and traditions people are following from centuries, which are presented in the Durbar Square. The major festivals include Indrajatra, Dashain, Gaaijatra, Machchhindra-nath jatra and so on…
After visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square we will drive towards Boudhanath which is also a very important Buddhist Pilgrim site. Boudhanath is one of the world’s largest stupa and considered as the oldest too. It is located at the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu and is holiest Tibetan Buddhist Temple. It is believed to be built in 14th century AD after the Mughal invasions in the valley. Boudhanath Stupa looks like a giant mandala, or a diagram of Buddhist cosmos. The stupa represents the five elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether) along in its architecture. At the bottom, the stupa is surrounded by an irregular 16-sided wall, with frescoes in the niches.
We will then move toward Pashupatinath Temple which is the most sacred and holiest temples for the Hindus. It is one of the largest temples of Shiva (Lord of Animals). It attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and has become well known far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. Pashupati Temple stands in the center of the town of Deopatan, in the middle of an open courtyard. It is a square, two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth, and it stands 23.6 meters above the ground. Richly ornamented gilt and silver-plated doors are on all sides. Only Hindu pilgrims can enter the premises of the temple. Non-Hindus can admire the beauty of the temple from the other side of the Bagmati River, on the banks of which Pashupatinath Temple stands.
Namo Buudda is an ancient and famous Buddhist monastery in Nepal situation at 1750 meters. It is located 40 km southeast from the city, in between Banepa and Panauti, and is called Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. The monastery is surrounded by Tamang settlements. A special Buddhist legend of King Mahasattva offering his body to a hungry tigress at the very place also makes Namo Buddha a holy site for Buddhist people. We will take our private vehicle to Dhulikhel have breakfast before we set for 4 hours hiking trip to Namobuddha. It is one of the best day hiking routes with beautiful mountain panorama in the backdrop.
We will return to hotel after completion of the visit.
After breakfast we will go we will be driving to Lumbini which is around 205 kms from Kathmandu. The drive offers scenic views of Nepalese terrain. The road snakes up and down the hills and rivers as we reach Lumbini. After reaching Lumbini we will check in at hotel and take some rest. After a short rest we will start to explore Lumbini. It is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and has been a symbol of peace all over the globe. It is one of the greatest pilgrimage sites in the whole world. Thousands of Buddhist followers visit lumbini every year. The main highlight of Lumbini are the sacred garden, Mayadevi Temple (the place where Buddha was born and still footprint of Buddha is preserved within the temple), the Asoka Pillar, sacred pool (where Mayadevi bathed before giving birth to Buddha) and the various monasteries built by many countries.
Kapilvastu is deeply related with the life of Lord Buddha. Kapilvastu is the place where Lord Buddha had lived hi childhood and the days of teenage, in complete comfort and luxury. the – A holy destination related deeply with the life of a legend, Lord Buddha. Kapilvastu is the place where Lord Buddha had lived his childhood and the days of teenage, in complete luxury. The capital of King Shuddhodhan, Kapilvastu still carries with it the mystic charm. It houses many sculptures of Buddhism, which present a landscape before that visitors that makes them feel calm and content. Kapilvastu carries the visitors away to the ancient days when Buddha was a small child and a prince. The place is situated 27 km south of Lumbini.
We can follow the same driving route back to Kathmandu or take a flight from Bhairawa airport which will take around 25 minutes to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu