Lumbini Spiritual Tour
Buddhism is not a religion – it is a way of life. It is a spiritual tradition that focuses on the self and its relation to the exterior world.
In the same manner, Buddhism could also be called a journey – a spiritual journey towards achieving liberation (Nirvana). This itinerary is a small attempt to take you through the same journey. We will revisit Lord Buddha’s childhood, the gardens he played in, the archaeological remains of Tilaurakot, visit the several structures dedicated to Buddhism in Lumbini, and indulge in a deeply reflective meditation. We will enjoy seven days of solitude within the home of Lord Buddha.
Duration : 6 Days
Type : Easy
Highest Altitude : 1400m
Best Period : Sep- Nov
Flights : Kathmandu - Bhairawa
Hotel : Hotel Lumbini
We will catch an early morning flight to Bhirawaha. A waiting vehicle will transfer us to our hotel.
In the afternoon, we will visit Lumbini Garden. Lumbini Garden is a sprawling garden which houses several temples and architectural remains.
- Mayadevi Temple: The exact birthplace of Lord Buddha, we will enter the garden and head towards the Mayadevi Temple. We will offer our prayers inside the temple, at the exact spot where Buddha was born. Besides the temple is the sacred pool (Puskarini) where Lord Buddha took his first bath and the sacred gardens. The architectural remains of the sacred gardens date back to King Ashoka (3rd Century)
- Ashoka Pillar: Throughout modern history, the exact spot of Buddha’s birth was unconfirmed. It was only in 1896 A.D, when General Khadga Samsher Rana and Alois Anton Fuhrer discovered the Ashoka Pillar, King Ashoka’s visit to Lumbini and his assertion that it was the exact birth place of Lord Buddha was confirmed.
In the Lumbini Gardens, we can observe monks from several countries chanting and meditating. Further off, Lumbini Gardens also houses monasteries from several countries, which we will explore.
Overnight: Hotel, Lumbini.
Today, we will try to explore more of Buddha’s life – his early years and once upon a time return after becoming enlightened.
Tilaurakot: Tilaurakot, above 29 km west of Lumbini is where Siddhartha Gautama spent the first 29 years of his life. The site sits in a peaceful meadow on the banks of the Banganga River. We will explore the architectural ruins – try to visualize Lord Buddha walking through the garden, or the street, or probably spending an idyllic day by the river.
Kudan (Nyigrodharma): In the afternoon, we will head towards Kudon – it is said Lord Sakyamuni Buddha met his father king Suddhodhana for the first time after he got enlightenment at Kudon. The area has been a witness to a major excavation project – one which has uncovered three stupas, a well, and a holy pond.
After exploring both the areas, and gaining a fantastic insight into Lord Buddha’s life, we will head back to the hotel.
Niglihawa: Nigliwaha is identified as the holy place where Kanak Muni Buddha was born. An Ashoka inscription engraved on a pillar in Brahmi script and Pali language attests the fact that Emperor Ashoka enlarged the Kanak Muni Buddha’s stupa, worshipped it and erected a stone pillar to mark the birthplace.
Sagarhawa: The place is identified as where King Virudhaka massacred several Shakyas – later hundreds of stupas were built by their descendants. The ruins remain.
In the evening, after gaining a deep insight about Buddha and Buddhism’s history, we head back to the hotel.Overnight: Hotel, Lumbini.
After gaining insight, we will ourselves follow the footsteps of Lord Buddha for the next two days. We will spend our days at the Panditarama Meditation Centre.
Panditarama Lumbini offers a supportive, comfortable and peaceful setting for dhamma-students seeking practice. The meditation method is Intensive Vipassana in the tradition of the Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw of Myanmar, which consists of sitting meditation and formal walking meditation throughout the day. Almost daily interviews and regular Dhamma-talks in English are offered. Meditators observe Noble Silence and keep eight precepts.
Spend our days at the Panditarama Meditation Centre
Today, we leave the peaceful grounds of Lumbini – carrying peace within us ourselves after the immersive session in Lumbini.
In the evening, we visit the white domed Boudhanath Stupa – one of the world’s largest unique structure’s stupa. Set in the heart of the city, one is amazed how the premise drowns all exterior sounds and engulfs a visitor in its serene environment. We take a few rounds of the stupa, take blessings from a monk, and then offer a butter lamp, as the sun sets down over the whitewashed dome.
Overnight: Hotel, Kathmandu.
Our meaningful trip comes to an end – we have been a witness to history, and travelled in the soulful path of the same leader. Our minds would be at peace.
Catch a relaxing flight back home, or to your next destination – watch the Himalayas pass until we see you again.
- Be a part of the world’s best Spiritual Tour
- Gain a fantastic insight of Guatam Buddha
- Enlightening experience of your own
- Visit Kapilvastu, Lumbini Garden and Monasteries
- Experience the "Life of Buddha"
- 4 Nights stay in Lumbini at the Hotel Lumbini on twin sharing B/B plan.
- 1 Night stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu
- 2 Days stay at Meditation Centre
- All transfer by private AC vehicle
- Airport pick-ups and transfers in a private AC vehicle with our representative
- Flight Bothways Kathmandu to Bhairawa
- An English Speaking Tour Guide
- All Government and local taxes
- Visa Fees
- Travel Insurance
- Medical and Vaccinations
- Any Alcoholics beverages during the trip
- Tips (Not compulsory but be resonable, while you do)
- Single accommodation available(with supplement cost)
- International Air tickets
- Meals not mentioned in the program