NPL – 08 Nepal Monastery Tour
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet and assist by our representative and transfer to the hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath & surrounding monasteries, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu City and Swayambhnath
Day 03: Visit Zutul & Khenjo Gomba in Bouddha, Kapan Gomba, & Pullahari Gomba
Day 04: Visit Patan city, Bhaktapur city & then drive to Dhulikhel
Day 05: Visit Namobuddha and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 06: Drive Kathmandu – Pokhara
Day 07: Hike World Peace Stupa, boat ride in Fewa Lake and visit Matte Pani Gomba
Day 08: Drive Pokhara – Lumbini via Tansen
Day 09: Visit Lumbini-Buddhist circuit. In the evening stroll around the Lumbini Garden
Day 10: Fly Lumbini – Kathmandu.
Day 11: Visit Kirtipur, Dhaksinkali & rest day free
Day 12: Departure transfer to the airport for onward journey

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be meeting by a representative to provide you with your airport transfer to your Hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the city known as Kantipur, the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath.
Pashupatinath Temple: A sacred temple of Lord Shiva Pashupatinath with two-tiered golden roof situated on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati. It is the centre of Annual Pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivaratri. This temple is situated amidst the lush green natural setting, 5 Km. East of city.
Kathmandu City: The capital of Nepal, is also known as Kantipur. It is named after Kasthamandap, an imposing Pagoda near Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Kasthamandap, supposed to be made from a single tree, along with Durbar Square is one of the ancient places of Nepal.

Swayambhunath: One of the World’s most glorious Buddhist Stupas, painted on the four-sides of the spire bases are the never sleeping eyes of Lord Buddha. It lies 3 km west of the city and situated about 77m above the level of the Valley.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Visit Buddhist Monasteries in Bouddha and Kapan Monastery.
After breakfast, drive to Boudha and visit monasteries over there. Some of the famous monasteries over there are Shechen Monastery, Khawalung Monastery, Thrangu Monastery Dilyak Monastery, Pullahari Monastery & Retreat Centre Khachoe, Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, and Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. Later, we will head to Kopan Monastery. North of Boudhanat, Kopan is a thriving monastery of 360 monks, mainly from Nepal and Tibet, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors yearly from around the world. Nearby is Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, home to 380 nuns. Both the monastery and the nunnery are under the spiritual guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and the care of the abbot, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lhundrup Rigsel. And it has a network of some 140 centers and activities world-wide, themselves expressions of the Buddha activity of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Kopan offers the perfect environment for study and meditation for serious students, casual visitors, and retreaters. Back to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Visit Patan City and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Then, drive to Dhulikhel.

Bhaktapur City:
Also known as Bhadgaon, Bhaktapur is one of the three major cities of the Kathmandu valley, and we will visit its Durbar square which although larger than the one in Kathmandu, has fewer temples due to an earthquake in 1934. We also visit the Nyatapola Temple, which is not only the highest temple (98 ft) in the valley but also one of the best examples of traditional architecture. Bhaktapur, no doubt is the most distinctly medieval city than the other two cities Kathmandu and Patan. The main occupation of the locals here are weaving, pottery and farming.

Patan City: This sister capital is an ancient city which is also known as Lalitpur . This city is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. It is also known as the city of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. On the way you will also visit Tibetan Handicraft center where you can observe the fine example of Tibetan crafts. Then Drive to Dhulikhel. On reaching, check in to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Visit Namo Buddha and drive back to Kathmandu (35 km, 1 hour approx).
You will be taken to Namo Buddha this day for excursion tour. Namo Buddha is situated on a hill above Panauti. It requires an easy drive or good walk to get there. There is an amazing legend related to the Buddha which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a stupa with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. According to the Buddhist legend, the King Mahasattva gave his body to a hungry tigress at this place. His reliquary Stupa remained underground for centuries. One day a hermit called Bhagavan (Sakyamuni) came to this site and got attracted to the bulge. It is said that he clapped his hands, and miraculously the Stupa appeared. After short visit of Namo Buddha, drive back to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Drive to Pokhara (200 km, 6 hours approx). On reaching, check in to the hotel.
Pokhara Valley: The Pokhara Valley, the gateway to the Annapurna region is one of the most picturesque spots of Nepal. The never-waning beauty of the valley is enhanced by its lovely lakes Phewa, Begnas and Rupa, surrounded by the glacial region of the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. This scintillating valley is situated 200 Kms west of Kathmandu linked by the Prithvi highway. This highway passes along a highly picturesque region amidst the midland valleys and the Terai belt of the Kingdom. The magnificent views of the Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, Macchapuchhre and five peaks of the Annapurna provide a highly dramatic view in a subtropical setting. Pokhara is definitely a place not to be missed.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Hike World Peace Stupa, Boat ride in Fewa Lake and Visit Matte Pani Gomba.
Early morning, hike to World Peace Pagoda. This is a massive Buddhist stupa is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of Phewa Lake. Besides being a impressive sight in itself, the shrine is a great vantage point which offers the spectacular views of the Annapurna range, Phewa Lake, and the Pokhara city. We Climb the Raniban forest crossing the suspension bridge. After the 2 hours of walk we reach stupa and enjoy the spiritual and scenic beauty. Climbing down from Pagoda is more enjoyable with the view of Phewa Lake and the mountains. We cross the lake after the 20 minutes of boating with the visit to island temple (Barahi temple) in the middle of lake.

Later, we visit Karma Drubgyu Chokhorling is a Karma Kagyu lineage monastery situated in Pokhara, Nepal. It is also known as “Matepani Gompa”. There are currently about 100 lamas studying and staying there under the guidance of Nyedon Rinpoche who has to take care of their daily needs and the monastery’s maintenance. Besides studying the Dharma, these lamas have to perform daily prayers or pujas and certain practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage on important dates. These Dharma activities are important for the progress of the lamas’ dharma practices and also for the benefit of all sentient beings. Later back to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Drive Pokhara to Lumbini via Tansen (110 km, 5 hours approx).
After breakfast check-out from hotel then drive to Lumbini via Tansen. Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha–the apostle of peace, compassion and non-violence. It is situated in Kapilvastu District of Lumbini – the western Terai of Nepal 250 Kms southwest of Kathmandu. Lumbini still preserves the broken Ashokan pillar, ruins of old stupas, image of Buddha’s mother Maya Devi and holy pond which is known as Puskarni Pond where Maya Devi took a bath before she gave a birth to Lord Buddha. On reaching Lumbini, transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 09: Visit Lumbini – Buddhist circuit. In the evening stroll around the Lumbini Garden.
After breakfast, we take our pilgrimage tour of Lumbini Gardens where Lord Buddha was born. Temple of Maya Devi, Buddha''s mother depicting the nativity scene of Buddha and the Ashoka Pillar, built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka to mark his pilgrimage to Lumbini in 240 B.C. are the highlights here.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 10: Fly Lumbini to Kathmandu (40 mins flight).
Transfer to the airport and take 40 minutes flight to reach Kathmandu. On reaching, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is in leisure for personal activities.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 11: Visit Kritipur, Dhaksinkali & rest day free.
Today we scroll around nearby village of Kathmandu. Kirtipur is a small town, 8 km southwest of Kathmandu and situated at top of a hill. This historic town has many things to offer like old shrines and temples and old houses. Some of the folks are typically dressed in traditional costumes, and can be spotted working on looms. Chilandya Stupa, Bagbhairab Temple and Uma Maheshwar Temple are the major attraction of this place. Soon after sightseeing of this place, we will head to Dakshinkali (22 km far from Kathmandu). It is regarded as one of the most important Hindu goddesses. Pilgrims visit this temple to offer their prayers and animal sacrifices are made to the goddesses. Return to the hotel and rest of the day free.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu to onward journey.
Breakfast in the hotel and rest of the day free. Your guide will pick you up from the hotel and will transfer you to the airport to catch your onward flight.
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