The on the Path of Buddha or Buddhist Circuit of Nepal tour program is a tour program combined with some historical Buddhist sites of Nepal including Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. The Kathmandu valley, with three cities such as Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, is filled with massive to innumerable Buddhist sites with some Hindu temples built or occupied after the 9th century.
But, as H. H. Dalai Lama quotes “develop a spirit as of young children. Young children don’t care about their companions’ faith, nationality or race, they smile and play cheerfully together”.
So, regardless of faith, race or sex – we all have Buddha-nature within us, and we all can generate Bodhicitta. A visit to the birthplace of Buddha will provide us with vibration, awareness, and understanding of his teaching. It brings a sense of inner peace, happiness, and detachment. Nepal, lying at the lap of the Himalayas, has always been a sacred centre for Buddhist practices. Kathmandu valley and its periphery have several famous meditation caves, monasteries, and stupas related to Buddha and Bodhisattvas. It is in Kathmandu valley where Guru Padmasambhava attained the state of enlightenment. It is in Kathmandu valley where sacred Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath are located.
The itinerary ‘On the path of Buddha’ is a sacred journey that covers all important Buddhist sites in Nepal, including Lumbini. It brings us closer to truth and transformation. It enhances our wisdom, compassion, and perception. This itinerary offers us visits to the centuries-old medieval town, temple and stupas and the breath-taking panoramas of the Himalaya to the birthplace of Buddha providing immense mental and physical relaxation.
Buddhist Circuit of Nepal Tour Offer 2022/2023
Buddhist Circuit of Nepal Tour Offer 2022/2023
The ‘On the path of Buddha’ tour itinerary allows you to immerse yourself in its glorious age-old heritage and traditional ways of life, whose roots go back to the medieval period. The tour begins from the capital city, Kathmandu, and beyond the Kathmandu Valley to scenic mountain landscapes around the beautiful town of Pokhara and Tansen, and then to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the “Light of Asia.”
A part of the itinerary also offers one-days yoga meditation courses, a chance to learn the benefits of yoga giving you a guideline to lose anxiety, depressions, insecurity, and other fears and helping to uplift the mental and physical health. The Buddha himself went under several teachers in search of who am I? What is life? Why are we here? What happens next?, before initiating an enlightenment meditation!
An accompanying expert tour guide leads the tour from arrival to departure. Destinations are reached in spacious coaches or cars, or else by air as per the itinerary supplied.
- Visit the medieval towns, stupas, temple, and monasteries
- Enjoy the beauty of Pokhara and its mountain sceneries
- Visit the most significant sites of Buddhism including the birthplace of Buddha
- A broken moon land renowned as a photogenic country
- Fly over the Himalayas to sight its beauty and grandeur
- Learn on life and longevity
- The total length of the trip: 11 days from arrival to the day of departure.
- Number of the night in Kathmandu: 6-nights / visit UNESCO sites.
- Number of the night in Pokhara: 2-nights / visit and Yoga.
- Number of the night in Tansen: 1-night / visit old villages and coﬀee garden
- Number of the night in Lumbini: 1-night / visit the birthplace of the Buddha
- Domestic flight: Lumbini to kathmandu, and panoramic mountain flight.
- Accommodation: The best hotels of the each town - selectable Lumbini-Kathmandu
- Meals: Breakfast included.
DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal
DAY 02: In Kathmandu / visit UNESCO sites
Day 03: Visit Namobuddha and Bhaktapur
DAY 04: Visit Pharping and Kathmandu
DAY 05: Drive to Pokhara
DAY 06: In Pokhara
DAY 07: Visit Pokhara and drive to Tansen.
DAY 08: Drive to Lumbini
Day 9: Visit Lumbini and fly to Kathmandu
Day 10: Panoramic Mountain flight and free day
DAY 11: Depart from Kathmandu
On the path of Buddha Kathmandu, Pokhara, Tansen and Lumbini, 11 days A fascinating country full of wonders with various cultural and heritage sites
DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, NepalOur personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about the necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.
If you arrive on the morning flight then we take a late afternoon visit; we'll visit Boudhanath, possibly the world’s largest Buddhist stupa and a site of great veneration and Tibetan Buddhism. If you arrive in the late afternoon or evening flight, then we will include this visit on day two.
DAY 02: In Kathmandu / visit UNESCO sitesThe rich tapestry of the Buddhist heritage of Nepal is synthesized in Kathmandu Valley.
After breakfast visit UNESCO site Swayambhunath stupa on a hillock overlooking Kathmandu valley. Well known as ‘Monkey Temple’ the golden spire crowning, Soyambhunath is the most ancient and vital of Buddhist shrine in Kathmandu valley.
After visiting all these places, return to Patan city. Believed to have been founded in the third century B.C., and later expanded in the sixth century, the ancient town of Patan renowned for its rich Buddhist heritage, was one of the significant Buddhist cities in Asia by the 7th century as Buddhist pilgrims, scholars, and monks from India, Tibet and China visited the city. In its one period, the entire population of Patan City was composed only of monks and artisans. We will visit major Buddhist temples of Patan such as the Golden temple founded in the 12th century, Mahaboudha (Temple of thousand Buddhas) of the 17th century and other important Buddhist sites.
At around the end of the tour, we'll also visit the Museum of Patan. Located inside the medieval palace, the Patan Museum is a must for anyone interested in Asian Art, the history of Nepal, curatorial science, or religion. It is a world-class museum that displays the traditional sacred art of Nepal in an illustrious architectural setting. Its home is an old residential part of Patan Darbar, one of the royal palaces of the former Malla Kings of the Kathmandu Valley. Its gilded door and window face one of the most beautiful squares in the world.
The museum also exhibits a long span of Nepal's cultural history and some rare objects. Their meaning and context within the living traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism are explained in extensive labels.
In the afternoon, visit another UNESCO site of Boudhanath - the vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha. Boudhanath is the primary pilgrimage destination for Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the planet.Finalize the trip and drive to the hotel
Day 03: Visit Namobuddha and BhaktapurKathmandu valley. The supreme sacred place Namo Buddha is located on the mountain about 2 ½ hours drive from Kathmandu. It is the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs. On the way back, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bhaktapur – the home of medieval art and architecture. The Square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights some of the most exceptional medieval art and architecture of Nepal.
DAY 04: Visit Pharping and KathmanduLocated at the south of Kathmandu valley, Pharping is the sacred site, where Guru Padmasambhava, the 8th-century Tantric sage, achieved enlightenment. For centuries Pharping has been a centre for spiritual practice and, besides the cave where Padmasambhava and his consort Shakyadevi meditated, the area boasts many monasteries, temples, and residences of revered Buddhist masters. Pharping is also a place of significant Vajrayogini temple. In the afternoon, back in Kathmandu, visit Yetkha Bahal, Tara Temple at Itumbahal, Abalokeshower Temple at Janabahal and walk through the local colourful market Ason.
DAY 05: Drive to PokharaA 6 hours’ drive
A scenic drive passing through several small towns and farmlands will take you to Lake City Pokhara where eye-opening views of the Himalayas welcome you. Located beneath the Himalayas, the lush natural beauty of Pokhara is a place of "Dream Holiday". The site is famous for its tranquil lakes, natural beauty, and superb scenery. We stop at Pokhara for lunch and walk around the lake. Then we continue a further 30-minutes' drive to the Yoga Meditation centre. Get checked into the rooms – dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 06: In PokharaFull day Yoga meditation courses. In the evening drive to Lakeside of Pokhara and check-in into the hotel. In Pokhara, we take a short walk along the Fewa lake to enjoy the sunset atmosphere and a hearty dinner at one of its best restaurants. Accommodation in the hotel.
DAY 07: Visit Pokhara and drive to Tansen.A 4 hours’ drive.
Early in the morning, a short excursion to the Sarangkot viewpoint to enjoy sunrise views and the incredible mountain panorama. Return to your hotel and breakfast.
After breakfast, we will go to visit the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, where we will see and understand the history of the mountain and mountaineering in the highest peaks in the world. We will understand the importance of the Nepal Himalayas and the benefits given by the Himalayas to billions of people and natural habitat where we will also know a bit about the different ethnicities of Nepal.
After lunch, a winding, but scenic and enjoyable drive will take you to the beautiful hill town Tansen. The place is famous for its cultural heritage and traditions. After lunch, you will do a pleasant walk to Srinagar Hill and the colourful Tansen Bazaar. The walk is about 2 hours which offers spectacular views of mountains and valleys. There is also the option of just relaxing, enjoying the views from the hotel or exploring the colourful town on your own.
DAY 08: Drive to LumbiniA 3 hours’ drive
It is a beautiful drive through hills followed by the flat and fertile land of southern Nepal to Lumbini. After checking in the hotel, you will visit Maya Devi Temple, the site of Buddha's birth. Lumbini is the place where Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who later became the Buddha, the Enlightened One, was born in Lumbini in 623 B.C. for that reason it has become one of the sacred places on earth.
In our journey, we will visit a series of edifices, including the Pillar of Asoka, Maya Devi Temple, Tilaurakot and its museum.
Day 9: Visit Lumbini and fly to KathmanduYou will spend a full day in Lumbini visiting different monasteries and Tilaurakot. The monastic zone developed into a World Buddhist centre with monasteries constructed by Buddhist communities from different countries. After lunch, we will take a short drive to Tilaurakot to see the ruins of the Shakya kingdom where Buddha spent 29 years 2500 years before.
Tilaurakot is the ancient palace of King Suddodhan, Sidhartha Gautam's father, where the Buddha spent his formative 29-years, as a Shakya Prince. Allowing yourself for a moment to wander around and soak in the atmosphere of archaeological sites will give you further information. The guide that accompanies you may explain to you at an extensive level. There's a museum nearby, the Kapilavastu Museum, where pottery, jewellery, and ornaments are gathered in-house.
Finalize with visits and drive twenty-two kilometres to Bhairahawa airport to board a forty-fine minute's domestic flight to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu where our driver and vehicle will be waiting for your arrival. Drive forty-five minutes to your hotel – dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 10: Panoramic Mountain flight and free dayEarly in the morning, before breakfast, your guide and driver with a car will pick you up from your hotel and drive to the airport of Kathmandu. A flight leaves early in the morning to let us enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Himalayas from their closest distances, with a sunrise view. It lasts for one hour, during which one can enjoy views of Dorje Lhakpa, Phurbi Chaychu, Choba Bhamare, Gaurishankar, Numbur, Karyilung, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Pumori, Nuptse and, finally, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu. This flight will give an insight into the geographical conditions of the Himalayan range and Mount Everest and a good roundup to your journey to Nepal.
After landing back in Kathmandu, we drive to our hotel, have a hearty breakfast and enjoy a free day in Kathmandu for souvenir shopping and strolling around on our own. In the evening, get invited for a hearty farewell dinner in one of the best restaurants of your choice.
DAY 11: Depart from KathmanduHave breakfast and have some relaxing free time for yourself. At the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle will arrive at your hotel to escort you to the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport (TIA), you will go through the immigration formalities and departure.
|COSTS PER PERSON|
|NUMBER IN GROUP||3-Star Hotels||4-Star Hotels||5-Star Hotels|
|2 - 3 Persons||1409$||1609$||1909$|
|4 - 5 Persons||1349$||1549$||1849$|
|6 - 7 Persons||1299$||1499$||1799$|
|8- 10 Persons||1249$||1449$||1749$|
|Single room supplement||300$||420$||700$|
What is included
- 6 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (category selectable).
- Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley with a language guide.
- One day’s full yoga meditation and courses.
- 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast.
- 1 Nights hotel accommodation in Palpa with breakfast.
- Lumbini to Kathmandu airfare (tax included).
- Entrance fees to the cities and monument sites for the whole programme.
- An hour’s panoramic mountain flight, all tax and transport included
What is not included
- International Air tickets
- Travel insurance (please cover the cancellations as well)
- Lunch and dinners.
- Tips to guide and driver and those, not mentioned in above price include section.
Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its affluence. The jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.
During these months, Japanese tourists and tourists from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, come to vista flowers. And most of the tourists willing to travel to Tibet come from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.
During rainy months the parts of Terai may experience floods and travel during these months is hot and temperature may at times reach around 38 degrees, but during this season the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During the winter months, the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).
The end of February to mid-May is the best time for flora and fauna both in the mountains and in Terai. During this season one may find ample rhododendron flowers, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather predominantly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.
January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -35 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During the day temperature rises around 5 to 11 degree and more if sundrenched. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even during full winter, is much better than in some European countries, America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.
Best months to take this itinerary is from the second week of March to the end of May and from the first week of October to the end of November. However, this region can be trekked in summer season and find the region in a beautiful setting of nature.
March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with a long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 1,400 to 3,800 metres is generally beautiful with a lot of Rhododendron flowers, magnolia and full of wild orchids. It is also the best time to enjoy the bird and wildlife in all parts of Nepal and famously in its nature reserves such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach Everest Basecamp targeting the summit of Everest. Bright days remain hazy and may expect some thunders and light rains in the lowland and light hailing all around the country. The temperature remains -5 to - 10 at Everest Basecamp to 32 degrees in the Terai belt.
June to August is the monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomena to recharge the mountains, hills to terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and rainwater. The primary rainy months are July and August and may expect daily rains after a late afternoon with heavy rains in the night. In this season of the year, the forest turns to lush rain forests; rivers swell to their full limit or destructive strength. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces get attractive with full of crops, and the highland valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, from May, people travelling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourists and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy travelling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive in these months to sight rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. Summertime is also the best time to trek in the areas of Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Naar Phu and Upper Mustang regions. At this time of the year falls several important festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmashtami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Dumjee, Indra Jatra, Saka Dawa, and Tiji etc. The temperature remains 17 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 28 degrees.
September to November is the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterised by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most travelled season to Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. The Autumn season is a prosperous time; the country collects all its crops.
During autumn/fall, several important festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu in Chiwang monastery and Tengboche monastery of Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.
December to February is generally the coldest months, temperature ranging minimum 0 to -2 degree in Kathmandu (after sunset to before sunrise) to -17 to -30 degrees at Everest Basecamp (after sunset to before sunrise), the winter's bitterest cold with a short daylight period. Above 1,500 metres the day remains sunny and the night sky remains crystal clear enabling one to count stars. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, and other lowland deep valleys remain under a misty cloud until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe. From the mid of January, frequent snowfall could be expected in the hilly regions above 2,700 metres and into the deep mountain valleys. Wintertime is still an ideal time to visit Nepal; the mountain sceneries are wider all around the Himalayas, and famous destinations such as Everest and Annapurna with fewer tourists. The temperature is still much more favourable than that of many western countries. The nighttime temperature remains -17 to -30 degree (Everest BC) to -0 to -2 degrees in Kathmandu (sunset to sunrise). The daytime temperature remains -5 degree (Everest BC) to 8 to 15 degrees in Kathmandu.
Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbini we stay in comfortable 3–5-star hotels, category selectable, with private en-suite bathrooms. In Tansen, we stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel with private en-suite bathrooms.
What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate light outdoor clothing and a good pair of light walking shoes. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. This circuit of itinerary mostly travels in the warm to hot areas; therefore, any comfortable regular wearing is fine.
Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange tour/trek activities either before or after the set program, there are a range of options to choose from a short trek around Kathmandu valley to relaxing in some panoramic hill resort or perhaps a white water rafting on one of Nepal's spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World Heritage sites and to visit all of them with time requires at least 3-5 days.
Do we join a group during tour?
No, we do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are considered a group and served privately.
Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list. Please, indicate on the booking form for requiring a single room.
What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the program that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, trip interruption/cancellation, and repatriation to your home country. However, this is a comfortable journey covering the most convenient places, and the highest altitude is 1,750 metres at Namo Buddha. We do not sell insurance schemes so requires managing on your own.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.
How fit do I need to be?
Anyone in good health can accomplish this tour. Only some short walking and strolling are required while on a sightseeing tour, and some stair climbing and descending to visit the monasteries, stupas, temple and monument sites.
Do we reach to high altitude?
The elevation of the country ranges from 65 metres above sea level to the highest point on earth, the summit of Mt. Everest at 8,848 metres, all within a distance of 200 kilometres with climatic conditions ranging from tropical to arctic. The altitude of Kathmandu is 1,350 metres above sea level, Pokhara 820 metres, Tansen 1,100 metres, Lumbini 150 metres and Chitwan 200 metres.
What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency.
How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the tour package, please check the cost includes and excludes section. Still, we will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals except the breakfast and laundry services. In general, please, allow about 500$ per person which should be sufficient and some more or less as per personal habits while on a trip.
What kind of transport are we going to get?
A comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce/Sutlej Bus) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together.
Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest consulting with your doctor before travelling. You can get a vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.
What about the guide?
We provide government-certified local guides in any major international language you require. The guides are not only fluent in the respective language, but also have a good experience of the local culture and geography.
How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of a minimum of US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:
Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT
2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.
Booking Payment Conditions
Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 200$ per person for the confirmation deposit.
1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.
To compensate for the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.
- Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
- Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
- Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
- Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
- Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.