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On the path of Buddha

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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 Soyambhunath and Boudhanath located.

The itinerary ‘On the path of Buddha’ is a sacred journey that covers all important Buddhist sites in Nepal, perception. This itinerary offers us visits to the centuries-old medieval town, temple and stupas and the breathtaking panoramas of the Himalaya to the birthplace of Buddha providing immense mental and
physical relaxation. 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 benefit 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.

Trip Highlights

  • 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

Trip Profile

  • 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:
  • Accommodation: The best hotels of the each town - selectable Lumbini-Kathmandu
  • Meals: Breakfast included.

Short Itinerary

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

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01:Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal

Our 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 in 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 sites

The rich tapestry of the Buddhist heritage of Nepal is synthesized in Kathmandu Valley. After breakfast visit UNESCO site Soyambhunath 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 comprised only with 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, 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. Finalize the trip and drive to the hotel. 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.

Day 03: Visit Namobuddha and Bhaktapur

A beautiful drive will take you to Namobuddha outside Kathmandu 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 Kathmandu

Located 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, visit Yetkha Bahal, Tara Temple at Itumbahal, Abalokeshower Temple at Janabahal and walk through local colourful market Ason.

DAY 05: Drive to Pokhara

A 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 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 further 30-minutes’ drive to Yoga Meditation centre. Get checked into the rooms – dinner and overnight in the hotel.

DAY 06: In Pokhara

Full 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 Sharangkot 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 of the different ethnicities of Nepal. After lunch, a winding, but a very scenic and enjoyable drive will take you to 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 colourful Tansen Bazaar. The walking is about 2 hours which offers spectacular views of mountains and valleys. There is also the option of just relax enjoying the views from the hotel or explore the colourful town on your own.

DAY 08: Drive to Lumbini

A 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 the 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 Kathmandu

You 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, the pottery, jewelry, 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 day

Early in the morning, before breakfast, your guide and driver with a car will pick up you from your hotel and drive to the airport of Kathmandu. A flight leaves early in the morning to let us enjoy 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 Bamare, Gaurishankar, Numbur, Karyilung, Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Pumori, Nuptse and, finally, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Makalu. This flight will take you back to Gokyo and Namche and will insight you the geographical conditions that you walk through, one of the best way to give a roundup to your journey to Nepal. After Landing back to Kathmandu, we drive to our hotel, take a hearty breakfast and enjoy a free day in Kathmandu for souvenir shopping and strolling around on your own. In the evening get invited for a hearty farewell dinner in of the best restaurants of your choices.

DAY 11: Depart from Kathmandu

Breakfast and free time till the time limit. In the indicated time, our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport to see off formalities and departure.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels 5-Star Hotels
1 Person 2113$ 2400$ 2850$
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

  • Meals.
  • Tips to guide and driver and those, not mentioned in above price include section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
• Winter : December–February
• Spring : March–May
• Summer : June–August
• Autumn : September–November
GENERAL WEATHER
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 richness. 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 month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes 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 see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During 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 fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids, and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

Best season:
from the first week of September to the mid of November and from first week of March to first week of July.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

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 a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage 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 the 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 who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

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 minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
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 for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.

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.

Trip Cancellation

  • To compensate 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
Responsibility
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.

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