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We have shown the itinerary on the basis of a complete holiday purely for illustrative purposes. Naturally as tailor-made Nepal holiday specialists we would be happy to discuss additional options, whether it be other activities, more/less sightseeing, alternative/upgraded accommodation etc dependent upon your interests, preferences and time available. We even tailor-make a suggested 'what to pack' list for you based upon your ultimately chosen Nepal tailor-made holiday too.
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the KGH Hotel in the central Thamel district of Kathmandu. After a pre-tour briefing you can enjoy dinner tonight at one of the many, many choices in Thamel.
Day 2 - Explore Kathmandu
After breakfast a private vehicle (with driver of course) will enable you to undertake a tour of the principle holy sights of Kathmandu. You'll first visit the sacred Hindu site of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River. Next you'll head up to the Swayambunath hill top above Kathmandu, site of both Buddhist Stupa and Hindu monuments. Back into Kathmandu and after a leisurely lunch your guide will take you on a walking tour of Kathmandu, including a visit to the Durbar Square. Late afternoon you'll visit the massive Buddhist Stupa at Bodnath. This is the time the faithful Tibetan population begin their daily rituals and is best observed from a roof top cafe terrace.
Day 3 - Kopan Monastery & Khachoe Nunnery
Heading out of Kathmandu it's a short distance to Kopan. Here on a hill rising above the terraced fields in the Kathmandu Valley is sited the Kopan Monastery. Established in 1971, the Monastery is home to around 360 monks from both Nepal & Tibet.There is a huge statue of Tsnokhapa inside the monastery. Take your time to explore and observe as you wish. In the afternoon you can visit the nearby nunnery of Kachoe Gakyil Ling.
Day 4 - Budhanlikantha and Changu Narayan
In the morning you head to the site of Budhanlikantha. It has probably the largest stone statue of Lord Vishnu in Nepal reclining on a bed of snakes in the middle of a pond. The location itself is one of nature & serenity in harmony. You'll then travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Changu Narayan.This is one of the best known Vishnu temples in Nepal. The temple is one of the most elaborate in the Kathmandu valley, rich in wood and stone carvings. It is a two-tiered pagoda structure and was re-constructed in 1702 after the old one was gutted by fire. A stone tablet discovered in the vicinity of the temple dates from the 5th century, the oldest such inscription discovered in Nepal. The main courtyard has several temples and idols of gods with intricate carving in stone created between the 5th to 12th centuries, making it the highest concentration of ancient art in Nepal. Late afternoon you'll arrive at the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Hopefully by now most of the day trippers will have left and you can enjoy a walking tour of the temples, squares and back streets in a more peaceful manner.
Day 5 - Panauti, Namobuddha and the rural Kathmandu Valley
Once again you'll have a private vehicle in order to explore the rural delights of the Kathmandu Valley. You'll visit the ancient Hindu temples at Panauti, as well as the spiritual Buddhist location of Namobuddha. As this is an unhurried day there'll be plenty of time to stop and take a walk into the terraced farmlands, orchards and timeless villages of the Kathmandu Valley too. As you'll be staying in Namobuddha you'll be able to soak up the spirituality here in full.
Day 6 - To Lumbini
Transfer to Kathmandu airport (1.5hr approx) for a flight to the lowland town of Bhairawa. The sudden change in landscape is remarkable as the middle hills gives way to flat lowlands and the warmer climes of the Terai. From the airport it's around 45 mins by private vehicle to Lumbini. Buddha's birthplace is arguably the single most important religious and historical site in the world - not just, but also for being the centre of Nepal's most significant archaeological finds, dating from the third century BC. Later in the afternoon, you'll take a tour of the Lumbini park (approx 3hrs), visiting the Maya Devi Temple (the exact birth place of Buddha), Pushkarni pond (where Buddha’s mother Maya Devi took her final bath before going into labour), Ashoka pillar and the oldest archaeological ruins to be discovered in Nepal and the eternal flame. Later, if you have time you could hire a cycle rickshaw and explore the western and eastern monastic zones.
Day 7 - Lumbini
Today you'll visit Tilaurakot (27 kms west of Lumbini), the ancient capital of Kapilavastu, the kingdom of the Sakya dynasty, the family into which Buddha was born. The ruins of a palace is found here and the gate through which Buddha walked out of his palace renouncing all worldly possessions in the quest for Nirvana can be seen. Return to Lumbini.
Day 8 - Fly to Kathmandu and Neydo Monastery
After taking the flight back from Lumbini to Kathmandu. A private vehicle will take you to the beautiful Neydo Monastery, about an hours drive from Kathmandu. You'll be staying in a welcoming guest house at the monastery which provides very comfortable accommodation, a bit like a hotel, but clearly not a hotel Rooms are en-suite too. The location of the Monastery is both tranquil and rural. It sits atop a hill on the edge of the Hattiban Forest and is close to the Asura Cave where Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, as he is known affectionately, meditated and achieved the highest realisation. The Monastery has around 200 monks. A short walk away is the Dakshinkali Temple outside the village of Pharping. It is one of several “power places” of Kathmandu Valley and one of the most important temples in Nepal dedicated to the goddess Kali. Once you have settled and become familiarised you may attend prayer sessions and partake in the meditation sessions.
Accommodation: Neydo Monastery Guest House, Pharping nr. Kathmandu
Days- 9, 10 & 11 Neydo Monastery
These days are entirely devoted to the daily activities of prayer and meditation at the Monastery. You can partake in these as you wish. Naturally, if you would like to spend more (or less) days at the Monastery, your stay here can be readily extended as part of your tailor made spiritual holiday in Nepal.
Accommodation: Neydo Monastery Guest House, Pharping nr. Kathmandu
Day 12 - Depart Nepal
A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.
Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.
Detailed Example Itinerary
This is an example itinerary
It can be customised to suit your own personal and spiritual reasons for visiting Nepal. We can include additional things like a trek to the sacred Gosainkund Lake, time at a Yoga Retreat, Wellness and Mindfulness at a Luxury Himalyan Resort and Spa, coincide with a traditional Hindu or Buddhist Festival etc.
Check out our "How to get your Spiritual High in the Himalaya" blog for some great ideas too