Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the light of Asia. Buddha was born in Lumbini which lies in Rupandehi district. As per the new federal structure of Nepal which was introduced after the promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal 2015, Lumbini lies in Province no 5. For those who are interested to learn about Buddhism, it’s better to com to Nepal where Buddha was born. There are numerous monasteries and institutions where the visitors can learn more about Buddhism, meditation and where volunteers can help teaching monks. The visitors can visit Swoyambhunath (the monkey temple) and Boudhnath Stupa in Kathmandua and the birthplace in Lumbini. For those who want to go on a yoga retreat, or take a course in reiki, hatha yoga, massage and other healing techniques, there are several places to go to in Kathmandu and in Pokhara. The Nepal Vipassana Centre in Kathmandu offers ten-day and occasional shorter courses involving silent retreats, getting up at 4am every morning, not talking or making eye contact with anyone over the entire period, and not eating after midday.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
In case, the visitors arrive early, they can visit Boudhanath in Kathmandu. Boudhnath is the biggest stupa in the world and it is one of the world heritage sites in Nepal. It is considered that Boudhnath was built after 600 AD when the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, converted to Buddhism. In terms of grace and purity, no other stupas in Nepal come close to Bodhnath. From its whitewashed dome to its gilded tower painted with all-seeing eyes of the Buddha, the monument is perfectly proportioned. Fortunately, the stupa did not suffer any damage during the 2015 earthquake. The stupa has been recently renovated and it is one of the most visited sites in Kathmandu valley. It is a must place to visit for those who have faith in Buddhism. Visitors can enjoy different activities like having different foods in the rooftops of different restaurants with majestic view of mountains, shopping Thanka, Tibetan painting and many more.