maya-devi tour

Lumbini & Kudan Tour

7 nights 8 days |  Level Leisure

Daily Sessions of Meditation & Conscious Breathing

Travel Consciously in the footsteps of Buddha

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This tour has been designed for those seeking a spiritual experience while exploring Lumbini, a region famous for being the birthplace of the Gautama Buddha.

We are often so distracted with our daily lives of doing and achieving, that we forget to simply be. That is why we have curated this unique package. Our intention is to make this holiday of yours impactful and transformative on a soul level, which is why we have interwoven spiritual concepts of Buddhism, with a carefully curated historic tour itinerary. The tour offers an introduction to meditation and breathing exercises, along with conversations and teachings with Buddhist monks, while touring the archaeological ruins of Buddha’s life in Nepal. We visit Buddha’s birthplace, Maya Devi, Buddha’s childhood palace of Tilaurakot, where he spent his first 29 years, to Kudan, the place where Buddha preached during his return to the region after attaining enlightenment.

Pilgrimage is about travelling to a sacred place with enhanced awareness and intention to achieve an inner transformation. It’s about mindfulness. To listen more attentively, while observing and responding from a conscious state of mind. Transformation comes from within, and we are here to help guide you along your path. An afternoon birdwatching tour through the Lumbini crane sanctuary will offer you close encounters with the local wildlife, from the Nilgai (blue bull) to the endangered Sarus Crane.

Embark on this spiritual journey that helps to illuminate your way towards self-discovery.

Tour Itinerary

  • Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal!
    Boudhanath Stupa tour
    Boudhanath Stupa tourUpon arrival at the airport, your representative will greet you and take you to your hotel. Enjoy a special sunset rooftop dinner overlooking Nepal’s largest stupa and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Boudhanath Stupa. The area was once a central trade route that now protects Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions. Explore the area, and walk around the stupa to get good luck.

    Kathmandu Valley encompasses three old kingdoms: Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, Patan and Bhaktapur. Kathmandu valley is ornate with palaces, intricate pagodas and monumental stupas which are testament to the artistic talent of the Newars (natives of the valley). The Newari craft was held in high regard by the kings of Malla and the Mongol rulers of 18th century China. The Gopala and Kirati dynasties were the first rulers, followed by Licchavi (300-879 AD), who flourished in trade and crafts.

  • Today embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of Swayambunath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Start by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. The temple is situated atop a hill offering panoramic views of Kathmandu valley. The large domed stupa is surrounded by a variety of small shrines and temples, each ornate and luxuriously decorated with gold and vibrant prayer flags and is considered holy to Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus. The site is believed to date back to 460 A.D. and was reconstructed by King Manadeva in the 13th century.

    Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO Heritage Site with over fifty temples, including the temple of the titular deity, Taleju Bhawani. The Durbar diverges into two courtyards, the outer Kasthamandap, Kumari Ghar, and Shiva-Parvati Temple, and the inner section consisting of Hanuman Dhoka and the main palace. Some floors of the main palace have been converted to museums dedicated to three generations of Shah kings of Nepal and also showcase some ornaments from the medieval periods. Thus, the palace is also known as “the Museum of Temples”. The outer courtyards around Gaddi Baithak include handicraft shops, while outside of Durbar Square is Ason Bazar which is known for its architectural sights and charming ambience with the hustling and bustling of the locals in the spices and vegetable market.

  • A morning 30 min flight to Bhairahawa. A short 20min private drive to your hotel in Lumbini.
    Check in and rest, before a guided mindful walk to the Maya Devi temple grounds. See the Marker Stone, the Nativity Sculpture, the oldest Asoka pillar, the Puskarini pond, as well as the many exposed archaeological excavations dating back to the Maurya Period.
    Lumbini Garden is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site that offers a rich cultural and spiritual experience. The Maya Devi temple is nestled inside the protected Lumbini Garden. It is the place where Queen Maya gave birth to the Buddha in 623 BC. The Lumbini Garden also serves as a spiritual centre for an international community of Buddhist followers and has over twenty–five monasteries.

    Evening, take part in a lecture session by a Buddhist Monk. The lecture will stories relating to how Siddhartha Gautam Buddha conducted himself, his life story and about his teachings. Get an intimate insight into how Buddha was, as a person.

  • After a sunrise meditation session within the Maya Devi grounds, walk up to the Little Buddha Statue and the Eternal Peace Flame, the flame was brought from USA in 1986 to celebrate the international year of peace. We then enter the Monastic Zone of the Lumbini Master plan where we will explore different monasteries erected by different countries with their unique architect. After lunch at the Royal Thai Monastery, we will visit Peace Pagoda & Lumbini Museum.

  • Start the day with a guided sunrise meditation session inside the Maya Devi grounds.
    tour-lumbini-kudan-buddhaAfter breakfast take a scenic 40-minute drive to the ancient palace of Kapilvastu, Tilaurakot, where Buddha spent his first 29 years of his life as a prince. Stroll past excavated brick to learn more about Siddhartha Gautama’s early years. The King had created three palaces made of materials appropriate for each of the three major seasons in an effort to shield the young Gautama from witnessing or feeling any suffering. Archaeologists are yet to dig deeper underground to reveal the palace built during the reign of Gautama, which is thought to have been made of organic elements like wood and clay. Visit the site of the Eastern Gate, where Gautama had left on his white horse one night renouncing the life of a prince in quest for the purpose of suffering.
    Continue to visit Kudan, an ancient historical site where the enlightenment Buddha first met with his father, King Suddhodhana after returning to the region. There is also a stupa atop a hill that marks the site where Buddha had ordained his son, Rahula.

    Then, enjoy lunch at a Thai organic farm and before visiting Gotihawa, another holy place where Krakuchhanda Buddha was born and attained enlightenment. The Emperor Ashoka erected a Pillar and built a stupa dedicated to the Krakuchhanda Buddha.
    Return to your hotel to spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

  • Sunrise meditation in front of Maya Devi. Practice the Buddhist Dana, the concept of giving and sharing without expecting any return as you may choose to volunteer at a community school. Catch an afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. Relax before exploring Kathmandu at your leisure.

    Highlights: Maya Devi temple, Community school

  • Leisure day in Kathmandu

  • Enjoy your last breakfast, before we drop you off at the airport to return home.

Book your Journey

Lumbini Tour Map

What is Included

Our package includes all the following.

  • Welcome dinner in Boudhanath, Kathmandu upon arrival
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 3 nights accommodation in Lumbini with breakfast
  • Private car in Kathmandu
  • Private car in Lumbini
  • 2-way domestic flights between Kathmandu & Lumbini
  • Private airport transfer service
  • All entrance fees for sites mentioned
  • Daily guided mediation sessions in Lumbini
  • Daily guided breathing exercises in Lumbini
  • Personal monk teachings in Lumbini

Not Included

Our tours do not include the following expenses, however, we do provide assistance if needed to provide them for your holiday.

  • Tourist visa fees
  • International flight
  • Personal expenses
  • Non-specified meals
  • Personal travel insurance

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