Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour – An exciting tour to various Buddhist Shrines in Nepal immensely offering a meld of religious, cultural and historical exploration. Lumbini, the most renowned and sacred site in Nepal also known as the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha holds a notable position in the hearts of Buddhists worldwide, Holdsworth remains one of the prime destinations for those who venture on a Buddhist pilgrimage journey.

Buddhist Pilgrimage Nepal Tour attracts thousands of visitors from all around the globe to soak into the tranquillity and peaceful environment preached by Buddhism since the old centuries. The journey offers travellers a chance to plunge into the rich history of Buddhism while moulding a personal connection with its teachings. Pilgrims undertake this journey to observe the sites where remarkable events and mystery transpire, looking for spiritual closeness and blessings.

In Nepal, a journey to Buddhist pilgrimage sites encloses innumerable sacred havens such as the Bouddhanath Stupa, Swambhunath Stupa, Namo Buddha, World Peace Pagoda, and Lumbini, the cherished birthplace of Buddha. Moreover, the Buddhist tour embraces visits to numerous ancient monasteries, enhancing the devotee's spiritual experience and cultivating a deeper treasure for Buddhist heritage.

From the amazing Buddhist sightseeing Kathmandu tour to the birthplace of Gautam Buddha Lumbini Tour, in every step of the Pilgrimage Buddhist Tour will provide you a serene experience with the cognizance and valuing of Buddhism.

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Key points of the Buddhist Pilgrimage tour

  • Set foot on the most sanctified destination in Nepal, Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha.
  • Visit the world UNESCO sites; Swoyambunath stupa, Boudhhanath stupa and others.
  • Explore the ancient monasteries that hold a significant importance of Buddhist Heritage.
  • Enhance your knowledge about Buddhist religions and get a chance to witness the astounding Himalayan views.
  • Get a profound insight into the truth of Gautam Buddha's history in Lumbini.

Swoyambunath Stupa – Iconic Buddhist Landmarks in Kathmandu

Swoyambunath Stupa one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal also referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the plethora of Monkeys along the fringe of the holy shrine. Locating at the hilltop, Swoyambunath offers a bird’s eye view of the entire Kathmandu Valley and amazes our travellers with the natural beauty, architecture and sculpture of the area. Also, the dramatic mountain views.

Considered the crowning prestige of Kathmandu, Nepal showcases the perfectly elegant monuments that rise through a whitewashed dome to a glided steeple, where the iconic four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in capital directions. Capture every side of the dome that presents the vistas of different shrines, and smaller stupas.

Both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims visit the Stupa to find peace and prayer. The Hindu temples such as Harati Temple and Saraswati Temple also reside in the Buddhist site. Make a prayer and get a deeper knowledge about every single attraction that you will encounter.

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Boudhhanath Stupa – World’s Largest Buddhist Stupa

Boudhhanath Stupa, the largest stupa in the world and listed in a UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts thousands of travellers for an amazing day trip to get Buddhist as well as Tibetan insights. Set amidst the chaotic streets and vibrant markets, Bouddhanath Stupa offers a unique and captivating experience of ancient traditions and spirituality.

When it comes to embodying grace and purity of form, no other stupa in Nepal emulates Boudhanath. Its unspoiled whitewashed dome blends impeccably with its gilded tower embellished with the universal eyes of the Buddha, showcasing exceptional proportion and grace.

Explore the various statues and artwork inside are simply stunning. Immerse yourself into the monastic lifestyle by visiting one of the many monasteries encircling the Boudhanath Stupa. Captivate in conversations with resident monks, who are often open to sharing their stories and insights into their spiritual journey.

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Lumbini – Birthplace of Gautam Buddha

During the Buddhist Pilgrimage tour, Lumbini is the Foremost destination to be explored as it is the ideal pilgrimage site for Buddhists as well as Hindus from everywhere throughout the nation. Lumbini never fails to impress the travellers with art, culture, history, spirituality and serenity.

The place has a lot to offer where stunningly beautiful monasteries built by different countries following their own national styles which are the centre of attractions in Lumbini. Explore various religious sites like Mayadevi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, World Peace Pagoda, Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar, Tilaurakot, Museum and many more attractions which in-depth provide the history of Gautam Buddha.

In Addition, the Mayadevi Temple stands as the needle of holiness within the Lumbini Garden, portioned as the revered site where Lord Buddha was born. Adjoining the temple lies the Ashoka Pillar, its engraving utterly declaring this spot as the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Legend holds that within these sacred grounds, Prince Siddhartha, fated to become the Buddha, took his initial seven steps, covey his heartfelt message of peace to humanity. Get more insights about the Lord Gautam Buddha by embarking on the journey of the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour.

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Namo Buddha Monastery – Ancient Buddhist Monastery

Escaping away from the bustling cities and enjoying a holiday in a most spiritual Buddhist site Namo Buddha Monastery. The peaceful and serene atmosphere of the monastery is emphasized by its beautiful gardens and courtyards, which are ideal for relaxation and meditation.

Namo Buddha Monastery is perched as a tranquil and admired Buddhist shrine, granting an intense glimpse into Nepal's rich spiritual and cultural heritage. This adores destination gestures to all those interested in Buddhism or hungering for relief amidst nature's embrace. Discover the breathtaking insights surrounding this sacred haven settled within Nepal's cultural tapestry.

Moreover, the Namo Buddha monastery also sets travelers in the most awe-inspiring destination rendering the incredible Himalayan scenery of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa, Choba Bhamare, Langtang, Shishapangma, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Numbu and many more. Lastly, Namo Buddha is famous for its history where Buddha sacrificed himself to save the tigress. To get deep knowledge make sure to embark on the Buddhist Pilgrimage journey.

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Pharping– Renowned Buddhist Site in Kathmandu

Pharping, a bustling Newari settlement, blusters ancient Buddhist pilgrimage sites now accepted by a compelling inflow of Tibetan pilgrims. Settled at the hilltop Pharping excites the travelers with a history of Asura Cave in which it is known that Guru Rinpoche had meditated and attained the highest realization.

Dakshinkali Temple is also located on Pharping as this holy Hindu shrine is the most important temple in Nepali dedicated to God Kali. Explore the temple inside and outside capture the architecture of the temple and learn cultural significance resides here. Make a prayer to God as it is one of the most powerful temples in Kathmandu.

With a combination of Hindu and Buddhist shrines, the Pharping is an exceptional destination to explore once when you are in Kathmandu, Nepal. Nyedo Monastery is one of the Buddhist sites which offers visitors to experience their life in monstery to understand and appreciate the tradition of Buddhist people living daily. Surely, the monastery provides cultural, natural and respectable values to the visitors. As you undertake the Buddhist Pilgrimage tour you’ll get proper insights into Buddhism religions.

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Kopan Monastery – Holiest Buddhist Shrine

Kopan Monastery presents deeper knowledge about the Tibetan-influenced Buddhist peoples where the spiritual atmosphere is famous worldwide that attracts visitors from the globe. Nestled on the picturesque hilltop behind the Bouddhanath Stupa, Kapan Monastery amazes the incredible scenery of the breathtaking town of Boudha and the glimpses of Himalayan ranges.

For those seeking spiritual insights and inner serenity, Kapan Monastery is the ideal destination to rejuvenate yourself. As known as the biggest monastery in Nepal, the monks from Nepal and Tibet devoted their lives to the study and practices of teaching Shakyamuni Buddha.

Travellers to the Kopan monastery are proffered a unique chance to soak themselves in the teachings of Buddhism and to gain proper intuition into the daily lives and customs of the inhabitant monks. Enhanced with spectacular shrines, intricate paintings, sparkling thangkas, sacred statues, and beautiful stupas, Kopan Monastery perched as a profound incarnation of the wisdom conveyed by Shakyamuni Buddha.

Outline Itinerary of 8 days Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 02: Sightseeing in Swoyambunath and Bouddhanath stupa

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Namo Buddha and back to Kathmandu

Day 04: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Lumbini

Day 05: Lumbini Buddhist tour

Day 06: Drive or fly from Lumbini to Kathmandu

Day07: Visit Pharping and Kopan Monastery

Day 08: Departure Day

Best Time to Do Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour can be done all year round. However, spring (March, April and May) and Autumn (September, October and November) are considered the best time to travel in Nepal. As the days will be clear, sunny and stable which ultimately makes the tour amazing. The Himalayan View will be stunningly visible and the trail will be enjoyable throughout.

Winter presents a perfect opportunity for embarking on this journey, the sunny and clear days that are favourable to day-long sightseeing activities. While it's still possible to commence on this journey during the summer or monsoon seasons, individuals must face the heat and humidity, which may diminish the tranquillity of the trip. Hence, summer is not an advisable time for this exploration.

Monkey temple

People also asked:

What is the group size and departure date for this tour?

The Nepal Buddhist Pilgrimage tour is a private guided tour. So, you can visit on your preferred travel date and we organize the tour even for solo travelers.

Is it worth embarking on a Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour?

Of course, the tour provides an amazing experience of cultural and historical insights of Lord Buddha. Visiting different religious sites on this tour immensely offers tranquillity, relaxation and meditation as well.

What activities are typically included in a Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour?

Activities offered on a Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour may be varied based on the chosen tour package. However, typical activities often encircled temple visits, meditation sessions, ceremony attendance, engagement in religious rituals, and opportunities to learn from spiritual guides.

Is it safe to undertake the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour?

Yes, Most Buddhist pilgrimage destinations are safe for travellers. However, it is always crucial to know about the safety and security of the places you planning to undertake.

Typically, what is the usual duration of a Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour?

The duration of a Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour can vary based on the chosen tour package. These tours may span from several days to multiple weeks.


Commencing on a Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour offers a heartfelt journey of spiritual excursion and cultural immersion. These tours provide individuals with a great chance to delve into the affluent tapestry of Buddhist history, explore sacred sites, and associate with the ethos of this ancient tradition. However, the experience encourages personal reflection, growth, and a deeper appreciation of Buddhist teachings, leaving indelible impressions on all who undertake this meaningful pilgrimage.

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Mr Ram Sharan Adhikari is a Managing director of Eternal Himalaya Adventure, Trekking exerts in Nepal. Eternal Himalaya provides exceptional trekking experiences in Nepal’s majestic landscape as well as Tibet, Lhasa, Mount Kailash tours and Bhutan tours. Additionally, we invite travellers to experience the beauty of Nepal Himalayas, cultural immersion, and memorable adventures. Eternal Himalaya offers high-altitude trekking, city tours, hiking, mountaineering, helicopter tours, mountain vistas, and cultural encounters to fulfil travellers’ dreams of inspection and the creation of lifetime memories. send us your feedback!