10-Day Journey to the Birthplace of the Buddha & Jungle Safari
- We guide daily introductory sessions in meditation practice and Buddhist philosophy. We explore the living wisdom tradition of Nepal, as we visit sacred sites in the Kathmandu Valley and in Lumbini, birthplace of the Buddha.
- At the Tharu lodge near the Chitwan jungle we are able to explore the amazing wildlife in the vicinity and in the nearby jungle and go for walks with the elephants into the jungle.
ScheduleDAY 1 – ARRIVAL & STAY AT A TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONESTARY IN PHARPING, KATHMANDU VALLEY
Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We drive straight to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, the South Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Here we have time to rest, go for a walk or enjoy the spectacular views over Kathmandu Valley. In the afternoon there will be an introduction to the pilgrimage by the Himalayan Hermitage facilitator.
DAY 2 – STAY AT A TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONASTERY
Morning meditation session followed by breakfast. We have our introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, we hike through rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping. Dinner and Meditation session. We spend the night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.
DAY 3 – WE FLY TO LUMBINI
In the morning we fly to Lumbini. After lunch we settle in at the hotel. In the evening we have a Dharma talk and introduction to Lumbini. Meditation session after dinner.
DAY 4 – PILGRIMAGE TO THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE BUDDHA, LUMBINI
Morning meditation session followed by breakfast. We spend the day visiting the Buddha’s birthplace and exploring the monasteries of the different Buddhist traditions. We move around on bicycle inside the inner area of Lumbini. Rest followed by dinner. Evening meditation.
DAY 5 – WE JOURNEY TO THE THARU LODGE IN CHITWAN
After breakfast we travel 2-3 hours by jeep to the beautiful Tharu Lodge. After lunch we can rest at the lodge or have a swim in the pool. Afternoon walk on the premises. Dinner and evening meditation.
DAY 6 – STAY AT THE THARU LODGE
Morning meditation practice & discussion. In the middle of the day it is possible to take a rest and a dip in the lovely pool. Evening jungle walk with the elephants. Evening meditation.
DAY 7 – STAY AT THE THARU LODGE
Morning meditation session. In the middle of the day it is possible to take a rest and a dip in the lovely pool. Evening jungle walk with the elephants and sundowner while they bathe. Evening meditation.
DAY 8 – WE RETURN TO KATHMANDU, OVERNIGHT IN BOUDHA
After breakfast we return to Kathmandu by jeep which takes between 4-5 hours. Lunch, rest, and free time until dinner at a rooftop restaurant near the magnificent Boudha Stupa. Evening meditation.
DAY 9 – WE SPEND THE DAY IN BOUDHA, EVENING AT THE SWAYAMBHU STUPA
After breakfast we walk to Shechen Monastery. We have a meditation session in the meditation room of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of our time. After lunch the group will have a closing circle with homemade chai in Swayambhu. Back to Boudha for dinner.
DAY 10 – DEPARTURE
Day of departure. We provide transportation to the airport.
About This Event
With this journey we spend the first days in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, exploring the Pharping Valley and its many sacred sites. We stay at beautifully located Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping and receive daily guided meditation sessions and introduction to Buddhist philosophy. From here we journey southward to the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini, near the border between India and Nepal. We pilgrimage in Lumbini for a few days, visiting the Buddha’s birthplace and the sacred sites of the area. We then journey 2-3 hours by road to a beautiful lodge near the Chitwan jungle. Here we can rest, swim in the pool, enjoy the amazing wildlife in the vicinity and the jungle surrounding us and go for walks with the elephants into the jungle. If we are lucky we will be able to spot rhinos, tigers, wild deer, birds and other wildlife. Upon our return to Kathmandu on day 8 & 9 we will stay in Boudha and visit both Boudha Stupa, as well as Swayambhu Stupa
- All accommodation, meals & transport in Nepal
- Experienced guides & instructors
- Flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur (Lumbini) and jeep ride from Chitwan to Kathmandu
- Jungle Safari & elephant walks while in the jungle
- Healthy, vegetarian meals
- Daily Dharma talks & introduction to meditation
- Notebook for journaling during the pilgrimage
What's Not IncludedInternational flight ticket to Nepal
Personal insurance during the pilgrimage
Personal visa to Nepal (25 USD for 15 days / 30 USD for 30 days to be purchased upon arrival)
Any alcoholic beverage during the pilgrimage
Tip to local guide and porters
Venue HighlightsWe are able to enjoy the beauty of both Kathmandu Valley where we stay at a beautifully located Tibetan Buddhist monastery, as well as Lumbini, birthplace of the Buddha as we enjoy the amazing wildlife in the Chitwan jungle of Southern Nepal.
AccommodationsWe stay at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, host to some 100 monks located on a hill overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley. This gives us an incredible opportunity to witness Buddhist monks in their daily lives in the monastery. In Lumbini we will stay near to the main sacred sites, including the Buddha's birthplace. During our stay at the Tharu lodge we stay near to the Chitwan jungle. Here we can rest, swim in the pool, enjoy the amazing wildlife in the vicinity and the jungle surrounding us and go for walks with the elephants into the jungle.
- Free Wifi
- Tour Assistance
- Hot Tub
- House Keeping
- Gluten Free
Menu/CuisineHealthy vegetarian meals will be served throughout the journey.
DirectionsFly to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the retreat location. The visa for Nepal is easily obtained upon arrival and costs $25 USD for 15 days or $40 USD for 30 days.
100% deposit refund for cancellation 60+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 30-59 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-29 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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