• 8 Days Nepal Buddhist Shangri-la Tour
  • 8 Days Nepal Buddhist Shangri-la Tour
  • 8 Days Nepal Buddhist Shangri-la Tour
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8 Days Nepal Buddhist Shangri-la Tour

Spiritual Experience in Nepal

This is one of the most popular itineraries in Nepal. The 8-day Buddhist Shangri-la tour includes some of the very popular & holy destinations of Nepal related to Buddha's life & Buddhism. This tour gives you an opportunity to study the life of Buddha known as light of Asia & Buddhism, only the philosophy of peace & prosperity. We have combined Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath, Namobuddha & Lumbini the birth place of Buddha in Buddhist Shangri-la tour package.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Set your food to the holy land of Nepal and experience the happiness of the devoted local people;
  • Stroll on the grand Panta Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Dubar Square and appreciate unique Nepali-style architectures;
  • Visit Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha and search for a spiritural enlightment as well as the solace that one can only get in a peaceful environment;
  • Communicate with the Buddhist mysteries by visiting sacred and historical Buddhists sites.

Tour Brief Information

  • Tour price:

    1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

    2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

    3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

    4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.9. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

  • Tour code: TD-KL-08
  • Tour type: Private Customizable Tour Package
  • Destination: Kathmandu / Patan / Dhulikhel / Bharktapur / Pharping / Kathmandu
  • Duration: 8 days & 7 nights
  • Departure: Flexible
  • Travel Theme: CultureArchitectureFamily
  • Best Time: SpringSummerAutumnWinter
  • Physical Level

    Physical Requirements

    • Capable of walking short to medium distances by oneself in high altitudes. Must be capable of minor ascents and descents.
    • Capable of light walking and hiking in high altitudes. Suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Average fitness level. High altitude hiking for several hours.
    • Possibly includes high altitude hiking of up to 6 hours per day or activities of a similar nature. Requires an elevated level of fitness.
    • Features demanding high altitude treks or cycling. Only suitable for those with a high level of physical fitness and endurance.

    Note: If you have any questions concerning the requirements or the unique demands for your particular tour package, please feel free to contact one of our helpful Travel Consultants for further information.

    It's advisable to have a body check-up or have your doctor's advice before visiting Tibet. Visitors with a record of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems must seek medical advice before making the decision to go to Tibet Also, people with any of the following problems should not go to Tibet.

    • Have already caught a cold
    • Have severe anemia
    • Have high blood pressure or severe heart disease
    • Have pneumonia, tuberculosis, tracheitis, or bronchitis
  • Tour Pace
    Leisure

    Tour Pace

    • Leisure: enjoy your tour in a slow pace, allowing plenty of time for photography, you will see the most famous attractions, and spend plenty amount of time in each destination.
    • Comfortable: enjoy your tour in a comfortable pace, you will see most popular attractions, and spend reasonable amount of time in each attraction.
    • Tight: enjoy your tour at a tight pace, as you will be able to see as many tour attractions as possible in the available amount of time.
  • Max Altitude
    2,600 m

    Altitude

    High Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. According to our experience, most people will be fine up to 3500m above sea level, as the altitude go higher up to 4500m, mild symptoms as shortness of breath, headache might occur. Adverse reactions may vary from person to person. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and will subside in several hours to several days as the body acclimatizes.

    Mild Symptoms of AMS include:

    • Headache
    • Shortness of breath with exertion
    • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Loss of appetite
    • Poor sleeping
    • Dizziness or light-headedness
    Definition of High Altitude

Your tour - at a glance

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival

The Day 1 is your arrival day. There will be no activities arranged. You can take a good rest in your hotel or go for a leisure walking.

Day 2 Kathmandu to Dhlikhel

You will go to visit the landmarks in Kathmandu including the Swayambhunath and magnificent Boudhanath. Then drive to Patan and enjoy the featured architectures in Pantan Dubar Square. After the sightseeing, drive to Dhulikhel.

Day 3 Dhulikhel - Kathmandu

On Day 3, you will go to explore the mysterious Namo Buddha Stupa and admire the surrounding beautiful scenery. Before driving back to Kathmandu, you will take a stop at Bharktapur and explore the Nepalese architectures, local life as well as custom.

Day 4~6 Flight to Lumbini & Lumbi Tour

On the three days, you will explore Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. On Day 4, take a flight to Lumbini. Have a full-day's discovery in Lumbi and visit Lumbini Garden, Maya Devi Temple and Ashokan Pillar. Fly to Kathmandu on the next day.

Day 7 Pharping Tour

Today is for Pharping tour and you will visit several sites related to Guru Rinpoche, including Asura Cave with the handprint of him and Yanglesho Cave where he attained the state of enlightenment

Day 8 Kathmandu Departure

Today is free for you to leave Kathmandu.

Itinerary Details - Day by Day

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrival ( D )

Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, rich in culture and religion. After arriving at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our enthusiastic guide with a very smiling face, then be transferred to check in your hotel in downtown by an air-conditioned private vehicle. The rest of today is your free time to take rest or walk around.

In the evening, you will be treated a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy authentic Nepalese food.

  • Traditional Nepalese Food Traditional Nepalese Food

Day 2 Kathmandu - Dhulikhel / 30km, About 1h's Driving ( B )

Today’s activities start with the Kathmandu’s most ancient and enigmatic holy shrine - Swayambhunath, also known as “Monkey Temple”. It lies 2km west of Kathmandu City. On the clear days, you are able to see a line of Himalayan Ranges. From its hilltop setting, you can get a fine view over Kathmandu of and the valley. Then, visit the giant Buddhist stupa - Boudhanath. About 131ft (40km) high, Boudhanath is the largest stupa in Kathmandu Valley , and one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in the world. The all-seeing red, white and blue eyes of Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa, similar to Swayambhunath, and surrounded by hundreds of fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and small images of Buddha.

In the afternoon, go to Patan, 4km from Kathmandu city, once a glorious independent kingdom, but now almost a suburb of Kathmandu city. It is known for the crowding Patan Durbar Square which is honored as the finest collection of temples and palaces with exquisite carvings in the whole of Nepal. It also attracts tourists with the treasures and souvenirs in the various shops around the square. The square consists of three main chowks, or courtyards - the central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Main Keshab Narayan Chowk.

After today’s sightseeing, drive to Dhulikhel, the ancient town which is situated 30-km east of Kathmandu on the side of the Arniko Rajmarga. 

  • Giant Boudhanath Stupa Giant Boudhanath Stupa
  • Patan Durbar Square in Nepal Souvenirs Sold in Patan Dubar Square
  • Monkey Temple Panoramic View from Monkey Temple

Day 3 Dhulikhel - Kathmandu / 30km, About 1h's Driving ( B )

Today after breakfast, you’ll visit Namo Buddha Stupa, one of three main stupas of Kathmandu Valley. There is a mysterious story concerned with prince Mahasatta (one of the Lord Buddha’s former incarnations). The stupa is believed to be built on is bones and hairs. Besides its Buddhist significance, the natural environment is very pleasant, with fresh air and good views of Himalayan ranges. Many Buddhists come here for meditation and practice.

Afterwards, drive to Kathmandu with a stop at Bharktapur, which is one of three medieval city-states in the Kathmandu Valley as well as the best preserved one with an altitude of 1,401 meter. With three different styles square - Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square and Dattatreya Square, it is the best place to explore traditional Nepalese architecture and local life and custom, also the best place to witness the great achievements of arts and crafts created by the famous Nepal's Malla Dynasty (1201–1769). Bhaktapur is also famous as the Town of the Devotees. There are many devout Hindus and Buddhists living in the city.

Return to Kathamandu for accommodation.

  • Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure Bhaktapur Durbar Sqaure
  • Namobuddha Stupa in Nepal Amazing Namobuddha Stupa at Dusk

Day 4 Kathmandu - Lumbini / About 30mins' Flight ( B )

After breakfast, your local guide will escort you to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport to catch the flight to Gautama Buddha Airport Bhairahawa in Lumbini. It takes 35 minutes for the transfer from Kathmandu to Lumbini which is the birthplace of the Lord Buddha and becomes one of four Buddhist pilgrimage sites based on major events in the life of Gautama Buddha. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Upon your arrival, the guide will pick you at the airport and then escorts you to your hotel and to help you check-in hotel. The rest of today is free at your own leisure.

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Day 5 Lumbini ( B )

On this day, you’ll enjoy the Buddhist culture to its fullest potential in Lumbini. After breakfast, go to Lumbini Garden and take a look at the various monasteries built by different Buddhist countries, inculding Chinese Monastery with a complex of several pagodas and prayer rooms built by Buddhist Association of China, Royal Thai Monastery with featured Thai-style architecture, Korean Monastery containing delicate images of Lord Buddha, and some others. Then visit Maya Devi Temple, which sits on the site of the Buddha’s birth according to the Buddhist scholars. It is the most important shrine in Lumbini dedicated to the mother of Gautama Buddha. The sacred pond beside the temple is believed to be where Maya Devi took the ritual dip prior to giving birth to the Buddha. The surrounded grounds are the ruined foundations of a great number of brick pagodas and monasteries which can be trace back to the 2nd century BC to the 9th century AD. Just in front Maya Devi Temple, you can find Ashokan Pillar, an inscribed sandstone pillar to commemorate that the Indian emperor Ashoka visited Lumbini in 249 BC.

Tips: At the gate to Maya Devi Temple, you must remove your shoes, and a spare pair of socks will be helpful if you want to walk around the garden.

  • Buddhist Activities in Lumbini Garden Buddhist Activities in Lumbini Garden
  • Maya Devi Temple and the Sacred Pond Maya Devi Temple
  • Ashokan Pillar -  Time-honored Inscribed Sandstone Pillar Ashokan Pillar - Time-honored Inscribed Sandstone Pillar

Day 6 Lumbini - Kathmandu / About 30mins' Flight ( B )

After breakfast, your local guide will escort you to Gautam Buddha Airport in Lumbini for 30 minutes to catch the flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, your guide will pick you at the airport and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of today is free at your own leisure.

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Day 7 Kathmandu – Pharping – Kathmandu / About 1.5hrs' Driving (20km) - 1.5hrs' Driving ( B )

Today, you will drive about 1.5 hours to Pharping, a sacred monastic zone with beautiful myth of Guru Rinpoche visiting the place. There are many holy caves for Buddhist practice and pilgrimages as well. You will begin your pilgrimages from the old Vajrayogini Temple, which is at the bottom of the stairs to others. Then the stairs will lead you up to Asura Cave which is the major cave sacred to Guru Rinpoche. On the upper left side of the entrance door is the handprint left by Guru Rinpoche. After that, continue your trip to Yanglesho Cave, where Guru Guru Padmasambhava attained the state of enlightenment.

After this spiritual tour, drive back to Kathmandu.

  • The Handprint of  Guru Rinpoche Asura Cave The Handprint of Guru Rinpoche Asura Cave

Day 8 Kathmandu Departure ( B )

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.

Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.

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Price & Service Guide

The quotation for this trip is per person

1. This price is based on a group of 2 adult travelers who will take our private tour and share one standard rooms in regular local 4-star hotel in lower seasons.

2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.

3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2021.

4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.9. The final quotation will be adjusted accoring to the latest real-time exchange rate.

What's included in this price?

  • Flight tickets between Kathmandu and Lumbini.
  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as "B,L,D".
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance

What's excluded in this price?

  • Nepal visa (your local tour guide could help you get it if necessary).
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary (all lunches and dinners).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Additional tour service and/or activities.

Value for money:

While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

FAQs of This Trip

  1. Service Information- What is a private Nepal tour package?

    Private Nepal Tour Package means you will have your own private local tour guide, private vehicle and private driver for your group. You don't have to share the vehicle with others. You tour guide will take care of only your group. With the help of your private tour guide, you will see more in Nepal, communicating with locals to learn about Nepalese lifestyle and culture.

    You have the flexibitlity to arrange the group activities accorddingly, such as changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time of certain place. You can also stop on the road as you need.

    If you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, a private tour for your group is ideal. As you have more people in the group, the price won't be much higher than a join-in group tour. It is a good way to save money and enjoy ultimate service.

  2. Our Tour Guide and Driver Information

    Local Tour Guides
    Our tour guides are born and raised in the regions we visit so they know all the potential difficulties and how to avoid them. They are highly trained, speak excellent English and know the local myths, traditions and history which they will share with you. Wherever you travel, our guides are the key that unlocks each destination and make the trip memorable and unique.

    Private Driver and Vehicles
    Our drivers have many years of driving experience in the areas and are very reliable. With Tibet Discovery, you can rest assured that we only use the highest quality vehicles available. We use mainly private vehicles, to ensure we get to our destinations as swiftly and smoothly as possible, as well as allowing the freedom and flexibility to stop and look around or stretch your legs.

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  3. Nepal Visa

    All foreign nationals, except Indian nationals, are required visa to enter to Nepal. Visa once issued cannot be withdrawn, visa fee cannot be refunded after visa is issued, and it must be used within six months from the date of issue.

    You can obtain Tourist Visa on arrival or from nearest Nepalese Embassies, Consulate Generals or Honorary Consulates in your country, whichever you find accessible.

    If you are going to take a Nepal tour after visiting Tibet, you can apply a Visa on arrival at Kodari Checkpoint on the road from Tibet to Nepal.

     

    Visa Fees

    For single-entry visa (valid for 60 days): US$30
    For Multi-entry Visa:
    US $ 25.00 for 15 days multiple entry
    US $ 40.00 for 30 days multiple entry
    US $ 100.00 for 90 days multiple entry

  4. Best time to visit Nepal

    Best time to go:

    In general, there are the two most favorable seasons of year to visit Nepal, that is during the pre-monsoon season (March, April, May, Mid June) and post-monsoon season (Mid-September, October, November). Both tend to be fairly fine weather, and to provide pleasant conditions for trekking, rafting and sightseeing in Nepal.

    But for trekking in Nepal, it is still possible during the monsoon months (mid-June, July, August, mid-September) the rain-shadow areas of the upper Marsyandi and Kali Gandakivalleys, and Dolpo receive far less rain than the Khumbu or Annapurna areas.

    During the winter conditions can also be good although much colder, but be aware that on occasions in January, February and March the higher passes and valleys are sometimes unreachable owing to snow fall.

Reviews of Our Customers

Still not know us well? Read what other travelers are sharing about their Tibet trip with Tibet Discovery (We only accept reviews from confirmed travelers who took our tours / activities, so you can surely rely on the reviews)

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for your email requesting some feedback about our recent trip to Tibet.

We really did have a great time and made some wonderful memories.

We found the whole experience of arranging the holiday with you via email very easy and enjoyable.  We always received prompt and clear responses to all our queries that supported us with decisions about the holiday itenary and arrangements and through the visa and permit process.  The train journey booking went very smoothly. Thank you for this.

The tour in Tibet was excellent. We were very happy with the range of places we visited and the standard of the hotel.

Our guide Tenzing and our driver Mr Chao were both really friendly,helpful and reliable. Tenzing's English was excellent and his knowledge extensive.  He was very patient and happy to ask our many questions!

Thank you again - We would definitely recommend booking a holiday to Tibet with you to any of our friends.

Best wishes

Lynn

 November 22, 2019
Hi Wendy,

As my travel consultant, you answered my questions fast and patient enough. Satisfied with the tour you arranged for me. Good choice of activities on the limited time we had overall. Local guides and drivers were excellent, and we felt very safe and looked after at every stage, including pick-ups and drop offs. Hotel choices excellent.

Kind regards

Stephen

 November 20, 2019
Hi Mike,

Thanks for your email, I have return and well. It was a good trip.

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Useful Trip Notes

  • Recommended groups: First time visitors or who have limited time for travelling. Most popular for families with kids, youth, couples and seniors.
  • Conditions: The activities will be in and around Kathmandu, thus the road condition is very good. As attractions are very close to each other, you won't need to spend much time in the car. A little walking or climbing is involved in Nagarkot as you will watch sunrise over Mt. Everest.
  • Nepal Visa: Nepal visa is required for all foreign nationals (except Indian nationals), who wants to enter Nepal and spend a holiday there. Once the visa was issued, it must be used within six months from the date of issue. For foreign travelers who want a holiday in Nepal, there are three kinds of Nepal Visa to apply according to different tour durations and purpose, including Single-entry Visa, Multi-entry Visa and Transit Visa. Nepal Visa on Arrival is possible for UK, EEC, Australia, Canada and USA passport holders, and can be issued at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Best time: Available all year round. Highly recommend in February, March, April, May, September, October and November. Winter can be a little bit cold. While June July & August are the monsoon season and the weather is hot and wet at times.
  • How to Get to Kathmandu
    Travelers can take inbound international flights to Kathmandu from Lhasa, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming in China, Thailand, India, Qatar, Turkey, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates directly. Overland travel from Tibet, India or Bhutan is also available.

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  • 1. based on double occupancy
  • 2. 3 star accommodation level in low season
  • 3. international airfare is not included
  • 4. price is subjected to change according to group size and payment methods