Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Budda Shakyamumi, was born in 560 B.C., in Lumbini, a locality situated in the south of the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. According to the Buddhist sutras, queen Maya Devi gave birth to him there unexpectedly during a journey. Soon Lumbini became a pilgrimage centre (since at least 3rd century B.C.), and in 1997 it was inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, at the same time is considered among the four main holy places of Buddhism. In 2013 archaeologists discovered traces of the timber structure from the 6th century B.C., which is a vestige of the oldest Buddhist temple standing in the birthplace of Buddha. From Lumbini Buddhism disseminated all over Nepal, including the Kathmandu Valley where today is common and it may seem – at least equally popular as Hinduism. Although only 10% of Nepal’s population practice Buddhism, but this unusual religion or rather a philosophical system, in this culturally diverse country perfectly coexists here with predominant Hinduism. The inhabitants of Nepal regardless their faith live in harmony and moreover, often celebrate together common religious ceremonies.
An expedition we propose allows for getting to know a cradle of Buddhism, as well as become better acquainted with unusual spirituality, principles and traditions.
We will start our travel from sightseeing Kathmandu, a capital of Nepal. We will go to many unique places, inter alia, Buddhist Boudhanath sanctuary – with the most famous stupa in the world and Swayambunath Monkey Temple from which is offered a unique view of the Kathmandu Valley. It will be also a chance to visit the largest Hindu Pashupatinath Temple and a royal plaza – the Durbar Square. These historical object are inscribed the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. We will visit a tourist district – Thamel where life goes on with different rhythm. It is always loud and crowded here. You will have an opportunity to enjoy a Nepalese cuisine in one of the many restaurants or cafes and try your hand at negotiations, bargaining with sellers. Here you can purchase different local products, as beautiful cashmere scarves, and other souvenirs for you loved ones in Poland.
Then we will go to Lumbini, a place where Buddha was born, where aim pilgrims from different parts of the world to acknowledge a source of the Buddhist religion, and meditate in the beautiful garden. After returning to Kathmandu an usual nature spectacle awaits for us – a sunset which you will watch from the hills of Nagarkot. We will also visit Bhaktapur, a former capital of Nepal.
A program of this expedition was created with people who would like to get to know about a cradle of Buddhism and learn more about this philosophical system. At the same time, not deciding for a longer hiking in the mountains they would be able to admire Nepalese nature and unique historical monuments.
Please notice that presented expedition, as well as all the other offers presented by Meroway Adventure were created using our best knowledge and experience. However, if you would like to modify the presented itinerary as so it better matches your needs - please contact us and we will do our best to meet your expectations - this is Your own way of adventure!
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