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10 Days Journey to the Birthplace of Buddha and Meditation Retreat in Nepal

Swayambhu, Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu, Nepal

Pilgrimage and Meditation Retreat in Nepal

Join this journey to the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal, along with daily guided meditation sessions and exciting jungle safari. During this retreat, you will learn about the daily lifestyles of monks, the introduction to Buddhist Philosophy, as well as enjoy a jungle safari and elephant walks. This retreat will take you from Kathmandu to Bharatpur (Lumbini) and a jeep ride from Chitwan to Kathmandu.

Meet the instructors

Sisse & Alex
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Highlights

  • Daily guided meditation
  • An introduction to Buddhist Philosophy
  • Daily Dharma talks and learn the daily lifestyles of monks
  • Visit the birthplace of Buddha and sacred sites around the place
  • Enjoy a safari and elephant walks while in the jungle
  • Experienced guides and instructors
  • Daily healthy and vegetarian meals
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


9 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 15
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

The journey will start by staying at a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery, overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley. This gives you an incredible opportunity to witness Buddhist monks in their daily lives and to immerse yourselves in the Himalayan Buddhist culture.

In Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, you will stay in a nice guesthouse near the main sacred sites. While in Chitwan, you will be staying at a beautiful lodge near the jungle. From there, you can rest, swim in the pool, enjoy the amazing wildlife in the vicinity and surrounding of the jungle, and go for walks with the elephants into the jungle.

Program

With this pilgrimage journey, you will be spending the first days in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, exploring the Pharping Valley and its many sacred sites. You will be staying in a beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in Pharping, to receive daily guided meditation sessions and introduction to Buddhist philosophy.

From there, the group will journey southward to the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini, near the border between India and Nepal. The group will pilgrimage in Lumbini for a few days, visit the Buddha’s birthplace and the sacred sites of the area.

Then, the group will journey 2-3 hours by road to a beautiful lodge near the Chitwan jungle. From there, you can rest, swim in the pool, enjoy the amazing wildlife in the vicinity and surrounding of the jungle, and go for walks with the elephants into the jungle. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot rhinos, tigers, wild deer, birds, and other wildlife.

Upon the return to Kathmandu on day 8 and 9, the group will stay in Boudha and visit both Boudha Stupa and Swayambhu Stupa.

Sample daily program

Day 1: Arrival and stay at a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Pharping, Kathmandu

Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. You will be taken straight to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, the South Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Here, you will 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. There will be an introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, you will go on hike through rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping. Dinner and meditation session. You will spend the night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.

Day 3: Take a flight to Lumbini

In the morning, you will fly to Lumbini. After lunch, you will settle in at the hotel. In the evening there will be a Dharma talk and introduction to Lumbini. Meditation session after dinner.

Day 4: Pilgrimage to the birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini

Morning meditation session followed by breakfast. You will spend the day visiting the Buddha’s birthplace and exploring the monasteries of the different Buddhist traditions. You will move around on bicycle inside the inner area of Lumbini. Rest followed by dinner. Evening meditation.

Day 5: Journey to the Tharu Lodge in Chitwan

After breakfast, you will travel two to three hours by jeep to the beautiful Tharu Lodge. After lunch, you can rest at the lodge or have a swim in the pool. Afternoon walk on the premises. Dinner and evening meditation.

Day 6 and 7: Stay at the Tharu Lodge

Morning meditation practice and 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 8: Return to Kathmandu, overnight in Boudha

After breakfast, you will return to Kathmandu by jeep, which takes between four and five hours. Lunch, rest, and free time until dinner at a rooftop restaurant near the magnificent Boudha Stupa. Evening meditation.

Day 9: Spend the day in Boudha and the evening at the Swayamchu Stupa

After breakfast, you will walk to Shechen Monastery. There will be 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. Transportation to the airport is provided.

Included excursions

During this retreat, you will get to visit the birthplace of Buddha, different world heritage, hiking, as well as a jungle safari and elephant walk in Chitwan. During the eighth and ninth day in Boudha, you will be visiting the Boudha Stupa and Swayambhu Stupa.

Instructors

Sisse Budolfsen

Alex d'Artois

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Food

During this retreat, healthy vegetarian meals will be served throughout the journey.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily guided meditation
  • Daily Dharma talks and introduction to meditation
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily healthy and vegetarian meals
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur (Lumbini)
  • Jeep ride from Chitwan to Kathmandu
  • Transport in Nepal
  • Jungle safari and elephant walks while in the jungle
  • Experienced guides and instructors
  • Notebook for journaling during the pilgrimage

What's not included

  • International flight ticket to Nepal
  • Personal insurance during the pilgrimage
  • Personal visa to Nepal (to be purchased upon arrival)
  • Any alcoholic beverage during the pilgrimage
  • Tips to local guides and porters

How to get there

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Arrival by airplanes

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Himalayan Hermitage will meet you at the airport and transfer to the retreat location. The visa for Nepal is easily obtained upon arrival and it costs 25 USD for 15 days or 40 USD for 30 days.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Retreat information

This Retreat requires a minimum of 8 participants.

Before booking, please coordinate with Himalayan Hermitage team for further details.

Tuesday November 12, 2019
(10 days / 9 nights)

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