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Touring with Richard
This trip is specially designed with a vision to detox your body and mind through yoga and meditation sessions along with sightseeing tours of the beautiful Kathmandu valley, the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini and the beautiful city of lakes, Pokhara. There are many worthy attractions and history to discover during your tour, as you explore natural beauty, religious and cultural heritage in this beautiful Himalayan country. The breathtaking mountains, fresh rivers, lush valleys, exquisite Hindu temples, Buddhist monasteries, hospitable people, mouthwatering cuisines and spiritual activities will definitely make your trip memorable.
About Richard David Holden
This tour will be led by Richard David Holden, initially a western traveler who came overland by public buses from Europe to Nepal and India in 1971. Curiosity led him into spirituality and later he just delved into the realm of spirituality, meditation, and travel. He was soon deeply connected with the rituals, traditions, and people. One of many of that generation on that trail who followed a spiritual and adventurous call. Arriving in Nepal and India he met the dharma, great teachers, and practiced according to tradition of Burmese Buddhism and Tibetan tradition. Richard will share with travelers as a fellow pilgrim on the path of dharma.
Together with a local Nepali guide they will personally assist travelers.
In addition, for those interested, references will be given on how to continue Buddhist teaching and practice with proper guidance of qualified teachers in one’s own country.
Together with the expertise of Royal Mountain Travel – Nepal, one can look forward to a rewarding experience to enhance one’s spiritual journey.
Departures Dates 2023:
International Airport Arrival and Transfer to Hotel. Welcome Dinner at Bricks Café.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so. You have time to relax and enjoy the ambience and comfort of the hotel until your dinner transfer in the evening. You are welcomed for a good dinner at a traditional restaurant with good ambience at Bricks Café.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Sightseeing of Swayambhunath Stupa, Visit Bijeswori Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square via Ason & Bhaktapur City.
Early morning, you drive to Swayambhu and are dropped at Buddha park at the back side of the hill. Then you walk around the park and can observe activities of the devotees in the area, and offer butter lamps to Buddha statues. From there, you walk around the area to reach Bhagwan Paau. You are then picked up by your transport and dropped off at the other side of Swayambhunath. You then take a short walk to Saraswotisthan Temple to get blessings from goddess Saraswoti, Goddess of learning. Later, you head onto Swayambhunath Stupa on top of a conical hill, where the panoramic view of Kathmandu city can be witnessed. You can observe and enjoy Bhajan (spiritual hymns) being performed near Harati Mata Temple.
Then onward you drive to tantric temple – Bijeshwori Temple, and head on further to sightseeing tour of the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, including Machhindranath temple passing by the local market in Ason.
Later in the afternoon, you drive to ancient city of Bhaktapur, an important and fascinating World Heritage Site, made up of three large squares filled with shrines, temples and activity. Bhaktapur is the essential Newari city with some of the finest architecture in Nepal. In its heyday (14th-16th centuries) Bhaktapur was the most powerful of the Kathmandu Valley kingdoms and its capital for 300 years.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pharping with visit to Dakshinkali Temple and Vajra Yogini Temple. Short meditation session at Neydo. Drive back to Kathmandu.
As you drive away from Kathmandu, you can see the change in scenery along the road and drive through farming fields and lush green forest. The winding road takes you all the way up to Dakshinkali Temple, you would be visiting Vajra Yogini Temple and finally you reach Pharping where you stop at Neydo Monastery for a short meditation in a peaceful environment and lastly, you take the road back to Kathmandu.
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa. Drive to Lumbini.
After breakfast, you are driven to Domestic Terminal at Tribhuvan International Airport and onwards you take your flight of approx. 35 minutes to Bhairahawa. You are then driven to Lumbini and are transferred to Buddha Maya Garden Hotel, where you stay for 2 nights. In the afternoon, you get to visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha, sacred garden and monasteries in the area.
Full Day Visit to Monasteries in Lumbini Garden
This day, you visit monasteries and meditation center in the Lumbini Garden. A full day visiting around the monasteries built by different Buddhist countries, would be quite an experience in its own. You get to experience the calm surrounding and can explore the historical structure and the timeless remains of the ancient era.
Drive from Lumbini to Pokhara. Sightseeing in Pokhara to Davis Falls and Gupteshwor Cave
Today, you drive from Lumbini to Pokhara after breakfast. Leaving the abundant Terai terrain, you drive along the busy road to see the magnificent hills and the mountain views at a distance. Pokhara is best known for its beautiful lakes and its richness of the valley. You get to see the majestic Himalayas like Machhapuchhre and Annapurna ranges. Pokhara fascinates you with its beauty and nature, while it is a well-known destination as the starting point for numerous trekking trails and expeditions in the Annapurna region. You shall be going to the Davis Falls and Gupteshwor Cave, that are among the main highlights while you are in Pokhara.
Sunrise at Sarangkot. Boating in Phewa Lake. Excursion to World Peace Pagoda.
Today, you rise up early to go for a short half an hour’s drive from Pokhara lakeside to Sarangkot. Sarangkot is the hill station popular to enjoy the sunrise over the Annapurna range. You will enjoy the panoramic view of Pokhara, the Phewa lake, the sea of green hills and chain of snow-capped peaks. You drive back to the hotel for breakfast. In the afternoon, you shall enjoy boating in Phewa Lake beneath the beautiful Machhapuchhre and visit temple in the middle of the lake. Later, you go for excursion to the World Peace Stupa located on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Pokhara valley.
Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu. Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Shechen Monastery
Today, after breakfast, you fly for about half an hour back to Kathmandu and are transferred to your hotel. You can relax for a while and take your time to visit to additional place in Kathmandu. In the afternoon, you can visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, the heritage sites enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Shechen Monastery.
Drive to Sankhu and Visit Vajrayogini temple. Half Day Sightseeing Patan Durbar Square.
Sankhu is an ancient Newar town located in the north-east corner of Kathmandu Valley. Vajrayogini is a Buddhist Tantric deity sacred to both Buddhists and Hindus, and the temple is located in a peaceful place. Later, you go for sightseeing tour of Patan city, explore its Durbar Square including Golden Temple and Kumbheshwor Temple.
Drive to Namo Buddha. Rejuvenating Retreat Session and Vegetarian Dinner at Avata Wellness Center.
Today you drive along a winding road just outside Kathmandu that takes you to Namo Buddha, which is perched at the top of the hill. You pass through scenic landscapes, small villages before you reach the magnificent complex of the monastery. It is a most sacred Buddhist religious site and also popular among tourists.
Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Avata Wellness Center for an exclusive retreat session that includes 60 minutes Yoga session and Spa/Sound Healing for 60 minutes, which will help you relax and rejuvenate your body and soul. There you are served a vegetarian dinner platter at its restaurant.
International Airport Departure Transfer
You have your time free until departure time. The Check-in is 2.5 hours prior to departure, and it is best not to skim on time as queues can be long and slow. Your booked airport transfer will be at your hotel ready to take you to the airport in time, allowing approximately 30 minutes driving time depending on time of day. At the airport, security will check your flight ticket – either hard copy or on your mobile – along with your passport before you are allowed to enter the departure hall.