Buddhist Circuit Tour in Nepal

Duration: 8 Days   |  
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Transport: Car / Hiace / Bus and Flight
  • Food: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Lodges
  • Group Size: 4+
  • Max Elevation: 1750 m
  • Single Supplement: US $ 150

The Buddhist Circuit Tour of Nepal offers a captivating travel experience, thoughtfully tailored for those with limited time to explore this magnificent country. This unique itinerary encompasses the most renowned Buddhist destinations within Nepal. Often referred to as the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Nepal holds a prominent position as one of the world's most significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

Nepal, a land where Buddhism thrives as the second-largest religion, continues to be a hub for devout followers and practitioners. Here, you can immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Buddhist traditions. Nepal hosts three predominant branches of Buddhism: Theravada, Tibetan Vajrayana, and Newar Vajrayana, each characterized by its distinct rituals, monasteries, temples, and cultural nuances.

Embark on a journey of your own choosing, where you can explore these diverse Buddhist practices at your own pace. Shepherd Holidays is here to facilitate your stay, guide you through visits to sacred sites, and provide opportunities for in-depth cultural experiences, allowing you to connect with Buddhism in a way that resonates with you.

Are you interested to learn more about Buddhism?

Buddhist Pilgrim Tour in Nepal is an 8 day tour which covers the most popular Buddhist destinations in Nepal. Nepal is the birth place of Lord Buddha and Nepal has been ranking one of the largest Buddhist pilgrim destinations in the world. As Buddhism is second largest religion in Nepal, you can still find societies believing and practicing Buddhism. There are major three types of Buddhism being practiced in Nepal – Therbad, Tibetan Vajrayan and Newar Vajrayan. All these types have their own rituals as well as monasteries, Temples and related cultures. You can simply come and explore them on your style. Shepherd Holidays will assist you to stay, visit and learn more as you wish.

Buddhist Pilgrim Tour in Nepal is just set of 8 days tour starting from Sightseeing of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. You will reach Namobuddha in second day of your tour and spend your night. It is a symbolic place of 9 different Buddha. Next day you will back to Kathmandu and fly to Lumbini. You also have an option to drive to Lumbini, while driving you can explore more about Nepal and typical Nepali lifestyle. Your visit ends in Kathmandu after completing your tour of Tilaurakot, Kapilvastu, Sagarhawa, Gotihawa, Kudan and Niglihawa. If you wish to visit complete Buddhist Circuit Tour of Nepal & India following the footprint of Lord Buddha, please contact us.


  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valley
  •  Experience various culture, tradition and cuisine of various ethnic groups
  • Explore Namobuddha, a symbol of kind of Buddha 
  • Visit different Temples, Monasteries and research centers 
  • Visit the native land of Lord Gautam Buddha


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After your arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our airport representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you can take a rest or explore the streets of Thamel nearby your hotel. In the evening, we will organize a short pre-trip meeting and introduce you with your tour and trekking guides, who will brief you about the preparations to be done for the trip.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1300 m
  • Place: Kathmandu

After breakfast, at around 9am, our guide and driver will pick you from your hotel and you will go for the sightseeing of famous UNESCO world heritage sites around the valley.

Pashupatinath (World heritage site)

The world famous Hindu temple Pashupatinath is regarded as one of the holiest and oldest Hindu temple in the world. This temple is located 5km east from the city center at the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath area is widely decorated by various ornaments dedicated to Lord Shiva. As followed by the Hindu Culture, the cremation of the dead is done in Pashupatinath area by the side of the bank of the holy Bagmati River.

Swyambhunath: Monkey temple (World heritage site)

Swyambhunath, also named as the monkey temple because it is surrounded by the monkeys all over the area. Famous for people following both Hinduism and Buddhism, this temple not only provides the cultural and religious aspects but also offers various arts, architecture and the magnificent view of the Kathmandu valley from the western side of its hillock. Swyambhunath Stupa is imprinted by the eye of Lord Buddha, which stands for peace and knowledge.

Bouddhanth (World heritage site)

Bouddhanath is the oldest and the largest stupa in the valley, which was built during the Licchhavi dynasty in the 5th century around 2500 years ago. Its old name is ‘Khasa’ but later it was changed to Bouddhanath by the government. You will find many Buddhist pilgrims and monks from Tibet and various places going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Patan Durbar Square (World heritage site)

Patan Durbar Square is situated at the center of the Lalitpur city. The main attraction of Patan Durbar Square is the ancient royal Palace, where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. There are many temples and idols in this area. You can also explore the Newari lifestyle, food, and culture in the square and visit museums that contain many ancient items that have a lot of historical significance.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1300 m
  • Place: Kathmandu

After breakfast, you drive to Bhaktapur for sightseeing of Bhaktapur Durbar Square and then drive to Namobuddha. Namobuddha is famous Buddhist pilgrimage site located 40 km southeast of Kathmandu valley in Kavre district. Overnight in your hotel at Namobuddha.  

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Brakfast
  • Altitude: 1750 m
  • Place: Namobuddha

After breakfast, you’ll proceed to Lumbini from Kathmandu. You have both options to whether fly or drive to Lumbini. You can witness beautiful scene while flying. Rivers, Hills, Mountains, Valleys, Jungles, and many more can be observed while flying and you can see so closely the flat area of Terai and the paddy fields by road. You can see various animals including elephant roaming here and there nearby road. After arrival in Lumbini, you will be greeted by the management team of the hotel and the rest of the day is yours. Overnight at hotel 

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 105 m
  • Place: Lumbini

After breakfast, you will proceed to sightseeing of Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha. You’ll explore Maya Devi Garden, Ashoka Pillar, Eternal Peace Lamp, Pushkar Pond, Chinese temple, Buddha birth place and many other religious and historical Buddha stupas. Overnight at hotel

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 105 m
  • Place: Lumbini

After breakfast, you will proceed to Visit other interesting Buddhist Sites near Lumbini. Tilaurakot at Kapilvastu is believed a capital place of then prince Siddharth who later became Buddha, had spent his 29 year.  Sagarhawa, Gotihawa, Kudan and Niglihawa are the historic places of Buddhism in Nepal. Overnight at your hotel in Lumbini.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 105 m
  • Place: Lumbini

After breakfast, we fly back or drive back to Kathmandu. You can see the beauty of Nepal via your flight or drive. 

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1300 m
  • Place: Kathmandu

Today is the last day of your trip. If you would like to stay in Nepal, you have many options which can be shared with you upon request. Else, we will transfer you to the airport for your departure. We thank you for the opportunity of being your travel partner and wish to serve you in your next vacation. Have a nice journey

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Altitude: 1300 m
  • Place: Kathmandu
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What to Expect

  • Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
  • All transportations during the trip by a private vehicle
  • Kathmandu-Bhairahawa-Kathmandu air fare/Tourist Bus fare 
  • 3 Star or Best available tourist hotel accommodation Twin Sharing BB plan
  • Everyday breakfast throughout the tour. 
  • Guided Sightseeing Tour 
  • All sightseeing transport by private vehicle
  • Salary, Food, Accommodation, Drinks, Transportation for Ground Staff including Guide and Driver 
  • Shepherd Holidays Tshirt
  • Certificate 
  • All government taxes and official expenses
  • Nepal Entry Visa (See the details about Nepal Visa)
  • International Airfare 
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Entrance Fees at Heritage Sites (See the details about Enttrace Fees at Heritage Sites)
  • Extra snacking items (alcohol, hot and cold drinks, sweets, etc).
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. in such case extra will be charged as per actual.
  • Tips for Guide and Driver 
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on Our cost include section

Useful Information

Shepherd Holidays will provide you Tourist Bus/private vehicle for this trip. 

Guides and Porter:
Shepherd Holidays will provide you well experianced guide for the trip. 

We do not hope that there may arise any serious problem for you in your journey, but if you get caught by serious illness, then we will do our best to take you to the nearest health post or hospital possible. However, you will be responsible for all the expenses that take place during the evacuation process. So, it is best for you to be properly insured before the trip.

Trip Extensions:
If you like our service and would like to explore Nepal more or take part in any other adventurous activities in Nepal, India, Tibet or Bhutan, please feel free to contact us for further details.

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Custom Itinerary:
If you'd like to suggest a different itinerary or plans for the given trip, feel free to contact us, so that we can make the best out of your custom-made trip upon your request.