India

Nepal Spiritual Ashram Experience

Description

Experience the best of this spiritual Ashram in the peaceful backdrop of beautiful Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be surrounded by views of mountains that stretch out as far as the eyes can see. This unique opportunity will take you on a journey of soul discovery and improve your view and understanding of your everyday life! Travel with Side Street Explorers and transcended into a thoughtful journey of your mind and body connection.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time.

  • A representative and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your designated hotel. The representative will help you check into hotel.

  • At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

  • Check In and Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 2

  • After breakfast at the hotel commence the sightseeing tour of Kopan Monastery, Boudhanath stupa and Swayambhunath stupa.

  • KOPAN MONASTERY

    • This is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Boudhanath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. It belongs to the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international network of Gelugpa dharma centres, and once served as its headquarters.

    • The monastery was established by the FPMT founders, Lamas Thubten Yeshe and Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, who bought the property from Nepal's royal astrologer in 1969. Its name comes from the name of the hill on which it was built. Kopan has become especially famous for teaching Buddhism to visiting Western foreigners. The first of what would become annual month-long (November–December) meditation courses was held in 1971. These courses generally combine traditional Lam Rim teachings with informal discussion, several periods of guided meditation, and a vegetarian diet.

    • Technically, "Kopan" now encompasses two separate institutions - the Monastery itself, on top of Kopan Hill; and the Khachoe Ghakyi Ling Nunnery, located nearby. In recent days, Kopan Monastery has also established itself as a popular recreational destination for Kathmandu residents and local tourists as well. The weekend holiday of Saturday receives quite a visit from hundreds of families and individuals to the beautifully decorated hillock and its gardens. The monastery is not open to public on other days.

  • BOUDHANATH

    • One of the oldest and the biggest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal; Boudhanath is a spherical stupa structure imposing at a height of 36 meters with three massive Mandala style platforms. Located 08 kilometres east of Kathmandu, the stupa with four pairs of eyes at the four cardinal directions is believed to be keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity.

    • Built on an octagonal base inset with 108 prayer wheels, the shrine is ringed by the settlement especially of the Tibetan refugees who entered Nepal in the 1950s. They have developed the place into a ‘Mini-Tibet’ ever since.

  • SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA

    • Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hillock 02 kilometres west of Kathmandu overlooking the valley. The oldest written reference to the stupa dates from the 5th century, but it could have existed much earlier. Moreover, a legend has it that the stupa evolved spontaneously at the time of the Kathmandu valley’s creation.

    • Swayambhunath is famously known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ owing to the presence of a large number of monkeys around the area.

  • Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3

  • After breakfast drive to Chandragiri and visit Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir.

  • SRI AUROBINDO YOGA MANDIR

    • The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is one of the best Ashrams in Nepal which is located on the lap of the majestic Chandragiri Mountains in Kathmandu. The place itself is famous for splendid snow-clad stunning Himalayan ranges at a single glance. Sri Aurobindo Ashram is regarded as an example of dynamism which offers a unique lifetime experience in Yoga and Meditation. It is a true Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual learning center based on classical, spiritual and philosophical teachings, which focuses on authentic practices of yoga and meditation. The natural beauty of this Ashrams location provides you a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere which will help you feel relaxed during meditation and yoga practice. In the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, you will develop a hipper, healthier, more focused and productive life. This Ashram started in 1993 led by the spiritual Guru, Swami Ramchandra Das, who will provide you with spiritual and philosophical lessons and discourses that will help you reach new awareness; awakening within you and a deep connection to the self.Sri Aurobindo Ashram is the perfect place to do Yoga and Meditation and it has a Yoga Center, Meditation Halls, Schools, Modern Guest House, Cow Dairy, Organic Farm, Pashmina Manufacturing, Cultural Center, Ayurvedic Clinic and Tailoring Center. Not only that, you can also do Karma yoga, enjoy vibrant community life and excel in Sadhana Meditation in a beautiful, serene and secluded environment in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram experienced Gurus will also encourage yoga beginners to explore their asana practice and yoga fundamentals in a safe and nurturing environment.

    • Sri Aurobindo Ashram also offers you to visit and explore their Pashmina workshop which manufactures handmade products such as; beautiful Cotton Pashmina Shawls, and Hand-Tailored Clothes, Souvenirs / Gifts, Thangkas and many more beautiful items. You will also get chances to visit the agricultural side of the Ashram. Furthermore, we The Sri Aurobindo Ashram provides sleeping places for around 250 children and has its own schools to give them an equal chance on education. The Sri Aurobindo Ashram is very popular among the people which offer you deep personal renovation, promote healing and achieve optimal physical health. This Ashram provides you common grounds for spiritual and material growth which will inspire you to seek your inner happiness and satisfaction.

  • Drive back to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 4

  • After breakfast at the drive to Lumbini.

  • Lumbini is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas in modern Nepal. In the Buddha's time, Lumbini was a beautiful garden full of green and shady sal trees (Shorea robusta). The garden and its tranquil environs were owned by both the Shakyas and the clans. King Suddhodana, father of Gautama Buddha, was of the Shakya dynasty and belonged to the Kshatriya (warrior caste). Maya Devi, his mother, gave birth to the child on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha while resting in Lumbini under a sal tree in the month of May, 642 BC. The beauty of Lumbini is described in Pali and Sanskrit literature. Maya Devi, it is said, was spellbound to see the natural grandeur of Lumbini. While she was standing, she felt labor pains and catching hold of a drooping branch of a sal tree, she gave birth to a baby, the future Buddha.

  • In 249 BC, when the Indian Emperor Ashoka visited Lumbini, it was a flourishing village. Ashoka constructed four stupas and a stone pillar with a figure of a horse on top. The stone pillar bears an inscription, which in translation runs as follows: 'King Piyadasi (Ashoka), beloved of devas, in the 20th year of the coronation, himself made a royal visit, Buddha Sakyamuni having been born here; a stone railing was built and a stone pillar erected to the Bhagavan having been born here, Lumbini village was taxed reduced and entitled to the eight part only.  

  • Check-in and Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 5

  • After breakfast at the hotel commence the sightseeing tour of…

  • ASHOKAN PILLAR

    • The Ashokan Pillar in 1895, a German archaeologist, white wandering about the foothills of the Churia range, discovered a massive stone pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka in 250 B.C. to pay homage to the birth place of Buddha. It is said that the Indian Emperor visited Lumbini Garden in the twentieth year of his coronation. 

  • THE STONE PILLAR

    • King Piyadasi, beloved of the gods, having been anointed twenty years, came himself and worshipped saying: "Here Buddha Sakyamuni was born. He caused a stone pillar to be erected, because the worshipful one was born here. The village of Lumbini has been made free of taxes and a recipient of wealth.

  • MAYA DEVI TEMPLE

    • The next visible monument in Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi containing a stone relief depicting the birth scene of Lord Buddha. The bas-relief shows Maya Devi supporting herself by holding on to a branch of a sal tree, and the newborn infant Buddha standing upright on a lotus pedestal. Two celestial figures are engaged in the act of pouring water and lotuses from the heaven, indicated in the sculpture by a delineation of clouds. The Maya Devi shrine has been worshipped by both Hindus and Buddhists since the beginning of the Christian era and is believed to have been built over the foundation of at least one earlier temple or stupa. To the South of the Maya Devi temple is the famous sacred pool of 'Puskarani', believed to be the same sacred pool in which queen Maya Devi bathed just before giving birth to Buddha. It is also believed to be the same sacred pool in which queen Maya Devi bathed just before giving birth to Buddha. It is also believed to be the pool where the infant Buddha was given his first purification bath. The structure consists of three projecting terraces in descending order and is riveted with fine brick masonry. From the Bada Bazaar we will move to Moti Bazaar. It is a denser market with even more places to eat. We will take a break to have snacks and drinks. It is a very old market, with olden shops selling sweets, Lassi, Poori- Bhazi, Chaat and freshly prepared pickles. There is plenty of snacks available, like Kachodi, Aloo Puri, Chole Bhature, Laddo, jalebi, Matura’s Peda, Rasgulla, RasMalai, Fruit Chaat, stuffed parathas etc.

  • THE SACRED GARDEN

    • The Sacred garden is that the lovely space round the Asoka pillar wherever you'll be able to spend some time in peace and inquisitive around.

  • THE CRANE SANCTUARY

    • The sanctuary is being designed for the protection and breeding of vulnerable cranes during this space. It’s an attractive place to go to.

  • PUSKARINI POND

    • Located at the southern aspect of the Ashoka Pillar is that the holy pond, believed to be that where Maya Devi took a shower simply before biological process to the lord Buddha. This is often conjointly the place wherever the baby aristocrat Gautama Buddha was given his initial purification bathtub. The pool has terraced steps and is rapt by splendidly coated bricks.

  • Overnight at Hotel.   

 

Day 6

  • After breakfast at the hotel drive back to Kathmandu.

  • Once you arrive at Hotel check-in procedure.

  • Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 7

  • We ensure that you will leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime. Our representative from our Nepal office will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home.

India

From R 9 820.00 

6 - 9 pax

*Above pricing is based on 3* accommodation and a 6 - 9 pax group, inquire with us for 4* accommodation and bigger groups.

7 Days / 6 Nights

Validity : April - September 2020

Including

  • Assistance by Our Nepal representative

  • 04 Nights’ accommodation at Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast basis

  • 02 Nights’ accommodation at Hotel in Lumbini on Bed & Breakfast basis

  • Surface transfers Kathmandu-Lumbini-Kathmandu by air-conditioned vehicle

  • Sightseeing tours and transferas as mentioned in the above itinerary by private vehicle (fully air-conditioned)

  • Services of local English speaking guide during the tour

  • Entrance fees to monuments as mentioned in the itinerary (subject to change if once revised)

  • All currently applicable taxes including Service tax 

 

Excluding

  • Early check in or late check out

  • Optional excursions and activities

  • Airfares (international and domestic)

  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)

  • Drinks

  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

  • Tips

  • Visa to India/Nepal

  • Insurances

  • Mineral water beyond that supplied

  • All not mentioned above

  • Peak season surcharges if any
    Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)

  • Entrance fees at all monuments

 

Surcharges apply for high season or late bookings. Prices are in ZAR, subject to availability & tax fluctuations.

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