Nepal Boutique Travel Route

【South Asia Indo-Tibetan Tour】

Tibet, China → Kathmandu and Lumbini in Nepal → New Delhi, Agra, Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Kushinagar and Kolkata in India → Colombo, Sri Lanka

Buddhism originated from India, one of the four cradles of civilisation and various religions. Gautama Buddha, the creator of Buddhism, was born in Lumbini, a border town in Nepal closed to India. He attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya under the Ashoka tree. Then he gave his teachings in Sarnath located in the Hindu place of pilgrimage Varanasi by the Ganges. He attained Parinirvana in Kushinagar. Though Hinduism and Islam dominate India today with Buddhism only be found in the three holy cities where Buddha grew up, his teachings has been spread around the world. Tibet Autonomous Region, China, and Sri Lanka stand many temples and welcome an endless stream of pilgrims. Together with Bhutan and Nepal, these Buddhist countries are places for pilgrims to attain enlightenment.

Day 1 Hong Kong —— Shenzhen —— Lhasa
Morning:

Set off from Hong Kong to Shenzhen for the flight to Lhasa, or take the train from Guangzhou to Lhasa through Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

Afternoon:

Visit the world-famous Potala Palace. Then head to Jokhang, the sacred temple for Tibetan Buddhism, and the Gompa of Tibetan Buddhism Sera Monastery.

Night:

Stroll around the Barkhor and try out Tibetan delicacies.

Day 2 Lhasa
Morning:

Visit the Drak Yerpa, one of the four propitious places for hermits.

Afternoon:

Visit the Namtso, the sacred lake for Tibetan Buddhists.

Night:

Enjoy the night of Lhasa with authentic Tibetan cuisine in downtown.

Day 3 Lhasa —— Kathmandu, Nepal
Morning:

Take the flight to Kathmandu, Nepal, and then set off for the Boudhanath.

Night:

Try out Nepalese cuisine and enjoy the nightlife at the Thamel District.

Day 4 Kathmandu —— Lumbini
Morning:
Afternoon:

Take the flight to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.

Night:

Have a nice vegetarian dinner at the temple.

Day 5 Lumbini —— New Delhi, India
Morning:

Take the flight from Lumbini to New Delhi, India.

Afternoon:

Visit the India Gate, the Lotus Temple of Bahá'í, and the former residence of Gandhi.

Night:

Stroll around Rajpath (also known as the King’s Way) and enjoy Indian cuisine.

Day 6 New Delhi —— Agra
Morning:

Head to Agra to visit one of the World’s Seven Wonder - the Taj Mahal.

Afternoon:

Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, from which the construction of Taj Mahal is inspired. Then visit Akshardham, one of the most famous Hindu temples in the country.

Night:

Enjoy the night view of New Delhi and dinner at the Connaught Place.

Day 7 New Delhi —— Bodh Gaya
Morning:

Take the flight from New Delhi to Bodh Gaya.

Afternoon:

Visit the Mahabodhi Temple, the place where Gautama Buddha attained his enlightenment.

Night:

Spend a night in the temple with simple vegetarian meal.

Day 8 Bodh Gaya —— Varanasi
Morning:

Take the flight from Bodh Gaya to Varanasi, the place of pilgrimage of Hinduism. Head to Munshi Ghat.

Afternoon:

Visit Manikarnika Ghat, one of the holiest cremation grounds of Hinduism along the Ganga, the holy river of India, to observe the lives of the locals.

Night:

Enjoy authentic Hindu cuisine at the riverside of the Ganga.

Day 9 Varanasi —— Kushinagar
Morning:

Trace the steps of Gautama Buddha at Sarnath, the place where Gautama Buddha gave his teachings. Then set off for Kushinagar.

Afternoon:

Visit Parinirvana Stupa where Gautama Buddha attained his Parinirvana. Revise the teachings and life history of Gautama Buddha.

Night:

Spend a night in the temple with simple vegetarian meal.

Day 10 Kushinagar —— Kolkata
Morning:

Take the flight to Kolkata, the old capital of India.

Afternoon:

Visit the former residence of Tagore, the famous Indian poets and the first Asian receiving Nobel Prize in Literature. Then, visit the Victoria Memorial dedicated to Queen Victoria and the St. Paul’s Cathedral. These monuments can help you understand more about the cultural influence of Britain have on India and the relationship between Britain and India.

Dinner:

Have a nice dinner of British cuisine in Indian style near the Howrah Bridge.

Day 11 Kolkata —— Colombo
Morning:

Visit the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity and feel the love of Mother Teresea.

Afternoon:

Take the flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka. After arriving at the city, head to the Colombo Fort in Portuguese architectural style and the Presidential Palace in Dutch architectural style for a visit.

Night:

Enjoy the night view of Colombo at the Lotus Tower and authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.

Day 12 Colombo —— Hong Kong
Morning:

Visit the Colombo National Museum, a building in British architectural style.

Afternoon:

Visit the Red Masjid, the Temple of Sri Kailawasanathan Swami Devasthanam Kovil and the Gangaramaya Temple to understand the harmony between different religions of Sri Lanka.

Night:

After enjoying Sri Lanka cuisine in downtown, take the flight back to Hong Kong.

Last revision date: June 16, 2020