Bhutan

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour (Guru Padmsambhava Circuit)

Maha Guru Padmasambhava stands alone as by far the most influential figure in Himalayan Buddhism. Guru Rinpoche as he his know to Tibetans meditated at numerous sites in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Tibet and beyond. Considered the Second Buddha, he is deeply revered and often serves as a primary source of refuge and object of devotion for most Himalayan Buddhists.

Padmasambhava was invited to Tibet to help establish Vajrayana Buddhism there, however before this, he visited Nepal at Many times and key events in his hagiography played out here.

At Pharping, just South West of Kathmandu, he entered a meditation retreat focussed on the Tantric Buddha, Vajrakilaya (Tib. རྡོ་རྗེ་ཕུར་པ།). An important result of this retreat was a meditation manual on this practice which became the foundation of the majority of Vajrakilaya lore and theory in Tibetan Buddhism. Vajrakilaya, in various forms, is practiced by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and is associated with the removal of inner, outer and secret obstacles.

Later at the upper cave, known as the Asura cave, he attained Mahamudra attainment of Vidhyadhara or knowledge holder. As such this site has the same significance to Vajrayana Buddhists as Bodhgaya.

There are many other sites associated with Padmasambhava in Nepal, one of the most dramatic is the cave complex known as Maratika or Haleshi in Khotnag district. Padmasambhava is said to have flown there from Lake Rewalsar, in Himachal Pradesh, India, with his consort Princess Mandarava. At Maratika they practiced the sadhana (ritual meditation) of the Buddha Amithayus, Buddha of infinite life, and attained immortality whilst receiving teachings from Amithayus in person.

On this trip, we will take you to the sacred sites where Padmasamhava traveled, meditated and attained accomplishment. As with other sites in Nepal, these are also the sites of natural beauty, great biodiversity and rich cultural heritage. Our guides and instructors will lead you to the site, along with sessions and interactions with the resident Lamas. There will also be meditation sessions that will help us receive a glance into the wisdom of Padmasambhava and his legacy.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Later tour of Buddhist sites

Arrive in Kathmandu. Meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Later, tour of Swoyambhunath Stupa. It is also referred to as “Monkey Temple” by many tourists because of the large tribes of monkeys that guards the hill. Legends say after the Bodhisattva Manjushri drained the water from the lake revealing the Kathmandu valley, the lotus one the island of the lake was transformed into the hillock, and the blazing light from the lotus became the statue.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meal(s): DINNER 

Day 02: Visit Pharping Overnight at Chhaimale Resort

After breakfast, tour of Pharping

About 19km south of Kathmandu, Pharping is a thriving Newari town whose ancient Buddhist pilgrimage sites have been taken over by large numbers of Tibetans. A circuit of its religious sites makes for a compelling day out from Kathmandu. Visit Asura Cave, Yanglesho, self arisen Tara and Monastery.  It is belived that Yanglesho and upper Asura cave has connection and Guru Rinpoche could traverse freely through solid matter, he used this narrow tunnel to move between Yangleshö Cave and the upper Asura Cave after drive back to Kathmandu O/N Hotel

Meal(s): LUNCH/DINNER/BREAKFAST

Afternoon, visit Namo Buddha.

Namo Buddha is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites south of the Himalayas, as well as being one of the holiest Buddhist sites in the world. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Pharping to Lumbini.

After breakfast, we will take to Lumbini, the birthplace of loard Buddha which takes around 7 hours driving  via Jeep/VAN (7- 8 hours).

Overnight at the hotel in Lumbini.

Meal(s): LUNCH/DINNER/BREAKFAST

Day 04: Visit Lumbini and transfer to Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, visit major monasteries in Lumbini. It is a Birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama- the founder of Buddhism, known as Buddha or the enlightened one is the famous Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal.  For about one billion Buddhist, Lumbini is where it all began. This is confirmed by the existence of an inscribed pillar erected after 318 years after the event by Buddhist emperor Ashoka, and by the remains of Ancient ruins all over.

Tharu Cultural show in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Meal: LUNCH/DINNER/BREAKFAST

Day 05: Chitwan National Park to Maratika (Haleshi)

Early Morning after the breakfast drive to Khotang (Maratika) or Haleshi Mahadev temple, evening visit Maratika cave which is sacred cave of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padma Shambhava) and Dakani Mandarava O/N at hotel.

Meal: LUNCH/DINNER/BREAKFAST

Day 06: Maratika - Visit Caves and Monastery

After Breakfast, start spiritual tour to Maratika caves and other sites. According to Tibetan Buddhism entire Maratika is the site of immortality and one of the six supreme pilgrimage sites in the world. It is the place where the great master Guru Rinpoche and Dakini Mandarava obtained the realization of immortal life. Maratika was also blessed by the family of three protectors Manjushri, Vajrapani and Avalokitesavara.

Meal(s): BREAKFAST / LUNCH/ DINNER

Day 07:  Maratika - Timal – Dhulikhel:

After Breakfast, drive to Timal, Timal is ethnic village in Kavre district and famous for Bodhichitta (Praying Beads) which has strong historical connection with Guru Padma Shambhava (Guru Rinpoche). According to spiritual inscriptions Guru Rinpoche blessed reside in Timal Kingdom after his journey back from Tibet. So there are many spiritual sites related with Guru rinpoche including small lake, meditation caves and monastery. It is belived that Guru Rinpoche is the person who had originated Praying beads (Bodhichitta) and Timal itself is identified as village for those spiritual beads. After spiritual tour of Guru Rimpoche Nye drive back to Dhulikhel.

Meal(s): BREAKFAST / LUNCH/ DINNER

Day 08: Yempi Mahavihar/ Yempi Lakhang:

After breakfast drive to Yempi Mahavihar Lalitpur which is built on 2200 years ago by Khatkuti Aju. Guru Rinpoche Padma Sambhav had maditate and stay as home in Nepal. Biography of Guru Rinpoche, there is mentioned that Yempi Mahavihar is one of main resident in Nepal out of three main residents of Ripoche as Uddhiyana and Samye. Now it is secret extremly significant places for Buddhist followers. The Temple Yempi Mahavihar or Yempi Lakhang supports all traditions of Buddhism Therabad, Mahayana and Bajrayana. The place is welth of Tantras and tantric scriptures so it is said there were many treasures and treasure teachings in this place. Likewise it is said that if we make preyers here at this place we never be reburn in hell and our prey will be accomplished and all opstacles will despelled. Afternoon time for re-treat and worship. after visit other spiritual monumants at lalitpur city. Over night at Kathmandu.

Meal(s): BREAKFAST / LUNCH/ DINNER

Day 09: Departure to home country (China)

After Breakfast, departure Transfer to airport for final departure.