(09 Nights / 10 Days)

Tour for Buddhist pilgrimage in India

Tour Overview

If we look at the history of Buddhism, India is its fundamental country. There are many pilgrimage sites in India which are related to Buddhism. In this tour of India, you will visit such police stations whose memories are associated with some activity of Gautam Buddha. Bodhgaya, Patna, Kushinagar, Vaishali, etc. are many religious places in India which are directly related to the sovereignty of Buddhism.

Tour Details

Day 01: Arrive New Delhi

Today you will step into Delhi, the capital of India. You will be welcomed at your arrival at the international airport and you will be provided with the necessary support at that time. From the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in a comfortable car. Delhi is a multi-viewer window for the whole of India. Many empires of history have left their mark here. Delhi is an important place in terms of tourism. In Delhi, you will be able to see a mixed form of culture of people from every corner of India.

Day 02: Delhi - Lucknow by train & Lucknow - Sravasti by surface (180 kms/04 hrs)

This morning you will be transferred to Delhi Railway Station from where you will take the Swarna Shatabdi Express Rail for Lucknow. On reaching Lucknow, you will be provided assistance and from here you will travel further to Sravasti which is located at a distance of about 176 km from Lucknow. Sravasti is a place influenced by Lord Mahavira, the last Tirthankara of Jainism. Here you will visit the magnificent Shwetambar temple where thousands of Jain pilgrims come before. Apart from this, you will also visit the Somnath temple, which is the birthplace of Jain Tirthankar Sambhavnath.

Day 03: Sravasti - Lumbini by surface (225 kms/5 Hrs)

This morning you will travel to Lumbini, passing through the countryside called Sahet & Mahet. Lumbini is an important pilgrimage site located in Nepal where Lord Buddha was born. The main attraction here is the Maya Devi temple and the pond located there which is associated with the memories of Lord Mercury. Maya Devi was the name of the mother of Lord Buddha and this temple is dedicated to her. The temple was discovered in 1895 by a German archaeologist.

Day 04: Lumbini - Kushinagar by surface (180 kms/4 Hrs)

Today you will go to Kushinagar where Lord Buddha died. This sacred place holds a lot of religious significance for Buddhist pilgrims. A long and interesting history is associated with Kushinagar. Rambhar salt place is near Kushinagar where Lord Buddha was cremated. Apart from this, this place is also associated with Lord Jain Tirthankara Mahavir and it is also an important place for pilgrims of Jainism. The ancient Nirvana temple and stupas at Rambhar were built by Kumaragupta-first during his reign between 413–455 AD.

Day 05: Kushinagar - Vaishali - Patna by surface (280 kms/7 hrs)

Today, while traveling to Patna, the capital of Bihar, you will visit the famous Buddhist pilgrimage site named Vaishali on the way. Vaishali is a simple village which means Samriti and as per its name, the rich culture and historical heritage were discovered during the excavation in this area. Vaishali was the first democratic confederation in the world that developed during the 6th century BC. This place is also the birthplace of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism. Vaishali is also the holy place where Lord Buddha's declaration of Nirvana was one of the 8 great events of his life. In this holy place, a monkey offered honey to Lord Buddha.

Day 06: Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodhgaya by surface (200 kms/05 hrs)

Today you will travel to Bodh Gaya and visit important places called Nalanda and Rajgir on the way. Nalanda is famous for its ancient ruins of Nalanda University. These ruins are widely spread over a large area. Nalanda University is the oldest university in the world where students from many countries used to come to study in the sixth century BC. But in 1193, the ruler of Turkey, Bakhtiar Khilji, who was also the ruler of India at the time, set this university on fire due to jealousy. This university library had so much stock of books full of knowledge that the fire kept burning for 3 months. The Archaeological Department has classified the region into several sites, including 8 monasteries and the ruins of several temples made of red stone. After this, you will visit Rajgir which is a small area but is a pilgrimage center for the three important religions of India, Hindu Buddhism, and Jainism. There are strict Karani caves at this place which have great importance in religious terms. After this, you will reach Bodh Gaya and check in the hotel. There is a banyan tree in Bodh Gaya under which Lord Gautama Buddha attained supreme knowledge.

Day 07: Bodhgaya - Varanasi by surface (256 kms/6 hrs)

This morning you will go to visit Mahabodhi Temple in thin form and it has very beautiful architecture. The Bodhi tree is present hereunder which Lord Buddha had attained the ultimate knowledge. After visiting this holy place, the full stop will travel through many rural areas to Varanasi. Varanasi is a vibrant city of ancient times which is the ultimate pilgrimage site for the people of Hinduism.

Day 08: Varanasi - Sarnath - Agra

Waking up early this morning, you will take a boat ride to see the religious activities taking place at the bathing ghats along the banks of the holy Ganges River. Here you will see thousands of people associated with Hinduism performing their worship rituals. After this, you will visit many temples situated on the banks of the river. After this, you will go to Sarnath which is located just a few distances from Varanasi. It was here that Lord Gautama Buddha preached his first dharma and established the wheel of law. Here you will see the Ashoka Pillar and after that go to the Sarnath Museum. Later you will be shifted to the railway station from where you will take a night train to Agra.

Day 09: Agra

Every morning on your arrival in Agra you will be transferred from the railway station to the hotel. Today, you will see the beauty of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders in the UNESCO Heritage here. The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum with very beautiful carvings on it. After this, you will visit the Red Fort located in Agra and other beautiful structures are present here. This huge fort was built with red sandstone. Where the most prominent attraction is the Jahangiri Mahal which was built by Emperor Akbar for his Hindu queen Jodha Bai.

Day 10: Agra - Delhi by surface (210 kms/5 hrs)

This morning you will travel to Delhi and after reaching Delhi, you will visit the important sightseeing such as the Qutub Minar India Gate and other ancient government buildings for half a day. Later you will be transferred to the International Airport, from where you will be able to fly to your home.

Inclusions

  1. 08 nights' accommodation

  2. 08 breakfasts

  3. Airport transfer

  4. Ground transportation

  5. Current Government Service tax included

  6. Licensed English speaking Indian tour guide

  7. Entrance fees

Exclusions

  1. Entry visa

  2. International flights

  3. Domestic flights

  4. Personal expenses

  5. Gratuities

  6. Travel insurance

  7. Laundry

  8. Alcohol beverages

This Tour Package is Available with 3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star, and 5 Star Luxury Hotel Categories.

It's a 100% customizable tour package.

Beat time to visit is from September to March.

Best package cost available with a minimum of 2 pax.

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