Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour - (09 Days / 08 Nights)
Destination Covered: Gaya - Bodhgaya - Rajgir – Nalanda – Patna – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Sravasti – Varanasi

Day 01: Arrive Gaya / Bodhgaya ( 15 Kms, 20 Minutes drive )

Scheduled arrive Gaya Railway station early in the morning; meet our representative who will assist you to transfer to Bodhgaya which is 15kms far from the station. Upon arrival check into hotel. After fresh up visit the Mahabodhi Mahavihara – where the Guatam Siddhartha turned himself as lord Buddha after getting Enlightenment. Bodhgaya is the most important sites of the main four Pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautam Buddha. Rest of the day free at leisure or own activities.
Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 02: Bodhgaya

Early morning visit the MahabodhiTemple for the meditation under the Bodhi Tree. Back to Hotel for breakfast. Later we shall take you the Sujata Village where Lord Buddha spent 11 years sitting underneath the Peepal tree along the River Niranjana. Afternoon visit the monastery of different Buddhist countries dedicated to Lord Buddha including Thai Monastery, Japanese Temple, 80 ft. high Lord Buddha’s Statue, and Tibetan Monastery etc.Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Bodhgaya / Rajgir / Nalanda / Patna ( 200 Kms )

After breakfast at hotel check out and proceed for Rajgir ( 90 Kms ) which was the first capital of the Kingdom of Magadha. This Epic and historical city abound in myths and fables and much to say to our visitors. It is said that Lord Buddha had visited this hilly and beautiful city many times and also spent many rainy season. Visit Shanti Stupa by aerial ropeway atop the hills. Later visit Japanese Temple, Venuvana Monastry & Vulture’s peak

Later visit the ruins of the Nalanda University – one of the ancient and great Universities in the world for higher educations. This esteemed university was established during the reign of the Gupta emperor Kumargupta. Many building were added by Muaryan Emperor Ashoka the Great while a lot of Monasteries was built by Gupta Empire. Lord Buddha also visited this University many times.

Afternoon drive for Patna ( 90 Kms ). Evening arrive and check into Hotel.Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 04: Patna / Vaishali ( 40 Kms ) / Kushinagar ( 265 Kms )

Breakfast at hotel and drive for Kushinagara ( 265 Kms ) – where Lord Buddha freed himself from the cycle of birth and death. Enroute visit Vaishali - the ancient capital city of the Licchavi, one of world’s first democratic republics in the vajjian Confederacy around the 6th century BC. At the time of Lord Buddha visit this city was very large, rich and prosperous and dotted with a lots of Lotus Ponds.

Afternoon arrive Kushinagara and check into Hotel. After fresh up explore the historical city which the lord Buddha choose to get his Nirvana. Many of the ruined Stupa and Vihara date back to 3rd Centaury BCE to - 05 Centuary CE. The Mauryan Emperor Ashoka had added much construction to this site. Visit the Nirvana Temple & other Vihara.Overnight stay at hotel.

Day5: Kushinagar / Lumbini( 180 Kms, 4 Hrs drive )

Post breakfast at hotel drive for Lumbini located in the foothills of the Himalaya, 25 km east of the municipality of Kapilvastu where the Buddha is said to have lived till the age of 29. It is a place where queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddhartha Gautam. Afternoon arrive and check into Hotel. After fresh up visit Bodhi Tree and pond, Lumbini Garden, Chinese Maitreya Temple.Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 06: Lumbini / Sravasti ( 200 Kms, 4.5 Hrs drive )

Breakfast at hotel drive for Sravasti – one of the ancient cities of the ancient India. It is located on the banks of the river Rapti. It was the capital of the kingdom of Kosala. Lord Buddha had visited this beautiful city many times and also spent many rainy seasons. Afternoon arrive and check into Hotel. After fresh up Visit Jetavana Monastry, Buddha’s hut in Jetavana and many monasteries.Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 07: Sravasti – Varanasi ( 300 kms, 5.5 Hrs drive )

This morning depart for Varanasi. Afternoon arrive and check into hotel. Evening visit the river Ganges to witness the world Famous Ganges Arti. Back to Hotel.Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 08: Varanasi

Early morning visit the river Ganges to take the boat ride followed by view of Enchanting Sunrise. Back to Hotel for Breakfast.

Later explore the city and Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Banaras Hindu University founded by a great social reformer Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya and Bharat Mata Temple. Afternoon excursion tour of Sarnath where lord Buddha given his first sermon after getting enlightened at Bodhgaya. Visit dhamekh Stupa and ruins of Deer Park, Mahabodhi Manavihar & Sarnath Museum. Back to hotel.Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Varanasi Airport / Railway Station Departure

Take breakfast in the hotel and later scheduled transfer to Varanasi Airport / Railway station to board the flight / train for onward destination . Tour ends with happy memories.