Tour Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive Bodhgaya
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel for 02 nights stay. Rest of the day at leisure on your own.


Day 02 : Bodhgaya
After breakfast, proceed for a guided city tour of Bodhgaya covering Mahabodhi Temple, where in the 6th century B.C. Prince Siddhartha Gautama attained Supreme Enlightenment at this Holy place and became the Buddha, the Buddhist Emperor Ashoka visited the site and is considered the founder of the Mahabodhi Temple. Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum - houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D; Jagannath Temple close by has a four armed statue of Shiva in black stone.


Day 03 : Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Patna (135 Kms / 04 hrs)
After Breakfast, embark on your drive to Patna via visiting Nalanda & Rajgir.

Rajgir - literally, the abode of kings, surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and 5 hills. Throughout the era of the Buddha this was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara.

Nalanda - got its name from Na-alam-da, meaning Insatiable in Giving, one of the names by which the Lord Buddha was known.

After visit embark on a short drive to Patna, upon arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.


Day 04 : Patna – Vaishali – Kushinagar (230 kms / 5 hrs)
After an early breakast, embark on your drive to Kushinagarm, where Lord Buddha attained the state of Mahaparinirvana (salvation) at the age of 80.

En-route to Kushinagar, visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa of Vaishali. Vaishali today is a small village surrounded by banana and mango groves as well as rice fields. After visit continue your drive, upon arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.


Day 05 : Kushinagar – Lumbini (161 kms / 04 hrs)
After breakfast, visit Khushinagar, a place where Tathagata , the reciter of truth passed away . The remains lie in three groups, Nirvana Temple which enshrines statue of Buddha in a reclining position, Matha Kaur shrine has a 10th century blue schist image of the Buddha, Angar Chaitya, which is popularly known as the spot where Lord Buddha was cremated by the mallas.

Later, embark on your drive to Lumbini - the birth place of Siddharth Gautam (Lord Buddha), upon arrival check into your hotel for ovenright stay.


Day 06 : Lumbini – Kapilavastu – Sravasti (225 kms / 05 hrs)
After an early breakfast, visit the Birth place on Lord Budhha, Ashoka Pillar, Maya Devi Temple etc. Later in the afternoon embark on your drive to Sravasti, Shravasti was Buddha’s beloved rainy season retreat where the Buddha performed his first miracle.
Upon arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay.


Day 07 : Sravasti – Varanasi (290 kms / 06 hrs)
After an early breakfast, visit to Saheth, Maheth, Sobhanath Temple, Angulimala's Stupa etc. Later in the afternoon, embark on your drive to Varanasi - one of the oldest living cities in the world, with a continuous history dating back 3,000 to 5,000 years.

Upon arrival check into your hotel for 02 nights stay.

Evening you shouldn't miss is the spectacular Ganga aarti on the Dashaswamedh ghat, the beautiful ritual unfolds every evening on the banks of the Ganga with brass lamps, accompanied with chants and a multitude of people in attendance.


Day 08 : Varanasi
Early morning we take a boat ride on the holy river Ganges and enjoy sunrise, see thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit this city to make holy prayers to meditate and to purify themselves through taking a bath in the holy river Ganges.
Later after the breakast, visit the various temples of the city including The Vishwanath Temple, built by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent. The Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama, Banaras Hindu University and Money Temple


Day 09 : Varanasi (Departure)
Today, you will be transferred to Varanasi airport to catch your flight for onwards destinations.


Tour Highlights

Bodhgaya
Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage in Gaya district in Bihar state. Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautam Buddha attained supreme enlightenment (Bodhimandala). It can be said as a rightful place for Buddhist pilgrimage with it’s rich history, culture and monuments exposing different shades of Buddhism to tourists from abroad and near.

Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. Mahabodhi Temple, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.


Attraction of the city
Mahabodhi Temple, 80 feel Buddha Statue, Archaelogical Museum, Bodhi Tree, surrounding villages and the monasteries built by the different countries etc.


Rajgir
Rajgir means 'the royal palace', is a place of great sanctity and significance for the Buddhists and Jains. Lord Buddha had delivered many of His sermons over here during His 12-years stay at Rajgir or Rajgriha. Situated between Bodhgaya & Bihar, the city of Rajgir is also famous for health and winter resort with its warm water ponds.


Attraction on the city
Venture's Peak, Venuvana, Sattapani Caves, Jivika Mango Garden, Buddha's sculpture, Hot Springs, Bimbisara Jail, Pippala Cave and Jain Temples etc.


Nalanda
Nalanda is known for the ruins of the world famous ancient learning centre. With the nearest habitation at the village of Bargaon, Nalanda is though now a deserted place, but still is very important to the history of Buddhism and Jainism (The Teerthankar Mahavira got moksha near Nalanda at Pawapuri).


Attraction on the city
Nalanda university, Nav Nalanda Mahavira, Nalanda Museum and Sun Temple etc.


Kushinagar
During the ancient time, it was known as Kushavati (Jatakas). It finds mention in epic Ramayan as the city of Kusha the son of Ram, the famous king of Ayodhya. Kushinagar was a celebrated center of the Malla kingdom of ancient India. Later, it would be known as Kushinara, one of the most important four holy sites for Buddhists. Which belongs to the Great Lord Buddha, founder of Buddhism, who delivered his last sermon, attained "Mahaparinirvana" and was cremated at Ramabhar (Kushinagar). Buddha's cremation was done at " Mukut Bandhan" (Ramabhar), where 'Mallas' constructed a big stupa over the ashes.

Many of the ruined stupas and viharas here date back to 3rd century BCE - 5th century CE when prosperity was at its peak.


Attraction of the city
Parinirvana Stupa, Meditation Park, Sun Temple and Kushinagar Museum etc.


Lumbini
Lumbini is the place where Lord Buddha, was born. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence.

The birthplace of the Gautama Buddha, Lumbini, is the Mecca of every Buddhist, being one of the four holy places of Buddhism. It is said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death. All of these events happened outside in nature under trees. While there is not any particular significance in this, other than it perhaps explains why Buddhists have always respected the environment and natural law.


Attraction of the city
Lumbini Grove, Mayadevi Temple, Buddha Vihara and Kapilavastu etc.


Sravsti
Sravasti is one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage, according to the history of Buddhism, it was Sravasti where Lord Buddha performed many miracles to confound his critics. As per legend, Lord Buddha was sitting on the thousand-petal manifesting himself in million-fold as fire and water emanated from his body. According to another legend, Lord Buddha in search of Nirvana and preaching his gospel to his pupil he wandered from place to place and left his footsteps, Sravasti is one among such place which is revered till today. According to one of the Commentaries Buddha spent 25 rainy seasons in Sravasti out of which 19 were spent in the monastery called Jetavana and 6 in the monastery called Pubbarama. Even Ashoka the Great visited this place which was revealed after an excavation where two Ashoka pillars were found that lie at the eastern gate of Jetavana.


Attraction on the city
The Ananda Bodhi Tree, Jetavana and Sobhanath Temple etc.


Varanasi
Varanasi, known to the devout as Kashi, is said to have been founded by Shiva, Lord of the Universe. One of the oldest living cities in the world, as also one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India, Varanasi is a major tourist attraction, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, the city has been a centre of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. Varanasi’s principal attraction is the long string of ghats, which line the west bank of the Ganges. Ghats are the steps which lead down to the river. There are around 100 ghats in Varanasi, each with its own significance.


Attraction of the city
Bharat Kala Bhawan (Bharat Mata Mandir), Banaras Hindu University, Tulsi Manas Temple, Monkey Temple (Durga Temple), The Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath Temple), Sarnath Archaeological Area, Burning Ghats, Ramnagar Fort, Early morning Boat ride & Evenign Aarti ceremony on the sacred Ganges etc



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