Buddhist Pilgrimage tour

Tour Duration 08 Night / 09 Days

Destination Delhi - Lucknow - Sravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Vaisali - Patna - Ragir - Nalanda - Bodhgaya - New Delhi

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

Arrival at Delhi. Meeting and assistance by representative in airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight in Delhi.

Day 02 Delhi / Lucknow by train

Train details:
Train: Lucknow Swarn Shatabdi-2004
Departure: 0615 hrs
Arrival: 1230 hrs

Lucknow /Sravasti (180 km / 3-4 hrs )

After breakfast, you would be transferred to railway station to board the train to Lucknow. Upon arrival, you will be driven to Sravasti.

Sravasti is the place where Buddha preached most of his sermons. It is believed that Sravasti, which is also known as Sahet-Mahet, was founded by the legendary king Sravast. This place is important from Buddhist point of view because Lord Buddha performed many miracles here. It was here that He displayed a million fold manifestations of himself. He sat on a lotus (with thousand petals), with fire and water radiating from His body.

Upon arrival check-in at a hotel. Stay overnight in Sravasti.

Day 03 Sravasti – Lumbini (225 kms / 5-6 hrs drive).

After breakfast, explore Sravasti including Jetavana monastery on the outskirts of the town. Visit Sahet Mahet and Angulimal caves.

At afternoon, drive to Lumbini. It is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal, near the Indian border. It is where Queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddhartha Gautama.

Upon arrival check in at a hotel. Stay overnight in Lumbini.

Day 04 Lumbini – Kushinagar (182 kms / 05 hrs drive)

After breakfast, visit Lumbini. It has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple and the Ashokan Pillar. South of the Ashokan Pillar, is the famous holy pool ‘Puskarni’ believed to be the pool in which Maya Devi took a holy dip just before giving birth to the Lord and also where infant Buddha was given his first purification bath.

Later, drive to Kushinagar. It is named after the sacred death-place of Lord Buddha. Here, Lord Buddha, an apostle of peace, compassion and non-violence, attained Salvation in 483 BC.

Upon arrival, check in at a hotel and later visit the main site in Kushinagar. The two most frequently visited places in Kushinagar are the Mahaparinirvana Stupa, built on the place of Buddha's Mahaparinirvana (Great Nirvana or passing away), and the place of his cremation, 1.6 km away. Close to Mahaparinirvana Stupa is a 1500 year old image of the Buddha as he attained Parinirvana. The Mahaparinirvana Stupa is surrounded by ruins of ancient monasteries.

Overnight stay in Kushinagar.

Day 05 Kushinagar - Vaishali – Patna (approx. 256 kms and 07 hrs drive)

Post breakfast, drive to Patna en-route visiting Vaishali- Buddha first visited Vaishali in the fifth year after his Enlightenment and spent the rainy season here. It is where Gautama Buddha delivered his last sermon and announced his Parinirvana. Visit Ananda Stupa and Asokan pillar at Kolhua, Vaishali.

Drive to Patna. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Stay overnight at Patna.

Day 06 Patna – Rajgir/Nalanda – Bodhgaya (182 km / 6 hrs )

Post breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Bodhgaya visiting Rajgir and Nalanda. It was the first capital of the kingdom of Magadha, a state that would eventually evolve into the Mauryan Empire. Its date of origin is unknown, although ceramics dating to about 1000 BC have been found in the city.

Rajgir pilgrimage is a very important Buddhist site since Lord Buddha spent 12 years here and also preached two sermons. The first Buddhist Council, after the attainment of Nirvana by Buddha, was hosted over here in the Saptaparni caves. Buddha's favorite retreat was at the Jivkamaravana monastery located amidst scenic thickets. Venuvana, a park presented to Buddha by king Bimbisara, who also built a vihara in it.

Later visit Griddhkuta. Gautama Buddha spent several months meditating, and preaching at
Griddhkuta, ('Hill of the Vultures')

Further, drive to Nalanda. Here you can visit the ruins of the oldest known university of the world. The excavations undertaken at the site have unearthed a huge complex of a University founded and patronized by the Gupta emperors.

Drive continues to Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya is the place of Buddha's Enlightenment and spiritual home of Buddhists. It attracts many believers from all over the world. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centers and in the second place of the four holy sites in Buddhism.

Upon arrival check in at a hotel.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya.

Day 07 Bodhgaya / New Delhi by overnight train

Train Details: Calcutta Rajdhani – 2301 Departure: 2239 Hrs, Arrival: 0955 hrs

Morning after breakfast tour of Bodhgaya -As the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment, Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buddhists. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres since it was here that Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Later proceed for the sightseeing including Mahabodhi Temple ,Sujata Village, and Monasteries of different country’s around the city.

Later in the evening transfer to Gaya railway station to board train for New Delhi.

Night on Board

Day 08 Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi from Gaya. Meet our representative at New Delhi railway station and further transfer to hotel.

Later, enjoy afternoon sightseeing of New Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. Visit President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. Visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Also visit Qutub Minar built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 09 Delhi Departure

Morning after breakfast tour Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad. Visit Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later walk down through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan. br />
Later in afternoon, check out from the hotel and transfer to international airport to board flight for onward destination.