The Land of Lord Budhha Tour of India

Tour Duration 07 Night / 08 Days

Destination: Delhi/ Lucknow/ Sravasti/ Lumbini/ Kushinagar/ Vaishali/ Patna/ Nalanda/ Rajgir/ Bodhgaya/ Varanasi/ Sarnath/ Varanasi/ Delhi

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi international airport, meet and great at airport and transfer from International Airport to Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02: Delhi/ Lucknow/ Sravasti (134km 4hrs)

Morning after breakfast departure transfer to airport to depart for Lucknow. Arrive and drive down to Sravasti. Saravasti - Also known as Sahet-Mahet, are two different site''s, the main one being Sahet and about 500 meters away is located Mahet. Saravasti was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kosala. Here, according to legend, the Buddha confounded his critics by conjuring a miraculous million fold self - manifestation seated on a thousand petalled lotus, as fire and water emanated from his body. Overnight at Sravasti hotel.

Day 03; Sravasti/ Lumbini (Nepal) (187km 4hrs)

Post breakfast at the hotel in the morning, transfer to the birth place of the Lord on the Nepal - India border, Lumbini.

It is said that mother of the Lord dreamt of a white elephant before giving birth to the child. The temple here is known as the Maya temple and you can find the famous Ashok Pillar.
Overnight at hotel in Lumbini.

Day 04: Lumbini/ Kushinagar (161 km 3 ½ hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive down to Kushinagar. On arrival check in at hotel Kushinagar. Today’s small town of Kushinagar was once the Kingdom of the Malla dynasty in the days of Gautam Buddha. It was known as Kushinara then and is one of the most important spots on the Buddhist pilgrimage trail. It was here at the age of 80 in the 5th century B.C. that Lord Buddha breathed his last. This is also the place where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon. Overnight in Kushinagar.

Day 05: Kushinagar/ Vaishali/ Patna (265 km 5 hrs)

After breakfast at Kushinagar drive down to Patna. You can have Lunch in a midway restaurant between Kushinagar and Vaishali, "ZEN" in Chakiya. Named after the King Vishala the small town of Vaishali was ruled by the Licchhavi rulers. It is believed to be the earliest republic of the world having an elected body of representatives and an efficient administration, as early as 6th century BC. Lord Buddha after attaining his Nirvana, and before attaining the Mahaparinirvana, preached his last sermon here, after which he announced his Mahaprinirvana to come soon. Vaishali is also believed to be the birthplace of Lord Mahavira, the founder of the Jain religion. Overnight in Patna.

Day 06: Patna/ Nalanda/ Rajgir/ Bodggaya (190 km 5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive down to Bodhgaya. En route visit Nalanda – it is the oldest known University of the world. Although Buddha visited this place many a times in his life time, the town shot to fame much later as one of the world’s greatest and best Universities. The excavations undertaken at the site have unearthed a huge complex of a University founded and patronized by the Gupta emperors. This university could accommodate thousands of students and teachers coming from various parts of the country to attain knowledge and study various aspects, which included Buddhism, Vedas and Vedic texts, Logic, Grammar, Languages, Theology, Astronomy, Mathematics and also medicine.

The Chinese traveler Xuan Zhuang came here and stayed here as a student and as teacher later. Rajgir is 12 kms south of Nalanda on the road to Bodhgaya and is located in a verdant valley surrounded by rocky hills. It is sacred to the memory of founders of both Buddhism and Jainism. Lord Buddha spent many months of retreat during the rainy season here and used to meditate and preach on the Griddhakuta, the hill of the Vultures. An aerial ropeway provides the link with a hilltop stupa built by the Japanese. On one of the hills is the cave of Saptparni, the first Buddhist Council was held. The Saptparni cave is also the source of the Rajgir hot water springs that have curative properties and are sacred to Hindus. Overnight in Bodhgaya.

Day 07: At Bodhgaya

Morning after breakfast proceed for Bodhgaya. Full day sightseeing of Bodhgaya, Here under the Bodhi tree (Tree of Awakening). Shakyamuni Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, the "Enlightened One", the propounder of one of the great religions of the world.

The tree that stands todayis believed to have grown from the original Peepal tree under which Lord Buddha meditated. River Niranjana in which the Buddha bathed after attaining enlightenment flows quietly outside the tiny hamlet, where the story of Prince Siddhartha ended and the saga of the Buddha began.

Day 08: Bodhgaya/ Varanasi (Ex Sarnath) (265 km 5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast proceed to Varanasi. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit to Saranath- the holy shrine of the Buddhist where LORD BUDDHA preached his first sermon after he had gained Enlightenment. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 09: Varanasi/ Delhi by flight

In the morning visit the sacred river Ganges before sunrise, to see how the Hindus of Varanasi pray to the rising Sun and then pray to the river Ganges. Enjoy the boat ride at river Ganges. Breakfast at the hotel. You will have free day to explore the colorful market Varanasi. Afternoon transfer to domestic airport to board on flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi you will enjoy farewell dinner then transfer to international airport to board on flight for onward destination.

In the morning visit the sacred river Ganges before sunrise, to see how the Hindus of Varanasi pray to the rising Sun and then pray to the river Ganges. Enjoy the boat ride at river Ganges. Breakfast at the hotel. You will have free day to explore the colorful market Varanasi. Afternoon transfer to domestic airport to board on flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi you will enjoy farewell dinner then transfer to international airport to board on flight for onward destination.



Tour Concludes with Happy Memories of India