Tour Name : Buddha Tour India Duration Tour : 12 Days/11 nights Tour code : WINDROSE 13
Bodhgaya – As the place of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buddhists.Lumbini is the birthplace of the Buddha, was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1500 years.Gautama Buddha (c. 563/480 – c. 483/400 BCE), also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was an ascetic (śramaṇa) and sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of ancient India sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. Embark on a spiritual journey through the sacred Buddhist sites of Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Patna, Vaishali, Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sravasti. These destinations hold immense significance in the life of Lord Buddha, offering pilgrims and travelers alike a chance to connect with the roots of Buddhism.Varanasi, the ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, is known for its spiritual atmosphere and Ghats. Bodhgaya is where Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Rajgir and Nalanda are steeped in history and boast ancient ruins and monasteries. Patna, the capital city of Bihar, has several Buddhist sites and museums. Vaishali is where Buddha gave his last sermon. Kushinagar is where Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. Lumbini, located in Nepal, is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Sravasti is famous for Jetavana Monastery, where Buddha spent many rainy seasons. Explore these sites to deepen your understanding of Buddhism and find inner peace.
Tourist Places : Delhi-Agra-Varanasi-Bodhgaya-Ragjir-Nalanda-Patna-Vaishali-Kushinagar-Lumbini- Sravasti-Lucknow
Detailed information about this Tourist Package.
DAY 01 : DELHI
Arrive Delhi: On arrival at the Delhi International Airport and Transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
DAY O2 : DELHI – AGRA (200 Km/03- 04 Hrs)
Morning breakfast in hotel & proceed to city tour of Old Delhi and New Delhi visiting Raj Ghat and Shanti Van – the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Lakshminarayan Temple- a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President’s House, Parliament House, Akshardham Temple. Evening drive to Agra. Overnight in Agra.
DAY O3 : AGRA – LUCKNOW (335 Km/04- 05 Hrs)
After Breakfast visit the world famous Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men labored for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan’s beloved wife. Also visit the Agra fort – the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. Evening drive to Lucknow. Arrival & overnight at hotel.
DAY O4 : LUCKNOW – VARANASI (315 Km/05-06 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Varanasi. Full day journey. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. evening Ganga Arti and free time to visit local Bazar. Overnight at hotel.
DAY O5 : VARANASI – SARNATH
Varansi : city of Lights or Kashi, Varanasi is a holy town situated on the west bank of the River Ganga. Call it the land of Shiva or simply a historic city that has several mysteries concealed deep within: this holy city has a spiritual legacy that dates back to more than 3000 years.
Ganga : Hindus believe that they have three mothers- the mother who has given them birth, Mother India and Mother Ganga.The River Ganga is as important as blood in the human body to Varanasi and Hindus living all over the world. The river is believed to have quality of washing off ones sin and providing them liberation just by taking a bath in it. Hindus from all over the world come to Varanasi to take a holy dip in the river. An Early morning We start the boat from Assi Ghat (the southern ghat) and go all the way to Manikarnika Ghat (the biggest cremation ground of Banaras) and then end the tour back at Assi Ghat. This boat tour is combination of a boat ride and a walking tour of the southern part of the old city to explore the cultural diversity of Varanasi along with the oldest alive site in the whole Varanasi and a Akhada (traditional wrestling ground). after back to the hotel. After breakfast visit to Sarnath – where the Buddha has delivered his first sermon, set in motion the Wheel of Law (Maha-Dharmachakra Pravartan). The Emperor Ashoka (c 304 – 232 BC), who spread the Buddha’s message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, visited Sarnath around 234 BC, and erected a stupa here. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. The ruins, the museum and temple are all within walking distance. Night stay in Varanasi.
DAY O6 : VARANASI – BODHGAYA (255 Km/05-06 Hrs)
After Morning drive to Bodhgaya. Arrival and transfer to hotel. 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 centers since it was here that Buddhaattained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Later visit Mahabodhi Temple, Niranjana River, Sujata Village. Night stay in Bodhgaya.
DAY O7 : BODHGAYA – RAJGIR – NALANDA – PATNA (110 Km/02-03 Hrs)
After Breakfast drive to Patna. Enroute sightseeing of Nalanda & Rajgir. Rajgir -The picturesque Rajgir, or Rajagriha as it was known in the past (literally, the abode of kings) is surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and 5 hills. During the lifetime of the Buddha this was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. The hills and caves surrounding Rajagriha were home to spiritual teachers, ranging from the materialism of the early Charavaka school to the metaphysics of Upanishadic philosophers. Like many others in search of truth, Prince Siddhartha, after he renounced his royal heritage came to this city to seek the path of vation. Nalanda:-Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. It derived its name from Na-alam-DA, meaning Insatiable in Giving, one of the names by which the Lord Buddha was known. Arrive Patna and transfer to hotel . Night stay in Patna.
DAY O8 : PATNA – VAISHALI – KUSHINAGAR (241 Km/04-05 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Kushinagar, Kushinagar is where the Buddhafinally attained Mahaparmirvana. Amongst the ruins are the Mukutbandhan Stupa and a beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha. Enroute visiting Vaishali. Ashokan Pillar – The magnificent ashokan pillar with a lion adorning its top is a definite crowd-puller. This 18.3 m high pillar is made of a single piece of red sandstone and is a major attraction to the tourists. Fort Vishal – Fort Vishal is a one kilometer long fort and is known to be the part of the oldest democracy of the world which had housed the parliament of those times. Museum – The museum houses a rich collection of antiquities discovered from various sites in Vaishali. Bawan Pokhar Temple – This is an old temple built in the Pala period. It is situated in the bank of a tank known as Bawan Pokhar and houses beautiful images of several Hindu gods. Than reach to Kushinagar & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Kushinagar.
DAY O9 : KUSHINAGAR – LUMBINI (148 Km/03-04 Hrs)
After breakfast visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple & Stupas , later drive to Lumbini & transfer to hotel. Lumbini – the birthplace of the Buddha, was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1500 years.
Maya Devi Temple – Lumbini remained neglected for centuries. In 1895, Feuhrer, a famous German archaeologist, discovered the great pillar,further exploration and excavation of the surrounding area revealed the existence of a brick temple and a sandstone sculpture within the temple itself which represents the scenes of Buddha’s birth. On the south of the Maya Devi temple there is the famous sacred bathing pool known as Puskarni. It is believed that Maha Devi took a bath in this pool before the delivery. The temple is built gradually and is composed of many temples, one after the other. It is also found that there is possibility that a Ashoka Stupa existed in the place of temple.
The Ashokan pillar – The Ashokan Pillar, essentially erected by Ashoka (249 BC) visited Lumbini and erected an inscribed Ashokan Pillar on the spot of Buddha’s birth. The inscription of the pillar (the oldest in Nepal) declares that Ashoka granted Lumbini tax-free status in honor of Buddha’s birth. It is 6m high and half of it is beneath the ground. It is behind the Maya Devi Temple, to the west of the temple. Emperor Ashoka erected many other pillars throughout India. The carved top of the pillar has never been found.
The Buddhist monastery – Its built in the way of the modern Buddhist temples of Nepal but is quite important in the purview of architecture of the walls. The middle hall contains some exquisite murals resembling the medieval periods.
Kapilvastu – A holy destination related deeply with the life of a legend, Lord Buddha, eventually Kapilvastu is the place where Lord Buddha had lived the childhood and the days of teenage, in complete luxury. The capital of King Shuddhodhan, Kapilvastu still carries with it the mystic charm. It houses many sculptures of Buddhism, which present a landscape before that visitors that makes them feel calm, content. Kapilvastu carries the visitors away to the ancient days when Buddha was a small child, a prince. The place is situated 27 km south of Lumbini. Night stay in Lumbini.
DAY 1O : LUMBINI – SRAVASTI (224 Km/05-06 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to Sravasti. Sravasti – the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honor for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. The city believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravast, has age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. In Sravasti visit Saheth – Maheth & Jet van. Night stay in Sravasti .
DAY 11 : SRAVASTI – LOCKNOW (183 Km/04-05 Hrs)
After breakfast drive to locknow. Arrive in Locknow check in the hotel. after start city tour of monuments are the Imambadas, popularly known as the Bada Imambada (also Asafi Imambada) and the Chhota Imambada (also Hussainabad Imambada). Besides, there are the Shah Najaf Imambada, Residency, Rumi Darwaza, Kaiserbagh Palace Complex, National Botanical Research Institute and the State Museum and Zoo as well. Night stay in Locknow.
DAY 12 : LOCKNOW – DELHI (535 Km/07-08 Hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and proceed Delhi. arrial in Delhi and evening transfer to airport to board the onward flight.
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Above Tour Cost Include:
Accommodation twin & double sharing Basis as per program.
Daily breakfast at the hotel.
All transportation by AC Deluxe Car Latest Model vehicle throughout the Tour.
Services of our Assistance Representative for Airport Transfer as per the program.
Services of English, Hindi, Urdu, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian speaking Guides as per the itinerary.
Quote inclusive of presently applicable Government service taxes.
Above Tour Cost Does Not Include:
Medical and insurance of any kind, Monument entrance fee.
Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fair, strike or any other natural calamities.Personal nature Expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, laundry, Soft/hard drink, Meals, Tipping etc.