Destinations Covered: Delhi - Patna - Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Sarnath - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Lucknow
India Buddhist Tour Package Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Day 01 - Delhi
Welcome on arrival at Delhi and transfer to hotel.
Day 02 - Delhi
After breakfast, tour the historic city of old Delhi to include the
magnificent Red Fort, Jama Masjid, largest mosque in Asia, both built by
Shahjahan, Rajghat-memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the
Nation". Afternoon, tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun Tomb,
Qutab Minar, India Gate, Birla Mandir, Bahai Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Delhi / Patna
Depart for airport for early morning flight to 2500 year old ancient
city of Patna. On arrival at Patna transfer to hotel. Afternoon
excursion to Vaishali where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon
announcing his approaching Nirvana. Visit stupas holding urns containing
ashes of Buddha and Ashok pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka to mark
places sanctified by Buddha. The place is also known now for famous
Madhubani paintings. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Patna / Rajgir
Morning drive down to Rajgir (102 kms / 2 hrs & 30 mins) capital of
6th century Magadha empire. It was revered site of Buddhas discourses.
Buddha spent many years here. Visit Gridhrakula, Sapataparni cave,
Ajatsatru fort and Venuvana. Afternoon visit Nalanda - the world's
oldest university founded in the 5th century. Also visit monasteries and
temples with impressive Buddhist & Hindu images. The Institute for
research into Buddhism and Pali literature which houses rare
manuscripts, is also worth visiting for the enthusiasts. Archaeological
musuem is also not to be missed for the rare collections. Overnight at
Day 05 - Rajgir / Bodhgaya
Early morning after breakfast depart for Bodhgaya (193 kms / 4 hrs &
30 mins) by road. Enroute visit Baraliar caves - the earliest examples
of rock cut caves. Most impressive craftmanship of carving and rock
inscription ca be seen. These caves served as inspiration for the
setting of E.M Foresters "A Passage to India". Arrive Bodhgaya
and overnight in the hotel.
Day 06 - Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres. It was here
that Gautama attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the "Bodhi"
tree Satabodhi temple, Japanese and Tibetan monasteries alongwith
Magadha university musuem are also to be visited. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - Bodhgaya / Varansi
Early morning after breakfast depart for Varanasi (243 kms / 6 hrs) by
road (if one so desires one can go by train to Varanasi for Gaya).
Arrive by afternoon and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit ghats and
temples and Benaras Hindu University. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - Varanasi / Sarnath
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the beautiful sunrise at
Ganges. After breakfast excursion to Sarnath, the principle centre of
Buddhism. It was here around 530 B.C that Buddha preached his 1st sermon
after gaining enlightenment. Also visit Dhamekh and Dharmarajika stupas.
Day 09 - Varanasi / Kishinagar
Afternoon drive to Kushinagar - the place where Buddha passed into
Parinirvana. Visit Ramabha stupa which stands on the spot where the body
of the Lord was cremated. Also visit Natha Kumarka Kot enshrining the
large recumbent figure of Buddha in the state of Nirvana. Overnight at
Day 10 - Kushinagar / Lumbini / Sravasti
Morning excursion to Lumbini, the place where Buddha was born. An
ancient shrine with an image representing the nativity of Buddha is
still preserved. Afternoon drive to Balrampur and visit Sravasti and
other Buddhist shrines enroute. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Balrampur / Lucknow / Delhi
Drive to Lucknow to catch flight to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to
international airport for flight to onward destination.