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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

Duration: (12N /13D )

The main root country towards Buddhism is India; hence there are a number of Buddhism sites in India such as Vaishali, Patna, Bodhgaya, Kushinnagar and more. Kapilvastu and Lumbini are the two main Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour sites located in India. Katmandu is also one which follows Buddhism. There is a special religiousness and unmatched peacefulness in the mind of tourists when they visit such sites. Religious travelers visit these sites regularly throughout the year. This package of 12 nights and 13 days itinerary allows the tourists to visit the sacred spots of Buddhism.

Day 1     Arrival at Delhi

The tourists arrive at Delhi where the tour representatives would meet them and transfer them to the hotel. They can check-in and refresh in the hotel. This day would be for sightseeing Delhi. Tourists start to visit old Delhi along with a cycle rickshaw ride which would be an unforgettable experience. They ride towards Jama Masjid through the busy streets of Chadni Chowk and its adjacent roads. They get a chance to travel through the center of the city called Shah Jehanabad during the Mughal period. The tourists then visit the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, the Raj Ghat, they wind up for the day and stay at the hotel for the night in Delhi.

Day 2     Delhi

Tourists have their delicious north India breakfast and start to Delhi Gurdwaras which includes Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib which was built as a remembrance of death of Guru Teg Bahadur, and is located in Chandni chowk area. Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is located near Connaught Place. Tourist can spend most of the time in the market streets and shop for the day. By the evening, tourists get started to visit Qutub Minar which is one of the oldest Muslim monument in India. The next spot would be a place filled with silence and order called the Bhai's house of worship also called the Baha'I Lotus temple. This is considered as one of the most state-of-the-art innovative structure which is completely made of white marble. The Lotus is a symbol which represents Buddhism, Islam, Jainism and Hinduism. When carefully observed there are nine lakes around the petals which light up natural light. After this spot tourists return to hotel and stay for overnight.

Day 3     Delhi to Lucknow

On day 3 after breakfast tourists are transferred to Delhi railway station where they can board the Shatabadi express which would leave at 0615 and reach Lucknow by 1330. On reaching Lucknow, representatives would meet the tourists and transfer them to the hotel so they check-in and refresh. On the same day they start for a short sightseeing plan where they first visit the residency complex of 1857, along with La Martiniere and Dilkusha gardens. Tourists also get a chance to visit the Avadh Nawab monuments which include Romi Darwaja, Imambaras and more. Tourists can also hover around the colorful bazars and halt at Lucknow hotel for the night.

Day 4     Lucknow to Sravasti

Early morning hours would be a travel to Sravasti which would be about 5 hours of travelling time. The tourists check-in to their hotel and refresh and then initiate their first visit. The first spot would be the Sravasti temple which is a place where Lord Buddha preached after being enlightened and passed his best part of monastic life. The next spot would be the Ananda Bodhi tree and the specialty of the tree is that it was where Lord Buddha Meditated all the night and got a chance to visit Jetavan. This tree is also a place where a number of miracles were performed by Lord Buddha. Overnight stay after sightseeing would be in Sravasti hotel.

Day 5     to Lumbini

On day 5 it would a travel to Lumbini first which would take about 5 hours approximately. Tourists check-in to their hotel rooms and refresh themselves. The first spot to be visited would be Lumbini which is the birth place of Lord Buddha. The Lumbini Park is another place to be visited which shows Ashok Pillar carrying the inscription. The next place to be visited is the Mayadevi temple which is the mother of Lord Buddha. There is also a stone picture in the temple which shows birth given to Lord Buddha. The next visit would be the excellent pagoda style China temple which has a number of meditation and prayer cells in it. After these spots being visited, the tourists return to hotel and stay there for night.

Day 6     Lumbini to Kushinagar

On day 6 after enjoying delicious breakfast, tourists start travelling towards Kushinagar which takes about 4 hours to reach. Tourists check-in the hotel, refresh themselves and start for sightseeing. Kushinagar is considered as one of the pilgrimage center for Buddhist as this was the place where Lord Buddha attained Final Nirvana and Parinirvana. The tourists also gain an opportunity to visit the modern temples and stupas which is a memorial of Buddha's death and cremation. The reclining Buddha statue is yet another important thing to see and snap shots. After this tourists get to their hotel and stay for the night t Kushinagar.

Day 7     Kushinagar to Patna

After breakfast tourists get started to Patna where Vaishali is visited on the way. It takes about 7 hours to travel and reach Patna. Vaishali is a spot where Lord Buddha spoke his last oration. Vaishali had certain excavations carried out which represented Buddha stupa 1 and 11. This was built of brick which holds with it a casket holding ashes of Lord Buddha. The next visit would be to Ashok pillar built by Emperor Ashok to mark the last speech as a memorable one. After these visits the tourists can check-in their hotels and stay for the night.

Day 8     Patna to Bodhgaya

Once breakfast is completed the tourists start travelling towards Bodhgaya. One the same route the tourist would stop to visit the 5th century B.C. Nalanda. The next visit would be the archaeological museum which holds the sculptures, Nalanda university seal and various other remainders found in the site. The next stop would be at Rajgir which would be about another 20 km drive. The next is the visit to the hill of Vultures at Griddkhuta. This place is familiar as Buddha has delivered some of his famous addresses. The next spot would be the Saptparni caves which is a special place as the first Buddha council was held in this place and also the main source for the hot springs that occurs in Rajgir. The tourists then travel to Bodhgaya which is about 120km away and they check in and stay the night there.

Day 9     Bodhgaya

The first visit for sightseeing after breakfast would be the Mahabodhi temple which has a number of interesting things. Some of them are various sitting postures of Buddha on the walls, tall stone lotuses, a colossal golden Buddha which is found in the sanctum sanctorum, stones with his foot prints on it. The Bodhi tree is yet another important aspect to be noted which is in the temple premises and this is the tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment. Tourists can sit and meditate under this special spiritual tree. Tourists then return back to their hotels and stay for the night.

Day 10     Bodhgaya to Varanasi

After breakfast, tourists start to Varanasi from Bodhgaya at 0705 and reach by 1115. After reaching Varanasi, they are received by the tourist representatives and transferred to the hotels. The tourists visit the River Ganges by evening and attend the aarti at Sasumed Ghat. After devoted aarti they stay for the night at Varanasi hotel.

Day 11     Varanasi

On day 11, it would be an early boat ride in the morning at River Ganges. The tourists gain a chance to see the devout come to bath and pray at the river Ganges as the mist rise in the holy Ganges. The next spot would be the Sarnath where Lord Buddha addressed his first discussion. Other aspects to be seen are the stupas, modern as well as ancient temples, and Ashok pillar. After obtaining enlightenment under the Bodhi tree Lord Buddha arrived to Sarnath. After a holy set of sightseeing, tourists can stay the night at Varanasi.

Day 12     Varanasi to Delhi

The next day morning would be free and the tourists can relax and enjoy. Later in the afternoon they are lead to the airport where they depart from Varanasi to Delhi by flight. On landing at Delhi, the tourist representatives would visit and transfer the tourist to hotel. They can check-in and stay for the night at Delhi.

Day 13     back to home town

On the final day, tourists return back to their home place wherever it may be. They may have to board flights or trains and they are sent off. The tourists are blessed in all the holy shrines and they return with cherished memories.