Buddhist Package Program

Duration

7 days

Tour Type

Religious Trip

Location

Varanasi

Overview

Lord Buddha has stated in Mahaparinibbana Sutta, delivered by him in Kushinagar that

The place where he was born i.e. Lumbini
The place where he attained the enlightenment i.e. Buddhagaya
The place where he delivered the first sermon i.e. Sarnath and
The place where he entered into Mahaparinirvana i.e. Kushinagar.
are places which can bring about feelings of religious awe & repentance & are therefore worthy places of pilgrimage for those who believe in Him

Itinerary

Buddhist Package Program Day 1

Day 1

Arrive by a schedule International Flight. 9W 063 at 0935 Hrs and connect connecting Flight 9W 7062 for Patna departing at 1250 Hrs. Transfer from Patna Airport arrival at 1420 Hrs Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Buddhist Package Program Day 2

Day 2

After having Breakfast drive to Rajgir and enroute visit Nalanda, the ancient Buddhist university. 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.After visiting Nalanda drive further to Rajgir. During the lifetime of the Buddha, Rajgir (Rajgriha) was the capital of the powerful Magadh kingdom, ruled by the virtuous king Bimbisara. Visit the Vishwa Shanti Stupa. It is a marble structure with niches bearing golden images of the Buddha, built by the Nipponza Myohoji sect of Japan. Then we will drive further to Griddhakuta. The strange rock protrusion resembling a vulture's beak probably gave the hill its name. In the rock cut caves here the Buddha spent many rainy seasons, meditating and preaching Venuvana Vihara- Site of the monastery Venuvana Vihar built by king Bimbisara for Lord Buddha to reside. This was the king's first offering to Lord Buddha. Jivakameavan Gardens: Seat of the Royal Physician's dispensary where Lord Buddha was once brought to have wound dressed by Jivaka, the royal physician during the reign of Ajatshatru and Bimbisara. Continue your drive and arrive Bodhgaya. Overnight stay at the Hotel

Buddhist Package Program Day 3

Day 3

Bodhgaya one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres. It was here that Gautama attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the "Bodhi" tree. After some relax Visit Mahabodhi Temple built by Ashoka the Great in 3rd Century BC one can also visit the Sacred Bodhi tree also visit Sujata House a temple dedicated to a Uruvela tribeswoman who offered food to the starving Siddhartha. The neighboring purlieu and the shrine itself evoke a sense of sanctity, not to be missed. Niranjana River. Proceed for Varanasi. On arrival check into Hotel Overnight stay at the Hotel

Buddhist Package Program Day 4

Day 4

Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the beautiful sunrise at Ganges. Sightseeing of Sarnath the principles centre of Buddhism. It was here around 530 B.C that Buddha preached his 1st sermon after gaining enlightenment. Proceed for Kushinagar. On arrival Kushinagar Check into Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel

Buddhist Package Program Day 5

Day 5

After Breakfast Sightseeing of Kushinagar. Visit Ramabhar stupa which stands on the spot where the body of the Lord was cremated. Also visit Mahaparinirvana Temple which enshrining the large recumbent figure of Buddha in the state of Nirvana Proceed for Sravasti on the way Sightseeing of Lumbini the place where Buddha was born and houses some of the most revered Buddhist monasteries. Most important of these being, the Maya-Devi Temple and the sacred pond which are associated to the roots of Buddhism. Continue your drive and arrive Sravasti. Overnight stay at the Hotel

Buddhist Package Program Day 6

Day 6

After Breakfast Sightseeing of Sravasti (Sahet & Mahet). capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kosala, an active centre for Buddhism. Jetvana Vihar has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in and has the famous Anand Bodhi tree, age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples Proceed for Sankasia via Lucknow On arrival On arrival Sankasia check into Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel

Buddhist Package Program Day 7

Day 7

After Breakfast Sightseeing of Sankasia It is believed that future Buddha, Maitreya Buddha or Arya Maitreya was born here during the lifetime of Buddha. Today the place is known as the village of Basantpur near the ruins of a fort. Emperor Ashoka erected a pillar with an elephant capital as a mark of reverence to the holy spot. Short distance from here is a Bisari Devi temple and the statue of the Buddha. After Lunch proceed for Delhi. On the way Sightseeing of Agra Taj Mahal one of the Seven Wonders of the World and surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. It's a wealth of white marble and semi-precious stone - undoubtedly the highlight of the tour visit to the Agra Fort from where one can get the most moving view of the Taj from the little octagonal tower in the Agra Fort, which lies, across the river Yamuna continue your drive and arrive Delhi On arrival check into Hotel.. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Buddhist Package Program Day 8

Day 8

After Breakfast Transfer to Airport to connect Flight 9W 064 for Bangkok departing at 1215 Hrs

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