Buddhist Pilgrimage

Duration

13 days

Tour Type

Religious Trip

Location

Varanasi

Overview

Explore all the top tourist attractions in Varanasi with Buddhist Pilgrimage. Book Varanasi Tour Package for an unforgettable 13 Days Varanasi Trip. We have designed this 13 Days Varanasi Tour Package to match your preferred travel style be it Cultural and Festival & Events for a perfect Religious Trip Getaway.

Itinerary

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 1

Day 1

(ETA: At your arrival flight time, advised) in ‘Delhi’ you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in.

“’Delhi’ is influenced by 1630’s Mughal Empire and 1920’s British Era.”

Overnight: Hotel in Delhi

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 2

Day 2

09am Our tour of Old City begins with visit to oldest mosque Jama Masjid, do tricycle ride thru spice bazaar in Chandni Chowk, and witness Mughal residence Red Fort (from outside).

Enjoy Lunch at outside Local Restaurant.

1.30pm We resume our New City tour with visit to our Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi’s Birla House Museum followed by Emperor Humayun’s Tomb – the replica of Taj Mahal, feel Sikhism rituals inside Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. Next we walk thru boulevard Rajpath to view India Gate, President and Parliament House (from outside). Later we stroll in downtown market Connaught Place.

6pm Later we return back to hotel for Leisure.

Enjoy Dinner at your Hotel.

Overnight : Hotel in Delhi

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 3

Day 3

5.10am you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Delhi train station to board your train to Lucknow.

ETD 6.10am Depart ‘New Delhi’ by 12004 Swarna Shatabdi Express ETA 12.40pm Arrive ‘Lucknow’ on “Aircond. Chair Car”

Upon arrival in Lucknow train station you will be taken for Lunch at local restaurant.

After Lunch you will be driven to Shravasti (170 kms, approx. 4 hrs drive) enroute visit Sahet- Mahet, the ancient town. After the tour continue drive to Shravasti & checkin at your hotel.

Enjoy Dinner at your hotel.

“Shravasti (ancient Savatthi), the capital of Kosala Mahajanapada , was the biggest town in the Gangetic plains during the Buddha's lifetime. Sravasti was host to the Master for 25 years during annual vassavasa (rain retreat) when the Sangha congregated at one place”

Overnight : Hotel in Shravasti

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 4

Day 4

8am you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Lumbini enroute visit Kapilavastu – the Kingdom ruled by Lord Buddha’s Father King ‘Suddhodana”. After the tour continue drive to Lumbini & check in at your hotel.

Rest of the day free to relax or do your own activities

Enjoy Lunch & Dinner at your hotel.

“Lumbini (Nepali and Sanskrit: About this sound Listen "the lovely") is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It is the place of Lord Buddha. This is one of many magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of Buddha”

Overnight : Hotel in Lumbini

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 5

Day 5

9am you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for tour of Lumbini visiting Birth place of Lord Buddha, Temple & Monasteries.

Enjoy Lunch & Dinner at your hotel.

Overnight : Hotel in Lumbini

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 6

Day 6

8am you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Kushinagar & check in at your hotel. 1pm Afternoon you will be taken for tour of Kushinagar visiting Nirvana Stupa & Temple, Mahaparinirvana Temple & Wat Thai Temple, Ramabhar Stupa & Japanese Temple.

Enjoy Lunch & Dinner at your hotel.

“Kushinagar, is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Buddhists believe Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death”

Overnight : Hotel inKushinagar

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 7

Day 7

7am you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Patna & check in at your hotel.

2pm you will be taken for half day tour of Patna visiting Gol Ghar, Gandhi Setu (bridge), Harmandir Sahib (aka Patna Sahib) Sikh Shrine and& Patan Devi Temple.

Enjoy Lunch & Dinner at your hotel.

“Patna, (ancient name Pataliputra), situated on the banks of the river Ganga is the capital city of state of Bihar. It has the distinction of being associated with the two most ancient religions of the world, namely, Buddhism and Jainism. It has also seen the rise and fall of empires of the Mauryas and the Guptas.”

Overnight: Hotel in Patna

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 8

Day 8

8am you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Bodhgaya enroute visit Nalanda – an ancient Centre of higher learning was a Buddhist Center of learning. One of the first great universities in recorded history. The complex was built with red bricks and its ruins occupy an area of 14 hectares. The great library of Nalanda University was so vast that it is reported to have burned for three months after the Mughals set fire to it, sacked and destroyed the monasteries, and drove the monks from the site”. Here we visit Ruins of University, Great Stupa & Local Museum.

Next we continue drive to Rajgir – meaning the abode of Kings, has been mentioned first in the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata. It has been closely related to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and has played host to Lord Buddha and Mahavira, thus has many archaeological sites related to Buddhism and Jainism”. Here we visit Hot Spring, Venu Vana, Karanda Tank &. Ropeway ride which takes you uphill to the Shanti Stupa and Monasteries built by the Japanese Devotees on top of the Ratnagiri hills”. After the tour continue drive to Bodhgaya & check in at your hotel. Enjoy Lunch (at local restaurant in Rajgir) & Dinner at your hotel.

“Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex. It is famous as it is the place where Lord Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment (Bodhi Mandala) later known as the Bodhi Tree.”

Overnight: Hotel in Bodhgaya

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 9

Day 9

8am you will be picked up from your hotel and taken for full day tour Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi (Tree, Temple & Stupa), 80ft Statue of Lord Buddha, Japanese Temple, Lotus Tank and Sujata Village.

Enjoy Lunch & Dinner at your hotel.

Overnight: Hotel in Bodhgaya

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 10

Day 10

8am you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Varanasi & check in at your hotel.

Enjoy Lunch at your Hotel

5pm We take you for sunset Boatride on holy Ganges River for panoramic views of the city. Here we witness Aarti prayer ceremony performed by priests. During rituals we also light a Flower Candle on the river for your wellbeing.

Enjoy Dinner at outside restaurant. After Dinner, return back to hotel for relax.

“Varanasi, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world, and famed as the religious capital of India set along the banks of holy ‘Ganges River’.”

Overnight: Hotel in Varanasi

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 11

Day 11

6am We take you for sunrise Boatride on holy Ganges River for panoramic views of the Ghats aka riverside banks a home to banks of riverfront a home to countless temples. Here you can witness pilgrims performing their morning routine and inducting burning crematory rituals. 8am We return to Hotel for breakfast.10am you will be taken for visit to the buried city of ‘Sarnath’, one of the holiest cities for Buddhists, where Gautam Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. Here we also visit Archaeological Museum as well as Chaukhandi stupa, Dhamekha stupa, monasteries and temples

Enjoy Lunch at outside restaurant.

2pm We take you on a Rickshaw Ride thru streets and local markets. Here we have get your palm reading done by local astrologer Jyotish. Later we visit Hindu University and inside 1776 built Vishwanath Temple covered in 800Kg of Gold and dedicated to lord of universe ‘Shiva’.

Later we return back to hotel relax and unwind.

Enjoy Dinner at your Hotel

Overnight: Hotel in Varanasi

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 12

Day 12

8am you will be transferred to Varanasi airport to connect flight to Delhi.

ETD 10.50am Depart ‘Varanasi’ by flight Indigo 6E 3175 ETA 12.25pm Arrive ‘Delhi’ on “Economy Class” (15 kg Check-in baggage)

Upon arrival in Delhi you will be taken for Lunch at outside restaurant. After Lunch you will be driven to Agra and check-in at your Hotel.

Enjoy Dinner at your Hotel.

Overnight: Hotel in Agra

Buddhist Pilgrimage Day 13

Day 13

6am We take you for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal ‘one of the wonders of the world, built by emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal in 1643’.

8am Return back hotel for breakfast.

10am we drive to Delhi International Airport for your onward flight home.

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