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7 Days / 6 Nights
Patna, India
Varanasi, India
Min Age : 18+
Tour Details

Buddhism is the world’s fourth-largest religion with over 520 million followers, or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists. Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on original teachings attributed to the Buddha and resulting interpreted philosophies.

One of the most holiest destination for Buddhist pilgrims is Bodhgaya, a religious site associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment under what became to be famously known as the Bodhi Tree. After meditating for 49 days under the Bodhi Tree located in Bihar, Gautam Buddha became Lord Buddha, the Enlightened One making Bodhgaya a major attraction for foreign tourists, whereas, Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. This was given after he achieved enlightenment. Sarnath is about 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi. It was at Sarnath that Buddha established his sangha or first disciples to promote his new doctrine.  It is one of the four places where Lord Buddha taught the four noble truths and the teachings associated with it after attaining enlightenment. Referred to as Isipatana, Sarnath is well known for the Ashokan Pillar which bear the Lion Capital , the emblem of India. 

 

Departure & Return Location

Pick up: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi

Drop: Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport, Patna

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast.
  • All transportation in the destination location.
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Any expenses of personal nature/ room service fee/ tips.
  • Visa.
  • GST if applicable.
  • Cost of excursions, entrance fees, and guides availed by passengers other than those mentioned under tour inclusions.

Things to Carry

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for the destination
  • Sunscreen/Sunglasses/Umbrella
  • Hats/ Caps/Comfortable shoes
  • Identity documents and other travel documents ( visa, if applicable).
  • Medication and first aid along with the prescription.
What to Expect

Bodhgaya bustles with pilgrims all through the year who come to pay their homage in the monasteries, shrines and temples. It also attracts tourists from India and abroad owing to its magnificent Buddha statue, the Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree. One can still find the remnants and descendants of the original Mahabodhi Tree. whereas at Sarnath, Six national temples have been built by various Asian communities since the site’s restoration, including a Tibetan temple and Sri Lankan temples and the museum also houses some of the greatest treasures of Indian Buddhist art, including almost 300 images. Bodh Gaya is the single biggest pilgrimage for all sects of Buddhists throughout the world. It is now one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a lot of foreign countries including Japan and China have helped the Indian government in building facilities for the Buddhist pilgrims. Bodh Gaya also has other various temples and monasteries dedicated to Buddhism.

In this 7 nights/ 8 Days itinerary, we offer you the best of Sarnath and Bodhgaya, including some hints of the infamous charm of the city of Varanasi. A trip to Bodh Gaya and Sarnath provides valuable insights into the culture of Indian religious philosophies and also showcases some architectural masterpieces that would leave one spellbound. 

 

  • SARNATH TEMPLE
  • SARANG NATH TEMPLE
  • MULAGANDHA KUTI
  • MAHABODHI TEMPLE
  • SUJATA STUPA
  • ASHOKAN PILLAR
  • GANGA AARTI AT DASHASHWAMEDH GHAT
Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival in Varanasi

You will be transferred from Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport to your hotel to unpack and relax.
Post arrival, you are free to go out to explore Varanasi and can head towards the Dashashwamedh ghat for the enchanting Ganga Aarti.

(Overnight at Varanasi)
(Inclusions: Dinner)

DAY 2Sarnath

At 5:00 am, our drive will take us to our first destination of the day, Mulagandha Kuti Vihara, where you can meditate and pray as well as watch the sunrise.
With this blissful start to the day, we will continue towards the Dharmpal Monument, the Sarnath temple and the Dhamekh Stupa. We will be also visiting the Sarnath Museum which is the oldest site museum of Archaeological Survey of India. It houses the findings and excavations at the archaeological site of Sarnath by the Archaeological Survey of India.
We will be taking a small break for lunch and head for Dharmarajika Stupa and the Ashokan Pillar which is well known for bearing the Lion Capital, the Indian Emblem and the Dharma Chakra, which represent the 24 hours of a day as well as the cycle of life.
Post this, we will visit the Sarnath Deer Park as well as the Golden Temple nearby.
While returning to our hotel, we will be stopping at the Chinese Buddhist Temple.

(Overnight at Varanasi)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 3:Sarnath (Outskirts)

Our first stop for today will be Chaukhandi Stupa and the Statue of Standing Buddha after which we will head towards the Wat Thai Sarnath Temple and visit the nearby Temple of Thailand. Next, we will embark to the Tibetan Temple and the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery before continuing towards the Japanese temple as well as the Sarang Nath temple.

(Overnight at Varanasi)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 4Exploration Day

Today, you are free to explore Sarnath to gain insight and learn more about the teachings of Lord Buddha as you get to communicate with the locals for a unique experience.
In the evening, you can browse through the colorful markets in Varanasi which have lot to offer to its tourists.

(Overnight at Varanasi)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 5Varanasi- Gaya- Bodhgaya

You will be transferred from Varanasi to Gaya through a train connecting the cities post which you will continue towards Bodhgaya by road.
Check in the hotel.

(Overnight at Bodhgaya)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 6Bodhgaya

After a quick breakfast, we will be heading towards the Mahabodhi temple which contains a descendant of the Bodhi Tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment and has been a major pilgrimage destination.
Next, we will visit the Thai temple, Archaeological Museum and Wat Thai Buddhagaya.
Post a small break for lunch; we will continue our journey towards Daijokyo Buddist Temple, Indosan Nipponji, Tibetan Temple and the Great Holy land Monastery.

(Overnight at Bodhgaya)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 7Bodhgaya

On our last day in Bodhgaya, we will first visit the International Meditation Center where we will be spending some time at meditating. We will, then, continue towards Sanh Vietnam Temple, Sujata Stupa, Sujata Temple, Tergar Monastery and Japanese Temple.
Rest of your day can be spent at leisure.

(Overnight at Bodhgaya)
(Inclusions: Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 8Departure/ End of trip

After a quick breakfast, you will be transferred to Patna Airport for your scheduled departure flights.

(Inclusions: Breakfast)

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