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Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world, with having followers something about 7% of global population. India is a very fortunate country because the origin of this religion lies in it. Having its origin in India, Buddhism has always attracted tourists from all across the globe. Buddhist pilgrimage destinations are scattered in the Northern and Central part of India. The Buddhist pilgrimage tour is basically a journey towards the enlightenment which is now residing in different stupas and monasteries at some of the essential Buddhism affiliated locations. In the Mahaparinirvana sutra, the Buddha tells his followers that they can attain merit and a noble rebirth by going on pilgrimage to the places where he was born (Lumbini), gained enlightenment (Bodhgaya), first taught (Sarnath), and attained Nirvana (Kushinagar).
Pick up: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
Drop: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Uttar Pradesh
3 Hours Before Flight Time
India is blessed with Lord Buddha as walked to its land and preached people. There are so many Buddhist destinations in India having much significance to Lord Buddha. Buddhist circuit has evolved as tourist centres for not only the followers of Buddhism but also others. Everything from the sacred teachings of Buddhism to scriptures and inscriptions containing unparalleled wisdom is there to view on this tour. On this guided tour, yo get to re-trace the steps of Buddha from the place where he meditated, to where he attained enlightenment, to where he gave his first sermon, to where he donated his begging bowl before his death, and finally to where he breathed his last.
Upon arrival at the Delhi airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Delhi. The rest of the day will be spend at leisure.
(Overnight at Delhi)
After breakfast today, you will be transferred to the railway station to board the train for Lucknow.
On arriving in Lucknow, you will be picked up from the station and transferred to Shravati.
When you arrive at Shravasti, you will check into your hotel.
(Overnight at Shravasti)
After breakfast we will visit the Sahet and Mahet, which was once a city of ancient India and now an archaeological site.
Later in the afternoon we will drive to Lumbini. On our way we will visit to Kapilvastu, Kingdom of King Suyodhan, father of prince Siddhartha.
Upon arrival in Lumbini, check into your hotel.
(Overnight at Lumbini)
After breakfast we will go to visit the birth place of Lord Buddha. From here we will go to see the Ashoka pillar and Maya devi temple. After having our lunch we will drive down to Kushinagar.
Upon arrival at Kushinagar check into your hotel
(Overnight at Kushinagar)
After breakfast we will start our day’s tour. We will visit Rambhar stupa and Mahaparinirvana temple. The highlight of this modest temple, rebuilt in 1927 and set among extensive lawns and excavated monastery and stupa ruins with a circumambulatory path, is its serene 5th-century reclining Buddha, unearthed in 1876. Six metres long, it depicts Buddha on his deathbed in the paranirvana position; the devotion of pilgrims faced with the image is quite moving. At sunset, monks cover the statue to the shoulders with a long saffron-coloured silk sheet, as though putting Buddha to bed for the night.
In the afternoon we will drive to Patna.
Upon arrival at Patna, check into your hotel
(Overnight at Patna)
After breakfast we will drive down to Bodhgaya. Upon arriving at Bodhgaya, keep your luggage in your hotel and get going for the sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya. We will start by visiting the Mahabodhi temple, built on the east of the sacred tree. The Vajrasana or Diamond Throne lying between the Bodhi Tree and the temple marks the actual spot where Buddha sat in meditation and attained supreme knowledge. The peaceful atmosphere of this place will engulf you. We return to our hotel in the evening.
(Overnight at Bodhgaya)
Today after breakfast we will leave for Varanasi (5 hours 35 minutes)
On reaching Varanasi, we will check into our hotel.
(Overnight at Varanasi)
Early morning we will go for a boat ride at the river Ganges, just when the sun starts to climb up. After breakfast we will embark on an excursion to Sarnath. This is where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, 2500 years ago. Sarnath also holds a number of Buddhist sites that include the famous Dhamekh Stupa and Mulagandhakuti Temple, where Lord Buddha is said to have rested and meditated while in Sarnath. Also notice the Lion Capital on this pillar which is now the national emblem of India.
(Overnight at Varanasi)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, which is a public airport located at Babatpur, 26 km northwest of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. From the airport you can catch your flight back home.