Buddhist Tour Package
India is a home to many religions and all these religions have important places
of worship. Buddhist Pilgrimage tour also deals with the important places of
worship like Sravasti, Kushinagar, Patna, Rajgir, Bodhgaya and Varanasi. All
the sacred sites have been associated with Lord Buddha right from his birth
to the rise of Buddhism in India.
This tour covers
: 12 Days / 11 Nights
: Delhi - Lucknow - Sravasti - Kushinagar - Patna
- Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Delhi
Day 01: Flight to India (New Delhi)
Midnight arrival in New Delhi. The cosmopolitan city and capital New Delhi is
the main gateway for the travellers to India. Upon arrival, you will be met
by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.
Day 02: New Delhi - Lucknow (by train)
This morning is at leisure. In the afternoon we will drive to the railway
station for the train to Lucknow.
Day 03: Lucknow - Sravasti (about 170 km)
Upon arrival in Lucknow, we will drive further to Sravasti. Sravasti (ancient
Savatthi) was the capital of Kosala Mahajanapada and was the biggest town
in the Gangetic plains during the Buddha's lifetime. Sravasti was host to
the Master for 25 years during the annual vassavasa (rain retreat) when the
Sangha congregated at one place. Sravasti is situated in Gonda district in
eastern Uttar Pradesh, called Sahet-Mahet. In Sravasti we visit the famous
monastery where Lord Buddha spent 24 rainy seasons preaching.
Day 04: Sravasti - Kushinagar (about 380 km)
Today in the morning drive from Sravasti to Kushinagar. Kushinagar is the
place that the Buddha chose for his Mahaparinirvana, or final exit from this
earth. Kushinagar or Kushinara as it was then known was the capital of the
Malla republic, one of the republican states of northern India during the
6th and 5th centuries BC. There are several new monasteries and temples. Today
we visit the Rambhar Stupa that marks Buddha's cremation ground. Mahakashyapa
lit the funeral pyre at Mukutabandha Vihara (Rambhar Stupa) in Kushinagar.
Today not much remains of this stupa expect a large brick mound rising to
a height of almost 15 metres set within a well-kept park. We also visit the
large Burmese Chandramani Bhikshu Bharamasala. This is the oldest monastery
in Kushinagar. We will also visit the Kushinagar Museum.
Day 05: Kushinagar - Patna (about 253 km)
the morning after having breakfast we drive further to Patna. Patna, the ancient
Indian town of Pataliputra was thriving township during the Buddha's lifetime.
Patna, the state capital of Bihar is situated on the banks of the Ganga. It
is the major entry point for pilgrims who wish to travel in the footsteps of
the Buddha. Today we will drive to Kumrahar to see the ruins of Pataliputra,
which is about 6 km from Gandhi Maidan. The remains of a massive assembly hall
with bases of 80 pillars have been excavated at the site, of which only one
pillar remains intact.
Day 06: Patna
Today after having breakfast we have sightseeing in Patna. Today we visit Patna
Museum, Golghar, Patna Sahib. The British established the Patna Museum in the
year 1917. This museum has more than 50,000 rare and valuable antiquities and
art objects. The most prized possession here is the Holy Relic Casket containing
the sacred ashes of the Buddha, unearthed in Vaishali. Golghar is a mammoth
concrete granary built by the British, subsequent to the great famine of 1770.
Two spiral staircases from either side lead to the top, which affords a panoramic
view of the Ganga and the town. Gurudwara Har Mandir Sahib, popularly known
as Patna Sahib is the sacred shrine of the Sikhs. The site is hallowed as the
birthplace of the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh. Between Patna and
Patna Sahib is Gulzarbagh, where the opium factory and the storehouses of the
British were located. It now houses the Government Printing Press.
Day 07: Patna - Rajgir (about 100 km)
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to Rajgir. Enroute we visit
Nalanda, the ancient Buddhist University. During the lifetime of the Buddha
Rajgir (Rajgriha) was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled
by the virtuous king Bimbisara. Rajgir is about 100 km from Patna. This town
attracts various pilgrims and tourists. The town also boasts the largest number
of horse drawn carriages. Today we will 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. Opposite the Stupa stands the Saddharma
Buddha Vihara. 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. Rajgir is also famous for its seven hot Sulphur Springs, Satadhara.
Satadhara is situated at the foot of Vaibhava Hill. The hot springs are a
part of the Lakshmi Narayan Temple complex.
Day 08: Rajgir - Bodhgaya (about 70 km)
the morning after having breakfast we drive to Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya (once Uruvela
village) is the place where 2500 years ago in the 6th century BC, a young ascetic,
Siddhartha attained enlightenment to become the Buddha and found Buddhism, one
of the world's oldest religions. Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of the Buddhists.
Today we visit the Mahabodhi temple built to mark the spot where the Buddha
attained enlightenment. The famous Mahabodhi temple, which stands in the centre
of the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, has been restored and rebuilt over the centuries.
The Mahabodhi Temple Complex houses all the major pilgrimage spots. A large
circular stone with the Buddha's footprints is kept in a small shrine on the
left. We also visit the Bodhgaya museum that is located near the Mahabodhi temple.
It houses antiquities excavated in and around Bodh Gaya. It has a large collection
of Buddhist and Hindu relics, terracotta seals, scriptures and pillars from
the Sunga period.
Day 09: Bodhgaya - Varanasi (about 242 km)
In the morning we drive further to Varanasi. Varanasi is without doubt India's
most sacred city and thus visited by over one million people. Varanasi is
also called the city of light - Kashi or Benaras. Buddha visited this city
in 500 BC. Varanasi is regarded as one of the oldest and the holiest city.
According to the Indian chronicles, Varanasi was established as a city around
twelve hundred years ago before the Christian era.
Day 10: Varanasi
In the early morning we take boat ride on the holy River Ganges and enjoy
sunrise on the boat. Ghats (flight of steps) and the activities of pilgrims
on that are the principal attraction for visitors to Varanasi. Thousands of
pilgrims and devotees visit this city to make holy prayers, to meditate and
to purify themselves through taking a bath in the holy river Ganges. In the
noon we visit the city of Varanasi. A drive can also be organised to Sarnath(10
km). Sarnath is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon at deer
Day 11: Varanasi - New Delhi (by air)
the afternoon we drive to the airport for the flight from Varanasi to New Delhi.
In New Delhi we have rest of the day at leisure. Rooms are available to get
fresh and change before we depart to the airport with Indo Vacations representative.
Day 12: New Delhi
Around midnight flight to home destination.