Start and end in New Delhi! With the religious sites tour Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour of Incredible India and Nepal, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 6 other destinations in Asia. Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour of Incredible India and Nepal includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
DAY 1 : ARRIVAL AT DELHIUpon arrival at Delhi International Airport, our company representative will meet and greet you and transfer you to the hotel in Delhi.Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.
DAY 2 : DELHI - VARANASI [BY FLIGHT] - VARANASI SIGHTSEEINGAfter breakfast, drive to Delhi Airport to board your flight to Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited cities of India. Itis the holiest city of India where Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.On arrival, our company representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.After some relaxation, head for Varanasi sightseeing tour with first visit to visit Sarnath - a legendary city dotted with various Buddhist pilgrimage sites of great significance. If youre a devout follower of Buddha then you must visit this place. The Deer Park here is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first teaching and the Buddha association came into existence. Also, visit the Chaukhandi Stupa built between 4th and 6th centuries. It is where Lord Buddha met his first five disciples, upon his first visit to Sarnath. Explore the impressive Dhammek Stupa where Buddha taught to his first five disciples for the first time. It is the most massive structure of Sarnath. Witness the spectacular Ashokan Pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka who propagated Buddhism through shrines and monasteries all over the world. This pillar displays a four lions facing in four directions, which is now the National emblem of India. Visit the Sarnath Archaeological Museum that boasts a rich collection of sculptures, finest Buddhist art and artifacts, a 5th century sculpture of Lord Buddha, images of Boddhisatva and rare figurines and sculptures of the Mauryan, the Kushana and the Gupta periods. In the evening, enjoy the spectacular Ganga Aarti at the Dashwamedh Ghat.Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi.
DAY 3 : VARANASI - BODHGAYA (260 Kms / 6 Hrs APPROX.)Enjoy an early morning boat ride at the River Ganges. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Proceed with a drive to Bodhgaya.Bodhgaya: It is the city where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Day free at leisure.Overnight stay at hotel in Bodhgaya.
DAY 4 : BODHGAYA SIGHTSEEINGAfter breakfast, drive to the Great Buddha Statue in Bodhgaya. This statue depicts Lord Buddha in a meditation pose resting on a lotus. It is a statue blessed by Holiness Dalai Lama that took about 7 years to complete. Next, visit the Mahabodhi Temple. It is a 3rd century temple built by Emperor Ashoka (a Mauryan King who strongly followed Lord Buddha). Within the temples complex is the Bodhi Tree wherein Bodhi means awakening or awareness of the universe. It is an years-old sacred fig tree where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment. It is a popular pilgrimage spot for tourists and Buddhism followers around the world. Visit the Sujata Stupa named after a village woman Sujata who fed Buddha with a sweet rice pudding after he completed 6 years of severe austerities to attain enlightenment.Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi.
DAY 5 : BODHGAYA-VAISHALI [ENROUTE RAJGIR] (180 Kms / 5-6 Hrs APPROX.)After breakfast, head to Vaishali. Vaishali: It is the city where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon before attaining Nirvana after death. En route, visit Rajgir - a city with strong influence of Jainism and Buddhism. Here Buddha not only spent many years of his life but also delivered many teachings here. Visit the Sapta Parni Caves in Rajgir, located atop the Vaibhab hills. This is the place where the 1st Buddhist Council was held.Continue drive to Vaishali. On reaching Vaishali, check-in at the hotel. Day free at leisure.Overnight stay at hotel in Vaishali.
DAY 6 : VAISHALI SIGHTSEEING- KUSHINAGAR (180 Kms / 5-6 Hrs APPROX.)In and around KushinagarAfter breakfast, visit the Ashoka Pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka (a strong follower of Buddhism). It is a flawlessly engraved pillar that attracts archaeologists from around the world. Next visit the Vishwa Shanti Stupa symoblizing peace across the world. You will see various artifacts dedicated to Lord Buddha around this structure. Later, visit the Abhishek Pushkarni - a sacred lake of the Licchavis that is said to have healing powers. Later, drive to Kushinagar. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Kushinagar: It is the city where Lord Buddha achieved salvation (Nirvana after death).Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Kushinagar.
DAY 7 : KUSHINAGAR SIGHTSEEINGAfter breakfast, your Kushinagar sightseeing begins with visit to the Parinirvana Temple and Stupa excavated in 1876. It is known for its reclining statue of Lord Buddha and Brahmi inscriptions on its walls depicting that the cremated remains of Lord Buddha were buried here. This makes it a highly sacred place for all Buddhist devotees. Head to the Nirvana Stupa where upon excavation, a copper vessel containing the ashes of Lord Buddha was discovered. Also, visit the Archaeological Site of Kusinara. Next, visit the Japanese Temple that boasts the spectacular Ashta Dhatu (eight metal) statue of Lord Buddha brought from Japan. Later, head to the Ramabhar Stupa where Lord Buddha was cremated.Overnight stay at hotel in Kushinagar.
DAY 8 : KUSHINAGAR-LUMBINI (150 Kms / 4 Hrs APPROX.)After breakfast, drive to Lumbini. On the way, you need to fulfill some formalities at theInd0-Nepal border for Visa/Immigration.Lumbini:It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Mayadevi (birth mother of Lord Buddha) gave birth to Lord Buddha in 623 BCE. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.Day free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Lumbini.
DAY 9 : LUMBINI SIGHTSEEINGAfter breakfast, head for Lumbini sightseeing tour and visit the Maya Devi Temple named after the mother of Lord Buddha. This ancient Buddhist Temple, believed to be built in 11th century, is said to be the site where Lord Buddha was born. Near the temple, visit the holy water pool, the Ashokan pillar and the sacred Bodhi tree. Next, visit the Myanmar Golden Temple that outshines itself with its corn-cob shaped golden roof top built in 1996. It is a huge stupa adorned with stunning architecture. Spend time clicking photographs here. Later, visit the World Peace Pagoda. It is an impressive structure built by a group of Japanese Buddhists and is a great place to experience spiritual peace.Overnight stay at hotel in Lumbini.
DAY 10 : LUMBINI-KAPILAVASTU-SRAVASTI (190 Kms / 5-6 Hrs APPROX.)After breakfast, drive to Sravasti. En route, visit the popular Buddhist attractions of Kapilavastu. Kapilavastu: where Lord Buddha observed early years of his life until he rejected material life. Continue drive to Sravasti. On reaching, check-in at the hotel.Day kept free at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel in Sravasti.
DAY 11 : SRAVASTI SIGHTSEEING-LUCKNOW (180 Kms / 5-6 Hrs APPROX.)After breakfast, visit the Anathapindika Stupa built to commemorate event when Lord Buddha visited Sravasti upon the invitation of Anathapindika (a chief lay disciple of Buddha). Next, visit the Thai Buddhist Temple wherein the Buddhist scriptures depicts that Lord Buddha spent 25 years of his life in this temple. Head to Jetavana Monastery where Lord Buddha delivered most his teachings. The hut where Lord Buddha stayed can be seen here decorated with flowers by his devotees. Later, drive to Lucknow. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.Overnight stay at hotel in Lucknow.
DAY 12 : LUCKNOW-DELHI [BY FLIGHT]-DEPARTUREAfter breakfast, transfer to Airport in Lucknow to board flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi International Airport, connect your flight for your onward destination, end of our services.