Start in Varanasi and end in Delhi! With the sightseeing tour Grand Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Varanasi, India and 9 other destinations in Asia. Grand Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
On arrival at Varanasi airport assistance and transfer to hotel. Later visit Sarnath - Buddha came to Sarnath to preach his message of the middle way to nirvana after he achieved enlightenment at Bodhgaya, and gave his famous first sermon at the deer park here in Isipatana. In the 3rd century BC, Emperor Ashoka erected magnificent stupas and monasteries here, as well as an engraved pillar. Also visit Banaras Hindu University - established in 1916 with over 30,000 students residing in campus, it is the largest residential university in Asia. Evening Ghats?s & temples visit, attend Holy Ganga Aarti. Overnight at hotel.Start point As per flight schedule arrival transfer from airport to hotel., Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport Varanasi (VNS), Babatpur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges and walking tour of bathing Ghats. Varanasi is a city dating to the 11th century B.C. Regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims who bathe in the Ganges River?s sacred waters and perform funeral rites. Along the citys winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the Golden Temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Breakfast at Hotel, drive to Bodhgaya check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Bodhgaya - considered one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites, its dominated by the ancient brick Mahabodhi Temple Complex, built to mark the site where the Buddha attained enlightenment beneath a sacred Bodhi Tree. A direct descendant of the tree sits within the complex today, along with six other sacred sites, including a lotus pond.? Visit Mahabodhi Temple for SIL & Bodhi Tree, Great Buddha Statue, Niranjana River, Sujata Temple - which is across the Niranjana river & its 30 minutes walk. Visit other Budhist ?Bodhgaya. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
In and around NalandaBreakfast at hotel, drive to Patna enroute visit Rajgir - the vulture Hill, hot spring in Rajgir, world peace Stupa, Bamboos Garden. After that visit Nalanda to the ruins of world oldest University. Continue drive to Patna, check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
In and around KushinagarBreakfast at hotel, drive to Kushinagar enroute visit Vaishali stupa and Ashoka Pillar. Continue drive to Kushinagar check in at hotel. Later visit Maha Parinirwana Temple (where Buddha took his last breath) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of Lord Buddha) & Japan Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, drive till Sonauli border from here our Nepal vehicle will take you to Lumbini. Arrive Lumbini check in at hotel.? Lumbin? is the place where, Queen Mahamayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BCE. Gautama, who achieved Enlightenment some time around 528 BCE, became the Buddha and founded Buddhism.? Visit Maya Devi Temple, Ashokan Pillar, Chinese Maitreya Temple, Myanmar Golden Temple, Shanti stupa & Great Drigung Kagyud lotus Stupa. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, drive till Sonauli border from here your Indian driver will take you to Sravasti. On arrival check in at hotel rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, visit Sravasti, where Buddha spent his 24 monsoons. Visit Jetavana Monastery, Shobhnath Temple, Balrampur, Saheth and Ananda Bodhi Tree. Afternoon drive to Lucknow check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Agra. Enroute visit Sankasiya Stupa and Pillar. Sankasiya is believed as the site where Buddha had descended from Trayotimsa heaven after meeting his mother maya devi who rested there after rebirth. This event is considered as one of the remarkable deeds of Buddha and so the site has important place in Buddhist world as one of the 8 most important places of Buddhist pilgrimage. Arrive Agra check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, visit world famous Taj Mahal (closed on friday), Agra Fort and Baby Taj. Afternoon drive to Delhi check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel visit National Museum (Monday closed), drive Past India Gate, parliament house and President House. Visit Qutab Minar & Humayun Tomb. Overnight at hotel
Breakfast at Hotel, as per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination. End point As per flight schedule departure transfer from hotel to airport., Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), Airport Rd, New Delhi, Delhi, India