Lumbini Kushinagar Bodhgaya Varanasi Buddhist Tour
Arrival & Departure: - Ex Delhi
Destination covered: Delhi –Lucknow-Sravasti – Lumbini – Kushinagar – Vaishali - Patna – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodhgaya – Varanasi – Delhi
DAY 01: DELHI
On arrival at Delhi- IGI (Indira Gandhi International) airport late evening . Welcome to The capital of India. Meet and greet with a traditional Indian welcome by Punpun Trails Representative. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 02: DELHI - LUCKNOW - SRAVASTI (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel .In time transfer to airport to board on flight to Lucknow- The capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh also known as The City of Nawabs. On arrival at Lucknow meet and greet by our Representative. Transfer to hotel for Lunch later proceed to Sravasti approx 180 kms / 4.30 Hours .It was capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala and holiest place for Buddhists the Buddha preached most of his sermons. They had performed many miracles during the monsoon. Upon arrival in Sravasti,Check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and Overnight stay at Sravasti.
DAY 03: SRAVASTI -KAPILVASTU-LUMBINI (Nepal) (B,L,D)
After Breakfast at the hotel . Morning visit Saheth (Jetvanaram) where Buddha is said to have sheltered for 24 rainy seasons. Maheth (Angulimal Caves) and Anathapindika House. Back to Hotel for Lunch and drive to Kapilvastu– The Childhood Home of Gautam Buddha and spent 29 years of his life. Later proceed to Lumbini a UNESCO World Heritage Sites -The Birth Place of Lord Buddha. One of the holiest and significant places for Buddhists religions. Prince Siddhartha (Lord Buddha) was born on the full moon under a sal tree in the month of April. En-route stops at India/Nepal border for Visa/Immigration formalities (Ensure Double / Multiple Entry Visa for India). Upon arrival in Lumbini, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and Overnight stay at Lumbini
Day 04: LUMBINI – KAPILVASTU - KUSHINAGAR (B,L,D
Breakfast at the hotel morning visit Mayadevi Temple dedicated to mother of Lord Buddha. Inside temple marked Stone pinpoints the exact birth spot. Ashoka Pillar was built by Emperor Ashoka. Puskarini Sacred Pond in which the prince was bathed after birth. Return to Hotel for Lunch. Later proceed to Kushinagar approx 180 kms/5 Hours one-way journey. One of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites where Gautam Buddha had Mahaparinirvana. Upon arrival in Kushinagar visiting Mahaparinirvana Temple where Buddha took his last breathes. Inside the temple Reclining Buddha statue lying 6.1 meter long. Rambhar Stupa is also known as Mukutbandhan-Chaitya cremation site of Lord Buddha 1.5 Kms from Nirvana Temple. Check-in at the hotel Dinner and Overnight stay at Kushinagar.
Day 05: KUSHINAGAR – VAISHALI – PATNA (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel drive to Patna - The capital of Bihar state approx 270 kms/ 7 Hours with pack lunch . En-route visit Vaishali host second Buddhist council. Ashok Lion Pillar was built by Emperor Ashoka beside Ananda Stupa. Buddha's Relic Stupa was built by Lichchavis. World Peace Pagoda was built by Japanese monk Nipponzan Myhoji. Later proceed to Patna .Upon arrival in Patna, check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and Overnight stay at Patna.
Day 06: PATNA / NALANDA / RAJGIR / BODHGAYA (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Bodhgaya approx 170 kms/ 6 Hours. One of the most important Buddhists pilgrimage sites where Buddha attained Enlightenment underneath the Bodhi tree. En-route visit Nalanda ( 90 Kms) visit the ruins of Nalanda Mahavihara and oldest university of the World – a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned International Centre for Buddhist Studies. Nalanda Museum collection of antiquities sculptures, inscription and stone images found from the excavated site. Later proceed to Rajgir approx 15 Kms/ 30 Minutes the capital of ancient Magadh. After Lunch at Hotel visiting Gridhrakuta Hill also known as Vulture's peak, where Buddha was said to have rested after the days preaching. Vishwa Shanti Stupa or World Peace Stupa was built by Japanese monk Fujii Guruji located at atop the Ratnagiri hills accessed by Chair Lift Aerial Ropeway. Venuvana also known as Bamboo Grove was built by King Bimbisara. Monastery surrounded by bamboo trees Buddha spent many of the rain-retreats. Drive to Bodhgaya approx 65 kms. Upon arrival in Bodhgaya, check-in at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at Bodh Gaya.
Day 07: BODHGAYA (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel proceed for full day tour to Bodhgaya visit Mahabodhi Temple a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Bodhi Tree where the Buddha attained enlightenment. Sujata Village- Girl Sujata offers the rice milk bowl to Buddha and ended Sakyamuni's hard asceticism. Later visits Burmese Temple , Thai Temple , Tibetan Monastery , Chinese Temple & many more International Monastery and Temple ( Closing Time 17:00) and 80th feet Statue.The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and Overnight stay at Bodh Gaya.
Day 08: BODHGAYA - VARANASI (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel drive to Varanasi approx 270 kms/ 6 Hours. India's holiest and world's oldest living city popularly known as Kashi, Benares or Banaras, located on the sacred Ganges River. Upon arrival in Varanasi , Check-in at the hotel. Lunch at Hotel later proceed to Sarnath approx 15 Kms/ 30 Minutes. One of four major pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon to his five disciples after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya . Visits Dhamekh Stupa remarkable structure was built by Emperor Ashoka , Deer Park- The site of Buddha's first teachings and Archaeological Museum (Note: The museum at Sarnath is closed on Fridays ) . The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and Overnight stay at Varanasi.
Day 09: VARANASI – DELHI (B,L,D)
Early morning enjoy the boat ride on the holy river Ganges with picturesque view of sunrise. Return to Hotel for breakfast. The rest of the day is at leisure or local shopping. At an appropriate time transferred to Varanasi airport to board the flight for onward destination with the happy memory.