Buddhist Trail Tour (5 nights 6 days)


VARANASI:
The city of Varanasi is situated along the west bank of the Ganges in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Called Benaras by the British, Varanasi is an important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. The city finds mention in the great epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was a flourishing trade center when Buddha came to Sarnath, about 10 kilometres away, to preach his first sermon in 500 BC. The renowned American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, " Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together ".


Right from the ancient times, Varanasi has stood as a symbol of Hindu renaissance and preserved the rituals and traditions of Hindu philosophy. Down the ages, pilgrims from distant lands have come to Varanasi in search of divine blessings.
 

BODHGAYA is 13 km from Gaya in Bihar. It is the site where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment under a pipal tree after years of search for the truth and knowledge. He attained the supreme enlightenment and became 'The Buddha' or 'the Enlightened One'. Bodhgaya is the most sacred pilgrimage center for Buddhists from all over the world. The Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya is listed in the World Heritage Site.
 

RAJGIR is located at a distance of 15 km from Nalanda in Bihar. It was the capital of the Magadh Mahajanpada when Patliputra was not established. In the ancient times, Rajgir was called Rajgriha, which means the 'Home of Royalty'. This place is significant because Buddha spent many years in Rajgir and also delivered some important discourses here. Buddha converted Emperor Bimbisar to Buddhism at the Griddhakoota Hill in Rajgir. The teachings of Buddha were written down at Rajgir and it was also the venue for the First Buddhist Council.


NALANDA:

Nalanda is important both because it was blessed with the presence of the Buddha, and because of the famous monastic university developed there. This university also named Nalanda (meaning 'insatiable in giving') played a central role in the development of Buddhism in India.


KUSHINAGAR
is 51 km from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Kushinagar is significant because it is the place where Buddha attained the state of Mahaparinirvana or Permanent Bliss at the age of 80. The pilgrims as well as the tourists from all over the world visit Kushinagar for its historical significance. Three great Chinese scholars Fa-Hien, Hiuen Tsang and I-Tsing, who traveled to India, also visited Kushinagar.


LUMBINI:
One of the most important place of Buddhist pilgrimage is Lumbini, located near the Nepal-India border. This is where Gautam Buddha was born to a royal family in 556 B.C.E. Many auspicious signs accompanied the Buddha's birth, including the sprouting of the bodhi tree. The great Buddhist ruler Ashoka visited the site two centuries later, constructing a stupa (mound, usually of earth) and pillar in recognition. Although largely destroyed now, these remain important marks of the Buddha's birthplace.
 

  • Day 1 :
    Lumbini to Kushinagar –200 Kms – 4 hours drive. Morning breakfast at hotel and proceed Kushinagar. Arrive Kushinagar and check-in Hotel. Afternoon proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kushinagar, earlier known as Kushinara. It is believed that Buddha attained 'Mahaparinirvana' (release from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth) here. The statue of the Reclining Buddha at the temple is one of the most sacred sights for the pilgrims and a mound of bricks marks the place where Buddha is said to have been cremated. Overnight at Hotel in Kushinagar.
  • Day 2 :
    Kushinagar to Patna - 250 Kms - 5 hrs drive: Morning drive to Patna. En-route visit Vaishali, which is believed to be the first republic of the world. Having an elected body of representatives holds special significance for the Buddhist devotees. At Kolhua, Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon, hinting at his impending departure from the mortal world. Vaishali is famous for Amrapali, the beautiful dancer and courtesan of Vaishali, who offered Buddha a mango orchard and was so impressed by his teachings that she later became a nun (Bhikshu). Later, Emperor Ashoka erected a huge Pillar to commemorate the spot of Buddha's last sermon. Continue drive to Patna. Arrive Patna and check-in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Patna.
  • Day 3 :
    Patna-Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodhgaya - 200 Kms - 3 hours drive: Morning drive to Bodhgaya. En-route visit Nalanda, home to one of the oldest known universities of the world. Its ruins show that over 2000 teachers and 10000 students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied here. The Chinese chronicler Huien Tsang spent many years here, both as a student and a teacher. An international centre for Buddhist studies also functions here. Later, visit Rajgir, the ancient capital of the Magadh Kings. Buddha came here often. Rajgir is an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus as the temple complex here is dedicated to the Sun God. Arrive Bodhgaya and check-in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Bodhgaya.
  • Day 4 :
    Bodhgaya to Varanasi - 240 Kms - 5 hours drive: Morning proceed for a visit to the Mahabodhi Temple and Lord Buddha Temple. Morning drive to Varanasi. En-route visit Sarnath, 10 Kms. east of Varanasi, it is one of Buddhism's major centers in India. After attaining enlightenment, Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Also visit the deer park and the museum. Continue drive to Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and check-in at Hotel.
    Overnight at Hotel in Varanasi.
  • Day 5 :
    Varanasi: Morning proceed for a boat cruise on the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Breakfast at hotel and half day sightseeing of City tour ( All Varanasi Temples ) by small vehicle only due to big vehicle no entry in main city from 9am to 9 pm
  • Day 6 :
    Varanasi to Kathmandu by flight: Morning breakfast at hotel & Later transfer to Airport to board flight for Kathmandu or Delhi.

Cost Includes:

  • Arrival/Departure transfers
  • Private transport
  • English speaking local guide
  • ccommodation in below hotels on BB basis and on twin share basis
  • All entrance fee for mentioned places.
  • One boat ride in Varanasi
  • All applicable hotel taxes
  • 3 Star Hotel with breakfast as per itinerary

Note: Price is based in 2 person group. Please ask for group rate.


Cost Excludes:

  • Tips, personal expenses such as bottled drinks, tour escot, any camera fee, laundry, any insurance etc..
  • Air Ticket

This is only Sightseeing Tour hence no any special equipment required

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