About Buddhism In India

Indian subcontinent is the place where Buddhism originated and later became a major world religion. This religion is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama who was born as a prince of the ancient Kapilavastu Kingdom which is now in Lumbini in Nepal.

Duration:  09 Nights and 10 Days

Destinations Covered:  New Delhi – Lucknow – Sravasti – Lumbini – Kushinagar – Patna – Rajgir – Bodhgaya – Varanasi – New Delhi

 

DAY 1: Arrive New Delhi

Arrive in Delhi and you are welcomed & picked up by our executive from the airport and transferred to the hotel in your private car. (Our executive will be waiting outside the customs area with a placard of your name). We will have a welcome briefing covering the various aspects of the tour (ensuring that you have the best of the Indian holiday) and you will be handed over the India travel kit containing all relevant documents of your trip (air/rail tickets, hotel vouchers, transport, guide, sightseeing vouchers, writing pads with other travel-related documents). No pre-planned activities for the day but the car & the driver will be at your disposal.

 

Note: The normal check-in – check out time of the hotels are 1200 hours and if your arrival time does not suit this we can arrange activities for you on the first day or pre-book the hotel from the previous night on additional charge and as per your request. Normally it takes more than 1 hour to get out of the airport from the time of arrival.

 

DAY 2:           Lucknow – Sravasti

Today we start off with a train ride till Lucknow – the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. On arrival, you will be received by our representative to Sravasti. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at Sravasti.

 

DAY 3:           Sravasti – Lumbini

Today visit the Sahet Market in Sravasti and proceed towards Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha and now a part of Nepal. On arrival check-in at the hotel. If time permits then explore the city on your own.

Overnight at Lumbini.

 

DAY 4:           Lumbini – Kushinagar

Today visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha and later proceed to Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh state of India. Kushinagar is the place where Lord Buddha attained his Mahaprinirvana. On arrival check-in the hotel for some rest. Rest proceed for Kushinagar sightseeing tour covering Buddhist Sites like Nirvana Temple, Ramabhar Stupa, the Cremation site of Lord Buddha, Mukutbandhan Stupa Ruins. Also, see the beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha.

Overnight at Kushinagar.

 

DAY 5: Kushinagar – Patna

After breakfast proceeds towards Patna, the capital of the Indian state of Bihar. En-route visit the Buddhist sites at Vaishali. On arrival check-in the hotel.

Overnight at Patna.

 

DAY 6: Patna – Rajgir – Bodhgaya

Today we drive towards Bodhgaya, a small town in the Indian state of Bihar and famous as the place where Buddha attained his enlightenment. En-route visit some other Buddhist sites like Nalanda and Rajgir.

 

Nalanda is the place in which tourists from all over the world visit to see the ruins of ancient Buddhist universities called Nalanda University. Rajgir is the place where Buddha spent several months meditating, preaching at Griddhkuta Hills (Hill of Vultures). It is also the site of the First Buddhist Council.

 

On arrival at Bodhgaya, check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

 

DAY 7: Bodhgaya

The day is kept to explore the town of Bodhgaya. Today you visit the famous Mahabodhi Temple and also the Niranjana River.

Overnight at Bodhgaya.

 

 

DAY 8: Bodhgaya – Varanasi

Today after early breakfast we drive towards Varanasi. On arrival check-in at the hotel.

 

Later proceed for a small excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon in the deer park. It still has one of the most impressive remains and a modern Buddhist temple.

On-time return to Varanasi for an overnight stay.

 

DAY 9: Varanasi – New Delhi

Enjoy an early morning boat ride on the sacred river Ganga (Ganges). After breakfast, you can enjoy a half-day city tour till drop at the airport to board a flight for New Delhi.

On arrival check-in the hotel for rest.

Overnight at Delhi.

 

DAY 10: Depart New Delhi

Following breakfast, you will be a departure transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.

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