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A week-long tour to the holiest sites in Buddhism. Travel to Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar to visit where the Buddha was born, enlightened, gave his first sermon and passed away.
On arrival at Delhi International Airport followed transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
This day we will begin our Buddhist Pilgrimage around India and Nepal with one of the major highlights on the route: the Mahabodhi Temple of Bodhgaya. Listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, the Mahabodhi Temple is one of the Four Buddhist Pilgrims. The soaring temple stands next to a bodhi tree that is a descendant of the original one where Lord Buddha sat and attained enlightenment.
Mingle among the groups of pilgrims and monks that come to leave offerings in the main shrine and meditate under the bodhi tree. The temple complex features stupas, statues, meditation gardens and a pond, all of them marking the seven historical places where Buddha spent the following seven weeks after being enlightened.
After soaking in the unique energy of the Mahabodhi Temple, we will make a to the Niranjana River and the Sujata village.
|Delhi → Bodhgaya||1h 30min|
the tour continues with a drive to Rajgir, a small town covered by green forests that was the former capital of the powerful Magadha empire.
The Buddha often visited Rajgir to retreat at the Jivkamaravana monastery. We will go on a tour of the sites visited by the Buddha in this city, such as Gridhakuta Hill, the Venuvana Monastery and the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, a Hindu temple built in the location of an ancient monastery. Then we will continue our drive to Nalanda.
Regarded as the oldest university in the world, Nalanda was a renowned centre of Buddhist and Jain studies. Though Buddha visited several times Nalanda shot to fame much later, during the 5th-12th centuries, housing as many as 10,000 Buddhist students. We will explore the ruins of the Great Stupa and visit Nalanda Archaeological Museum before continuing our drive to the city of Patna.
|Bodhgaya → Patna||3h 30min|
After an early start we will drive to Kushinagar. On the way we will make a visit to Vaishali, one of the cities that Buddha visited regularly.
Vaishali was where Buddha gave his last sermon and announced his parinirvana (nirvana after death) exactly three months before. After visiting the main sights in the city we will continue our way to Kushinagar, one of the Four Holy sites in Buddhism and a major pilgrimage site in the Buddhist world.
Kushinagar is the site where Buddha passed away and attained parinirvana. We will explore its historical temples including the Parinirvana Stupa, which marks the spot of his death, as well as the Ramabar Stupa where he was cremated. We will also have time to visit the marvelous temples that several Buddhist countries have built in their old traditional style: the chinese Linh Son Temple, the burmese Mahasukhandada Chin Thurgyi Pagoda and the siamese Wat Thai Temple.
|Patna → Kushinagar||7h|
We will continue our tour in the city of Kapilvastu, where Buddha spent 29 years of his life before turning to monastic life. We will make a short tour of the temples, stupas and historical sites of this city before continuing the drive to the city of Lumbini in Nepal, also one of the Four Buddhist Pilgrims sites.
Lumbini marks the place where Siddharta Gautama was born. Although largely destroyed now, the Buddhist monuments found in this city are of paramount importance, and in recent years all Buddhist nations have started building temples and embellishing the city as it deserves. The main highlight of our tour is the modest but incredibly important Mayadevi Temple, which houses the stone over which Queen Mayadevi gave birth.
|Patna → Lumbini||5h|
After breakfast we will a drive to Sravasti, one of the most important cities in the times of the Buddha and where he stayed in 24 occassions for Chaturma.
We will visit a handful of sites related to Buddha's life and where he showed many of his miracles. During our exploration we will admire Buddha's meditation hut near in Jetavana Monastery, the Ananda Monastery, the Rahul Monastery and another archeological site known as Mahid.
|Lumbini → Sravasti||5h|
Today we will wake up early for our long drive to the city of Varanasi.
Set on the banks of the Ganges River, Varanasi is the undisputed spiritual capital of Hinduism as it is believed that those who die here will liberate from samsara (the cycle of birth and rebirth) and attain moksha (enlightenment). Varanasi exudes mysticism along the iconic ghats (stone steps) washed by the holy Ganges, some of which are used for bathing and others as cremation sites.
|Sravasti → Varanasi||8h|
We will start very early in the morning with a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges to view the temples and rituals of the pilgrims who come for worship everyday. We will then get off the boat to walk the ancient lanes of Varanasi witnessing the pilgrims in their back and forth after taking a holy dip in the holy river. Then back to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will make the short hop to nearby Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon on the essential principles of Buddhism. Out tour will visit the ruins of Mulagandhakuti, Dharmek Stupa, Mulagandhakuti Vihara, and the Archaeological Museum.
In the evening we will drive you to the airport so you can connect with your onwards flight.
|Varanasi → Delhi||1h 30min|
|Prices per person||2 pax|
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|1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018||$1240||$1156||$1091|
|1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019||$1335||$1252||$1183|
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