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Holy Buddhist Pilgrims Express - 8 Days

Holy Buddhist Pilgrims Express

Nepal, India · Private Tour · 8 Days
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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. 

Highlights

  • Feel the energy of the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya
  • See the birthplace of Buddha in the Mayadevi Temple of Lumbini
  • Admire Kushinagar's Parinirvana Stupa, where Buddha passed away
  • Discover where Buddha preached his first sermon at the ruins of Sarnath
  • Explore Rajgir, Vaishali and Sravasti, other of the Eight Great Places of Buddhism
  • Wander the ancient ruins of the Buddhist university of Nalanda
  • Immerse in the devotion of Hindu traditions along the Ganges in Varanasi

Itinerary

Day 1 - Delhi
Day 2 - Delhi → Bodhgaya
Day 3 - Bodhgaya → Rajgir → Nalanda → Patna
Day 4 - Patna → Vaishali → Kushinagar
Day 5 - Kushinagar → Kapilvastu → Lumbini
Day 6 - Lumbini → Sravasti
Day 7 - Sravasti → Varanasi
Day 8 - Varanasi → Delhi

What is included

  • Domestic flights Delhi-Gaya and Varanasi-Delhi
  • 7 nights accommodation in standard hotels
  • Transportation by private vehicle with English-speaking driver
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities and excursions mentioned in this itinerary
  • One time monument entrance fees for all visiting sites

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Any permit fee for Nepal
  • Local guide for sightseeing
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Activities not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Camera fees (not frequent)
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

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1
Delhi

On arrival at Delhi International Airport followed transfer to the hotel. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Radisson Blu

Superior Room Delhi

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2
Delhi → Bodhgaya

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

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Delhi → Bodhgaya 1h 30min
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Lotus Nikko Hotel

Standard Room Bodhgaya

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3
Bodhgaya → Rajgir → Nalanda → Patna

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.  

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Bodhgaya → Patna 3h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Chanakya

Chanakya Tower Patna

day
4
Patna → Vaishali → Kushinagar

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.     

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Patna → Kushinagar 7h
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  • Lunch
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Lotus Nikko Hotel

Deluxe Room Kushinagar

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5
Kushinagar → Kapilvastu → Lumbini

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.

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Patna → Lumbini 5h
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Lumbini Hokke Hotel

Deluxe Room Lumbini

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6
Lumbini → Sravasti

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.

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Lumbini → Sravasti 5h
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Lotus Nikko Hotel

Standard Room Sravasti

day
7
Sravasti → Varanasi

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. 

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Sravasti → Varanasi 8h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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The Amayaa

Superior Room Varanasi

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8
Varanasi → Delhi

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 MulagandhakutiDharmek StupaMulagandhakuti Vihara, and the Archaeological Museum.

In the evening we will drive you to the airport so you can connect with your onwards flight. 

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Varanasi → Delhi 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Delhi
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Radisson Blu

Superior Room
Bodhgaya
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Lotus Nikko Hotel

Standard Room
Patna
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Chanakya

Chanakya Tower
Kushinagar
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Lotus Nikko Hotel

Deluxe Room
Lumbini
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Lumbini Hokke Hotel

Deluxe Room
Sravasti
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Lotus Nikko Hotel

Standard Room
Varanasi
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The Amayaa

Superior Room

Price for standard experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing Basis
3-4 pax
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5-6 pax
Double Sharing Basis
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$1240$1156$1091
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019$1335$1252$1183

Photos

Mahabodhi Temple
University Ruins, Nalanda
Kushinagar
Lumbini
Lumbini
Ganga River, Varanasi
Sarnath
Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath

Map

What travelers say

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