Four Buddhist Sacred Places Tour

Duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days
Destination : Bodhgaya  – Rajgir – Nalanda – Patna – Vaishali – KusinagarLumbini – Sravasti – Sarnath(Varanasi)

Day 1 : Arrival Bodhgaya- Bodhgaya

Pickup from railway station/Airport and check-in to Hotel. After Lunch, we drive to visit Mahabodhi Temple. Bodhi Tree, Vajrasana, Night stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.

Summary :
1. Visit Mahbodhi Temple.
2. Bodhi Tree

Day 2 : Bodhgaya- Local- Dungeshwari Caves- Gaya(12 KM) – Bodhgaya

After breakfast, we drive to Gaya (18 Kms).En-route vist Dungeshwari cave temples are also known as the Mahakala caves located 18 kms northeast of Bodhgaya. Lord Budha underwent years of penance here before he descended to Bodhgaya. A path across the river and up to the temples is 9km from Bodhgaya on the road to Gaya. There are three main caves containing Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Latter Visit Vishnu Temples or Vishnupad Temple is sacred among Hindus and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Back to Bodhgaya. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.

Summary :
1. Dungeshwari Caves
2. Vishnu Temples or Vishnupad Temple(Optional)

Day 3 : Bodhgaya-Rajgir(75 KM , 2 Hr) – Nalanda(16 Km, 30 min) – Patna (90 KM 2 hr)

After breakfast, we will drive to Rajgir (75 Kms). visit Gridhkutta (Vulture ‘s peak), World Peace Stupa, Venuvanaram & Bimbisar Prison. Unch at hotel Rajgir. Drive continue to Nalanda (16 kms) to visit the ruins of world ancient University. It was one of the oldest Universities of the World & International Centre for Buddhist Studies. Drive to Patna. Night stay at hotel in Patna.
Summary :
1. Gridhkutta (Vulture ‘s peak), World Peace Stupa, Venuvanaram & Bimbisar Prison 2. Nalanda university

Day 4 : Patna – Vaishali (65 KM, 2.5 hr) – Kesaria- Kushinagar (225 KM, 5 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Vaishali. Visit Ashokan Pillar – Emperor Ashoka built The Lion Pillar at Kolhua. It is made of a highly polished single piece of red sandstone, surmounted by a bell shaped capital.

Bawan Pokhar Temple: An old temple built in the Pala period stands on the northern bank of Bawan Pokhar and enshrines beautiful images of several Hindu gods.

Budha Stupa-I: Abhiskek Pushkarn (Coronation tank):
Latter drive to Kesaria and then to Kusinagar. Night stay at Hotel in Kusinagar.

Day 5 : Kusinagar- Lumbini (150KM, 4 hrs)

After Breakfast, proceed to visit Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of lord Buddha) and Japan Temple. Latter drive toward Lumbini (in Nepal).En-route visit Kapilvastu. Kindly obtain double entry visa for India & single entry visa for Nepal). On arrival, check in at hotel. Dinner and night stay at hotel in Lumbini.

Day 6 : Lumbini – Sravasti (250 KM, 6hrs)

After breakfast, proceed to visit Holy Birth place of Lord Buddha. Latter drive toward Saravasti. Night stay atSravasti.

Day 7 : Sravasti – Varanasi (370 KM 8 hrs)- Ganga Arti

After breakfast, proceed for visit Saheth (Jetvanaram) & Maheth (AngulimalCaves). Latter drive toward Varanasi. Check-in to hotel. After breakfast, drive toward Varanasi. Check-in to hotel.

At evening, get ready to experience one of the most memorable moments of your life, as you will be taken for a boat ride on the River Ganges. Enjoy Ganga Aarti. Get a glimpse of the spiritualism at the Ganga Ghats(river front).Night stay at Hotel in Varanasi.

Summary :
1. Ganga Aarti

Day 8 : Varanasi – Morning Boat Ride – Sarnath

Early morning, we will be taken for a boat ride on the Ganges. It is a mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people offering water to the Sun God and devotees taking holy dip in the Ganges. Experience the different ghats of varanasi. Each ghats has his own history and Hinduism value. Latter visit some temples on the Ghats, followed by the the Kashi Vishwanath Temple – one of the famous Hindu temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, where at least once in life a Hindu is expected to do pilgrimage, Anpurna Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir. These are optional, if have time and interest. Come back to hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, we will be taken for an excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples. The attractions at Sarnath are the Buddha temples, the Dhamekha stupa, Chaukhandi stupa and the archaeological museum.

Night stay in Varanasi

Summary :
1. Early morning(at sunrise) boat rides in Varanasi
2. Sarnath (Dhamekh Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and the Archaeological museum)

Day 9 : Varanasi –Drop

After breakfast, leisure time in morning. Latter drop to Railway station/Airport