Buddhist Tours in India
Duration: 12 Nights/13 Days
Places to Visit: Delhi - Agra - Lucknow - Balrampur - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Patna - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Delhi
Day 01: Delhi
Arrive Delhi by an international flight. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi - Agra
Delhi/Agra morning, drive to AGRA [about 4 hrs drive] to see the world famous TAJMAHAL built by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal Remains. Also visit red fort .Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: Agra - Lucknow
Agra/Lucknow early morning, drive to luck now [about 9 hrs] via Sankisa - 47 Kms from Farrukhabad. It is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha, along with Barhma and Devraj Indra descended after giving sermons to his mother in heaven.
Thereafter proceed for Lucknow for an overnight stay.
Day 04: Lucknow - Balrampur
Morning drive to Balrampur situated 134 Kms from luck now and 29 Kms from Balrampur, Saravasti, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honour for sheltering Lord Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. This holy place also has the famous Anand Bodhi tree , an offspring of the one, said to have been planted by Lord Buddha's disciple Anand. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Balrampur - Lumbini
Morning, drive to Lumbini [about 4 hours]. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon, visit the Maya Devi temple - the birth place Of Lord Buddha. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06: Lumbini - Kushinagar
Morning, drive to Kushinagar [about 4 hrs] and on arrival transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 07: Kushinagar - Patna
Morning, visit temple - the huge status of the reclining Buddha is a momentous sight. Also visit Rambhar stupa where Lord Buddha is said to have been cremated.
Afternoon, drive to Patna [about 5 hrs] and on arrival transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 08: Patna - Bodhgaya
Morning, drive to Bodhgaya [about 7 hrs] via Nalanda university which flourished from 5th century until 1199 A.D. Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira taught here.
Thereafter drive to Rajgir" the royal palace” for both Buddhist and Jains.
Continue drive to Bodhgaya for an overnight stay.
Day 09: Bodhgaya
The most important Buddhist pilgrimage centre. This is the place where Lord Sakyamuni [Gautam Buddha] entered into meditation after being moved by the sufferings of mankind. The giant Bodhi tree [people] that we see today is believed to have grown from the original Bodhi tree under which, sitting on the raised platform, Prince Siddhartha meditation and finally attained nirvana. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Bodhgaya - Varanasi
Morning, drive to Varanasi [about 7 hrs drive] and on arrival transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 11: Varanasi - Delhi
Early morning, boat ride on holy river Ganges to see various ghats. Late morning, visit Sarnath, about 10 Kms from the holy city of Varanasi is the blessed local where more than 2500 years ago Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon, after attaining nirvana. The five disciples who had followed him were surprised to see the mesmerizing glowing countenance of Buddha who convinced them and delivered his first sermon before them. Later, transfer to railway station to board overnight train for Delhi.
Day 12: Delhi
Arrive Delhi by train. Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel.
Afternoon, city sightseeing tour of Delhi, Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Delhi
Leave Delhi in time transfer to airport to connect flight for your onward destination.