The Buddhist Circuit Tours
(07 Nights/08 Days)
Delhi - Gonda - Sravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Day 01 : Arrival in Delhi
On Arrival, assistance and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi - Agra - Tundla - Gonda
Delhi -Agra -Tundla night train to Gonda.
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Day 03 : Gonda - Sravasti
Arrive Gonda and proceed to Sravasti. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
Sravasti is located near the Rapti River is said to have been founded by the mythological king, Sravast. Its modern name is Saheth-Maheth. Bifurcated into two parts, namely Saheth and Maheth, Sravasti contains the ruins and relics of Jain and Buddhist temples, forts and stupas.
In Buddhist times (6th century BC-6th century AD), Sravasti was the capital of the kingdom of Kosala and was important both as a prosperous trading centre and for its religious associations. Shravasti or Sravasti is intimately associated with the life of Buddha. Buddha is believed to have spent 24 monsoons of his life, in the city.
Day 04 : Sravasti - Lumbini
Morning drive to Balrampur enroute visit Lumbini- the birthplace of Lord Buddha and the Lumbini Garden. In the afternoon visit the Mayadevi temple.
Day 05 : Lumbini - Kushinagar
From Lumbini proceed Kushinagar. One of the principal centers of Buddhist pilgrimage is Kushinagar where Shakyamuni entered Mahaparinirvana his death and cremation, that marked his final liberation from the cycles of death and rebirth.
Overnight in Kushinagar.
Day 06 : Kushinagar - Sarnath - Varanasi
Morning leave for Varanasi en-route visit Sarnath. The site where Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples, preaching the middle path for attaining 'Nirvana'. Realizing the sanctity of the site, emperor Ashoka, in the 3rd century B.C. built some of the finest monuments and legacies.
Continue journey to Varanasi. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 07 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya
In this ancient city of pilgrimage, the bathing ghats are main attraction. People flock here in large numbers every day to take bath and worship in the temples built beside the river bank. Centuries old tradition to offer puja to the rising Sun is still maintained.
Morning city sight seeing.
Later proceed to Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya holds extreme religious importance to the Buddhists, Bodhgaya lies 13 km south of Gaya, beside the river Phalgu. It was here, that the Lord Buddha sat under the Banyan tree and attained enlightenment, and a descendant of that original tree still flourishes there today. Bodhgaya is small and quiet town, which is the most important of all the Buddhist sites in the world.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 : Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna
Leave Bodh Gaya for Patna enroute visiting Rajgir, which is a great holy place of the Buddhists. It is the ancient Rajagriha or Girivraja, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Magadha. The ruins of Rajgir, which have been partly excavated, cover an extensive area with in and outside the hill enclosure and include the ancient defenses and remains of habitations, shrines, stupas and monasteries.
Enroute Nalanda on way to Patna. Arrive Patna and take a night train to Delhi.