Buddhist Sector Tour from Lucknow
Places Covered: Lucknow - Shravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Vaishali - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Gaya - Varanasi
Duration: 08 Nights/ 09 Days
Starts & ends: Tour Starts at Lucknow & Ends at Varanasi
Day 1: Arrival at Lucknow (Lucknow to Shravasti 200 KM, 4 hours)
Arrival at Varanasi Airport / Railway station, meet with our representative & drive to Sravasti. Check-in to hotel. Dinner and night stay at Hotel in Sravasti.
Day 2: Sravasti- Lumbini (225 KM, 5 hours)
After breakfast, we proceed to visit Saheth (Jetvanaram) & Maheth (Angulimal Caves). Lunch en route. Later drive to Lumbini. Kindly obtain double entry visa for India & single entry visa for Nepal). On arrival, check in at hotel. Dinner and night stay at Hotel.
Day 3: Lumbini- Kusinagar (180 KM, 4 hours)
After breakfast , we will visit Holy Birth place of Lord Buddha. Lunch en route . Latter drive to Kusinagar. Dinner and night stay at Hotel Kusinagar.
Day 4: Kusinagar- Vaishali ( 250 KM, 5 hrs)- Patna ( 50 KM, 1 hours)
After Breakfast, drive to Vaishali. Later visit Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of lord Buddha) and Japan Temple . Lunch en route Drive to Patna. Dinner and night stay in Patna.
Day 5: Patna-Nalanda (100 KM, 2 hours) - Rajgir (15 KM, 30 Min)-Bodhgaya (70 KM, 2 hours)
After breakfast, depart proceed to Nalanda. Spread over 14 hectares, the Nalanda University Ruins Archaeological Complex is set amidst expansive lawns which offset the spectacular layout and carvings of this ancient university. The monasteries and the viharas are separated by a central valley. Interesting structures to look out for include: steps leading up to perhaps a dais for professors and stupas with images of the Buddha carved in. According to the Chinese traveler Xuan Zang who also taught at the university during 685 and 762 AD, 10,000 monks and professors resided here at the time. After the walk around the ruins, visit the Xuan Zang Memorial Hall, a Chinese pagoda built by Chinese Buddhists.
Latter drive for Rajgir, the capital of the Magadha kingdom and is a pilgrimage for Jains and Hindus as well. The Japanese Buddhists have built the massive Vishwashanti Stupa on the Ratnagiri Hill which can be accessed by a chairlift. The stupa has statues of Buddha at the four stages of his life - birth, enlightenment, teaching and death. From the hill top, the Jain shrines can also be viewed scattered across 26 distant hills. Griddhakuta, located on Ratnagiri Hill is another site where Budhha stopped by to preach. Lunch en route and proceed to Bodhgaya. Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.
Day 6: Bodhgaya- Local- Dungeshwari Caves- Gaya (12 KM) - Bodhgaya
After breakfast, we drive to visit Lord Buddha Temple. Visit other sightseeing places Sita Kund, Janki temple, Bodhi Tree. Come back for lunch.
Later we drive to Gaya (12 Kms).En-route vist Dungeshwari cave temples are also known as the Mahakala caves located 12 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.
Visit Lord Buddha Temple, Bodhi tree
Day 7: Bodhgaya - Varanasi (300 KM 6 hour)- Ganga Arti
After Breakfast transfer to Varanasi. Check-in to Hotel and have lunch in 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 .
Ganga Aarti and boat ride on the River Ganges (optional)
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 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.
Early morning (at sunrise) boat rides in Varanasi
Temple tour (optional)
Sarnath (Dhamekh Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and the Archaeological museum)
Day 9: Varanasi – Drop to Airport/ Railway Station for Delhi
After breakfast, have leisure time in Varanasi. Latter drop to Railway station/ Airport with pleasant memory of holy trip.
Pick up from Lucknow Airport/Railway Station
Drop at Varanasi Airport/Railway Station
08 nights accommodation at Hotel
Breakfast at Hotel
All Transfers & S/S in private AC Vehicle
Any Air /Train tickets
Lunch and dinner
Visa fee at the International Airport only for foreigners
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