Day 01: Arrival At Varanasi
Arrival at Varanasi and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at Varanasi.
Day02: Varanasi- Kaushambi – Varanasi
Morning proceed for Kaushambi which is about 187 kms / 4-5 hrs drive. Kaushambi was visited by Buddha in the 6th and 9th years after his enlightenment. He delivered several sermons here,elevating it to a center of learning for Buddhist . today one can see the ruins of an ashokan pillar,an old fort and ghositaram monastery. Return to Varanasi Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03: Varanasi
Early morning visit Ghats followed by Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh Ghat. Afternoon proceed on a half day tour of Sarnath, 10 km from Varanasi, where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park, contains the most impressive remains, as well as a modem temple. The Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi and Dhamek stupas are outstanding. There are also the remains of a monastery, and the beautifully polished Lion Capital of Ashoka. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04: Varanasi – Bodhgaya
Early Morning proceed for Bodhgaya which is about 247 kms / 6-7 hrs drive. Bodhgaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. On arrival check into hotel and Visit Maha Bodhi Temple , Bodhi Tree,The Great Buddha Statue, Niranjana River, Sujata Temple and the Chinese Temple. Later, return to the hotel and have a comfortable stay at night.
Day 05: Bodhgaya
Early morning visit Mahabodhi Temple for prayer. Later proceed for Barabar . Visit Barabar Cave. The Barabar caves, which is a group of small caves on the Barabar hills located at a distance of 40kms from Bodhgaya in Bihar, comprises numerous temples constructed from black granite stones. Built for the first time during Ashoka's reign with contributions in the later period also, these caves look like wood from a distance. The Barabar caves consist of mainly three types - 1. Nagarjuna caves, 2. Cave of five Pandavas, and 3. Hut Caves. . Return to bodhgaya Hotel for overnight stay
Day 07: Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda - Vashali
Early morning proceed for patna which is about 180 kms / 5 hrs drive. Enroute visit Rajgir and Nalanda. Rajgir was 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 Buddha stopped by to preach.
Later afternoon proceed for Nalanda. Nalanda was an acclaimed Mahavihara, a large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha (modern-day Bihar) in India. Nalanda was a centre of learning from the seventh century BCE to c. 1200 CE. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After that continue drive to Patna. Arrive in Patna and check into hotel. If time is permitted on same day. Visit Patna museum and other sightseeing Return to hotel for night stay.
Day 08: Vaishali – Kesariya – Kushinagar
Early morning proceed to Kushinagar (approx. 300 kms and 15 hrs drive). Enroute visiting Buddhist sites Vaishali and Kesariya. Vaishali - place where Buddha announced the approaching of his Mahaparinirvana. Later drive to Kesariya – visit Kesariya World's largest Stupa. Dating back to Pala period (200 AD to 750 AD), with its 425 meters circumference and 52 feet (which was originally 51 meters) height, Kesariya is claimed as the second largest and highest Stupa in the world. Buddha is believed to rest at this place during his final journey from Vaishali to Kushinagar and also donated his begging bowl for cheering up followers when he persuaded them to leave him. After that continue drive to Kushinagar (place where Lord Buddha had left the world behind him after offering an invaluable contribution to humanity, the great religion known as Buddhism). On arrival Kushinagar, transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at Kushinagar hotel.
Day 9 : Kushinagar
Early morning visit temple for worship. Later, visit sightseeing in Khushinagar. Left time you free for different activities
Day 10: Kushinagar – Lumbini(Nepal)
Morning visit Kushinagar (place where Lord Buddha had left the world behind him after offering an invaluable contribution to humanity, the great religion known as Buddhism ) sightseeing -Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of Lord Buddha). Later drive to Lumbini - the birth place of Lord Buddha (180 kms and 05 hrs drive). On arrival, transfer to hotel. visit the birth place of Buddha - Mayadevi Temple. This place is a blessed one for its serenity and the natural beauty, purely coinciding to the perception of a place where the legend was born. Overnight stay at Lumbini hotel.
Day 10: Lumbini –Kapilavastu- Shravasti
Morning proceed to Shravasti (approx. 256 kms and 15hrs drive). Enrotue visit Kapilavastu- the childhood home of Gautam Buddha & also visit ruins of the Palaces. On arrival Shravasti, check-in hotel. overnight stay at shravasti hotel.
Day 11: Shravasti,
In the morning proceed to Shravasti where the Buddha preached most of his sermons. Here he is said to have performed many miracles, and levitated. During the monsoon, he used to stay at the Jetavana monastery on the outskirts of this town. Visit various tourist spots such as Anand Bodhi tree, ruins of the Jetavana monastery, age-old stupas, Sahet Mahet and Angulimal caves. Overnight stay in Shravasti.
Day 12: Shravasti – Lucknow
Morning Ambedkar Park drive (190 kms / approx. 5.5 hrs drive) to Lucknow. Check-in hotel . later, visit Ambedkar park & lucknow s sightseeing and overnight stay at Hotel in Lucknow..
Day 13: Lucknow
In the morning transfer to Railway station. Departure for onward journey.
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