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“The Light of Asia” Gautam Buddha lived, attained enlightenment, preached and died in India, an ascetic who is believed to have advised simple principles of life to remain happy. The founder of Buddhism in 06th century BC, Gautam Buddha is even revered by Hindu’s as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Explore the footprints left by him with on the trail of Lord Buddha tour. Visit the place of his Birth Lumbini, Place where he attained enlightenment, Bodhgaya, the place where he preached his first sermon, Sarnath, the place where he had his last dinner at Vaishali and the place where he attained Mahaparinirvana, at Kushinagar.

On the trail of Lord Buddha

Destinations Covered:- Delhi - Lucknow - Sravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Patna - Bodhgaya - Varanasi
Tour Duration: 08 Nights / 09 Days
Day: 01 Arrive Delhi (by flight)

Arrive Delhi international airport, clear immigration, collect your baggage and proceed to arrival lounge, our executive will be waiting with the placard in your name, meet and greet followed by transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at Delhi. (No Meals)

Day: 02 Delhi/ Lucknow (Train)/ Sravasti (drive 180kms/4hrs)

Early morning transfer to the railway station to board superfast train to Lucknow – the city of Nawabs. Arrive Lucknow, our executive will be waiting at the platform to meet and greet, thereafter, directly drive to Sravasti. One of the six largest city during Lord Buddha’s time, Sravasti was capital of Kosala Kingdom from 06th century BC to 06th century AD, with approx. population of 900,000 around 05th century BC. It is also the place where Lord Buddha spent 24years of his life. It is also believed that the Third Thirthankar of Jainism, Sambhavnath was born here.
Arrive and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at Sravasti. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day: 03 Sravasti/ Lumbini (drive 350 kms/7hrs)

After breakfast, explore the remnants of once a magnificent town with hundreds of stupas and monasteries. Visit ruins of Saheth Maheth, believed to be the remnants of this majestic city. Visit the Jetavana Monastery, where Buddha spent 19 of the 45 monsoons, the longest anywhere, teaching the students. Visit the Anandabodhi tree, believed to be planted with the seed of Mahabodhi tree in Bodhgaya. You can also visit Gandhakuti – believed to be hut of Lord Buddha, stupa at the place of twin Miracle and the monasteries of Thailand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tibet and China. Also visit Shobhanath temple: the Jain pilgrims revere this temple, believed to be the birthplace of a 03rd Jain Thirthankar, Sambhavnath.
Later drive to Lumbini – the birth place of Lord Buddha. Arrive late in the evening to check in. Stay overnight at Lumbini. (Breakfast, Dinner

Day: 04 Lumbini/ Kushinagar (drive 160 kms/4 hrs)

After breakfast, start your day tour of Lumbini with the visit to Maya Devi Temple, believed to be standing at the place where Lord Buddha was born. Beside the temple, there is pond, where it is believed that Maya Devi bathed before giving birth to Buddha. Other places to visit includes the Ashokan Pillar – left by emperor Ahokha on his visit to Lumbini in 249 BC and Myanmar Golden Temple.
Later drive to Kushinagar – the place where Lord Buddha attained his Salvation, Mahaparinirvana. Arrive late in the afternoon to check in and stay overnight at the hotel. Stay overnight at Kushinagar. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day: 05 Kushinagar/ Patna (drive 240 kms/6 hrs)

After breakfast at the hotel, start your exploration of Kushinagar with the visit to Mahaparinirvana Temple, believed to be standing at the point where Lord Buddha breathed his last. The Temple has a 6.1 mts long Red sandstone monolithic statue in dyeing position, known as reclining Buddha. On the same plinth stands, Nirvana Chaitya, the main stupa. Other important places to visit is Ramabhar Stupa, standing at the site of Cremation of Lord Buddha, Matha Kuar Shrine containing monolithic statue of Lord Buddha in Bhumi Sparsha Mudra, Indo Japan Sri Lanka Temple , wat Thai Temple and the museum
Later drive to Patna, believed to be founded in 490 BC, was once an affluent city and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, enroute stop at Vaishali, where it is believed that Lord Buddha preached his last sermon before his death. It is also the place where the second Buddhist council was held. Visit one of the best preserved pillars of King Ashoka, topped by a single Asiatic Lion, relic stupa, Coronation tank – the sacred water of which anointed the elected representative of Vaishali and Kutagarsala Vihara, where Lord Buddha used to stay during his visit to Vaishali.
Continue drive to Patna to arrive and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at Patna. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day: 06 Patna/ Bodhgaya (drive 110 kms/3 hrs)

After breakfast at hotel drive to Bodhgaya –the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and then proceeded to find Buddhism.
Enroute visit Nalanda – the first of the great university of the world, it was the first residential international university, one of the best learning grounds in its era with children from China, Tiber, Korea and central Asia. It was destroyed by the Muslim invaders in 1200 AD. Also visit Rajgir – the first capital of Kingdom of Magadha and favorite place for Lord Buddha and the sight of the first world conclave on Buddhism. Visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa located on a 400 meter high hill is one of the 80 world peace pagoda made in 1969. Visit Saptaparni caves where the first Buddhist conclave was held, visit the Son Bhandar caves, belonging to Jainism, these 3rd century caves have carved sculptures of Thirthankaras.
Arrive Bodhgaya to check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at Bodhgaya. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day: 07 Bodhgaya

After breakfast at hotel proceed for sightseeing of Bodhgaya. After a brief rest, start your day with the visit to Mahabodhi Temple – believed to be built surrounding the place where Lord Buddha got enlightenment. In the compound is sacred Maha Bodhi tree – believed to be the tree under which Buddha Got enlightened, the current tree is fifth successor of the original tree. The first temple here was built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C., and the present temple dates from the 5th or 6th centuries. It is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built entirely in brick, still standing in India. Visit Animesh Lochan Chaitya where Buddha spent one week looking towards the great Bodhi tree out of gratitude, without twinkling his eyes, Ratnagarh – where Buddha spent one week and five colors came out of his body. Other places of interests includes 80ft statue of Budhha, Lotus Tank, Chinese Temple, Burmese Temple, Monastery of Bhutan and Temples of Japanese, Thai and Tibet.
Stay overnight in Bodhgaya. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day: 08 Bodhgaya/ Varanasi (Approx 255 kms/ 5 hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive to Varanasi – one of the holiest seven cities (cities which can provide you Moksha – freedom from the cycle of birth and death) of India, it is also known as the cultural capital of India. Continuously inhabited for almost five thousand years now, between the rivers Varuna and Assi and on the banks of sacred river Ganges, it is famous for its silk, muslin, music and Paan (betel leaf with areca nuts). Enroute visit Sarnath – the place where Lord Buddha preaches his first sermon and thus started in motion of The Dhamma Chakra. It was here the Buddhist religion was founded. The site is now marked with a huge stupa, which is believed to contain some of the remains of Lord Buddha at its centre. You can also visit the Museum (closed on Fridays) containing the artefacts excavated from the surroundings.
Continue drive to Varanasi to arrive and check in at the hotel.
Evening proceed on the banks of River Ganges to experience spiritually awakening event of Ganges Aarti. The priests of the temples on the banks, line up in the evening with their huge brass lamps. They then in unison sing the hymns from Vedas (Hindu religious texts) along with the ringing of bells and swaying of the lighted lamps, as hundreds of visitors, stand in witness, with their own small lighted lamps in their hand. The transcendental experience ends with people offering hundreds of small lamps to the river.
Stay overnight at Varanasi. . (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day: 09 Varanasi – Onwards

Wake up with the first rays of the sun, and embark on a boat ride by the side of the bathing ghats of the holy river – the best way to observe the daily life of the locals. Witness flocks of Hindu devotees offering prayers early in the morning and taking several dips in the river water to cleanse their soul. Also see the Hindu cremation being carried out at Manikarnika and Dashwamedh Ghats. It is believed that if you are cremated at Varanasi, you attain Moksha – liberty from the cycle of birth and death.
Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Later in time check out and transfer to the airport for onwards flight. (Breakfast)