BKK BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TOUR (10N-11D) DEL - DEL

Pilgrimage :

The earliest centres of Buddhist pilgrimages were the places associated with the life and Teachings of the great Master. These four places are Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Kusinara. Lumbini, in what is now Nepal, is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. The others are in India: Bodh Gaya was the place, under the pipal or Bo tree, where the Buddha was enlightened after practising meditation for several years. Sarnath was the scene of His first teaching and Kusinara was the place of His death or final Nirvana. After the death of the Buddha, the relics of His body were collected from the funeral pyre and divided into eight parts. These were distributed to the claimants and stupas, or burial mounds, were erected on the relics. The practice of pilgrimage in Buddhism probably started with visits to these places, the purpose of which was to achieve personal advantage such as rebirth in a good location, as well as to honour the great master. Thus the custom of pilgrimage has been widespread among Buddhist for many centuries and is common to both the Mahayana and Theravada traditions.

Itinerary :

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL DELHI – AGRA (210 KMS: 4-5 HRS) – (L/D)

Arrive at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, around 1300 hrs meet and assist by our Representative r Lunch and then drive to Agra overnight at Agra.

 

DAY 2: AGRA – LUCKNOW (335 KMS & 6-7 HRS) – (B/L/D)

After Breakfast , visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday). Also visit the Agra Fort and then drive to Lucknow Lucknow is a beautiful city that still retains its old world charm. Your tour to Lucknow will be a truly memorable one when you travel in India, Drive pastBritish Residency Lucknow, ChattarManzil, Jama Masjid, Rumi Darwaza, Clock TowerOn arrival, check-in at Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Lucknow.

 

DAY 3: LUCKNOW – SRAVASTI (180 KMS: 4-5 HRS) – (B/L/D)

After Breakfast,drive to Sravasti. On arrival check-in at hotel, After Lunch,visit Sravasti – where Buddha spent his 24 monsoons, visit Sahet – Mahet, Jetvana Garden and Ananda Bodhi Tree Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Sravasti.

 

DAY 4:SRAVASTI – KAPILAVASTU – LUMBINI (235 KMS: 6-7 HRS) – (B/L/D)

After breakfast,.drive to Lumbini – Birth Place of Lord Buddha, Complete your immigration / customs formalities at India & Nepal Borders (Ensure Double Entry Visa for India) En-route visit Kapilavastu, on arrival to Lumbini visit Maya Devi Temple and Ashoka Pillar, then check-in to the hotel and overnight stay at Hotel in Lumbini.

 

DAY 5: LUMBINI – KUSHINAGAR (175 KMS: 3-4 HRS) – VAISHALI (185 KMS: 5-6 HRS) – (B/L/D)

After Breakfast, drive to Kushinagar – Lord Buddha is reputed to have breathed his last words “Decay is inherent in all components things” and expired at Kushinagar.On arrival,visitMahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe), Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of Lord Buddha). Later drive to Vaishali – where the Second Buddhist Council was held after 100 years of Buddha’s Parinirvana. At Kothua, Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon. Later, Emperor Ashoka erected a huge Pillar to commemorate the spot of the last sermon.Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Vaishali.

 

DAY 6: VAISHALI – NALANDA (140 KMS: 3-4 HRS) – RAJGIR (12 KMS: 30 MIN) – (B/L/D)

After Breakfast, visit Ananda Stupa (Ashoka Pillar), and Relics. Later after lunch drive to Rajgir, which is 185 Kms from Vaishali. Rajgir is the site of great Sanctity and significance for Buddhist.En-route visit Nalanda – it was one of the oldest Universities of the world & International Center for Buddhist Studies. (Ancient Buddhist University ruins). Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel in Rajgir.

 

DAY 7: RAJGIR – BODHGAYA (85 KMS: 2 HRS) – (B/L/D)

After Breakfast,visit Gridhakuta Hills, hot spring in Rajgir, world peace Stupa, Bamboo’s Garden, Bimbsar Jail.Later after lunch drive to Bodhgaya – which is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centre where Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment.Dinner & overnight stay at Bodhgaya.

 

DAY 8: BODHGAYA – (B/L/D)

After Breakfast, visit Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree which marks the site where the Buddha overcame the forces of Evil and Temptation and attained blissful Nirvana. Late afternoon visit Niranjana River, Sujata Temple – which is across the Dungeshwari Caves, Niranjana River.Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Bodhgaya.

 

DAY 9: BODHGAYA – VARANASI (255 KMS: 6-7 HRS) – (B/L/D)

After breakfast,visit Buddha Statue. Later proceed for Varanasi (245 kms / 6 hrs). After lunch visit Sarnath along with Dhammachakka Sutra at Mulgandhkuti Vihar and Sarnath Museum. It’s about 10 kms from the holy city of Varanasi – is the blessed city where more than 2500 years ago Buddha selected to deliver his first sermon. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Varanasi.

 

DAY 10: VARANASI – DELHI (BY FLIGHT) – (B/L/D)

Early morning boat ride on River Ganges to see the Sunrise, Ghats and Temples on the bank of river Ganges. Back to the hotel for breakfast.Evening on time, transfer to airport to connect a flight for Delhi.On arrival transfer to Hotel in Delhi and over night. DAY 11: DELHI – DEPARTURE (BY FLIGHT) – (B) After Breakfast transfer to the airport to connect a flight for onward Journey (own).

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