BKK BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TOUR (7N-8D) BDG - VNS

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 BODHGAYA- (L/D)

On arrival at Gaya Airport, meet and assist by our representative and transfer to the Hotel in Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centre where Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. Check-in at Hotel, Evening free for religious activity, Dinner & overnight stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.

 

DAY 2: 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 3: BODHGAYA – RAJGIR (85 KMS: 2 HRS) – (B/L/D)

After Breakfast,drive to Rajgir. Rajgir is the site of great Sanctity and significance for Buddhist.On arrival, visit Gridhakuta Hills, hot spring in Rajgir, world peace Stupa, Bamboo’s Garden, Bimbsar Jail.Dinner & overnight stay at Rajgir.

 

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

After Breakfast, 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.En-route visit Nalanda – it was one of the oldest Universities of the world & International Center for Buddhist Studies. (Ancient Buddhist University ruins). On arrival, visit Ananda Stupa (Ashoka Pillar), and Relics. Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel in Vaishali.

 

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

After early 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 Lumbini – Birth Place of Lord Buddha, Complete your immigration / customs formalities at India & Nepal Borders (Ensure Double / Multiple Entry Visa for India). Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Lumbini.

 

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

After breakfast, visit Maya Devi Temple and Ashoka Pillar. Later drive to Sravasti – where Buddha spent his 24 monsoons.En-route visit Kapilavastu. Upon arrival Sravasti, visit Sahet – Mahet, Jetvana Garden and Ananda Bodhi Tree. Check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Sravasti.

 

DAY 7: SRAVASTI– VARANASI(330 KMS: 8-9 HRS) – (B/L/D)

After Breakfast, Later proceed for Varanasi. On arrival, check-in at Hotel. Later 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 8: VARANASI DEPARTURE – (B)

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.Later on time, transfer to airport to connect a flight for onward Journey.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. Later on time, transfer to airport to connect a flight for Delhi. On arrival Delhi transfer to Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

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