BKK BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE DEL TO DEL (7 N 8 D) ATHUL BKK

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/Lucknow/(By Flight DEL/LKO around 1700 hrs) Sravasti (D)

On arrival at Delhi Airport,meet and assist by our representative and transfer to domestic airport to take flight for Lucknow. On arrival Lucknow drive to Sravasti. Sravasti – where Buddha spent his 24 monsoons. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 2: Sravasti / Kapilvastu / Lumbini (B/L/D)

Morning after breakfast visit Sahet – Mahet, Jetvana Garden and Ananda Bodhi Tree. Later with packed lunch drive to Lumbini enroute visit Kapilvastu. Lumbini – Birth Place of Lord Buddha, Complete your immigration / customs formalities at India & Nepal Borders (Ensure Double / Multiple Entry Visa for India). On arrival check and have Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 3: Lumbini/Kushinagar / Vaishali (B/L/D)

Morning visit Maya Devi Temple and Ashoka Pillar.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, visit Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe), Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of Lord Buddha). Later continue drive to Vaishali. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 4: Vaishali / Rajgir/ Bodhgaya (B/L/D)

Morning after breakfast visit Ananda Stupa (Ashoka Pillar), and Relics. Later drive to Bodhgaya enroute visit 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. Later continue drive to Bodhgaya. Dinner and Overnight.

 

Day 5: 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 6: Bodhgaya / Varanasi (B/L/D)

After breakfast, visit Buddha Statue. Later proceed for Varanasi (245 kms / 6 hrs). After lunch visit Sarnath along with Dhammackakka 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 7: Varanasi / Delhi (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. Later on time, transfer to airport to connect a flight for Delhi. On arrival Delhi transfer to Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 8: Delhi Departure (B)

After breakfast on time transfer to airport to take flight for onward journey.

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