Enlightening Buddha

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Dig Deep into the Buddhist History and Get Familiar with the Teachings of Buddha

Gautama Buddha, regarded by his followers as an enlightened teacher, spent a considerable part of his life in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent. His teachings and insights are followed throughout the world. And the birthday of Buddha is celebrated as the Buddha Purnima in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. Buddha travelled to the present day states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Nepal to spread his message which focused on putting an end to the suffering and pains of life. According to Buddha, the suffering of life can be ended by following the Noble Eightfold Path - right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.

During the Enlightening Buddha tour, you will visit all those places where Buddha spent his life and become familiar with what Buddha taught. If you are looking to dig deep into the history of Buddhism, this tour is made for you. After your arrival in Delhi and sightseeing tour of the city, you will see the numerous famous Hindu temples of Varanasi, located on the banks of the Ganges. Then, you will head straight to Sarnath, the place where Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon in 590 BC. Your next stop is Bodh Gaya where Gautama gained enlightenment to become known as 'Buddha', meaning the 'enlightened one'.

Later, drive to the cities of Rajgir and Nalanda where you will uncover plenty of history about the Magadha Empire and multiple facts about Buddha. Next, you will visit Vaishali where Buddha gave his last sermon before reaching Kushinagar which is where Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. From Kushinagar, you will drive to Lumbini (situated in Nepal), the birthplace of Buddha. Also visit Sravasti which is yet another Buddhist pilgrimage destination. Finally, get back to Delhi via Lucknow to catch your flight back home.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi International airport and get assisted transfer to your pre-booked hotel for night stay.

Day 02 Delhi- Varanasi (By Overnight Train)

After breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour in Delhi visiting the most prominent places including Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, President’s Palace and Raj Ghat . In the evening depart from Delhi in an overnight train to Varanasi from where you start your tour ‘Enlightening Buddha’. Overnight on board the train in air conditioned sleeping class.

Day 03 Arrive Varanasi

Early morning arrive at Varanasi railway station and after warm welcome you will be transferred to the hotel. As the check in time is at 1200 hrs. We straight go to the restaurant to enjoy our delicious buffet on breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast, depending on the availability of room before 1200 hrs, we check into our room and the start sightseeing tour of Varanasi. Today we will visit Bharat Mata Temple, Bharat Kala Bhavan in Banaras Hindu University & famous Durga Temple . In evening visit the ‘ghats’ to see the world famous ‘Ganga Aarti’. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 04 Varanasi – Sarnath - Varanasi

Early morning take a boat ride on holy River Ganges to view the early morning activities of the locals on the bank during the sun rise. Take a walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi near the ghats and visit the ancient Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Later return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast take an excursion trip to Sarnath where Lord Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. While returning from Sarnath enroute visit Ram Nagar fort and museum. Overnight at hotel in Varanasi.

Day 05 Varanasi - Bodhgaya

Breakfast in the hotel and then drive to Bodhgaya, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres in the state of Bihar in India. It was here that ‘Gautama’ attained enlightenment and became ‘Buddha’ under the "Bodhi Tree’. On arrival at Bodhgaya we have free time to and night stay at Bodhgaya.

Day 06 Bodhgaya

Breakfast in the hotel and then we will visit the most famous Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya. The construction of Mahabodhi Temple was completed in the 7th century after which it went under restoration and repairs several times. Later depart for Niranjana river, Sujata village and monasteries of different countries (optional). Overnight at Bodhgaya.

Day 07 Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda – Patna

Leave Bodhgaya for Patna after breakfast. En-route stop at Rajgir & Nalanda to pay a visit. Rajgir was capital of Magadha Empire during the 6th century and was an important site of Buddha's discourses. Buddha spent many years here. It is considered that Lord Buddha use to meditate here and preach on the hill of Vultures, Griddhakuta. Then proceed for Nalanda, the oldest university of world, thou it have lost its charm and some parts are destroyed still its undying glory and uniqueness makes the visit exciting Nalanda is world's oldest university founded in the 5th century. Then continue your journey to Patna which is formerly known as Patliputra during the Magdhan period. Overnight at hotel in Patna.

Day 08 Patna - Vaishali – Kushinagar

Morning after breakfast visit Vaishali, a small village known for being the oldest republic state of the world. Lord Buddha announced his ‘Mahaparinirvana’ here and delivered his last sermons at Vaishali which was to take place at Kushinagar.

Later drive to Kushinagar where Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana and was cremated at the Ramabhar stupa.

Night stay will be at hotel in Kushinagar.

Day 09 Kushinagar - Lumbini– Sravasti

After breakfast depart to Lumbini to visit the Birthplace of Lord Buddha which is just a few kms inside the Nepal border. After visiting Lumbini proceed to Sravasti where Buddha performed his greatest miracle of creating multiple images of himself. Buddha delivered many important sermons here. Night stay the hotel in Sravasti.

Day 10 Sravasti – Lucknow – Delhi

Sravasti has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Vihar and has the famous Anand Bodhi tree, age-old stupas and the most importantly known for two clusters of shrines i.e. Maheth and Saheth, majestic monasteries and several temples. After visiting the important Buddhist sites at Sravasto leave for Lucknow by road from where you board your flight to home, ex Delhi airport.

What’s Included

Airport Services

Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

Accommodation

08 nights in handpicked hotels, 01 night aboard air conditioned sleeper train.

Meals

9 Breakfasts

Transport

All ground transport for sightseeing trips

Guides / Escorts

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours

Activities

Boat ride, Evening arti

Other inclusions

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges

What’s not included

Flights

International or domestic flights are not included

Travel insurance

Please carry a valid travel insurance

Visa

Visa fee and charges

Entry Tickets

Monument and museum tickets

Meals

Meals not specified

Personal expenses

Any kind of personal expenses / bills

Accommodation Style

Accommodation style

Stay in standard 3 star city hotels for 09 nights with en suite facilities. One night in an air conditioned train from Delhi to Varanasi will be in a 2 tier class. It is to be noted that the standard of Indian trains is not in line with European trains.

The cost for a single room for this Buddhist tour package of India can be obtained from our office and the same will depend on the period of your travel.

Remark : There are hotels of higher style and standard available at additional cost.