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Buddhist Pilgrimage India



   Tour Destination        : India,
Tour Duration               : 9 Days
    All Inclusive Price     : RM 5580

Entwining architecture and religion and featuring some of the most marvelous structures filled with artistry and ambiance, this custom tailored tour will captivate you every step of the way along the Buddhist trail. Following in the footsteps of Siddhartha Gautama brings you more than just the spiritual essence of Buddha’s life but also the grand history of the time, the sensational landscape that persists, and the remarkable architecture that continues to be the most coveted artwork, from the Taj Mahal to the ruins as Bodhgaya. Taking a walk along the Buddhist trail is all about the first step.

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Tour Overview

  • Day 01 : Arrived Delhi by an International Flight
  • Day 02 : Delhi to Lucknow by Flight – Lucknow to Sravasti by Surface
  • Day 03 : Sravasti to Kushinigar by Surface
  • Day 04 : Kushinagar to Vaishali by Surface
  • Day 05 : Patna to Nalanda to Rajgir to Bodhgaya ( All by Surface )
  • Day 06 : In Bodhgaya ( Preliminary Teachings by HH the Dalai Lama )
  • Day 07 : Bodhgaya to Varanasi by Surface
  • Day 08 : Varanasi to Delhi by Flight
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    Instructions

Day 1
Arrived Delhi by an International Flight

Arrive in Delhi in the evening. Following Customs, Immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Sita Representative will meet you outside the Arrival Hall, after which you will be transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel for overnight stay.


Inclusive :

Meals on board

Day 2
Delhi to Lucknow by Flight - Lucknow to Sravasti by Surface

In the morning we will transfer you to Delhi Airport’s Domestic Terminal to board a flight to Lucknow. Delhi – Lucknow by Flight 9W 646 Departure Delhi: 0905 hrs Arrival Lucknow: 1015 hrs Arrive in Lucknow and straightaway drive to Sravasti. Upon arrival check in to your hotel. Sravasti was the capital of the ancient Kosala kingdom and has the honor for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. After freshening up enjoy a guided visit to Saheth, Maheth and Angulimal’s Cave. Maheth is identified with the remains of the city covering an area of about 400 acres. Excavations have exposed the massive gates of the city, ramparts and also the ruins of the structures which stand testimony to the prosperity of the ancient Sravasti. Saheth is known primarily as the site of the Jetvana Monastery covering an area of about 32 acres, lying about half a kilometer southwest of Maheth, it has become an important place of pilgrimage adorned with numerous shrines, stupas, and monasteries. Visit the stupa of the dreaded terrorist Angulimala, who was converted over by Lord Buddha. Sit at the site of the Buddha’s hut and trace his steps on the walking meditation path. We’ll also spend time in the beautiful Jeta Grove, where the Buddha gave some of his most important teachings. Among these was the Anapanasati sutra on the full awareness of breathing.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3
Sravasti to Kushinigar by Surface

Today we will drive you to Kushinagar. Upon arrival check-in, to your hotel, Kushinagar is a town in Kushinagar district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh located around 52 km east to Gorakhpur city. It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death. In the afternoon visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple, dedicated to the final days of the Buddha, today it stands as a serene memorial and a site of quiet contemplation. This site is home to a magnificent 18-foot reclining Buddha, built of stone in the 5th century AD. Explore the temple and its reclining Buddha statue, as well as various stupas that have been erected by Buddhists from throughout the world. At the end proceed for circumambulation of Buddha’s cremation site.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4
Kushinagar to Vaishali by Surface

After a quick breakfast, we will depart for Patna. Just before reaching Patna stop at Vaishali, the capital of the erstwhile Lichhavi Republic. Vaishali was the capital of the Lichhavi Republic which was one of the earliest Republics in the world (6th century BC). This is also the place where the Buddha ordained his stepmother as the first nun and where monkeys miraculously offered the Buddha honey. One can observe an intact Ashokan Pillar dating back to the 3rd century BC at this place. After getting over with the sightseeing of Vaishali, continue driving to Patna. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel. Patna is the world's oldest capital cities. In 5th century BC, Ajatashatru shifted his capital from Rajgir to Patna and for the next 1,000 years, the city flourished under the patronage of powerful emperors. Today Patna mostly functions as a major transport hub and base for visiting the surrounding Buddhist sites. Here we see the sacred Ganges River that borders the city and the 5-mile long bridge that spans the river.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5
Patna to Nalanda to Rajgir to Bodhgaya ( All by Surface )

Depart for Bodhgaya in the morning today, stopping at Nalanda and Rajgir route. Nalanda was one of the World’s great Universities and most important Buddhist centers founded in the 5th Century AD. During its peak in the 7th century AD, Nalanda was home to over 10,000 monks and scholars. Visit the Great Stupa built on Shariputra's relics, extensive monastic ruins and the Archaeological Museum housing finds from Nalanda and Rajgir. Rajgir, meaning ‘Home of Royalty’ is a hillside city located in a lush green valley surrounded by rocky hills dotted with temples, shrines, and ancient caves. It used to be the capital of the Magadha Empire during the time of the Buddha. Rajgir is an important site of pilgrimage where the Buddha delivered several famous teachings. It is also the site of the First Buddhist Council which convened the year following Buddha’s death. A city is also an important place for Jains, as the Mahavira spent time here and the hills are topped with Digambara shrines. At Rajgir, visit the Bamboo Grove which was the site of the Buddha’s first monastery. Spend time on Gridhakuta mountain (the Vulture Peak) which Buddha was especially fond of. Thereafter visit Jivaka's Mango Grove (Jivaka was the Buddha's physician), the jail where King Bimbisara was imprisoned by his son and Satadhara (seven hot springs) where it is said the Buddha came to relieve his bodily pains. Continue driving to Bodhgaya after getting over with the sightseeing. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel, Bodhgaya is the site of Buddha’s enlightenment. The focal point of Bodhgaya and one of the most revered sites in Buddhism is the Mahabodhi Maha Vihara, built on the site where Buddha gained enlightenment more than 2,500 years ago, now honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is here where Siddhartha Gautama sat under a Bodhi tree and meditated, determined not to get up until he gained enlightenment. Still standing is a Bodhi tree said to be descendent from the original tree. From October through March tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the site.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6
In Bodhgaya ( Preliminary Teachings by HH the Dalai Lama )

In the morning proceed to visit Mahabodhi Temple to offer prayers. This temple is an architectural amalgamation of many centuries and cultures – architectures of the Gupta and later ages, inscriptions describing visits of pilgrims from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and China are some example. The highlights of the temple include tall stone lotuses, figures of Buddha sitting in different postures on the walls, his footprints on stone, and a colossal golden Buddha in the sanctum sanctorum. The Bodhi Tree is situated inside the temple premises, under which Buddha attained illumination. White, green and red flags, tied onto the tree, form a canopy over seven sacred shrines, which symbolize the seven weeks that Buddha spent here. Also visit Shaivite Monastery, near the Mahabodhi Temple and the Nirjana river close by.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7
Bodhgaya to Varanasi by Surface

In the morning drive from Bodhgaya to Varanasi. Varanasi, the ‘City of Light’ is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It is one of the holiest places in India as Hindus consider it to be the most auspicious place to die and be cremated. The old city of Varanasi where spirituality and commerce mingle is a maze of narrow streets shared by pilgrims, locals, cows, and sadhus (holy men). Ghats along the river teem with people offering prayers. Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for more than 2,000 years. It is a holy city dedicated to Lord Shiva. Like Jerusalem, Rome, and Athens. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. In the evening proceed to witness the evening aarti at Dasashwamedha Ghat on River Ganges.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8
Varanasi to Delhi by Flight

Early this morning enjoy a boat ride in River Ganges, witnessing the pilgrims taking a dip in the river and offering morning prayers. Walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi. Later transfer to the airport board a flight to Delhi route visiting Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first Dharma talk, where he offered a path to overcome suffering. Also, visit the outstanding Archaeological Museum that houses the famous Buddha statue of the 5th century AD and the Lion Capital (3rd century BC) that is the symbol of the Republic of India today. Upon arrival, check in to an Airport hotel for wash and change. In the evening, we will transfer you to the International Airport to board your flight for onward journey. Depart from Delhi by an International Flight Board the International flight for your onward journey.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Meals on board

Day 1
Arrived Delhi by an International Flight

Arrive in Delhi in the evening. Following Customs, Immigration formalities and baggage collection, a Sita Representative will meet you outside the Arrival Hall, after which you will be transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel for overnight stay.


Inclusive :

Meals on board

Day 2
Delhi to Lucknow by Flight - Lucknow to Sravasti by Surface

In the morning we will transfer you to Delhi Airport’s Domestic Terminal to board a flight to Lucknow. Delhi – Lucknow by Flight 9W 646 Departure Delhi: 0905 hrs Arrival Lucknow: 1015 hrs Arrive in Lucknow and straightaway drive to Sravasti. Upon arrival check in to your hotel. Sravasti was the capital of the ancient Kosala kingdom and has the honor for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. After freshening up enjoy a guided visit to Saheth, Maheth and Angulimal’s Cave. Maheth is identified with the remains of the city covering an area of about 400 acres. Excavations have exposed the massive gates of the city, ramparts and also the ruins of the structures which stand testimony to the prosperity of the ancient Sravasti. Saheth is known primarily as the site of the Jetvana Monastery covering an area of about 32 acres, lying about half a kilometer southwest of Maheth, it has become an important place of pilgrimage adorned with numerous shrines, stupas, and monasteries. Visit the stupa of the dreaded terrorist Angulimala, who was converted over by Lord Buddha. Sit at the site of the Buddha’s hut and trace his steps on the walking meditation path. We’ll also spend time in the beautiful Jeta Grove, where the Buddha gave some of his most important teachings. Among these was the Anapanasati sutra on the full awareness of breathing.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3
Sravasti to Kushinigar by Surface

Today we will drive you to Kushinagar. Upon arrival check-in, to your hotel, Kushinagar is a town in Kushinagar district of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh located around 52 km east to Gorakhpur city. It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death. In the afternoon visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple, dedicated to the final days of the Buddha, today it stands as a serene memorial and a site of quiet contemplation. This site is home to a magnificent 18-foot reclining Buddha, built of stone in the 5th century AD. Explore the temple and its reclining Buddha statue, as well as various stupas that have been erected by Buddhists from throughout the world. At the end proceed for circumambulation of Buddha’s cremation site.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4
Kushinagar to Vaishali by Surface

After a quick breakfast, we will depart for Patna. Just before reaching Patna stop at Vaishali, the capital of the erstwhile Lichhavi Republic. Vaishali was the capital of the Lichhavi Republic which was one of the earliest Republics in the world (6th century BC). This is also the place where the Buddha ordained his stepmother as the first nun and where monkeys miraculously offered the Buddha honey. One can observe an intact Ashokan Pillar dating back to the 3rd century BC at this place. After getting over with the sightseeing of Vaishali, continue driving to Patna. Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel. Patna is the world's oldest capital cities. In 5th century BC, Ajatashatru shifted his capital from Rajgir to Patna and for the next 1,000 years, the city flourished under the patronage of powerful emperors. Today Patna mostly functions as a major transport hub and base for visiting the surrounding Buddhist sites. Here we see the sacred Ganges River that borders the city and the 5-mile long bridge that spans the river.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5
Patna to Nalanda to Rajgir to Bodhgaya ( All by Surface )

Depart for Bodhgaya in the morning today, stopping at Nalanda and Rajgir route. Nalanda was one of the World’s great Universities and most important Buddhist centers founded in the 5th Century AD. During its peak in the 7th century AD, Nalanda was home to over 10,000 monks and scholars. Visit the Great Stupa built on Shariputra's relics, extensive monastic ruins and the Archaeological Museum housing finds from Nalanda and Rajgir. Rajgir, meaning ‘Home of Royalty’ is a hillside city located in a lush green valley surrounded by rocky hills dotted with temples, shrines, and ancient caves. It used to be the capital of the Magadha Empire during the time of the Buddha. Rajgir is an important site of pilgrimage where the Buddha delivered several famous teachings. It is also the site of the First Buddhist Council which convened the year following Buddha’s death. A city is also an important place for Jains, as the Mahavira spent time here and the hills are topped with Digambara shrines. At Rajgir, visit the Bamboo Grove which was the site of the Buddha’s first monastery. Spend time on Gridhakuta mountain (the Vulture Peak) which Buddha was especially fond of. Thereafter visit Jivaka's Mango Grove (Jivaka was the Buddha's physician), the jail where King Bimbisara was imprisoned by his son and Satadhara (seven hot springs) where it is said the Buddha came to relieve his bodily pains. Continue driving to Bodhgaya after getting over with the sightseeing. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel, Bodhgaya is the site of Buddha’s enlightenment. The focal point of Bodhgaya and one of the most revered sites in Buddhism is the Mahabodhi Maha Vihara, built on the site where Buddha gained enlightenment more than 2,500 years ago, now honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is here where Siddhartha Gautama sat under a Bodhi tree and meditated, determined not to get up until he gained enlightenment. Still standing is a Bodhi tree said to be descendent from the original tree. From October through March tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the site.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6
In Bodhgaya ( Preliminary Teachings by HH the Dalai Lama )

In the morning proceed to visit Mahabodhi Temple to offer prayers. This temple is an architectural amalgamation of many centuries and cultures – architectures of the Gupta and later ages, inscriptions describing visits of pilgrims from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and China are some example. The highlights of the temple include tall stone lotuses, figures of Buddha sitting in different postures on the walls, his footprints on stone, and a colossal golden Buddha in the sanctum sanctorum. The Bodhi Tree is situated inside the temple premises, under which Buddha attained illumination. White, green and red flags, tied onto the tree, form a canopy over seven sacred shrines, which symbolize the seven weeks that Buddha spent here. Also visit Shaivite Monastery, near the Mahabodhi Temple and the Nirjana river close by.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7
Bodhgaya to Varanasi by Surface

In the morning drive from Bodhgaya to Varanasi. Varanasi, the ‘City of Light’ is one of the oldest living cities in the world. It is one of the holiest places in India as Hindus consider it to be the most auspicious place to die and be cremated. The old city of Varanasi where spirituality and commerce mingle is a maze of narrow streets shared by pilgrims, locals, cows, and sadhus (holy men). Ghats along the river teem with people offering prayers. Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for more than 2,000 years. It is a holy city dedicated to Lord Shiva. Like Jerusalem, Rome, and Athens. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. In the evening proceed to witness the evening aarti at Dasashwamedha Ghat on River Ganges.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8
Varanasi to Delhi by Flight

Early this morning enjoy a boat ride in River Ganges, witnessing the pilgrims taking a dip in the river and offering morning prayers. Walk through the narrow lanes of Varanasi. Later transfer to the airport board a flight to Delhi route visiting Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first Dharma talk, where he offered a path to overcome suffering. Also, visit the outstanding Archaeological Museum that houses the famous Buddha statue of the 5th century AD and the Lion Capital (3rd century BC) that is the symbol of the Republic of India today. Upon arrival, check in to an Airport hotel for wash and change. In the evening, we will transfer you to the International Airport to board your flight for onward journey. Depart from Delhi by an International Flight Board the International flight for your onward journey.


Inclusive :

Hotel Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Meals on board

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