Buddhist Trail Tour
Day 1 : Varanasi Arrival – Ganga Arti
Railway Station/Airport and check-in to Hotel.
At evening, get ready to experience one of the most memorable moments of your life, as you will be taken for a boat ride on the River Ganges. Enjoy Ganga Aarti. Get a glimpse of the spiritualism at the Ganga Ghats (river front).Night stay at Hotel in Varanasi.
1.Ganga Aarti and boat ride on the River Ganges
Day 2 : Varanasi Morning Boat Ride – Sarnath (12 KM, 30 min)
Early morning, we will be taken for a boat ride on the Ganges. It is a mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people offering water to the Sun God and devotees taking holy dip in the Ganges. Experience the different ghats of varanasi. Each ghats has his own history and Hinduism value.
Latter visit some temples on the Ghats, followed by the the Kashi Vishwanath Temple - one of the famous Hindu temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, where at least once in life a Hindu is expected to do pilgrimage,Bharat Mata Mandir. These are optional, if have time and interest. Come back to hotel for breakfast
After breakfast, we will be taken for an excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples. The attractions at Sarnath are the Buddha temples, the Dhamekha stupa, Chaukhandi stupa and the archaeological museum.
Evening Leisure time for shopping. Night stay at hotel in Varanasi
1. Early morning(at sunrise) boat rides in Varanasi (Complimentary from Holy Voyages)
2. Temple tour (optional)
3. Sarnath (Dhamekh Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and the Archaeological museum)
Day 3 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya (300 Kms 6 Hrs) – Dungeshwari Caves -Gaya (12 KM)
After breakfast drive to Bodhgaya, check in to Hotel. Later Visit Lord Buddha Temple, Bodhi Tree
Latter we drive to Gaya (12 Kms).En-route vist Dungeshwari cave temples are also known as the Mahakala caves located 12 kms northeast of Bodhgaya. Lord Budha underwent years of penance here before he descended to Bodhgaya. A path across the river and up to the temples is 9km from Bodhgaya on the road to Gaya. There are three main caves containing Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Latter Visit Vishnu Temples or Vishnupad Temple is sacred among Hindus and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Back to Bodhgaya. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.
1. Visit Lord Buddha Temple.
2. Bodhi tree
3. Dungeshwari Caves
Day 4 : Bodhgaya-Rajgir(65 KM , 1.5 Hr) – Nalanda(12 Km, 30 min) – Patna (90 KM 1.5 hr)
Latter will drive to Rajgir (65 Kms). visit Gridhkutta (Vulture s peak), World Peace Stupa, Venuvanaram & Bimbisar Prison. Drive continue to Nalanda (12 kms) to visit the ruins of world ancient University. It was one of the oldest Universities of the World & International Centre for Buddhist Studies. Drive to Kushinagar . On arrival check in to the hotel. Evening back to hotel and overnight stay at a hotel.
Latter drive to Patna. Night stay at Hotel in Patna
1. Gridhkutta (Vulture s peak), World Peace Stupa, Venuvanaram & Bimbisar Prison
2. Nalanda university
Day 5 : Patna – Vaishali (50 KM, 1 hr) - Kesaria- Kushinagar (250 KM, 6 hrs)
After breakfast, proceed to Vaishali.
Vaishali, - Gautama Buddha delivered his last sermon at Vaishali and announced his Parinirvana there. Vaishali is also renowned as the land of Ambapali (also spelled as Amrapali), the great Indian courtesan, who appears in many folktales, as well as in Buddhist literature. Ambapali became a disciple of Buddha.
Night stay at hotel in Kusinagar.
Day 6 : Kusinagar- Lumbini (160 KM, 6 hrs including Border time)
After Breakfast, we will visit Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of lord Buddha) and Japan Temple and then drive toward Lumbini (in Nepal). Kindly obtain double entry visa for India & single entry visa for Nepal). On arrival, check in at hotel.
Day 7 : Lumbani-Kapilvastu- Sravasti(200 KM, 06hrs including Border time)
After breakfast, proceed to visit Holy Birth place of Lord Buddha. Evening drive toward Saravasti. En-route visit Kapilvastu. Night Stay at hotel in Sravasti.
Day 8 : Sravasti – Varanasi (300 KM 6 hrs) or Lucknow (180 KM 4 hrs)
After breakfast, proceed for visit Saheth (Jetvanaram) & Maheth (AngulimalCaves). Latter drive toward Varanasi/Lucknow. Night stay at hotel in Varanasi/Lucknow.
Day 9 : Varanasi/Lucknow- Drop to Airport/Railway station
After breakfast, drive to airport/Railway Station with pleasant memory of holy trip.