Buddhist Circuit Tour (08 Nights/ 09 Days)
DAY 01: ARRIVE BODH GAYA
Upon arrival at Bodh Gaya, meet our representatives who will transfer you to the hotel. Later, visit Mahabodhi Temple, which includes tall stone lotuses, figures of Buddha sitting in different postures on the walls, Buddha footprints on the stones, a colossal golden Buddha in the sanctum sanctorum and the Bodhi Tree, under which Prince Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, achieved enlightenment. After the sightseeing tour, go back to the hotel for overnight stay and dinner.
DAY 02: BODH GAYA – RAJGIR – NALANDA – PATNA
After breakfast in the morning, drive to Patna. En-route, visit Nalanda University, founded in the 5th century B.C. Also, pay a visit to the archeological museum that exhibits the Nalanda University seal, sculptures and other remains found on the site. Later take a 20 km drive to Rajgir. Further, visit Griddhkuta “Hill of Vultures”, where Buddha delivered some of his most famous sermons. After that, visit Saptparni caves where first Buddha Council was held which is also the source of Rajgir’s hot springs. Later continue drive to Patna. On arrival at Patna, check-in the hotel for overnight stay and dinner.
DAY 03: PATNA – VAISHALI – KUSHINAGAR
After breakfast in the morning, drive to Kushinagar. En-route, visit Vaishali, the ancient city where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon. In Vaishali, you can see Buddha Stupa 1 and 11 (14th century B.C) built in brick with a casket containing part of ashes of Buddha and Ashok Pillar. After a small stopover, drive to Kushinagar for overnight stay and dinner.
DAY 04: KUSHINAGAR – LUMBINI
Post breakfast at the hotel, explore Kushinagar. Here, you will visit ancient stupas and modern temples, which commemorates the Buddha’s death and cremation. Later drive to Lumbini in Nepal. Dinner and overnight stay at the Lumbini hotel.
DAY 05: LUMBINI
Today, visit Lumbini Park where the Ashok Pillar carries the inscription – where the Buddha was born. Then, visit Mayadevi temple, which is sacred to Buddha’s mother. Later visit the China Temple. Overnight stay at the Lumbini hotel.
DAY 06: LUMBINI – KAPILAVASTU – SHRAVASTI
Today, you will drive to Shravasti. In the afternoon, visit the Ananda Bodhi tree where Lord Buddha meditated for a night then visit Jetavan where Lord Buddha performed some miracle. Dinner and overnight stay at the Shravasti hotel.
DAY 07: SHRAVASTI – VARANASI
After breakfast, drive to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi check-in the hotel. In the second half, visit Sarnath, the city where Buddha delivered his first sermon. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 08: VARANASI – BODH GAYA
Begin your day with a beautiful smile as today you will be going for the boat ride. After the ride, return to the hotel and drive back to Bodh Gaya. Dinner and overnight stay at the Bodh Gaya hotel.
DAY 09: DEPARTURE
Post breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred airport/railway station to connect flight/train for onward destination.