India and Nepal are highly acclaimed for being the prime Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in the world which attracts numerous travelers and visitors from all over the world. Being home to some of the most popular Hindu as well as Buddhist circuits in the world pilgrims flock here to perform their rituals. The Buddhist sites in India and Nepal tour package offers you the rare opportunity to explore the sacred Buddhist locations which carries huge importance.
|Tour Name||Buddhist sites in India and Nepal tour package|
|Tour Duration||13 Days / 12 Nights|
|Destinations Covered||Delhi – Varanasi – Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Patna – Vaishali – Kushinagar – Sravasti – Lumbini – Kathmandu|
|Tour Price||On Request/- Enquire Now|
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Upon arriving in Delhi our tour representative will escort and get you checked in to your allotted hotel where you will be spending the night.
Day 2: Delhi sightseeing
After having your breakfast in the morning your sightseeing tour of Delhi will commence. You will be covering some of the most iconic landmarks of the nation’s capital like: Jama Masjid – one of the largest mosques in India boasting of impeccable design and indo Islamic architecture; red fort – a UNESCO world heritage site which is home to numerous museums containing precious Mughal era artifacts and items; Raj Ghat – the cremation site for Mahatma Gandhi; India Gate – a massive stone arch commemorating Indian soldiers who laid their lives in world war 2. You will also be driven past the iconic sites of Parliament and president’s house. Later on you will also be taken to Humayun’s Tomb – a mughal’s memorial; Qutb minar complex and the famous Lotus temple.
You will finally be made to head back to your allotted hotel in Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi – Varansi (Sarnath excursion)
Post breakfast, you will head on for the domestic airport from where you will be made to board the flight heading towards the holy city of Varanasi. The entire journey will be of almost 1 hour and 15 mins, and once you arrive at Varansi you will be immediately taken for brief excursion of Sarnath (45 mins) – the place where Buddha gave his very first sermon after attaining his nirvana at Bodhgaya. In the evening you will be driven back to Varanasi where you will attend the majestic Ganga aarti which takes place by the Ganga ghat before heading back to your hotel in Varanasi.
Day 4: Varanasi sightseeing
You will be taken on a soulful boat ride early in the morning where you will witness a wonderful sunrise. After this you will have a complete breakfast before heading out for a sightseeing tour of the city. You will be taken to the following place: Bharat mata mandir – home to a whole map of India; Durga mandir – a deep red temple dedicated to goddess Durga and considered to be of extreme importance for devout Hindus; Tulsi manas mandir – the place where Goswami Tulsidas had written the Hindu epic ramcharitmanas; Banaras Hindu University.
After a wholesome day of sightseeing you will be made to head back to your hotel for staying the night.
Day 5: Varanasi – Bodhgaya
Early in the morning after breakfast you will be made to proceed towards Bodhgaya which is located at a distance of 6 – 7 hours. Upon your arrival to the place where Buddha had attained his enlightenment you will immediately be checked in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 6: Bodhgaya sightseeing
Post breakfast you will be made to visit the iconic mahabodhi mandir which houses the bodhi tree under which Buddha had attained his enlightenment, and was built by Ashoka the great. You will then be made to head on towards the eloquent Chinese temple. During the afternoon you will be made to explore the Niranjana River – the river which was crosses by Buddha and the place where he had taken a shower after his enlightenment. You will also be made to visit the famous Sujata temple.
You will then be made to head back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Patna
Early in the morning after completing your breakfast you will be made to visit some of the most historical towns of Rajgir and Nalanda which are located at a comfortable distance of 2 hours. Rajgir was an ancient favorite town of Buddha from where he gave numerous discourses on Buddhism. Whereas, Nalanda (now only the ruins and foundations remains) was one of the oldest universities in the world where Buddha used to preach Buddhism to students from far and wide. Post lunch you will be made to head towards Patna, which is situated at a distance of 2 km from Nalanda, and you will be spending your night in the allotted hotel here.
Day 8: Patna – Vaishali – Kushinagar
Early in the morning you will leave immediately for Kushinagar which is a 7 hours of road journey. En route you will be made to visit Vaishali which is at a distance of 60 km from Patna, and is associated with Buddha for being the place which he visited firstly after declaring his renunciation from Kapilavastu for his spiritual training.
You will finally be reaching Kushinagar, where you will be spending the night in your allotted hotel. This is the place where Buddha had attained his mahaparinirvana making it one of the prime destinations for Buddhist pilgrims.
Day 9: Kushinagar – Sravasti
Early in the morning you will be taken on a brief sightseeing tour of this town, including stupas and temples like, Chinese temple and Parinirvana Stupa. You will then be made to head on towards another important Buddhist pilgrimage destination – Sravasti, which is located at a road journey distance of 7 hours. Upon arriving at Sravasti you will be immediately checked in to your allotted hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 10: Sravasti – Lumbini
Early in the morning you will be taken to Sahet Mahet for a visit to some of the prime Buddhist temples and the famous Jetwana Gardens. In the afternoon you will be driven to Lumbini – birthplace of Buddha which is situated at a driving distance of 5 hours. Once you arrive at Lumbini you will be immediately checked in to your hotel for an overnight stay. In the evening you will be made to visit the Buddhist temples for an overnight stay.
Day 11: Lumbini – Kathmandu
Early in the morning you will be made to visit some of the most prestigious Buddhist temples and stupas. Later on you will be transferred to the airport where you will be made to board the flight heading towards Kathmandu. In the afternoon, upon your arrival, you will be taken on a brief city tour of durbar square – which is a palace complex and houses massive courtyards and temples which were built during the 12th and 18th centuries.
Later on you will finally be made to head on towards your allotted hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 12: Kathmandu sightseeing
Early in the morning you will be escorted to Swayambhunath Stupa – which is one of the holiest Buddhist sites present in Nepal. In the afternoon you will be made to visit Patan city – a Kathmandu counterpart which showcases some of the most pristine palace buildings, courtyards and museums. One of the prime centres of attractions here is the 16th century temple which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. After a complete day of sightseeing you will be made to head back to your hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Kathmandu departure
After breakfast the first half of your day will be scheduled for your visit to Bhaktapur – one of the main tourist attractions which also consist of the lion gate and the golden gate.
In the evening you will be escorted to the international airport from where you will be made to board the flight headed towards your desired destination hence concluding your journey.