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Journey Buddhist Route
Departure from your home country - Delhi –Lucknow-Sravasti- Lumbini Via Kapilavastu- Kushinagar- Patna-Vaishali-Bodhgaya via Nalanda and Rajgir- Varanasi- Delhi- Departure for your home country
Click here to visit the Photo Gallery of Journey the Buddhist Route (7 Photos) Born a prince, 2500 years ago, the Buddha Renounced his royal life to become a wandering seeker. Years later under the tree in the forest, he attains enlightenment, and he begun to teach new was of being.
Just before he died, probably in the 5th Century BCE, the Buddha gave the final instructions to Ananda, his disciple. He told his followers to find comfort and inspiration from the four sacred pilgrimage places- the sites of his birth, death, enlightenment, his first sermon, and , and his mahaparinirvana or death.
Two centuries later the great Indian Emperor Ashoka converted Buddhism and made the pilgrimage. At these, and other, sites he erected pillars, many of which still survive.
Our journey takes us to these sacred sites, and to the other associated with early Buddhism. We will meet Buddhist pilgrims from around the world, and truly know ourselves to be in footsteps of Buddha.
Also we explore the great Hindu cities of Lord Shiva- Varanasi ,Lumbini, etc. For me, the pilgrimage to the four holiest sites of the Buddha’s life has been of immense spiritual value. It is therefore with great pleasure invite you to make such a journey with Soul of India Tours.
Day 01 : Departure from your home country
Depart from your home country for Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi
Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel Blue Berry for two nights.
Afternoon enjoy sightseeing of Old Delhi including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandni Chowk and it’s back roads, which were the centre of the city Shah Jehanabad in the Mughal times. Finally continue onto the Raj Ghat- Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, before returning to the hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi
After breakfast, visit to the Delhi Gurdwaras including the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib near Connaught Place, and the Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, built to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur, in Chandni Chowk market area. Spend time exploring the market perhaps for shopping.
Evening an excursion to the Qutub Minar, the oldest Muslim monument in India, and to the nearby Baha'i Lotus Temple, Delhi's most innovative mordern structure, the bhai's house of worship is a world where silence and order prevail. The structure is made up of pure white marble, the Lotus symbol is common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks spectacular at dusk when it is flood lit.
Day 04 : To Lucknow
Morning transfer to New Delhi railway station to board Shatabadi Express train to Lucknow. Train leaves Delhi at 0615 and arrives Lucknow at 1330
Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to La Place Sarovar Portico for two nights.
In the afternoon leave for a leisure walk of the old market of Lucknow.
Day 05 : Lucknow
After Breakfast, visit the Residency complex- site of the famous siege of 1857, Dilkusha Gardens and La Martiniere.
Afternoon visit the monuments of Avadh Nawabs including the Imambaras, Romi Darwaja and explore Lucknow’s colourful bazaars.
Day 06 : To Sravasti
Early morning drive to Sravasti (approximately 5 hrs driving time). Check-in at the Hotel Lotus Nikko for one night .
Afternoon vist Sravasti where Lord Buddha passed the greater part of his monastic life and preached after the enlightenment. Visit the Ananda Bodhi tree where Lord Buddha meditated for a night then visit Jetavan where Lord Buddha performed some miracle.
Day 07 : To Lumbini
Morning drive to Lumbini (approximately 5 hrs driving time) .Check-in at Royal Residency for two nights. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 08 : Lumbini
After breakfast visit the birth place of Lord Buddha - Lumbini. Also, visit Lumbini Park where the Ashok Pillar carries the inscription - where the Buddha was born. Then visit Mayadevi temple devoted to the mother of Lord Buddha which houses a stone picture of giving birth to Lord Buddha. Visit China temple which is beautiful pagoda style temple with many prayer and meditation cells.
Day 9 : To Kushinagar
Morning drive to Kushinagar (approximately 4 hrs driving time). Check-in at Hotel Lotus Nikko for one night.
Afternoon leave by private car for sight-seeing of Kushinagar one of the major Buddhist pilgrimage destinations where Lord Buddha attained Parinirvana or final Nirvana . Also, visit ancient stupas and modern temples, commemorating the Buddha's death and cremation. Visit the spectacular reclining Buddha Statue.
Day 10 : To Patna via Vaishali
Morning drive to Patna en-route visiting Vaishali (approximately 7 hrs driving time) where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon. The excavations carried out in Vaishali have brought to light Buddha stupa 1 and 11 (14th century B.C) built in brick with a casket containing part of ashes of Buddha. Visit Ashok Pillar, erected by Emperor Ashok to commemorate the spot of the last sermon. On arrival in Patna, check-in at Hotel Chanakya for one night
Day 11 : To Bodhgaya via Nalanda and Rajgir
After breakfast drive to Bodhgaya en-route visit Nalanda (approximately 90 kms) founded in the 5th century B.C. Visit an archaeological museum houses the Nalanda University seal, sculptures and other remains found on the site.Later take a 20 kms drive to Rajgir. Visit Griddhkuta “Hill of Vultures”, where Buddha delivered some of his most famous sermons. Visit Saptparni caves where first Buddha Council was held which is also the source of Rajgir’s hot springs. Then drive to Bodhgaya (approximately 120 kms). Check-in at Mahayana Guest House for two nights.
Day 12 : Bodhgaya
Morning visit Mahabodhi Temple which includes tall stone lotuses, figures of Buddha sitting in different postures on the walls, his footprints on the stones and a colossal golden Buddha in the sanctum sanctorum. The Bodhi Tree is situated in the premises of the temple, is the one under which Buddha attained illumination.
Option to sit and meditate under the Bodhi Tree.
Day 13 : To Varanasi
After early breakfast transfer to railway station for your train journey to Varanasi. The train leaves Bodhgaya at 0705 and arrives Varanasi 1115.
Meeting, assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel Ganges View for two nights.
Attend evening Aarti at Sasumed Ghat on the banks of river Ganges.
Day 14 : Varanasi
Leave for an early morning boat ride at Ganges River. As the dawn mists rise on the Holy River Ganges, glide silently on a boat to see the devout come to bathe and pray.
Early afternoon, drive to Sarnath where the Lord Buddha preached his first discourse, and to see the Stupas, ancient and modern Temples and Ashoka's Pillar. Lord Buddha came to sarnath after gaining enlightenment under the sacred bodhi tree.
Day 15 : Delhi
Morning at leisure rest and relax.
Early afternoon transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi.
Meeting, assistance on arrival and check-in at Hotel Blue Berry for one night.
Day 16 : International Departure
Morning transfer to International airport to board the flight to your home country.
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