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Tours - Holy Place of Buddha Pilgrimage

 

Day 01: Arrival Kolkata

Arrival at Kolkata International airport, welcome and assistances then transfer to Hotel. Overnight in a hotel at Delhi. 

Day 02 : Kolkata / Patna

After breakfast, proceed for half day city tour to Kolkata city. Afternoon transfer to railway station the catch the Train for Patna. Arrive Patna, you will met with representative amd transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight in hotel.
Early morning drive to Kushinagar (approx 260 Kms / 7 hrs) enroute visiting Vaishali. Lunch will be served en route. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel. 

Day 03: Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar

Early morning drive to Kushinagar (approx 260 Kms / 7 hrs) enroute visiting Vaishali. Lunch will be served en route. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel. 

Day 04:  Kushinagar / Lumbini

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for visiting Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of lord Buddha) and Japan Temple. After visit drive (170 kms / approx 04 hrs drive) to Lumbini (in Nepal). Kindly obtain double entry visa for India & single entry visa for Nepal). On arrival, check in at hotel. After then visit the Holy Birth place of Lord Buddha. Overnight stay at hotel in Lumbini. 

Day 05 : Lumbini / Sravasti

Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit the Lumbini temple. Afternoon drive to Sravasti (180 kms) Enroute visit Kapilvastu (10 kms) On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 06 : Sravasti / Varanasi

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for visit Saheth (Jetvanaram) & Maheth (AngulimalCaves). Drive to Varanasi, On arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 07 : Varanasi – Bodhgaya

Early morning Boat ride on holy river the Ganges. Excursion to Sarnath visit Dhemekha stupa & Deer Park . Afternoon drive towords Bodhgaya. On arrival, check in to the hotel. Overnight stay in at hotel. 

Day 08 : At Bodhgaya

Full day sightseeings at Bodhgaya, visiting places like Mahabodhi temple, Sujata Village, Niranajana River. All meals and overnight at hotel.

Day 09 : Bodhgaya / Rajgir / Nalanda / Patna / Kolkata

Morning drive to Rajgir, visit Gridhkutta Peak (Vulture's peak), Venuvanaram Vihara and Bimbisara Jail. After visit drive to Nalanda visit the ruins of ancient International Monastic University. 
Arrive Patna and transfer to railway station to board overnight train for Kolkata. Overnight in train. 

Day 10 : Kolkata

Morning arrive Kolkata. Day free for city tour. After then timely transfer to airport to catch the flight for onward destination.

The most important places of pilgrimage in Buddhism are located in the Gangetic plains of Northern India and Southern Nepal, in the area between New Delhi and Rajgir. This is the area where Gautama Buddha lived and taught, and the main sites connected to his life are now important places of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus. However, many countries that are or were predominantly Buddhist have shrines and places which can be visited as a pilgrimage.
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Places where Buddha lived
Four main pilgrimage sites
Gautama Buddha is said to have identified four sites most worthy of pilgrimage for his followers, saying that they would produce a feeling of spiritual urgency. These are:

Lumbini: birthplace (in Nepal)
Bodh Gaya: the place of his Enlightenment (in the current Mahabodhi Temple,Bihar, India).
Sarnath: (formally Isipathana,Uttar pradesh, India) where he delivered his first teaching.
Kusinara: (now Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India) where he died.
The Eight Great Place
Pilgrimage to
Buddha's
Holy Sites
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The Four Main Sites
Bodh Gaya Kushinagar Lumbini Sarnath
Four Additional Sites
Rajgir Sankassa Shravasti Vaishali
Other Sites
Amaravathi Chandavaram Devadaha
Gaya Kapilavastu Kesaria
Kosambi Nalanda Pataliputra
Pava Varanasi
Later Sites
Ajanta Caves Barabar Caves Bharhut
Ellora Caves Lalitgiri Mathura
Pandavleni Caves Piprahwa Ratnagiri
Sanchi Udayagiri Vikramashila
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In the later commentarial tradition, four other sites are also raised to a special status because Buddha had performed a certain miracle there. These four places, partly through the inclusion in this list of commentarial origin, became important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in ancient India, as the Attha-mahathanani (Pali for 'The Eight Great Places'). It is important to note, however, that some of these events do not occur in the Tipitaka and are thus purely commentarial.

The first four of the Eight Great Places are identical to the places mentioned by the Buddha:

Lumbini
Bodh Gaya
Sarnath
Kusinara
The last four are places where a certain miraculous event is reported to have occurred:

Sravasti: Place of the Twin Miracle, showing his supernatural abilities in performance of miracles. Sravasti is also the place where Buddha spent the largest amount of time, being a major city in ancient India.
Rajgir: Place of the subduing of Nalagiri, the angry elephant, through friendliness. Rajgir was another major city of ancient India.
Sankassa: Place of the descending to earth from Tusita heaven (after a stay of 3 months teaching his mother the Abhidhamma).
Vaishali: Place of receiving an offering of honey from a monkey. Vaishali was the capital of the Vajjian Republic of ancient India

Some other pilgrimage places in India and Nepal connected to the life of Gautama Buddha are: Pataliputta, Nalanda, Vikramshila, Gaya, Kapilavastu, Kosambi, Amaravati, Nagarjuna Konda, Sanchi, Varanasi, Kesariya, Devadaha, Pava and Mathura. Most of these places are located in the Gangetic plain.

 

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Duration : 09 Nights / 11 Days. Destination: Kolkata Patna
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