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Day 01: Arrival Bodhgaya

Arrive Gaya Airport. Welcome & assistances by our representative and then, drive to Bodhgaya. On arrival, check in to the hotel. After that, we procee to visit Mahabodhi temple, Sujata Village, Niranajana River & various international monasteries. Overnight in at hotel.

Day 02 :Bodhgaya – Varanasi

Breakfast at hotel then drive to Varanasi (250 kms). On arrival check in to the hotel and then proceed to Sarnath (14 kms), Visit Dhamekha Stupa and Deer park. Back to Varanasi. Check-in hotel, Dinner and overnight in a hotel at Varanasi.

Day 03: Varanasi / Kushinagar

Early morning Boat ride on holy river the Ganges. Then drive towards Kushinagar. 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 Lunch in hotel we drive toward Lumbini (170 kms / approx 04 hrs drive). On arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 05 : Lumbini / Sravasti

Breakfast at hotel. Then proceed to visit the Holy Birth place of Lord Buddha. Overnight stay at hotel in Lumbini. 
Afternoon drive to Sravasti (180 kms) Enroute visit Kapilvastu (10 kms) On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 06 : Sravasti – Lucknow by train

Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for visit Saheth (Jetvanaram) & Maheth (Angulimal Caves). Afternoon drive to Lucknow. On arrival direct proceed for dinner and transfer to overnight train for Agra. Overngiht in Train

Day 07 : Arrival Agra

Early Morning arrive Agra Railway station and transfer to hotel for wash n change and breakfast after that, we proceed for the sightseeing tour of Agra City visiting The wonder of the world "Taj Mahal" & Agra Fort. Overnight in at hotel. 

Day 08 : Agra – Bhopal by train

Early morning transfer to railway station to catch the Train for Bhopal. On arrival, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 09 : Bhopal – Aurangabad by train

After breakfast, proceed for short excursion to Sanchi. Visit Sanchi Stupas (World Heritage site). Back to Bhopal. Dinner and transfer to Bhopal railway to board overnight train for Aurangabad. Overnight in at Train.

Day 10 : Aurangabad

Morning arrive Aurangabad. On arrival, transfer to hotel for wash n freah and breakfast. After breakfast, we proceed for full day excursion of Ellora Cave (Closed on Tuesday). Evening back to hotel. Overnight hotel in Aurangabad. 

Day 11 : Aurangabad - Mumbai + Dep 

Morning, after healthy breakfast, proceed for Aurangabad city tour visit Ajanta cave. Afternoon, timely transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai. On arrival Mumbai, transfer to Int'l 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 : 10 Nights / 12 Days. Destination : Bodhgaya Vara
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