Day 01: Arrival Gaya
Arrival at Gaya Int;l airport transfer to Bodhgaya, visit Mahabodhi Temple, Sujata Village, Niranjana river, 80 feet high lord Buddha Statue & Various international monasteries. Overnight at a hotel in Bodhgaya.
Day 02: Bodhgaya/Rajgir - Nalanda/ Rajgir / Patna
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Rajgir (65 Kms). Visit Gridhkutta ( Vulture 's peak), World Peace Stupa, Venuvanaram & Bimbisar Prison. Drive continue to Nalanda (12 kms) to visit the ruins of world ancient University. It was one of the oldest Universities of the World & International Centre for Buddhist Studies. Thereafter drive to Patna, on arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Patna.
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. Drive to Sravasti (180 kms) Enroute visit Kapilvastu (10 kms) On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon visit Sahet & Mahet (Capital of ancient kingdom of Kosala, Jetawana Gardens Buddhist temples.
Day 06 : Sravasti / Varanasi
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Varanasi . PM visit Sarnath (Dhemekha Stupa & Deer Park). Overnight in hotel at Varanasi
Day 07 : Varanasi - Delhi by train
Early morning boat ride in Holy river The Ganges. After breakfast and proceed for Varanasi city visit Bharat Mata Temple, Kali Temple, Banaras Hindu University, Kasi Vishwanath Temple. After lunch excursion to Sarnath, visiting Dhemekha Stupa, Deer Park & Museum. Evening transfer to Varanasi railway station to board overnight train for Delhi.
Day 08 : Delhi / Departure.
Arrive delhi and proceed to Hotel for wash n fresh & Breakfast. Then, we proceed for Full day Delhi sightseeing visit places like India Gate, drive pass Parliament building, President House, Rajghat (Mahatma Ghandhi Samadhi). Then dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner transfer to IGI airport to catch flight for onward journey.
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. -------------- 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 Dharma Wheel.svg 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 v t e 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.