In India, there are so many Buddhist places of interest that you will find it difficult for you to pick a few places that best suit you. It is also not possible for you to understand or even know the significance of this place in Buddhism by just visiting it. It will be necessary for you to have someone besides you who will enlighten you on the significance of the place and the role that it plays in facilitating the preaching of Buddhism.
Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination Covered: Delhi - Varanasi – Agra - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Kathmandu - Patna – Nalanda - Vaishali - Kushinagar- Lumbini - Sravasti - Lucknow - Delhi.
Bearing all these in mind, we have on offer tour packages that are well designed and that will take you to some of the most important Buddhist destinations throughout the country. The tours give you comprehensive travel guides on a daily basis and make your visit completely enjoyable. You will not even have to be bothered about the preparations. In other words, you will just pick your tour package and forget about the rest. The preparations on transportation, sightseeing and dining will be well taken care of. There is also a person who will be guiding you around while also educating you on the importance of the place in Buddhist history. There are also several packages that will most definitely suit your time schedule and your financial budget. You will also be able to find one that goes with your requirements.
You should not waste any more time, just choose a passage and get prepared to be taken to the destinations that you desire and also to know more about the Buddhism in India.
Day 01: Reach Mumbai
Upon arrival at Mumbai, our representative will meet up with you at the airport. You will be transferred to a hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 02: Mumbai
In the morning, after having breakfast, you will visit the Elephant Caves and a one hour ride on a boat across the Mumbai Harbor which brings you to the luxuriant Green Elephanta Island. At this location, you will tour some of the enormous and obscurely curved Elephanta Caves that date way back to the 8th century. In the afternoon, you will be accorded a city tour of Bombay. Here you will be able to view spectacular scenes like the ‘Gateway of India’ which overlooks the harbor, the ‘Towers of Silence’, ‘marine drive’, the ‘Colaba Causeway’ – Bombay’s commercial heart and also the Dhobi Ghat which is an exceptional and vibrant outdoor ‘laundry’
At the Malaba hill, specifically, the exquisite ‘Hanging Valleys’ together with the Kamla Nehru Park, you will be able to get an amazing view of Mumbai and the Arabian Sea. You should also tour the busy Crawford Market and the Mani Bhawan, a small museum set up in dedication to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi. The overnight is spent at a hotel.
Day 03: Mumbai Aurangabad
Transfer to the airport to connect flight takes place in the morning. Afterwards, you should visit the Ajanta Caves whose location is at 100km a 21/2 hour drive northwards towards the east of Arangabad in the valley of Waghora. They are 30 splendid rock cut caves that whose history is traced back to 2nd BC -7th AD. They are entirely Buddhist and unique due to the fact that they combine three art forms namely; sculpture, architecture and painting. The site is closed on Mondays.
Day 04: Aurangabad- Bhopal
In the morning, you should tour the Ellora Caves which are 30km from Aurangabad. They are fine rock cut cave temples of the Ellora. They date back to the 10th and 11th century. They cover three religions; Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Out of the 34 caves that serve both as monasteries and temples, the most remarkable is the splendid Kailasa temple. It took over a century to curve out the structure from a monolith.
In the afternoon, you should move to Bhusaval Railway Station to catch an overnight train for Bhopal. On Tuesdays, the Ellora caves are closed.
Day 05: Bhopal-Agra
You will get to visit the Saanchi Stupa. Many Buddhist tourists visit this tranquil hill which is capped by a collection of stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars which date back to between the 3rd century BC and the 12th century AD. In the afternoon depart from Bhopal on Bhopal Shtabdi Express for Agra. Reach Agra in the evening and spend the night at hotel.
Day 06: Agra-Varanasi
After taking your breakfast, go ahead and take a tour of the city. Visit the glorious TajMahal, a structure which is wholly made of white marble and has walls that are decorated using the fine Pietra Dura (stone inlay). After taking lunch, explore the imposing Agra fort which is constructed out of red sandstone and marble. It is a hilltop citadel which has got remarkable country yards, gates and fountains. TajMahal is closed on all Fridays. In the evening, move to the train station and take an overnight train to Varanasi.
Day 07: In Varanasi
After arriving in Varanasi, transfer to a hotel. You should afterwards visit the sarnathenroute which is the place where the Lord Buddha delivered the first sermon. Proceed to the city in the afternoon for a tour of the various temples like the Vishwanath temple which was constructed by Birlas but was planned by PanditMadan Mohan Malaviya. At Bharat, pop into the Mata Temple Houses which instead of gods and goddesses, have an enormous relief map of the whole Indian subcontinent in marble. There is also the TulsiManas temple which was put up in 1964 as a dedication to Lord Rama. In the evining, have a tour of the Aart ceremony on the Ghats. Spend the night at a hotel.
Day 08: Varanasi/ Bodhgaya
In the morning, observe the lifestyle of the pilgrims by the Ghat by taking a boat cruise at the river Ganges. We afterwards drive to Bodhgaya. After arriving here, check in at a hotel. Bodh gaya is the most sacrosanct Buddhist’s place. This is due to the fact that it has a Peepul tree beneath which Guatam the Buddha got clarification about 2500 years ago. Spend the night at a hotel.
Day 09: Bodh Gaya
Take breakfast then proceed to a sightseeing tour of Bodh gaya touring the Mahabodhi Temple which depicts the various stages of the journey of Buddha in search for enlightenment that shows dissimilar features of his life. A small connection of Buddhist sculpture dating back from the 1st century BC to the 11th century AD is hosted at the Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum. The four armed statues of Shiva arealso close by in the Jagganath Temple. An overnight stay at a hotel is inevitable.
Day 10: Bodhgaya/Patna
Drive to Patna after breakfast. Have an enroute visit to the Gridhakuta Hill and also the Bimbisara Jail in Rajgir. Advance to Nalnada which is 14 km from Rajgir which holds a place as onbe of the oldest universities of the world and a Buddhist Center of Studies. Later, reach Patna. After lunch, tour the HarMandir Sahib which is also referred to as the Patna Sahib consecrates. It is the location where the 10th Guru of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh was born back in the 1776. There is also a large dome like structure known as the Golhar. Here, an individual can have a serene view o the Ganga together with the surroundings of the city. A rich collection of the Mauryan and Buddhist sculptures, terracotta and other interesting items are found at the Patna Museum. Stay at a hotel for the night.
Day 11: Patna/Kushinagar
Drive to Kushinagar in the morning. Upon arrival, check into a hotel. Afterwards, we visit the Rambhar Stupa, a place that marks the cremation ground of Lord Budha. The second stop comes in at Mahaparinirvana Temple. It is home to the recumbent figure of the Lord Buddha. Spend the night at a hotel.
Day 12: Kushinagar/Saravasti (Balrampur)
Drive to Balrampur in the morning. Check in to a hotel upon arrival. Visit the Sahet Mahet in the afternoon. Stay at a hotel overnight.
Day 13: Saravasti/Lumbini
Drive to Lumbini in the morning. After reaching the place, check into a hotel. Buddha was born here 2500 years ago. Take a day rest at Leisure and proceed to spend the night at a hotel.
Day 14: Lumbini/Kathmandu (by flight)
Take a half a day sightseeing tour of Lumbini and afterwards get to the airport and take a flight destined for Kathmandu- the Buddha Air Flight. Transfer to a hotel after arrival at Kathmandu. Green hills and mountains with snow-capped peaks and a beautiful valley on the northern and eastern background surround Kathmandu. Spend the night at a hotel.
Day 15: Kathmandu
Embark on a city tour of Kathmandu after breakfast. Visit the Pashupatinath Temple which is by far the most sanctified of all the Hindu temples in Nepal. It is a dedication to Lord Shiva and was erected in 1696. Proceed to Patan, an architecture city with fine arts. On certain occasions, it is referred to as the ‘Town with a Thousand Golden Roofs’. Tour the Tibetan Handicraft centre at Jawalakhel and watch carpet weaving.
After lunch, take a sightseeing visit of the Swayambhunath which is the oldest Buddhist shrine. One can also see the entire Kathmandu valley spread out below while looking east from here. You will reach Boudhanath after a short drive. It is a world with the largest stupa and a sight of great reverence to the Buddhist. Proceed to the Kathmandu Durbar square which is a temple of the Living Goddess and also stands as the old royal palace; visit the Kasthamandup, a temple constructed from a single tree from which the name Kathmandu is derived. Take an overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 16: Kathmandu - Onwards Journey
Get to the airport and take a connecting flight for the upcoming destination.