Buddhist Pilgrimage- Paths of Buddha 13 days


Buddhism, the earliest and the largest religions of the world flourished in India from the 3rd century BC to the end of the 9th century AD. Every year, millions of Buddhist pilgrims make their way to India and Nepal with different tour Itineraries and packages. Several imperative destinations in India are related to life and passing away of the Buddha and Buddhism. Tour Packages are made to offer a distinctive Buddhist Tour to India and Nepal within a short time span. Buddhist Tour Itineraries covers almost all the important Buddhist sites in India. We cover sacred sites of the Lotus Path - Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Rajgir, are majestically included in your tour Itinerary. Here you are provided with a large range of well- designed Buddhist tour packages, comprising of all the sacred and important Buddhist attractive destinations of the world.

Travel Period:

Feb 10 - Mar 31, 2019

Blackout Dates: $250

June 1 - Aug 31, 2018

Dec 1 - 10 Jan 2019

 DEPARTURE   PER PERSON*  SINGLE SUPPL
 LAX/SFO  $2,998  $710
 JFK  $3,077  $710

*Price per person based on double occupancy

For departure or arrival on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday - add $100.00 weekend surcharge each person.

Includes other taxes.

Day 1: DEPARTURE

Depart from SFO/LAX/ and JFK on major airlines. 

Day 2: Arrive Delhi by International Flight

Meeting & assistance upon arrival, followed by transferring to hotel for check-in.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 3: Delhi Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel to welcome the fresh day in Delhi. Around 09:30am, meet with the tour guide, prior to the sightseeing of Old Delhi & New Delhi.

Proceed to the Red Fort named for its red-sandstone walls (closed on every Monday) and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This fort complex was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as to be the residence In front of the Red Fort, there is the imperial avenue known as Chandni Chowk.

When pass through alleyways, it seems getting narrower and we end up at the Jama Masjid which is the largest Muslim mosque in India. You can also enjoy the Rickshaw ride crossing the streets in Old Delhi. 

Also visit Raj Ghat – the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. 

Later head to New Delhi for the sightseeing tour, which includes visit to Qutab Minar, India Gate, a 42 meters archway built for memorial of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War. Watch the famous War Memorial Arch and see the contrast between old and New Delhi.

Carry on our tour, drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan. It was initially constructed as the Imperial residence of the Viceroy in the early 20th century. Nowadays, it becomes the current residence of the President of India and Parliament House. This unique circular architecture was built with huge colonnades which house the Upper and Lower House of Parliament. Later proceed to the Government secretariat buildings at Connaught Place where the heart of New Delhi as well as the busy shopping centre are.

Also visit Humayun’s Tomb built in 1565 AD & Birla Mandir.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 4: Delhi – Gaya (By Flight AI 235 @ 0710 / 0900 Hrs)

Morning with packed breakfast, proceed to Delhi Airport to connect flight for Gaya.

On arrival in Gaya, our Representative will meet and greet at the Airport till the transfer to Hotel for check-in.

Later enjoy Sightseeing of Bodhgaya. Here under the Bodhi Tree, Shakyamuni Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, "the Enlightened one" the profounder of one of the great religious of the world. River Niranjana in which the Buddha bathed after attaining enlighten flows quietly outside the tiny hamlet. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 5: Bodhgaya – Excursion to Nalanda & Rajgir

Morning after breakfast, enjoy excursion to Nalanda & Rajgir.

Nalanda – a great centre of Buddhist learning and one of the most famed university citadel of ancient time.

Rajgir- First mentioned in the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata as the capital of Magadh, ruled by the mighty King Jarasandha, this city is estimated to be about 3,000 years old. Buddha visited this city multiple times and delivered a famous sermon on the Gridhakuta (Vultures Peak). Visit the top of the hill and you will discover a stupa built by the Japanese government, while on top of another hill you will find a cave where the first Buddhist council was held.

After visit, drive back to Bodhgaya. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 6: Bodhgaya

After breakfast, day free for the meditation / own activities. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 7: Bodhgaya – Varanasi (Approx. 275 Kms / 6 Hrs drive)

Breakfast at Hotel.

Morning leave Bodhgaya for Varanasi, by drive. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for check-in.

Evening attend Ganga Aarti at Holy River Ghats. Overnight stay at Hotel.        

Day 8: Varanasi

Early morning boat excursion in the River Ganga, a ferry Pilgrimage from Ghat to Ghat People bath early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun.

Return to hotel for Breakfast.

Later sightseeing tour of the city including the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief Map of India in Marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Banaras Hindu University which is an art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb built on a site of an ancient Hindu Temple.

Afternoon enjoy excursion to Sarnath. It was here that the Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon and set in motion the wheel of law of Buddhist faith.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 9: Varanasi – Kushinagar (Approx. 300 Kms / 07 Hrs drive)

After breakfast, leave Varanasi for Kushinagar.

Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 10: Kushinagar

Kushinagar is the place, where Lord Buddha had his last breath.

Morning visit Kushinagar – one of the principle centres of Buddhist Pilgrimage is the place of Mahaparinirvana. The Monuments of Kushinagar are situated in three district comprising the main site of Nirvana temple, the centre Stupa and surroundings Monasteries. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 11: Kushinagar – Lumbini (Approx. 185 Kms / 3-4 Hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive to Lumbini. On arrival, transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 12: Lumbini

Morning breakfast at Hotel.

Later enjoy sightseeing of Lumbini. See the Pillars of Ashoka, a series of columns erected with edicts by the Mauryan King Ashoka and visit the famous Maya Devi Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple; the birthplace of the Buddha. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 13:           Lumbini – Kathmandu (By Flight)

After breakfast at Hotel, on time depart for Kathmandu by Flight from Bhairwa Airport.

 

  • Roundtrip International airfare from SFO/LAX or JFK 
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Daily Breakfast + Dinner will be provided at Hotels. However, in Delhi you will get Dinners in Local Restaurants. (total 11 Breakfasts & 11 Dinners will be provided on fixed menu basis). 
  • All transport services including all arrival/departure transfers at the Airport, sightseeing, and all excursions as per the above program by using 01 Air Conditioned vehicle.
  • Sightseeing as per package details.
  • Shared Boat Ride in Varanasi. 
  • One time monument entrance fees as per the itinerary.
  • Service of local EnglisEnglish-speakings as per the itinerary.
  • All applicable taxes.
  • Meals except those listed in above inclusions
  • India Visa
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tip, porters, laundry, telephones, etc
Place  Nights Hotels
 Delhi  2  The Hans / Jaypee Siddhartha 
 Bodhgaya  3  Sujata
 Varanasi  2  Rivatas by Ideal / Hindustan Intl. 
 Kushinagar   2  Lotus Nikko
 Lumbini  2  Lumbini Garden

Starting $2,998.00
per person based on double occupancy

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