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Buddhist Tour with Nepal
 

Buddhist Tour with Nepal

Tour Duration : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Places Covered :Bodhgaya-Varanasi-Sravasti-Kushinagar-Lumbini-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Buddhist Tour with Nepal is a blissful tour dedicated primarily to the shared Buddhist heritage of India and Nepal. Beginning from Bodhgaya, the tour covers mostly all of the prevalent sites and places associated with the journey of Buddha and Buddhism including Lumbini, Pokhara and Kathmandu in Nepal.
Day 01 : Gaya (L/D)

Arrive Gaya airport by a scheduled flight from Bangkok. Meeting and Greeting at Airport and transfer to hotel in Bodhgaya. In the evening, visit Visit Mahabodhi Temple built by Ashoka the Great in 3rd Century BC and closely knit with the Buddhist heritage of India. Overnight stay in Bodhgaya.
Day 02 : Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Bodhgaya (B/L/D)

After breakfast, begin the full day excursion to Rajgir to visit the site where Lord Buddha preached many times at Gridhrakuta or Vulture’s Peak, Sapataparni Caves where the first Buddhist council took place, Ajatshatru Fort and Venuvana Vihara. Continue to Nalanda, the world's oldest university founded in the 5th century. Also visit monasteries and temples etched in Buddhist heritage. Return back to Bodhgaya for overnight stay.
Day 03 : Bodhgaya (B/L/D)

After breakfast, continue the sightseeing of Bodhgaya, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres in the Buddhist India. It was here that Gautama attained enlightenment and awakening as Buddha under the "Bodhi" tree. After some relaxing in the hotel, visit Mahabodhi Temple built by Ashoka the Great in 3rd Century BC. Trace the footprints of Lord Buddha through a visit to Bodhi Tree, Animesh Lochan Chaitya, Muchalinda Lake, Chankramana during a visit to Mahabodhi Temple. Also visit Sujata Temple, dedicated to an Uruvela tribeswoman who offered rice and milk to the Buddha in austere meditation. Overnight in Bodhgaya.
Day 04 : Bodhgaya-Varanasi (B/L/D)

Continue Buddhist Tour with Nepal with an early morning Breakfast and proceed for Varanasi. On arrival, check into Hotel. In afternoon, continue the excursion to Sarnath, the principle centre of Buddhism where Lord preached his first sermon after gaining enlightenment and turned the wheel of law. Return back to Varanasi for overnight stay.

Day 05 : Varanasi (B/L/D)

Early morning, continue the blissful boat ride on the River Ganges at the dawn to witness the living antiquity of traditions and rituals along the mystical riverfronts or Ghats. After this enchanting experience, visit Banaras Hindu University, renowned for having the largest residential university in Asia and discover the Bharat Kala Museum inside the university complex. Later explore the rich markets of Varanasi to have a real experience of India and its vibrance. Evening is free to experience the mesmerizing Aarti or prayers at riverfronts of Ganges. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 06 : Varanasi-Sravasti (B/L/D)

Check out Varanasi for Sravasti. On arrival, check into hotel. Begin the Sravasti tour with a visit to the Sahet-Mahet ruins in the ancient capital of Kosala kingdom. It was and still is an active centre for Buddhism. Jetvana Vihar has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in and has the famous Anand Bodhi tree, age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples Overnight stay at the Hotel
Day 07 : Sravasti-Kushinagar (B/L/D)

After breakfast, proceed for Kushinagar. On arrival, check into Hotel for overnight.

Day 08 : Kushinagar (B/L/D)

Kushinagar is the place the Lord Buddha chose for his Mahaparinirvana, or final exit from this earth. This site is presently dotted by some monasteries and temples. But the prime attraction of visiting Kushinagar is to pay respects to Mahaparinirvana Temple where Lord took his last breath and Ramabhar Stupa, the site of his cremation. Overnight in Kushinagar.
Day 09 : Kushinagar-Lumbini (B/L/D)

After breakfast, proceed for Lumbini, the place where Buddha was born. Presently, the site houses some ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries. Most important of these being the Maya-Devi Temple and the sacred Pushakarini Pond associated to the roots Buddha and Buddhism. Overnight stay in Lumbini.
Day 10 : Lumbini-Pokhara (B/L/D)

After breakfast, check out the hotel to continue a unique extension tour to Pokhara Valley via taking a flight from Bhairwa Airport. This is an adventurous extension to the second largest valley in the hilly Nepal. Rich in natural beauty, Pokhara Valley is also known as city of seven lakes. Visit Phewa Lake and enjoy Kayaking to admire the mesmerizing mountain views. One can optionally avail Golfing or Paragliding (subject to season) during a tour to Pokhara. Lunch on the way. on arrival check into Hotel. Overnight stay in Pokhara
Day 11 : Pokhara-Kathmandu (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Pokhara Airport to connect Flight for Kathmandu. Transfer from Kathmandu Airport to Hotel. On arrival check into Hotel. Lunch at Local Restaurant. Begin Kathmandu sightseeing including a visit to Pashupatinath, the most sacred of the Hindu Temples in Nepal dedicated to Lord Shiva, built in 1696. Also visit Bouddha Nath, Budhanikantha, Balaju Water, Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkeys Temple) the oldest Buddhist Tour with Nepal shrine, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square with Krishna Temple and a city of architecture and fine arts. Dinner at Local Restaurant. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 12 : Kathmandu Depart (B)

After Breakfast, transfer to the International Airport to board the flight for onward destination.
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