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Buddha Tour India
 

Walk on Buddha's Footsteps Tour

Tour Duration :09 Nights / 10 Days
Places Covered : Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Kushinagar-Lumbini-Sravasti-Varanasi-Aurangabad-Mumbai
Walk on Buddha's Footsteps tour is a joyous discovery of the blissful Buddhist circuit that is based on the path once walked by the awakened himself. First he walked off from the lavish life as a Prince as an ascetic in search for his answers and after wandering for years and years, he reached Bodhgaya where he received the divine enlightenment. From there, he began walking through various kingdoms and capitals with a mission to spread his knowledge through discourses and sermons. Enroute, he also performed certain miracles.

The destinations under Walk on the Buddha's footsteps allow a pilgrim / tourist to cherish the serenity at the same destinations where Tathagata found the motive of his life, which was to spread ultimate knowledge.
Day 01 : Arrive Gaya (L/D)

Arrive Gaya, the entry point for Bodhgaya; one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres in India. Here only, around 2,500 BC, Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the serene shade of blissful Bodhi Tree. Visit Mahabodhi Temple built by Ashoka the Great in 3rd Century BC and numerous Buddhist attractions in this world heritage complex. Meditate under third generation offshoot of Bodhi tree, gaze in gratitude at Bodhi from Animesh Lochana Chaitya, Walk through Muchalinda Lake and pay respects to Chankramana.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya.
Day 02 : Bodhgaya (B/L/D)

Begin day 2 with a full day visit Sujata Temple, near the Phalgu River is a temple. This is dedicated to an Uruvela tribeswoman who offered food to the starving Siddhartha sitting in intense meditation. Dungagiri Caves is famous for the caves where Buddha had meditated for some time.

Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 03 : Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Patna (B/L/D)

Drive to Rajgir, capital of 6th century Magadha Empire. Visit Gridhakuta, Sapataparni cave, Ajatsatru fort, Bimbisara Jail, Venuvana Vihara. Drive to Patna & visit Nalanda University founded in the 5th century. Also visit monasteries and temples with impressive Buddha Tour & Hindu idols. On in arrival Patna, check into Hotel.

Overnight in Patna.
Day 04 : Patna-Vaishali- Kushinagar (B/L/D)

Morning leave Patna for Kushinagar (253 km / 8 hr) en-route visiting Vaishali - located 60 km from Patna and holds special significance for Buddhist devotees. Kushinagar is the place where Buddha passed into Mahaparinirvana. Visit Ramabhar Stupa which marks the spot where the body of the Lord was cremated.

Overnight in Kushinagar.
Day 05 : Kushinagar-Lumbini (B/L/D)

Proceed for Lumbini the place where Buddha was born. Visit Maya-Devi Temple, Pushakarini Pond and the inscribed Ashokan Pillar which present the Buddhist heritage to the pilgrim / tourist on a four fold pilgrimage.

Overnight in Lumbini.
Day 06 : Lumbini-Sravasti (B/L/D)

Proceed for Sravasti. On arrival, begin the sightseeing of Sravasti. This ancient capital of the Kosala Kingdom was and still is an active centre for Buddhism. This Buddhist heritage site, Jetavana Vihara had the honour of sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in its glorious heydays. The site is now renowned for Anand Bodhi tree, Angulimala stupa, monasteries and several temples.

Overnight in Sravasti.
Day 07 : Sravasti-Varanasi (B/L/D)

Proceed for Varanasi. On arrival, continue sightseeing of Sarnath, the principle centre of Buddhism. It was here around 530 B.C that Buddha preached his first sermon after gaining enlightenment. On arrival, check into Varanasi and visit Sarnath.

Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 08 : Varanasi-Bhusaval (B/L/D)

Early morning begin the boat ride on River Ganges to see the beautiful sunrise and rituals on bathing ghats. Transfer to Varanasi Railway Station to board the connecting Train (11:30 Hrs-06:20 Hrs) for Bhusaval.

Overnight on Board.
Day 09 : Bhusaval-Ajanta-Aurangabad (B/L/D)

On arrival at Bhusaval Railway Station, proceed for Ajanta. Ajanta is one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India recognized as world heritage sites. The Ajanta Group of Caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora River, depicts the story of Buddha through many paintings that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. After sightseeing, proceed for Aurangabad. Check into Hotel for

Overnight in Aurangabad.
Day 10 : Aurangabad-Ellora-Mumbai Depart (B/L/D):

Early morning, begin the sightseeing tour to Ellora, another highly visited world heritage cave complex. This complex houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that belonging to 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. Return back to Aurangabad and transfer to Airport to connect Flight for Mumbai and on arrival Mumbai Domestic Airport transfer to International Airport for onward flight.

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