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Holy Buddha Tour

Tour Duration : 10 Nights / 11 Days
Places Covered : Varanasi - Lucknow - Sankasia - Agra - Lucknow - Sravasti Lumbini –Kushinagar – Vaishali - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Bodhgaya
Holy Buddha Tour is a journey of a lifetime allowing a tourist or a pilgrim to experience the peaceful contentment and serenity in the land closely associated Lord Buddha. The 11 day tour begins at Sarnath near Varanasi where Buddhism flourished from its roots, by being the base site for preaching the first sermon. From here, the tourists are transported to the gems in Buddhist beliefs, including Sankasia, Sravasti, Lumbini – the place of Buddha’s birth, Kushinagar - the site of his Mahaparinirvana, Bodhgaya – the site of his enlightenment, during this Holy Buddha Tour.
Day 01 : Arrival Varanasi (L/D)

Upon arrival at Varanasi airport, meet Buddhist Train tour representative who will assist your transfers to the Hotel. Lunch at hotel. After lunch, begin the excursion to SARNATH, the site of Lord Buddha’s first sermon. Dinner & overnight in Varanasi.
Day 02 : Varanasi - Lucknow (B/L/D)

Early morning begin the boat ride at River Ganges and witness the mesmerizing rituals alongside the spiritual center of the city. Visit Bharat Mata temple where instead of a deity, a relief map of India symbolizing the unity of Mother India is worshipped. Later continue exploring Banaras Hindu University - the largest resident university campus. Return to hotel for Breakfast. After Lunch, check out Varanasi and drive to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh (300 km / 7-8 hrs drive) for a brief halt, check-in the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Lucknow.
Day 03 : Lucknow -Sankasya - Agra (B/L/D)

After early breakfast, drive to Agra (237 km / approx 06 hr drive) (with packed lunch) Enroute visit Sankasia. At Sankasia, the Buddha is believed to have descended to the earth from the Trayastrimsa Heaven (Heaven of the Thirty-Three Gods) after preaching sermons to his mother Mahamaya. This event is said to have occurred after the great miracle performed by the Buddha came down by a triple ladder, accompanied by the Gods Brahma and Indra. Continue Sankasya to Agra (153 km / approx. 5 hr drive). Hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight stay in Agra.
Day 04 : Agra- Lucknow (B/L/D)

After breakfast, visit the mesmerizing monument in marble,Taj Mahal & drive past Agra Fort. After early lunch, drive to Lucknow (363 km / 8-9 hr drive). Check in at hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Lucknow.

Day 05 : Lucknow - Sravasti (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to Sravasti (190 km / approx. 5.5 hr drive). On arrival in Sravasti, transfer to the Hotel for overnight stay. After lunch, visit Sravasti where Holy Buddha performed a miracle to impress upon the non-believers by sitting on 1000 petalled lotus multiplying him a million times and even changed the mind of Angulimala who later became a devout monk. Visit Angulimala Stupa and Caves in Sravasti. Dinner and overnight in Sravasti.
Day 06 : Sravasti -Lumbini (B/L/D)

After breakfast, continue Day 6 with a drive to Lumbini (122 km / approx. 5.5 hr) to visit the site where Lord Buddha was born under the Sal tree. Enroute visit Kapilvatsu, the palace kingdom of the Shakya clan where the Lord spent 30 years in palatial indulgence. While going to Lumbini, stop at India/Nepal border for Visa/Immigration formalities. Check-in at Hotel. 15 Min. drive from the Nepal Border, check in at hotel in Lumbini. After lunch, visit Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha. Dinner and overnight in Lumbini.
Day 07 : Lumbini -Kushinagar (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to Kushinagar (161 km / approx. 5-6 hrs drive). On arrival in Kushinagar, transfer to hotel. Lunch at Hotel. Visit Ramabhar Stupa & Mahaparinirvana Temple symbolizing the important chapter in the life of Buddha, his Mahaparinirvana during which he entered tranquility in Kushinagar. Dinner & overnight in Kushinagar.

Day 08 : Kushinagar - Vaishali - Bodhgaya (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to Vaishali (250 km / approx. 6 hr). Lunch on the way at local restaurant. After lunch, continue drive to Bodhgaya (150 km / approx. 4 hr drive). Hotel check-in. Dinner and overnight stay in Bodhgaya.
Day 09 : Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda- Bodhgaya (B/L/D)

After breakfast, leave to visit Rajgir (102 km) the Vulture Hill, World Peace Stupa or Shanti Stupa and Bamboo's Garden. Continue to Nalanda and visit the ruins of world oldest University. Lunch in Nalanda / Rajgir. Later, drive back to Bodhgaya. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10 : Bodhgaya (B/L/D)

Morning after breakfast continue the sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya. Visit Bodhi tree where Holy Buddha attained enlightenment. Visit Mahabodhi Temple, lunch at a hotel. After lunch visit Sujata Village & Dungeshwari Hills. Dinner and overnight in Bodhgaya.
Day 11 : Bodhgaya Departure (B)

Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast, transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.
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