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Buddhist Paths – India & Nepal

Customizable Tour: 6 Nights 7 Days

Observe the voyage of Gautama, as he went searching for enlightenment as a wealthy prince and grew to become Buddha. Come and discover places of holy importance to Buddhists, both in India and Nepal. GangaAartihan and aarti ceremony gives you an excellent start for this 7-day trip while you seek out enlightenment of your own. Learn all you can about the lessons of Buddha as you trip through Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Shravasti. Also discover Lumbini, in Nepal which is the birthplace of Buddha.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day Wise

Day 1 – Arrival and Varanasi Sightseeing

On arrival at Varanasi Airport/ Railway Station, you will be moved to the hotel. Check-in and rest for a while. Take a boat ride and be a part of the evening aarti ceremony. Come back to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 – Sightseeing and Departure to Bodhgaya

Go on an early boat ride and see the numerous bathing ghats. Come back to the hotel for a hearty breakfast and set out to visit popular temples along with Banaras Hindu University and Bharat Kala Bhavan. Afterwards, head to Sarnath, a holy place for Buddhists. Visit Sarnath Museum and depart to Bodhgaya. Check in at the hotel and stay overnight in Bodhgaya.

Day 3 – Bodhgaya Sightseeing

After an early breakfast, check out the tourist places in Bodhgaya, Rajir and Nalanda. In the evening hours, head to Patna and stay overnight.

Day 4 – Vaishali Sightseeing

After a delightful breakfast, discover Patna. Afterwards, head over to Vaishali and stay overnight in Kushinagar.

Day 5 – Arrival in Lumbini and Sightseeing

In the evening hours, you will be transferred to the Indo-Nepal border and driven to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Stay overnight at Lumbini.

Day 6 – Shravasti Sightseeing

In the evening hours, arrive in Shravasti, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala where Buddha conducted the Tirthika heretics. On arrival, check-in at the hotel and stay overnight. In the early morning, freshen up and go on a sightseeing tour in Shravasti. Visit Jetavana and Ananda Bodhi Tree. Stay overnight at Shravasti.

Day 7 – Departure

Check out from the hotel and transfer to Lucknow Airport/ Railway Station for your onward journey.

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About Destination

Patna

Patna, in the past known as Pataliputra, is the capital city of the Indian state of Bihar. With nearly two thousand six hundred years of record in its stride, Patna features many heritage and archaeological sites for enthusiast travelers to discover. The city has a prosperous historical past and has experienced rise and fall of many empires. Regardless of being regarded a crazy city, its past wonder of learning and culture has always attracted tourists from all over the world. Great British writer and traveler, Peter Mundy, called Patna as ‘the biggest part of the eastern region.’ The city is residence to some of the ancient folk music mainly conducted by the Magahi folk singers. Many popular ancient monuments dot the city landscape, with Mahavir Mandir being one of the major attractions of the city.

Patna is also an entrance to many important religious sites of the state. Buddhist, Hindus, Jains come here for their annual pilgrimage. From here they head to places like Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodh Gaya, and Pawapuri which are all nearby and well connected by various means of transportation. Located on the bank of the river Ganges, travelers can discover the holy river on a river cruise, organized by the state tourism department. Lucky tourists get a chance to spot the Ganges dolphins, the National Aquatic Animal of India.

Varanasi

Known as the world’ s earliest and constantly inhabited city, Varanasi is a time-honored city of religious bliss and historic remains. The city is noticeable with a labyrinth of narrow alleyways lined with houses, myriad of shops, numerous holy Ghats, crowded streets, heritage ancient monuments and age-revered temples. Varanasi offers a religious charm along with the essence of a simple and ritualistic lifestyle. It is a exclusive example of ‘ Unity in diversity’ from the spiritual point of view; the multi-religious aspect of the place will astonish you. The ethereal blaze of the evening aarti along the banks of River Ganges is a mesmerizing sight.

Behold the glory of Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Annapurna Temple, Manikarnika Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Benares Hindu University, Ramnagar Fort and Museum and many more heritage sites. Soak in the holistic eternity that this old city adorns. Discover the spiritual activities and erstwhile grandeur of the city. If you are planning for a city tour, do keep Varanasi on your to-visit list, and unfold the mystical resplendence of the city.

Lucknow

The very first thing that you will observe about Lucknow is its old-world charm, replicated by its beautiful monuments, British-era structures, and the well-known ‘ Lakhnawi Tehzeeb,’ the manners of the people of Lucknow. The ‘ City of Nawabs’ is the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The legacy of the Nawabs of Lucknow has been inherited through generations, bestowing the city with its well-known culture and delectable cuisine. The city carries on to be at the leading edge of culture, education, commerce, finance and tourism in the modern world. But its heritage stays untouched by commercialization and urbanization. Home to several historic monuments, Lucknow is a must-visit place for history buffs. Chota Imambara is a members hall for Shia Muslims. Located nearby is the Bara Imambara, a shrine built by Shia Muslims. Dilkusha Kothi is an 18th-century house built by the British. If you want to discover the beauty of nature, you can visit Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park, Ambedkar Memorial Park, Janeshwar Mishra Park and Lucknow Zoo. Even the markets of Lucknow have historical importance. Chowk Market is one of the oldest in the city, where the streets are lined with restaurants serving authentic Nawabi cuisine and shops serving colorful ornaments, handicrafts and ‘ chickan’ garments.

Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya is a peaceful township on the banks of the River Falgu in India and recognized by Buddhists all across the world. It is the city where the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha meditated, preached and achieved enlightenment, under the popular Bodhi Tree. The Mahabodhi Temple which homes the Bodhi Tree draws hordes of visitors across the world. The place emanates an aura of sustained serenity, religious solitude, and supreme peace. Bodhgaya is one of the most significant places in the world where devout Buddhists assemble and enjoy Buddha Purnima, in the wonder of birth and enlightenment of Gautama Buddha. Another significant event is the Nyingma Monlam Chenmol festival, recognized for world peace. The city is a actual pleasure for history lovers and those seeking spiritual enlightenment. The Thai Monastery, Indosan-Nippon Japanese Temple, Archaeological Museum, etc. are some of the other attractions of this quaint city which the travelers often rave about. The town is home to dozens of Buddhist monasteries. One exclusive fact is that you can even get an housing in those monasteries and have a opportunity to come close to the day to day lifestyles of the Buddhist monks.