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India is known as one of the major center of Buddhism; it is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. It has several spiritual destinations where devotees and explorers can come and take a deeper look at the life and teachings of Buddha, as well as Buddhism culture.
You will begin your journey from Lucknow, the capital of the largest state in India, Uttar Pradesh. It is known for its Mughal era vibes. Be it the Rumi Darwaza or Ambedkar Memorial Park; you will not run out of things to do. Moreover, the delicious delicacies like the kebabs are something that you can't miss, and would not be able to resist. Gautama Buddha Park is an excellent stop to make and get some relaxation.
Shrawasti is a district in Uttar Pradesh, known for its close association with the life of Gautama Buddha. It is believed that he spent twenty-four Chaturmases here. It also is the home to various ancient stupas, grandiose viharas, and many temples. These are all present near the village of Sahet Mahet, and therefore ascertain the connection of Shrawasti with Buddha. Places like Anathapindika Stupa and Angulimala Stupa are some of the great attractions in Shrawasti, followed by the Jetavana Gardens that is a sacred Buddhist place. It is said that Gautama Buddha performed the Tirthika heretics in these very gardens. Ananda Bodhi tree is a must-visit as well!
Lumbini is an essential spot for Buddhists and Buddhism enthusiasts as it is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. Located in Nepal, Lumbini is where the Queen Mahamayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BCE, who later grew up to become the famous Gautama Buddha. The Pillars of Ashoka are a very famous tourist attraction in Lumbini. So are Maya Devi Temple and Myanmar Golden Temple, as well as the Shanti Stupa. Lumbini Museum gives you an insight into the locale and everything that would interest you.
Kushinagar is known as the land of Lord Buddha and is a pilgrimage town in Uttar Pradesh. As it is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, this place is believed to be the exact area where Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana after his passing away. The Parinirvana Stupa is one of the greatest tourist attractions and a significant Buddha Temple in Kushinagar. The Matha Kuar Shrine and Ramabhar Stupa are essential sites for the devotees as well as tourists as well. The Archeological Site at Kushinagar is also an excellent place for those who have a knack for archeology and history.
Sarnath is located barely ten kilometers from Varanasi, or Banaras, and another one of the important Buddhist sites. Near the convergence of the Ganga River and Varuna River in Uttar Pradesh, the Deer Park in the locale is said to be where Gautama Buddha first taught the concept of Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into subsistence via the illumination of Kondanna. The Buddha statue is the highlight of the place, along with Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Shri Digamber Jain Temple. Dhashashwamedh Ghat is an essential site for religious ceremonies on the riverside steps and another popular place in Sarnath.
Located in the Gaya district of Bihar, Bodh Gaya is the house to the pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, which is an ancient brick temple. Here Gautama Buddha is believed to attain enlightenment beneath the famous and sacred Bodhi Tree. There are six other holy sites in Bodh Gaya, which include a renowned lotus pond too.
The Buddhism Pilgrimage tour is bound to enlighten some spirituality in you if you don't already have some and give you a sense of peace while you peek in the life of Gautama Buddha.
Explore the vibrant markets of Lucknow
Seek solace in Shrawasti
See the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini
Feel the sanctity of Sarnath
Immerse in spirituality at the sacred sites of Bodh Gaya
Upon arrival, our representative will welcome you and escort you to your hotel. After checking in, you can have some time to relax yourself. Later in the afternoon, you can walk around Connaught Place or Lodhi Garden. Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
After early breakfast, you will be transferred to railway station to board the train to Lucknow. Upon arrival, our representative will welcome you and escort you to your hotel. Later in the afternoon, you can go on sightseeing, starting with the Rumi Darwaza, followed by Ambedkar Memorial Park. Don't forget to try the various delicious food items they have to offer. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will leave for Shrawasti. After checking in, you can take rest for some time. Later, you can go to check out the famous viharas and temples. The Anathapindika Stupa and Angulimala Stupa can be visited next, followed by the famous Ananda Bodhi Tree. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Post breakfast, embark on a road drive to Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha. You have to cross the India-Nepal boarder and after completing formalities, drive to Lumbini. Arrive Lumbini and rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure. You can stroll around the nearby markets or can stay in the hotel for some recreation. Overnight stay at the hotel in Lumbini.
In the morning, post breakfast, you can start the sightseeing tour by visiting the Pillars of Ashoka, followed by Maya Devi Temple and Myanmar Golden Temple. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will leave for Kushinagar. After checking in and some rest, you can begin your sightseeing, starting with the Parinirvana Stupa, then you can make your way towards Matha Kuar Shrine and Ramabhar Stupa. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Post breakfast, you will leave for Sarnath. After checking in, you will have the day to relax. You can also go and explore the neighborhood as well as mingle with the locals. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Post breakfast, you can begin your exploration of Sarnath. You can start by visiting the famous Buddha statue, followed by the famous Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Shri Digamber Jain Temple. You can also mingle with locals and get to know the local tales of Buddha and his teachings. Also have a trip to Varanasi and enjoy boat ride. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, you will leave for the state of Bihar, towards Bodh Gaya, as your today's agenda in India Buddhism Pilgrimage Tour. Upon arrival, you will be checked in at the hotel and have some time to rest and relax. Later, you can go and explore the neighborhood, and mingle with the locals, get to know the culture and traditions. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Post breakfast, your exploration starts. You can begin with the most important and pious site in the locale, the Mahabodhi Temple, and get a sense of spirituality. The Bodhi Tree under which Gautama Buddha sat is a sight to behold. You can then visit the rest of the six sacred places and explore the side of Buddhism you didn't know about in-depth. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Post breakfast, you will depart towards Lucknow. Upon arrival, you can get fresh and explore the city one last time. Later you will be escorted and dropped to the airport for your flight to Delhi and connecting flight to your International destination.
Have a Happy journey at our India Buddhism Pilgrimage Tour.