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Buddhist Tour Package to India is one of the most sensational and remarkable experiences which one can go through during their traveling times. Covering cities such as Delhi and Varanasi plunges one into the very heart of culture, tradition and architectural wonders present in the rich heartland that is India. Next is Sarnath and Bodhgaya, an extraordinary spectacle for nature lovers as well as a location which holds deep importance in Buddha’s life cycle.
Delhi is a metropolitan where nature, culture and heritage comes together in incredible harmony. With richly rooted in the tales and legends, Delhi has an incredibly well packed box of tales to tell to whoever is willing to ask the questions. The food of Delhi will leave you craving for just one more bite every single time. It is nothing but delicious and extraordinarily versatile. Enjoy sights such as Rashtrapati Bhavan and Qutub Minar and also meals at iconic restaurants of Delhi serving local cuisines and Mughlai delicacies. Delhi will be a treat of a city to explore!
Varanasi is deeply rooted in spirituality and religion. Considered to be one of the most important Hindu cities, Varanasi is a city like no other. Located by the ghats of sacred river, the Ganges, the city has a soul of its own. You will feel it constantly in the air as you go deeper int its cultural fabric.
Located not very far from Varanasi is Sarnath, an important city during Buddha’s life. The deer park of Sarnath is where Buddha taught Dharma for the very first time. Through the enlightenment of Kondanna came to exist the Buddhist Sangha. The quiet and spiritual town will be one of the most beautiful places for you to venture into.
Bodhgaya is one of the most significant and sacred Buddhist Pilgrimage centres of the world. It was here where Gautama attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree and thereon, gained supreme knowledge to become the Buddha. Known for its monasteries which Ashoka built for Buddhist monks during 234 - 194 BC, Bodhgaya gives off an unforgettably mystic aura.
Barabar Caves are the oldest surviving rock cut caves in India and dates all the way back to the Mauryan Empire. They have survived the test of time remarkably well, with some even bearing Ashokan inscriptions. The sheer natural beauty and religious significance of these caves makes it a spot which simply cannot be missed!
Rajgir is an ancient city which is surrounded by hills and is one of the most picturesque destinations which you will get to see. Explore some of the most significant Buddhist sites and soak in the freshness of the vibe as you roam around in the very lap of nature.
A symbol of academic excellence and Buddhist pilgrimage site is what constitutes Nalanda amongst others of its many rich facets. This ancient land is brimming of spirituality, heritage, architecture, culture and continues to enrich the souls of whoever visits.
Vaishali is one of the finest destinations in Bihar to visit, especially for those who have Buddhist interests. The holy land is steeped deep into the depths of history and consists of some of the most majestic historical treasures of the country.
Witness the life at morning market in Old Delhi
Enjoy a morning boat rideon the Ganges river in Varanasi
Get mesmerized with the beautiful Stupas in Sarnath
Explore Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya
Witness the Giant Buddha at Bodhgaya
After arriving in Delhi, you will be received by our tour representative, who will escort you to the hotel.
Delhi is the national capital. It is full of monuments, religious shrines, etc. Tourists from far across the world visit Delhi to know more about the colorful culture and rich heritage of the country.
The rest of the day is free.
Overnight stay in Delhi.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will visit the major tourist attractions in Delhi. You will visit the Raj Ghat and Jama Masjid. Then, you will pass through Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. You will explore the market through a rickshaw ride. The market is called a shopper's paradise as here, one can buy almost everything, including clothes, jewels, etc.
In the afternoon, you will visit Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Afterward, you will visit India Gate. Later, you will be driven past the President's House, the Parliament House, and other important buildings.At last, you will visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Overnight stay in Delhi
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and proceed for Varanasi by air.
Varanasi is one of the most holiest cities of India. Known by different names such as Benares, Banaras and Kashi, Varanasi is also one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The city is full of temples and ghats.
In the evening, you will join the ceremony of Ganga Aarti. The aarti is held every evening by five priests. It is a beautiful sight to behold.
Overnight at the hotel in Varanasi.
Breakfast at Hotel, proceed for a full-day excursion of Sarnath
Sarnath is the place where Buddha is believed to have delivered the first sermon. Tourists will explore Dharamrajika Stupa and Chaukhandi Stupa.
You will return to Varanasi.
Overnight at Hotel in Varanasi.
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and drive to Bodhgaya.,/p>
Arrive Bodhgaya and transfer to Hotel.
Considered as one of the most sacred places for Buddhists, the main attraction is the Mahabodhi Temple. It is said that Gautam Buddha achieved enlightenment on a full moon night under a Bodhi Tree in this place. The temple was built after 250 years of Buddha’s enlightenment by Emperor Ashoka. People from China, Japan, Srilanka, Thailand and many more places have constructed many Buddhist monasteries and temples here in Bodhgaya.
Spend entire day visiting these places amid religious activities.
Overnight at Hotel in Bodhgaya.
Breakfast at Hotel, you are driven to Rajgir enroute visiting Barabar Caves.
Rajgir is the next place of interest which is considered sacred by both the Buddhists and the Jains. Rajgir was the first capital of Magadha and is as ancient as dated back to 1000 BC. Buddha had attended the “Ataniya” conference at the Gridhra-kuta. The Jains consider is as holy as Lord Mahavir had spent fourteen years of his life at Rajgir as well as Nalanda. Rajgir is also considered sacred by Hindus due to its hot water springs named Brahmakund. Places to visit are Bimbisar's Jail, the Ajatshatru's Fort, the Jarasandh's Akhara and Rajgir Heritage Museum.
Overnight at Hotel in Rajgir.
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and proceed for Nalanda.
Nalanda has always been known as the knowledge hub. Students and scholars from all over India and other countries came down to this ancient study center from the 5th century AD to the late 12th century AD. Nalanda University was among the first residential universities accommodating over 10000 students and 2000 teachers. However, the library was burnt down by the army of Bakhtiyar Khilji. Nalanda also holds importance for the activities by the famous Chinese traveler HuenTsiang. Explore the set of monasteries, temples and museums with a collection of antiquities recovered.
Overnight at the hotel in Nalanda.
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and drive to Patna en route visiting Vaishali.
The capital city of Lichchavi. Not only for Buddha’s last sermon here, Vaishali is also famous as the birthplace of the 24th Jain Tirthankara, Bhagwan Mahavir born in 599 BC. Buddha preached his last sermon here at Vaishali in 483 BC before his death. Places to explore include the Pillar of Ashoka topped by a single Asiatic lion, the Relic Stupa where one of the eight portions of Buddha’s relics are preserved and encased by the Lichchavis. The place is also famous for Buddha’s organized Bhikshu Sangha which he passed on to his maternal aunt Maha Prajavati Gautami for further organizing.
Arrive Patna and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Patna.
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and transfer to airport in time to connect your flight to Delhi where our representative will assist for flight to the onward destination.
The Highlight of Buddhist Places Tour Package of India tour will be one of the most spectacular experiences of your life. You will get deep insight into some of the most significant and iconic places in Buddhist pilgrimage and gain rich amounts of experience from it all.
Imp – The Buddhist Places tour of India will be more meaningful with the inclusion of “Kalachakra, A Festival of teaching and meditations”. As Kalachakra represents cycles of time and the Kalachakra system thus presents three cycles – external, internal and alternative. While the external and internal cycles deal with time, the alternatives systems are the practices for gaining liberation from these two. The traditional ancient ritual of Kalachakra involves chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala, meditations, dances, and vows - to bring world peace.
While travelling to India, please do consider the Kalachakra festival dates and enjoy this once- in-a-lifetime festival of Buddhism.
End of Buddhist Places Tour of India
Duration :3-4 hours