Budget Buddhist Travel Package

This 11 day trip embarks you on a journey from where Buddha was born to where he attained Mahaparmirvana. This budget friendly trip will offers a comfortable stay in 3 star properties and a guided tour to explore the stories from the past.

Your Package
Itinenary

Day 01

- Arrive Delhi.

Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel.

Day 02

- Delhi Gonda by overnight train

Morning tour of Old / New Delhi - In Old Delhi visit the Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi , Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Check out at 12 noon. In New Delhi visit the Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate and Lakshminarayan Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House and Government Secretariat Buildings. Later transfer to Railway station to board train for Gonda. Overnight on board.

Day 03

- Gonda Sravasti

Morning visit Maheth and Saheth. Maheth, an ancient village, is one of the sacred places located in Sravasti. This place is believed to be the original site of erstwhile Sravasti city and covers an area of around. Saheth is a cluster of shrines situated in the middle of Sravasti and covers an area of around 32 sq. km. It is an important pilgrimage site with various shrines, monasteries and stupas. Majority of the stupas belong to the Kushana period. The temples are built in architectural style of Gupta period. The remains of the temples and stupas at Saheth belong to the period extending between the Maurayan era (3rd century) and the 12th century After the tour drive to Lumbini - it is the place where the Buddha, known as the Tathagata* was born. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence. Tathagata - One who has found the Truth. The birthplace of the Gautama Buddha, Lumbini, is the Mecca of every Buddhist, being one of the four holy places of Buddhism. It is said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death. All of these events happened outside in nature under trees. While there is not any particular significance in this, other than it perhaps explains why Buddhists have always respected the environment and natural law. Arrive and check in at hotel.

Day 04

- Sravasti Lumbini

Morning drive to Lumbini - it is the place where the Buddha, known as the Tathagata was born. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence. Tathagata - One who has found the Truth. The birthplace of the Gautama Buddha, Lumbini, is the Mecca of every Buddhist, being one of the four holy places of Buddhism. It is said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death. All of these events happened outside in nature under trees. While there is not any particular significance in this, other than it perhaps explains why Buddhists have always respected the environment and natural law. Arrive and check in at hotel.

Day 05

- Lumbini Kushinagar

Morning visit - Ashokan Pillar - an inscribed pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka (249 BC) on the spot of Buddha's birth. The inscription, which is the oldest in Nepal, grants Lumbini a tax-free status in honor of Buddhas birth. Buddhist Temples - there are foundations of temples dating from the 2nd century BC to the 9th century AD, and two modern temples: one in Tibetan style. After the tour drive to Kushinagar where the Buddha finally attained Mahaparmirvana. Amongst the ruins are the Mukutbandhan Stupa and a beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha and also visit Nirvana Temple , Ramabhar Stupa & Cremation site of Lord Buddha. Arrive and check in at hotel.

Day 06

- Kushinagar Vaishali Patna

Drive to Patna enroute visiting Vaishali. Vaishali was an important center of trade and commerce in ancient times. There are two stupas in Vaishali, which, according to Buddhist literature, enshrined Lord Buddhas ashes. Like Rajgir, Vaishali too is important for Buddhism and Jainism. The 24th Tirthankara of Jainism, Lord Mahavira, was born and stayed for a considerable period of time at Vaishali. Lets have a look at various tourist attractions of Vaishali. Budha Stupa-I Stupa-I is a major tourist attraction at Vaishali. Though decadence, it was once a grand structure. After excavation and corroboration it has been established that this stupa enshrined one eighth of the sacred ashes of Lord Buddha in a stone casket. Ashokan Pillar Ashoka the great of Maurayan dynasty was a staunch follower of Lord Buddha. To show his gratitude to Lord Buddha and Buddhism he built a Lion Pillar at Kolhua. He chose Kolhua for it was the spot where Lord Buddha gave sermon for the last time. This 18.30 meter high pillar is well polished single piece red sandstone and stands alone. On the top is capital in a bell shape accompanied by a life-size figure of a lion. After the tour check in at hotel

Day 07

- Patna Nalanda Rajgir Bodhgaya

Drive to Bodhgaya via visiting Nalanda and Rajgir. Visit the Nalanda University, once a prominent seat of learning; Rajgir, whose hills are known for a large number of Buddhists and Jain monuments; Pawapuri, where Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, attained enlightment. After the tour check in at hotel. Bodhgaya is one of the most sacred place for Buddhists & Hindus and has a number of Buddhist temples. It is here, under the Maha Bodhi tree, Lord Buddha attained enlightment.

Day 08

- Bodhgaya Varanasi

Morning visit the elaborately carved Mahabodhi Temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, is the big attraction in Bodhgaya. The temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. It's open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with chanting and meditation held an hour after opening and an hour before closing. The other monasteries, built and maintained by various Buddhist countries, are also fascinating -- particularly the different architecture styles. The Niranjana River is about 250meter east of Mahabodhi Temple. Prince Siddhartha crossed this river to reach the Bodhi tree. It is said that the Buddha sent his begging bowl upstream in this river. He made a solemn declaration that if he was to become the Buddha, the bowl would float upstream and join those of the previous Buddhas. The bowl floated upstream as he desired. Gaya and Bodh Gaya are the most famous and important locations on the banks of the Niranjana River. After visit drive to Varanasi. Arrive and check in at hotel.

Day 09

- Varanasi Allahabad Kanpur

Boat excursion on the river Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death. Later drive to Kanpur via visiting Allahabad- An ancient city and one of the holiest since it is here that the river Ganga and Yamuna meet at the Triveni Sangam (triple stream confluence) along with the invisible river Saraswati. Its University is one of the oldest in the country like the Allahabad High Court. Emperor Akbar built a fort here in 1575. Inside the fort is Ashoka's pillar, 11 metres high, with famous edicts inscribed on it. After the tour check in at hotel.

Day 10

- Kanpur Sankasya Agra

Drive to Agra via visiting Sankasya. At Sankasya, the Buddha is believed to have descended to the earth from the Trayastrimsa Heaven (Heaven of the Thirty-three Gods) after preaching to His mother and other Gods. 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 Sakra (Indra). An important relic of the past at Sankasya is the stump of the broken Asoka pillar surmounted by the elephant capital. It has beautiful carvings of lotus and leaves of Bodhi tree.

Day 11

- Agra Delhi and departure

Morning visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Moghul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Later visit the Agra Fort. (Taj Mahal is closed on Friday). After the tour drive to Delhi airport to board flight for your onward journey. End of our services.

INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation with Initial Room Category of every hotel on the double sharing
  • Everyday complimentary breakfast with hotel stay
  • Guide with good communication skills in English during sightseeing will be provided.
  • Pick and drop from the airport & sightseeing according to the itinerary by Air – Conditioned Indigo/ Swift Dzire for 02 Guests and Toyota Innova/ Maruti Ertiga for 04-06 Guests/ All these vehicles have ALL INDIA TOURIST PERMIT.
  • All presently relevant taxes.

EXCLUSIONS

  • All the meals unless mentioned above.
  • All the Air fares.
  • The fees charged for entering the monuments.
  • Individual expenses like telephone, doctor on call, laundry bills etc.
  • All the travel insurance and Airport taxes etc.
  • Services which are not specified above.

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