Buddhist Circuit Tour of Nepal and India

Short Itinerary:
Day 01: Kathmandu arrival.
Day 02: Half Day Sightseeing of Kathmandu, Fly to Bhairawa. 
Day 03: Drive Lumbini - Saravasti (around 250 kms). 
Day 04: Drive Saravasti - Khusinagar. (around 300 kms). 
Day 05: Drive Khusinagar - Keshariya- Vaishali - Patna. (around 250 Kms). 
Day 06: Drive Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodh Gaya.(around 135 kms). 
Day 07: Free day in Bodh Gaya. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08: Drive Bodh Gaya - Sarnath - Varanasi (around 280 kms). 
Day 09: Free day in Varanasi. 
Day 10: Fly Varanasi - Kathmandu or Delhi or to your onward destination.

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival. Overnight at Hotel.
Arrive Kathmandu. Pickup from airport and transfer to Hotel. Get refresh and get ready to Visit Patan Durbar Square.

Patan Durbar Square
Patan Durbar Square boasts of many famous sites and unique architecture. Krishna Mandir in this Square was built to honor an incarnation of Vishnu. One of the best examples of stone architecture in the world, scenes from Mahabharat, Asia's greatest mythological war, is carved on the temple's walls. Home to traditional artists and sculptors, one can find more temples dedicated to Ganesh (the elephant-headed god), Shiva, Narsingha, Taleju, and others are located at Patan Durbar Square.The Mahabouddha Temple also known as Mahabodhi Mandap Vihara is one of the most well known Buddhist sites of Patan. The architecture is said to be inspired by Bodhgaya temple structure of Bihar. The temple is a branch of Rudravarna MahaVihara.

Day 02: Half Day Sightseeing of Kathmandu, Fly to Bhairawa. Overnight at Hotel.
Have breakfast and get ready for Half day sightseeing. Visit: Swayambhu Nath Stupa and Boudha Nath Stupa. Have Lunch and fly to Bhairawa and drive to Lumbini. Upon reaching Lumbini check in at Hotel, get refresh and begin sightseeing of Lumbini sacred garden. Visit: Mayadevi temple, Sacred Garden, Different Monasteries built by different nations etc.

Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple)
The world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaityas built 2000 years ago is situated on a hillock about 77 meter above the level of Kathmandu valley. Visitors will also have a grand view of the valley from this spot.

Bouddhanath Stupa
This Stupa situated 11km/7 miles from Kathmandu City is one of the biggest in the world of its kind. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. This Buddhist Stupa was built by King Man Deva at the advice of the goddess Mani Jogini. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is surrounded by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests.

Day 03: Drive Lumbini - Saravasti (around 250 kms). Overnight at Hotel.
Have breakfast and get ready to drive to Saravasti. Saravasti is one of the eight holy places of Buddhist pilgrimage. we can see huge ruins of ancient stupas and Buddhist sites called Sahet Mehet. We will be visiting Angulimar's cave and Sujata House.

Day 04: Drive Saravasti - Khusinagar. (around 300 kms). Overnight at Hotel.
Have breakfast and get ready to drive to Kushinagar following the town Basti & Gorakhpur. In the afternoon Visit: Mahaparinirvana Stupa and Ramabhare Stupa.

Ramabhare Stupa
This is the place where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon and said, "All Things must Pass. Decay is inheritance in all things’". Kushinagar was an important center under Mauryan King Ashoka, a great Buddhist follower. Ramabhare Stupa is the most important landmark of Kushinagar, the Stupa is said to have been built on the same spot where Lord Buddha was cremated in 543 BC.

Mahaparinirvana Stupa
Mahaparinirvana Temple is another attraction in Kushinagar with a huge statue of Lord Buddha in reclining position. Mathakuar shrine is the place where Lord Buddha had given his last sermon.

Day 05: Drive Khusinagar - Keshariya- Vaishali - Patna. (around 250 Kms). Overnight at Hotel.

Have breakfast and get ready to drive to Patna. On the way to Patna first we stop at Keshariya and then at Vaishali. Keshariya is the place where a world tallest stupa is excavated by archeologist. 104 feet tallest stupa is believed to be the tallest one in the world.After visiting Keshariya we contiue our drive to Vaishali.Vaishali was the center of the IInd Buddhist Council congregation, held after 100 years of Buddha's perinirvana.

Day 06: Drive Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodh Gaya.(around 135 kms). Overnight at Hotel.
Have breakfast in the morning and drive to Bodh Gaya. En-route visiting Rajgir and Nalanda. Visit Saptaparni Cave, hot springs, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa at Rajgir. At Nalanda visit the ruins of Nalanda University, Museum, temples and stupas.

Day 07: Free day in Bodh Gaya. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Drive Bodh Gaya - Sarnath - Varanasi (around 280 kms). Overnight at Hotel.
Have breakfast and get ready to drive to Varanasi via Sarnath.

Sarnath
Sarnath hold a high significance, as this is where the Buddha turned the Wheel of Law. Sarnath holds an important place in Buddhism as it was here that Buddha delivered his first sermon, after attaining Nirvana termed as Dharmachakra Parivartan. This set in motion the great Buddhist tradition of the Sangha, for popularising the teachings of the great ascetic, worldwide. Gautam Buddha with his five disciples formed the first Sangha. Some of the remains here date back to the Mauryan period. The Lion Capital, the national emblem of India, and the Dharmarajika Stupa built by Ashoka are very important historical sites. The Dhamekh stupa is a cylindrical tower, which dates back to the Gupta period. The Chinese traveller Hsuen Tsang who visited India in the 7th century speaks of the glory of Sarnath and of the structures that existed then. A modern temple dedicated to Buddha has been built here that houses several of the Buddhist relics excavated here. On Buddha Purnima, the birthday of Buddha, relics of the Buddha are taken out in procession. The beginning of the celebrated Mantra, 'Buddham Saranam Gachhami', owes its origin to Sarnath. The three Jewels - "I go for refuge to the Buddha, I go for refuge to the Wheel of Law, I go for refuge to the Sangha" - first laid here, have remained unchanged ever since. Hence rightly, every Buddhist pilgrim endeavors to be blessed with a visit to Sarnath in his lifetime.

Day 09: Free day in Varanasi. Overnight at Hotel.
Varanasi is one of India's oldest and holiest cities, where age-old temples overlook the broad waters of the Ganges, and where multitudes of devout Hindus come each year to wash away their sins in the sacred waters. Highlights of Vanarasi are Vishwanath temple, Banaras Hindu University, Dasomedha Ghat.

Day 10: Fly Varanasi - Kathmandu or Delhi or to your onward destination.


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