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 Buddhist Pilgrimage Circuit Tour Package in India Nepal Srilanka - SANCHI SARNATH VAISHALI NALANDA BODH GAYA LUMBINI KAPILVASTU SHRAVASTI COLOMBO DAM BULLA KANDY Temple of Tooth & POLPNNARUWA

 

INDIA Circuit - DELHI SANCHI KAUSHAMBI SARNATH VAISHALI RAJGIR NALANDA BODH GAYA KUSHINAGAR SHRAVASTI AGRA DELHI

NEPAL Circuit - LUMBINI KAPILVASTU AGRA DELHI 

SRI LANKA Circuit - COLOMBO DAM BULLA KANDY Temple of Tooth & POLPNNARUWA 

 

About India Nepal Srilanka Buddhist Circuit

 

About Buddhism


Buddhism is a world religion, which arose in 6th century BC, in and around ancient Magadha (modern Bihar), India. Buddhism is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama who is commonly known as the Gautama Buddha (Enlightened One or Awakened One). It spread outside of Magadha starting in the Buddha's lifetime, and with the reign of the Buddhist Mauryan Emperor Asoka, spread across India and became the dominant religion. 
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of reality. Buddhist practices like meditation are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. Buddhism has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path — a path which ultimately culminates in enlightenment. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. It teaches practical methods which enable people to realize and use its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives.

 

About Siddhartha Gautama


Siddhartha Gautama was the historical founder of Buddhism. He was also called Sakyamuni (sage of the tribe of Sakya). He was born in Lumbini, Nepal as a son of Shuddhodhana, the king of Kapilavastu and Queen, Mayadevi. Despite of his father's efforts to give him all comforts and pleasures, Siddhartha had left the palace in search of the Truth.​Siddhartha attained enlightenment sitting under a pipal tree, now known as the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. Gautama, from then on, was known as "The Enlightened One"

 

About India Nepal   Buddhist Circuit


Buddhist Circuit includes the places of all high significance holy sites of Buddhism, where Lord Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, preached first sermon and reached Nirvana. Buddhist circuit offers four major sites of pilgrimage: the Buddha's birthplace at Kapilavastu, the site where he attained Enlightenment Bodh Gaya, where he first preached at Sarnath, and where he achieved Parinirvana at Kushinagara.

 

About Bodh Gaya- Bihar

The site of the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha .Bodhgaya is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment sitting under a pipal tree (Bodhi Tree). It is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district of Bihar. Mahabodhi Temple Complex is a UNESCO world heritage site.

 

About Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh 

Kushinagar, a district in Uttar Pradesh, India, is one of the major Buddhist pilgrimage centers because it is the place where Lord Buddha is believed to have entered Mahaparinirvana (death). It was near the Hiranyavati River that Buddha took his last breath and was cremated at the Ramabhar Stupa. Located at a distance of 55 kilometers away from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, Kushinagar can indeed be a holy experience not only for Buddhist but also for all travel enthusiasts and historians​Kushinagar is an important Buddhist site, where Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained Parinirvana after his death. The two places most frequently visited in Kushinagar are the Mahaparinirvana Stupa, which is built on the place of Buddha's Mahaparinirvana and the place of his cremation, which is 1.6 km away. Close to the Mahaparinirvana Stupa is located a 1500 year old Buddha-image of the Buddha as he attained Parinirvana. The Mahaparinirvana Stupa is surrounded by ruins of ancient monasteries.

 

About Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Sarnath or Sarangnath is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centers in India. It is also an important place for the followers of Jainism. Sarnath is situated 13Kms to north-east of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. It is the place where Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon to his five disciples named Kaundinya, Bashpa, Bhadrika, Mahanaman and Ashvajit after he attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya (in present day Bihar). In the ancient Buddhist literature, Sarnath has been identified as Rishipatna and Mrigdava or Mrigadaya.Sarnath (also known as Isipatana) is a deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence. Sarnath is located 13 kilometers north-east of Varanasi. A number of countries like Thailand, Japan, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, have established temples and monasteries in Sarnath in the style that is typical for the respective country. Thus visitors have the opportunity to experience an overview of Buddhist architecture from various cultures.

            

About Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Nepal


Lumbinī is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi District of Nepal. It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 623 BCE. Lumbini is one of many magnets for pilgrimage that sprang up in places pivotal to the life of Gautama Buddha; other notable pilgrimage sites include Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya and Sarnath.(The birthplace of the Buddha.) Siddhartha Gautama was born in the famous gardens of Lumbini. It is a UNESCO world heritage site & 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 these events happened outside in nature under trees.

 

India Nepal Buddhist Circuit Pilgrimage Tour Package from London/Paris/Rome/New York


Overview of India Nepal Buddhist Package


This Great India Nepal Tour Package is a most popular package for Buddhists from London-Paris-Rome-New york etc.And is especially custom made to cover Top Buddhist Sites in India Nepal. Along with Buddhist Pilgrimage in India, it also offers enough Sightseeing and Glimpses of Real India.


This package is carefully designed with 11 nights start from Kolkata.  We offer you Tour of Bihar Nepal Buddhist sites Bodhgaya kushinagar lumbini vaishali etc. Then we also tour the Epicenter of Buddhism – The Bodh Gaya and Bodhi Tree (under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment) 

 

Destinations Covered under the package

 

  • 2 night stay at Kolkata with Site Seeing
  • 1 night stay at Patna with sight Seeing
  • 2 nights Stay at Bodhgaya with sight Seeing
  • 2 night stay at Kushinagar with sight Seeing
  • 2 night stay at Sarnath with sight Seeing
  • 2 night stay at Lumbini with sight Seeing 

We offer you Tour of Bihar Nepal Buddhist sites Bodhgaya kushinagar lumbini vaishali etc. Then we also tour the Epicenter of Buddhism – The Bodh Gaya and Bodhi Tree.

 

Cost of the India Nepal Buddhist Monastery and Pilgrimage Package 

 

  • Deluxe 3 star India Nepal Buddhist Package: - At just Rs.75000 per Pax ($1100) enjoy 12days / 11nightsin India Nepal Buddhist Package which cover best tourist destinations. . With 3 star hotel.
  • Deluxe 4 star India Nepal Buddhist Package: - At just Rs.90000 per couple ($1250) enjoy 12days / 11night in India Nepal Buddhist Package which cover best tourist destinations. With luxury hotel. 

 

What is Special in India Nepal Buddhist Package?


For your consideration we have designed some of our best tour itinerary on India Nepal Tour Package in India. We specialize in custom-made trips, but we work to organize the tour around your exact plan and as per your budget. We choose hotels which are centrally located in each destinations of our tour itinerary selected carefully which will suite you at time of your journey. We constantly check the reviews of our clients regarding our tour packages and our transportation, means behavior of our driver and their services to our clients. We handle all details from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave.

 

What is included in India Nepal Buddhist package?

 

  • Arrival Pick Up on arrival & Airport Drop for Departure with assistance. 
  • The accommodation in Single Rooms in the hotels mentioned or similar. Check-in / Check-out 
  • Meals on Bed & Breakfast Basis for 12 nights 
  • Sightseeing as per program Without Entrance Fees.
  • All Transportation by Air-conditioned private vehicle with English Speaking Driver
  • Fuel and Local Insurance for the vehicle.
  • All Relevant Taxes.

India Nepal Buddhist Circuit Tour for Europe & USA Travellers - start from Kolkata- Package Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival at Kolkata

Arrival at Kolkata - the capital city of west Bengal on day one. You will be greeted by our officials at the airport after which you will be taken to a hotel that has been pre-booked for you .you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour of Kolkata. Various places like the Sunder ban Tiger Reserve, Botanical Gardens, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Japanese Buddhist temples, Hsuan Tsang Chinese Buddhist Temple (Monastery), Myanmar (Burma) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata, etc. 
Overnight stay at the hotel in Kolkata.

Day 02:  Kolkata site seeing 


There are plenty of sightseeing places in Kolkata. Kolkata offers a wide variety of sightseeing choices. Interested in history? Check out the various sightseeing Sunder ban Tiger Reserve, Botanical Gardens, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Japanese Buddhist temples, Hsuan Tsang Chinese Buddhist Temple (Monastery), Myanmar (Burma) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata, etc.

 

Day 03:  Kolkata-Patna (approx 588 km)

Welcome the morning with a delicious breakfast. Check out from the hotel to reach Patna by an assisted drive Transfer to a hotel with the guidance of our professionals on arrival. After a long journey check in the hotel of Patna. And take some rest and overnight stay in Patna best recommended hotel.

 

DAY 4: Patna-Patna Museum-Vaishali-Nalanda-Bodhgaya. (Approx 112km)

Located on the Buddha Marg, the Patna Museum is a must visit for a Buddhist tourist. The museum displays a rich collection of Buddhist art that date back mostly to Pala period, from 8th to 12th century.  At a distance of 55km from Patna, Vaishali is regarded as the world's first republic. It was also associated with Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira. Nalanda is located at distance of 95 km from Patna and preserves the ruins of one of the most centers of learning in the ancient world Nalanda University. Overnight stay in bodgaya hotel.

DAY 5: Local sightseeing of Bodhgaya

After breakfast in hotel proceed to local sightseeing like, mahabodhi temple, mahabodhi tree, vajrasana etc. overnight stay in bodgaya hotel.

Tourist Attractions Covered in Patna (Bihar)

•    Mahabodhi Temple


The Mahabodhi Temple (Literally: "Great Awakening Temple"), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, marking the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya (located in Gaya district) is located about 96 km (60 mi) from Patna, Bihar state, India. Next to the temple, on its western side, is the holy Bodhi tree. In the Pali Canon, the site is called Bodhimanda, and the monastery there the BodhimandaVihara.

Patna Museum


Located on the Buddha Marg, the Patna Museum is a must visit for a Buddhist tourist. The museum displays a rich collection of Buddhist art that date back mostly to Pala period, from 8th to 12th century. Of special notice are two exceptionally beautiful statues of Avalokitesvara and Maitreya in the main gallery. The statues have their heads tilted to one side and their face conveying a gentle smile. The statues very effectively portray the ideal that the two statues stand for – compassion. On the upper gallery, you can see the bronze statues from Kurkihar. 

Major Buddhist Attractions


The Bodhi Tree 
 
The Bodhi tree is an auspicious ficus tree, the fifth generation plant of the original one, under which prince Siddhartha had attained enlightenment or the perfect knowledge. Under the tree is the Vajrasan, the platform on which Siddhartha had sat in meditation. Close to Vajrasan is Buddhapada, the footprints of the Buddha on stone and Chaukramana, the Jewel Walk, where it is believed that the Buddha strolled while in deep thought. Many sacred trees in India and other countries are originally raised from seeds brought from the ancient Bodh Gaya tree. Bhikkhuni Sanghamitra, daughter of the Indian emperor, Ashoka had taken a shoot of the original Bodhi tree to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BCE, where it was planted by the Sri Lankan ruler, Devanampiya Tissa at the Mahavira monastery in Anuradhapura, and is still a sacred place for the Buddhists.

 

Lotus Tank 
 In the north of the Maha Bodhi temple lies a large tank full of lotus plant. The Buddha is believed to have spent a week at this site. 

Shaivite Monastery 
The Shaivite monastery is situated adjacent to the Maha Bodhi temple, and has a cluster of four temples. These temples are surrounded by enchanting greenery and marked by architectural marvels and have several 'Samadhi' in their vicinity.

Bodh Gaya Museum
 The Bodh Gaya museum fulfills the requirement of religious art lovers as it initiates one into the age of the Buddha's centered art forms. The museum houses artistic Buddhist sculpture collection from 1st century BCE to the 11th century CE.

Vaishali
 At a distance of 55km from Patna, Vaishali is regarded as the world's first republic. It was also associated with Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira.

Nalanda
Nalanda is located at distance of 95 km from Patna and preserves the ruins of one of the most centers of learning in the ancient world. Nalanda University. The University existed during the 5th century and was supported by the Buddha. 

Bodhgaya 
 135 kms away from Patna, Bodhgaya is one of the four extremely sacred places for the Buddhists. It was in Bodhgaya that Lord Buddha attained the divine knowledge under the Bodhi tree. A number of pilgrims make a beeline to offer their prayers to this great leader at Bodhgaya. 


Rajgir
Rajgir is located 110 Km from Patna and is surrounded by verdant green hills. It was the ancient capital of the Magadha emperors and became an important place for many important events in the life of the Buddha.

Other Monasteries 
A number of Tibetan, Japanese and Burmese monasteries are located around the Maha Bodhi temple. The Tibetan monastery houses the massive Dharma Chakra or the Wheel of Law, while the Japanese monastery is famous for conducting vital discourse on Buddhism.

 


DAY 6:  Bodhgaya –kushinagar (approx 346 km)

Welcome the morning with a delicious breakfast. Check out from the hotel to reach kushinagar  by an assisted drive Transfer to a hotel with the guidance of our professionals on arrival. After a long journey check in the hotel of kushinagar. And take some rest and overnight stay in kushinagar best recommended hotel.

DAY 7:  Local sightseeing in kushinagar

Kushinagar is one of the most frequented Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in the Indian Sub-continent. The city has lots to offer when it comes to Stupas and Temples. Almost each and every corner of the city has some or other famous tourist attraction. While most of these sites are old, there is a sizable number modern architecture too. 

Tourist Attractions Covered in Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh)

Major Buddhist attraction in kushinagar 


Japanese Temple

Japanese Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Kushinagar. This is a must visit site during your tour to Kushinagar. A magnificent 'Ashta Dhatu' or 'Eight Metals' statue of Lord Buddha marks this temple. This statue has been brought from Japan in dismantled form and was later joined before it was established in this temple. The temple itself is worth appreciation. The Atago Isshin World Buddhist Cultural Association has erected this temple that was generously funded by the Japanese Monarchy. The temple consists of a single circular chamber, housing a golden image of Buddha, softly lit through small stained-glass window. 

Watt Thai Temple

Watt Thai Temple is one of the most beautiful and most visited temples in Kushinagar. Watt Thai Temple is only one of its kinds not only in Kushinagar but also in whole of Indian Sub-continent. The temple is centrally located in Kushinagar and that is why it can be seen from anywhere and everywhere in Kushinagar. The Temple has been laid out on a lush green lawn that is spread in several acres of land. This beautiful Temple was designed in order to serve as a Forest-Monastery. That is why the campus of this temple boasts off innumerable kinds of trees, plants, herbs and shrubs that make it more beautiful and watch able. This temple was erected to commemorate the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of His Majesty King Bhumibol’s accession to the throne of Thailand. The gates of this truly magnificent temple was opened to the general public in the year 2001; since then this temple has remained at the helm of affairs in Kushinagar. 

 

Chinese Temple

Chinese Temple is another fairly frequented tourist destination in Kushinagar. The temple is famous for its distinct architecture that puts it away from the numerous Buddhist Temples in Kushinagar. The architecture of this temple is predominantly 'Han Chinese' and has design elements that have been borrowed from various provinces of Mainland China. The exteriors of the temple have a subtle fusion of Chinese and Vietnamese architecture. A beautiful statue of Chinese Buddha marks the temple that attracts thousands of devotees as well as casual visitors every year. The temple also provides free stay to the pilgrims.
 

Nirvana Temple Kushinagar 

Nirvana Temple is one of the most frequented amongst Buddhism shrines in the world. Nirvana Temple is a must visit destination during tour to India. The place evokes emotion for every Buddhist because it is the same temple near which, Buddha died. 

Nirvana Temple houses a statue of reclining Lord Buddha that is 6 meters long. It is believed that this statue represents the very last moments of Lord Buddha i.e. moments before he attained Mahaparinirvana. The sculpture was unearthed during the excavations of 1876. Carved from Chunar sandstone, the statue represents the dying Buddha reclining on his right side. An inscription below dates the statue to the fifth century AD. 
The temple stands on the same plinth as the Stupa behind it. As mentioned above the ruins of this temple, Carlleyl discovered Nirvana statue inside in 1876. By sinking a vertical trench at the center of its mound he first discovered the great statue in a much-shattered condition lying on a broken pedestal and then he unearthed other ruins.

 

Ramabhar Stupa

Ramabhar Stupa can be counted as one of the most sacred shrine of Buddhism in the world. Situated just a kilometer off from the city center, Rambhar Stupa is a must visit for every tourist flocking India. Ramvara Stupa is said to mark the site where Lord Buddha was cremated and got Mahaparinirvana. Kushinagar is a place that has been frequented by Lord Buddha. There are sources, which confirm that Lord Buddha had many discourses at this place. 

 

Mathakaut Temple

Mathakaut Temple is one of the most famous and most visited shrines in Kushinagar. The Mathakaut shrine is situated at the distance of 300 meters from Maha-Parinirvana Stupa, another famous Buddhist shrine in Kushinagar. The place is famous for because this is the site from where a black stone image of the Buddha in the 'Bhumi Sparsha Mudra' was recovered during early excavations. 'Bhumi Sparsha Mudra' in Hindi means 'Kneel down Posture'. 

 

DAY 8: kushinagar –Sarnath (approx 217 km)


Welcome the morning with a delicious breakfast. Check out from the hotel to reach Sarnath by an assisted drive Transfer to a hotel with the guidance of our professionals on arrival. After a long journey check in the hotel of Sarnath. And take some rest. 

Overnight stay at Sarnath best recommended hotel.

 

DAY 9: Local sightseeing in Sarnath 

Sarnath is the third major holy place that glorifies Buddhism. It was at Sarnath where Lord Buddha, after attaining enlightenment, gave his first sermon (Dharma chakra Pravartan) to his five disciples. The five disciples, who had followed Him earlier in His quest for truth, were surprised to see the mesmerizing glowing countenance of the Buddha, who convinced them and delivered His first sermon before them. Buddha preached the middle path to avoid extremes, the Four Noble Truths, and prescribed the Eight Fold path to remove the causes of sufferings. This sermon set in motion the great Buddhist tradition of the Sangha in order to popularize the Buddha's teachings throughout the world. Every Buddhist in the world feel blessed having paid a visit to Sarnath. 

Major Buddhist Attractions


Dhamekha Stupa 
 

Dhamekha Stupa signifies 'the seat of the holy Buddha' and occupies the space of the most prominent structure at Sarnath. This is the spot where the Buddha delivered his first sermon. The size of the Stupa is 31.3 meter in height and 28.3 meter in diameter, while its lower part has been beautifully carved with stones.

 

Choukhandi Stupa


The Choukhandi Stupa is believed to be the place where the Buddha met his five disciples, including his favorite, Anand. 

 

Ashoka Pillar 

The great Indian emperor, Ashoka, when converted into a Buddhist, paid a visit to the holy place of Sarnath. A smooth glistening stone pillar, known better as the Ashoka Pillar, commemorates Ashoka's visit of Sarnath. The lion capital that was found on the top of the Ashoka pillar is now the National Emblem of India. 

Sarnath Museum 
The Sarnath museum is the proud owner of the Buddhist artifacts, manuscripts, and statues. 

 Mulagandha Kuti Vihar 
 

This is a modern temple built by the Mahabodhi society and has excellent frescoes by a famous Japanese painter, Kosetsu Nosu.

Bodhi Tree 
Bodhi tree is another sacred place for the Buddhists as it originated from the sapling of the Sri Lankan Bodhi tree, which is also a branch of the original Bodhi tree (Bodh Gaya) under which the Buddha attained enlightenment in 528 BCE.

 


Digambara Jain Temples 
 

Besides Buddhist temples and monasteries, the holy city of Sarnath boasts of the Digambara Jain temples, a sacred place for the Jains. Besides, a statue of Lord Mahavira, there is a museum related to the life of the Jain 'teerthankars' in the temple's premises.

Nearby Attractions of Varanasi


Varanasi
Varanasi is situated on the bank of the river Ganges or the Ganga at a distance of 10 kilometers from Sarnath. Earlier known as Banaras, Varanasi is a holy place for the Hindus. Boats on Varanasi Ghat.

Kaushambi 
 A major Buddhist site, Kaushambi, which lies 185 kilometers away from Varanasi, is though in ruins today, but still its importance lies in its year’s old history. The ancient city of Kaushambi was visited by Lord Gautama Buddha in the sixth and ninth year after He was showered with the divine light of enlightenment. It was due to the Buddha's sermons that a large section of people at Kaushambi had converted to Buddhism, which further helped in the spread of the Buddhist doctrine. Even today, the ruins of the ancient city speak of the golden days of Buddhism in India.

Vindhyachal  
One of the major Shaktipeeths, Vindhyachal is highly revered by the Hindus. Located 80 kilometers from Varanasi, the small hilltop of Vindhyachal is a home to Vindhyavasini Devi temple, Ashtabula temple and Kalikhoh temple, all of which have been dedicated to different forms of the Goddess Durga. 

Ramnagar 
 A historical village, which lies 14 kilometers away from Varanasi on the other side of the holy river Ganges, Ramnagar, is famous for its old fort. The fort, once the residence of the Maharaja (ruler) of Varanasi, now comprises a museum, which displays the royal collection consisting of arms and weapons, old cars, palkies, ivory works and several others. Besides, Ramnagar also houses two major temples for the Hindus - the Chhinnamastika temple and the Durga temple. 

 

DAY 10: Sarnath-Lumbini (approx 284 km)

Welcome the morning with a delicious breakfast. Check out from the hotel to reach lumbini by an assisted drive Transfer to a hotel with the guidance of our professionals on arrival. After a long journey check in the hotel of lumbini. And take some rest. 
 

Overnight stay at Lumbini best recommended hotel.


DAY 11:  Local sightseeing in Lumbini 

Major Buddhist Attractions
The place itself is interesting as a whole, the landscapes and the green forestry. However Maya Devi temple and the Stupas and the Pillar built by Ashoka are really worth a visit. Recently, several beautiful shrines have been constructed by devotees from all over the world. A visit to Lumbini is not only for spiritual enlightenment but also for solace and satisfaction that one gets in such a calm and peaceful place.

Maya Devi Temple 

Lumbini remained neglected for centuries. In 1895, a famous German archaeologist discovered the great pillar, further exploration and excavation of the surrounding area revealed the existence of a brick temple and a sandstone sculpture within the temple itself which represents the scenes of Buddha’s birth. On the south of the Maya Devi temple there is the famous sacred bathing pool known as Puskarni. It is believed that Maha Devi took a bath in this pool before the delivery. The temple is built gradually and is composed of many temples, one after the other. It is also found that there is possibility that a Ashoka Stupa existed in the place of temple.

The Ashokan pillar 

The Ashokan Pillar, essentially erected by Ashoka (249 BC) visited Lumbini and erected an inscribed Ashokan Pillar on the spot of Buddha's birth. The inscription of the pillar (the oldest in Nepal) declares that Ashoka granted Lumbini tax-free status in honor of Buddha’s birth. It is 6m high and half of it is beneath the ground. It is behind the Maya Devi Temple, to the west of the temple. Emperor Ashoka erected many other pillars throughout India. The carved top of the pillar has never been found.

The Buddhist monastery

It’s built in the way of the modern Buddhist temples of Nepal but is quite important in the purview of architecture of the walls. The middle hall contains some exquisite murals resembling the medieval periods'.


Lumbini -Buddhist Circuit Tour

The circuit provides insight into the life of Lord Buddha and the development of Buddhism. There are 62 archaeological sites scattered around Lumbini. The tour goes through Tilaurakot, Kudan, Gothihawa, Niglihawa, Sagarhawa, Aurorakot, Devadaha and Ramagrama - all bearing significance to the life and enlightenment of the Buddha.

Puskarni Pond 

Where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath before the birth of Buddha lies to the south of the pillar. It was also in this pond that the infant Buddha was given his first bath.

Tilaurakot

Identified by archaeologists as the capital of Kapilvastu, Tilaurakot lies 27 km west of Lumbini, where excavations are on to unearth the ancient palace of King Suddhodhan, Siddhartha Gautam’s father. The Buddha is believed to have spent the first 29 years of his princely life in Tilaurakot.

Kudan

Located some 4.5 km south of Tilaurakot, Kudan is where King Suddhodhan met Lord Buddha for the first time after returning from his enlightenment. It was here that the Kasaya (yellow robe worn by monks) was presented to Lord Buddha. It was also here that the Kasaya was presented by Lord Buddha to Rahul, his son.

Gothihawa 

About 5 km from Tilaurakot, Gothihawa is where Krakuchanda Buddha, who preceded Shakyamuni Buddha, was born. Remains of a broken Ashoka Pillar and relics can be seen here.

 

Niglihawa

About 8 km from Tilaurakot, Niglihawa is where Kanakmani Buddha was born. Here too one can see remains of a broken Ashokan Pillar.

Devdaha

The capital of the Koliya kingdom and maternal home of Mayadevi, Devdaha is 35 km to the northeast of Lumbini. This is where Siddhartha Gautam spent his childhood.

Sagarhawa 

Forest site is identified by archeologists as the “Palace of the Massacre of the Shakyas” by the invading forces. The ruins of the ancient site lie on the west and south banks of a large rectangular pond known locally as Lumbu Sagar, or long pond, in Niglihawa village. Sagarahawa is 12 km north of Taulihawa municipality in Lumbini

Lumbini Village Tour

A walk through the villages surrounding Lumbini and interaction with the warm and hospitable local people, buying their handicrafts and observing their traditional rituals will bring one closer to understanding the diversity of the Terai cultures in Nepal. Village tours also give an opportunity to observe the Terai landscape and a peek into the locals’ agro-based rural lifestyle, colorful costumes, festivals which they celebrate with much joy and enthusiasm, and gracious hospitality. Visitors can also visit the local temples and mosques or partake in the cultural ceremonies.

 

DAY 12:  Lumbini-kathmandu airport (approx 300 km)


Check out from the Lumbini hotel to reach Kathmandu  airport by an assisted drive.
Transfer to an airport and take flight to Kolkata. 

 

 

India Nepal Buddhist Circuit Tour for Europe & USA Travellers - start from Kolkata- Rates-dates-Hotels

 

Cost of the India Nepal Buddhist Monastery and Pilgrimage Package 

 

  • Deluxe 3 star India Nepal Buddhist Package: - At just Rs.75000 per Pax ($1100) enjoy 12days / 11nightsin India Nepal Buddhist Package which cover best tourist destinations. . With 3 star hotel.
  • Deluxe 4 star India Nepal Buddhist Package: - At just Rs.90000 per couple ($1250) enjoy 12days / 11night in India Nepal Buddhist Package which cover best tourist destinations. With luxury hotel. 

 

Kolkata Best RECOMMENDED Hotels

  • The Oberoi Grand RS. 14000 PER NIGHT    15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata 700013, India (Ranked #1 of 191)
  • Swissotel Kolkata RS.7800 PER NIGHT, City Center New Town, Action Area 2D | Plot No. 11/5, Rajarhat, Kolkata 700157, India (#7 of 191)
  • Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences Rs. 8100 per night CF11 Action Area 1C | New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata 700156, India (#16 of 191)

 

Patna Best RECOMMENDED Hotels? 

  •    Hotel Chanakya RS. 7500   per night Beer Chand Patel Marg, Patna, Patna 800001, India (Ranked #10 of 18)
  •     Hotel Gargee Grand RS. 9500 per night Plot No 825, Exhibition Road, Patna 800001, India (Ranked #1 of 18).?

 

BodhGayaBest RECOMMENDED Hotels

  •     Hotel R.K. Palace Rs.5250 per night Do Muhan Road, Bodh Gaya 824231, India (#2 of 17 hotels in Bodh Gaya)
  •     Hotel Tokyo Vicars. 5300 per night opposite to Japanese temple, Bodh Gaya 824231, India (Ranked #3 of 17)

 

Best recommended hotel kushinagar

  •     The Royal Residency’s. 5000 PER NIGHT Buddha Marg, Kushinagar, 274403 (Ranked #1 of 2 Kushinagar)
  •    Lotus Nikko Hotel RS.6000 Buddha Marg, Kushinagar 274403, India (Ranked #2 of 3)
  •     Shivoy Hotel RS.4600 Town Hall, Gorakhpur 273001, India (Ranked #1 of 8)

 

Best recommended hotel sarnath (Varanasi)

  •     Hotel Rivatas by Ideal Rs. 6500 per night  The Mall Road | Cantonment Varanasi, Varanasi 221002 , India (#2 of 56 hotels in Varanasi)
  •    Hotel Surya Rs.4200 per night S20/51, A-5, | Varuna Bridge, Varanasi 221002, India (#12 of 56 hotels in Varanasi)
  •    Hotel Buddha Rs.3100 per night C-26/35 Ramkatora Lahurabir | (Near Lahurabir Crossing), Varanasi 221001, India (#5 of 56 hotels in Varanasi)

 

Best recommended hotel lumbini 

  •   Dreamland Gold Resort RS.4000 PER NIGHT  Manigram 3, Rupendehi, Lumbini, Nepal 
  •     Hotel Lumbini International Rs. 3200 per night Si Na Pa-1, Bhairahawa | Lumbini Area, Lumbini 0097771, Nepal ( Ranked #2 of 14 )
  •     Hotel Club De Novo Rs.3600 per night Kalika Nagar 11, Butwal 111, Nepal (Ranked #1 of 4 )

 

North India Buddhist Tour package – Cheap Flights to Kolkata from London


Flights from London to Kolkata (Emirates Airlines)

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30 days Buddhist Pilgrimage Circuit Tour Package in India Nepal Srilanka - SANCHI SARNATH VAISHALI NALANDA BODH GAYA LUMBINI KAPILVASTU SHRAVASTI COLOMBO DAM BULLA KANDY Temple of Tooth & POLPNNARUWA - Inclusions

 

 

  • Arrival Pick Up on arrival & Airport Drop for Departure with assistance. 
  • The accommodation in Single Rooms in the hotels mentioned or similar. Check-in / Check-out 
  • Meals on Bed & Breakfast Basis for 12 nights 
  • Sightseeing as per program Without Entrance Fees.
  • All Transportation by Air-conditioned private vehicle with English Speaking Driver
  • Fuel and Local Insurance for the vehicle.
  • All Relevant Taxes.

 

What is excluded in India Nepal Buddhist package?

•Cost of personal spending (tips, laundry, mini bar, telephone, fax etc)
•Cost of Extra Meals & Beverages
•Peak Supplements & Other Supplements (If travel dates change, or if higher category rooms are taken)   
• Rights to use cameras / video (in most places it’s free)
•Medical expenses
•Travel Insurance
•Visa Fees   
•Air Tickets

OTHER CONDITIONS
•    Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
•    Visits to wild life parks will be at client's own risk.
•    Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).

 

    CANCELLATION CHARGES
    a.) 21 days or less - 100% cancellation charge.
   b.) Between 22 days and 28 days - 50% cancellation charges or the equivalent of the
    First two days charges depending on the programme and period of stay.
    c.) Above 29 days - No cancellation charges provided any commitment or advances
    Are made to 3rd parties.

    SPECIAL ROOM REQUESTS
    
   Where Special requests E.g. : Room locations, Interconnecting /Adjacent rooms, Double/Twin beds, Smoking rooms &non smoking rooms etc are an important factor in the choice of holiday, please advise us when the booking is made. We will pass on your request to the hotel but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated.

 

    IMPORTANT NOTE
   Unforeseen escalation in fuel prices, new taxes/levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees.
Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with reasonable prior notice


    GENERAL REMINDER
    a) Theprogramme is based on the availability of the hotel rooms at the time of forwarding the quotation. As such rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking.
    b) Due to high occupancy/demand, the hotels accept only the confirmed bookings.
    c) Once our proposal is accepted, the final confirmation will be forwarded along with the relevant overnight stays and itinerary. We will do our best to book the mentioned hotels or alternate similar category hotels. 
    d) In case of any price fluctuations due to change of hotels, we will send a revised quotation.

    HOTEL RULES AND REGULATIONS:
    The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1200hrs - 1400 hrs (depend on the hotel).
    The official check-out time at all hotels will be 1100hrs.
    Hotel Check in/check out times is fixed and there is no guarantee for early/late check in /out unless paid for.  

 




30 days Buddhist Pilgrimage Circuit Tour Package in India Nepal Srilanka - SANCHI SARNATH VAISHALI NALANDA BODH GAYA LUMBINI KAPILVASTU SHRAVASTI COLOMBO DAM BULLA KANDY Temple of Tooth & POLPNNARUWA - Inclusions

 

 

  • Arrival Pick Up on arrival & Airport Drop for Departure with assistance. 
  • The accommodation in Single Rooms in the hotels mentioned or similar. Check-in / Check-out 
  • Meals on Bed & Breakfast Basis for 12 nights 
  • Sightseeing as per program Without Entrance Fees.
  • All Transportation by Air-conditioned private vehicle with English Speaking Driver
  • Fuel and Local Insurance for the vehicle.
  • All Relevant Taxes.

 

What is excluded in India Nepal Buddhist package?

•Cost of personal spending (tips, laundry, mini bar, telephone, fax etc)
•Cost of Extra Meals & Beverages
•Peak Supplements & Other Supplements (If travel dates change, or if higher category rooms are taken)   
• Rights to use cameras / video (in most places it’s free)
•Medical expenses
•Travel Insurance
•Visa Fees   
•Air Tickets

OTHER CONDITIONS
•    Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
•    Visits to wild life parks will be at client's own risk.
•    Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).

 

    CANCELLATION CHARGES
    a.) 21 days or less - 100% cancellation charge.
   b.) Between 22 days and 28 days - 50% cancellation charges or the equivalent of the
    First two days charges depending on the programme and period of stay.
    c.) Above 29 days - No cancellation charges provided any commitment or advances
    Are made to 3rd parties.

    SPECIAL ROOM REQUESTS
    
   Where Special requests E.g. : Room locations, Interconnecting /Adjacent rooms, Double/Twin beds, Smoking rooms &non smoking rooms etc are an important factor in the choice of holiday, please advise us when the booking is made. We will pass on your request to the hotel but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated.

 

    IMPORTANT NOTE
   Unforeseen escalation in fuel prices, new taxes/levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees.
Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with reasonable prior notice


    GENERAL REMINDER
    a) Theprogramme is based on the availability of the hotel rooms at the time of forwarding the quotation. As such rooms are subject to availability at the time of booking.
    b) Due to high occupancy/demand, the hotels accept only the confirmed bookings.
    c) Once our proposal is accepted, the final confirmation will be forwarded along with the relevant overnight stays and itinerary. We will do our best to book the mentioned hotels or alternate similar category hotels. 
    d) In case of any price fluctuations due to change of hotels, we will send a revised quotation.

    HOTEL RULES AND REGULATIONS:
    The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1200hrs - 1400 hrs (depend on the hotel).
    The official check-out time at all hotels will be 1100hrs.
    Hotel Check in/check out times is fixed and there is no guarantee for early/late check in /out unless paid for.  

 

30 days Buddhist Pilgrimage Circuit Tour Package in India Nepal Srilanka - SANCHI SARNATH VAISHALI NALANDA BODH GAYA LUMBINI KAPILVASTU SHRAVASTI COLOMBO DAM BULLA KANDY Temple of Tooth & POLPNNARUWA - Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival at Kolkata

Arrival at Kolkata - the capital city of west Bengal on day one. You will be greeted by our officials at the airport after which you will be taken to a hotel that has been pre-booked for you .you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour of Kolkata. Various places like the Sunder ban Tiger Reserve, Botanical Gardens, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Japanese Buddhist temples, Hsuan Tsang Chinese Buddhist Temple (Monastery), Myanmar (Burma) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata, etc. 
Overnight stay at the hotel in Kolkata.

Day 02:  Kolkata site seeing 


There are plenty of sightseeing places in Kolkata. Kolkata offers a wide variety of sightseeing choices. Interested in history? Check out the various sightseeing Sunder ban Tiger Reserve, Botanical Gardens, Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Japanese Buddhist temples, Hsuan Tsang Chinese Buddhist Temple (Monastery), Myanmar (Burma) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata, etc.

 

Day 03:  Kolkata-Patna (approx 588 km)

Welcome the morning with a delicious breakfast. Check out from the hotel to reach Patna by an assisted drive Transfer to a hotel with the guidance of our professionals on arrival. After a long journey check in the hotel of Patna. And take some rest and overnight stay in Patna best recommended hotel.

 

DAY 4: Patna-Patna Museum-Vaishali-Nalanda-Bodhgaya. (Approx 112km)

Located on the Buddha Marg, the Patna Museum is a must visit for a Buddhist tourist. The museum displays a rich collection of Buddhist art that date back mostly to Pala period, from 8th to 12th century.  At a distance of 55km from Patna, Vaishali is regarded as the world's first republic. It was also associated with Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira. Nalanda is located at distance of 95 km from Patna and preserves the ruins of one of the most centers of learning in the ancient world Nalanda University. Overnight stay in bodgaya hotel.

DAY 5: Local sightseeing of Bodhgaya

After breakfast in hotel proceed to local sightseeing like, mahabodhi temple, mahabodhi tree, vajrasana etc. overnight stay in bodgaya hotel.

Tourist Attractions Covered in Patna (Bihar)

•    Mahabodhi Temple


The Mahabodhi Temple (Literally: "Great Awakening Temple"), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, marking the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya (located in Gaya district) is located about 96 km (60 mi) from Patna, Bihar state, India. Next to the temple, on its western side, is the holy Bodhi tree. In the Pali Canon, the site is called Bodhimanda, and the monastery there the BodhimandaVihara.

Patna Museum


Located on the Buddha Marg, the Patna Museum is a must visit for a Buddhist tourist. The museum displays a rich collection of Buddhist art that date back mostly to Pala period, from 8th to 12th century. Of special notice are two exceptionally beautiful statues of Avalokitesvara and Maitreya in the main gallery. The statues have their heads tilted to one side and their face conveying a gentle smile. The statues very effectively portray the ideal that the two statues stand for – compassion. On the upper gallery, you can see the bronze statues from Kurkihar. 

Major Buddhist Attractions


The Bodhi Tree 
 
The Bodhi tree is an auspicious ficus tree, the fifth generation plant of the original one, under which prince Siddhartha had attained enlightenment or the perfect knowledge. Under the tree is the Vajrasan, the platform on which Siddhartha had sat in meditation. Close to Vajrasan is Buddhapada, the footprints of the Buddha on stone and Chaukramana, the Jewel Walk, where it is believed that the Buddha strolled while in deep thought. Many sacred trees in India and other countries are originally raised from seeds brought from the ancient Bodh Gaya tree. Bhikkhuni Sanghamitra, daughter of the Indian emperor, Ashoka had taken a shoot of the original Bodhi tree to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BCE, where it was planted by the Sri Lankan ruler, Devanampiya Tissa at the Mahavira monastery in Anuradhapura, and is still a sacred place for the Buddhists.

 

Lotus Tank 
 In the north of the Maha Bodhi temple lies a large tank full of lotus plant. The Buddha is believed to have spent a week at this site. 

Shaivite Monastery 
The Shaivite monastery is situated adjacent to the Maha Bodhi temple, and has a cluster of four temples. These temples are surrounded by enchanting greenery and marked by architectural marvels and have several 'Samadhi' in their vicinity.

Bodh Gaya Museum
 The Bodh Gaya museum fulfills the requirement of religious art lovers as it initiates one into the age of the Buddha's centered art forms. The museum houses artistic Buddhist sculpture collection from 1st century BCE to the 11th century CE.

Vaishali
 At a distance of 55km from Patna, Vaishali is regarded as the world's first republic. It was also associated with Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira.

Nalanda
Nalanda is located at distance of 95 km from Patna and preserves the ruins of one of the most centers of learning in the ancient world. Nalanda University. The University existed during the 5th century and was supported by the Buddha. 

Bodhgaya 
 135 kms away from Patna, Bodhgaya is one of the four extremely sacred places for the Buddhists. It was in Bodhgaya that Lord Buddha attained the divine knowledge under the Bodhi tree. A number of pilgrims make a beeline to offer their prayers to this great leader at Bodhgaya. 


Rajgir
Rajgir is located 110 Km from Patna and is surrounded by verdant green hills. It was the ancient capital of the Magadha emperors and became an important place for many important events in the life of the Buddha.

Other Monasteries 
A number of Tibetan, Japanese and Burmese monasteries are located around the Maha Bodhi temple. The Tibetan monastery houses the massive Dharma Chakra or the Wheel of Law, while the Japanese monastery is famous for conducting vital discourse on Buddhism.

 


DAY 6:  Bodhgaya –kushinagar (approx 346 km)

Welcome the morning with a delicious breakfast. Check out from the hotel to reach kushinagar  by an assisted drive Transfer to a hotel with the guidance of our professionals on arrival. After a long journey check in the hotel of kushinagar. And take some rest and overnight stay in kushinagar best recommended hotel.

DAY 7:  Local sightseeing in kushinagar

Kushinagar is one of the most frequented Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in the Indian Sub-continent. The city has lots to offer when it comes to Stupas and Temples. Almost each and every corner of the city has some or other famous tourist attraction. While most of these sites are old, there is a sizable number modern architecture too. 

Tourist Attractions Covered in Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh)

Major Buddhist attraction in kushinagar 


Japanese Temple

Japanese Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Kushinagar. This is a must visit site during your tour to Kushinagar. A magnificent 'Ashta Dhatu' or 'Eight Metals' statue of Lord Buddha marks this temple. This statue has been brought from Japan in dismantled form and was later joined before it was established in this temple. The temple itself is worth appreciation. The Atago Isshin World Buddhist Cultural Association has erected this temple that was generously funded by the Japanese Monarchy. The temple consists of a single circular chamber, housing a golden image of Buddha, softly lit through small stained-glass window. 

Watt Thai Temple

Watt Thai Temple is one of the most beautiful and most visited temples in Kushinagar. Watt Thai Temple is only one of its kinds not only in Kushinagar but also in whole of Indian Sub-continent. The temple is centrally located in Kushinagar and that is why it can be seen from anywhere and everywhere in Kushinagar. The Temple has been laid out on a lush green lawn that is spread in several acres of land. This beautiful Temple was designed in order to serve as a Forest-Monastery. That is why the campus of this temple boasts off innumerable kinds of trees, plants, herbs and shrubs that make it more beautiful and watch able. This temple was erected to commemorate the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of His Majesty King Bhumibol’s accession to the throne of Thailand. The gates of this truly magnificent temple was opened to the general public in the year 2001; since then this temple has remained at the helm of affairs in Kushinagar. 

 

Chinese Temple

Chinese Temple is another fairly frequented tourist destination in Kushinagar. The temple is famous for its distinct architecture that puts it away from the numerous Buddhist Temples in Kushinagar. The architecture of this temple is predominantly 'Han Chinese' and has design elements that have been borrowed from various provinces of Mainland China. The exteriors of the temple have a subtle fusion of Chinese and Vietnamese architecture. A beautiful statue of Chinese Buddha marks the temple that attracts thousands of devotees as well as casual visitors every year. The temple also provides free stay to the pilgrims.
 

Nirvana Temple Kushinagar 

Nirvana Temple is one of the most frequented amongst Buddhism shrines in the world. Nirvana Temple is a must visit destination during tour to India. The place evokes emotion for every Buddhist because it is the same temple near which, Buddha died. 

Nirvana Temple houses a statue of reclining Lord Buddha that is 6 meters long. It is believed that this statue represents the very last moments of Lord Buddha i.e. moments before he attained Mahaparinirvana. The sculpture was unearthed during the excavations of 1876. Carved from Chunar sandstone, the statue represents the dying Buddha reclining on his right side. An inscription below dates the statue to the fifth century AD. 
The temple stands on the same plinth as the Stupa behind it. As mentioned above the ruins of this temple, Carlleyl discovered Nirvana statue inside in 1876. By sinking a vertical trench at the center of its mound he first discovered the great statue in a much-shattered condition lying on a broken pedestal and then he unearthed other ruins.

 

Ramabhar Stupa

Ramabhar Stupa can be counted as one of the most sacred shrine of Buddhism in the world. Situated just a kilometer off from the city center, Rambhar Stupa is a must visit for every tourist flocking India. Ramvara Stupa is said to mark the site where Lord Buddha was cremated and got Mahaparinirvana. Kushinagar is a place that has been frequented by Lord Buddha. There are sources, which confirm that Lord Buddha had many discourses at this place. 

 

Mathakaut Temple

Mathakaut Temple is one of the most famous and most visited shrines in Kushinagar. The Mathakaut shrine is situated at the distance of 300 meters from Maha-Parinirvana Stupa, another famous Buddhist shrine in Kushinagar. The place is famous for because this is the site from where a black stone image of the Buddha in the 'Bhumi Sparsha Mudra' was recovered during early excavations. 'Bhumi Sparsha Mudra' in Hindi means 'Kneel down Posture'. 

 

DAY 8: kushinagar –Sarnath (approx 217 km)


Welcome the morning with a delicious breakfast. Check out from the hotel to reach Sarnath by an assisted drive Transfer to a hotel with the guidance of our professionals on arrival. After a long journey check in the hotel of Sarnath. And take some rest. 

Overnight stay at Sarnath best recommended hotel.

 

DAY 9: Local sightseeing in Sarnath 

Sarnath is the third major holy place that glorifies Buddhism. It was at Sarnath where Lord Buddha, after attaining enlightenment, gave his first sermon (Dharma chakra Pravartan) to his five disciples. The five disciples, who had followed Him earlier in His quest for truth, were surprised to see the mesmerizing glowing countenance of the Buddha, who convinced them and delivered His first sermon before them. Buddha preached the middle path to avoid extremes, the Four Noble Truths, and prescribed the Eight Fold path to remove the causes of sufferings. This sermon set in motion the great Buddhist tradition of the Sangha in order to popularize the Buddha's teachings throughout the world. Every Buddhist in the world feel blessed having paid a visit to Sarnath. 

Major Buddhist Attractions


Dhamekha Stupa 
 

Dhamekha Stupa signifies 'the seat of the holy Buddha' and occupies the space of the most prominent structure at Sarnath. This is the spot where the Buddha delivered his first sermon. The size of the Stupa is 31.3 meter in height and 28.3 meter in diameter, while its lower part has been beautifully carved with stones.

 

Choukhandi Stupa
The Choukhandi Stupa is believed to be the place where the Buddha met his five disciples, including his favorite, Anand. 

 

Ashoka Pillar 

 The great Indian emperor, Ashoka, when converted into a Buddhist, paid a visit to the holy place of Sarnath. A smooth glistening stone pillar, known better as the Ashoka Pillar, commemorates Ashoka's visit of Sarnath. The lion capital that was found on the top of the Ashoka pillar is now the National Emblem of India. 

Sarnath Museum 
The Sarnath museum is the proud owner of the Buddhist artifacts, manuscripts, and statues. 

 Mulagandha Kuti Vihar 
 

This is a modern temple built by the Mahabodhi society and has excellent frescoes by a famous Japanese painter, Kosetsu Nosu.

Bodhi Tree 
Bodhi tree is another sacred place for the Buddhists as it originated from the sapling of the Sri Lankan Bodhi tree, which is also a branch of the original Bodhi tree (Bodh Gaya) under which the Buddha attained enlightenment in 528 BCE.

 


Digambara Jain Temples 
 

Besides Buddhist temples and monasteries, the holy city of Sarnath boasts of the Digambara Jain temples, a sacred place for the Jains. Besides, a statue of Lord Mahavira, there is a museum related to the life of the Jain 'teerthankars' in the temple's premises.

Nearby Attractions of Varanasi


Varanasi
Varanasi is situated on the bank of the river Ganges or the Ganga at a distance of 10 kilometers from Sarnath. Earlier known as Banaras, Varanasi is a holy place for the Hindus. Boats on Varanasi Ghat.

Kaushambi 
 A major Buddhist site, Kaushambi, which lies 185 kilometers away from Varanasi, is though in ruins today, but still its importance lies in its year’s old history. The ancient city of Kaushambi was visited by Lord Gautama Buddha in the sixth and ninth year after He was showered with the divine light of enlightenment. It was due to the Buddha's sermons that a large section of people at Kaushambi had converted to Buddhism, which further helped in the spread of the Buddhist doctrine. Even today, the ruins of the ancient city speak of the golden days of Buddhism in India.

Vindhyachal  
One of the major Shaktipeeths, Vindhyachal is highly revered by the Hindus. Located 80 kilometers from Varanasi, the small hilltop of Vindhyachal is a home to Vindhyavasini Devi temple, Ashtabula temple and Kalikhoh temple, all of which have been dedicated to different forms of the Goddess Durga. 

Ramnagar 
 A historical village, which lies 14 kilometers away from Varanasi on the other side of the holy river Ganges, Ramnagar, is famous for its old fort. The fort, once the residence of the Maharaja (ruler) of Varanasi, now comprises a museum, which displays the royal collection consisting of arms and weapons, old cars, palkies, ivory works and several others. Besides, Ramnagar also houses two major temples for the Hindus - the Chhinnamastika temple and the Durga temple. 

 

DAY 10: Sarnath-Lumbini (approx 284 km)

Welcome the morning with a delicious breakfast. Check out from the hotel to reach lumbini by an assisted drive Transfer to a hotel with the guidance of our professionals on arrival. After a long journey check in the hotel of lumbini. And take some rest. 
 

Overnight stay at Lumbini best recommended hotel.


DAY 11:  Local sightseeing in Lumbini 

Major Buddhist Attractions
The place itself is interesting as a whole, the landscapes and the green forestry. However Maya Devi temple and the Stupas and the Pillar built by Ashoka are really worth a visit. Recently, several beautiful shrines have been constructed by devotees from all over the world. A visit to Lumbini is not only for spiritual enlightenment but also for solace and satisfaction that one gets in such a calm and peaceful place.

Maya Devi Temple 

Lumbini remained neglected for centuries. In 1895, a famous German archaeologist discovered the great pillar, further exploration and excavation of the surrounding area revealed the existence of a brick temple and a sandstone sculpture within the temple itself which represents the scenes of Buddha’s birth. On the south of the Maya Devi temple there is the famous sacred bathing pool known as Puskarni. It is believed that Maha Devi took a bath in this pool before the delivery. The temple is built gradually and is composed of many temples, one after the other. It is also found that there is possibility that a Ashoka Stupa existed in the place of temple.

The Ashokan pillar 

The Ashokan Pillar, essentially erected by Ashoka (249 BC) visited Lumbini and erected an inscribed Ashokan Pillar on the spot of Buddha's birth. The inscription of the pillar (the oldest in Nepal) declares that Ashoka granted Lumbini tax-free status in honor of Buddha’s birth. It is 6m high and half of it is beneath the ground. It is behind the Maya Devi Temple, to the west of the temple. Emperor Ashoka erected many other pillars throughout India. The carved top of the pillar has never been found.

The Buddhist monastery

It’s built in the way of the modern Buddhist temples of Nepal but is quite important in the purview of architecture of the walls. The middle hall contains some exquisite murals resembling the medieval periods'.


Lumbini -Buddhist Circuit Tour

The circuit provides insight into the life of Lord Buddha and the development of Buddhism. There are 62 archaeological sites scattered around Lumbini. The tour goes through Tilaurakot, Kudan, Gothihawa, Niglihawa, Sagarhawa, Aurorakot, Devadaha and Ramagrama - all bearing significance to the life and enlightenment of the Buddha.

Puskarni Pond 

Where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath before the birth of Buddha lies to the south of the pillar. It was also in this pond that the infant Buddha was given his first bath.

Tilaurakot

Identified by archaeologists as the capital of Kapilvastu, Tilaurakot lies 27 km west of Lumbini, where excavations are on to unearth the ancient palace of King Suddhodhan, Siddhartha Gautam’s father. The Buddha is believed to have spent the first 29 years of his princely life in Tilaurakot.

Kudan

Located some 4.5 km south of Tilaurakot, Kudan is where King Suddhodhan met Lord Buddha for the first time after returning from his enlightenment. It was here that the Kasaya (yellow robe worn by monks) was presented to Lord Buddha. It was also here that the Kasaya was presented by Lord Buddha to Rahul, his son.

Gothihawa 

About 5 km from Tilaurakot, Gothihawa is where Krakuchanda Buddha, who preceded Shakyamuni Buddha, was born. Remains of a broken Ashoka Pillar and relics can be seen here.

 

Niglihawa

About 8 km from Tilaurakot, Niglihawa is where Kanakmani Buddha was born. Here too one can see remains of a broken Ashokan Pillar.

Devdaha

The capital of the Koliya kingdom and maternal home of Mayadevi, Devdaha is 35 km to the northeast of Lumbini. This is where Siddhartha Gautam spent his childhood.

Sagarhawa 

Forest site is identified by archeologists as the “Palace of the Massacre of the Shakyas” by the invading forces. The ruins of the ancient site lie on the west and south banks of a large rectangular pond known locally as Lumbu Sagar, or long pond, in Niglihawa village. Sagarahawa is 12 km north of Taulihawa municipality in Lumbini

Lumbini Village Tour

A walk through the villages surrounding Lumbini and interaction with the warm and hospitable local people, buying their handicrafts and observing their traditional rituals will bring one closer to understanding the diversity of the Terai cultures in Nepal. Village tours also give an opportunity to observe the Terai landscape and a peek into the locals’ agro-based rural lifestyle, colorful costumes, festivals which they celebrate with much joy and enthusiasm, and gracious hospitality. Visitors can also visit the local temples and mosques or partake in the cultural ceremonies.

 

DAY 12:  Lumbini-kathmandu airport (approx 300 km)


Check out from the Lumbini hotel to reach Kathmandu  airport by an assisted drive.
Transfer to an airport and take flight from luck now to Kolkata. 

30 days Buddhist Pilgrimage Circuit Tour Package in India Nepal Srilanka - SANCHI SARNATH VAISHALI NALANDA BODH GAYA LUMBINI KAPILVASTU SHRAVASTI COLOMBO DAM BULLA KANDY Temple of Tooth & POLPNNARUWA - Rates Dates

 

 

Cost of the India Nepal Buddhist Monastery and Pilgrimage Package 

 

  • Deluxe 3 star India Nepal Buddhist Package: - At just Rs.75000 per Pax ($1100) enjoy 12days / 11nightsin India Nepal Buddhist Package which cover best tourist destinations. . With 3 star hotel.
  • Deluxe 4 star India Nepal Buddhist Package: - At just Rs.90000 per couple ($1250) enjoy 12days / 11night in India Nepal Buddhist Package which cover best tourist destinations. With luxury hotel. 

 

Kolkata Best RECOMMENDED Hotels

  • The Oberoi Grand RS. 14000 PER NIGHT    15, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata 700013, India (Ranked #1 of 191)
  • Swissotel Kolkata RS.7800 PER NIGHT, City Center New Town, Action Area 2D | Plot No. 11/5, Rajarhat, Kolkata 700157, India (#7 of 191)
  • Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences Rs. 8100 per night CF11 Action Area 1C | New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata 700156, India (#16 of 191)

 

Patna Best RECOMMENDED Hotels? 

  •    Hotel Chanakya RS. 7500   per night Beer Chand Patel Marg, Patna, Patna 800001, India (Ranked #10 of 18)
  •     Hotel Gargee Grand RS. 9500 per night Plot No 825, Exhibition Road, Patna 800001, India (Ranked #1 of 18).?

 

BodhGayaBest RECOMMENDED Hotels

  •     Hotel R.K. Palace Rs.5250 per night Do Muhan Road, Bodh Gaya 824231, India (#2 of 17 hotels in Bodh Gaya)
  •     Hotel Tokyo Vicars. 5300 per night opposite to Japanese temple, Bodh Gaya 824231, India (Ranked #3 of 17)

 

Best recommended hotel kushinagar

  •     The Royal Residency’s. 5000 PER NIGHT Buddha Marg, Kushinagar, 274403 (Ranked #1 of 2 Kushinagar)
  •    Lotus Nikko Hotel RS.6000 Buddha Marg, Kushinagar 274403, India (Ranked #2 of 3)
  •     Shivoy Hotel RS.4600 Town Hall, Gorakhpur 273001, India (Ranked #1 of 8)

 

Best recommended hotel sarnath (Varanasi)

  •     Hotel Rivatas by Ideal Rs. 6500 per night  The Mall Road | Cantonment Varanasi, Varanasi 221002 , India (#2 of 56 hotels in Varanasi)
  •    Hotel Surya Rs.4200 per night S20/51, A-5, | Varuna Bridge, Varanasi 221002, India (#12 of 56 hotels in Varanasi)
  •    Hotel Buddha Rs.3100 per night C-26/35 Ramkatora Lahurabir | (Near Lahurabir Crossing), Varanasi 221001, India (#5 of 56 hotels in Varanasi)

 

Best recommended hotel lumbini 

  •   Dreamland Gold Resort RS.4000 PER NIGHT  Manigram 3, Rupendehi, Lumbini, Nepal 
  •     Hotel Lumbini International Rs. 3200 per night Si Na Pa-1, Bhairahawa | Lumbini Area, Lumbini 0097771, Nepal ( Ranked #2 of 14 )
  •     Hotel Club De Novo Rs.3600 per night Kalika Nagar 11, Butwal 111, Nepal (Ranked #1 of 4 )

 

North India Buddhist Tour package – Cheap Flights to Kolkata from London


Flights from London to Kolkata (Emirates Airlines)

  • London (LHR) Dep: 2015hrsEK - 4 T Class Dubai (DXB) Arr: 0700hrs
  • Dubai (DXB) Dep: 1335hrsEK - 572 T Class Kolkata (CCU) Arr: 1915hrs (+1)

Returning from Kolkata to London (Emirates Airlines)

  • Kolkata (CCU) Dep: 0855hrsEK - 571 T Class Dubai (DXB) Arr: 1245hrs
  • Dubai (DXB) Dep: 1445hrsEK - 9 T Class London (LGW) Arr: 1825hrs

 

Flights from PARIS (FRANCE) to Kolkata (Jet Airways)

  • Paris (CDG) Dep: 2110hrs9W - 123 H Class Mumbai (BOM) Arr: 1030hrs
  • Mumbai (BOM) Dep: 1235hrs9W - 623 Y Class Kolkata (CCU) Arr: 1505hrs (+1)


Returning Flights from Kolkata to Paris (France)

  • Kolkata (CCU) Dep: 0625hrs9W - 618 Y Class Mumbai (BOM) Arr: 0920hrs
  • Mumbai (BOM) Dep: 1255hrs9W - 124 O Class Paris (CDG) Arr: 1825hrs


Flights from NEW YORK (UNITED STATES) to Kolkata

  • New York (JFK) Dep: 1425hrsAI - 102 G ClassDelhi (DEL) Arr: 1450hrs
  • Delhi (DEL) Dep: 2015hrsAI - 22 V Class Kolkata (CCU) Arr: 2225hrs (+1)

Returning Flights from Kolkata to NEW YORK (UNITED STATES)
 

  • Kolkata (CCU) Dep: 1730hrsAI - 701 V ClassDelhi (DEL) Arr: 1950hrs
  • Delhi (DEL) Dep: 0135hrsAI - 101 U Class New York (JFK) Arr: 0635hrs (+1)

 

Flights from ROME (ITALY) to Kolkata 

  • Rome (FCO) Dep: 1440hrsEK - 98 L Class Dubai (DXB) Arr: 2320hrs
  • Dubai (DXB) Dep: 0300hrsEK - 570 L Class Kolkata (CCU) Arr: 0840hrs (+1)

Returning Flights from Kolkata to ROME (ITALY)

  • Kolkata (CCU) Dep: 0855hrsEK - 571 L Class Dubai (DXB) Arr: 1245hrs
  • Dubai (DXB) Dep: 1505hrsEK - 95 L Class Rome (FCO) Arr: 1845hrs

Cheap DOMESTIC FLIGHT Luck now to Kolkata (jet konnect)

  • LKO (10:40) - CCU (22:55) (1 Stop)

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