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Sanchi Stupa - Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhi Tree - Sarnath - Bodhgaya - Kushinagar 

India Buddhism Circuit Tour Package - With Guide

 

 

Sanchi Stupa Sarnath Bodhgaya Buddhism Circuit Tour: Overview

Indian subcontinent is the place where Buddhism originated and later became a major world religion.

Holidaytravel.co has specially designed this  Buddhism Circuit Covering  Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh, Sarnath Near varanasi Uttar Pradesh, Bodhgaya in Bihar - Buddhism Package specially for tourist of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Indonesia, China, Japan & Australia.

In this package tourist will explore Delhi, Explore Sanchi Stupas in Bhopal, Sarnath, Varanasi, Kushinagar and Bodhgaya. These all places are known as Buddhist pilgrimage places of India.

This 11 days package will let you know about full history behind these places, so welcome Aboard and Visit Incredible Buddhist Temple of  India.

We are the most popular and famous travel agency occupied in Tourism Industry and well experience in Buddhist tourism sector. Package is well designed and suited for Families with Kids, Friends and Buddhist Devotees.

 

                 sanchi stupa

                                                                                 (sanchi stupa)

 

Sanchi Stupa

The Sanchi Stupa Represents the best Specimen of the Buddhist Architecture. It was built was Ashoka in 3rd Centuary BC, but was later on elarged in the Sunga Period ( 185BC to 73BC). The Stupa consists of a Big Hemisphere dome, Containing the Buddhist Relics, an umbrella surrounding the dome and 4 gatways. Each gateway is equipped with two square upright Posts, surmountd by a capital. the Capitals are embellished by Beautiful sculptures depicting scenes of Budha's life and events narrated in jataks ( Brith stories of Buddha).

 

 

 

Why you choose this Package

This Package takes you to the best Buddhist pilgrimage sites as below

Sanchi Stupas - Bhopal

Mahabodhi temple - Bodh gaya - Bihar

Dharam Chakra - Deer Park Sarnath

 

 

Sanchi Stupa Sarnath Bodhgaya - India Buddhism Circuit Package: Rates & Hotels

 

Package Category Package cost Per Person
Peak Season (Oct to Mar) Off Season (April to Aug)
Standard Package Rs.34,999 ( $550/-) Rs.32,499 ( $500)
Delux Package Rs.49,999 ( $750/-) Rs.47,499 ( $700)

 

Note: Above package rates will not applicable during New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Valentinday or any National Holiday.

 

Tour cost includes

  • Transport facilities.
  • Accommodation with food
  • Internal Transportation by A/C bus in groups.
  • Toll taxes, Guide services and petrol charge
  • All sightseeing and excursion as per the itinerary.
  • English and Hindi speaking guide.
  • Entry to the sites and museums.  

Package Type Hotel:Sanchi Hotel:Bhopal Hotel:Sarnath Hotel:Bodhgaya Hotel:Delhi Hotel:Kushinagar
Standard Hotel Sambodhi Sonali Regency Hotel Buddha International Hotel Buddha Residency Daanish Residency The Imperial
Delux  Gateway Retreat-MPTDC Hotel Amar Palace Hotel Surabhi International Lucky Guest House Hotel Toronto Lotus Nikko Hotel
       

 

 

 

Sanchi Stupa Sarnath Bodhgaya India Buddhism Circuit Package: Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi - Buddhist Pilgrimage in Delhi + Site Seeing

Pick up from Delhi Airport and proceed to hotel, New Delhi: designed and built by the British in the 1920's it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens.

 

Start with Buddhist pilgrimage right from Delhi bu visiting Buddhism Attractions in Delhi. 

 

Visit Buddha Jayanti Park, set in the lush and verdant environs of the Delhi ridge, houses a statue of Buddha and a Bodhi tree.

 

Visit  Ladakh Buddhist Vihar, by the banks of the Yamuna, houses a beautiful Buddhist temple, as well as a bustling clothes market.

 

Visit Tibetan Colony at Majnu ka Tila - a recreation of another world, another place in the city of Delhi. Narrow criss-crossing streets, shops selling Tibetan crafts, jewellery, books, eateries serving authentic Tibetan food, and a small monastery.

 

Later  visit two monuments from’s past Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath past the imposing India Gate and Akshar Dham. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 

                akshardham delhi

                                                                            (Akshardham)

 

Day 02: Delhi local siteseeings - Historical Sites Tour + Lotus Temple Tour

After breakfast you visit Delhi sightseeing like Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple, Jantar Mantar and Red fort, after that back to hotel. Overnight stay at Delhi

 

Red Fort: Home to Mughal Emperors for nearly 200 years, the Red Fort or Lal Kila was converted to barracks for the British colonial army. The iconic landmark recognized by its red sandstone architecture has a rich set of stories dating back to India's pre-independence era. This massive time-tested fortress today is the backdrop for large scale national events such as the Republic Day and Independence Day.

 

Jama Masijd: India's largest mosque, Jama Masijd a sight to behold is definitely among the places to visit in Delhi. The magnum opus mosque constructed by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan stands tall at 40 ft with 4 angles, 2 minarets and can contain 25,000 devotees.

 

Jantar Mantar: Among most popular places to visit in Delhi is the Jantar Mantar, an ancient observatory built by Maharaja Jaisingh of Udaipur in 1794 on the main Parliament Street at Connaught Place. The instruments at Jantar Mantar are undoubtedly fascinating for their ingenuity however the high-rise buildings around have obstructed accurate observations.

 

Bahai (Lotus) Temple: The ever-popular lotus-shaped Bahai Temple in Delhi is the last of the seven major Bahai temples around the world. A mesmerizing structure made of pure white marble, standing against a lush green landscape, the lotus depicts a symbol common to all religions.

 

 

Day 03: Delhi to Bhopal by Flight (1 hour and 15 min journey)

After breakfast you will pick the morning flight for Bhopal. Welcome to Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. On arrival at Bhopal airport or Bhopal railway station and transferred to your hotel. Bhopal, the city of lakes is one among the famous tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh. 

After lunch you will moving for Bharat Bhavan, Manav Sangrahalaya and in the evening move to Bhopal Lake. The evening is at leisure or you can explore the textile markets on your own. 

Overnight in Bhopal

                Bhopal Lake

                                                                              (Bhopal Lake)

 

 

Day 04: Bhopal - Day excursion to Sanchi & Vidisha (60 kms / approx. 2 hour drive)

This morning after breakfast you will drive to Sanchi, known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars. The place is related to Buddhism but not directly to the life of Buddha. It is more related to Ashoka than to Buddha. Ashoka built the first Stupa and put up many pillars here.

 

National Emblem of India :- The crown of famous Ashoka pillars, with four lions standing back to back, has been adopted as the national emblem of India.

After lunch at sanchi you will proceed for Vidisha attractions i.e. Udayeshwara Temple, Girdhari Temple, Sola-Kambi Temple and after that back to sanchi for overnight stay.

                Udayeshwara Temple

                                                                     (Udayeshwara Temple)

 

 

Day 05: Sanchi - Bhopal - Varanasi – Sarnath (by flight)

This morning after breakfast you will drop to Bhopal Airport to pick fight at 12:35 for Varanasi and you will reach by 16:35. On varanasi airport our representative pick you and transfer  to Sarnath hotel with the guidance of our professionals on arrival. Check in the hotel of Sarnath Aad take some rest. 

Overnight stay at Sarnath best recommended hotel.

 

 

Day 06: Dharam Chakra - Deer park 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. 

Dharam Chakra, The wheel of law emerged from Buddha's First sermon delivered at the deer park 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.

 

 

Day 07: Sarnath - Bodhgaya (Approx 250km / 5 hours)

After breakfast you will proceed for Bodhgaya which is 250 km from Sarnath. After a long journey you will checkin to Hotel and enjoy lunch in the hotel. Rest of the day you can go for nearby markets. Overnight stay in bodgaya hotel.

 

                Bodhgaya .jpg

                                                                        (Bodhgaya Bodhgaya)

 

Day 08: Mahabodhi temple - Bodhgaya

After breakfast 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. The temple contains Bodhi Tree in its courtyard, which is one of the most sacred sites of the Buddhists. The temple is siad to have been built where Buddha meditated and got 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.

 

 

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.

 

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. 


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 09:  Bodhgaya – Kushinagar (approx 346 km)

After delicious breakfast proceed for 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 10: Kushinagar Buddhist Attractions

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. 

 

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. 

                Japanese Temple

 

 

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. 

                Ramabhar Stupa

 

 

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 11: Kushinagar to Varanasi & Delhi (250 km / 5 hours)

After breakfast you will proceed for Varanasi to pick a flight for Delhi by 18:10 and reach Delhi at 19:50. 

 

 

 

Best time to visit - India Buddhist Tour

Summers are extremely hot so it is not recommended to travel during this season, monsoon makes traveling tough due to heavy rainfall. The best time to travel is between September and February when weathers becomes cold and pleasant.

 

 

How to reach Delhi 

The trip will start from New Delhi that is easily accessible by all modes of transport…

 

By Air: Delhi is well connected with domestic and international flights, to all the major cities within and outside India. Almost all the major airlines have their flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi. Domestic Airport connects Delhi to the major cities in India.

 

By Train: The railway network connects Delhi to the all major and, nearly, all the minor destinations in India. The three important railway stations of Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and HazratNizamuddin Railway Station.

 

By Road: Delhi is well connected, by a network of roads and national highways, with all the major cities in India. The three major bus stands in Delhi are Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus and AnandVihar Bus Terminus. Both the government and private transport providers provide frequent bus services. One can also get government as well as private taxis here.



Sanchi Stupa - Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhi Tree - Sarnath - Bodhgaya - Kushinagar 

 

India Buddhism Circuit Tour Package with Guide: Rates & Hotels

 

Package Category Package cost Per Person
Peak Season (Oct to Mar) Off Season (April to Aug)
Standard Package Rs.34,999 ( $550) Rs.32,499 ( $500)
Delux Package Rs.49,999 ($750) Rs.47,499 ($700)

Note: Above package rates will not applicable during New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Valentinday or any National Holiday.

 

Tour cost includes

  • Transport facilities.
  • Accommodation with food
  • Internal Transportation by A/C bus in groups.
  • Toll taxes, Guide services and petrol charge
  • All sightseeing and excursion as per the itinerary.
  • English and Hindi speaking guide.
  • Entry to the sites and museums.  

 

Tour cost excludes

  • If you travel individually other than group dates, you will bear the additional transportation charges.
  • Additional stay other than group would be charged extra.
  • Travel & Medical Insurance.
  • Tour operator is not responsible for the lost luggage.
  • Tips and Porterage.
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra Luggage charges other than mentioned on ticket.



Sanchi Stupa - Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhi Tree - Sarnath - Bodhgaya - Kushinagar 

 

India Buddhism Circuit Tour Package with Guide: Rates & Hotels

 

Package Category Package cost Per Person
Peak Season (Oct to Mar) Off Season (April to Aug)
Standard Package Rs.34,999 ( $550) Rs.32,499 ( $500)
Delux Package Rs.49,999 ($750) Rs.47,499 ($700)

Note: Above package rates will not applicable during New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Valentinday or any National Holiday.

 

Tour cost includes

  • Transport facilities.
  • Accommodation with food
  • Internal Transportation by A/C bus in groups.
  • Toll taxes, Guide services and petrol charge
  • All sightseeing and excursion as per the itinerary.
  • English and Hindi speaking guide.
  • Entry to the sites and museums.  

 

Tour cost excludes

  • If you travel individually other than group dates, you will bear the additional transportation charges.
  • Additional stay other than group would be charged extra.
  • Travel & Medical Insurance.
  • Tour operator is not responsible for the lost luggage.
  • Tips and Porterage.
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra Luggage charges other than mentioned on ticket.

Sanchi Stupa - Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhi Tree - Sarnath - Bodhgaya - Kushinagar 

 

India Buddhism Circuit Tour Package with Guide: Itinerary

 

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi

Pick up from Delhi Airport and proceed to hotel, New Delhi: designed and built by the British in the 1920's it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit two monuments from’s past Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath past the imposing India Gate and Akshar Dham. Overnight stay at Delhi.

                akshardham delhi

                                                                            (Akshardham)

 

Day 02: Delhi local siteseeings

After breakfast you visit Delhi sightseeing like Jama Masjid, Lotus Temple, Jantar Mantar and Red fort, after that back to hotel. Overnight stay at Delhi

 

Red Fort: Home to Mughal Emperors for nearly 200 years, the Red Fort or Lal Kila was converted to barracks for the British colonial army. The iconic landmark recognized by its red sandstone architecture has a rich set of stories dating back to India's pre-independence era. This massive time-tested fortress today is the backdrop for large scale national events such as the Republic Day and Independence Day.

 

Jama Masijd: India's largest mosque, Jama Masijd a sight to behold is definitely among the places to visit in Delhi. The magnum opus mosque constructed by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan stands tall at 40 ft with 4 angles, 2 minarets and can contain 25,000 devotees.

 

Jantar Mantar: Among most popular places to visit in Delhi is the Jantar Mantar, an ancient observatory built by Maharaja Jaisingh of Udaipur in 1794 on the main Parliament Street at Connaught Place. The instruments at Jantar Mantar are undoubtedly fascinating for their ingenuity however the high-rise buildings around have obstructed accurate observations.

 

Bahai (Lotus) Temple: The ever-popular lotus-shaped Bahai Temple in Delhi is the last of the seven major Bahai temples around the world. A mesmerizing structure made of pure white marble, standing against a lush green landscape, the lotus depicts a symbol common to all religions.

 

 

Day 03: Delhi to Bhopal by Flight (1 hour and 15 min journey)

After breakfast you will pick the morning flight for Bhopal. Welcome to Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. On arrival at Bhopal airport or Bhopal railway station and transferred to your hotel. Bhopal, the city of lakes is one among the famous tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh. 

After lunch you will moving for Bharat Bhavan, Manav Sangrahalaya and in the evening move to Bhopal Lake. The evening is at leisure or you can explore the textile markets on your own. Overnight in Bhopal

                Bhopal Lake

                                                                              (Bhopal Lake)

 

 

Day 04: Bhopal - Day excursion to Sanchi & Vidisha (60 kms / approx. 2 hour drive)

This morning after breakfast you will drive to Sanchi, known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars. The place is related to Buddhism but not directly to the life of Buddha. It is more related to Ashoka than to Buddha. Ashoka built the first Stupa and put up many pillars here.

 

National Emblem of India :- The crown of famous Ashoka pillars, with four lions standing back to back, has been adopted as the national emblem of India.

After lunch at sanchi you will proceed for Vidisha attractions i.e. Udayeshwara Temple, Girdhari Temple, Sola-Kambi Temple and after that back to sanchi for overnight stay.

                Udayeshwara Temple

                                                                     (Udayeshwara Temple)

 

 

Day 05: Sanchi - Bhopal - Varanasi – Sarnath (by flight)

This morning after breakfast you will drop to Bhopal Airport to pick fight at 12:35 for Varanasi and you will reach by 16:35. On varanasi airport our representative pick you and transfer  to Sarnath hotel with the guidance of our professionals on arrival. Check in the hotel of Sarnath Aad take some rest. 

Overnight stay at Sarnath best recommended hotel.

 

 

Day 06: 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.

 

 

Day 07: Sarnath - Bodhgaya (Approx 250km / 5 hours)

After breakfast you will proceed for Bodhgaya which is 250 km from Sarnath. After a long journey you will checkin to Hotel and enjoy lunch in the hotel. Rest of the day you can go for nearby markets. Overnight stay in bodgaya hotel.

                Bodhgaya .jpg

                                                                        (Bodhgaya Bodhgaya)

 

Day 08: Local sightseeing of Bodhgaya

After breakfast 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.

 

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.

 

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. 


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 09:  Bodhgaya – kushinagar (approx 346 km)

After delicious breakfast proceed for 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 10: 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. 

 

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. 

                Japanese Temple

 

 

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. 

                Ramabhar Stupa

 

 

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 11: Kushinagar to Varanasi (250 km / 5 hours)

After breakfast you will proceed for Varanasi to pick a flight for Delhi by 18:10 and reach Delhi at 19:50. 

 

Sanchi Stupa - Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhi Tree - Sarnath - Bodhgaya - Kushinagar 

 

India Buddhism Circuit Tour Package with Guide: Rates & Hotels

 

Package Category Package cost Per Person
Peak Season (Oct to Mar) Off Season (April to Aug)
Standard Package Rs.34,999 ($550) Rs.32,499 ($500)
Delux Package Rs.49,999 ($750) Rs.47,499 ($700)

 

Note: Above package rates will not applicable during New Year, Christmas, Diwali, Valentinday or any National Holiday.

 

Tour cost includes

  • Transport facilities.
  • Accommodation with food
  • Internal Transportation by A/C bus in groups.
  • Toll taxes, Guide services and petrol charge
  • All sightseeing and excursion as per the itinerary.
  • English and Hindi speaking guide.
  • Entry to the sites and museums.  

 

Tour cost excludes

  • If you travel individually other than group dates, you will bear the additional transportation charges.
  • Additional stay other than group would be charged extra.
  • Travel & Medical Insurance.
  • Tour operator is not responsible for the lost luggage.
  • Tips and Porterage.
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra Luggage charges other than mentioned on ticket.

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