The Buddhist Circuit Tour: Lumbini, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya, and Sarnath
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Embark on a transformative journey through the heart of Buddhism with our "Buddhist Circuit Tour." Explore sacred sites and historical landmarks in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, and Kushinagar, the place of his Mahaparinirvana. Continue to Bodhgaya, where enlightenment dawned upon Buddha, and visit Sarnath, where his first sermon was delivered. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of these profound destinations while gaining insights into the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. This 7-day pilgrimage promises a deeply enriching and culturally immersive experience.
Day 1: Arrival in Gorakhpur - Transfer to Lumbini
Upon your arrival at Gorakhpur airport, you'll be warmly welcomed by our representative. They will transfer you to the sacred city of Lumbini, situated 135 kilometers away. After a smooth check-in at your chosen hotel, take some time to relax and rejuvenate, preparing for the spiritual journey ahead.
Day 2: Lumbini Sightseeing
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, setting the tone for a day filled with spiritual exploration. Your guided tour of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, starts with a visit to the tranquil Lumbini Garden, where you can meditate and reflect. Pay your respects at the Maya Devi Temple, which marks the exact spot of Lord Buddha's birth. The nearby Ashoka Pillar is a testament to Emperor Ashoka's reverence for this sacred site. Don't forget to explore the Sacred Pond, which holds historical significance.
One of the highlights of your visit will be the numerous monasteries and temples built by different countries, each contributing to Lumbini's diverse cultural landscape. The architectural and artistic details within these structures are a testament to the harmonious blend of spirituality and artistry.
As the day comes to a close, return to your hotel in Lumbini, where you can immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere and reflect on the spiritual journey you've embarked upon.
Day 3: Lumbini - Kushinagar (170 kilometers)
After a wholesome breakfast at your Lumbini hotel, it's time to continue your pilgrimage. The journey leads you to Kushinagar, another significant Buddhist pilgrimage destination. Upon your arrival, check in at your hotel and prepare for an exploration of Kushinagar's spiritual treasures.
Your Kushinagar sightseeing adventure begins with a visit to the Mahaparinirvana Temple, a sacred site where it is believed that Lord Buddha attained Parinirvana (enlightened passing). The temple complex and surrounding gardens offer a serene ambiance for reflection and devotion. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Ramabhar Stupa, where it is believed that Lord Buddha was cremated.
Day 4: Kushinagar - Bodhgaya via Kesariya and Vaishali (280 kilometers)
After a fulfilling breakfast, it's time to bid farewell to Kushinagar and set off on a journey to Bodhgaya. The route to Bodhgaya offers the chance to explore two more Buddhist sites.
Your first stop is Kesariya, home to the world's tallest stupa, which stands as a magnificent symbol of Buddhist devotion and architectural grandeur. The sheer scale of this stupa will leave you in awe.
Continuing on your path, you'll arrive in Vaishali, a place of great significance in Buddhist history. It is here that Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon before attaining Parinirvana. As you explore Vaishali, you'll feel the echoes of ancient teachings and spiritual revelation.
After absorbing the spiritual essence of Kesariya and Vaishali, your journey leads to Bodhgaya. Upon arrival in Bodhgaya, check in at your hotel and unwind in preparation for more spiritual exploration.
Day 5: Bodhgaya Sightseeing - Varanasi (250 kilometers)
With a new day comes fresh spiritual exploration. Begin with a visit to the Mahabodhi Temple, the very site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. The temple is not only a place of historical and spiritual importance but also an architectural masterpiece, adorned with intricate carvings and serene gardens.
Your journey continues with a visit to the Bodhi Tree itself, standing as a living symbol of enlightenment and spiritual awakening. The Animesh Lochan Chaitya is another sacred site worth exploring.
As you explore the Bodhgaya region, don't forget to visit the Buddhist monasteries in the vicinity, each with its unique charm and spiritual offerings.
After this spiritually enriching day, it's time to journey to Varanasi. Upon your arrival, check in at your Varanasi hotel. The evening can be spent exploring the renowned ghats of Varanasi, where you'll witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti and experience the spiritual aura of this ancient city.
Day 6: Varanasi and Sarnath Sightseeing
This day promises a deep dive into the spiritual and historical treasures of Varanasi and its nearby jewel, Sarnath.
Your day begins with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a visit to Sarnath. This is the very place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Explore the Dhamekh Stupa, an ancient structure standing as a reminder of Buddhist heritage. The Chaukhandi Stupa offers more insights into the region's history and spirituality. Complete your Sarnath visit with a trip to the Archaeological Museum, which houses invaluable artifacts and relics.
Returning to Varanasi, you'll explore the heart of the city's spiritual tapestry. Start with a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Dashashwamedh Ghat, among the holiest ghats on the Ganges, provides an opportunity to witness the Ganga Aarti, a mesmerizing ritual that immerses you in the spiritual essence of Varanasi.
In addition to these main attractions, you'll explore other important ghats along the Ganges, each contributing to Varanasi's rich spiritual heritage.
Day 7: Departure from Varanasi
Your spiritual journey through Lumbini, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya, and Varanasi culminates today. After a nourishing breakfast at the hotel, it's time to check out. Our representative will ensure a smooth transfer to Varanasi airport, where you'll depart for your onward journey, carrying with you the profound spiritual experiences and cultural richness you've encountered on this pilgrimage.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 6 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
- Daily breakfast at hotels.
- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.
- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water in car.
- Government taxes.
Hotels used or similar for 6 nights accommodation
Lumbini x 2 nights
3* - Hotel Nirvana/ Lumbini Bamboo Resort
4* - Buddha Maya Hotel/ Lumbini Hokke Hotel
Kushinagar x 1 nights
3* - The Imperial/ Hotel Sidharth Inn
4* - The Royal Residency/ Lotus Nikko Hotel
Bodhgaya x 1 nights
3* - The Imperial/ Hotel Taj Darbar
4* - Marasa Sarovar Premiere/ The Royal Residency
Varanasi x 2 nights
3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel
4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Madin Hotel
5* - Ramada JHV/ Radisson Hotel
- Any flight tickets.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.