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BUDDHIST TRAILS INDIA & NEPAL

Some Journeys are made for sensual gratification, others purely for internal peace. Negotiating the Buddhist Circuit falls in the latter category. A journey through the austere Stupa and the ancient monasteries reverberating with the mystical chants of sacred Buddhist Mantras will instantly transport you to a time zone 2500 years back in history, when a prince renounced all worldly pleasures to turn into an ascetic, centuries before the birth of Christ. The story is so old, that every point on the Buddhist circuit has a history steeped in myth and meaning; every monument stands testimony to faith fused into reality, as centuries passed and people lost bits of their oral heritage. In Sanskrit the word "Both" means knowledge, Buddha would thus mean " One who has attained all knowledge," or one in whom their is no conflict, no suffering---in short, one, who has mastered himself. The Chinese would call him the Zen Master. If you are looking for the same 'Buddha' in you, the main sites of interest would be:-


1. Lumbini: (In present day Nepal) the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
2. Both Gaya: (In Bihar) Where he attained enlightenment.
3. Sarnath: Where he held his first public discourse.
4. Kushinagar: Where he attained Mahaparinirvana (Demise).
5. Sravasti ; Anand bodhi tree where Lord Buddha meditated for a night.
6. Nalanda : largest Buddhist university between 5 -12 AD.
7. Rajgir : First counsil of Buddhist religion happenend.
8. Vaishali : kalhua Buddha stupa and amrapali stupa.
9. Katmandu : swayambunath & buddhanath temple.

Other Important Places to Visit

Delhi; Hustling bustling traffic of Delhi, along India gate, Goverence Buildings & Raaj Ghat etc.



Agra: The Taj Mahal "one should visit the Taj Mahal once in the life and if you see second time it will be still mesmerizing. Other mughal architecture like Agra fort, baby Taj & fatehpur sikri & chand baori (Stepwells) are also worth visiting.

"Every Person should visit The Tajmahal once in his/ her life."

Detail Tour Itinerary

Day 01/05 Nov 2013: Kuala Lumpur – New Delhi (By Flight)
Upon arrival at New Delhi international Airport you will be welcomed by our representative and later transfer to your hotel and overnight at the hotel. Meals; No Meals

Day 02/06 Nov 2013: Delhi- Agra (200 Kms /04 Hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel and today we visit India gate, Goverence Buildings & Raaj Ghat (Gandhi Memorial) and later we drive to Agra upon arrival we check in at the hotel and evening free for leisure or optional Agra fort Sound & Light show in the evening and overnight at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 03/ 07 Nov 2013:Agra – Varanasi (Overnight Train)
Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal and after visiting beautiful architectural wonder we come back to the hotel and Breakfast at the hotel and later visit Agra fort & Fatehpur sikri and in the evening and visit markets of Agra and dinner in the restaurant and later departure to Railway station to take overnight train to Varanasi & overnight in the train. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 04/ 08 Nov. 2013: Varanasi
Breakfast in the train and upon arrival at Varanasi drive to Sarnath to visit site where Buddha preached the first and second sermon, Chinese Temple, Burmese Temple etc. Transfer to hotel and evening city tour of Varanasi and overnight at the hotel.

Day 05/ 09 Nov. 2013: Varanasi – Bodhgaya (250 Kms / 05 hrs)
Early morning boat-ride on Ganges River to see sunrise and later breakfast at the hotel and today check out from the hotel. Drive to Bodhgaya and upon arrival check in at the hotel and overnight at the hotel. Walk around, pooja and meditate under the Bodhi Tree. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.



Day 06/ 10 Nov. 2013: Bodhgaya
Breakfast at the hotel and today we start our tour of Mahabodhi temple where Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. Free and easy or visit Tibetan, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Thai and Burmese Temple. Pooja and meditate under Bodhi Tree. Late evening. Overnight at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.  

Day 07/ 11 Nov. 2013: Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Patna (250 Kms / 06 hrs)
Morning leave from Bodhgaya enroute visiting Rajgir and Nalanda. Rajgir was the capital of Magadh Empire around 800 BC and an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since the Buddha spent 12 years here. Visit Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara jail. Also visit to Nalanda - of the oldest Universities of the World and International Centre for Buddhist Studies. After that drive to Bodhgaya. Overnight in Patna

Day 08/ 12 Nov. 2013: Patna – Vaishali - Kushinagar (240 Kms / 5 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel and today we drive to Kushinagar enroute we visit holy sites of Vaishali visit site of 2nd Buddhist Council, Buddhist stupas, the lion pillar, Karanda pond, and later we continue driving till Kushinagar and upon arrival check in at the hotel and overnight at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 09/ 13 Nov. 2013: Kushinagar – Sravasti (239 Kms / 5 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel Kushinagar is where Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana (Demise). We visit the Mahaparinirvana temple, Rambhar Stupa, the site of Lord Buddha's cremation. Later Drive to Sravasti and upon arrival check in at the hotel and overnight stay at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10/ 14 Nov 2013: Sravasti – Lumbini (130 Kms / 03 hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel and today we visit Anathapindika Stupa and later we drive to Lumbini and on India- Nepal border our Nepal representative will take us to another vehicle and transfer to Lumbini hotel and overnight at the hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11/ 15 Nov 2013: Lumbini
After bf, visit Maya Devi Garden where Buddha was born. Offer lunch then have lunch at Panditarama and look around the meditation centre. Evening visit Tibetan France Temple (take photos), Korean and Burmese Temples Overnight at hotel Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12/ 16 Nov 2013: Kathmandu City Tour
After Breakfast transfer to Bairahwa Airport to take flight to Kathmandu and upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport Short city tour. Visit Swayambhunath and Boudhanath Swayambhunath with its all seeing eyes of the Buddha perched on a hillock is one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for both Nepalese and Tibetans Swamibodnath temple, Visit Patan City or Lalitpur, which literally means a city of artisans, is a treat for the eyes. It is an enchanting mélange of palaces, spacious courtyards and beautiful monuments. The remarkable 16th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna built entirely of stone and adorned with intricate carvings is an architectural wonder.The Tibetan Refugee Camp, just a stone's throw from the main thoroughfare of the district, is famous for its Tibetan rugs and handicrafts. The famous Kwa Baha known as the Golden Temple located in the periphery of the main palace square is an absorbing experience. Other places of interest are the Mahabouddha Temple also known as Mahabodhi Mandap Vihara Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 13/ 17 Nov 2013: Kathamandu –Flyout
Breakfast at the hotel and today we will be timely transfer to Kathmandu International Airport to take flight to Kuala Lumpur for homebound journey. Meals: Breakfast


Attractions
Destination Standard Hotels First Class Hotels
Delhi The Grand Vikalp The Hans Plaza
Agra Taj Resort The Man Singh Palace
Varanasi The Zeeras Hindustan international
Bodgaya Hotel Heritage Hotel Imperial
Patna Hotel Chanakaya Hotel Patliputra
Kushinagar Lotus nikko hotel Hotel Imperial
Sravasti Pawan Palace Lotus Nikko Hotel
Lumbini Buddha Maya Garden  Buddha Maya Garden
Kathmandu Marshyangdi hotel The Grand hotel
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