ABOUT BUDDHISM IN INDIA
Indian subcontinent is the place where Buddhism originated and later became a major world religion. This religion is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama who was born as a prince of the ancient Kapilavastu Kingdom which is now in Lumbini in Nepal.
In India there are many significant places connected to the early days of this religion. Most of them being covered in the below given tour itinerary.
DAY 1 – New Delhi
Welcome to Incredible India : Welcome to Incredible India! You are welcomed & picked up by our executive from the airport and transferred to the hotel in your private car. (Our executive will be waiting outside the custom area with a placard of your name). We will have a welcome briefing covering the various aspects of the tour (ensuring that you have the best of the Indian holiday) and you will be handed over the India travel kit containing all relevant documents of your trip (air/rail tickets, hotel vouchers, transport, guide, sightseeing vouchers, writing pads with other travel related documents). No pre-planned activities for the day but the car & the driver will be at your disposal.
Note: The normal check in – check out time of the hotels are 1200 hours and if your arrival time does not suit this we can arrange activities for you on the first day or pre-book the hotel from the previous night on additional charge and as per your request. Normally it takes more than 1 hour to get out of the airport from the time of arrival.
DAY 2 – Lucknow > Sravasti
Today we start off with a train ride till Lucknow – the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. On arrival you will be recived by our representative who would after lunch take you to Sravasti. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Sravasti.
Today visit the Sahet Market in Sravasti and proceed towards Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha and now a part of Nepal. On arrival check in at the hotel. If time permits then explore the city on your own. Overnight at Lumbini.
DAY 4 – Lumbini > Kushinaagar
Today visit the birth place of Lord Buddha and later proceed to Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh state of India. Kushinagar is the place where Lord Buddha attained his Mahaprinirvana. On arrival check in the hotel for some rest. Rest proceed for Kushinagar sight seeing tour covering Buddhist Sites like Nirvana Temple, Ramabhar Stupa, Cremation site of Lord Buddha, Mukutbandhan Stupa Ruins. Also see the beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha. Overnight at Kushinagar.
DAY 5 – Kushinagar > Patna
After breakfast proceed towards Patna, the capital of the Indian state of Bihar. En-route visit the buddhist sites at Vaishali. On arrival check in the hotel. Overnight at Patna.
DAY 6 – Patna > Rajgir > Bodhgaya
Today we drive towards Bodhgaya, a small town in the Indian state of Bihar and famous as the place where Buddha attained his enlightenment. En-route visit some other Buddhist sites like Nalanda and Rajgir.
Nalanda is the place which tourists from all over the world visit to see the ruins of ancient Buddhist university called Nalanda University. Rajgir is the place where Buddha spent several months meditating, preaching at Griddhkuta Hills (Hill of Vultures). It is also the site of First Buddhist Council.
On arrival at Boddhgaya, check in at the hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 7 – Bodhgaya
Day is kept to explore the town of Bodhygaya. Today you visit the famous Mahabodhi Temple and also the Niranjana River. Overnight at Bodhgaya.
DAY 8 – Bodhgaya > Varanasi
Today after early breakfast we drive towards Varanasi. On arrival check in at the hotel. Post lunch proceed for a small excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon in the deer park. It still has one of the most impressive remains and a modern Buddhist temple.
On time return to Varanasi for a overnight stay.
DAY 9 – Varanasi > New Delhi
Enjoy a early morning boat ride on the sacred river Ganga (Ganges). After breakfast you can enjoy a half day city tour till drop at the airport to board flight for New Delhi.
On arrival check in the hotel for rest.
DAY 10 – New Delhi
Day at your own till drop at New Delhi airport for your flight for onwards journey.
Sahet Mahet At Sravasti
Birth Place Of Buddha – Lumbini
Beautiful Statue Of Reclining Buddha
Mahaprinirvana At Kushinagar
Visit To Nalanda And Rajgir
Mahabodhi Temple At Bodhgaya
Boat Ride At Varanasi