10 Nights / 11 Days
Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi -
Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini -
Sravasti - Sahet & Mahet - Lucknow Delhi
The Mahaparinibbana Sutta discoursed by Buddha himself stated that for
purification of soul, one should travel through the sites where he traversed
and found the real meaning of life beyond pain and suffering. The Buddhist
Pilgrimage Tour by India Rail Tours takes a pilgrim to the sites where
Buddha had his birth, attained enlightenment, discoursed his first sermon,
attained Parinirvana along with sites where he travelled extensively and
lived his lifes different episodes. Other than that are edicts,
Stupas, universities and Viharas of Buddhist importance.
Day 01 : Delhi
Welcome to Delhi, the capital of India. You will be received and
transferred to hotel. You have the remaining day to brace up for the
Day 02 : Delhi
Daylong sightseeing tour of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad) and New Delhi
(Lutyen's Delhi). The tour covers the rich monumental and cultural heritage
that the capital of India is proud of. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Agra - Varanasi
Morning transfer to Railway Station to connect Train # 2002 Bhopal Shatabdi
Express dep. 06:00 hrs. arr. Agra at 07:55 hrs. Later leave for sightseeing
tour of Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itamad-du-daula.
Evening transfer to Railway Station to connect Train # 4854 / 4864 Marudhar
Express dep. 21:15 hrs. Overnight on board. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)
Day 04 : Varanasi - Sarnath -
Arrive Varanasi at 09:30 hrs. On arrival check-in at hotel and refresh for
a visit to Sarnath -the place where Lord Buddha preached his first Sermon in
590 BC. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Varanasi, visiting Ghats, Kashi
Vishwanath Temple, Gyanvyapi Mosque, Durga Temple, Banaras Hindu University,
Ram Nagar, Fort and Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Early morning boat-ride on the River Ganges. Afternoon transfer to Railway
Station to connect Train # 3030 Doon Express dep. 16:25 hrs. arr 21:42 hrs.
Overnight in hotel. Bodhgaya is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage
centers in the state of Bihar. It was here that Gautama attained
enlightenment and became Buddha under the "Bodhi" tree Satabodhi
Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Bodhgaya
Full day visit to temples including Mahaparinirvana Temple in Bodhgaya.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 : Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna
Leave Bodhgaya for Patna (229 kms / 6-7 Hrs) en-route visiting Rajgir &
Nalanda. Patna is 2500 year old capital city of Bihar. Rajgir was capital of
6th century Magadha Empire and was revered site of Buddha's discourses.
Buddha spent many years here. Nalanda is world's oldest university founded
in the 5th century. Overnight at hotel in Patna.
Day 08 : Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar
Morning leave Patna for Kushinagar (253 kms / 8 hrs) en-route visiting
Vaishali -located 60 kms from Patna and holds special significance for
Buddhist devotees. Kushinagar is the place where Buddha passed into
Maha-Parinirvana. Afternoon visit Kushinagar the various stupas and temples.
Overnight at hotel.
09 : Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti
Leave Kushinagar by road for Lumbini (170 kms / 4-5 Hrs) - the birthplace
of Buddha and is located just a few kilometres inside Nepal. Sightseeing
tour of Lumbini and thereafter leave for Sravasti by road (225 kms / 6 hrs).
On arrival transfer to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 10 : Saravasti - Sahet & Mahet - Lucknow -
Morning visit to Sahet & Mahet -15 kms from Balrampur and the capital
of the ancient Kingdom of Kosala. Sravasti has the honour for sheltering
Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Vihar and has the famous Anand
Bodhi tree, age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha
is said to have performed some miracles here. After sightseeing leave for
Lucknow by road (175 kms) and connect Train # 2557 Sampark Kranti Express
dep. 22:55 hrs. Overnight on board.
Day 11 : Delhi - Onward destination
Arrive New Delhi at 07:35 hrs. Transfer to international airport for flight
to onward destination (Hotel Checkout 12:00 Hrs).