Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel.
And after proceed to Patna, en-route visit to
Rajgir and Nalanda.
Venuvana- Bamboo Grove: This was the king's first
offering to Lord Buddha, he donated the famous Bamboo Grove or Venuvana,
the first donation of a park (arama), to the Buddha and Sangha.
The cemetery is believed to be the site of the VenuvanaVihara built by
Bimbisara for the Buddha’s residence. In the vicinity of Venuvana
is a large pond with a Buddha image at the centre.
This pond is believed to be the site of the Karanda tank mentioned in
Buddhist text as the Karandakanivapa where the Buddha used to
take his bath.
Continue to NALANDA which is the name of
an ancient university. Nalanda is one of the places distinguished as
having been blessed by the presence of the Buddha;
it later became renowned as the site of the great monastic
university of the same name, which was to become the crown
jewel of the development of Buddhism in India. Nalanda was one of
his epithets meaning "insatiable in giving".
Nalanda University Ruins Archaeological Complex:Nalanda
was one of the world's first residential universities, i.e.,
it had dormitories for students. It is also one of the most famous
universities. In its heyday it accommodated over 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers.
The university was considered an architectural masterpiece,
and was marked by a lofty wall and one gate. The Nalanda University attracted
scholars from all over the world. Even Chanakya or Kautilya was once
a student of this university. It was from this university,
the seat of knowledge for the world that the light of
knowledge spread all over.
RAJGIR, which means 'house of the king',
is a city and a notified area in Nalanda district in the Indian state of Bihar.
The city of Rajgirwas the first capital of the kingdom of Magadha,
a state that would eventually evolve into the Mauryan Empire.
It is about 15 kilometers south of Nalanda and about 30 kilometers from Bodhgaya.
Gridhakuta - Vulture's Peak: The hill is listed
in Buddhist canonical texts as one of the places where Lord Buddha
set in a motion his second wheel of law and for three months every
year during the rainy season, preached many inspiring sermons to
his disciples. A bridle path leads to up to the hill but it is much
more fun to take the Aerial Chair lift which operates every day
except Thursday. It was here that the Buddha delivered two important
sutras - the Lotus Sutra and the Prajnaparamita (Perfection of
Wisdom Sutra). As such, it is a major destination for pilgrims in
both ancient and modern times.
After proceed to Patana and check-in hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel in Patana.