India (Buddhist Trail) Tour

6 Nights 7 Days


DAY
01

Delhi

Ayubowan to your ‘Ayubowan Tours & Travels’ Buddhist Trail tour.

Greet & Meet on arrival at Gaya international airport, India. After proceed to hotel Bodhgaya and check - in hotel.

After evining proceed to guided city tour of Bodhgaya city including Mahabodhi Temple which stands in the east to the Bodhi Tree. Its architectural effect is superb. Its basement is 48 square feet and it rises in the form of a slender Pyramid till it reaches its neck, which is cylindrical in shape. The total height of the temple is 170 ft. and on the top of the temple are Chatras which symbolize sovereignty of religion. Four towers on its corners rise gracefully giving the holy structure a poise balance. This sacred edifice is like a grand banner unfurled by time to proclaim to the world the pious efforts of the Buddha to solve the knots of human miseries, to ascend above worldly problems and to attain transcendental peace through wisdom, good conduct and disciplined life.

Return back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel in Bodhgaya.


DAY
02

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.


DAY
03

Patna – Kushinagar

Enjoy your breakfast at house boat.

After check-out from hotel and procced to Kushinagar.

En route visit Vaishali on arrival visit (Stupa). Vaishali was a city in Bihar, India, and is now an archeological site. It is a part of the Tirhut Division  (Tirhut). It was the capital city of the Licchavi, considered one of the first example of a republic, in the Vajjian Confederacy(Vrijji)  mahajanapada, around the 6th century BCE. It was here in 599 BCE the 24th Jain Tirthankara, BhagwanMahavira was born and brought up in Kundalagrama in Vaiśālī republic, which makes it a pious and auspicious pilgrimage to Jains. Also Gautama Buddha preached his last sermon before his death in c. 483 BCE, then in 383 BCE the Second Buddhist council was convened here by King Kalasoka, making it an important place in bothJain and Buddhist religions.  It contains one of the best-preserved of the Pillars of Ashoka, topped by a singleAsiatic lion.

Arrival to Kushinagar and visit Mahaparnirvana & Stupa. Kushinagar, Kusinagar or Kusinara is a town and a Nagar Panchayat in the Kushinagar district of the Indian stateof Uttar Pradesh located around NH-28, and is 52 km east of Gorakhpur city. It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Buddhists believe Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death. Outside India, it is an International Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre. The followers of Buddhism, especially from Asian Countries, wish to visit this place at least once in their lifetime.

And check-in hotel.

Refresh and overnight stay at hotel.


DAY
04

Kushinagar - Sarvasti

Enjoy your early breakfast at house boat.

After check-out from hotel and proceed to Sarvasti. After check-in hotel and refresh, get the lunch.

Evening visit the.

Return back to hotel and overnight at hotel in Sravasti.


DAY
05

Sarvasti - Lumbini

Enjoy your early breakfast at house boat.

After check-out from hotel and proceed to Lumbini (Nepal). Long drive and after check-in hotel and refresh, get the lunch.

Evening proceed to visit the Maya devi temple & Stupa. Maya Devi Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple situated at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lumbini, Nepal. It is the main temple at Lumbini, a site traditionally considered the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. The temple stands adjacent to a sacred pool (known as Puskarni) and a sacred garden. The archaeological remains at the site were previously dated to the third-century BCE brick buildings constructed by Ashoka the Great.[1] A sixth-century BCE timber shrine was discovered in 2013.

Return back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.


DAY
06

Lumbini - Varanasi

Enjoy your early breakfast at hotel.

After check-out from hotel and proceed to Varanasi. Long drive and after check-in hotel and refresh. Varanasi (from Varuna river and Assi ghat hence the name Varanasi)  (Hindustani pronunciation , also known as Benares, Banaras or  Kashi  is a North Indiancity on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, India, 320 kilometres (200 mi) south-east of the state capital,Lucknow, and 121 kilometres (75 mi) east of Allahabad. The spiritual capital of India, it is the holiest of the seven sacred cities (Sapta Puri) in Hinduism and Jainism, and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. 

Overnight at hotel.


DAY
07

Varanasi - Colombo

Enjoy your early breakfast at hotel.

Early in the morning proceed to boat cruise on river Ganges. The western banks of Ganges has a string of Ghats the chain of stone steps, all built with pavilions, palaces and terraces, most of which are mainly used as Dharamsalas where the pilgrims stay during their visit to the holy city. At dawn the Ghats are abuzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river of offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious Rituals. A Boat ride along the Ghats gives you vantage views of the activity. The Sunrise of the Ganges is a soul-lifting experience and later proceed to visit the Vishwanath Temple also called the Golden Temple because of the Gold-Plating on its roof, after dharsan proceed to hotel for breakfast, after that proceed to the city tour of Samath. Sarnath, 10 kms from Varanasi is the fabled place, which bears testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples, expounding the principles of Buddhism. The remains date back to as far as the 3rd century BC when emperor Ashoka founded various institutions, Stupas, monasteries and pillar edicts. Visit the art collection at the Archaeological museum. The main attractions is the superb capital from Ashokan Pillar-the Ashokan symbol of four back to back lions which has been adopted as the state symbol independent India. Also visit the Mahabodhi Buddha temple and walk around the deer park, and later proceed to visit the monastery ruins area, DhamekaStupa.

After proceed to Varanasi international airport.

Departure from Varanasi, India. Arrive to Colombo.


Package Includes

  • Colombo/ Delhi / Colombo Economy class Air fare.
  • Indian visa fee.
  • 04 nights 3 star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
  • Both way Airport transfer.

Package Excludes

  • Transportation to/from Colombo airport.
  • Lunch & Dinner other than mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bills for food consumed from the mini bar in hotel rooms.
  • Laundry charges at hotels.
  • Payments for any damages done to the room during the stay.
  • Custom duties or excess luggage fees exposed on goods.
  • Travel Insurance.




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