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Embark on a Spiritual Journey: India Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour with Traveda Tour
The India Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Package offered by Traveda Tour is an ideal way for visitors to experience the rich cultural heritage and spiritual significance of Buddhism in India. The tour covers a range of destinations, starting from Varanasi, the city of temples, and Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Visitors can then proceed to Sravasti, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Keshariya, Vaishali, Patna, Nalanda, Rajgir, and Bodhgaya, where they can explore some of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
The tour provides visitors with the opportunity to visit significant historical and religious landmarks, such as the Mahaparinirvana Temple, the Maya Devi Temple, the Keshariya Stupa, the Ashoka Pillar, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, the Mahavir Mandir, and the Bodhi tree. Visitors can also explore ancient Buddhist universities and learning centers like Nalanda.
Throughout the tour, visitors can immerse themselves in the spiritual world of Buddhism, learn about the teachings of Lord Buddha, and experience the peaceful atmosphere of the pilgrimage sites. The tour is an excellent opportunity for visitors to gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism, its history, and its impact on Indian culture and society. The Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Package offered by Traveda Tour is an enriching experience that promises to leave visitors with a greater appreciation of Buddhism and its importance in India.
Here is a sample itinerary for the India Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour with Traveda Tour:
Day 1: Arrival in Varanasi
Upon arrival at the Varanasi Airport or Railway Station, you will be welcomed by a representative from Traveda Tour who will transfer you to your hotel. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the local area or relaxing at your hotel.
Day 2: Varanasi – Sarnath – Varanasi
After breakfast, you will proceed to Sarnath, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Here, you will visit the Dhamek Stupa, the Sarnath Museum, and the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar before returning to Varanasi. In the evening, you can enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges River and witness the mesmerizing evening Aarti ceremony.
Day 3: Varanasi – Sravasti
After breakfast, you will proceed to Sravasti, an important site for Buddhist devotees. Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel and then visit the Jetavana Monastery and the ruins of the ancient city.
Day 4: Sravasti – Lumbini
After breakfast, you will proceed to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, located in Nepal. Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel and then visit the Sacred Garden, the Maya Devi Temple, and the Ashoka Pillar.
Day 5: Lumbini – Kushinagar
After breakfast, you will proceed to Kushinagar, where Lord Buddha attained Parinirvana. Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel and then visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple and the Mathakaut Temple.
Day 6: Kushinagar – Keshariya – Vaishali – Patna
After breakfast, you will proceed to Keshariya, famous for its ancient Buddhist stupas and temples. You will explore the Keshariya Stupa, the Dhamek Stupa, and the Mulgandha Kuti Vihar before proceeding to Vaishali, where Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon. Here, you will visit the Ashoka Pillar, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, and the Buddha Stupa. You will then proceed to Patna, where you will check into your hotel.
Day 7: Patna – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodhgaya
After breakfast, you will proceed to Nalanda, an important Buddhist learning center. You will explore the ruins of the ancient university and the Nalanda Archaeological Museum before proceeding to Rajgir, where Lord Buddha delivered some of his most important sermons. Here, you will visit the Venuvana Monastery, the Gridhakuta Hill, and the Vishwa Shanti Stupa before proceeding to Bodhgaya.
Day 8: Bodhgaya
After breakfast, you will spend the day exploring Bodhgaya, the holiest site in Buddhism, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. You will visit the Mahabodhi Temple complex, the Bodhi tree, and the Animesh Lochana Chaitya.
Day 9: Departure from Patna Airport/ Railway Station
After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and be transferred to the Patna Airport or Railway Station for your departure flight/train. This will mark the end of your India Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour with Traveda Tour.
Is this tour package suitable for travelers of all age groups?
Yes, this tour package is suitable for travelers of all age groups who have an interest in Buddhism and wish to explore the significant Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India and Nepal.
What is the best time to book this tour package?
The best time to book this tour package is between October and March when the weather is pleasant and comfortable for sightseeing.
Are meals included in this tour package?
Yes, breakfast is included in this tour package, but other meals are not included. However, you can easily find restaurants and local eateries at all destinations that serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals.
Are there any additional expenses that we need to bear during this tour?
Yes, there are a few additional expenses that you need to bear during this tour, such as entrance fees to monuments, personal expenses, and expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances.
Will we have a tour guide throughout the tour?
Yes, a professional and experienced tour guide will accompany you throughout the tour. The guide will provide you with insightful information about the destinations, history, and culture of the places you visit.
What is the mode of transportation during this tour?
Traveda Tour provides comfortable air-conditioned vehicles for transportation during this tour. The mode of transportation varies depending on the group size, and we ensure that you travel in comfort throughout the tour.
Buddhism first appeared in the world in the 6th century BC. Born a prince, Siddhartha Gautama reached enlightenment at the age of 29 after engaging in a period of extreme penance. Soon after, he received a request to instruct, and as a result, he delivered the first Wheel of Dharma. India is the root country of Buddhism, and our india buddhist pilgrimage tour package will give you a chance to learn a lot more about Buddha.
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India Buddhist pilgrimage tour will begin with meeting our guide during the Buddha trip once you reach Varanasi airport or railway station. Your Buddhist tour package will begin with an excursion to Varanasi on the first day. The Varanasi is one of the oldest cities of India, also famous as “city of temples”. The Buddha had gone here after achieving nirvana to find five Hindu ascetics he had met before enlightenment who believed that self-mortification was the only way to salvation.
In the evening, you will ride on the Ganges by boat and watch the Aarti ceremony at Ghat. Dinner will be provided at the hotel where you will spend the night.
Enjoy a boat trip on the Ganges River early in the morning to see the bathing ghats. Enjoy the sunrise while sailing on the Ganga's holy waters, with hundreds of pilgrims worshipping the morning and bathing in the holy water in the backdrop. Return to the hotel for breakfast and a quick change of clothes. Your trip to Sarnath, one of India's top four Buddhist pilgrimage tourist attractions, will be planned later.
Visit Dhamekh Stupa in the late afternoon, which is Sarnath's most beautiful and huge edifice. In Sarnath, the Stupa has a special significance because it represents the location where the Buddha gave his first speech after obtaining enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. It is a must-see Buddhist tour package since it is the birthplace of the first Buddhist sangha or monks.
We'll leave after breakfast this morning for Sravasti and check into the hotel when we arrive. Many of the Buddha's most important sermons were delivered in Sravasti, and Sravasti is the country's most prominent Buddhist pilgrimage place. Lord Buddha muddled his discourses with a million different expressions of himself while sitting on a thousand-petalled lotus, surrounded by fire and water. Dinner will be provided, and then spend the night in the hotel.
Visit Saheth at Sravasti in the morning, which includes multiple stupas and Buddhist monasteries. The two chambers utilized by the Buddha, Gandhakuti and Kosambakuti, are the principal attractions here. Kapilvastu is one of the most important attractions on the India Buddhist pilgrimage tour. Lord Buddha grew up and spent his youth in this city. Many Stupas built by the Ashoka and Gupta monarchs may be found across the city. Finally, travel to Lumbini, which is known around the world as Lord Buddha's holy birthplace. After arriving at Lumbini, directly check-in in the hotel and take rest.
A visit to the Maya Devi Temple on the fifth day symbolizes the location where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, approximately 563 BC. The brick foundations of old monasteries and temples surrounds the temple. Ashoka's Pillar, ruins of old stupas, and monks in maroon and saffron robes gathered under a huge Bodhi (pipal) tree draped with prayer flags may all be found in the adjacent sacred garden.
Later, depart for Kushinagar, which is a must-see sight for all Buddhist pilgrims on a Buddhist tour itinerary. Here is where the Lord Buddha gave his final sermon. Many structures were built by Ashoka the Great in the area where the Buddha obtained nirvana. Arrive at the hotel, check-in, and eat lunch. Visit the Nirvana Temple in the afternoon. The inscriptions on the Nirvana statue date from the 5th century and are wonderfully etched. Ramabhar Stupa, where Lord Buddha was cremated, is also referred to as Mukutbandhan-Chaitya. We'll spend the night and eat at the hotel.
On the sixth day, we will drive to Patna, stopping in Keshariya along the way. Kesaputta is considered to be the home of Alara Kalama, the Buddha's teacher before enlightenment. Buddha is supposed to have had a personal relationship with Kesaputta.
We will now drive to Vaishali, where Lord Buddha presented his final discourse before his death. It has a strong connection to the Buddhism tour. We will go to Patna after completing the day's sightseeing. After arriving in Patna, check into your accommodation, have dinner, and rest.
The 7th day of the India Buddhist pilgrimage tour will be at Patna. You will be dropped off in Bodhgaya through Nalanda in the morning. The Nalanda university was discovered in 5th century BC. The Nalanda is a very old city in the country also a very frequent halt of Lord Buddha.
The Sariputra stupa, located at the University's southern end, is the most impressive structure. Visit the Museum, which houses the priceless artifacts discovered during the Nalanda and Rajgir excavations. Continue driving to Rajgir, which was originally the Magadha Kings' old capital. Buddha came here frequently, seeking seclusion and peace at the Jivkamaravana monastery and preaching and meditating on Griddhakuta Hill (Vulture Hill). Visit Venture Peak, where Lord Buddha put in motion the second wheel of the law by preaching to his students for three months during the rainy season. The Shanti Stupa, a massive modern stupa created by Japan's Buddhist sangha, is also located on the mountain.
Finally, travel to Bodhgaya, where Buddha started his quest to promote enlightenment. The most significant pilgrimage for the India Buddhist pilgrimage tour is Bodh Gaya. Your overnight stay will at the hotel along with the dinner provided.
The Buddhist tour package's second and final day will be spent touring Bodhgaya. The Mahabodhi Temple, which is thought to have been erected by the Great Ashoka, who visited the place 250 years after Buddha's enlightenment, is a haven of peace. The Bodhi tree, under which Buddha spent a week after his enlightenment, is the temple's principal attraction.
Ashoka's daughter Bhikkhuni Sangamitta brought a branch from the original Bodhi tree to Sri Lanka in the third century BC, and Lankan king Devanampiya Tissa planted it in the Mahavihara monastery in Anuradhapura, where it is still alive today. In addition to the ancient ruins, there are temples or monasteries built by Buddhist nations including Thailand, China, Sri Lanka, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Taiwan, Bhutan, and others. Return to the hotel for dinner and rest after completing the Bodhgaya sightseeing.
In the morning, after delicious morning breakfast at the hotel, our representative will drop you at the Patna airport on time. Aboard the flight for your next destination.