BUDDHIST SITES IN INDIA
Buddhism is one of the major religions in the world. Buddhism mushroomed in the Indian sub-continent and was spread to foreign shores by the disciples of Lord Buddha. Today Buddhist is the moral compass for most of the east and Southeast Asian countries. The four famous places of Buddhist Pilgrimage are- Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar. Each destination has distinct identity and offers countless tourist attractions that tell various stories related with the birth and progress of Buddhism in India.
DAY 1 :DELHI – LUCKNOW (BY TRAIN) – SRAVASTI (200 KM 4 HRS)
Early morning Train forLucknow (Jan satbdi). Pickup from railway
station and drive to Sravasti. Check-in to hotel. Dinner and night stay
at Hotel in Sravasti .
TNA ( 50 KM, 1 HRS)
DAY 2 : SRAVASTI- LUMBINI (225 KM, 5HRS)
After breakfast, we proceed to visit Saheth (Jetvanaram)  & Maheth
(Angulimal Caves) . Lunch en route. Latter drive to Lumbini .
Kindly obtain double entry visa for India & single entry visa for
Nepal). On arrival, check in at hotel. Dinner and night stay at Hotel.
DAY 3 : LUMBINI- KUSINAGAR (180 KM, 4 HRS)
After breakfast , we will visit Holy Birth place of Lord Buddha .
Lunch en route . Latter drive to Kusinagar. Dinner and night stay at
DAY 4 : KUSINAGAR- VAISHALI ( 250 KM, 5 HRS)- PA
After Breakfast, drive to Vaishali. Later visit Mahaparinirvana Temple
(where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation
site of lord Buddha) and Japan Temple . Lunch en route Drive to Patna
. Dinner and night stay in Patna.
DAY 5 : PATNA-NALANDA (100 KM, 2 HRS)-RAJGIR(15 KM, 0.5HRS)-BODHGAYA 
After breakfast, depart proceed to Nalanda. Spread over 14 hectares, the
Nalanda University Ruins Archaeological Complex is set amidst expansive
lawns which offset the spectacular layout and carvings of this ancient
university. The monasteries and the viharas are separated by a central
valley. Interesting structures to look out for include: steps leading up
to perhaps a dais for professors and stupas with images of the Buddha
carved in. According to the Chinese traveler Xuan Zang who also taught
at the university during 685 and 762 AD, 10,000 monks and professors
resided here at the time. After the walk around the ruins, visit the
Xuan Zang Memorial Hall, a Chinese pagoda built by Chinese Buddhists.
Latter drive for Rajgir, the capital of the Magadha kingdom and is a
pilgrimage for Jains and Hindus as well. The Japanese Buddhists have
built the massive Vishwashanti Stupa on the Ratnagiri Hill which can be
accessed by a chairlift. The stupa has statues of Buddha at the four
stages of his life – birth, enlightenment, teaching and death. From the
hill top, the Jain shrines can also be viewed, scattered across 26
distant hills. Griddhakuta, located on Ratnagiri Hill is another site
where Budhha stopped by to preach. Lunch en route and proceed to
Bodhgaya. Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.
DAY 6 : BODHGAYA- LOCAL- DUNGESHWARI CAVES- GAYA(12 KM) – BODHGAYA
After breakfast, we drive to visit Lord Buddha Temple . Visit other
sightseeing places Sita Kund, Janki temple, Bodhi Tree. Come back for
Latter we drive to Gaya (12 Kms).En-route vist Dungeshwari cave temples
are also known as the Mahakala caves located 12 kms northeast of
Bodhgaya. Lord Budha underwent years of penance here before he descended
to Bodhgaya. A path across the river and up to the temples is 9km from
Bodhgaya on the road to Gaya. There are three main caves containing
Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Latter Visit Vishnu Temples or Vishnupad
Temple is sacred among Hindus and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Back to
Bodhgaya. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.
1. Visit Lord Buddha Temple, Bodhi tree
2. Dungeshwari Caves
3. Vishnu Temples
DAY 7 : BODHGAYA – VARANASI (300 KM 6 HR)- GANGA ARTI 
After Breakfast transfer to Varanasi. Check-in to Hotel and have lunch
At evening, get ready to experience one of the most memorable moments of
your life, as you will be taken for a boat ride on the River Ganges.
Enjoy Ganga Aarti. Get a glimpse of the spiritualism at the Ganga Ghats
(river front).Night stay at Hotel in Varanasi .
1. Ganga Aarti and boat ride on the River Ganges(optional)
DAY 8 : VARANASI MORNING BOAT RIDE  – SARNATH 
Early morning, we will be taken for a boat ride on the Ganges. It is a
mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people offering water to
the Sun God and devotees taking holy dip in the Ganges. Experience the
different ghats of varanasi. Each ghats has his own history and Hinduism
Latter visit some temples on the Ghats, followed by the the Kashi
Vishwanath Temple - one of the famous Hindu temple and is dedicated
to Lord Shiva, where at least once in life a Hindu is expected to do
pilgrimage, Anpurna Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir . These are optional,
if have time and interest. Come back to hotel for breakfast
After breakfast, we will be taken for an excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath
is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon to his
disciples. The attractions at Sarnath are the Buddha temples, the
Dhamekha stupa , Chaukhandi stupa and the archaeological museum.
1. Early morning(at sunrise) boat rides in Varanasi (Complimentary from
2. Temple tour (optional)
3. Sarnath (Dhamekh Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and the Archaeological
DAY 9 : VARANASI – DROP TO AIRPORT/ RAILWAY STATION FOR DELHI
After breakfast, have leisure time in Varanasi. Latter drop to Railway
station/ Airport with pleasant memory of holy trip.
|Destination||3 star equivalent||4 Star-Equivalent|
|Varanasi||Park Plaza/Similar||West Inn/Meridian|
|Bodhgaya||Delta International/ RK Palace||Hotel Galaxy/ Bodh gaya Regency|
|Lumbini||Nancs/White Lotus||Radison Resort|
|Patna||Windsor/Similar||Patliputra / Similar|
|Srawasti||Ashok Green /Similar||Nikko Lotus|