Lucknow(1) - Sravasti(1) - Kushinagar(1) - Gorakhpur(1) - Varanasi(2) - Bodhgaya(1) - Rajgir(1) - Patna
Day-1 Arrival at Lucknow. Visits to monuments in Lucknow. Arrival at Lucknow. Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh and city with a royal heritage and sporting a heritage character. Vist renowned monuments such as Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Moti Mahal, Chattra Manzil etc. to capture heritage character of Lucknow.
Day-2 Proceed to Sravasti. Visit Jetvana Monastery Proceed to Sravasti (161 kms - 4 hrs). Sravasti is associated with the life of Lord Buddha. The Buddha passed the greater part of his monastic life in Sravasti. Jetavana monastery is the main pilgrim destination of Sravasti. Meditation and chanting mainly done at the Gandhakuti (Buddha's hut) and the Anandabodhi tree. Buddhist monasteries have been constructed by Thailand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tibet and China here.
Day-3 Proceed to Kushinagar. Proceed Kushinagar (240 kms - 6 hours) - It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death.
Day-4 Day visit to Lumbini. Early morning departure - Day visit to Lumbini (Across Nepal Border) - 148 kms (4 hours) - Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha. Return to Gorakhpur (100 kms - 3 hours) by late evening.
Day-5 Travel to Varanasi. Boating in river in the evening around the evening Arti on Ghats. Travel to Varanasi (215 kms - 5.5 hours). Varanasi is a holy river Ganges riverside destination and one where guests arrive for a spiritual experience. Arrive at Varanasi by late afternoon / evening. Evening boat ride in holy river Ganges for experiencing the evening Arti on the Ghats.
Day-6 Morning visit to Sarnath. Afternoon visits to Jantar Mantar, Museum, Bharat Mata Temple etc. Morning Visit to Sarnath (12 kms), a centre for Buddhist heritage and a destination on Buddhist circuit. Stupas at Sarnath are magnificient and worth a visit for any traveller. Spend afternoon visiting Bharat Kala Bhavan (Musem with a collection of clay and bronze sculpture, paintings, silks and embroidered textiles) and temples around the area (Indian travellers may visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, a renowned Shiva Temple and a Jyotirlinga).
Day-7 Proceed to Bodhgaya. Visit Mahabodhi temple. Travel to Bodhgaya (260 kms - 7 hrs). Bodhgaya is where Buddha attained enlightment under a tree, Visit to the Mahabodhi temple. There are number of temples set up by different South East Asian Countries. Guests may visit them time permitting.
Day-8 Proceed to Rajgir. Visit Shanti Stupa. Proceed to Rajgir (70 kms - 1.5 hours). Rajgir is also known as Panchpahari with shrines on five hills. Visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda) and monasteries built by Japanese devotees of the Buddha on top of the Ratnagiri Hills
Day-9 Departure Depart for Patna (105 kms) for onward journey.
Patna - Patna is the state capital of state of Bihar. Bihar has been home of religious leaders like Gautama Buddha, Lord Mahavir and Guru Gobind Singh and therefore of pilgrimage importance.
Lucknow - Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is popularly called the city of Nawabs and Kababs. The city has a rich cultural heritage and therefore of interest to travelers all over for its culture and cuisine.
Sravasti - Saravasti is part of Buddhist circuit and lies 180 kms from Lucknow. It was at Sravasti that the Buddha performed the miracle of sitting on a 1000- petal lotus.
Kushinagar - Kushinagar is a small town with Buddhist pilgrimage significance. Pilgrims travel in large numbers here to see, the remains of brick cremation stupa, and the large, reclining Buddha figure in the Mahaparinirvana Temple and other monasteries.
Gorakhpur - Gorakhpur otherwise is a pilgrim center and home to Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh saints. Gorakhpur is also gateway into Kushinagar (55 km), a Buddhist center. Gorakpur is gateway to Lumbini in nepal, a buddhist pilgrimage centre.
Varanasi - Varanasi is seat of Hindu religion and culture for several thousand years and today visited for its Ganges side spiritual experience.
Bodhgaya - Bodhgaya (100 kms from Patna) is where under the Mahabodhi Tree here Buddha attained enlightment
Rajgir - An important pilgrimage center for Buddhists, Hindus and Jains, Rajgir is visited by pilgrims from all over the globe