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Sarnath
Shanti Stupa (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Rajgir Hot Spring (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Sonbhandar Caves (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Inside the Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Daijokyo Buddhist Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Bhutanese temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Big Stupa at Kapilvastu's Twin Stupa (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Parinirvana Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Maheth
Sobhanath temple
Mahamongkolchai Thai Temple

Buddhist Circuit itinerary where guests visit all major destinations covering life and times of Gautam Buddha and form part of what is known as the Buddhist circuit

Route

Lucknow(1) - Sravasti(1) - Kushinagar(1) - Gorakhpur(1) - Varanasi(2) - Bodhgaya(1) - Rajgir(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Lucknow. Visits to monuments in Lucknow.
  • Day-2 Proceed to Sravasti. Visit Jetvana Monastery
  • Day-3 Proceed to Kushinagar.
  • Day-4 Day visit to Lumbini.
  • Day-5 Travel to Varanasi. Boating in river in the evening around the evening Arti on Ghats.
  • Day-6 Morning visit to Sarnath. Afternoon visits to Jantar Mantar, Museum, Bharat Mata Temple etc.
  • Day-7 Proceed to Bodhgaya. Visit Mahabodhi temple.
  • Day-8 Proceed to Rajgir. Visit Shanti Stupa.
  • Day-9 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Bodhgaya - Mahabodhi Temple Bodhgaya (0.50 kms), Shanti Stupa Nalanda (75.00 kms)

Gorakhpur - Parinirvana Temple (52.00 kms), Lumbini and Kapilvastu (100.00 kms)

Kushinagar - Parinirvana Temple (0.50 kms)

Lucknow - Moti Mahal Lucknow (1.00 kms), Chhattar Manzil (2.00 kms), Chota Imambara (5.00 kms), Bara Imambara (5.50 kms), Jetavana Monastery Site (120.00 kms)

Rajgir - Shanti Stupa Nalanda (7.00 kms), Mahabodhi Temple Bodhgaya (69.00 kms)

Sravasti - Jetavana Monastery Site (0.50 kms)

Varanasi - Kashi Vishwanath Temple (5.40 kms), Banaras Hindu University (8.00 kms), Ghats of Varanasi (9.00 kms), Sarnath Stupa (12.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Lucknow Departure - Patna
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
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  • May
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  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Itinerary may be a bit hectic, so guests may spend an additional night in Varanasi for a more in dept experience.

Distances
  • Lucknow to Sravasti -161 kms (4 hrs)
  • Sravasti to Kushinagar -241 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Kushinagar to Gorakhpur -54 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Gorakhpur to Varanasi -200 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Varanasi to Bodhgaya -256 kms (7.5 hrs)
  • Bodhgaya to Rajgir -70 kms (2 hrs)
  • Rajgir to Patna -93 kms (2.5 hrs)
Route

Lucknow(1) - Sravasti(1) - Kushinagar(1) - Gorakhpur(1) - Varanasi(2) - Bodhgaya(1) - Rajgir(1) - Patna

Detailed Itinerary

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.

Detailed Sightseeing

Bodhgaya :

  • Mahabodhi Temple Bodhgaya - Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites for Buddhism and life of Gautama Buddha. Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is renowned for being the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have achieved Enlightenment,

  • Shanti Stupa Nalanda - Nalanda was an ancient center of higher learning in Bihar. Rajgir (7 kms) was monsoon retreat of Buddha for over a decade. Attraction of the region is the ropeway at Nalanda that leads uphill to the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda),Makhdoom Kund and monasteries built by Japanese devotees of the Buddha on top of the Ratnagiri Hills.

Gorakhpur :

  • Parinirvana Temple - Important Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained Parinirvana after his death.

  • Lumbini and Kapilvastu - Buddhas Birth Place. Garden of Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has monasteries from many Buddhist nations. Kapilvastu near Lumbini is also a Buddhist site

Kushinagar :

  • Parinirvana Temple - Important Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Gautama Buddha is believed to have attained Parinirvana after his death.

Lucknow :

  • Moti Mahal Lucknow - Moti Mahal in Lucknow, also known as Pearl Palace (build in late 18th and early 19th Century) is situated on the banks of Gomti River, Moti Mahal was used by the royal family for bird watching and animal combats held on the other side of the river. Riight now the building is being used by Govt department for its offices and lawns used for holding Govt. functions.

  • Chhattar Manzil - The Chattar Manzil or Umbrella Palace was constructed in 18th and 19th Century at Lucknow. The palace now houses the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) and therefore can be looked from outside..

  • Chota Imambara - Chhota Imambara is an imposing monument located in Lucknow, built by Muhammad Ali Shah, The third Nawab of Avadh in 1838.

  • Bara Imambara - The Bara Imambara was built in the year 1784 by the fourth Nawab of Awadh known as Asaf-ud-Daula. The Bara Imambara is among the grandest buildings of Lucknow and must visit for a heritage traveller.

  • Jetavana Monastery Site - The Buddha passed the greater part of his monastic life in Savatthi. Today, site of Jetavana monastery is the main pilgrim destination of Sravasti. Meditation and chanting mainly done at the Gandhakuti (Buddhas hut) and the Anandabodhi tree. Buddhist monasteries have been constructed by Thailand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tibet and China here.

Rajgir :

  • Shanti Stupa Nalanda - Nalanda was an ancient center of higher learning in Bihar. Rajgir (7 kms) was monsoon retreat of Buddha for over a decade. Attraction of the region is the ropeway at Nalanda that leads uphill to the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda),Makhdoom Kund and monasteries built by Japanese devotees of the Buddha on top of the Ratnagiri Hills.

  • Mahabodhi Temple Bodhgaya - Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites for Buddhism and life of Gautama Buddha. Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is renowned for being the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have achieved Enlightenment,

Sravasti :

  • Jetavana Monastery Site - The Buddha passed the greater part of his monastic life in Savatthi. Today, site of Jetavana monastery is the main pilgrim destination of Sravasti. Meditation and chanting mainly done at the Gandhakuti (Buddhas hut) and the Anandabodhi tree. Buddhist monasteries have been constructed by Thailand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tibet and China here.

Varanasi :

  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple - Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shiva temples and most significant in Hinduism especially for a Lord Shiva devotee. The security around here is tight making entrance off limits to foreigners.

  • Banaras Hindu University - Banaras Hindu University is a large campus having approx. 124 independent departments built during Indian freedom struggle and is known as Oxford of the East. Guests also visit Bharat Kala Bhavan, a museum of Art and Archeology inside the university having collection of sculptures, paintings and textiles.

  • Ghats of Varanasi - A ghat is a series of steps leading down to the river, used by bathers and pilgrims, and riverside Varanasi consists of a long sequence of these. The best option for viewing the ghats is to charter a boat and see them from the river. Hindus consider it auspicious to die in Varanasi, so some ghats are known as burning ghats, where bodies are cremated (in full view) before their ashes are placed in the Ganges.

  • Sarnath Stupa - It is believed that in Sarnath Buddha gave his first sermon to his disciples after getting enlightenment. There is also a Museum in Sarnath. Stupas in Sarnath and Buddhist temples around here built by different Asian countries are worth a visit.

Destination Overview

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

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Distances
  • Lucknow to Sravasti -161 kms (4 hrs)
  • Sravasti to Kushinagar -241 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Kushinagar to Gorakhpur -54 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Gorakhpur to Varanasi -200 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Varanasi to Bodhgaya -256 kms (7.5 hrs)
  • Bodhgaya to Rajgir -70 kms (2 hrs)
  • Rajgir to Patna -93 kms (2.5 hrs)

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Sarnath Experience

Sarnath (10 kms from Varanasi) is where Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath after achieving more

Bodhgaya Pilgrimage

Patna is capital of Bihar. Bodhgaya (100 kms from Patna) - Under the Mahabodhi Tree here Buddha more

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Distances
  • Lucknow to Sravasti -161 kms (4 hrs)
  • Sravasti to Kushinagar -241 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Kushinagar to Gorakhpur -54 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Gorakhpur to Varanasi -200 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Varanasi to Bodhgaya -256 kms (7.5 hrs)
  • Bodhgaya to Rajgir -70 kms (2 hrs)
  • Rajgir to Patna -93 kms (2.5 hrs)

Expert Speak

There are convenient train connections between Gorakhpur - Varanasi and Varanasi - Bodhgaya and therefore guests may choose to take them instead of taking a road trip.

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