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Buddhist Circuit Itinerary with Delhi Stopover(8 Nights)

New Delhi, Sravasti, Kushinagar, Lumbini, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Patna

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Holiday Overview

Shanti Stupa (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Shanti Stupa (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Mahabodhi Temple Bodhgaya (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Inside the Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Enroute Lumbini from Gorakhpur (India) (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Lumbini Main Temple (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)

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

New Delhi(1) - Sravasti(1) - Kushinagar(1) - Lumbini(1) - Varanasi(2) - Bodhgaya(1) - Rajgir(1)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at New Delhi
  • Day-2 Early morning flight to Lucknow and then 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)

Lumbini - Lumbini (1.00 kms)

New Delhi - Vishwa Shanti Stupa (10.00 kms)

Rajgir - Shanti Stupa Nalanda (7.00 kms), Nalanda Museum (13.00 kms), Nalanda Temple Escavations (13.00 kms), Mahabodhi Temple Bodhgaya (69.00 kms)

Sravasti - Jetavana Monastery Site (0.50 kms)

Varanasi - Maha Mrityunjaya Temple (7.00 kms), Sarnath Stupa (12.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - New Delhi Departure - Patna
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Distances
  • New Delhi to Sravasti
  • Sravasti to Kushinagar -241 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Kushinagar to Lumbini -163 kms (5 hrs)
  • Lumbini to Varanasi
  • Varanasi to Bodhgaya -256 kms (7.5 hrs)
  • Bodhgaya to Rajgir -70 kms (2 hrs)
  • Rajgir to Patna -93 kms (2.5 hrs)
Route

New Delhi(1) - Sravasti(1) - Kushinagar(1) - Lumbini(1) - Varanasi(2) - Bodhgaya(1) - Rajgir(1) - Patna

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at New Delhi Arrival at New Delhi. As International flights arrive in afternoon / evening, overnight stay near Airport.

Day-2 Early morning flight to Lucknow and then Proceed to Sravasti. Visit Jetvana Monastery Early morning flight to Lucknow and from there proceed to Sravasti (177 kms - 4 hours). Visit Jetvana monastery. Jetavana was one of the most famous of the Buddhist monasteries or viharas in India. It was the second vihara donated to Gautama Buddha after the Veluvana in Rajgir.

Day-3 Proceed to Kushinagar Proceed to Kushinagar (240 kms - 5 hours). Emperor Ashoka built a stupa and pilgrimage site to mark Buddha's parinirvana in Kushinagar and therefore a renowned buddhist pilgrimage site.

Day-4 Day visit to Lumbini Depart early morning for Lumbini (150 kms - 4 hours) across Indo-Nepal border. Lumbini is birthplace of Gautam Buddha and therefore a prime buddhist site.

Day-5 Travel to Varanasi. Boating in river in the evening around the evening Arti on Ghats. Depart for Varanasi (228 kms - 6 hours), a renowned Hindu pilgrimage site and a base point to visit Sarnath (12 kms), a prime buddhist pilgrimage site.

Day-6 Morning visit to Sarnath. Afternoon visits to Jantar Mantar, Museum, Bharat Mata Temple etc. Visit Sarnath. For Buddhists, Sarnath (or Isipatana) is one of four pilgrimage sites designated by Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya, and Lumbini. Time permitting take a boat ride in evening by the river Ganga to experience spirituality of the Varanasi area.

Day-7 Proceed to Bodhgaya. Visit Mahabodhi temple. Proceed to Bodhgaya (250 kms - 5.5 hours). Bodhgaya is where Gautam Buddha attained Nirvana under the Mahabodhi Tree and therefore significant for all buddhist travellers.

Day-8 Proceed to Rajgir. Visit Shanti Stupa. Proceed to Rajgir (70 kms - 1.5 hours). Rajgir is significant buddhist pilgrimage site and is renowned for its peace pagoda, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, built in 1969, one of the 80 peace pagodas in the world.

Day-9 Departure Proceed to Patna (105 kms - 2.5 hours) for onward flight.

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.

Lumbini :

  • Lumbini - Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest places for Buddhist as Gautam Buddha was born here. The holy site of Lumbini has ruins of ancient monasteries, a sacred Bodhi tree, an ancient bathing pond, the Asokan pillar and the Mayadevi temple, where the precise place of birth of Buddha is located. From early morning to early evening, pilgrims from various countries perform chanting and meditation at the site.

New Delhi :

  • Vishwa Shanti Stupa - A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist Stipa designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Shanti Stupa in Delhi is in South Delhi. A traditional Japanese garden has been constructed in the area around the stupa.

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.

  • Nalanda Museum - The Nalanda Museum contains a number of manuscripts and shows many items that have been excavated. It is Indias first Multimedia Museum, which recreates the history of Nalanda using a 3D animation film. Besides this there are four more sections in the Multimedia Museum: Geographical Perspective, Historical Perspective, Hall of Nalanda and Revival of Nalanda.

  • Nalanda Temple Escavations - This is the main escavation site of Nalanda depicting Buddhist heritage of the area. The excavated ruins extend over an area of about 150,000 square metres.

  • 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 :

  • Maha Mrityunjaya Temple - Lord Shiva temple depicted here as God of Death. Devotees are not allowed to touch the Shivalinga here.

  • 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.

New Delhi - Delhi is the capital city of India and a major International arrival point and a major tourist destination. Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Birla Temple, Mughal Gardens, Lodi Gardens, Rail Museum, Doll Museum, Zoological Park etc remain major tourist attractions of Delhi.

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.

Lumbini - Lumbini in Nepal is one of the four main pilgrimage sites based around the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Bodh Gaya, and Sarnath and is best accessed via Gorakhpur in India as part of Buddhist circuit.

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

Access
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Distances
  • New Delhi to Sravasti
  • Sravasti to Kushinagar -241 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Kushinagar to Lumbini -163 kms (5 hrs)
  • Lumbini to Varanasi
  • 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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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

Sravasti Pilgrimage

Sravasti (150 kms from Lucknow) was Buddha’s favourite monsoon retreat where he performed his more

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

Rajgir Pilgrimage

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Distances
  • New Delhi to Sravasti
  • Sravasti to Kushinagar -241 kms (6.5 hrs)
  • Kushinagar to Lumbini -163 kms (5 hrs)
  • Lumbini to Varanasi
  • 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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