Indian subcontinent is the place where Buddhism originated and later became a major world religion. This religion is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama who was born as a prince of the ancient Kapilavastu Kingdom which is now in Lumbini in Nepal.
In India there are many significant places connected to the early days of this religion. Most of them being covered in the below given tour itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi International airport meet with our representative at the airport arrival lounge. After meet and greet at airport transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
After breakfast, tour the historic city of old Delhi to include the magnificent Red Fort, Jama Masjid, largest mosque in Asia, both built by Shahjahan, Rajghat-memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation". Afternoon, tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Birla Mandir, Bahai Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Delhi - Patna - Bodhgaya
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Patna. Upon arrival at Patna airport meet with our representative and leave for Bodhgaya. On our way to Bodhgaya we will visit the ruins of Nalanda University in Nalanda. Further continue drive to Bodhgaya. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Bodhgaya.
Day 04: Bodhgaya - Varanasi
Breakfast at hotel then drive to Varanasi (250 kms). On arrival check in to the hotel and then proceed to Sarnath (14 kms), Visit Dhamekha Stupa and Deer park. Back to Varanasi. Check-in hotel, Dinner and overnight in a hotel at Varanasi
Day 05: Varanasi
Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later we will have an excursion to Sarnath. It enjoys the extraordinary privilege of Lord Buddha delivering his first sermon after attaining enlightenment 2500 years ago. It is about 10 km from Varanasi and holds a number of Buddhist sites that include the famous Dhamekh Stupa, the seat of the holy 'Buddha'. You can also visit the ruins of Dharmarajika Stupa and Mulagandhakuti Temple, where Lord Buddha is said to have rested and meditated while in Sarnath. The Ashoka Pillar built by the emperor Ashoka is a must see in Sarnath. The Lion Capital on top of this pillar is now the National Emblem of India and stands apart for its excellent artistry and carvings.
In the evening visit aarti darshan (light offering) at river bank. After aarti visit return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 06: Varanasi - Kushinagar
Today we will leave for Kushinagar, (the place where Lord Buddha had left the world behind him after offering an invaluable contribution to humanity, the great religion known as Buddhism). On arrival at Kushinagar, transfer to the hotel.
After fresh-n-up we will visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of Lord Buddha). Later return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 07: Kushinagar - Lumbini
Breakfast at hotel and then drive toward Lumbini 170 kms / approx 04 hrs drive) to Lumbini (in Nepal). Kindly obtain double entry visa for India & single entry visa for Nepal). On arrival, check in at hotel. Lunch serve at hotel and then proceed to visit Holy Birth place of Lord Buddha. Evening back to hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Lumbini.
Day 08: Lumbini - Kathmandu
Today we will leave for the Kathmandu the capital city of Kathmandu. The city is the conjecture to the major routes within and outside the country. The city itself is home to the historical monuments, cultural groups, architectural wonders and exotic tourist destinations. Upon reaching at Kathmandu transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09: Kathmandu
After breakfast we will go for an excursion to Patan to visit its Kopan Monastery:- Kopan Monastery is a thriving monastery of 360 monks, mainly from Nepal and Tibet. Kopan has become especially famous for teaching Buddhism to visiting western people.
Patan Excursion: Patan Durbar Square: The Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world. Most of the monuments seen today were built between the 16th – 18th centuries. The Patan Durbar Square has been acclaimed as one of the finest urban streetscapes in the world. It is known as the centre of fine arts and for the superb craftsmanship of its artisans. Essentially a Buddhist city, historic inscriptions establish Patan as an important town as it is said to have been founded by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C., although no historical proof exists.
Later return to Kathmandu to visit the Pashupatinath Temple, Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It lies 5 km. east of Kathmandu Valley on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River. Thousands of pilgrims visit this temple every year during Shivaratri, the birthday of Lord Shiva. Entrance to the temple precinct is forbidden to non-Hindus. The Large, gilded triple-roofed temple was built in 1696 A.D. though 300 years earlier this was a structure on this site.
We will also visit the Boudhanath Stupa:- This is the largest stupa in Nepal and one of the largest in the world located east of the valley. It was built by the Lichchhavi King Mana Dev in the 5th century A.D. The Rinpoches who reside here have established Boudhanath as one of the most flourishing centres of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The colossal ancient stupa is 36 metres high.
Later in the evening return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 10: Kathmandu
Morning brief city tour and later transfer to airport for onward destination.