Buddhist Pilgrimage Nepal and India – 10 Days
This is very comprehensive tour to the Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and India where Buddha was born and places where the Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, preached and taught his gospel to free human being from suffering in their mortal life. All the places of importance in the life of Buddha are included in the program.Overview
After your arrival in Kathmandu we take you places in Kathmandu valley that are related to Gautam Buddha and his teaching. There are many temples and stupas dedicated to Buddha in Patan. You will visit Swambhunath and Boudhnath. And then travel to Lumbini, birth place of Gautam Buddha. After paying homage and prayer to Lord Gautam Buddha at the sanctum we visit the restored garden and surrounding areas that has many ancient monuments, monasteries and stupas and the archeological site at Kapilvastu where Gautam Buddha spent his early years of childhood. Archaeologist has discovered that the foundation of the palace scattered in the area has 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to 8th century BC. On the 5th day we cross Nepal border and enter into India. Drive to Gorakhpur and arrive at Kushinagar. En-route we visit Vaishali. Kushinagar is the last resting place of Lord Buddha located near the Hiranyavati River. He was cremated at the Ramabhar stupa. Kushinagar used to be a celebrated center during the Malla kingdom. It has many stupas and viharas date back to 230 BC-AD 413 built during its peak prosperity time.
The Mauryan emperor Ashoka who later converted to Buddhist teaching built a magnificent statue of Buddha carved on a single piece of red sandstone. The famous Chinese scholars Fa Hien, Huen Tsang, and I-tsing visited Kushinagar in their journey. Vaishali is the last place where Buddha preached his last sermon. In the last leg of the tour we travel to Bodhgaya. Sidhartha Gautam attained his knowledge of Nirvana - eternal peace at Bodhgaya. Vaishali is a very special place to Buddhists as the Lord delivered his last sermon and announced his impending "Nirwana". We stay at Bodhgaya for two nights to visit Rajgir, Nalanda, Sapta pari cave and Venevamas. During your stay at Bodhgaya you will come across many Buddhist sites. We visit Rajgir where Buddha spent 12 years. Buddha held his first council at Nalanda after he attained Nirvana. Nalanda founded in the 5th century was known as center of intellectualism at that time. At the end of the tour we fly to Delhi; stay overnight and fly home next day.
Optional tour to Varanashi and Delhi:
It is also possible to make an extension tour to Varanashi from Bodhgaya and an additional night in Delhi to see the famous monuments in Delhi and Agra where the famous Taj Mahal is located. Varanasi is also known as Benares. This Is the holiest city for the pilgrimage of Hindus. The ritual bath in the Ganges river by the devotees are something to be seen to comprehend. By dipping in the holy river it is believed that one’s soul is cleaned. There are many temples and ghats along the river.
Note: Special request guide for the tour and flight is included in the cost
COST- Private Trip
2 person US$ 2210 per person
3 to 5 person US$ 1235 per person
6 to 9 person US$ 1160 per person
Single Room Supplement US$65
*Government fees and airfares are subject to change
- All airport transfers and ground transportation (AC-vehicle).
- Kathmandu sightseeing tour with English speaking tour guide
- In Kathmandu Hotel Fuji or Similar (BB)
- Accommodation on bed and breakfast based on double occupancy using comfortable hotel with attached bath room – hot and cold running water and wall to wall carpet with amenities and facilities
- Sightseeing tour to all the historical places of Buddha on (BB)
- Visa fees, Airfares, Sightseeing entrance fees
- Personal accident and health insurance.
- Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips.
- Meals and any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned.
- Monument entrance fees during city tours are not included.
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