Bodhgaya Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
Bodh Gaya is considered one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in the world. It was in this holy town of Bodh Gaya in the Bihar state of India where Buddha attained enlightenment while sitting under a Peepal tree. This peepal tree is now famously known as the Bodhi tree. Come on this Buddhist Pilgrimage tour with Spiritual India to visit the sacred place where Buddhism started.
Schedule of Buddhist Pilgrimage tour
Day 2 Dungeshwari Caves
After breakfast, we’ll drive to Gaya (12 Kms). Make a short stop at Dungeshwari cave temples (also known as the Mahakala caves) located 12 kms northeast of Bodhgaya. Lord Buddha spent years of penance here before descending to Bodhgaya. A path across the river and up to the temples is 9 km from Bodhgaya on the road to district Gaya of Bihar. There are three main caves with Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Later we’ll visit Vishnupada Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located along Falgu River and marked by the footprint of God Vishnu. We’ll drive back to Bodhgaya in the evening for Dinner and night stay.
Day 3 Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Patna
Next morning after breakfast, we will drive to Rajgir (65 Kms) and visit Gridhakuta aka Vulture’s peak, World Peace Stupa, Venuvanam & Bimbisar Prison. Then we’ll have lunch at hotel Rajgir. Later we’ll leave for Nalanda (12 kms) to visit the ruins of world ancient University, Mahavihara. It was one of the oldest Universities of the World & International Centre for Buddhist Studies. Then we’ll drive to Patna and spend the night there in a hotel.
Day 4 Patna - Kesaria - Kushinagar
After breakfast we’ll drive to Vaishali and have tour of Ashokan Pillar – Emperor Ashoka built The Lion Pillar at Kolhua. It is made of a highly polished single piece of red sandstone, surmounted by a bell shaped capital. Other tourist attractions are-
Bawan Pokhar Temple ( An old temple built in the Pala period, stands on the northern bank of Bawan Pokhar and enshrines beautiful images of several Hindu gods), Buddha Stupa-I, Abhishek Pushkarini pond (the Coronation tank). Later we’ll drive to Kesaria – which is famous for the Kesariya Stupa – and then toKusinagar (or Kushinagar).We’ll retire for the night in Kushinagar at the hotel.
Day 5 Lumbini- Sravasti
After breakfast, we’ll go to the Holy Birthplace of Lord Buddha and then drive to Sravasti. Night stay would be arranged at Sravasti.
Day 6 Sravasti - Varanasi
After breakfast, we’ll tour Buddhist sites in Sravasti like Saheth (Jetavanarama) & Maheth (Angulimal Caves). Later we’ll drive to Varanasi. Check-in to hotel there and relax for a while. In the evening you’ll get to experience one of the most memorable moments of your life, as you will be taken on a boat ride on the River Ganges. Enjoy Ganga Aarti. Get a glimpse of the spiritualism at the Ganga Ghats (river front). Retire for the night at hotel.
Day 7 Varanasi morning boat ride
Early morning, you’ll be taken for a boat ride on the Ganges. It is a mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people praying to God Surya (the Sun) and devotees taking holy dip in the Ganges. Explore numerous ghats of Varanasi. Each ghats has its own history and Hinduism value. Later we’ll visit some temples on the Ghats, followed by the the Kashi Vishwanath Temple – one of the famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Annapurna devi Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir. Then we’ll go back to hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, you’d be taken for an excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath is the sacred place where Buddha delivered his first sermon to five disciples. The attractions at Sarnath are the Buddha temples, the Dhamek stupa, Chaukhandi stupa and the archaeological museum. Retire for the night at hotel.
Day 8 Varanasi - airport drop
After breakfast, spend your morning at the leisure of your last day of the Buddhist Pilgrimage tour. Later you’ll be dropped at Railway station or Airport.