India Nepal Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

17 Days
India, Nepal
1
Moderate
  • Trip Code: India Nepal Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
  • Trip Type: Tour
  • Max. Altitude: 2175
  • Travel Mode: Surface

India Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage circle tour provides great opportunity to visit all four sacred places of Buddhism. Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha. It is the most majestic site to visit now with temples, several monasteries, monuments and archeological sites.
You will visit Kushinagar where Buddha got nirvana.  Bodgaya where Buddha enlightened and Sarnath where he first preached to his disciples.
In a single pilgrimage holiday you will visit Nepal the peaceful country and India amazing one with hustle and bustle. We include Agra in this tour because of its importance with the world famous monument Taj Mahal living symbol of love.

Overview
Trip Code India Nepal Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
Trip Duration 17 Days
Trip Type Tour
Trip Grade Moderate
Min Group Size 1
Max Altitude 2175
Trip Start Kathmandu
Trip End Delhi
Best Season Mar-May & Sep-Nov
Transportaion Surface
Meals Bed and Breakfast
Acommodation Deluxe/ Standard/ Budget Hotel
Itinerary

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

After breakfast you will head off to Boudhanath. Boudhanath is a massive Stupa which lies in the outskirts of Kathmandu about 11 km away from the city centre. It is believed that this stupa was built by the Lichchhavis but many historians disagree on this fact. This dome shaped Stupa represents the mind of the Buddha and is today one of the most significant pilgrimage destination for Buddhists.
After visiting Boudhanath, we shall visit the Kopan Monastery. The Kopan Monastery was established by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rimpoche in 1970 as a center of Buddhist Teachings. In the evening we will return back to Hotel.

Today you will visit Namobuddha. This monastery lies about 45 km away to the east of Kathmandu. It takes a two-hour drive to reach there. It is widely believed that the Lord Buddha, during his 7th reincarnation, offered his body to a hungry Tigress and its cubs at this place. This is considered a great act of mercy and kindness and has ever since attracted millions of people to this spot. You will return back to the hotel in the evening.

After breakfast, you will head for Pharping monastery. This monastery is situated at the south of Kathmandu valley. It is believed that this is the spot where Guru Rimpoche (Saint Padmasambhava) attained level of a Mahamudra Vidyadhara. Some Buddhists also believe that this is the spot where Milerapa (the deity of hard work) took shelter in a cave one night. Pharping has numerous monasteries and temples including an important Vajrayogini temple and the Palyul Retreat Centre, which is the residence of Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche and home to the Rigpa Shedra. You will return back to our hotel in the evening.

After Brekafast proceeds for sightseeing. Swayambhunath is one of the oldest pilgrimage site in Nepal. People have been praying at this place more than two thousand years. This great temple lies atop a hillock within the valley. Many believe that the Lichchhavis constructed the stupa but no one is really sure. Its establishment and construction is shrouded in the mists of time. The Swayambhunath complex consists of a giant Stupa, a large ensemble of shrines and temples, and also includes a Tibetan monastery, a museum and a library. This site has two access points: from the east there is a long stairway, claimed to have 365 steps, leading directly to the main platform of the temple, and a car road around the hill from the south leading to the southwest entrance. Patan City is an enchanting melange of palace buildings, artistic courtyard and former palace complex. One remarkable monument here is a 16th century temple dedicated to the Hindu God Lord Krishna, built entirely of stone. The evening will be free for leisure activities.

After Breakfast drive to Lumbini (321 km / 8 hrs) from Kathmandu. The Birth ppalce of Lord Buddha. Overnight in Hotel.

The UNESCO World heritage site of Lumbini is developed under master plan in the area of 6 Km X 2 km. We will start our tour from the ‘New Tourist village and visit the World peace pagoda and museum. This is also the pilgrimage concept of master plan to introduce Buddhism and purify mind through monastic zone. Monasteries of Mahayani and Teravadi Buddhism are spread across the cannon. Finally visit the Mayadevi temple protecting the ‘Marker Stone’, Statue of nativity scene and ruins of old temple walls dating from 3rd BC to 12 AD. Asoka pillar still displays the inscriptions explaining his visit to the birth place of Buddha.

Drive and visit religious and archaeological sites of Tilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Niglihara and Sagarhawa. Tilaurakot is the ancient Kapilavastu – the capital of Shakyas, where Buddha spent his first 29 years. Kudan was where Buddha was received by his father after his access to enlightenment. King Suddhodana specially built the Kudan (Nigrodharma Park) for the accommodation of the Buddha and his followers. Gotihawa is the birth place of Krakuchanda Buddha. Niglihawa is where Kanakmuni Buddha was born. Sagarhawa is the archaeological findings as “place of the massacre of the Shakyas”. Overnight in Lumbini

Morning drive to Saravasti. Upon arrival at Sravasti transfer to hotel and proceed for lunch. After lunch visit Jetvanaram and Angulimal Caves. Overnight stay at Hotel.

Breakfast at hotel then drive to Kushinagar. Arrival Kushinagar proceed for lunch in hotel, Afternoon proceed to visit Mahaparinirvana temple and Ramabha Stupa (Cremation centre). Check-in hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
bodhgaya

After Breakfast at hotel then drive to Patna (280 kms, 07 hrs) with pack lunch, enroute visit Vaishali. Arrival Patna, check-in hotel, dinner and overnight at hotel.

After Breakfast at hotel then drive to Nalanda (85 kms), visit ruins of ancient university. Lunch will be served at Nalanda tourist cafeteria. After lunch drive to Rajgir (15 kms), visit Gridhkuta Peak, Venuvanaram and Bimbisara Jail. Drive To Bodhgaya. Arrival Bodhgaya (65 kms), transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight in a hotel at Bodhgaya.

Full day sightseeings at Bodhgaya, visiting places like Mahabodhi temple, Sujata Village, Niranajana River. All meals and overnight at hotel.

After 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.

Early morning boat ride on the holy river Ganges. Then back to hotel for breakfast. After that proceed to visit Varanasi city, temple, shopping in Varanasi for silk stuff’s. Late afternoon transfer Varanasi Railway Station to catch train for Agra with packed dinner. Overnight in Train.

Arrive Agra early morning. Met and transfer to hotel. After wash n change and breakfast will proceed for sightseeing of Agra visit one of the world’s most popular monument – Taj Mahal (it is closed on every Friday) built by Mughal Emperor Shah- Jehan for his Empress Mumtaj Mahal. The construction believed to have taken 22 years to complete with over 20,000 craftmen working round the clock. Back hotel for Lunch. Now proceed for sightseeing tour of magnificent Agra Fort- built at the bank of Yamuna river, is situated in the center of the town. Various styles of the architecture are evident within the fort & demonstrate the love of Mughal Emperors towards building beautiful monuments. Evening free for shopping. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Breakfast at hotel then drive to Delhi. On arrival Delhi, transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch city tour of Delhi, visiting places like India Gate, drive pass Parliament building, President House. Evening proceed for dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner transfer to IGI airport to catch flight for onward journey.

Service Includes/Excludes

The cost of each trip differs as per the size of group, choice of hotel, client’s interest of service and correction in our itinerary.

For Price of this trip, please contact us: info@nectravels.com

Tour Cost Include:

» 3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
» Sightseeing in Kathmandu
» Sightseeing entry fee
» One English speaking guide during the tour
» All transportation by Car/Van/Coaster/Mini Bus/Coach according to the group Size
» Airport Pick up and Drop
» Accommodation in Bodhgaya with all meals
» Accommodation in Kushinagar with breakfast
» Accommodation in Lumbini with breakfast

 

Tour Cost Exclude:
» Travel insurance
» Personnel Expenses
» Bottle drinks
» All Lunch and Dinner in kathmandu, Lumbini, Kushinagar
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