Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in India and Nepal (10Nights/11 Days)

Destinations Covered in Buddhist Tour in India and Nepal: Varanasi, Sarnath, Sravasti, Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Namo Buddha Shrine, Kathmandu, Kushinagar, Kesaria, Vaishali, Nalanda, Rajgir, Bodhgaya.

Overview: Retrace Buddha’s steps by visiting the most significant Buddhist places in India and Nepal.

Your journey starts in the ancient city Varanasi and continues to Lumbini, Buddha’s place of birth. In Nepal, you will visit several UNESCO World Heritage sites as well as the capital city Kathmandu.

This tour takes you to the four major pilgrimage sites mentioned by the Buddha (Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar) and the three major sites of miracles performed by Buddha (Sravasti, Vaishali and Rajgir).

In addition, you will travel to the highest stupa (Kesaria) and one of the oldest universities (Nalanda)in the world.

Highlights of the tour:

  • The 4 major places of Buddhist pilgrimage mentioned by the Buddha (Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar)
  • The 3 places of supreme miracles (Sravasti, Vaishali, Rajgir)
  • Namo Buddha Shrine – where Bodhisattva fed his own blood and flesh to a starving tigress.
  • Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal
  • 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites (Bodhgaya ,Nalanda, Lumbini, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Darbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhakatpur Durbar Square)
  • The highest stupa in the world (Kesaria)
  • One of the oldest universities in the world (Nalanda)

Itinerary:

Day Location Particulars Major sites covered
1 Delhi Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Overnight stay at hotel.  
2 Delhi to Varanasi Morning flight to Varanasi. Sightseeing tour of Sarnathafter lunch. Dhamek Stupa, Dharmrajika Stupa, Asoka Pillar, Pancayatna, Mulgandhkuti, Chaukhandi, Sarnath museum and different monasteries and temples.
3 Varanasi to Sravasti Morning boat rideon the river Ganges and sightseeing in Varanasi. After lunch travel to Sravasti with overnight stay. Ghats of Ganges and different temples in Varanasi.
4 Sravasti to Lumbini (Nepal) Morning sightseeing at Sahet and Mahet in Sravasti. After lunch travel to Lumbini. OvernightinLumbini (Nepal) JetavanVihar, Gandhkuti, Anand Bodhi Tree,KosambiKuti, Stupa H, Angulimal Stupa, Sudatta Stupa, Orajhar.
5 Lumbini to Kathmandu Morning sightseeing in Lumbini. Travel to Kathmanduafter lunch. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. Maya Devi Temple, Sanctum Santorum, Asoka Pillar, Puskarini, Kapilvastu, Kudan, Niglihawa, Ramagama Stupa, temples and monasteries of different countries.
6 Kathmandu to Namo Buddha Travel to Namo Buddha in the morning after breakfast. Visit the sights in Kathmandu in the afternoon. Namo Buddha Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Darbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhakatpur Durbar Square
7 Kathmandu to Kushinagar Travel from Kathmandu to Kushinagar by bus. Overnight at hotel in Kushinagar.  
8 Kushinagar to Kesaria and Vaishali Morning sightseeing in Kushinagar. Depart for Vaishaliafter lunch. Sightseeing in Kesaria en route. Overnight stay in Vaishali. Mahaparinibban Temple, Mahaparinibban Stupa, Cremation Stupa, Mathakunwar Shrine, Kesaria Stupa.
9 Vaishali to Nalanda, Rajgir and Bodhgaya Morning sightseeing in Vaishali. Travel to Bodhgaya. Sightseeing at Nalanda and Rajgir en route. Overnight stay in Bodhgaya. Relic Stupa, Raj Vishal kaGarh, World Peace Pagoda, Asoka Pillar, Asoka Stupa, Monkey Tank, NalandaMahavihar, Veluvana, Vulture Peak, Bimbisar Prison, JivakamravanaVihar, SoneBhandar.
10 Bodhgaya Full day sightseeing at Bodhgaya, in the evening return to your hotel and relax. Mahabodhi Temple, Mahabodhi Tree, the Vajrasana, SujataKuti, Pragbodhi or Dungeswari, monasteries and temples of different countries.
11 Return to Delhi Departure for Delhi from Bodhgaya airport after breakfast.