Buddhist Monasteries Tour

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Buddhist Monasteries Tour

Duration :08 Nights / 09 Days
Destination :Bodh Gaya - Dungeshwari Caves - Kesariya - Vaishali - Rajgir- Nalanda - Kushinagar - Sarnath - Varanasi

Tabs

  • Day 1 :

    Gaya/Bodh Gaya

    Arrive in Gaya, drive to Bodhgaya and check into hotel. Latar Visit sightseeing tour of this holy seat of the Buddhist religion. Here is where Gautam Buddha achieved enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree . There is a serene temple here, as well as the offshoot of the tree that offered shade to Buddha. The original tree was destroyed by Emperor Ashoka's queen, but a sapling of it was saved in time and planted in Sri Lanka by his daughter. A sapling of that tree was brought back to Bodh Gaya, which still stands to tell this tale.

    A number of Buddhist nations like Thailand, Japan and Burma have set up monasteries and meditation centers in Bodh Gaya. Some of these include:the Indosan Nipponji temple ,the Thai monastery ,the Tibetan Karma Temple and Namgyal Monastery, and others by the Chinese,Burmese ,Bhutanese ,Vietnamese , Tamang , Daijokyo and Nepali Buddhist communities.

    During October and March, monks from Dharamsala descend to Bodh Gaya. The Dalai lama pays a visit here too during December and January.

    The Mahabodhi temple is a World Heritage site, built adjacent to the site of enlightenment in the 6th century AD. The temple was attacked and plundered by Muslim invaders in the 11th century and re-built several times. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

  • Day 2 :

    Bodh Gaya - Dungeshwari Caves - Gaya

    After breakfast, proceed to Dungeshwari cave temples , Here Buddha spent years of penance before attaining 'nirvana' or enlightenment. After lunch, return to Gaya to visit the Brahmajuni Hill ,believed to be the site of Buddha's fire sermon. There is a cave and a temple on the hill top. Return to hotel for night stay.

  • Day 3 :

    Bodh Gaya - Rajgir (125 km- 2hrs.-30min)

    After breakfast, drive to Rajgir and check in to hotel. Rajgir was the capital of the Magadha kingdom and is a pilgrimage for Jains and Hindus as well. The Japanese Buddhists have built the massive Vishwashanti Stupa on the Ratnagiri Hill which can be accessed by a chairlift. The stupa has statues of Buddha at the four stages of his life - birth, enlightenment, teaching and death. From the hill top, the Jain shrines can also be viewed, scattered across 26 distant hills. Griddhakuta , located on Ratnagiri Hill is another site where Budhha stopped by to preach. Return to hotel for night stay.

  • Day 4 :

    Rajgir - Nalanda –(30 km -01 Hrs) Rajgir–(30 km -01 Hrs)

    After breakfast, proceed to Nalanda , Visit the Nalanda University Ruins Archaeological Complex is set amidst expansive lawns which offset the spectacular layout and carvings of this ancient university. The monasteries and the viharas are separated by a central valley. Interesting structures to look out for include: steps leading up to perhaps a dais for professors and stupas with images of the Buddha carved in. According to the Chinese traveler Xuan Zang who also taught at the university during 685 and 762 AD, 10,000 monks and professors resided here at the time. After the walk around the ruins, visit the Xuan Zang Memorial Hall, a Chinese pagoda built by Chinese Buddhists. Return to Rajgir hotel for night stay..

  • Day 5 :

    Rajgir - Patna (120km-03 Hrs.)

    After breakfast, proceed to Patna and check into hotel. Latar visit Patna is Bihar's capital city and can be used as a base to visit the Buddhist sites of Vaishali and Kesariya. It also rests on its ancient past as Pataliputra, the capital of the various dynasties that ruled over the region. After lunch, take a local sightseeing tour of Patna. This would include: Golghar (built as a granary), Gandhi Museum, Patna Museum, Har Mandir Takht, Qila House or Jalan Museum with some really rare relics like Napolean's bed and Marie Antoinette's porcelain; and the ruins of Pataliputra. Return to hotel for night stay.

  • Day 6 :

    Patna - Vaishali – Kesariya-Kushinagar (350km -06hrs.30 min)

    After an early breakfast, depart for Vaishali, 44 km. This is where Buddha preached his last sermon. The ruins of the Kolhua complex enclose the 2300 year old Ashoka pillar . A Japanese Peace Pagoda has also been built here. After lunch, proceed to Kesariya, 70 km. Kesariya marks the site where Buddha gave away his begging bowl before his death. A massive Buddhist stupa built during the rule of the Pala kings is being excavated here. Later drive to Kushinagar, check-in at hotel & overnight stay in Kushinagar.

  • Day 7 :

    Kushinagar –Varanasi (275km- 05 Hrs)

    After breakfast, visit,Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breath) , the ruins of the Mukutbandhan Stupa, Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of lord Buddha) and a beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha. Later drive to Varanasi ,on route visit Gorakhpur visit Gorkhnath temple ,Later drive to Varanasi check-in to hotel & overnight stay in Varanasi

  • Day 8 :

    Varanasi

    Early morning, we will be taken for a boat ride on the Ganges. It is a mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people offering water to the Sun God and devotees taking holy dip in the Ganges. We will visit all the famous Ghats of Varanasi via boat.

    After breakfast, we will be taken for an excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples. The attractions at Sarnath are the Buddha temples, the Dhamekha stupa, Chaukhandi stupa and the archaeological museum.

    At evening, get ready to experience one of the most memorable moments of your life, as you will be taken to River Ganges. EnjoyGanga Arti. . Get a glimpse of the spiritualism at the Ganga Ghats (river front).Can enjoy the Ganga Arti on Boat (optional and by own cost). Night stay at Hotel in Varanasi.

  • Day 9 :

    Varanasi – Drop to Airport /Railways station

    After breakfast, drop to airport/Railway station with pleasant memory of holy trip.


No of PAX

   

Package Costing
  Cost Per Person
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Inclusion :

·          Cost as per mentioned Itinerary only.

·          Commercial vehicle which Includes all Tax, Toll tax, Parking, Driver night charges, State Tax, Nepal tax (Lumbini)

·          Pickup and Drop to/from Railway station/Airport

·          Hotel as per mention in Hotel tab with selected plan (Twin sharing room)

·          One Boat ride for about 45 min which covers all major Ghats of Varanasi ( At time of morning sun rise)

·          Complimentary Mineral water (one bottle per day per person).

 


Exclusion :

·          Any personal expenditure like tip, Pooja etc.

·          Any other boat ride, Guide charges(if not selected)

·          Any Entrance Ticket / Rickshaw Charges in Varanasi

·          Any Train/Flight Ticket

·          Service tax as actual


Note :

·         Any deviation in itinerary will change the above proposed cost.

·         Kindly consult with Holy Voyages Team for best deal or mail to - Holyvoyages@gmail.com

·         For 3,5,7,9… pax(Odd number) - One room will be triple sharing.

·         For single sharing room, kindly consult with Holy Voyages Team for best deal or mail to - Holyvoyages@gmail.com

·         Child below 6 is complimentary

·         Child from 6-12 will be charged as 60% of adult cost and room will be shared by existing room with extra bed (in case of cost per person and accommodation only case). No extra cost of child if selected Vehicle only

·         Child of 12 + are treated as adult.

·         We have lot more options for Hotel/Guest House/Home stay in each city. Kindly contact us for accommodation of your own choice





Note: This Trip can be Customized according to your Requirements. If you wish. Please Email:- buddhistpackages@gmail.com us with any questions or comments.

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