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Embark on a profound pilgrimage to Dambadiva with our exclusive group tours. The tours cover all significant places of the life of Gautama Buddha. Join us as we retrace the footsteps of the Buddha and delve into the depths of spiritual awakening. Our meticulously crafted itinerary allows you to immerse yourself in the sacred atmosphere of Bodh Gaya and other places in Dambadiva.

Both packages are designed to minimize travelling time and give you the maximum opportunity to observe pilgrimages. Full board foods, AC transport and professional guidance are provided throughout the tour.

Please click on each day's header text to view the detailed travel plan.

Itinerary Details - 12 Days

  • Upon arrival in Delhi (by air), you will be greeted by our representative in the traditional Indian manner. Following a delightful dinner, we will embark on a drive to Agra. Upon reaching Agra, check-in at the hotel for an overnight stay.
  • Following breakfast, embark on a visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Subsequently, drive to Sankassa for lunch and explore the Buddhist sites in the area. Later, proceed to Lucknow, checking in upon arrival for dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Following breakfast, embark on a drive to Varanasi, where you'll check in upon arrival. Enjoy lunch at the hotel and later explore Sarnath on an excursion. Visit the Deer Park, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon, as well as the ruins of Dharamrajika and Dhamek Stupa. Explore the museum before participating in an evening chanting session at Sarnath. Conclude the day with dinner at the hotel.
  • Following breakfast, proceed with a drive to Bodhgaya. After lunch, explore Durgeshwari Caves and Sujatha Village. Check in at the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
  • Begin the day with the Kiri Pidu Poojawa ceremony at the Mahabodhi Temple, a profoundly sacred site for Buddhists. Around 500 BC, Siddharth Gotama meditated beneath a Bodhi Tree, pledging to rise only upon achieving supreme enlightenment. Spend the entire day engaging in your religious practices. In the evening, explore various Buddhist temples in and around Bodhgaya, featuring diverse representations from different countries, including the impressive 80 ft. Great Buddha statue. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Following breakfast, embark on a drive to Vaishali, with a visit to Rajgir and Nalanda along the way. Explore Rajgir, including Griddhakuta Hill and the World Peace Stupa situated on its summit. Visit the ruins of Bimbisar Jail. After lunch, proceed to Nalanda, once the most renowned university in ancient India. Explore the Stupa of Sariputra, one of the chief disciples of Lord Buddha. Continue the journey to Vaishali for an overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Following breakfast, explore Vaishali, where Buddha was welcomed by the Lichchavi nobility five years after his Enlightenment. En route, visit Keshariya. After lunch, proceed with the drive to Kushinagar for an overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Following breakfast, tour the Mahaparinirvana Temple housing a 6-meter-long reclining statue of Buddha. Explore the Ramabhar Stupa, a significant structure standing at a height of 49 ft, marking the cremation site of Lord Buddha. After lunch, proceed with a drive to Lumbini for dinner and an overnight stay.
  • Following breakfast, explore the birthplace of Lord Buddha, including the Sacred Mayadevi Pond, the Ashoka Pillar marking the birth spot of Lord Buddha, and the Maydevi Temple. After lunch, journey to Sravasti, making a stop en route at Kapilavastu, where Lord Buddha spent his childhood. Conclude the day with dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Following breakfast, explore Sravasti, where Lord Buddha astounded his critics with a myriad of manifestations, seated on a thousand-petalled lotus, while fire and water emanated from his body. Visit the Ananda Bodhi Tree, Jetavana, Angulimal Cave, and the Sri Lanka Temple. After lunch, proceed with a drive to Lucknow for an overnight stay at the hotel.
  • After breakfast, embark on a drive to Delhi with a hot lunch en route. Continue the journey to Delhi, check in upon arrival, and enjoy the evening free for shopping. Conclude the day with dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Following breakfast, tour India Gate, the President and Parliament Houses. After lunch, you will be dropped off at the airport to catch your evening flight UL to Colombo.

Itinerary Details - 09 Days

  • Upon your arrival at Varanasi Airport, our team will meet and assist you. You will then be transferred to your hotel. After enjoying lunch, we will proceed to visit Sarnath, the sacred site where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Experience the serene Pirith Ceremony and explore the Sarnath Museum (please note that the museum is closed on Fridays). You will also have some free time for shopping. Afterward, enjoy a delightful dinner and spend the night at your hotel in Varanasi.
  • After breakfast, we will drive to Bodhgaya. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. After a delicious lunch, we will visit the Dungeshwari Cave, a significant site linked to Buddha's spiritual journey. Enjoy a delectable dinner and spend the night in Bodhgaya.
  • In the morning, after breakfast we will visit the magnificent Mahabodhi Temple, where you can participate in the special SIL (Sila) ceremony and offer your prayers at the sacred Bodhi Tree and the Great Buddha Statue. Afterward, you will have free time to engage in personal activities and explore Bodhgaya at your own pace. Enjoy dinner and another comfortable night in Bodhgaya.
  • After a fulfilling breakfast, we will drive to Vaishali. En route, we will make stops at Rajgir, where you can visit the Vulture Hill, explore the hot springs, admire the World Peace Stupa, and take a stroll through Bamboo Garden. Next, we will visit Nalanda, known for the ruins of the world's oldest university. In the evening, arrive in Vaishali and enjoy a delicious dinner. Spend the night in Vaishali.
  • After a hearty breakfast, we will visit the Vaishali Stupa and Ashoka Pillar. Later, we will proceed to Kushinagar. Along the way, we will stop at significant sites in Vaishali. After enjoying a scrumptious lunch, continue the drive to Kushinagar. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Indulge in a delightful dinner and spend the night in Kushinagar.
  • After breakfast, we will visit the Maha Parinirwana Temple, the sacred site where Lord Buddha took his last breath, and the Rambhar Stupa, the cremation site of Lord Buddha. We will also explore the serene Japan Temple. Afterward, we will drive to Lumbini, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night in Lumbini.
  • Begin your day with a hearty breakfast and visit Lumbini, the sacred birthplace of Lord Buddha. Explore the Maya Devi Temple and the historic Ashokan Pillar. After lunch, we will drive to Sravasti, making a stop at Kapilvastu in the Indian part. Upon arrival in Sravasti, you will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
  • After enjoying breakfast, we will visit the renowned sites of Jetavana and the Ananda Bodhi Tree, where Lord Buddha spent 24 monsoons. Following lunch, we will proceed to Varanasi. Relax and spend the evening at your leisure in Varanasi. Overnight stay at your hotel.
  • After a fulfilling breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your onward journey. Catch your flight back to Colombo, concluding your memorable spiritual expedition.

Package Included

  • Return Air Ticket
  • Accommodation in 3 Star class hotels. ( Twin Sharing Basis)
  • All transport by Air conditioned deluxe coach.
  • All Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Accompanying English & Sinhala Speaking Guide/Escort.
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned (Only Sri Lankan Passport holders /Excluding Taj Mahal)
  • Minimum Group size 20 passengers & Maximum 35 passengers
  • Tour fees could be varied as exchange rate fluctuations.

Packeage Not Included

  • Tips to third party services, places etc.
  • Any other optional tours

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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Summary

  • Sightseeing duration: 8 Nights – 9 Days
  • Touring Hours: 6-7 Hours Daily
  • Sightseeing Group-Size: 1 – 13 People
  • Best time for Tour: September to July (besides rains)
  • Foods on Tour: Breakfast only
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel Basis
  • Transportation: Car / Van [Private Trip]

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal is a transformative journey steeped in spirituality and rich cultural immersion. Nepal, nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, boasts a tapestry of sacred sites revered by Buddhists worldwide.

This pilgrimage typically commences in Kathmandu, a vibrant city adorned with ancient stupas like Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath, where the echoes of prayers and rituals resonate within the air. These sites serve as profound starting points, offering insights into Nepal’s religious heritage and spiritual fervor.

As the journey progresses, to other significant sites like Namo Buddha, known for its poignant legend of the Buddha’s compassionate sacrifice, and the revered monasteries of Pharping, where Guru Padmasambhava’s spiritual footprints linger.

Moreover, it extends a trip to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. This pilgrimage site exudes an unparalleled sense of serenity, with the sacred Maya Devi Temple and the tranquil Lumbini Garden serving as focal points for meditation and reflection.

Throughout the journey, pilgrims immerse themselves in rituals, prayers, and teachings, guided by experienced monks and spiritual leaders. They engage in acts of merit, offer prayers for peace and enlightenment, and absorb the wisdom entrenched in these sacred sites.

Likewise, Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal transcends a mere physical journey; it becomes a soulful odyssey, weaving together spirituality, culture, and natural splendor. Pilgrims depart not only with memories of revered sites but also with a profound sense of inner peace and spiritual rejuvenation that remains long after they bid farewell to Nepal’s sacred lands.

Buddhist Pilgrimage tour highlights

  • Varieties of art, history and cultural town of Kathmandu city.
  • UNESCO Heritage sites Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Buddhist sites.
  • Vajrayogini – a tantric deity temple at Pharping, 19 km south of Kathmandu.
  • Guru Rinpoche Cave and Asura cave – renowned for its connection to Guru Padmasambhava.
  • Lumbini – The Birth Place of Lord Buddha (Shakyamuni Buddha).

Buddhist Pilgrimage tour packages itinerary details.

Your sightseeing trip will just begin from the tourist hub Thamel at around 11:30 am. Professional and certified private tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and escort a full day city tour.

We serve the private car or Hiace van depending upon the group size you are traveling to. However on your first, day, we visit Swayambhunath stupa, known as a Monkey Temple. Lastly, visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square including Kal Bhairav Temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Kastamandapa temple, Telaju temple, and Kumari Temple (living Goddess), and see its entire sights.

Join us for a full day of guided exploration around the revered pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha, a place of immense significance in Nepalese Buddhism. This sacred site beckons with its spiritual allure and captivating surroundings.

Adorned with artistic monasteries and the poignant idol depicting the “Sacrifice to the Tigress,” Namo Buddha rests atop a hill known for its breathtaking sunrise and sunset vistas. On clear days, the panorama extends to reveal the majestic Himalayas, offering a sight to behold.

Upon returning, our journey continues to Bhaktapur Durbar Square, an architectural marvel adorned with pagoda-style and shikhara-style temples encircling the grand 55-window palace. Bhaktapur’s royal heritage shines through landmarks like the Lion Gate and the Golden Gate. The 55-window palace, an art gallery, and the statue honoring King Bhupatindra Malla stand as testaments to the city’s rich history.

Immerse yourself in the grandeur of these historical wonders before concluding our day’s exploration. As the day draws to a close, we’ll return to your hotel in Kathmandu, leaving you with cherished memories of a day filled with spirituality, history, and cultural wonders.

Following a delightful breakfast at the hotel, your guide will rendezvous with you to proceed to Kathmandu’s domestic terminal. We take a flight from Kathmandu to Bhairawa airport which will take about 35 minutes.

Bhairawa Airport, serves as a crucial air hub connecting the region to domestic destinations like Kathmandu and other parts of the country. Additionally, it facilitates essential air travel, supporting both passenger and cargo transportation, fostering regional connectivity, tourism, and trade within Nepal. Bhairahawa airport is a gateway for our trip to Lumbini, the sacred birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Upon arrival, we’ll check into the hotel, allowing you time to refresh and rejuvenate. In the afternoon, after a brief respite, we’ll embark on a captivating walking tour amidst the serene ambiance of Lumbini. Our path will lead us to explore the various monasteries that grace this revered pilgrimage site, each exuding its unique essence of spirituality and history.

Today, our experienced tour guide will accompany you to the renowned highlights of Lumbini, offering a rich tapestry of spiritual landmarks. Our journey will encompass revered sites such as the Peace Pagoda, Lumbini Garden, Maya Devi Temple, Tara Foundation, World China Temple, Thai Monastery, Burmese (Myanmar) Temple, Nepal Buddha Temple, and Dharmaswami Buddhist Monastery.

To ensure your comfort and enjoyment, you have the option to explore on foot or by rickshaw, or alternatively, opt for a private car for a relaxed day trip.

On this day, there’s an opportunity to visit additional remarkable Buddhist sites in Lumbini, that includes the Tilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Siddhartha Nagar, and Niglihawa places. They are the MUST see places possible to visit with a private car.

Upon conclusion of the day’s explorations, we’ll journey to Bhairawa Airport for your return flight to Kathmandu, ensuring a seamless conclusion to this enriching pilgrimage experience in Lumbini.

Upon your arrival back in Kathmandu city, we’ll be waiting to greet you at TIA Airport and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. Your comfort and convenience remain our priority as we ensure a seamless transition to your accommodation. Art enthusiasts can explore the city’s vibrant art scene by visiting galleries showcasing local artworks.

Meanwhile, souvenir shopping at bustling markets like Thamel ensures a last-minute cultural immersion, allowing travelers to take home a piece of Nepal’s vibrant craftsmanship. Additionally, Kathmandu graciously offers a mosaic of experiences that encapsulate its rich culture, spirituality, and diverse offerings, ensuring every moment counts until departure.

UNESCO heritage site Boudhanath Stupa, stands as an iconic symbol of Buddhist culture and spirituality. Its massive mandala and the watchful eyes of the Buddha gaze out in all directions, embodying peace and enlightenment.

Pilgrims and visitors alike gather here, circumambulating the stupa, spinning prayer wheels, and immersing themselves in its serene ambiance, making it a sacred center for prayers, meditation, and cultural exploration.

Alike, Sankhu Gate stands as a portal to an ancient Newar town, merely 17 kilometers away from Kathmandu, known as the abode of the 80 Siddhas and home to numerous caves of significant religious importance. Steeped in history, highlights two prominent landmarks: the Vajrayogini Temple and the early medieval settlement, dating back to the Lichchhavi era (9th century), nestled in the northeastern corner of modern-day Kathmandu.

Traces of tradition and ancient practices linger through the town’s streets, retaining their medieval essence with narrow pathways, public squares, temples, and lodging places. Among these revered monuments, the illustrious Vajrayogini Temple holds its position.

Likewise, this Bajrayogini Temple, situated in the Gun Bihar area, stands as a revered Tantric temple. Within its premises, a script in Newari chronicles the temple’s evolutionary journey. It boasts a distinct characteristic with approximately nine caves within its vicinity.

Legend has it that Manjushree, the deity who cleaved the lake to form the valley, received blessings from the goddess Vajrayogini. Perched atop a hill, the primary temple houses the sacred representations of two four-armed Vajrayogini Ugra-tara statues, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists.

This temple serves as a evidence to the existence of Buddhism in Nepal from the onset of the first century. And witnessing the renowned Vajrayogini Fair during Chaite Purnima, the full moon night in March or April, adds another layer of significance to this place.

Additionally, Jetsun Milarepa, approximately from 1052 to 1135 CE, is widely recognized as one of Tibet’s most renowned yogis and poets. He studied under Marpa Lotsawa and remains a significant figure in the Kagyu (Bka’-brgyud) school of Tibetan Buddhism. Milarepa’s essence resides in his writings, known as the Songs of Milarepa, canonical texts in Mahayana Buddhism.

These writings emphasize the impermanent nature of the body and advocate for non-attachment. In contrast, the legends surrounding Milarepa’s life are steeped in magic and lack the same emphasis on devout non-attachment.

Popularized by the romanticized biography Mi-la-rnam-thar, authored by Gtsang-smyon he-ru-ka rus-pa’i-rgyan-can (1452-1507), these legends might questionably align with historical accuracy. However, the biographical details presented here are derived from this account or its variations.

This Vidhyeshvari Vajra Yogini Temple, known by various names including Bijeśvarī Vajrayoginī, Gun Bihar or Bidjeshwori Bajra Jogini, holds a significant place within the Kathmandu Valley’s Newar Buddhist heritage. This temple venerates the Vajrayāna Buddhist deity Vajrayoginī, referred to as Bajra Jogini in the Newar language, specifically in her form as Akash Yogini.

Situated on the western bank of the Bishnumati river, this sacred sanctuary stands adjacent to the ancient Ramadoli (Karnadip) cremation ground. Its location on the main pathway from the revered Swayambhunath stupa in the west to Kathmandu underscores its historical and spiritual importance within the valley.

This Vajra Yogini Temple in Pharping stands as a sacred sanctuary, steeped in spiritual significance for Vajrayana Buddhists. Perched amidst the serene landscapes south of Kathmandu, this temple pays homage to the tantric deity Vajra Yogini.

Legend intertwines with devotion here, as it’s believed that this temple holds the energy of Guru Padmasambhava’s meditative endeavors, making it a focal point for seekers of enlightenment.

Pilgrims and practitioners are drawn to this revered site to engage in meditation, rituals, and contemplation amidst the tranquil surroundings. The temple’s architecture, adorned with traditional Nepali and Tibetan elements, resonates with the spiritual essence that permeates the air.

Visiting the Vajra Yogini Temple in Pharping is an invitation to delve into the spiritual heritage of Vajrayana Buddhism and absorb the tranquility that envelopes this sacred space.

Another interesting facts that this Vajrayogini Temple in Pharping, (19 km south of Kathmandu), is a significant pilgrimage site for Vajrayana Buddhists. This temple is dedicated to Vajrayogini, a tantric deity associated with the Chakrasamvara cycle of teachings within Tibetan Buddhism.

It’s believed to be one of the sacred places where the great tantric master Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) meditated and attained realization. As such, it holds immense spiritual significance for followers of Vajrayana Buddhism. The structure of the temple reflects traditional Nepali and Tibetan styles. And it’s a place where practitioners come to engage in meditation, rituals, and offerings.

Both local devotees and international visitors seeking spiritual insights and blessings on this sites. Pharping holds a sacred place of housing several monasteries, caves, and religious sites connected to Padmasambhava.

Asura Cave in Pharping is a significant pilgrimage site in Nepal, renowned for its connection to Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). It holds a great spiritual importance as it is believed that Padmasambhava, a tantric master, meditated and attained profound achievement around.

Legend has it that Padmasambhava subdued powerful demons (asuras) in this cave, hence the name “Asura Cave.” It’s said that he performed meditation and tantric practices to subdue these negative forces and convert them into protectors of the Dharma.

Additionally, Guru Rinpoche Cave in Pharping, stands as a timeless testament to the spiritual legacy of Guru Padmasambhava. Known as the “Second Buddha” in Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava’s profound meditative presence permeates this sacred cave.

It’s believed that Guru Rinpoche engaged in intensive meditation, profound teachings, and transformative practices within these hallowed confines. This cave served as his sanctuary for harnessing spiritual energies and subduing negative forces, symbolized by the vivid tales of demons he tamed.

Likewise, Pilgrims and practitioners visit those both Cave to pay homage, meditate, and seek blessings. It remains an essential destination for those interested in the spiritual legacy of Guru Padmasambhava and the practice of Tibetan Buddhism.

Situated atop Kopan Hill, north of the historic town of Boudha, Kopan Monastery stands as a revered center of Tibetan Buddhism. Home to monks hailing from Nepal and Tibet, spanning ages from seven to sixty, this monastery embodies a commitment to the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, shaping lives dedicated to profound learning and practice.

Kopan monastery extends introductory courses to the public, delving into subjects like Death and Dying, Karma, Mind Training, and Bodhicitta, offering a gateway into Buddhist philosophy. Additionally, it offers short courses covering Tibetan medicine, Thangka painting, Buddhist psychology, and philosophy, attracting individuals keen on deepening their understanding of these disciplines.

A significant draw for seekers of wisdom and serenity, Kopan Monastery welcomes many visitors seeking to explore Buddhism and meditation. Beyond its educational offerings, the monastery showcases remarkable art and architectural wonders within a spiritual ambiance, accompanied by awe-inspiring vistas of Kathmandu Valley.

Adding to its significance, Kopan Monastery oversees a nunnery, furthering its commitment to spiritual practice and education in the tranquil surroundings of this revered sanctuary. Head back to your hotel to gather your belongings and prepare for your onward journey. From there, we’ll drive you to Kathmandu International Airport for your connecting flights to your next destination. As your trip concludes, we wish you a safe and fantastic journey ahead.

What’s Include in the Price

  • Kathmandu domestic and international airport transfer as per the given plan.
  • Heritage sites – a single day tour with Air-condition car with fuel and driver as per the plan.
  • 6 Nights double bedroom accommodation in a ALOT Hotel by Marriot or similar category in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
  • 2 Nights double bedroom accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Lumbini with breakfast.
  • Domestic Flight from Kathmandu to Bhairawa and return to Kathmandu bothway airfare.
  • Certified English-speaking tour guide during the tours.
  • All government Taxes/VAT & Gokyo Treks Agency service charge.

What’s not-include in the Price

  • Drinks, Lunch and Dinner as per given plan.
  • Heritage sites entrance fee.
  • Photography and Videography of touring spots.
  • Personal gears and donation.
  • Gratuities – Tipping for tour guide & driver.

Best time to Visit

The Buddhist heritage sites mentioned are ideal to explore throughout the year, barring the monsoon season in Nepal, which spans June, July, and August. During this period, heavy rains and thunderstorms deter enjoyable tours.

However, the rest of the year offers splendid opportunities to visit these sites. Furthermore, the months of March, April, and May signify Nepal’s vibrant Spring season, presenting an optimal time for exploration.

Similarly, the Autumn season, spanning September through December, including October and November, is also highly recommended. During these months, the clear skies offer breathtaking views of the mountains, hills, and valleys, enhancing the experience of visiting these revered Buddhist sites.

Departure & Return Departure Point:

Please note that we provide a private transportation services from Kathmandu International Airport, ensuring pick-up upon your arrival and drop-off after the tour. Additionally, if guests are already settled at a hotel in Kathmandu, we can arrange pick-up from Kathmandu to the tourist spots and safely return you to the hotel after the tours.

What To Expect

Within this Buddhist Pilgrimage sites tour package in Nepal, each day spans 6 to 8 hours. Experience the vibrant tapestry of people, immerse in their culture, witness their way of life, explore ancient temples, caves, and serene meditation spots. Delve into heritage sites offering breathtaking views of the entire city and its surroundings throughout the journey.

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Confirmation will be received at the time of booking wheelchair accessibility is not possible everywhere to get into the Buddhist Pilgrimage sites. A maximum of 13 people per booking Travelers with back pain, pregnant, and very old travelers are not recommended. It’s a private touring activity.

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Please note that any modifications or cancellations made less than 7 days before the scheduled start time of the experience will not be accommodated. All cut-off times align with the local time of the experience.

Notes for Buddhist Pilgrimage Travelers:-

Our Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal itinerary is a multi-day tour packages in and out of Kathmandu town is subject to change due to Travel conditions. Welcome to the “Best of Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal”! Get ready for an incredible journey through this beautiful country.

Remember to pack comfortable clothing, suitable for both city exploration and outdoor adventures. Don’t forget essential items like sunscreen, a hat, Insect repellent including mosquitos, and a refillable water bottle.

Likewise, respect local customs and traditions when visiting temples and interacting with Nepali communities. Stay hydrated, especially during hikes and high-altitude activities. Capture the breathtaking scenery but also take moments to simply immerse yourself in the natural beauty. Be open to trying delicious Nepali cuisine, and savor the local flavors.

In addition, Your safety is our top priority, so follow your guide’s instructions during outdoor activities. Lastly, cherish every moment of this unforgettable journey and create lasting memories in Nepal.

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A must its said that for all Buddhists during their life to visit the four main places, namely, Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha; Bodhgaya – where Buddha attained enlightenment; Sarnath – where Buddha gave his first discourse of Dhamma to the world; and Kushinagar – place of Buddha’s Maha Parinibbana.

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BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TOUR IN INDIA

“According to the Mahaparinirvana Sutra, the Buddha instructed Ananda, His personal attendant, that Buddhists who wishes to commemorate and remember the Buddha can visit four places related to His life. Lumbini – where He was borned; Bodh Gaya – where He attained Enlightenment; Sarnath – where He gave His first Sermon; and Kushinagara – where He entered Parinirvana.”

Buddhism originated in India about 2600 years ago. After the Buddha gained Enlightenment at the age of 35, He spent 45 years sharing His Teachings throughout North India. During His eighty years alive (and especially after He gained Enlightenment), many locations became important Buddhist sites, and today Buddhist pilgrimage destinations.

Immediately after the passing of the Buddha, His foremost disciples convened the First Buddhist Council to record and codify His Teachings. The second Buddhist Council was held 100 years later in the town of Vaishali, another city He frequented. The third Buddhist Council was held in Pataliputra (Patna), during the reign of Emperor Ashoka (268 BC-239 BC). The Fourth Buddhist Council was held at Kashmir, in the time of Emperor Kanishka (127 AD- 141 AD.) He

After more than a thousand years of dominance and influence on the Indian subcontinent, Buddhism eventually died out due to various reasons, including invasions and rise of other faiths. Over time, Buddhism and Buddhist sites eventually became forgotten and abandoned in India.

Revival of the Buddhist faith came with excavations and archaeological digs by British explorers and scientists. Many phenomenal discoveries. In the 19th century, the British archaeologist Sir Alexander Cunningham excavated numerous Buddhist monuments. In 1891, the Sri Lankan scholar Anagarika Dharmapala launched the Mahabodhi Society of India at Bodhgaya. Since then, the Archaeological Survey of India has been responsible for an endless range of excavations. In fact, new excavations are leading to new 'finds' even today. That is why every important Buddhist spot has a site museum, which exhibits a huge range of Buddhist artefacts.

Today, the following are recognised as major destinations for Buddhist pilgrims seeking to follow the footsteps of the Buddha.

Lumbini (Nepal) – where the Buddha was born

Bodhgaya (Bihar, India) – where the Buddha gained Enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree

Sarnath (in Uttar Pradesh, India) – where the Buddha gave the First Sermon

Kushinagar (in Uttar Pradesh, India) – where the Buddha entered Parinirvana

Rajgir (in Bihar) – site where the Buddha gave many important sermons

Nalanda (in Bihar) – location of famous Buddhist university in medieval times

Kapilavastu (India/Nepal border) – where the Buddha spent His childhood and married life before renouncing to seek the Truth

Vaishali (in Bihar) – where the Buddha gave His last sermon

Sravasti (in Uttar Pradesh) – where the Buddha spent most of His life during rainy seasons at the Jetavan monastery (built by Anathapindika)

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HISTORY OF EVERY LOCATIONS

Lumbini is famous throughout the world for being the birthplace of one of the most influential thinkers and teachers in the history of mankind – the Buddha. A major destination for Buddhist pilgrims, Lumbini is also a place for meditation, renewal and aspiration by visitors.

The outstanding universal value of Lumbini was recognised in 1997 when the place was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Being listed as a World Heritage Site reinforces the Nepalese government’s commitment to the cultural and spiritual preservation of Lumbini with continued archaeological research, conservation work, and sustainable site management.

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The Buddha was born as Prince Sidhhartha, heir to King Suddhodhana and Queen Maya of the Shakya clan. According to Buddhist traditions, more than 2500 years ago, Queen Maya had a dream of a white elephant entering a womb – a sure sign of an auspicious pregnancy. She was soon pregnant and after months, she was due to give birth. As per the customs of that time, she had to return to her matrimonial home to give birth. Along the way, she stopped at Lumbini where she gave birth to the Prince while holding on to a Sal tree branch.

The authenticity of Lumbini’s status as the birthplace of the Buddha is borne by various artefacts and monuments, some going back thousands of years. There is the Asoka Pillar and remains of viharas, stupas and brick structures dating back from 3rd century B.C.

in its original form, Lumbini was a simple village surrounded by dense forest. With the birth of Prince Siddhartha, the Enlightenment of the Buddha and His eventual Parinirvana, Lumbini acquired a sacred status with the resulting construction of temples and stupas around the area. Over time, the temples and stupas are abandoned but today the remains of these monuments remain.

Lumbini is located 25km away from Tilaurakot (to the west) – site of the ancient palace of the Sakya Kingdom. Towards the east, 55km away is Devdaha, site of the Koliya Kingdom, birthplace of Queen Maya.

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Today Lumbini is designed under a masterplan to be protected by a three by one mile area with a circular levee and monastic zones to ensure emulation of how Lumbini looked in the past. Inside the protected area is the Maya Devi Complex - a landscaped garden consisting of the Maya Devi temple, Puskarini (Holy Pond where the baby prince had his first bath), an Ashoka pillar and a Bodhi tree.

The major structure inside the area is the Maha Devi Temple, built to protect the archaeological remains of an ancient temple built to mark the birthplace of the Prince Siddhartha. Located within the area in an outer three by three mile zone are Buddhist temples from different countries - Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Cambodian etc.

"When the great earth is shaken, this place alone is unmoved!" said the Chinese traveller Xuan Zang, when he visited the serene and sacred spot of Bodh Gaya.

The holiest of holy places for the Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the place where we can find the site of the Bodhi Tree, under which the Shakyamuni sat and attained Enlightenment. It is also the site of the Mahabodhi Mahavihara, a reconstruction of an ancient shrine built to commemorate the seat of Enlightenment.

Today the Mahabodhi Mahavihara is managed by the BodhGaya Temple Management Committee – a not-for-profit organisation. In 2002, the Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya was officially inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Mahabodhi Mahavihara is one of the oldest living shrines in the world. Its message and beauty have spread all over Earth. The current structure was restored more than a hundred years ago following excavations by British researchers and campaigns by Buddhists.

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First built by the Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century BC, the present temple dates from the 5 th century or 6 th century AD. It is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built entirely in brick, still standing in India. It is 170 feet tall and is noted for its stunning architecture and superb workmanship. There are stone sculpted balustrades, grand turrets, minute inscriptions, intricate images of Buddha.

A grandly carved torana or stairway leads from the main entrance, to the Mahabodhi Temple. On the left of the Temple entrance, there is a small shrine, which has the Buddhapuda or Buddha's footprints in black stone.

Located inside the Mahavihara is a small room with a golden statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha. Devotees will quietly queue up to make their way inside the room to pay their respects, conduct their prostrations and reaffirm their vows before making their way out to the exterior.

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Located at the back of the Mahavihara is the Bodhi Tree, the tree under which the Buddha sat and attained Enlightenment. The Bodhi Tree is the most important attraction in the temple complex. The sacred tree is supposed to have sprung up on the very day that the Buddha was born. It has been transplanted at least five times, at Bodhgaya. The present one is supposed to have come from a sapling brought by Emperor Asoka. It is a lush, all-enveloping tree, which conveys a tremendous sense of peace and serenity, that permeates through the whole temple. The arresting atmospherics of Bodhgaya has been universally commented upon, by all those who have visited it, Buddhists and non-Buddhists.

Under the Bodhi tree, is the Vajrasana or Diamond Throne, a rich, red slab of stone which had been placed by Emperor Ashoka, to denote the exact spot where the Buddha had gained enlightenment. Made of sandstone, the Vajrasana features animal and bird motifs at the side and carved geometrical patterns on the surface. Surrounded by railings, it is not possible to touch the Vajrasana today but one can glimpse at the magnificent keepsake from ancient times.

Surrounding the Mahavihara complex are also markings indicating the presence of the Buddha during the 49 days after His Enlightenment. It was stated that after attaining Enlightenment, the Buddha spent 49 days contemplating on His Enlightenment. He spent these seven weeks at seven locations, which are marked throughout Bodh Gaya.

There's the Animesh Lochan Chaitya, where the Buddha gazed at the Bodhi tree without blinking, the Ratnachakrama or Jewelled path, where lotus flowers bloomed under the Buddha's feet, the Ratnaghar Chaitya, where the rays of five colours emanated from the Buddha's body, and later became the colours connected with the religion (blue, red, yellow, white, orange). There are also the Rajayatna Tree and the Ajapala Nigrodlha Tree, where the Buddha meditated at length.

Then, there's the Muchchalinda pond, where he meditated during the rains, arid was protected by the hood of the Nagraj serpent especially when Mara, the demon, created thunder, lightning, storms, to distract him, and also sent his three daughters to tempt him. In fact, a stone-image of a hooded Naga-serpent protecting the Buddha, in the lake, adds an uncanny air of realism to the scenario.

Over the one and a half millennia after the Buddha’s Enlightenment, Buddhism enjoyed royal patronage from Mauryan, Kushan and, later, Pala empires. Bodh Gaya and Nalanda developed into places of learning and attracted learners worldwide. Today Bodh Gaya is back to its preeminent spot as one of the four holy sites for all Buddhist pilgrims.

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The stirring structure of the Mahabodhi Mahavihara is believed to be inspiration for important Buddhist buildings throughout Asia – the Chiang Mai Temple in Thailand, The Pagan Pagoda in Myanmar, the Mahabuddha Temple in Nepal and the Wuta Si Pagoda in China.

Outside the temple complex, there are several beautiful temples and monasteries built by other Buddhist nations-Bhutan, China, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam. These buildings are unique because they reflect the architectural style of their respective countries. The statue of Buddha in the Chinese temple is 200 years old and was brought from China. Japan's Nippon temple is shaped like a pagoda, as also the Myanmar temple, which resembles its famous Bagan temple. The Thai temple has golden tiles, and a massive bronze statue of Buddha.

The Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum is a treasure-trove of Buddhist sculptures, from the 1st century to the 11 th century. A colossal image of a standing Buddha in the Abhaya Mudra pose, is particularly outstanding.

Many festivals are celebrated in Bodhgaya, the most important being 'Buddha Poornima'. This is the important day when the Buddha was born, gained 'Enlightenment’ and went through `Mahaparinirvana'.

In the evening, its magnificent to simply sit in front of the Bodhi tree, and sink into its reverential beauty. The shining moonlight, soothing chants, serene peace add to the magic atmospherics. This is one time and place where any individual can break away from the teeming world, and revel in the aura of isolation.

Sarnath is an important site for the Buddhist pilgrims and one of the four holy sites for Buddhists following the Life of the Budda.

After the Buddha achieved Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, He scoured the surroundings for potential disciples who could understand His Teachings. He remembered His five followers who left the Shakya Kingdom and discovered that they were residing at a deer park near Sarnath.

The Buddha went to Sarnath where He delivered His first sermon to the five disciples. They quickly understood His Teaching and thus the Sangha in Buddhism was established, completing the Triple Gem of the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

The Buddha’s first sermon is known as the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta (Pali) or The Setting in Motion of the Wheel of the Dharma Sutta. During this sermon, the Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths. The Buddhist Sangha grew to sixty monks, whom the Buddha sent to different parts of the kingdom to spread his Dharma. The Buddha also travelled widely, but he often returned to Sarnath, to meditate and preach, especially during the rainy season.

The Deer Park, where the Buddha gave his first sermon, is the most attractive part of Sarnath, with its emerald-green lawns, small hill-tops, surrounded by the majestic ruins of many stupas and chaityas.

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The Chaukhandi Stupa, on a high mound, is one of the first sights in Sarnath. It has the ruins of a Buddhist monastery of the 5th century AD, supposedly to mark the spot where Buddha first met his five disciples, when he reached Sarnath. An interesting feature of this stupa is an octagonal tower in the Islamic style. This was supposed to have been added, much later, when the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who was open-minded to all religions, visited Sarnath, in 1588.

The Sangha grew to sixty monks, whom the Buddha sent to different parts of the kingdom to spread His Dharma. The Buddha also travelled widely, but He often returned to Sarnath, to meditate and preach, especially during the rainy season. The Deer Park, where the Buddha gave his first sermon, is considered by some as the most attractive part of Sarnath, with its emerald-green lawns, small hill-tops, surrounded by the majestic ruins of many stupas and chaityas.

After the Buddha entered Parinirvana, Sarnath continued to grow as an important Buddhist centre. It was Emperor Ashoka, again, who resurrected this sacred Buddhist town, when he visited it and erected his famous Ashoka Pillar. The pillar was once 15 metres tall, and although it is now in ruins, is still impressive looking. The four lion-heads on top of the pillar, facing four different directions and called the Lion Capital, were destroyed, but were later excavated, and are now on display in the Sarnath Museum. The four-lion head is now the important National Emblem of lndia.

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Ashoka also constructed the biggest and most striking stupa, the Dhamekh Stupa. According to an inscription marked 1026 AD, the Dhamekh Stupa stands on the site of the old Dhamra Chakra Stupa, a stupa built to mark the spot where the Buddha gave His first sermon. It is a solid cylindrical tower, 128 feet high and 93 feet in diameter. The borders have delicately carved geometrical and floral patterns, and the figures of humans and birds, which are all very soothing to the eye. The name Dhamekh has been connected to Buddha's `Dharma'. Most Buddhists who visit Sarnath, circumambulate around this stupa, chanting mantras as they reflect on the Teachings of the Buddha. The Chaukhandi Stupa, on a high mound, is one of the first sights in Sarnath. It has the ruins of a Buddhist monastery of the 5th century AD, supposedly to mark the spot where Buddha first met his five disciples, when he reached Sarnath. An interesting feature of this stupa is an octagonal tower in the Islamic style. This was supposed to have been added, much later, when the Mughal Emperor Akbar, who was open-minded to all religions, visited Sarnath, in 1588.

Among the other interesting sights in Sarnath, is the Mulgandhakuti Vihara, where the Buddha meditated, whenever he visited Sarnath, during the monsoons. It has now been converted into a temple, with attractive fresco paintings by a Japanese artist. The lush Bodhi tree outside, is an important and inspiring part of the temple.

The Sarnath Archaeological Museum is the oldest site-museum of the Archaeological Survey of India. It’s designed like a Buddhist vihara or sanghram, with the central hall like a shrine and the galleries like monastic cells. The five galleries and two verandahs have a wealth of Buddhist sculptures, inscriptions, manuscripts from the third century B.C. to the twelfth century A.D. The paintings offer ample proof of the great Sarnath School of Art. There is an image of a serene Buddha with half-shut eyes and smiling lips.

In later centuries during the Kushan and Gupta periods, Sarnath developed to become an important centre of Buddhist scholars and art. Over time, Buddhism disappeared from India and Sarnath entered into obscurity until the arrival of the British archaeologists. During the 1800s and early 1900s, they made numerous discoveries related to Sarnath’s glorious past and these artefacts (one major piece is the Lion Capital of the Asokan Pillar) are now displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Sarnath.

Like Bodhgaya, the town of Sarnath is also studded with monasteries from many Buddhist countries - Thailand, China, Japan, Burma, Korea, Tibet. The Central Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies is also an important building.

The last of the four holy Buddhist sites is Kushinagar. Located at Gorakhpur, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the Buddha was said to have laid between two sala trees at Kushinagar while resting before entering Parinirvana. When the Buddha breathed his last, His last words were “Subject to change are all conditioned things. Strive on with diligence!”

Following His departure, His body was cremated and His mortal remains were collected in eight urns and distributed to various stupas in the region. It was said that hundreds of years later, the remains were gathered by Emperor Asoka who built 84,000 stupas to enshrine the relics.

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The Mahaparinirvana Temple is the most important monument located at Kushinagara. With a stunning, six-metre long image of the Buddha, in reclining posture, the temple had invoked awe and tears to believers as they reflect on the Buddha's last moments. Originally made of black stone, it looks golden due to the numerous gold leaves placed on it by the Buddhist pilgrims. With a tremendous aura surrounding the statue, devotees were often moved to kneel, pray, meditate when visiting the Temple.

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The Ramabhar Stupa is 49 feet long, and is now, a large brick mound. According to traditions, this is where the Buddha was cremated before His remains were encased in eight urns and distributed. Circumambulation by devotees can be seen with them walking clockwise with their right arms closer to the Stupa.

Outside the Mahaparinirvana temple, is the small Mathakuar Shrine, with a riveting black stone image of Buddha in the Bhumi Sparsha pose.

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One also sees the Hiranyavati river, and the beautiful ghats, all of which evoke an air of peace and tranquillity. Like Bodhagaya, Kushinagar has tremendous tranquility and offers plenty of space for prayers and meditation. The regular chanting, from early morning to night, add to the incredibly soothing spirit of the last abode of the Buddha. Like in the other sacred Buddhist places, Kushinagar has beautiful monasteries from other Buddhist countries - the Wat Thai temple, Chinese Temple, International Buddhist Trust and the lovely Meditation Park. The new Kushinagar Museum is well worth a visit too.

This picturesque town with its hills, gardens, caves, is 80 kms from Bodhgaya and 100 kms from Bihar's capital city of Patna.

Formerly known as Rajagaha, Rajgir was the first capital of Magadha, ruled by King Bimbisara (5th — 6th BC) who was one of the most prominent supporters of the Buddha. Buddha used this city as his monsoon retreat for 12 years, and preached his Dharma, which was recorded in writing for the first time here, by his disciples, as the Vinaya Pitaka' and the 'Sutra Pitaka'.

Rajgir has a large range of exciting Buddha-sites. In fact, the first sight is of grand, antique walls, which were once 40 kms long, and which magnificently encircle the whole city.

In Rajgir, the Buddha preached His sermons from the striking — looking Gridhakuta Hill or Vulture Peak, which had a unique rock formation, like a vulture's beak. It was here that the Buddha preached the Lotus Sutra, which promised salvation for all human beings, and the Prajnaparamita Sutra, described as the 'Perfection of Wisdom' Sutra.

"The mantra of the perfection of wisdom is a mantra of great knowledge. It is an unsurpassable mantra; it is a mantra that totally pacifies all sufferings".

When King Binnbisara was imprisoned by his son Ajatashatru, he watched the Buddha on the hill, from his prison window, and tried to be at peace. The "Binnbisrara Jail" has been excavated in Rajgir, as also the Ajatashatru Fort, where his son Ajatashatru repented, after killing his father, converted to a Buddhist, and placed a statue of Buddha in the `Parinirvana' pose.

When one comes down from the Gridhakuta Hill, one spots the Mardakukshi Vihara, where the Buddha was hurt by a rock hurled by his cousin Devadutta, who wished to kill him.

Close to that, is the Jivakamravana Vihara, which was a mango grove presented to the Buddha by Jivaka, the royal physician who took care of him, when he was hurt by Devadutta.

The Venuvana Vihara or the Monastery of the Bamboo Grove was Bimbisara's first offering to the Buddha. Close by, is the Karanda Tank, where the Buddha bathed.

There are also the grand Pippala Caves and the seven Satapami Caves, where the first Buddhist Council was said to have been held, after the Buddha's Mahaparinirvana.

The town fell into oblivion, when Ajatashatru’s son Udayin shifted the capital to Pataliputra (today known as Patna). It is due to the numerous excavations that took place later, that we are able to witness the importance of this city, as one of the important sites on the Buddha Trail.

The world-renowned university-town was the first residential educational institution in the world, and had as many as 9 million books, 10,000 students and 2000 teachers during its heyday.

It was a supreme centre of learning, between the 5 th and the 12 th century. Now a World Heritage Site, Nalanda is spread over an area of 14 hectares, and the excavations reveal the extensive remains of 11 monasteries and five temples, with verandahs, quadrangular courts, a shrine to house a large image of Buddha, and niches in the walls studded with small, exquisite Buddha images.

The Chinese traveller Xuan Zang and his disciple Hui Li, both studied at this great institution in the 6 th and 7 th century and left behind detailed descriptions. They mentioned that admission was very tough, and only two out of every ten eminent scholars were selected. These scholars came from many countries like Java, Korea, China, Japan and Sri Lanka.

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The Nalanda Varsity was noted for its vibrant and modernistic system of education, including the art of debate and public speaking. Many reputed Indian scholars emanated from this varsity, like Nagarjuna, Aryabhatta. They later went to Tibet and other places, spreading the teachings of the Buddha. Emissaries came from around the world, with big donations for the varsity.

Buddha was known to have visited Nalanda when it was a small village. One of Buddha's most learned disciples, Sariputra, who had an important place in the Sangha, attained Nirvana here.

The Sariputra Stupa was built by Empereor Ashoka, in memory of Satiputra. It is easily the most impressive structure, with its grand shrine chamber that once housed a huge image of the Buddha, the impressive corner towers, and the beauteous stucco images of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas, on the walls.

The famed Chinese traveller Fa Xian mentioned this stupa in his writings.

The varsity was destroyed in the 12 th century and was resurrected after numerous excavations established in Nalanda, which does important research on Pali and Buddhist studies. The Archaelogical Survey of India also opened a Museum, right across the main entrance of the varsity. It has some exquisite bronzes of the 9 th and 10 th centuries, as well as many arresting artefacts from the excavations.

As in the other Buddhist sites, there are temples from other Buddhist countries in Nalanda, including Thailand.

Five years after His Enlightenment at Bodhgaya, the Buddha came to Vaishali, famed as one of the first 'republican' states in the world. He was received by the noble Lichchavi community, to whom He preached the Ratna Sutra.

The Kutagarshala Vihar or 'Buddha Stupa 2' was built by the Lichchavis for the Buddha, and still looks impressive, with a large monastery, extensive courtyard and open verandah.

It was in Vaishali, that women were ordained into the Sangha for the first time. These included the Buddha's foster mother Mahaprajapati Gautami, who was one of 500 Sakyan women who came all the way from Kapilavastu to Vaishali, in order to join the Order. The Buddha was hesitant at first, but finally, admitted the women as bhikshunis or nuns.

This town is also noted for the famous courtesan, Amrapali, who joined the Sangha. The neighbouring village of Annvara is said to be the site of Amrapali's mango grove that she donated to the Buddha.

Vaishali is an important town on the Budddhist circuit, because the Buddha preached his last sermon here. He told his favourite disciple Anand, to inform his bhikshus about his imminent end, and then, left for Kushinagar soon after that.

According to Buddhist traditions, Ananda attained Nirvana outside Vaishali.

Emperor Ashoka erected his Asoka Pillar here, and a large brick stupa, to commemorate the sacred spot of the Buddha's last sermon.

Among the important sights here, is the Relic Stupa or `Stupa 1', where the Lichchavis reverentially encased one of the eight portions of Buddha's relics, after His Mahaparinirvana. This is now preserved in the Patna Museum.

All these were excavated in the 19 th century by the British archaeologist Sir Alexander Cunningham.

Many of these finds are in the Site Museum which has an excellent collection of artefacts from the third to the sixth century.

Also worth seeing, are the Japanese Temple and the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda), both built by the Japanese.

A hundred years after Buddha's Parinirvana, Vaishali was chosen as the venue for the Second Buddhist Council, where many important decisions were made and many missionaries were despatched around the world, to spread the Dharma.

Sravasti was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, and the biggest town in the Gangetic plains during the Buddha's time. At Sravasti, the Buddha stayed in the Jetvana Vihara of the lush Jetvana Gardens, which attracted many Buddhist pilgrims today for its beauty and peace. Here again, the supreme serenity inspires travellers to rest and relax, pray and meditate.

The Buddha stayed in Anandakuti and Gandhakuti, whose ruins still remain, and are sacred to the Buddhist pilgrims. The whole Sangha used to congregate in Sravasti, with the Buddha, during the ‘Vassavassa' or 'Rainy retreat' season.

In fact, the Buddha expounded a major part of the ‘Tripitakas' in this city.

The city is studded with many antique stupas, monasteries, and temples. The lush Anand Bodhi tree, planted by Buddha's favourite disciple, Anand, is very attractive. The tree exudes almost as much peace and serenity as the Ananda Bodhi Tree, and is a favourite spot for Buddhist pilgrims to pray and meditate.

It was in Sravasti that the Buddha performed the only miracle of his life, in response to non-believers. He levitated on a thousand-petalled lotus, and a lot of fire and water emanated from his body. This has been beautifully drawn in a panel which caused huge excitement when it was first excavated.

There is also the Angulimala Stupa, built in memory of the killer Angulimala, who was notorious for wearing a necklace of human fingers (of his victims) around his neck. He wanted to kill his own mother, but when he met the Buddha, the latter's serene words changed him, and he became an ardent disciple if the Buddha.

Like the other Buddhist sites, Sravasti has a range of beautiful monasteries built by other Buddhist countries — Thailand, Japan, Myanmar, China, and a lush park by the Japanese.

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  • Day 1 ARRIVAL AT DELHI
  • Day 2 DELHI - VARANASI [BY FLIGHT] - VARANASI SIGHTSEEING
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Duration: 11 Nights/12 Days

Destination: Delhi, Lucknow, Sravasti, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Patna, Vaishali, Nalanda, Rajgir, Bodhgaya, and Varanasi (Sarnath)

Price: On request.

Places covered in this 12 days Buddhist Tour of India include Delhi, Lucknow, Sravasti, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Patna, Vaishali, Nalanda, Rajgir, Bodhgaya, and Varanasi (Sarnath)

India & Nepal, both are fascinating neighboring countries to get enthrall in real times. In modern times, Nepal has emerged as a popular tourist circuits when blended with India.

Along with Hinduism , India is home to several other religions too, one of which is Buddhism that went beyond the borders of India.

Gautam Buddha was a born prince in Lumbini as King Siddhartha. He began his journey towards India in search of answers to a number of questions about life and sufferings. Finally, after several years of meditation, he attained ‘nirvana’ (enlightenment). Later, he preached and taught sermons, till leaving to his heavenly abode from Kushinagar.

This Buddhist Tour of India comprises of the four places that were extremely significant in his life– the place where he was born, attained Enlightenment, preached first Sermon and then reached Nirvana. Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Lumbini and Kushinagar are the important places that are related directly to the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. In addition to these, there are various other important sites too where he had traveled during his whole lifetime.

These places include Lumbini in Nepal and Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar in India. The other important places of Buddha’s life include Vaishali, Rajgir, Sravasti (India) and his early home in Kapilvastu, Nepal.

  • Visit Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree, Great Statue of Buddha
  • Visit the famous Shanti Stupa
  • Visit Mahaparinirvana Temple
  • Boat riding on the holy river Ganges

Welcome to New Delhi International Airport, and then transfer to hotel (Hotel check in time 1200 Hrs). Overnight stay in Delhi.

Breakfast at the hotel. Later you will have short tour of Delhi including Old Delhi – Chandni Chaowk Market, Central Delhi Including Bangla Sahib Gurudwara and other government buildings, last move to South Delhi and visit: Humayun’s tomb and Qutub Minar.

Night stay in Delhi.

After having breakfast check out of the hotel to fly towards Lucknow. After arriving here, you would be driven to Sravasti. On arrival check in the hotel.

Sravasti. is the ancient capital of Kosala Mahajanapada, visit: Sahet-Mahet, Sravasti is famous for the supernatural feats performed by Lord Buddha seated on a lotus. Overnight stay in the hotel in Sravasti.

After having breakfast drive to Lumbini. It is considered as “the birthplace of Lord Buddha” which was located in 1890 after being untraced for about 1500 years back.

While going there, complete Visa/Immigration formalities at India/Nepal border. Later check in at Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Lumbini. Visit: Maya Devi Temple & the Sacred Garden. Boddhi Tree & Maya Devi Pond, Ashoka Pillar, World Peace Pagoda and International Monasteries & Temples.

Night stay in Lumbini.

After having breakfast drive to Kushinagar where Buddha finally attained salvation or passed into Mahaparinirvana. Arrive Kushinagar & transfer to hotel. Visit Mahaparinirvana Temple where Buddha took his last breath and Rambhar Stupa, where he got cremated.

Night stay in Kushinagar.

After having breakfast drive to Patna (Capital of Bihar state of India) via visit Vaishali. Arrive Patna& transfer to hotel. Night stay in Patna.

Early breakfast and drive towards Bodhgaya (the place of Buddha’s Enlightenment & the spiritual home of Buddhists). On the way, visit the famous Shanti Stupa (peace pagoda) at Rajgir and proceed to Nalanda, ancient university of the world. On arrival check in at the hotel and overnight stay.

Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing of Bodhgaya. Visit Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree, Great Statue of Buddha, Niranjana River, and Sujata Temple. Also, visit various Buddhist Temples in Bodhgaya. Overnight stay in the hotel in Bodhgaya.

After breakfast drive to Varanasi (Sarnath: where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park). On arrival check in to your hotel. Evening you will have boat ride with guide at river Ganges. Night stay in Varanasi.

Morning start with boat ride with tour guide at Holy River Ganges. Come back to hotel and take your breakfast. Later proceed for excursion trip to Sarnath – where the Buddha preached his first sermon, visit various Buddhist temples and stupas.

Also visit: Banares Hindu University (Asia’s largest residential university), Bharat Mata temple. Night stay in Varanasi.

Breakfast and free. Hotel checkout at 1200 Hrs. Later proceed to Varanasi airport to connect flight for Delhi.

On arriving at Delhi, you will be in transit and connect the flight for further onward destinations.

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  • Total 11 Nights hotels with breakfast on twin sharing basis.
  • Air Conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver as per tour programme.
  • Evening & morning boat ride with guide at Ganges river in Varanasi.
  • Local English speaking guide during the sightseeing.
  • All Applicable taxes.
  • Flight: Delhi/Lucknow: USD 80 / EURO 70 (Flight fare may change at the time of booking)
  • Flight: Varanasi/Delhi USD 85 / EURO 100 (Flight fare may change at the time of booking)
  • Lunch & Dinner or Drink
  • Monument Entrance fee or activity during the tour.
  • International flight tickets.
  • Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions.

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  • For 24th Dec and 31st Dec nights, Hotels may ask for mandatory Gala Dinner, will be payable extra.
  • Hotels may ask for supplement cost from 20th Dec – 07th Jan due to the premium season.
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  • Various Discounts are also available – subject to terms and conditions.

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The very easy and smooth way is to connect with the best tour and travel agency Noble House Tours to find the places where Buddha visited. They make your  Buddhist circuit tour  easy and comfortable and guide you about the places.

Early practitioners of meditation understood the significance of wearing clothes that will not hamper the meditation procedure. That is why the Buddhist monks wore loose fitting robes. Wearing meditation clothes particularly designed for meditation increases the experience.

There are many things to know before going on a  Buddhist temple tour such are –

  • No short pants, and no sleeveless shirts
  • Do not wear sunglasses and hats
  • Switch off your phone
  • Be mindful of worshippers
  • Remove your shoes

The right  Buddhist tour package price  depends on the package you choose for your trip. Travelers can board the tour either on a complete tour basis or per-night basis. Distinct charges have been set for both modes. To know the exact cost, you have to connect with Noble House Tours.

Noble House Tour provides reasonable  Buddhist tour packages India  to travelers. They will give you the best package price for a Buddhist tour. You can get the best tour package and guidance for the tourist spots and the significance of the places.

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  • 2 Preparation
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  • 5.2 Minor sites

Buddhist circuit is a route that follows the footsteps of Gautama Buddha starting from his place of birth to his place of death. The international circuit spanning over India and Nepal included Lumbini (place of birth), Bodh Gaya (place of enlightenment), Sarnath (place of first preaching) and Kushinagar (place of death).

The four pilgrim sites are directly related to the life of Buddha and attract a lot of pilgrims from South Asia and South East Asia . The sites are of great importance to Buddhism and houses several temples, guest houses and archeological sites related directly to the life of Buddha. Because of the presence of magnificent temples and archaeological sites, the Buddhist Circuit also attracts non-pilgrims.

Preparation

Apart from the four major sites there are several Buddhist pilgrimage sites like Rajgir , Nalanda and Sarnath nearby that can conveniently be visited along with the Buddhist circuit. The famous Hindu pilgrimage destination of Varanasi can also be included.

Among the four Buddhist sites only Bodh Gaya has an international airport 10 km away in 24.748822 84.943732 1 Gaya ( GAY  IATA ).   The other important entry points for international visitors are:

  • 22.652043 88.44633 2 Kolkata ( CCU  IATA ).  
  • 28.563892 77.119801 3 Delhi ( DEL  IATA ). ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 25.448768 82.856796 4 Varanasi ( VNS  IATA ). ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 25.594717 85.090794 5 Patna ( PAT  IATA ). ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 27.700286 85.354712 6 Kathmandu ( KTM  IATA ). ( updated Jul 2021 )

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The circuit involves international land travel and the public transport is not widely available on the route, thus doing the circuit independently is difficult. Various travel agents offer tours and Indian Railways also has a luxury train covering the circuit.

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Luxury train.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) runs an all-inclusive tour of the Buddhist circuit on a luxury train. The luxury train is equipped with air conditioned first class coupe, air conditioned first class and air conditioned 2 tire coaches. It also comes in with two dining cars providing fine dining experience. The tour also includes stay and fooding in various 5-star properties. The 8-day package starts and ends at Delhi and follows the following itinerary:

  • Day 1: Proceed from[Delhi, Safdarjung station to Gaya , dinner on board
  • Day 2: Breakfast on board. Arrive at Gaya in the morning. Proceed to Bodh Gaya by car check in hotel and have lunch. Post lunch sightseeing tour of Bodh Gaya. Night stay at Bodh Gaya
  • Day 3: Breakfast at hotel in Bodh Gaya. Head for Rajgir , local sightseeing. Lunch at Rajgir. Post lunch sightseeing tour of Nalanda . Proceed to Gaya station and head to Varanasi . Dinner and night stay on the train
  • Day 4: Breakfast on board. Reach Varanasi in the morning. Car to Sarnath local sightseeing and lunch at hotel. Post lunch sightseeing tour of Varanasi, including boat ride and ganga aarti. Dinner at a hotel in Varanasi. Head back to the train and proceed to Nautanwa, nearest railhead to Lumbani
  • Day 5: Breakfast on board reach Lumbini in morning. Proceed to Lumbini, check-in at a hotel for lunch. After lunch, sightseeing tour of Lumbani. Dinner and night stay in hotel in Lumbani.
  • Day 6: Breakfast at hotel and head to Kushinagar . Lunch at Kushinagar followed by sightseeing. Return to train. Dinner at train. Proceed to Balarampur, nearest railhead to Sravasti
  • Day 7: Reach Balarampur in the morning. Head to Sravasti for breakfast followed by lunch. Post lunch sightseeing tour of Sravasti. Back to the train in the evening. Dinner and night stay on the train. Head for Agra.
  • Day 8: Breakfast on board. Arrive at Agra in the morning. Tour of Taj Mahal. Back to the train for lunch and proceed to Delhi. Reach Safdarjung Station, Delhi in the evening.

Cost: Apart from the 8-day package, guests can opt for a shorter version of the circuit by paying per night. (Prices as of 2021.)

  • Air conditioned first class coupe: US$1305 whole tour, $165 per night
  • Air conditioned first class: $1155 whole tour, $165 per night
  • Air conditioned 2 tire: $945 whole tour, $135 per night

Contact: Phone: +91 8287930157, Email: [email protected], Website: Buddhist Train

Major sites

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  • 27.450018 83.241245 1 Lumbini . Lumbini, Nepal is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as Buddha. It is located in the Indo-Nepal border. A pillar erected by Ashoka stands on the place of Buddha's birth. There is also a Buddhist monastery, a peace stupa, a museum, and a Lumbini International Research Institute. ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 24.696134 84.986955 2 Bodh Gaya . Buddha attained enlightenment under a peepal tree in Bodh Gaya. The tree is no longer there but a descendant of the tree still stands and is a prime attraction for Buddhist pilgrims. The tree is housed inside the main temple complex of Bodh Gaya. Many of the structures date back to the time of Buddha and others were built during the reign of Ashoka (268 – 232 BCE). The main temple is built in pyramidical style and towers to a height of 55 ft. The brick temple dates back to the Gupta period and is datable to the 5th–6th century CE. Bodh Gaya also has a giant Buddha statue in sitting posture. There are several other temples built by Buddhist countries such as Bhutan, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan. There is also an archaeological museum and a multimedia centre. ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 25.371556 83.025214 3 Sarnath . Sarnath is a small village in Uttar Pradesh , India , about 13 km north-east of Varanasi . It's famous as the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma and also where the original Sangha was formed. Within the deer park complex is the large Dhamekha Stupa, constructed by the Emperor Ashoka in 249 BCE, and several other Buddhist structures that were added between the 3rd century BCE and the 11th century CE. ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 26.739879 83.88697 4 Kushinagar . The place where Buddha breadth his last. The place houses three archaeological sites. They are Matha Kuar (site of last sermon), Mahaparinirvan (site of death) and Ramabhar Stupa (cremation site). The fourth site is the relic distribution site and has no archaeological site but a small newly constructed site. Ther is also a site museum and several new Buddhist temples built by countries, where Buddhism is a major religion. ( updated Jul 2021 )

Minor sites

  • 25.017257 85.416164 1 Rajgir . ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 25.262183 85.478807 2 Nalanda . ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 27.503543 82.036461 3 Sravasti . ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 25.317645 82.973914 4 Varanasi . ( updated Jul 2021 )
  • 27.600914 82.864062 5 Kapilvastu . ( updated Aug 2021 )
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Buddhist pilgrimage tour india and nepal overview.

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour of Incredible India and Nepal incorporates some of the most sacred sites that depict the entire life of Lord Buddha. On this 12 days pilgrimage tour, you follow the path incorporating from birth to the final years of Lord Buddha.

Himalayan Trekkers have designed this tour for the devotees so that they can visit all the important landmarks and sites of Buddha’s life and find the fragrance of Buddha’s teachings. This trip covers the four major locations related to Buddha’s life, i.e., Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon, Bodhgaya, the site where he attained enlightenment, Kushinagar, the location where h attained Mahaparinirvana, and Lumbini, his birthplace.

The ruins and Emperor Ashoka's inscription-covered column are convincing proof that these places are the principal Buddha-related archeological sites. 

The journey also includes expansive monastery complexes and relic stupas with residences of Buddha that can be found in Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, and Kapilavastu in addition to the aforementioned locations. Major sites in Kathmandu such as Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Kopan Monastery, Pharping Monastery, and Namo Buddha are also included in this journey.

Each of these Buddhist sites is highly revered in Buddhism and is unique in its own way. Visitors can also enjoy the complete serenity of mind by visiting these locations.

In addition to studying the Buddha's teachings over the course of these 12 days, you will also be exploring their art collections and spectacular architecture.

The Highlights of Buddhist Tour India Nepal

  • The birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini 
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, more importantly, a place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, Bodhgaya
  • Sarnath, the first site where Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon 
  • Kushinagar, the holy site where Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon, took his last breath and attained the Mahapaninirvana
  • Different historical stupas and monuments in India 
  • World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu such as Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath. 

Best time to Do the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour 

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in India and Nepal can be done any time of the year. However, for many factors, spring and autumn are considered the best to travel around. March marks the beginning of the spring and lasts till May in both Nepal and India. The days are sunny, clear, and stable. Autumn starts in September and ends in November. These months also have the most stable weather, clear blue skies, with the perfect temperature for exploring and sightseeing.

Winter is also a good time to do this journey as the days are sunny and clear perfect for day sightseeing activities. You can go on this journey in summer/monsoon too but you have to deal with the hottest times of the year under the sun. The humidity and the monsoon rain might disrupt the peacefulness of the trip. So, summer is not that advisable for this trip. 

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Upon your arrival in Patna, one of our representatives will welcome you and escort you to the designated hotel. After checking in you can take a brief rest and freshen up. Then, we will visit the Buddha Smriti Park if the time permits, i.e., if your arrival is scheduled in the morning. 

Buddha Smriti Park is also known as Buddha Memorial Park which was established to commemorate the 2554th birthday of Lord Buddha. The Pataliputra Karuna Stupa, a meditation center, a library with countless volumes on Buddhism, a museum, and a Park of Memories are all part of this multi-purpose park, which aims to highlight life and teachings of Lord Buddha. The stupa houses one of the eight original relics of Gautama Buddha and other relics brought by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and monks from Thailand, Myanmar, Japan, South Korea, and Sri Lanka. In the evening, you can spend the time in the markets or the surroundings. 

After breakfast, we leave Patna and move towards Bodhgaya. On the way, we will halt at Nalanda to explore Nalanda University Archaeological Site that dates back to 450 CE. Mahavira and Buddha were among the famous visitors to this institution that has existed for the longest time in Indian history. After exploring the university complex, and its ruins and visiting the Xuan Zang Memorial Hall which is a Chinese Pagoda, we will resume our drive. 

Again we stop at Rajgir, the Magadha Empire's ancient capital and a Buddhist pilgrimage site. It is well known for having Buddhist ruins, rock-cut caves, shell inscriptions, Hindu Jain temples, forts, and other historical structures. We will visit the huge Vishwa Shanti Stupa on Ratnagiri Hill which was built by Japanese Buddhists. The stupa houses Buddha statues during birth, enlightenment, teaching, and death. Griddhakuta (Vulture Peak) was another location where Lord Buddha preached. Venuvanaram and Bimbisar Prison are also worth seeing.

After exploring the important sites in Rajgir, we will drive to Bodhgaya, today’s final destination. Upon arrival, we will check in and take a rest.

After breakfast, we will prepare to visit the Mahabodhi Temple. The temple is the location of Lord Buddha's enlightenment and is included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple houses a massive golden Buddha in the sanctum sanctorum, as well as tall stone lotuses, representations of Buddha sitting in various postures on the walls, his footsteps on the stones, and a colossal golden Buddha on the walls. We can see the Bodhi Tree in the temple within the temple grounds, which is where Buddha obtained enlightenment.

There are many stupas and temples built by different countries. We will visit the Wat Thai Temple, the only Thai temple in India. If time permits, we will also pay our visits to temples such as the Chinese Temple, Royal Bhutan Monastery, Japanese Temple, etc.  After exploring for the whole day, we will return to the hotel. 

Today we travel from Bodhgaya to Varanasi. Once we arrive in Varanasi, we check in at the hotel, take a rest, and freshen up. We will visit Dashashwamedh Ghat on the banks of the Ganges to witness the evening Aarti. Enjoy a night's stay at the Varanasi hotel.

The day begins early as we take a boat ride on the Ganges in Varanasi early in the morning. After that, we return to the hotel for a hearty breakfast. Then, we will proceed with our visit to the magnificent Stupa at Sarnath, where the Buddha presented his first sermon following his enlightenment at Bodhgaya. This area was embellished by Ashoka with a large number of exquisite stupas and monasteries.

We will discover the remnants of Dharmarajika Stupa and Mulagandhakuti Temple, where Lord Buddha is supposed to have rested and meditated while in Sarnath. The Ashoka Pillar is also a must-see in Sarnath. The Lion Capital is also notable in the town for its exceptional workmanship and sculptures. We return to the hotel for the night. 

We leave Varanasi after breakfast and proceed towards Kushinagar. Kushinagar is where Lord Buddha gained Nirvana. It is also the place where took his last breath. The sacred site, which is dotted with several stupas and monasteries, is known for taking its name from Lord Rama's son, Kush. Upon arrival, we will check in, rest, and explore the surroundings. 

Our Kushinagar sightseeing commences after breakfast with a visit to the Parinirvana Temple and Stupa, which was built in 1876. It is famed for its reclining statue of Lord Buddha and Brahmi inscriptions on its walls indicating that Lord Buddha's cremated bones were placed here. For many Buddhist enthusiasts, this makes it a very hallowed spot. 

We will also visit the Nirvana Stupa, where a copper cup carrying Lord Buddha's ashes was unearthed during the excavation. The Mahaparinirvana temple and the Rambhar stupa are the day's main attractions. The Mahaparinirvana temple is considered one of Buddhism's sanctuaries most hallowed housing a 6.10 m long statue of the Buddha in a reclining position. 

The Ramabhar Stupa houses the cremation site of Lord Buddha and is located in a lovely and lush green environment. Other sightseeing sites today include the Kusinara Archaeological Site, and the Japanese Temple to see the magnificent Ashta Dhatu (eight metal) statue of Lord Buddha that was brought over from Japan. Sun Stupa, Kushinagar Museum, Wat Thai Temple, and Meditation Park are also worth seeing in Kushinagar. We return to the hotel after exploring.

Morning exploration around Kushinagar and after breakfast, leave for Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha in Nepal. The drive goes through the Nepal-India border named Sunauli.  After lunch, we will visit the sacred garden that houses the Marker Stone of Buddha’s birth, the Mayadevi Temple, the Sacred Pond, and the Asoka Pillar. If time permits, we also visit the World Peace Stupa and numerous stupas and monasteries built by different countries in the monastic zone.

After breakfast, we will drive to Tilaurakot, where Buddha spent his first 29 years of life as a prince. The Tilaurakot palace's basement and other historical relics believed to be 2500 years old can still be seen. 

Following lunch, we will go to Gotihawa, the exact birthplace of Lord Buddha. We can see ancient brick structures of stupas and monasteries outside of the current Gaotihawa village. The ruins of the broken Ashokan Pillar, which symbolizes Lord Buddha's birthplace, are located in the center of the main mound. We return to our hotel for the night. 

Today, we will move to Kathmandu from Lumbini. The 6-7 hour drive is scenic as we pass by the beautiful villages and the stunning landscape of Nepal from the low lands of Terai to the high hills. 

Once we arrive in Kathmandu, we will check in at the designated hotel and rest. In the evening, you can stroll around the streets of the commercial hub, Thamel, and its surroundings where you can see some small monuments.

We drive to Swoyambhunath Stupa after breakfast and explore this beautiful Buddhist site. It is located 3 kilometers west of Kathmandu and is regarded as one of Nepal's holiest Buddhist stupas. It is said to have evolved naturally when the valley was formed around 2,000 years ago from a primordial lake. This stupa is the oldest of its sort in Nepal, and it is home to a number of shrines and monasteries. It is believed that this place serves as a vital link between the Buddhadharma's flourishing throughout South Asia and its flourishing in Tibet.

Then, we will drive south from Swoyambhunath to Pharping. It is believed to be the place where Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava attained enlightenment. We will discover the Sakya Tharig Monastery, the Asura Cave, the Pharping Vajraogini Temple, and the Yanlesho Cave. After visiting these holy sites, we will return to Kathmandu city. 

Today’s activities include the visit to the Boudhanath Stupa, Kopan Monastery, and Namo Buddha.  After breakfast, we leave for Boudhanath Stupa. It is the largest in the country and one of the largest in the world. Some claim that Boudhanath includes the remnants of the former Buddha, Kashyapa, while others claim it contains a portion of bone from the skeleton of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha. The massive Boudhanath stupa serves as a horizon between the earth and the sky, providing a gateway to heaven.

From Boudhanath, we drive to Kopan Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located atop the Kopan hill to the north of Boudhanath. Around 360 monks from various sections of the country live in the monastery. The atmosphere is infused with spiritual feelings and pleasant energy, allowing you to find inner calm. After exploring Kopan Monastery, we will drive to Namobuddha which is also known as the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. It was built by Khyabje Thrangu Rinpoche and is one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal.

We will return to Kathmandu in the evening and stroll around the Thamel market and ancient markets of Ason, Indrachowk, and Basantapur. You can buy some souvenirs for your friends and families from the stores in the market. In the evening, we will enjoy our traditional Nepali dinner with a cultural show at an authentic Nepalese restaurant. 

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport around 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight back to your home country. If your departure is scheduled in the evening or late evening, you can once again stroll around the Thamel market or visit the place of your choice. 

What is included / not included

  • Arrival & Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Twin/Double Sharing Best Available & 3* Standard Category Accommodations as per Itinerary
  • All ground transfers as Per Itinerary
  • Meals - Daily Breakfast at Hotel as per Itinerary
  • All Heritage/Monemunets Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
  • Conservation/Park Fees
  • Local Guided Tour as Per itinerary given
  • All Wages, Fees, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance for Guide/Driver
  • Farewell Dinner
  • All Applicable Taxes 
  • India Visa Fees ( Need to Prior Apply)
  • Nepal Visa Fees ( Can Be Obtain upon arrival at Airport/Border)
  • International and Domestic Airfares and Taxes
  • Meals- Lunch & Dinner 
  • Any kind of beverages
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Personal clothing/Gears
  • Your Travel Insurance 

Accommodation

All lodgings for the Nepal Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour are on a 3* standard category hotels on a twin/double sharing basis. We will choose the best available based on the factors such as sanitation, service, location, and food quality. If you prefer a single supplement or want to upgrade the hotel category or service, we can offer them at an additional cost and prior information. 

Meals During the Buddhist Pilgrimage India Nepal Tour

All breakfasts throughout the trip are included in the cost, which is served in buffet style or in set style depending upon the place. We have not included the lunches and dinners in the package because the places you are going to cover during this Buddhist Cultural Tour have a variety of eateries, restaurants, and hotels in the area. We can recommend you the best amongst them as per your menu and budget preferences. 

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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal - 8 Days

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in Nepal - 8 Days

  • Duration 8 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Best Season All Year Round
  • Trip Area KTM - Namobuddha - Lumbini - Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude 1750m.|5742ft. (Namobudhha)
  • Visit Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), and Changu Narayan Temple in Kathmandu
  • Spend a night meditating in the tranquil surroundings of Nambuddha
  • Explore the Maya Devi Temple, sacred holy garden, Ashoka Pillar, and numerous monasteries and stupas made by different countries from all around the world in Lumbini
  • Visit Tilaurakot, where Gautam Buddha spent his early childhood as a prince
  • Explore the beautiful Phewa Lake, Davis Falls, World Peace Pagoda, Gupteshwor Cave, etc in Pokhara
  • Witness a stunning sunrise along with views of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mt. Annapurna from Sarangkot
  • Learn about the roots of Buddhism and rejuvenate as you explore different religious sites
  • Have a glimpse into the daily lifestyle of Nepalese and get to know in depth about their beliefs on Buddhism

The Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour is a perfect 8-day itinerary that lets you explore and understand the depth of Buddhism in this Himalayan nation. While Nepal is primarily known as a Hindu country, its deep-rooted Buddhist heritage is unquestionable. Even though the majority of the population practices Hinduism, Buddhism maintains a robust presence because the Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, himself was born here. 

So, by joining our Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour 2024|2025 departure, you will be traveling to the roots of Buddhism where it all started. The Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal offers a glimpse into the Buddhist faith and celebrates the seamless integration of multiple belief systems that make this country a captivating and spiritually rich destination.

Make your Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour more immersive by joining aerial yoga, hatha yoga, or singing bowl sessions. 

The best thing about the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour is that you do not have to follow the Buddhist faith to join this tour. You can join this tour just to enjoy the profound Buddhist cultural heritage of Nepal and unwind and rejuvenate as the journey flows from one monument to another. Participating in a Buddhist tour in Nepal as a non-Buddhist person is a unique opportunity to embrace the richness and serenity of this ancient religion. 

Our Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour 8-day program combines both natural and cultural beauty. Exploring the Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Temple, Golden Temple, and Changu Narayan Temple in Kathmandu, drive to Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery in Namobuddha to relish serenity. Learn about the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and visit the palace ruins where he spent his early childhood as a prince in Lumbini. 

Finally, end your Buddhist culture tour in Pokhara, unwinding and rejuvenating as you boat on the tranquil Phewa Lake and witness a gorgeous sunrise along with breathtaking views of Annapurna (8091m.|26545ft.) and Machhapuchhre (6993m.|22943ft.) mountains from Sarangkot. Join this life-changing easy 8-day tour at a minimal price. We, Nepal Nirvana Trails, have the best Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage cost with fine service. 

If you have any questions regarding the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour price or wish to customize the itinerary, feel free to get in touch with us anytime. You can even extend the tour to remote Himalayan locations where some of the centuries-old monasteries and stupas are suited. 

Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour 8 days itinerary

Our team will receive you from the Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival day and drop you at the hotel. There is nothing planned on your arrival day in Kathmandu rather than a welcome dinner in the late evening. 

So, you will have ample time to unpack and rest. On your second day, you will have a quick meeting with your tour guide and visit the Buddhist UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. 

The tour guide will introduce you to the monuments and their importance. You will visit Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Boudhanath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), and Changu Narayan Temple. From Kathmandu, you will visit Namobuddha, a beautiful monastery located on the outskirts of the valley. 

Here, you will hear an intriguing story of an ancient stone slab and the stupa. Your time in Namo Buddha will be enchanting and peaceful. Your next stop is Lumbini. From Kathmandu, it is a 30-minute flight to Bhairahawa and a short drive to your hotel in Lumbini. 

Explore the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, visit monasteries, and discover the childhood home of Buddha, where we spent his early days as a prince. This part of the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour will take you to the roots of Buddhism. From here, you will take a short flight to Pokhara. 

In Pokhara, you will explore waterfalls, lakes, and caves. Witness a gorgeous sunrise from Sarangkot and visit tourist attractions such as Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, Bat Cave, World Peace Pagoda, and Begnas Lake. Boat on the tranquil Phewa Lake and enjoy the bustle of Lakeside Market. 

And on the last day, you will fly back to Kathmandu. Spend your last full day in Kathmandu, exploring local markets and shopping for souvenirs. 

Differences between Tibetan Buddhism and other forms of Buddhism practiced in Nepal

Tibetan Buddhism and other forms of Buddhism practiced in Nepal share a common foundation in the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) but have distinct characteristics and practices. Tibetan Buddhism, also known as Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism, places a strong emphasis on rituals, visual symbolism, and the use of mantras and mandalas in meditation practices. It also incorporates elements of Bon, the indigenous Tibetan religion, and has a hierarchical structure with spiritual leaders like the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. 

In contrast, other forms of Buddhism practiced in Nepal, such as Theravada and Newar Buddhism, tend to be less ritualistic and more focused on meditation and ethical principles. Newar Buddhism, prevalent in the Kathmandu Valley, has a unique blend of Hindu and Buddhist traditions and often involves the worship of deities and participation in festivals.

What places will we visit during our Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour for 8 days?

Below are the places you will visit during the Buddhist tour in Nepal:

Explore the major tourist attractions in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur

Kathmandu Valley is divided into three cities- Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. Here, you will visit numerous Buddhist monuments, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The tour will take you to Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath) and Boudhnath Stupa in Kathmandu. 

Likewise, you will visit the Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar) in Patan and the Changu Narayan Temple in Bhaktapur. Throughout this tour, you will gain profound insights into the rich Buddhist cultural heritage in Nepal. 

The sites will present intricate architecture, beautiful art, intriguing craftsmanship, and a soothing environment. Around the monuments, you can explore the local markets and interact with the locals. If you are curious about anything, feel free to ask our guide. 

Meditate in the tranquility of Namobuddha and enjoy the soothing serene environment

The main attraction of Namobuddha is the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery that houses a beautiful stupa and a sacred cave. It is believed that in a previous life, Prince Mahasattva offered his body to a starving tigress and her cubs, displaying selfless compassion. Visitors to Namobuddha are welcomed by a serene environment surrounded by lush green hills and pristine nature. 

The tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking views make it an ideal destination for meditation and spiritual reflection. You can feel an aura of calmness, with monks engaging in prayer and meditation rituals exuding from the monastery. This short getaway from the bustle of Kathmandu lets you meditate in the peaceful embrace of Namobuddha and rejuvenate your spirit.

Explore the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, the creator of Buddhism

Lumbini is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the world for Buddhists. It is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The main attraction in Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which is believed to mark the exact spot where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Prince Siddhartha under the shade of a sal tree. 

Likewise, you will visit places like the sacred garden and various monasteries, stupas, and monuments built by Buddhist communities from around the world. One other famous monument in Lumbini is the Ashoka Pillar, erected by Emperor Ashoka of India in the 3rd century BCE. On your second, you will drive to Tilaurakot, located 25 km west of Lumbini. 

Tilaurakot is the kingdom of the Sakya dynasty where Prince Siddhartha, who later became Gautan Buddha. Visiting Tilaurakot is like stepping back in time to the era when the Buddha lived as a prince. Tilaurakot's most prominent feature is the palace complex, which is believed to be the residence of King Suddhodana, the Buddha's father. 

The ruins of this royal residence are spread over a large area and offer a fascinating insight into the opulence and grandeur of the ancient Sakya dynasty. Visit the eastern and the western stupas and a museum for better historical context. 

Enjoy a refreshing and calming boat ride on Phewa Lake in Pokhara 

Your hotel will be near Phewa Lake. The lake is surrounded by lush green hills and the towering Annapurna and Machapuchare mountain ranges, creating a stunning backdrop. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will have the remaining day to explore the Lakeside Market, situated along the northern shore of Phewa Lake. 

It is a vibrant and bustling area filled with hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, and stalls selling souvenirs, handicrafts, clothing, and more. Later visit Phewa Lake and enjoy boating on it, admiring a lovely sunset. Phewa Lake is also home to the Tal Barahi Temple, located at the lake's center. 

You can row your boat to the temple and explore its premises, adding a touch of cultural enrichment to your lake adventure. Whether you're seeking adventure, a romantic getaway, or simply a moment of peace, Phewa Lake and Lakeside Market will provide you.

Witness a gorgeous sunrise with Himalayan mountain views from Sarangkot and explore tourist sites in Pokhara

Sarangkot is a viewpoint and is known for paragliding. You will drive here early in the morning to witness a gorgeous sunrise along with the view of mountains like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. This will be a quite remarkable moment for you. 

The serene silence, the distant chirping of birds, and the whispers of the wind will profoundly soothe your soul. From there, the adventure continues to different tourist sites in Pokhara. Visit the World Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, Bat Cave, and Begnas Lake. 

Explore the underground waterfalls and intricate limestone formations in Gupteshwor Cave. Unlike Kathmandu, Pokhara will let you spend more time in nature and heal your heart as you encounter beautiful views and peaceful surroundings. 

Visit Museums and local markets, and buy souvenirs like Thangka paintings, pashmina clothes, singing bowls, prayer beads, etc.

The museums and local markets you will explore during the Nepal Buddhist tour for 8 days will enhance the overall journey for you. You will visit the National Museum and the Patan Museum. Explore ancient sculptures, paintings, exquisite Newari art, and archaeological treasures that trace the evolution of Buddhism in Nepal. 

Likewise, enjoy the aroma of incense mingles with the vibrant colors of traditional textiles and handcrafted goods as you explore the local market. Discover an array of Buddhist goods like carved wooden masks, prayer flags, delicate Thangka paintings, prayer scrolls, prayer beads, singing bowls, incense, pashmina clothes, etc. 

Other pilgrimage and holiday tour packages in Nepal

The Nepal Hindu pilgrimage tour is one of our other famous religious tour packages. Likewise, we have trekking and tour packages to Muktinath Temple, Gosaikunda Lake , etc. 

If you are looking for family holidays in Nepal, check out these packages - Glimpse of Nepal , Nepal Adventure Tour Package , Chisapani Nagarkot Hike , Kathmandu Chitwan Pokhara Tour , and UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour . 

What makes Nepal Nirvana Trails the best travel company for the Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal?

Nepal Nirvana Trails is operated by Nepalese who are very connected to their roots and have more than 10 years of expertise in organizing tours and treks in Nepal. Traveling with us means we will ensure the journey is immersive for you. 

Our team will arrange all the logistics for the tour so that you will have a hassle-free trip. Likewise, we provide top-notch service at an affordable Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour cost. Our team's experience, knowledge, and dedication will make your Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal a lifetime journey. 

You will be accompanied by our friendly tour guide, who knows the roots of Buddhism in Nepal. All the reservations will be made in advance for your trip. There will be no hidden cost during the tour. With our 24/7 support, you can travel to Nepal confidently with us.

Day to Day Details

Day 1: arrival in kathmandu.

  • 1400m.|4593ft.

Day 2: Explore Major Buddhists Sites of Kathmandu

Day 3: drive to namobuddha, day 4: fly to bhairahawa, drive to lumbini, day 5: explore lumbini: birthplace of lord buddha, day 6: fly to pokhara, explore pokhara city, day 7: drive to sarangkot, explore pokhara city, late evening fly to kathmandu, day 8: final departure.

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Accommodation during the nepal buddhist pilgrimage tour.

During the Buddhist culture tour, you will spend nights in comfortable tourist-standard hotels. In all cities- Kathmandu, Lumbini, and Pokhara, our team will book you standard rooms with private washrooms and all the modern amenities. You also have the option to upgrade the rooms to deluxe or luxury hotels. Let us know whether you prefer a single or a shared room during booking. 

For a more immersive experience, you can choose to stay in Buddhist monasteries. While the facilities may be more basic, staying in a monastery can provide a unique opportunity to connect with the local community and monks, participate in meditation sessions, and experience daily Buddhist rituals. 

Meals during the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour

Nepalese cuisine is diverse and flavorful and will be our main food during the tour. We keep the emphasis on having Nepali dishes as much as possible to make the journey more meaningful. You can choose to have veg or non-veg dishes as per your choice. Dal bhat will be our staple meal. The menu has multi-cuisine in most of the cafes and restaurants, so you can have food of your choice. 

If you choose to stay in a monastery, you may have the chance to dine with the resident monks. Meals in monasteries are typically simple and vegetarian, highlighting mindfulness and gratitude. If you have specific dietary requirements or restrictions, such as vegan or gluten-free diets, inform us ahead. 

Is there any difficulty involved in this tour?

No, there is no difficulty involved in the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour. You can join this tour alone or with your loved ones freely. There is no strenuous walking during the tour. Likewise, our guide will be there to make sure you are safe and enjoying the tour. If you feel any discomfort, feel free to inform your guide.

The best time to do the Nepal Buddhist pilgrimage tour 8 days

The best time to embark on an 8-day Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal is spring and autumn. These two seasons have typically dry and stable weather, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures. There is less chance of precipitation, which makes touring the monuments seamless. There are many Buddhist festivals in spring, so you might have the chance to participate in various celebrations.

Winter in Nepal is generally dry and sunny, with crisp mornings and cool days. While it can be cold, it is still a viable time for a Buddhist pilgrimage tour. Compared to the peak tourist seasons, winter tends to be less crowded, allowing for a more serene and contemplative pilgrimage experience.

Likewise, the monsoon season brings heavy rainfall and humidity to Nepal, making it the least favorable time for a pilgrimage tour. Landslides and road closures can occur, affecting travel plans. Trekking and walking to pilgrimage sites can be challenging due to slippery and muddy trails.

Tips to make your Buddhist pilgrimage tour in Nepal excellent

To ensure your journey is excellent and memorable, consider the following tips:

  • Even though our 8-day Buddhist tour package in Nepal covers the must-visit places, we also recommend you research the Buddhist sites you want to visit in Nepal and let us know.
  • Be mindful of local customs and traditions, especially when visiting monasteries and temples. Dress modestly, remove your shoes before entering sacred areas, and ask for permission before taking photographs.
  • Pack comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing, as well as essential items like a good pair of walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first-aid kit. Remember to carry any necessary travel documents, including visas.
  • Stay hydrated and be mindful of what you eat. Enjoy the local cuisine, but also be cautious about food hygiene to prevent any travel-related illnesses.
  • Interact with the local community, including monks and pilgrims, to gain insights into their way of life and spirituality. 
  • Do not litter the monuments. 
  • Be prepared for unexpected changes in your travel plans, such as weather disruptions or transportation delays.
  • When shopping for souvenirs or dining, choose locally-owned businesses and artisans to support the local economy and communities.

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There are four most important pilgrimage sites in the Buddhism. The four most important sites are Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, and Lumbini that is located in Nepal. The four other sites are also important because Lord Buddha had performed a certain miracles there. Our Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour package covers all 8 most important sites of Buddhism. Besides 8 holy places of Budhha people also like to visit Sankissa and Kaushambi once it was under region of King Udyana . These are the main holy places where Buddhism follower visits in India and Nepal.

Brief about Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour 

For Sketch itinerary and ready reference we offer 07 Nights /08 Days Buddhist Tour Package. However we can offer different itinerary based on your interest like -special prayers or long stay in Bodh Gaya . We make the tailor-made itinerary for India Nepal Buddhist Tour Package. The outlined tour package takes you to the most beautiful sacred pilgrimage sites of Buddha’s Followers. Travelers will explore some important sites of Buddhism during Buddhist India and Nepal Tour. For more details please look at the itinerary below.

Connectivity for Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

Earlier it was a tough task to complete Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Package due to poor infrastructures.  In the recent years India Government started many infrastructure development works in Buddhist circuit. Specially roads and airport development works. Buddhist Followers can use 3 International airport to complete Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour. These international airports are : Varanasi, Gaya and Kushinagar international airport. Many countries now directly operating flights to Buddhist Circuit airports. Varanasi and Gaya International airports are operating flights for Asian countries.

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Itinerary  

Day 1: arrival at varanasi airport .

Buddhist Tour will start from Varanasi, our representative will help you with check-in at the hotel. Varanasi was well known as Banaras a holy city. It is said that Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. After freshen up proceed to the sightseeing of Varanasi in which you will visit BHU( Banaras Hindu University) and  Art Gallery . Besides the city tour, we visit Ganga ghat in the evening for the Aarti ceremony. Joining the Aarti ceremony will be a prime experience of a tourist who visits Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the most important places for Buddhist Pilgrimage and Hinduism. Stay overnight at Varanasi hotel

Day 2: Varanasi – Shravasti (300 Km, 7 hours’ drive)

In the morning after breakfast proceed to the boat ride in the holy river Ganga . Today we visit Sarnath that is the most important place in Buddhist Tours. Sarnath is a deer park where Lord Buddha’s first taught Dharma to the followers. Here you must visit the Sarnath Museum to explore many thing related the Buddha. Sarnath Museum remain closed on every Friday for public visits . Leave Sarnath on time because we have to reach another place of Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour. On arrival transfer to the hotel in Shravsati. Stay overnight at Shravasti hotel.

Day 3: Shravasti – Lumbini (225 Kms, 6 hours’ drive)

In the morning after breakfast start Shravasti local tour. Shravasti is said to be founded by legendary king Shravasti. The place is belong to Lord Buddha, It is believed that Lord Buddha performed many miracles at Shravasti. Jetavan is the most famous place to visit in Shravasti area. Besides regular sightseeing also visit Sahet Mahet and Angulimal cave in Sravasti. Later, drive to Lumbini located in Nepal is the birth place Lord Budhha. On arrival Lumbini get transferred to a hotel. Stay overnight at hotel. Note- Travelers need a valid visa to get in Nepal. 

Day 4: Lumbini – Kushinagar (182 Kms, 5 hours’ drive)

After breakfast, you must make a visit to Lumbini and around. It features a number of temples in the Lumbini. Lumbini is the place where Rani Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautam. The most important temples in Lumbini is the Mayadevi Temple . Besides the temples visit, we will take a tour of the Ashoka Pillar. Later in the afternoon drive to Kushinagar that is the final resting place of Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana in 483 BC in Kushinagar. On arrival check-in at the Kushinagar hotel. After resting, continue visiting prominent destinations in Kushinagar. This includes a visit to Mahaparinirvana Stupa where Lord Buddha attained salvation. After dinner at the hotel, a night spent in Kushinagar.

Day 5: Kushinagar-Vaishali-Patna (225 Kms, 6 hours’ drive)

After breakfast at the hotel, leave for Patna and the en-route visit to Vaishali. Lord Buddha visited Vaishali in his fifth year of enlightenment. Vaishali is one of the most important sites in Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour. Lord Buddha spent the rainy season here. Vaishali is the place where Lord Buddha declared his parinirvana. Other most important places to visit in Vaishali are Ananda Stupa and  Ashoka Pillar . Later continue our drive to Patna city. On arrival, check-in hotel and dinner, spent a night in Patna.

Day 6: Patna–Rajgir/ Nalanda – Bodhgaya (182 Km/ 6 hours)

Early in the morning after breakfast, we will drive to Bodhgaya. On the way visit to Rajgir and Nalanda. People like to glide Ropeway to reach “World Peace Pagoda” in Rajgir. It is an ultimate experience while gliding to explore scenic hill view of Rajgir.  Mauryan Empire evolved Rajgir as the former capital of the Magadha kingdom. Also, visit Griddhkuta which means ‘ Hill of Vultures’ in Rajgir town. Later visit Nalanda , which is the ruin of the oldest university in the world. Besides the regular sightseeing we can enjoy a ropeway ride in Rajgir. Now move to Bodhgaya that is the principal center of Buddhism. On arrival at Bodhgaya, check-in hotel. In Bodhgaya you can join prayer meetings at various monasteries. Stay overnight in a Bodhgaya hotel.

Day 7: Bodhgaya ( the principal center of Buddhism Pilgrimage Tour) 

In the morning after breakfast, we will start our Bodhgaya tour. Bodhgaya is considered as one of the four most important holy sites in Buddhism . Buddhist Pilgrimage tour is incomplete without visiting Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. It is believed that Lord Buddha penanced here under the Bodhi tree . In the course of the day, mainly visit Mahabodhi Temple, Sujata Village. Bodhgaya is also famous for its monasteries, therefore, we will visit the Royal Bhutan Monastery, Thai Monastery, etc. Besides sightseeing, we visit for prayer gathering or join prayer meetings held in the temple.

Stay overnight at Bodhgaya hotel.

Day 8: Bodhgaya – Gaya – onward destinations

In the morning after breakfast, we will check-out from the hotel. We can visit Sujata Village in Bodhgaya. Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour comes to an end. Based on your flight schedule we will transfer you to the Gaya airport or Varanasi Airport. If your flight is booked from Varanasi airport then leave early Bodhgaya to reach Varanasi on time.

Transport Services and Tour Guides for Buddhist Tours  

We provide economy, mid range and luxury cars and buses for Buddhist Tour Packages. If a traveler creates his own group that is always cheaper to traveling in a group. Private tour is always expensive than travelling in a group. We have a panel list of approved tour guides for Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour. Some area is still needed infrastructure developments like roads and midways for dinning options. Once you placed your inquiry we check and suggest you the most suitable vehicle for your tour. July to March are the best time to take India Buddhist Tour Package.

Visa for Buddhist Pilgrimage Travelers 

A foreign traveler requires valid visa to get entry in India. Visa on arrival facility is available for many countries. Traveler can check country list while they plan for India Buddhist Tour. It is important to know that Lumbini falls in Nepal hence few travelers need multiple entry visa for India. To get Nepal visa please carry cash and passport size photos. Nepal visa is available on the India Nepal border, our driver will assist to the travelers for that.

Hotels and Lodge for Buddhist Tour Packages 

During Buddhist Tour we have many hotel options in Varanasi. There are limited hotels in Kushinagar and Shravasti. During peak season October to March many hotels are operational but some of them get closed in summer time. There are no international chain hotels Kushinagar and Shravasti . Mid scale hotels are available at places in Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour. Small chain hotels are planning to open hotels for Buddhist circuits.

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Bagdogra – phuntsholing (1 night).

Tour guests will report at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Domestic/International Airport, Mumbai as per the scheduled flight departure time and fly to Bagdogra along with Veena World Tour Manager. Upon arrival they will proceed to Phuntsholing – the gateway to Bhutan. Joining and Leaving (J&L) tour guests will join the group on their own. The transfer charges to reach the designated place or hotel will be borne by the (J&L) guests.

  • Night Stay in Phuentsholing
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Phuntsholing – Paro (2 Nights)

Today we proceed to Paro. En route visit Tamcho iron bridge near pa chu. Upon arrival at Paro, we visit, Paro Dzong- a large dzong - Buddhist monastery and fortress. Further we visit Ta-Dzong also known as National Museum. In the evening we have some free time for shopping at local market.

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  • Tea/Coffee/Soft drink at Paro

Paro – Taktshang Monastery – Paro

Today we visit Taktshang Monastery- famously known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Clinging on a cliff at a height of 3120 meters above the sea level, this ancient monastery is a gem of Paro Valley. a trek of total 12km from Paro town. After returning from Tiger’s Nest, we proceed to the view point of Drukgyel Dzong – a Victory Fortress. In the evening we enjoy the Bhutanese cultural program.

  • Tea/Coffee/Soft drink at Taktshang Monastery, Tea/Coffee with Pakoda while cultural program

Paro – Chele La Pass – Punakha (2 Nights)

Today we visit Chele-la-Pass – the highest motorable pass in the western regions of Bhutan located between picturesque Haa Valley and Paro Valley. Further we proceed to Punakha. En route we visit Lamperi Botanical Garden, Dochula Pass and 108 memorial chortens also known as Druk Wangyal Chorten. Further we proceed to the low lands on Punakha valley. Upon arrival we have free time to relax and explore the surroundings. Please note: Chele-la-Pass is situated at a high altitude, which may pose challenges for guests with certain health conditions. If you have pre-existing health issues, we strongly recommend consulting with your doctor before planning your visit to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

  • Tea/Coffee at Dochula Pass and Pakoda at Punakha

Punakha - Phobjikha Valley – Punakha

Today we have a full day excursion to Phobjikha Valley which is known for its migration of the black necked cranes and the beauty of its valley. We will visit Gangtey Monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries lying at an elevation of 3000m, Nature walk at Phobjikha Valley and Black-Necked Crane Information Center. Later we enjoy a thrilling experience of white water rafting in the Punakha river.

Punakha – Thimphu (2 Nights)

Today we visit the famous Punakha Dzong – the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan. Then we proceed to Thimphu- the capital of Bhutan. Upon arrival we visit BBS Clock Tower, and Tashichho Dzong. In the evening we have free time at the local market.

  • Tea/Coffee /Soft drink en-route to Thimphu

Today we explore Thimphu city, we visit Motithang mini zoo – a wildlife reserve area for ‘Takin’ the national animal of Bhutan, Buddha Dordenma Statue, and the Standing Buddha Park. Further we visit National Library and Handicraft Center.

  • Tea/ Coffee and Veg Momos

Thimphu – Phuntsholing – Siliguri (1 Night)

Today we proceed to Siliguri via Phuntsholing. Here we visit Kharbandi Gompa – built by the Royal Grandmother as her winter residence. In the evening we arrive at Siliguri.

  • Tea/Coffee/Soft drink en-route to Siliguri

Siliguri – Departure from Bagdogra

Today we proceed to Bagdogra. It’s time now to say goodbye, Phir Milenge! Let’s stay in touch with each other through email, phone, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, etc. and meet again on yet another memorable Veena World tour. See you all! Tour guests will proceed to the airport as per their scheduled group flight departure time and start their journey back home. Joining and Leaving (J&L) tour guests will leave the group after the scheduled program. The transfer charges to reach their respective airport/cruise/rail/bus terminal will be borne by the (J&L) guests. Tour concludes. Please note: Airline: On group tours, we generally fly with the airlines that are group-friendly. Group tours are based on economy class, if you wish to travel by Premium Economy / Business Class / First Class, we can arrange the same at an additional cost subject to availability. During your air travel, refreshments and meals are provided as per the airline policy. However, we recommend you to carry dry snacks of your choice for the flight journey. Transport: For transfers and sightseeing we use small cars / Tempo Travellers / Mini or big coaches depending on the respective tour group size. The seating arrangement in the coach is based on booking priority. Seat numbers 1 & 2 are reserved for Tour Managers and Tour Guides. Seat numbers 3 & 4 are reserved as Prime Seats which can be availed by paying an additional cost. In case of small cars there will be 4-6 guests in one car as per the capacity and guests occupy the seats on rotation basis. If you wish to utilise the vehicle solely for yourself or your family or you would like to upgrade the vehicle, we can arrange the same at an additional cost subject to availability. Sightseeing attractions: Given the current dynamic situation, some monuments or sightseeing places may be closed temporarily without any prior notice. Sometimes due to rush or changes in the reservation system, entrance to the sightseeing attractions may be unavailable; in such cases, every attempt will be made to visit an alternate sightseeing place if possible or refund of the entry fee will be given. Hotels: The hotels on tour are comfortable and have been appreciated by Veena World’s guests in the past. Kindly check your respective hotels before booking your tour. Room Sharing: Sometimes, two single unfamiliar travellers (gender - alike) share a room, should read the instruction paper along with the terms & conditions and abide by the same. Meals: On tour, we provide all meals, from day one to the last day, as mentioned in the itinerary. In case of early arrival or late departure due flight timings, guests will be provided an additional meal/s without any extra cost. In case of connecting flights, if the transit time exceeds beyond three hours, guests will be provided with a meal/meal coupon. Generally, meals are provided in the restaurants. On certain occasions, packed meals will be provided for the ease of itinerary operation/sightseeing. Breakfasts are generally Indian or Continental whereas, lunches and dinners are in the form of set menu and are Indian OR Indian along with a regional dish OR regional cuisine OR popular street food. At religious places due to restrictions, only vegetarian food will be served. At all other places, meals are a combination of Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian food items.

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  • As everyone is becoming a frequent traveller now, we suggest that you make your own travel accessories kit to ensure a stress free holiday.
  • Always make sure to carry less and light luggage, use a four wheel small or medium suitcase and please make sure that you are carrying only one suitcase per person. This will ensure that you will travel smartly and without any inconveniences.
  • It is also recommended that you have one cross shoulder bag or haversack for your handy needs which will ensure that you are comfortable at the time of sightseeing and also easy for photography during your tour.
  • A smart cap/hat and sunglasses are definitely something that you should have in your kit.
  • Though Veena World provides all three meals, that is breakfast, lunch, dinner and Veena World treats as per the itinerary, you can carry dry snacks of your choice in small sealed packets for munching during air travel or road journeys.
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Air Travel:

  • Mumbai // Bagdogra // Mumbai

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  • Non A/C Coaster and small vehicle

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  • ADULT: Original passport with minimum 9 months validity from the date of tour arrival or Original Voter ID
  • For NRI and Foreign National Guests along with Passport, Valid Indian Visa/ OCI Card/ PIO Card is mandatory.
  • Carry two passport size photographs with white background.
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Guest can pay by Cheque/ Demand Draft/ Debit card / Credit card/ NEFT/ RTGS/ IMPS. For Debit / Credit card payment additional 1.8 % convenience charge will be applicable Cheque / Demand draft should be in favour of "Veena Patil Hospitality Pvt ltd"

  • As per Bhutan’s New Tourism Policy, Indians visiting Bhutan will have to pay Sustainable Development Fee ( SDF) Rs.1200 per person per day. This fee is already included in the new tour price. For the guests using credit note or FTV will have to borne this newly introduced SDF by Bhutan government and will have to pay the same at the time of confirming the tour.
  • The tour price for Foreign Nationals and NRIs is different than Indian Nationals.
  • For Foreign Nationals and NRIs, Sustainable Development Fee charged as per the Bhutan’s New Tourism Policy is USD 200 per person per night.
  • Foreign Nationals and NRI guests need Visa for Bhutan, for which USD 40 will be added along with SDF to the tour price.
  • All meals are provided by Veena World in case the flight reaches the stipulated destination early morning or leaves destination late in the evening.
  • In case, a particular sightseeing cannot be covered or visited on the tour, owing to any kind of unavoidable political, environmental or social circumstances, then it will be replaced with other best possible alternative sightseeing.
  • The tour price mentioned for this tour is for Indian nationals only.
  • NRIs and foreign nationals require Visa for Bhutan, Nepal, Kailash Manasarovar tours.
  • NRIs and Foreign nationals please ensure proper identity is conveyed to booking executive at the time of booking and all details along with passport copies are handed over to the booking executive.

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Image Credit: Facebook Wat Mae Kaet Noi’s opening hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., all days of the week. So you can visit this place as per your itinerary. It is suggested that visitors visit the temple early in the morning or late in the afternoon during the summer. In order to avoid the crowd, consider visiting the place on weekdays rather than on weekends.

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Wat Mae Kaet Noi Entrance Fee

diya on the dark at Wat Mae Kaet Noi.

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The Wat Mae Kaet Noi entrance fee is a modest 10 Baht (coin) per person. When visiting the place, you should keep in mind that although there is no specific dress code that one needs to follow while visiting the temple, you should dress modestly. This means one should avoid wearing shorts, short skirts, revealing tops, etc. Both men and women should wear clothes covering their shoulders, arms, and knees. A long skirt or pants will also work while visiting the temple.

Wat Mae Kaet Noi: Nearby Places To Visit

Now, you are full of unusual experiences at this unique Buddhist temple. So, don’t forget to explore the places around Wat Mae Kaet Noi, as mentioned below, and create beautiful memories with your loved ones.

1. Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)

stunning view of Wat Rong Khun, a must see place near Wat Mae Kaet Noi.

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The temple is located in Chiang Rai, about two hours from Wat Mae Kaet Noi. It is an iconic Buddhist temple distinguished by its pristine white hue complemented by the glistening glass fragments, which sparkle under sunlight. Designed by artist Chalermchai Kostipipat, its striking white exterior symbolizes purity, adorned with intricate glass mosaics. The temple combines traditional Buddhist art with modern motifs, making it a visually stunning and unique attraction.

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2. Mae Sa Elephant Camp

Mae Sa Elephant Camp, near Wat Mae Kaet Noi is the best spot for animal lovers.

The camp is about an hour away from this temple. Visitors can interact with the elephants in a responsible and ethical environment. The camp focuses on conservation and education, providing opportunities to learn about elephant care, watch demonstrations and participate in feeding and bathing the elephants. Stroll through the forest alongside the majestic elephants, observing them have fun in the mud pits. Make an appointment before visiting the camp.

3. Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden

Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden contains the diverse range of flora from over the years.

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Located in Mae Rim, the place is just a 30-minute drive from the temple. The garden showcases Thailand’s diverse flora, Spanning over 1000 hectares, it features themed gardens, greenhouses and nature trails. Highlights include the Canopy Walkway, offering stunning views of the forest canopy and the Orchid Nursery. The best time to visit the garden is in the morning when the temperature is slightly cooler. You can spend an entire day here visiting the exhibition halls, walking along the trails, and enjoying delicious coffee in the evening.

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4. Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park is among popular tourist hotspots.

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The park is about an hour’s drive from the temple. This national park is home to the famous Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple with its golden chedi and panoramic views of Chiang Mai. The park is also famous for hiking trails and exploring rich biodiversity, making it a perfect spot for adventure and nature enthusiasts. Doi Suthep is blessed with many stunning waterfalls, including Nam Tok Monthathon, a breathtaking cascade enveloped by lush greenery.

5. Chiang Mai Night Safari

Explore Chiang Mai Night Safari.

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The place is about 45 minutes away from the temple. This safari is a nocturnal zoo that offers guided tram tours through savannah and predator zones. Visitors can see animals in their natural nighttime behaviours, and the park also features walking trails, a laser light show, and various animal exhibits, providing a unique and engaging wildlife experience. Whether you’re a wildlife lover or simply looking for a unique adventure, Chiang Mai Night Safari promises an unforgettable experience.

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Wat Mae Kaet Noi temple in Chiang Mai province is a unique and thought-provoking destination. Known for its graphic depictions of Buddhist hell, the temple offers visitors a stark and vivid portrayal of the consequences of immoral actions. Beyond the intense imagery, the temple grounds provide a peaceful setting for reflection and meditation. So, book a trip to Bangkok and explore the intriguing depths of this temple.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Wat Mae Kaet Noi

How can I get to Wat Mae Kaet Noi?

You can easily take your own car or hire a taxi from Chiang Mai city which is around a 45-minute drive to the temple.

Is Wat Mae Kaet Noi suitable for children?

No, for children visiting this temple is not feasible because of the graphic depictions of hell which can be quite intense for them. Hence children should not go to this temple.

What is the main attraction of Wat Mae Kaet Noi?

The main attraction of this temple is the Hell Garden which features noteworthy statues and sculptures. These statues illustrate the consequences of immoral actions.

Can I take photos at Wat Mae Kaet Noi?

Yes, you are allowed to take photos inside the temple. Enjoy the mesmerizing view and collect some memories on your Thailand trip to cherish forever.

Are there any guided tours available at Wat Mae Kaet Noi?

There are no official guided tours, but local guides are available. Although information about everything is written in both Thai and English.

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