Buddhism is one of the most important religions in the world. The Buddhism was born in India and then the religion spread to other South East Asian Countries and other places in the world. Buddhism is based on teachings of Buddha who had attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya and later spread knowledge and spiritual teachings through his sermons to others. We have designed special Buddhist Tour of India for Buddhist Pilgrims and other travelers who are interested in visiting Buddhist monasteries and pilgrim places. Our Buddhist pilgrimage tours are the best way to take you to all important Buddhist tour itineraries and religious places which are associated with Life of Buddha as well as other important Buddhist sites and centers as well which became important after Buddha. The 6 Days Buddhist Tour has been designed to take you on a journey through all those places, which are currently located in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
DAY 1ARRIVAL IN GAYA
After reaching Gaya, meet our DIH tour representative who will help you with guided transfer to the pre-decided hotel. Complete the check-in formalities and relax for a while. Thereafter, get ready to visit the Mahabodhi Temple. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temple is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
Within the temple complex, you will be taken to the Bodhi Tree under which the Lord gained enlightenment. The site is a major pilgrimage for Buddhist and is thronged by followers of Buddhism from all over the world. From there you will be visiting the Wat Thai Temple. The shrine is unique and only Thai temple in India.
Mahabodhi Temple, Gaya
Return to the hotel for an overnight stay in Gaya.
DAY 2BODHGAYA - RAJGIR - NALANDA - PATNA
Savor hearty breakfast in the morning. Later on, leave for Patna by road. There will be a halt en route to explore attractions of Rajgir - the first capital kingdom of Magadha. It is famed for housing Buddhist ruins, rock-cut caves, shell inscriptions, Hindu Jain temples and forts etc.
Also, you will be visiting the Nalanda. Dating back to the 450CE, Nalanda was a Buddhist university. Many of the notable guests of this longest running university in the Indian history were Mahavira and Buddha. After exploring the places, resume your drive towards Patna. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel.
An overnight stay is planned at the hotel in Patna.
DAY 3PATNA - VAISHALI - KUSHINAGAR
After having your breakfast, enjoy a road trip to Kushinagar, a Buddhist pilgrimage site. While on your way, visit Vaishali. A small district in Bihar, Vaishali is also a revered Buddhist, Hindu and Jain pilgrimage place. Lord Mahavira was born here whereas Lord Buddha has spent a significant time of his life here. After exploring the Vaishali, continue your journey to Kushinagar. On reaching, check-in at the hotel and relax.
Kushinagar is another Buddhist pilgrimage where Lord Buddha attained Nirvana. Dotted with numerous stupas and monasteries, the sacred place is famed for deriving its name from that of Lord Rama’s son, Kush.
Lord Budha Temple, Vaishali
Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel in Kushingar.
DAY 4KUSHINAGAR - VARANASI
Day 4 of the Golden Triangle of Buddhist Tour starts with a healthy breakfast. Post this, get ready for a city tour of Kushinagar. During the day trip, you will be visiting the Mahaparinirvana Temple. The holy shrine is a home to 6.10 m long statue of the Buddha in a reclining position. An important characteristic of the statue is that it is made up of a single piece of red sandstone of Chunar. Reckoned as the most sacred shrines of the Buddhists, the temple is visited by numerous devotees throughout the year.
Subsequently, you will be traveling to the Wat Thai temple. The temple is so splendid that it can be seen from anywhere in Kushinagar. Attracting tourists from all over the world, the temple portrays the typical Thai Buddhist architectural style. After paying homage, you will leave for Varanasi.
Mahaparinirvana Temple, Kushinagar
After reaching, check-in at the hotel for an overnight stay in Varanasi.
The day starts early in the morning as you enjoy a boat ride on river Ganges in Varanasi in the wee hours. Thereafter, you can satiate your hunger with scrumptious breakfast. Post this, visit Sarnath where Buddha preached his message after attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Ashoka adorned this place with numerous magnificent stupas and monasteries.
The afternoon is reserved for visiting the famous temples in Varanasi like the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the Durga Temple. The Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva and also houses one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Painted in red, the Durga Mandir is also known as the Monkey Temple. A holy abode of Goddess Durga, the temple holds great religious importance and was built by a Bengali Queen in the 18th century. A visit to the Banaras Hindu University is also on the list.
Ghat at Varanasi
Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel in Varanasi.
DAY 6DEPARTURE FROM VARANASI
This is the last day of the tour and you will be departing from Varanasi. In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your homebound flight. The tour ends with the sweet memories with Delightful India Holidays.