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India & Nepal Buddhist Pilgrimage 

12D 11N

Kathmandu /Lumbhini /Sravasti /Varanasi /Bodgaya /Rajgir 

Nalanda /Patna /Vaishali / Kushinagar

Day 01                 Arrive Kathmandu                                                                                                                                                 (-) 

Upon airrival at Kathmandu airport, our representative will receive you, transfer to hotel. Check in and freshen up.

Later, proceed for full day sightseeing, start with Swayambhunath Stupa also know as Monkey Temple. It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal.

Next, visit Kathmandu Durbar Square  situated in the heart of old Kathmandu city at Basantapur. The  Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace,  the historic seat of the royalty, the  magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters, Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari, Ashok Vinayak, also called Kathmandu Ganesh, a temple without a filial and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. 

The capital takes its name from the giant pagoda of Kasthamandap, which is said to have been built out of a single tree. Since the time of the Malla kings, the Durbar Square has been the city’s social, religious and political focal point.

After lunch,visit Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the most imposing landmarks in Kathmandu, visible as soon as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. It is the largest stupa in the Kathmandu Valley and is the center of Tibetan Buddhism. (Some of the temples/Stupas were damaged in the 2015 earthquake).


Drive to Pasupatinath Temple of Lord Shiva, considered one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. The two-tiered pagoda with golden roofs and silver doors houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicates the temple existed before 400 A.D. 

At the nearest vicinity, on the banks of the Bagmati River lies Guheswari, where, according to mythology, a portion of Sati Devi, Lord Shiva’s consort. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 02                 Kathmandu/Lumbini  (8 hrs/321 kms)                                                                                       (B)

After breakfast, check out and drive to Lumbini with lunch break on the journey. Transfer to hotel, check in. Free and easy. Overnight in Lumbini. 

Day 03                Lumbini                                                                                                                                                         (B) 

After breakfast, proceed for full day tour and sightseeing, starting with the most important Maya Devi temple, which enshrines the traditional site of the Buddha's birth, stands on the site of earlier temples and stupas, including the stupa built by Ashoka and Ashoka's Pillar. The sacred pool, where Maya Devi bathed before giving birth, and where the newborn Buddha was washed by two dragons.

Monastic Site divided into two zones, combines many temples to create a huge open-air museum, the East Monastic Zone the Theravada monasteries and West Monastic Zone of Mahayana, both are dedicated for traditional construction monasteries from all over the world.

The main entrance of Lumbini village, the first monastery one will come across is the Thai monastery constructed in 1997 by Thai government according to typical Thai architecture. 

Another Thai temple, Theravadin temple built in 1996 by Mahabodhi Society of India. The most grand and beautiful Theravada temple of Myanmar government, replica of Burmese Swedagoan pagoda and other replicas of Burmese historical buildings and the Nepalese temple built by International Bhikshuni Association. 

One of the majestic monasteries in this zone is the Chinese monastery built by Chinese government completed in September 1998, constructed in a typical Chinese architectural style, Korean Buddhists temples and a Korean designed guesthouse.

The new Lumbini Village is for residence, education, and social activities and are provisions for museum, libraries, International Buddhist Research Institute, hotels, guesthouses, hospital and tourist centres, some five star hotels to simple pilgrim’s guesthouses are already in service.

Since Buddha was born 2600 years ago at Lumbini, his teachings have reached far and wide, all over the world. Just by visiting Lumbini in Nepal, one will be able to see different Buddhist architectures and culture from all over the world. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Lumbini. 

Day 04               Lumbini/Sravasti (4 hrs/136 kms)                                                                                                                 (B)

After breakfast, check out and drive down to Sravasti, capital of an ancient kingdom, where Lord Buddha confounded his critics with a million fold manifestation of himself, seated on a thousand-petalled lotus, as fire and water emanated from his body. 

The capital of Kosala Mahajanapada in the ancient times, Sravasti also known as Sahet-Mahet, renowned for the magical feats showed by Lord Buddha, sitting on a lotus. The most popular is the story of the woman who came to resurrect her dead son. 

Visit the Ananda Bodhi tree under which Lord Buddha Meditated for a night, is said to bless the devotees who meditate under it as it was specialized by Lord Buddha himself.

Jetavana is said to once host Lord Buddha and his pilgrims, where One of his followers, a rich merchant, covered the whole ground of the park (vana) with gold coins. Lord Buddha used these coins to build a Vihara here.

The ancient  temple  built by an old Chinese monk is also part of tourist attraction. Shobhanath  temple, the Jain pilgrims revere  this temple,  believed  to be  the  birthplace  of  a  Jain saint, Sambhavnath.

Devi  Patan  temple, believed to be a one of the foremost  shaktipeeths for the Hindu pilgrims. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Sravasti.

Day 05                Sravasti/Sarnath (6 hrs 30mins/324 kms)                                                                                              (B)

After breakfast, check out and proceed to Sarnath, where the Buddha delivered his first sermon in the Deer Park in 528 B.C that is also known as Dhamma Chakra Pravartan, meaning "The Wheel of Law turns".​ Have lunch in between the journey.

Visit the archaeological and excavation area, the Chaukhandi Stupa along the main road believed that this stupa appears to be constructed prior to the times of Gupta Dynasty (approx. 5th century A.D.). 

Dhamek Stupa or Dhamekha Stupa  is  the  main structure that was built by King Ashoka “The Great” in 3rd century B.C. This spot is believed to be exactly the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples. Mulagandha Kuti Vihar represents the main shrine where Buddha used to sit in meditation for three month during the rainy season. 

The Ashokan Pillar (Ashokan Lion) is a monolithic 15.25-meter-high pillar, it bears the typical  Mauryan polish  and was  surmounted by the famous Lion Capital with a crowning Dharmachakra fitted above the heads of four lion, carved out of single block of black-spotted buff-colored sandstone. This pillar  bears   inscription  from the  3rd century  B.C.

Visit Mahabodhi Temple, is one of the modern temples in Sarnath founded by Mahabodhi society of India in 1931. This temple has series of frescoes drawn by Japanese artist Kosetsu Nosu. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Sarnath.

Day 06               Sarnath/Varanasi (30 mins/7 kms)                                               (B) 

After early breakfast, check out and drive to Varanasi, proceed for morning Boat Ride in the Ganges. Observe Hindu’s way of life on the bank of the river Ganges. It is at the Ganga Ghats (Banaras Ghat) where you can see life and death together, hindu cremation as well.

Some popular Ghats at Varanasi are the Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat, Assi Ghat, Shivala Ghat, Man Mandir  Ghat,Darbhanga Ghat, Ahilyabai Ghat and Kedar Ghat. 

After the boat ride, take a small walk to the oldest part of Varanasi (Banares), famous for its narrow street. Visit Kashi Vishwnath Temple area, also known as the Golden Temple open to Hindu only. 

Drive  to  Banaras  Hindu  University, visit  the Indian art museum Bharat Kala Bhawan and New Kashi Vishwnath Temple. Other important points to see in city include the Durga Temple (monkey temple), Tulasi Manas Temple, Bharat Mata Temple (Mother India Temple).

Evening, experience the Hindu ritual Aarti,  songs sung in praise of  the  deity,  when  offering  of  lamps  is being offered.  Hindus in India worship the river Ganges as goddess.


Every evening in Varanasi, aarti is performed at the Dashashwamedh ghat. We can watch it from the Ghat or from the waterside in a boat. It is a beautiful, resonant, and majestic spectacle with a very precise choreography involving rituals performed by several priests with the sound of bells, drums, cymbals, and Sanskrit mantras. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 07               Bodhgaya (7 hrs/245 kms)                                                                 (B) 

After breakfast, drive to Bodhgaya, proceed to the elaborately carved Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism's holiest shrine, the big attraction at Bodh Gaya, declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. In this Mahabodhi temple complex, one of the  four holy sites related to the life of  the Lord Buddha and particularly to the attainment of Enlightenment. According to tradition, it was in this place that the Buddha sat under a fig tree and meditated,ultimately achieving enlightenment and becoming the Buddha.

Visit the very ornate Thai temple, shimmering with gold, towering 80-foot sandstone and granite statue of Lord Buddha which took 12,000 stonemasons and seven years to complete.

Visit the Archaeological Museum, displaying an array of relics, scriptures, and ancient statues of Buddha. 

Visit the sacred Dungeshwari Cave Temples (also known as Mahakala Caves), where Lord Buddha meditated for an extended period.

The biggest festival in Bodh Gaya is Buddha Jayanti, held on a full moon in late April or May each year, celebrates Lord Buddha's birthday. 

Bodh Gaya's monastery guesthouses are an inexpensive alternative to a hotel. Visit the different monasteries built by the countries of Japan, China, Bhutan,Thailand,Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Myanmar and Nepal, built in a particular way so that it reflects the diverse Buddhist cultures of these regions and also their different architectural styles.These monasteries reflect as to how great a distance the religion of Buddhism has covered.Transfer to hotel. Ovenight in Bodhgaya.

Day 08               Rajgir (2 hrs 30 mins/78 kms)                                                                  (B)

After breakfast, check out and drive to Rajgir, the small town in Bihar is a lovely green place with picturesque, surroundings, an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Jains.

Visit,  Lakshmi  Narayan  temple, dedicated to Hindu god and goddess, also famous for the natural hot water springs coming through the spout from Saptdhara. The hot spring is also known as ‘Brahmakund’.

Next, visit the Vishwa Shanti Stupastands with 40m high Stupa, situated on the top of the hill Ratnagiri, through the ropeways, called the ‘GridhaKuta’. The Stupa houses four gold statues representing Buddha's birth, enlightenment, teaching and death. 

Visit the Cyclopean Wall, constructed over Rajgir hills, estimated to be built by kings of mauryan empire over a period of time approximately 2500 years ago primarily with the purpose of protecting their capital from external invaders and enemies. Today, most of its part has been devastated and exist in ruins. One has to go on Rajgir gaya road near southern gateway at a distance of few kms towards the old Rajgir to get a glimpse of part of these walls. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Rajgir.

Day 09              Nalanda (50 min/25 kms)                                                                                                 (B) 

After breakfast, check out and drive to Nalanda, was   once  a center of learning, a historic city known mainly for its ruins now. Proceed  for sightseeing, visit the Epicenter of knowledge, a Major attractions in Nalanda.

Next, visit the Nalanada University, established in the 5th century, considered to be the first ever residential study centre, had 2000 teachers over 10000 students, was also famous for its big library, built in Kushana style of architecture the ruins of the ancient university include stupas, ornamented panels, lecture halls and stairway.

The Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall, was built in the memory of known Chinese Scholar and traveller, Hiuen Tsang. The architecture of the hall offers a glimpse of Nalanda University.

Next, visit the Surajpur Baragaon, dedicated to Sun god, houses a 5 feet high idol of Goddess Parvati.

Explore the markets for famous woodworks, handcraft, khatwa, Madhubani paintings and papier mache. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Nalanda.

Day 10              Patna (2 hrs/68 kms) /Vaishali (2 hrs/40 kms)                                                                                                    (B) 

After breakfast, check out and proceed to Patna, capital city of the state of Bihar, a very fertile arched stretch of land along the bank of the Ganga.

Visit the Kumrahar, in Patna claim to over a thousand years of political glory - 600 BC to 600 AD, and except the remnants of a huge Mauryan hall supported by 80 sandstone pillars dating back to 400- 300 BC. 

Golghar, alarmed by the famine of 1770, captain John Garstin built this huge granary for the British army in 1786. The massive structure is 29m high and the walls are 3.6m wide at the base. The stairway winding around this monument offers a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Ganga flowing by.

Har Mandir Takht, one of the four sacred shrines of the Sikhs, stands at this holy site, it is also called Patna Sahib by the Sikhs.  

Martyr's Memorial, a memorial to seven freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives in the "Quit India" movement of August 1942, Pathar Ki Masjid, this beautiful mosque was built by Parwez Shah, son of Jehangir, when he was the governor of Bihar.

Sher Shah Suri Masjid, built by Sher Shah Suri in 1545 to commemorate his reign, an Afghan architectural style. Khuda Baksh Oriental Library, magnificent one man collection of rare Arabic and Persian manuscripts, Rajput and Mughal paintings, assortment of old books and new books from the university of Cordoba, Spain, one of the national libraries of India now. 

Patna Museum, contains a First World War cannon, metal and stone sculpture of Maurya and Gupt periods, Buddhist sculpture, terracotta figures. Jalan Museum, has an excellent collection of jade, Chinese paintings, Mughal glass and silver filigree carvings, a private collection and visitors need prior permission. 

Sadaqat Ashram, the headquarters of Bihar Vidyapeeth, a national university. India's first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad lived here after his retirement and there is a small museum here displaying his personal belongings. 

Maner, is the cenotaph of the Sufi Saint Hazrat Makhdoom Yahiya Maner, tomb of his disciple Shah Daulat is also here. Drive to Vaishali. Transfer to hotel. Check in and Overnight in Patna.

Day 11               Vaishali/Kushinagar (6 hrs/234 kms)                                                                                                                    (B) 

After breakfast, check out and proceed to Vaishali where Buddha announced the approaching of his Mahaparinirvana. During one of his visits here, the Buddha was offered a bowl of honey by a monkey. This incident is mentioned as one of the eight great events in his life. 

Visit Ashokan Pillar, with a lion adorning its top is a definite crowd-puller, 18.3m high pillar is made of a single piece of red sandstone and is a major attraction to the tourists. Bawan Pokhar Temple, an old temple built in the Pala period, known as Bawan Pokhar and houses beautiful images of several Hindu gods.

Next, visit Fort Vishal, known to be the part of the oldest democracy of the world which had housed the parliament of those times. Vaishali Museum, established in the year 1971, preserves the antiquities in its four galleries, and is a major tourist attraction.

Day 12              Kushinagar                                                                                                                                                                    (B) 

After breakfast, proceed for Kushinagar tour, one of the four main pilgrimage sites marking Buddha’s life and Kushinagar is where Buddha died. There are three main historical sights, including the simple but wonderfully serene stupa where Buddha is said to have been cremated. 

Mahaparinirvana Temple, was rebuilt in 1927 and its serene 5th-century reclining Buddha, unearthed in 1876. Six metres long, it depicts Buddha on his ancient death-bed and is one of the world’s most moving Buddhist icons. At sunset, monks cover the statue to the shoulders with a long saffron-coloured silk sheet, as though putting Buddha to bed for the night.

Wat Thai Complex, features an elaborate temple. There’s also a Sunday school and health clinic across the street. Ramabhar Stupa, architecturally, this half-ruined 15m-high stupa is little more than a large, dome-shaped clump of red bricks. This is where Buddha’s body is said to have been cremated and monks and pilgrims can often be seen meditating by the palm-lined path that leads around the structure. 

Mahasukhamdada Chin Thargyi Pagoda & Myanmar Temple, this white, octagonal temple is topped by a graceful golden spire


Mathakuar Buddhist Temple in Kushinagar, this a small shrine, set among monastery ruins, marks the spot where Buddha is said to have made his final sermon. It now houses a 3m-tall blue-stone Buddha statue, thought to date from the 10th century AD.

Korean Buddhist Temple, was constructed in the year 2000 and is being managed by a South Korean Society. The building houses temple on the first floor where golden statue of Buddha is installed, while accommodation (only six rooms) on the ground floor are for the Koreans only and is being provided on voluntary donation basis.

Buddha Museum, exhibits Buddhist relics, sculptures and terracotta unearthed from the Kushinagar region, as well as some Tibetan thangkas (rectangular cloth paintings) and Mughal miniature paintings. 

Day 13              Kushinagar/Kathmandu (10 hrs/332)                                                                             (B) 

After breakfast, check out and proceed to Kathmandu. Stop over for lunch in between the journey to stretch out. Later, continue the journey. Upon arrival in the evening, transfer to hotel. Free and easy. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Day 14              Kathmandu/Evening departure                                                           (B)


After breakfast, free and easy, check out and shop and till time to transfer to airport for onward destination.

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