Buddhism is one of the most widely acclaimed religions in the world. People from all walks of life take up this religion as a means of self actualization and improvement. Being the home to Buddhism India is filled with numerous Buddhist temples, monasteries, Stupa and other shrines which attract devout Buddhists from all over the world. Our pristine Buddhist tour with glimpses of Kolkata package will make sure that you have an experience to remember.
|Tour Name||Buddhist tour with glimpses of Kolkata|
|Tour Duration||7 Days / 6 Nights|
|Destinations Covered||Kolkata – Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Varanasi – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Sravasti – Lucknow – Delhi|
|Tour Price||On Request/- Enquire Now|
Day 1: Arrival in Kolkata – Bodhgaya
Upon arriving at Kolkata our tour representative will meet you and take you for a very brief sightseeing to one of the major landmarks in Kolkata which is Victoria memorial – a pristine white palace dedicated to the queen of England. Later you will be immediately transferred to the Howrah railway station where you will be made to board the train headed towards the pious city of Bodhgaya, which will be a 14 hours of overnight train journey.
Day 2: Arrival in Bodhgaya
You will be arriving at the Gaya station where our tour representative will escort you to Bodhgaya via a road journey of 35 mins. After completing the check in procedures at your allotted hotel you will be assisted to some of the most relevant shrines here. You will be made to explore the extremely famous Mahabodhi temple – a 3rd century temple, built by Ashoka the great which houses the Bodhi tree under which Buddha attained his enlightenment.
After a visit to this temple you will be taken back to your hotel where you will be spending the night.
Day 3: Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Bodhgaya
Post breakfast you will be taken for an excursion of the 6th century Magadh empire’s capital – Rajgir, which is located at a distance of 2 hours. Rajgir is a place where Buddha had spent several of his years, where you will be made to visit; Gridhakuta – also known as vulture peak and famous for being Buddha’s favorite retreat spot. This is also the place where he gave a number of his discourses; Saptaparni cave – the place where the very first Buddhist council was held, 6 months post his mahaparinirvana; Ajatshatru fort – one of the most ancient forts in the subcontinent which was built during the 6th century BC; Venu Vana – a beautiful park filled with colorfully vibrant flowers, plants and a large pond; Nalanda – one of the oldest universities in the world (5th century) where Buddha also taught and preached about Buddhism to students from within India to students from abroad; Archeological museum – which houses rare collections and other items of interest.
You will then be made to return to Bodhgaya for spending the night at your hotel.
Day 4: Bodhgaya – Varanasi
Early in the morning after breakfast you will be driven to one of the oldest living towns in the world – Varanasi, which is located at a distance of 6 hours of road journey. Upon arrival our tour representative will immediately get you checked in to your allotted headed and after which you will be made to head on for an afternoon excursion of Sarnath (45 mins) – where Buddha gave his very first sermon after attaining his enlightenment. After paying a visit to numerous important stupas here of extreme religious significance you will be made to head back to your allotted hotel in Varanasi.
Day 5: Varanasi – Kushinagar
After having a glorious boat ride on the holy River Ganga and witnessing the soulful sunrise you will be escorted to Kushinagar – which is the place where Buddha took his last breath. After completing a journey of 6.5 hours and upon your arrival you will immediately be checked in to your hotel here. Your afternoon sightseeing of Kushinagar will involve a visit to Ramabhar Stupa – the place which houses the ashes of Lord Buddha; Natha Kumarka Kot – which is home to a large figure of Lord Buddha represented in a state of Nirvana. You will finally be taken back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 6: Kushinagar – Lumbini – Sravasti
After your breakfast in the morning you will be driven to Sravasti while stopping en route for a visit to Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha. While at Lumbini you will be made to visit an ancient shrine which houses an image of Buddha showcasing his nativity. Your drive to Sravasti will then continue, which can be reached after a drive of 5 hours. Once you arrive at Sravasti you will be made to check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Sravasti – Lucknow – Delhi (departure)
Early in the morning you will be made to visit the holy site of Sahet-Mahet which was an active centre of Buddhism in the ancient kingdom of Kosala. After sightseeing you will be made to proceed towards Lucknow, which is located at a distance of 3 hours and 45 mins. Upon arriving at Lucknow you will immediately be transferred to the airport where you will be made to board the flight heading towards Delhi. After a flight journey of 1 hour and 20 mins and upon arriving at Delhi you will be made to board the flight heading towards your desired destination.