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India – Nepal Buddhist Circuit Tour: Embark on a Spiritual Journey

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12 day
Availability : March - November
Varanasi
Kathmandu
Min Age : 5+
Max People : 18
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Embark on a transformative 12-day journey through the Buddhist Circuit Tour of India and Nepal. Delve into the essence of Lord Buddha’s life and teachings as you explore vast monastery complexes and relic stupas in Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, and Kapilavastu, among other significant locations. Discover spiritual landmarks in Kathmandu, including Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, and Namo Buddha, enriching your spiritual experience with each journey step.

Sites of Buddha’s Enlightenment

Lumbini  (Birthplace):

Lumbini, Nepal, is the hallowed ground where Prince Siddhartha Gautama was born over two millennia ago. Nestled amidst lush greenery and serene landscapes, Lumbini is home to the sacred Lumbini Garden, where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to the future Buddha under a Bodhi tree. Explore the Maya Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, and various monasteries, each echoing with the divine presence of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment.

Bodhgaya (Enlightenment):

Our next significant destination on this spiritual journey is Bodhgaya, India, where Prince Siddhartha achieved supreme enlightenment beneath the Bodhi tree after 49 days of meditation. Transitioning from a bodhisattva to Lord Buddha, the Enlightened One, Bodhgaya holds immense reverence in Buddhism. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mahabodhi Temple Complex, and meditate under the Bodhi tree, following in the footsteps of the Enlightened One. Explore the serene surroundings, including the Great Buddha Statue and the tranquil Lotus Pond, where Lord Buddha found solace in contemplation.

Sarnath (First Sermon):

Explore the historical significance of Sarnath, located near Varanasi, as the birthplace of Buddha’s teachings, marking the beginning of a spiritual renaissance. Delve into the grandeur of the Dhamek Stupa, symbolizing Emperor Ashoka’s deep dedication to Buddhism. Witness the remains of ancient monastic complexes and the renowned Ashoka Pillar, embellished with inscriptions commissioned by the Mauryan ruler.

Kushinagar (Parinirvana)

In 543 BC, Lord Buddha died due to illness in Kushinagar. His remains were preserved in eight commemorative Chortens, which King Ashoka distributed to over 84,000 stupas across his kingdom and beyond as a mark of respect and reverence.

Ideal Time for India – Nepal Buddhist Circuit

The best time to embark on the Nepal-India Buddhist Circuit is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is pleasant, with clear skies and moderate temperatures, perfect for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Additionally, these seasons coincide with major Buddhist festivals, adding cultural richness to the pilgrimage experience. Planning your journey during these optimal seasons allows you to fully immerse yourself in the spiritual voyage and easily explore the sacred sites.

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

  • Varanasi (Departure)
  • Kathmandu (Return)

 

Departure Time

Flexible

Price Includes

  • All Ground TransfersAll arrival/departure transfers (Airport/Hotel/Airport) by a private vehicle.
  • AccommodationThree star Hotels in India and Nepal including breakfast.
  • Tour GuidesEnglish speaking Guide throughout the tour.
  • PermitsAll entrance fees and permits as per tour program.

Price Excludes

  • Costs extra-in case of flight cancellation, bad weather forecast, road blockage and extra days stay except package
  • Any personal expenses or purchases.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips and Donation.
  • Nepal and India Visa fees.
  • International flight tickets.

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🔍 Trip Highlights:

  • Journey Through Buddha's LifeTraverse through the four major locations that played a pivotal role in Lord Buddha's life: Sarnath, Bodhgaya, Kushinagar, and Lumbini.
  • Art and ArchitectureMarvel at the rich art collections and magnificent architecture adorning these sacred sites.
  • Convenient TravelCross-border tour experience of Nepal and India.
  • Nepalese Spiritual OdysseySightseeing to the Buddhist monuments in Kathmandu, where iconic sites like Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath await.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Varanasi

Welcome to the spiritual city of Varanasi, where the journey through the Buddhist Circuit begins. Upon your arrival at the airport, a team member will welcome you and escort you to your hotel. Take some time to rest and immerse yourself in the mystical ambience of Varanasi, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.

Day 2Varanasi Sightseeing

Start your day with a serene boat ride on the sacred Ganges River during sunrise, witnessing the spiritual rituals and devotion along the ghats. After breakfast, explore the city’s ancient temples, including the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple. Stroll through the old city’s bustling lanes in the afternoon, experiencing Varanasi’s vibrant culture and traditions.

Day 3Varanasi to Bodh Gaya

Following breakfast, commence a picturesque journey towards Bodh Gaya, the sacred site where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment beneath the Bodhi Tree. Upon reaching, settle into your accommodation and unwind. In the afternoon, take the opportunity to discover the Mahabodhi Temple complex, acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and absorb the tranquil atmosphere of this esteemed place of pilgrimage.

Day 4 Bodh Gaya Sightseeing

Explore Bodh Gaya’s spiritual legacy with visits to the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree, and the Great Buddha Statue. Witness the devout pilgrims performing prayers and meditation in the tranquil surroundings. Later, visited the Sujata Kuti, where Buddha accepted the offering of rice pudding from a village girl, leading to his realization of the Middle Path.

Day 5Bodh Gaya to Rajgir and Nalanda

Today, journey to Rajgir, an ancient city associated with Lord Buddha’s teachings. Visit the Gridhakuta Hill, where Buddha delivered many of his sermons, and the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, offering panoramic views of the surrounding hills.

Day 6Rajgir to Kushinagar

Depart for Kushinagar, where Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana or final enlightenment. After arrival, check into your hotel and unwind. Visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple and the Ramabhar Stupa, which commemorate the site of Buddha’s cremation. Reflect on the impermanence of life and the teachings of Buddha amidst the serene surroundings of Kushinagar.

Day 7Kushinagar to Lumbini

Cross the border into Nepal and travel to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Check in to your hotel and rest.

Day 8Full-Day Guided Sightseeing in Lumbini

Explore the area’s highlights with a full day of guided sightseeing. Visit iconic landmarks 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. Enjoy the tour on foot and by rickshaw for an immersive experience.

Day 9 Lumbini to Kathmandu

After enjoying breakfast, board a flight to Kathmandu, the bustling capital city of Nepal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a comfortable 3-star hotel in Thamel, a vibrant neighbourhood known for its lively atmosphere and abundance of shops and restaurants. Take the opportunity to explore the bustling streets of Thamel, where you can browse through various shops offering local handicrafts, clothing, and souvenirs. Enjoy the eclectic mix of cafes and restaurants, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Kathmandu.

Day 10Explore Kathmandu's Buddhist Treasures

Explore Kathmandu’s renowned Buddhist sites on a full-day guided tour. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich Buddhist heritage by visiting Pharping Monastery, Patan Durbar Square (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), Boudhanath Stupa, and Swyambhunath Stupa.

 

Day 11Namo Buddha Exploration

The following day, explore Namo Buddha, Nepal’s revered Buddhist pilgrimage site. Admire the artistic monasteries and the iconic “Sacrifice to the Tigress” idol atop the hill, offering stunning sunrise and sunset views. On clear days, marvel at the magnificent Himalayan vistas from Namobuddha. Afterwards, return to Kathmandu and visit the Kopan Monastery.

Day 12Departure from Kathmandu

After breakfast, bid farewell to Kathmandu as our driver takes you to Intention airport. Reflect on the spiritual insights gained during your Buddhist Circuit tour and carry the blessings and memories of this transformative pilgrimage with you.

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