| KAPILVASTU |
SRAVASTI | LUCKNOW
Day 01 - Gaya - Bodhgaya - Meet upon arrival and after
assistance at the airport, transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 -
Bodhgaya - After Breakfast visit Mahabodhi Temple - is an
amalgamation of many cultures and centuries. The highlights of the
temple includes tall stone lotuses, figures of Boddha sitting in
different postures on the walls, his footprints on the stones, and a
colossal golden Buddha attained illumination. White, Green and Red
flags, tied onto the tree, form a canopy over seven sacred shrines,
which symbolizes the seven weeks the Buddha spent here. Also visit
the village of Sujata near Niranjana River. At the end of six years
he realized that severe penance would not bring the enlightenment he
sought. He broke his fast, eating a little rice pudding offered to
him by the girl Sujata who lived in the village of Uruvela. Then he
went to the Niranjana River to bath. Later visit other temples and
Monastries of Bodhgaya.
Day 03 -
Bodhgaya - Rajgir - After early breakfast drive to Rajgir
check-in hotel. Lord Buddha spent many months of retreat during the
rainy season here, and use to meditate and preach on Groddhkuta, the
"Hill of the Vultures". Lord Mahavir spent 14 years of his life at
Rajgir and nalanda. It was in Rajgrih that Lord Buddha delivered
some of his famous sermons and converted king Bimbisarth a of the
Magadh Kingdom and countless others to his creed. Rajgir is located
a verdant valley surrounded by rocky hills. An aerial ropeway
provides the link with a hill-top stupa "Peace Pagoda" built by the
Japanese. Visit Venuvana:Site of the monastery Venuvana Vihar built
by King Bimbisara for Lord Buddha to reside. This was the
King's first offering to Lord Buddha. Bimbisara's Jail:King
Bimbisara was imprisoned here by his impatient son and heir,
Ajatshatru. The captive King chooses this site for his
incareceration. For, from this spot, he could see Lord Buddha
climbing up to his mountain retreat atop the Griddhakuta Hill. There
is a clear view of the Japanese pagoda. The stupa of peace was built
on the top of the hill. Also visit the ruins of Nalanda University.
Founded in the 5th Century A.D., Nalanda is known as the ancient
seat of learning. 2000 teachers and 10000 Students from all over the
Buddhist world lived and studied at Nalanda, the first Residential
International University of the World. A walk in the ruins of the
university takes you to an era, that saw India leading in imparting
knowledge, to the world - the era when India was a coveted place for
studies. The University flourished during the 5th and 12th century.
Day 04 -
Rajgir - Vaishali - Patna - Varanasi - After breakfast drive
to Vaishali. Vaishali is believed To Be The First Republic Of The
World, Having An Elected Body Of Representatives Hold Special
Significance For Buddhist Devotees. The Buddha Preached The Radha
Sutra To The Eighty Four Thousand Faithful Gathered There. Women
Were Ordained For The First Time Into Buddhism. The Second Buddhist
council was held here. later return to Patna to connect train for
Varanasi. Varanasi is probably the oldest living city in India and
one of the worlds most ancient. It was earlier known as Kasi - the
city that illuminates. The Present name is probably derived from the
fact that it is situated on the confluence of the rivers Varuna &
Asi Varanasi is a city that can not be described, only experienced.
Day 05 -
Varanasi - Early morning visit the bathing ghats and take a boat
rides on the holy river Ganga Sunrise on the riverfront, as seen
from the boat, can be a spiritually uplifting sight. After breakfast
drive to Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first sermon after he
had attained enlightenment at Bodhgaya. A lot has changed here since
then but ancient aura is retained in the ruins and gardens. More
importantly, at the museum in Sarmath is the Ashok Pillar with its
four guardian lions that has been used as independent India's
national amblem. After Lunch time free for shopping.
Day 06 -
Varanasi - Kushinagar - After breakfast drive to Kushinagar.
Kushinagar is celebrated as the place where Buddha died and was
cremated and passed into Parinirvana. Visit the Sal Tree and
Ramabhar stupa where Buddha was cremated. O/N Kushinagar.
Day 07 -
Kushinagar - nLumbini - Aftyer breakfast driv eto Lumbini.
Lumbini is the place where Lord Buddha was born. Emperor Ashoka, in
the twenty-first years after his coronation visited the birth place
and raised a pillar on the spot.
Day 08 -
Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - After breakfast drive to
Saravasti via Kapilvastu. Kapilvastu or Piprahwa has an important
place in the life of Buddha. It was in Kapilvastu where Buddha
decide to leave worldly pleasured and decided to look at life in a
new perspective. There is a host of evidence o prove today that
Piprahwa is the Kapilvastu of Buddha's times. The geographical
conditions of Kapilvastu as described in Buddhist epics ae similar
to those in Piprahwa. The 'Asthi-patra' found in 1897 A.D.,
clearly matches the engravings in Piprahwa. Continue drive to
Sravasti. Visit Sravasti garden, which is an important pilgimage for
Buddhists. Lord Buddh is believe to have spent 25 rainy seasons here
preaching his teachings. Check in Hotel O/N Saravasti.
Day 09 -
Sravasti - Lucknow - Delhi - Agra - After breakfast drive to
Lucknow. On arrival transfer to the airport to connect flight to
Delhi. On arrival transfer to shopping area. Leave Delhi by 1730
Hrs. and drive to Agra. Arrive Agra. Dinner and overnight at Agra.
Day 10 - Agra
- Delhi - Departure - After breakfast visit the World famous Taj
Mahal. It is known as the Monument of Love. Built by Shah Jahan for
his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. It took 22 years to complete is made
up of pure white marble. Later Drive to Delhi. On arrival transfer
to the airport to connect flight for onwards.