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The Buddhist Circuit is a route that follows in the footsteps of the Buddha from Lumbini in Nepal where he was born, through Bihar in India where he attained enlightenment, to Sarnath and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh in India, where he gave his first teachings and died.
Arrival at Varanasi Airport/Railway Station check in to Hotel & Visit Buddhist Town Sarnath The hallowed spot where Lord Buddha Preached His First Sermon after Enlightenment in Deer Park, contains the most impressive remains, as well as a Modem Temple, The Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi Stupa & Dhamek Stupa are Outstanding, There are Newly Built 80 Feet Lord Buddha Statue is the Also a Alteration, There are also the remains of a Monastery & the Beautifully Polished Lion Capital of Ashoka, Overnight Stay in Varanasi.
After Breakfast proceed to Bodhgaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. On arrival check into hotel and the rest of the day is free. You can leave for attending evening prayer at Mahabodhi temple. Later, return to the hotel and have a comfortable stay at night in Bodhgaya.
After breakfast, depart for Patna enroute visit Rajgir & Nalanda. Rajgir was the capital of the Magadha kingdom and is a pilgrimage for Jains and Hindus as well. The Japanese Buddhists have built the massive Viswa Shanti Stupa on the Ratnagiri Hill which can be accessed by a chairlift. The Stupa has statues of Buddha at the four stages of his life – birth, enlightenment, teaching and death. From the hill top, the Jain shrines can also be viewed scattered across 26 distant hills. Griddhakuta, located on Ratnagiri Hill is another site where Buddha stopped by to preach .Nalanda is the ancient university town of Bihar, goes back to the days of Buddha and Mahavira in the Sixth Century B.C. The town was home to Nalanda Mahavihara, a monastic university of international repute. After Proceed to for check in hotel & Overnight stay at Patna.
After breakfast, take a local sightseeing tour of Patna. This would include Golghar (built as agranary), Gandhi Museum, Patna Museum, Har Mandir Takht, Qila House or Jalan Museum with some really rare relics like Napoleon’s bed and Marie Antoinette’s porcelain; and the ruins of Pataliputra. Back to hotel after Lunch proceed to kushinagar enroute visit vaishali place where Buddha announced the approaching of his Mahaparinirvana. After that continue drive to Kushinagar on arrival check in into hotel Overnight stay.
Morning proceeds to visit Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of Lord Buddha. Later drive to Lumbini – the birth place of Lord Buddha (180 kms and 05 hrs drive). On arrival, transfer to hotel. . Later visit the birth place of Buddha-Mayadevi Temple. This place is a blessed one for its serenity and the natural beauty, purely coinciding to the perception of a place where the legend was born. Overnight stay at Lumbini hotel.
Morning leave for Sravasti (225 kms and 5.30 hrs drive) enroute visiting Kapilavastu–the childhood home of Gautam Buddha & Visit Maha Parinirwana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of Lord Buddha), Japan Temple. After that proceed to Overnight stay in Sravasti.
Sravasti where the Buddha preached most of his sermons. Here he is said to have performed many miracles, and levitated. During the monsoon, Visit Sahet Mahetand Angulimal caves where Buddha used to stay at the Jetavana monastery on the outskirts of this town. Visit Jetvana and Ananda Bodhi Tree. Then drive to Varanasi, Overnight stay at Varanasi.
After Breakfast check out from Hotel & drop at Varanasi Airport/Railway Station for your destination with sweet memories….