Buddhist Circuit Tour itinerary in this program is starting and ending at Nepal. We also can make tour itinerary starts at India and end at Nepal or vice versa, which includes four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites, Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Khushinagar.
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Arrive at Tribhuban international airport Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Excursion to Namobuddha
Drive to Namo Buddha which is about 40 kilometer from Kathmandu. The Shakyamuni Buddha is believed to have fed his own flesh to a starving tigress. Visit the Monastery and Stupa. Afternoon visit Patan Durbar Square. Back to hotel and overnight.
After breakfast in Hotel, fly to Bhairahawa airport and drive to Lumbini. Afternoon visit Lumbini Garden, visit Ashoka Pillar, Maya Devi Temple, Sacred Pond and different monasteries inside the Maya Devi Garden. Pilgrimage are quietly mediate under the big tree near Pond.
Excursions to Kapilvastu, Sagarhawa, Gotihawa, Kudan and Niglihawa
Visit other Buddhist Sites near Lumbini. Tilaurakot or Kapilvastu is capital of Shyakyamuni where Buddha was burn. Sagarhawa, Gotihawa, Kudan and Niglihawa which are related with Buddhism and it are significant.
Drive to Vaishali via Kesharia
Drive to Nepal India boarder, Gorakhpur. Further drive to Vaishali Patna. Visit Kesharia on the way driving. Vaishali was visited by Buddha in many occasions. Several important monasteries and shrines were described by the Chinese pilgrim Faxian in the 5th century. After the death of Buddha, the second great council of Buddhist was held at Vaishali to provide rules of conduct.
Drive to Bodhgaya via Nalanda & Rajgir
Bodhgaya is about 144 kilometer drive from Vaishali Patna. Visit Rajgir which is an ancient city in the northeast Indian state of Bihar. Surrounded by hills, it's known for its holy sites. Remains of the Cyclopean Wall, which encircled the city centuries ago, still stand in the center. Close by, Venu Vana park was once home to a monastery built for Buddha. The shield-shaped Japanese Temple contains a huge Buddha statue. Nearby there are hot springs believed to have medicinal properties
Today full day at Bodh Gaya. Visit Bodhi tree, Animeshlochana Chaitya, The Ratnachankramana, The Ratnagaraha, The Ajapala Nigrodha Tree, Rajyatna Tree and Muchhalinda pond. Also visit different monasteries built by many Buddhist countries around the complex
Bodhgaya - Sarnath
It is about 250 kilometer drive take about 6 hours time to reach Varanasi and again another 13 kilometer north west to Sarnath. Visit Dhamekha Stupa, Buddha’s first teaching, Mulgandha Kuti and Ashokan Pillar. Sarnath is near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers.
Sarnath - Kushinagar.
It is about 220 kilometer drive and takes about 6 hours. Khusinagar, the place of Buddha’s death or went to Nirvana, visit Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of lord Buddha) and Japanese Temple. Evening back to hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel.
Kushinagar – Lumbini - Kathmandu.
After breakfast in Hotel, start driving to Lumbini Nepal. It is about 142 kilometers takes 4 to 5 hours. Reach at Lumbini and transfer to Bhairahawa airport. Evening flight to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel and rest.
Full day visiting around Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. The biggest Buddhist stupas Swoyambhunath and Pauddhanath and Pharping. Pharping is 19 kilometers south from Kathmandu. Visit Buddhist monastery and make round of pilgrimage sites. Drive back to Kathmandu and rest of the time is free for shopping and walking around the market.
We depart to international airport for your final departure. It is important to reach international airport three hours before of your original flight time