The Buddhist Circuit is a route that follows in the footsteps of the Buddha in India. The sites on the route — all over 2,500 years old — are among the most significant and revered for all Buddhists. They include Bodhgaya in Bihar where the Buddha attained enlightenment, and Sarnath and Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, where he gave his first teachings and died. The Buddhist Circuit is a key pilgrimage destination for 450 million practicing Buddhists.
After your arrival at Varanasi transfer to hotel and get check-in at the hotel. Later begin the excursion from Sarnath where Buddha delivered his first sermon and turned the wheel of law. If the guests want to visit the holy Ganges and have an experience of evening Arti at the Ghats, that can be arranged on chargeable basis. Overnight stay at Varanasi.
On this day we will take an early morning drive (7 hours) to Bodhgaya, the city of enlightenment. Check-in to Hotel. In afternoon, visit Mahabodhi Temple Complex, dedicated to the Lord Buddha and his spiritual awakening. Guests may meditate under Bodhi Tree, gaze at Animesh Lochana Chaitya, visit Muchalinda Lake and pay respects to Chankramana during the visit. Later visit the various other monasteries (subject to the availability of time), Sujata stupa which is dedicated to Sujata who served Buddha with the bowl of rice pudding shortly before he attained illumination. In evening guests may visit various other Buddhist Temples in Bodhgaya (subject to the availability of time). Overnight stay in Bodhgaya.
On this day we embark on an early morning drive to Rajgir. Rajgir is the place where Budhha spent a greater part of his life meditating on Griddhakoot parvat. The World Peace Pagoda is an important site of attraction. The first Buddhist council was held at Rajgir and hence Rajgir becomes a prominent place to be visited in the circuit. There is a hot water spring also and can be visited by the guests. Later proceed to Nalanda to see the Nalanda remains which holds its importance as a prominent Budhhist teaching center. Overnight stay in Rajgir.
On this day after having breakfast proceed for Vaishali where Lord Buddha spent his last Varshavas. In the later half of the day proceed to Kushinagar.
Overnight stay in Kushinagar.
Begin the day with a visit to Mahaparinirvana Temple where Buddha took his last breath, Ramabhar stupa and the site of the relic distribution of Lord Buddha. Later in the second half of the day proceed Lumbini, the place of Tathagata’s birth. Overnight stay at Lumbini.
On this day after breakfast continue the Buddhist circuit with a visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Pay the respects at Mayadevi Temple, gaze Pushkarini Pond in gratitude, admire the Ashokan Pillar inscription adjacent to the temple and get a chance to see the exact birth place of the supreme master.
Overnight stay at Lumbini.
On this day we will leave for Shravasti early in the morning. Visit Shravasti where Buddha spent a good part of his monastic life. Discover the heritage of Shravasti through Jetavana monastery and meditate near Mulgandh kuti & Ananda Bodhi Tree. Later procced to Lucknow for Night stay.
On this day, after having your breakfast proceed to Varanasi for drop at Varanasi.
NOTE: If the guests wants to visit Sankasia (Sankisa), that can be arranged by driving from Lucknow itself. However, the guest must take into consideration the fact that Sankisa is 3.5 hours drive from Lucknow. So, if the guests desires to get the same day departure, the departure point will be Lucknow and not Varanasi. If the guests wants to visit Sankisa and take the departure from Varanasi, the tour will have to be extended by one day as visiting Sankisa and heading back to Varanasi the same day will be a very hectic and tiring journey which we won't recommend at all.
The lead name on the booking must give notice to cancel the Holiday in writing or mail at our office and we shall refund the tour cost after deduction of cancellation charges as under.
In order to cover our expected loss from the cancellation of the booking there is set scale of charges which must be paid by you or any one traveling with you:
From the booking date till 30 days prior to the departure date, 30 % of the package cost is chargeable.
From 30 days to 15 days prior to the departure date, 50 % of the package cost is chargeable.
From 15 days to 7 days prior to departure date, 75 % of the package cost is chargeable. For cancellations made within 5 days prior to the departure date, 100% of the package cost is chargeable.
Written cancellation will be accepted on all working days, except Sunday. Any cancellation sent on Sunday's will be considered on next working day (Monday). For the X-mas and New Year period from 20 Dec to 05 Jan the payment is non-refundable. Other than this if you are not cancelling we can let you avail our services anytime for one year starting from date of booking. Terms and condition shall be the same. We reserve the rights to do any changes in your Holiday program due to unexpected conditions. If you do not want to accept a significant change, which we will tell you about before you depart, we will (if we are able to do so) offer you an alternative Holiday of equivalent or closely similar standard and price at no extra cost, or a less expensive Holiday, in which case we will refund the difference in price. If you do not wish to take the alternative we offer you, you can choose a different Holiday offered for sale by us and pay, or receive a refund of any price difference. Or, if you prefer, you can cancel your Holiday and receive a refund of deposits (as per above mention terms), which you have paid to us.
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