Buddhist Circuit: (Arrival Bodhgaya & Departure from Kathmandu)
Destination: – Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda –Bodhgaya – Varanasi – Saravasti – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Kathmandu
Duration: – 09 Nights/ 10 Days
DAY 01: Arrival Bodhgaya
Meet and assist on arrival at Bodhgaya Airport. Later transfer to your pre-booked hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel in BodhGaya.
DAY 02: Bodhgaya
After breakfast proceed for full day tour of Bodhgaya visit Mahabodhi Temple, Sujata Village, Niranjana river, 80 feet high lord Buddha statue & various international monasteries. Lunch & Dinner at hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Bodhgaya.
DAY 03: Bodhgaya – Rajgir (85Kms) – Nalanda (12 Kms) – Bodhgaya (105 Kms / 2.5 hours approx)
After breakfast at hotel, drive for full day excursion of Rajgir & Nalanda. Visit Gridhakuta Hill (Vulture’s Peak) , Bimbisara Jail & Ajatshatru Fort in Rajgir. During the lifetime of the Buddha, Rajgir was the capital of the powerful Magadh kingdom, ruled by the King Bimbisara. later proceed to Nalanda (14 kms from Rajgir) which was one of the oldest Universities of the world and International Centre for Buddhist studies. Late evening arrive back to Bodhgaya. Dinner at hotel and overnight in Bodhgaya.
DAY 04: Bodhgaya – Varanasi ( By Road – 250 Kms / 5 hours approx)
Breakfast at hotel then drive to Varanasi the oldest living city of the world. On arrival check in at the hotel and after short break proceed to Sarnath (14 kms), visit Dhamekha Stupa and Deer park. Overnight at a hotel in Varanasi.
DAY 05: Varanasi – Sravasti (By Road – 301 kms / 7.5 hours approx)
Morning “boat cruise” at the river Ganges to observe the riverside activities, performed by pilgrims on various Ghats (Banks) of the Ganges in Varanasi. Come back to hotel for breakfast. Drive to Saravasti . On arrival, proceed for visit to Saheth (Jetvanaram) & Maheth (Angulimal Caves). Evening, back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Sravasti.
DAY 06: Sravasti – Kushinagar (By Road – 260 Kms / 7 hours approx)
Early morning drive to Kushinagar enroute visiting Vaishali. On arrival check in at the hotel. Lunch at hotel and then proceed to visit Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of lord Buddha) and Japan Temple. Evening back to hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at a hotel in Kushinagar.
DAY 07: Kushinagar – Lumbini (By Road – 170 Kms / 4 hours approx)
Breakfast at hotel and then drive to Lumbini in Nepal (Kindly obtain double entry visa for India & single entry visa for Nepal). On arrival, check in at hotel. Lunch serve at hotel and then proceed to visit holy Birth place of Lord Buddha. Evening back to hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Lumbini.
DAY 08: Lumbini – Kathmandu (By Air)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning timely transfer to Lumbini (Bharwa Airport) airport to catch flight for Kathmandu. On arrival, met and proceed for lunch in local restaurant. After lunch proceed for visit Swoyambhunath Temple and Durbar Square. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu .
DAY 09: Kathmandu
After breakfast embark on a city tour of Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath Temple – the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicated to lord Shiva, built in 1696. Carry on the sightseeing tour of the Patan – a city of architecture and fine arts. Sometimes known as “Town with a Thousand Golden Roofs”. Visit Tibetan Handicraft center at Jawalakhel to watch carpet weaving. Post visit Kasthamandup – a temple built from a single tree from which the Kathmandu derives its name. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10: Kathmandu / Departure
B’fast in hotel. Then you will be timely transfer to airport to catch flight for onward destination.