Sarnath Tour – Buddhism in Uttar Pradesh – Buddhist Monastery- Chaukhandi Dhamek Stupa

Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park. Sarnath is located 13 km far from religious capital city Varanasi. This city is counted among the top four pilgrimage places in Buddhism.

The Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi and Dhamek stupas are amazing. Explore Deer Park, Japanese Temple, Mulagandha Kuti Vihar and Pragya Sheel Samadhi.

Visit Sarnath Museum having some of the finest specimens of Buddhist sculpture. Among all Buddhist worship, Asadh (July – August) full moon is considered as the anniversary of his first sermon.

Chaukhandi Stupa: It is an important Buddhist stupa in Sarnath. These stupas are a shrine for a relic of the Buddha.

Dhamek Stupa: A massive stupa located in Sarnath is built as pre-Buddhist tumuli, in which ascetics were buried in a seated position, called chaitya.

To Reach:

Air: Nearest airport is Varanasi. There is a direct connection with major cities likes Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna and Chennai.

Rail: Varanasi is an important and major rail junction.

Road: Sarnath is just 10 km from Varanasi.

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Buddhist Circuit in India – Buddhism in India – Buddhist Circuit Sites – Monastery Stupa Gompa Tour

Duration : 09 nights / 10 days

Siddhartha Gautama: the prince of a small kingdom in Nepal, found enlightenment in India and came to be known as Gautam Buddha. Beautiful Buddhist monasteries and stupas scattered across whole India represents art, culture and architecture.

There are many numbers of legendary religious sites attracting huge number of devotees, monks and lamas every year. Most of the sites are situated around the River Ganges. Some of the significant sites are Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushimagar, Shravasti, Nalanda, Rajgir, Sanchi stupa and Ajanta Ellora.

Destinations Covered: Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Patna, Vaishali, Kushinagar, Lumbini, Sravasti and Lucknow.

Tour Program:

Day 01: Arrival Delhi

Arrival at International Airport in Delhi. Our tour representative will greet and assist to transfer to the pre-booked hotel. Refresh and relax at the hotel.

Day 02: Delhi – Agra – Varanasi

Early morning transferred to railway station to board train for Agra. Arrival in Agra and Transfer to hotel for refreshment. Visit world famous Taj Mahal- one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Tajmahal is build by Mughal Emperor and Red fort: a royal red-sandstone fort situated on banks of the river Yamuna. In evening, transferred to railway station to board train to Varanasi.

Day 03: Varanasi

Arrival in Varanasi. Tour representative will assist and transfer to hotel. After breakfast drive to excursion of Sarnath- a place where Lord Buddha deliver his first sermon in the Deer Park after getting enlightenment.

Day 04: Varanasi – Bodhgaya

Take breakfast at hotel and after-that drive to Bodhgaya. Arrival in Bodhgaya, representative will assist you and transfer to hotel. Bodhgaya – is spiritual home of Buddhists and is place where Lord Buddha got enlightenment under a tree called a Bodhi tree. See Mahabodhi Temple and Niranjana River.

Day 05: Bodhgaya – Ragjir – Nalanda – Patna

Have a hearty breakfast at hotel and further drive to Patna – the capital of the Bihar en-route visiting sightseeing of Nalanda with Rajgir. Arrival in Patna and transferred to pre-booked hotel.

Rajgir – ancient name is Rajagriha which means abode of kings is surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and five hills. Buddha sermons many number of sermons here during his 12 years of long stay.

Nalanda – one of the most renowned universities in ancient India.

Day 06: Patna – Vaishali – Kushinagar

After hearty breakfast, drive to Kushinagar- where the Buddha attained Mahaparmirvana. En-route visit Mukutbandhan Stupa and a grand statue of the reclining Buddha. Arrival in Kushinagar and transferred to hotel by our tour executive.

Day 07: Kushinagar- Lumbini

After hearty breakfast visit Mahaparinirvana temple & Stupas. After lunch drive to Lumbini- birthplace of the Buddha. Arrival in Lumbini, tour representative will assist and transfer to the hotel.

Day 08: Lumbini – Sravasti

After breakfast and drive Sravasti – the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala. En-route see Lucknow-capital city of Uttar Pradesh. Sravasti is the place where Lord Buddha live for Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. Arrival in Sravasti, tour representative will assist you to transfer to the hotel. In Sravasti visit Saheth – Maheth & Jetvan.

Day 09: Sravasti – Lucknow – Delhi

After hearty breakfast drive to Lucknow & transfer to railway station to board the air conditioned train for Delhi. Arrival in Delhi, tour representative will assist and transfer to hotel.

Day 10: Delhi – Departure

Have a hearty breakfast at hotel and proceed to sightseeing Tours of Delhi. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar, India Gate, President House, President House, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial, Laxmi Narayan temple. After farewell dinner, transfer to International Airport to board flight for onward destination.

Buddhist Tour offers Buddhist Circuit tour package India which covers Buddhist heritage sites as Lucknow, Shravasti, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya and Varanasi. Visit and explore homeland of Lord Buddha.

Buddhist Temples Monuments – Buddhism &Pilgrimage Sites India – Significance of Buddhist Temples

India is adorned with many number of Buddhist temple, monasteries, stupa and monuments including ancient rock temple, caves, carved and stupas which representing great Buddhism- a admired religion founded by Lord Gautama Buddha.

Amaravati Stupa: It is ruined Buddhist monument regarded as great stupa and is established in Amaravathi village of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. Temples complex have an Archaeological Museum containing Buddhist sculptures.

Bharhut Stupa: Located in a village of Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. The inscriptions written at Bharhut stupa are significant and representing earliest Indian and Buddhist art.

Dhauli Hill: A hill station situated on banks of the river Daya in Odisha. There are numerous rock cut temples. Dhauli is a significant centre of Buddhist activities has numerous chaityas, stupas and pillars. You can see a dazzling white peace pagoda on the top of the hill built by Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha.

Hirapur Temple: Known as Chausathi Jogini Mandir situated in a hamlet called Hirapur in Bhubaneswar-capital city of eastern state Odisha. This temple is built by Queen Hiradevi of Bramha dynasty. Circular wall of temple has cavities in which each housing statue of a Goddess.

Itanagar Temple: A Buddhist temple located atop of hill-side in Arunachal Pradesh. It is representing Tibetan Buddhism. You can see a stupa in front of temple containing portrait of a Buddhist monk. Temple complex has a tree planted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Itanagar – capital city of the Arunachal Pradesh is termed as land of the dawn lit mountains.

Langudi: There are an ancient Buddhist mahavihara situated on the top of Langudi Hills in Jajpur, Odisha. Temple complex has ruins of stupas and rock-cut sculptures. In ancient time it is Buddhist learning centre. Explore series of 34 rock-cut Buddhist stupas and medieval Buddhist monuments.

Maha Bodhi Temple: Regarded as Mahabodhi Vihar or Great Awakening Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bodh Gaya, where Gautama Buddha got enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. Bodhgaya is counted top four pilgrimage sites in Buddhism.

Ratnagiri Temple: A ancient temple situated in Thirumanikundram,Vellore built during 14th century and is established on a hill-top. According to a poem written by 14th Century poet Arunagirinathar Murugan- the God of Devas lives in Rathinagiri. Temple is visited by many number of devotees every day.

Sanchi Stupa: A Buddhist complex located on a hilltop at in Sanchi Town Madhya Pradesh. It is an oldest stone structure in India built by King Ashoka in 3rd century BCE. Its nucleus was a hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of the Buddha. Sanchi is centre of pilgrimage shrines including Satdhara, Morel Khurd, Andher, Mawas, Sonari.

Sirpur Temple: Sirpur is a historical town located on banks of river Mahanadi in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh. It was an significant Buddhist centre during 6th to 10th century A.D. and was visited by 7th Century renowned Chinese Pilgrimist and Scholar Hieun Tsang. Sirpur is famous for its pilgrimage site having followers of Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. It housing to His Holiness Dalai Lama in March 2013.

Udaigiri Temple Tour: Udayagiri forms a Buddhist Triangle with Ratnagiri and Lalitagiri in India. Udaigiri is situated in Orissa and have one of largest Buddhist complex. This city is famous for a monastery named as Madhavapura Mahavihara- adorned with a lots of Buddhist sculptures. Udayagiri is counted among topmost Buddhist destinations in India.

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Sumda Chun Monastery – Ladakh Monastery Tour – Buddhism in Ladakh- Monument & Stupa in Ladakh

An early Tibetan Buddhist temple and monastery located in Sumda Chun village, a remote part of the Himalayas in Ladakh at a height of 3500 meters built in 12th century. Management of this monastery is under Hemis Monastery, which appoints monks for conducting daily rituals and takes care of all activity of in monastery.

Sumda Chun Monastery is more than a thousand years old monastery containing two large Future Buddha statues and extraordinary painted stucco work. It is one of most significant scenic Tibetan Monasteries still surviving in Ladakh.

This monastery is part of a Gompa situated at Sumda Chun related to Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo, a Tibetan Buddhist Translator and is stated that it is one of three temples founded by him in one night along with Mangyu temple and Alchi monastery. Sumda Chun temple is listed among top 100 endangered sites in World Monument Funds 2006. The valley goes to way of monastery has a lovely mountain stream. Sumda Chun is the starting point of Sumda-Mangyu-Alchi temples and travelers try to complete tour in a single day.

There are conservation programs have been started to preserve architecture, sculptures, paintings and artwork of Sumda Chun Monastery. You can see numerous ornate sculptures and paintings in main hall of monastery.

Ladakh – Land of high passes:  Noted for its distant mountains, natural beauty and culture. There are uncountable monasteries in which some are converted into ruins while others are still running as educational and pilgrimage sightseeing. These monuments are cultural and architectural delight and visited by both Indian as well as foreigner tourists and followers of Buddhism in large number every year.

Some other popular monasteries in Ladakh are is Hemis, Spituk, Thiksey, Alchi, Phyang, Shey and stok.

Times to Visit: May to September. This time duration is soothing for visiting Ladakh. You can take amusement of trekking and hiking in this region while visiting Sumda Chun monastery.

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Swoyambhunath – Swayambhu Stupa – Nepal Himlayan Kingdom – Monkey Temple – Kathmandu Valley

Swoyambhunath or Swayambhu: Ancient pilgrimage architecture situated at the top a hill in the Kathmandu Valley. This stupa is known as Sublime Trees in Tibetan language because of founding of various types of trees on hill.

Swayambhu is counted among topmost sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Temple complex of Swayambhunath comprises of numerous stupa, shrines and temples. Stupa has painted eyes and eyebrows of Lord Buddha upon it. Most of the images and symbols of stupa is related to Vajrayana Buddhism.

The stupa has a dome, representing whole world at base on which a cubical structure painted with eyes of Buddha shown up in all four directions. Eyes on stupa symbolize wisdom and compassion. Number one painted in Devanagari script in fashion of a nose is a sign of unity of all things existing in the world and only one path to got enlightenment.

The name of stupa is derived from valley name Swayambhu which means self created. It came from an eternal self existent flame, svyaṃbhu on which stupa was built. According to Swayambhu Purana, whole valley was once filled with an enormous lake, out of which grew a lotus.

Swayambhu is regarded as Monkey Temple because of a lot of holy monkeys living in the northwest side of temple. These monkeys are holy because Manjushri, a bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism was supposed to leave his hair short but he made it grow long and head lice grew and it is stated that head lice transformed into these monkeys.

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Buddhist Tour Nepal – Buddhism in Nepal – Swayambhunath & Bodhnath Temple – Buddhist Sites Nepal

Nepal is known as land of Buddhism because of Lord Buddha in here in Lumbini, southern of Nepal. Nepl provide homage to many renowned stupa, monument and monastery. Nepal is an also a center for Buddhist teachers of Indian and Tibetan. Founder of Buddhsim is Lord Buddha, also known as Siddhartha Gautam and  Shakyamuni Buddha.

The ancient stupas of Swayambhu and Bodhnath are most sacred place of Nepal. Nepal has type of Buddhism traditions as Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana.

The Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism is famous in northern Nepal having over 3000 monasteries.  Newar Vajrayana Buddhism is a widespread in Kathmandu Valley.  Most of the Theravada monasteries are situated in Kathmandu Valley.

The Great Stupa of Svayambhunath means self created and self-existent Buddha and is situated on at a hill to the west of Kathmandu. This stups described the story of fundamental Buddha’s enlightenment and the spread of Buddhism in Nepal. It is ponder as powerful shrine in the Himalayas.

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Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites Uttar Pradesh – Buddhism Uttar Pradesh – Buddhist Tour Operators India

Explore great Buddhist places in  Uttar Pradesh:

Sarnath: You can see the mesmerizing glowing countenance of the Buddha. Sarnath is one of the most devoted places among the Buddhists from all over the world because of first sermon of the Buddha. Sarnath was the place where Lord Gautam Buddha met his first five disciples. The three jewels of Buddhism are ‘Buddham Sharnam Gachchhami’, Dhammam Sharanam Gachchhami’, and ‘Shangham Sharanam Gachchhami’ traces their origins to the first sermon of the Buddha or rather Sarnath. Sarnath is home to Dhamekha stupa, the Ashoka pillar and numerous stupas & monasteries.

Kushinagar: Lord Buddha attained ‘Mahaparinirvana’ at Kushinagar near the Hiranyawati river in Uttar Pradesh. Kushinagar, known as Kushinara is one of the most revering places for the Buddhists. The entire village was became a memorial site blessed with stupas containind the holy relics of the Buddha after the death of Buddha. You can see a huge statue of the Buddha.

Sankisa: Sankisa, a city in Farrukhabad district is referred as the place where Buddha, along with Brahma and Devraj Indra descended after giving sermons to His mother. Sankisa has a temple of Buddha and Ashoka pillar.

Kaushambi: This city was visited by the Buddha in the 6th and 9th years after His enlightenment. Lord Buddha delivered several sermons during his both visits. You can see an Ashokan pillar, old fort and the Ghositaram monastery in Kaushambi .

Sravasti: Sravasti have witnessed the presence of the Lord Buddha and his sermons for almost 24 years. The Buddha had spent long duration in the Jetavana garden, where they preached many sermons. Sravasti is blessed with Anaanda Bodhi tree, stupas, temples and ruins of kutis in the Jetavana garden.

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