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.

In the Footsteps of Buddha – Life of Buddha – Buddhist Pilgrimage Destinations – Buddhism in India

Buddhism is an admired and major region of the world founded by Lord Buddha. Buddhism is based on the teachings of Buddha. It is a tradition of personal spiritual development and it comes from Budhi- means awaken.

Duration: 11 nights / 12 days

Destinations Covered duering the trip of Footsteps of Lord Buddha: Delhi – Agra – Varanasi – Bodhgaya – Patna – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Balrampur – Lucknow – Delhi

Tour Program:

Day 01 – Delhi: Arrival in Delhi-capital territory of country and a traditional welcome by Buddhist Tour representative. Check in to a hotel and stay for overnight.

Day 02 – Delhi / Agra: In morning transfer to railway station to board train for Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Arrival in Agra and our representative meets you and assists you to check in to a hotel. Later excursion to the Fatehpur Sikri. In evening explore Taj Mahal and red Fort and came back to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 03 – Agra / Varanasi: Transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi. Arrival in Varanasi and check in to a hotel. Later excursion to Sarnath- a place where Lord Buddha deliver his sermons after enlightenment. Come back to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

Day 04 – Varanasi / Bodhgaya: Get rejoices with boat ride in the morning at holy river Ganges and come back to the hotel for breakfast. Later visit topmost attractions of religious capital Varanasi as Benaras Hindu University, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Manas Mandir and Bharat Mata Temple. Afternoon drive to Bodhgaya, Bihar. Arrival in Bodhgaya and check in to a hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure and stay for overnight.

Day 05 – Bodhgaya: Visit Maha Bodhi Vihar- a Buddhist Temple and UNESCO world heritage sites. Spend rest of the day at leisure and stay overnight. Bodhgaya is the place your Siddhartha Gautama got enlightenment under tree, called as Bodhi tree.

Day 06 – Bodhgaya / Patna: Drive to Patna- capital city of the state Bihar. En-route visit Nalanda and Rajgir. On arrival check in to a hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 07 – Patna / Kushinagar: On the morning drive to Kushinagar via Vaishali. On arrival check in to a hotel. Visit Maha Pari Nirvana temple & Ramabhar Stupa. Came back to the hotel. Kushinagar is the place where Buddha finally got nirvana.

Day 08 – Kushinagar / Lumbini: Morning drive to Lumbini. Arrival in Lumbini, check in to a hotel. Afternoon proceed to explore Mayadevi temple, stupas and the Ashokan Pillar. Overnight stay at the hotel in Lumbini- birth place of Lord Buddha.

Day 09 – Lumbini / Balrampur: On the morning drive to Balrampur and en-route visit Kapilvastu. Spend the evening at leisure and stay overnight at the hotel in Balrampur.

Day 10 – Balrampur / Lucknow / Delhi: On the morning drive to Lucknow- capital city of the state Uttar Pradesh. En-route visit Saravasti. On arrival at Lucknow transfer to the railway station to board a train for Delhi. On arrival check in to hotel for an overnight stay in capital city.

Day 11 – Delhi: Enjoy sightseeing a tour of Delhi comprises of monuments, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Chandni Chowk, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Akshardham Temple. Stay overnight at the hotel in Delhi, India.

Day 12 – Departure Delhi: Morning transfer to the International Airport to board flight for onward destination.

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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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Buddhism in Odisha – Buddhism Tourism – Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri Udaygiri Hills

Odisha: formerly known as Orissa located in the eastern coast. 1st April is celebrated as Odisha Day. Bhubaneswar, capital as well as largest city of Odisha is a centre of economic and religious sites.

Buddhism was known in Odisha, right from the time of its inception. Odisha, named as Odra or Orissa is known for its tribal cultures and numerous ancient temples. There are huge numbers of stupas, viharas, monasteries and gompa found across Odisha to represent Buddhism. Some newly made Buddhist sites increases the charm of Odisha with Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri hills attracting travelers every years across the globe.

Major Buddhist attractions of Odisha are:

Ratnagiri: The Ratnagiri Hill is one of most extensive ruins and is famous for Pushpagiri monastery.

Lalitagiri: The Lalitagiri hills in Odisha serve as an important historical site. An ancient stupa containing relics preserved in caskets of stone is one of the recent and spectacular discoveries.

Dhauli: The Shanti Stupa at the Dhauli Hill situated on the bank of the River Daya is another world renowned Buddhist sites in Odisha.  Nippon-Buddha Sangha established a peace pagoda or Shanti Stupa at Dhauli.

Udaygiri: Udayagiri is the largest Buddhist complex of Odisha. It is make up with major stupas and monasteries, viharas.

Other Attractions:

Pipli, The Nandan Kanan National Park, Langudi, Motifs

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