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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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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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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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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Buddhism in Sikkim- Buddhist Tour – Monastey Stupas Gompa in Sikkim – Rumtek Monastery

Explore Buddhism in Sikkim, one of the most beautiful states of India. This state is home of more than 200 Buddhist monasteries or gompas.

Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre: Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre is the largest monastery of Sikkim.

Do-Drul Chorten: It is one of the most sacred sites in Sikkim visited by thousand of Buddhists and monks.

Deer Park: The Deer Park, also termed as Rustamjee Park is homage to Himalayan Bears, Red Pandas and species of Deer.

Khecheopalri Lake: Khecheopalri Lake, also termed as wishing lake is a sacred lakes of Sikkim.

Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology: A renowned Buddhism learning centre having huge collection of the books and manuscripts of the Mahayana Buddhism in the world.

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