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* Classic Route - following Buddha's PATH to Enlightenment

"After I am no more, O Ananda, men of belief will visit the four places
with faith, curiosity and devotion:
-  Lumbini where I was born,
-  Bodh Gaya where I attained Enlightenment
-  Saranath where I gave the first Sermons
-  Kushinagar where I shall pass into Maha Pari Nirvana.".

............ Shakyamuni Buddha
Sermoning his favourite Disciple Ananda

Buddhist Circuits.com follows the Footsteps of Lord Buddha in its Original Form under Buddhist Religious Norms. The Buddhist Circuits are the Places of all High Significance Holy Sites of Buddhism; where Lord Buddha was born, attained Enlightenment, preached his first Sermon and reached Nirvana.Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar are the primary pilgrimage places of Buddhist Circuits associated with the life and teachings of the Lord Buddha. There are numerous other sites where the Buddha and the saints that followed travelled during his life after his transformation, which are held in deep veneration. Visitors can travel through this Buddhist Circuit today, to savor the splendid beauty and great appeal of Buddhism.

The greatest impetus to Buddha's teachings came from the Indian King Ashoka who went on a great pilgrimage visiting the important sites that are directly associated with his life, in the Footsteps of Lord Buddha. Primary amongst these holy places are Lumbini in Nepal, and Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar in India. There are other places of lesser significance on the Footsteps of Lord Buddha visitor circuit associated closely with Buddha's life. Amongst these are Buddha's monsoon retreats of Vaishali, Rajgir and Sravastii in India, and his early home at Tilaurakot in Kapilavastu Nepal.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Swyambhunath. O/N Hotel.
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing Tour of Namo Buddha and Patan. O/N Hotel.
Day 03: Morning Flight to Lumbini. Sightseeing tour of Ramgram & Lumbini Garden. O/N Hotel.
Day 04: Sightseeing Tour of Buddhist sites near Lumbini. O/N Hotel.
Day 05: Travel from Lumbini to Sravasti. O/N Hotel
Day 06: After breakfast drive to Kushinagar. Visit Mahaparinirvan Temple, Cremation Stupa etc. O/N Hotel.
Day 07: After breakfast drive to Rajgir (360 kms / 08 hours) Enroute visit Vaishali. O/N Hotel.
Day 08: Drive to Bodhgaya via Nalanda (105 kms / 2 ½ hours). O/N Hotel.
Day 09: At Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple, Sujata Kuti, Niranjana River, Big Buddha etc. O/N Hotel.
Day 10: After breakfast drive to Varanasi (280 kms / 06 hours). After lunch visit Sarnath. O/N Hotel.
Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 12: Morning sightseeing tour of Bouddhanath & transfer to airport for departure
 Departure Dates  Availability
 15 Feb-26 Feb  Available
 15 Mar-26 Mar  Available
 15 Sep-26 Sep  Available
 15 Oct-26 Oct  Available
 15 Nov-26 Nov  Available
Day 01:

Arrive Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Swyambhunath. O/N Hotel.

 

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to Hotel. After refreshment, start the sightseeing tour of Swyambhunath, one of the world's most glorious and oldest Buddhist Chaityas. It is said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the bases are the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

   
Day 02:

Full day Sightseeing Tour of Namo Buddha and Patan. O/N Hotel.

 

After breakfast drive to Namo Budhha via Dhulikhel. At Namo Buddha - a holy site for Buddhists, lies a greatly revered Stupa and Monastery set on the same spot where Shakyamuni Buddha is believed to have fed his own flesh to a starving tigress. Continue to Patan Durbar Square, visit the Buddhist Bihars of which Golden Temple known as ‘Hiranyavarna Mahabihar’ is the most important one because it houses important Buddhist deities within the monastery.

   
Day 03:

Morning Flight to Lumbini. Sightseeing tour of Ramgram & Lumbini Garden. O/N Hotel.

 

Fly Kathmandu to Bhairahawa. Upon arrival drive to Ramgram. There is a Stupa called Ramgram Stupa which built during the time of Buddha. The remains of stupa and monastery as mounds are beside the bank of Jahari river in Kerwani village.

Drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Emperor Ashoka of erstwhile Magadha Kingdom of India made a pilgrimage here in the 3rd century BC and erected a world famous pillar with inscription stating- ”Here the Shakyamuni Buddha was born”.  Several sites of religious significance like the holy tree and the pond near the spot where Buddha was born, and the stupas and shrines representing different countries dot the area around making it an interesting place to immerse yourself into Buddha's life.

   
Day 04:

Sightseeing Tour of Buddhist sites near Lumbini. O/N Hotel.

  We will be visiting more Buddhist sites near Lumbini, which includes:      

Tilaurakot / Kapilvastu: The ancient capital of Sakya, Kapilvastu, has now been identified with Tilaurakot, a site in ruins located 25 km west of Lumbini. Excavations have revealed the foundations of a citadel with defense wall, gateways, monasteries and stupas.

Sagarhawa: Sagarhawa lies 3.5 kin. north of Tilaurakot and west of Banganga river. It is a rectangular depression. Excavations done in 1896 traced seventeen stupas and large monuments made from well-burnt bricks. Findings of casket and other rare antiquities indicate them to be votive stupas of the war dead. However, these stupas remain no more as they were excavated to their foundation without restoration.

Gotihawa: Gotihawa lies 5-km southwest of Taulihawa town and is considered the natal town of Krakuchanda Buddha. The place has ruins of ancient habitation, stupas and monasteries. The place was visited by Ashoka as evidenced by a pillar with inscriptions. The pillar is broken with the upper part missing.

Kudan: Kudan is located 2-km southwest of Taulihawa on way to Gotihawa. There are huge structural ruins indicating wreckage of monasteries and stupas with a tank nearby. This is where Lord Buddha gave Buddhist Religion to his son & brother.

Niglihawa: Niglihawa, 7-km northwest of Tilaurakot, was another site visited by Ashoka and marked with a pillar. The pillar is broken into two pieces. The standing base pillar has Ashokan inscription in Brahmi script and the upper pillar has Devanagari* inscription marking Ripu MaiWs visit in 1312 AD. There are ruins of monasteries, stupas and habitation. It is identified as ancient town of Sobhawati, birthplace of Kanakmuni Buddha

   
Day 05: Travel from Lumbini to Sravasti.  O/N Hotel.
  Drive from Lumbini to Sravasti. Sravasti is the place where Lord Buddha spent a majority of his monastic life.
   
Day 06: After breakfast drive to Kushinagar. Visit Mahaparinirvan Temple, Cremation Stupa etc. O/N Hotel.
  Kushinagar is the place where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon and said, "All Things must Pass. Decay is inheritance in all things’". Ramabhare Stupa & Mahaparinirvana Temple are the major attraction of Kushinagar.
   
Day 07:

After breakfast drive to Rajgir (360 kms / 08 hours) Enroute visit Vaishali. O/N Hotel.

  Vaishali holds special significance for Buddhist devotees. Similarly, Rajgir is sacred to the memory of the founder of both Buddhism and Jainism. Lord Buddha spent many months of retreat during the rainy season here.
   
Day 08:

Drive to Bodhgaya via Nalanda (105 kms / 2 ½ hours). O/N Hotel.

  It is believed that Lord Buddha, in one of his previous births as Bodhisatwa, became a king with his capital at this place and that his liberality won for him and his capital the name Nalanda. Continue drive to Bodhgaya, one of the major highlight of the tour.
   
Day 09:

At Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple, Sujata Kuti, Niranjana River, Big Buddha etc. O/N Hotel.

  Bodhgaya, the place where Siddhartha reached the tate of Enlightenment commonly referred to as Buddhahood. Siddhartha attained enlightenment meditating under the Bodhi Tree, which still stands today in its original place.
   
Day 10:

After breakfast drive to Varanasi (280 kms / 06 hours). After lunch visit Sarnath. O/N Hotel.

  Proceed to Varanasi. Varanasi is one of India’s oldest and holiest cities, where age-old temples overlook the broad waters of the Ganges. Afternoon visit Sarnath hold a high significance, as this is where the Buddha turned the Wheel of Law and here Buddha delivered his first sermon, after attaining Nirvana.
   
Day 11:

Fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.

  Those interested can take early morning boat ride in the Ganges River for sunrise and to watch other religious activities. Transfer to airport to get on the flight to Kathmandu
   
Day 12:

Morning sightseeing tour of Bouddhanath & transfer to airport for departure

  Morning sightseeing tour of Bouddhanath, which is declared to stand as the largest Buddhist shrine of South Asia. The ancient colossal chorten was built in the 6th century  by King Man Dev. It rests on a series of three terraces and from the bird's eye view it takes the relevant shape or of a lotus flower which indeed remains a very holy object for all the devout Buddhists of the world. The chorten is surrounded by a circular market, which forms a part of Tibet town. In this case, also the four pairs of the Buddha's eyes give a vivid flash to the four cardinal directions, meaning to keep a diligent watch over the people and their commitments all day all night. The chorten embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayana the faith of which is known as Lamaism in Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.

After Boudhanath tour transfer to airport for departure.

Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights, Hotel in Lumbini for 2 nights and Hotels in India for 6 nights on full board basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu, Lumbini and Varanasi.
 3.  Guided sightseeing tours of Kathmandu, Lumbini and India with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Transportation by private AC vehicle.
 5.  English speaking Guide / Escort throughout the trip in India.
 6.  Internal flight Kathmandu / Lumbini with applicable airport taxes.
 7.  Flight Varanasi / Kathmandu with applicable taxes.
 

Our price does not include followings:

 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal & India entry visa fees.
 3.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 4.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 5.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 6.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies. ...(More)

 

Bardia National Park:

The far west Nepal is one of the least explored regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited National Park, which still offers challenging adventure. Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai covering an area of 968 sq kms and remains a very much untouched wilderness which appeals to the nature lovers. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems ...(More)

 

Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

Encircled within Himalayan fortress, the image of Tibet has portrayed as “Shangr-la” in the western world. A ‘Land of Snows’ and the ‘Roof of the World’ is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Following virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Tibet has become dream adventure destination for the people living in the most sophisticated silicon cities. ...(More)

 

India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. ...(More)

 

Mount Everest Flight:
Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty ...(More)

 

Bungy Jumping:

(Jumping beyond imagination): Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border. ...(More)

 

Paragliding:

(Flying like a bird): Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. ...(More)

 

Ultralight Flight:

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience. ...(More)

 

Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short or long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure. ...(More)

 

Hotel Shanker:

Shanker Hotel is housed in a palace built at the turn of the 19th century by a Rana Maharajah with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The façade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they would expect of a world class hotel. You will live in palace when you live at Hotel Shanker. ...(More)

 

Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

Hotel Marshyangdi situated in the heart of Thamel is the best choice for those who want to be in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu. Because of its friendly & professional staff, home like atmosphere, Marshyangdi has been a popular name and home away from home for most of the repeated visitors. The hotel now has 50 deluxe and 5 mini suite rooms besides the regular standard rooms. ...(More)

Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Buddhist Circuit Tour of Nepal & India
  • Trip Duration : 11 Days
  • Trip Grade : Gentle
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Cultural Tour
  • Highest Altitude : 1750 m
  • Month : Jan-Apr, Sep-Dec

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