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DAY 01: COLOMBO-GAYA-BODHGAYA.
Met upon arrival and after assistance at the airport, transfer to your hotel at Bodhgaya, 16 Kms. Arrive in Bodhgaya and check-in at your Hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (Dinner).
 

DAY 02: BODHGAYA -VARANASI.
Morning proceed with the visit of Mahabodhi temple.  It
was in Bodhgaya under the Bodhi tree that Gautam, the
prince, attained enlightenment to become Buddha. King
Ashok erected a shrine near the Bodhi tree, which was
replaced by Mahabodhi Temple in the 2nd century BC. It
houses a gilded image of the Buddha in the pose
signifying enlightenment, there are carvings on the Stupa
depicting tales from Buddha's lives.  After lunch depart
by surface for Varanasi. (240 Kms).  Arrive in Varanasi
and check-in at your hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch &
Dinner).

DAY 03: VARANASI-SARNATH-SIDDHARTH NAGAR.
After breakfast at hotel, proceed with visit of Sarnath,
the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his
first sermon.  Sarnath was renowned schools of
learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century A.D.
visit the ruins, the Stupa, the Buddhist temple and the
Museum. After lunch, depart by surface for Siddharth Nagar, 310 Kms. Arrive in Siddharth Nagar and check in at Royal Retreat resort. Dinner and overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).

DAY 04: SIDDHARTH NAGAR- KAPILAVASTU-LUMBINI.

After early breakfast at resort, proceed with the visit to Kapilavastu, where Lord Buddha spent his 24 years, before becoming a monk. Some parts of the Royal Palace have been recovered through excavations. After this proceed with drive for 30 Kms to Lumbini. Arrive in Lumbini and check-in at your hotel. After lunch at Hotel, proceed with visit to the Holy site of sacred gardens, where Gautam Buddha was born. Also visit the sections of Maya Devi Mandir, mother of Gautam Buddha, which is believed to date as far back as the 3rd or 4th century BC, though much of the structure consists of later additions. The Peepul tree, that was cut down was almost certainly not the one below, which Maya Devi gave birth; the original [considered to have been sal] may have survived into 6th or 7th Century AD.  Most important the Ashokan Pillar with circumference of 2.78 meters and standing at 7.79 meters, though a large section is below ground. It was erected by greatest of Mauryan emperor Ashok in 250 BC, in the 20years of his reign. The pillar is Nepal’s oldest known monument. Dinner and overnight at Hotel. (Breakfast, lunch & Dinner).

DAY 05: LUMBINI- KUSHINAGAR.
After breakfast at hotel, depart by surface for Kushinagar, 140 Kms. Arrive in Kushinagar and check-in at your hotel.  Kushinagar (Kushinara of Yore) is a revered place for Buddhist pilgrims. It was here that the Tathagata, the reciter of truth, breathed his last with the last words, “ Behold now, brethren, I exhort you, saying, decay is inherent in all component things! Work out your salvation with diligence!”. After lunch at hotel, proceed with visit to the Mahaparinirvana temple the huge statue of the Reclining Buddha, excavated in 1876 at the temple, is one of the most momentous of all sights for the devout. The whole of Kushinagar, since Mahaparinirvana of Gautam Buddha, was turned into a memorial site with stupas including the relic Stupa – Mukutbandhana and Gupta period Chaitayas and Viharas, built by the devout kings. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 06: KUSHINAGAR-VAISHALI-PATNA
After breakfast at hotel, depart by surface for Patna, 280 Kms./07-08 Hrs. with packed box-lunch en route visiting Vaishali.  Vaishali located 60 Kms before Patna, is believed to be the first republic of the world, having an elected body of representatives, holds special significance for Buddhist devotees. At Kolhua, Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon, hinting at his impending departures from the mortal world. Later, Emperor Ashok erected a huge pillar to commemorate the spot of the last.  Vaishali was also the center of the IInd Buddhist Council congregation, held after 100 years of Buddha’s Parinirvana to discuss the ten points of Vinaya, the rule of conduct under dispute. Other important sites at Vaishali are Raja Vishal Ka Garh, Buddha Stupa I and II (4th Century B.C).  Vaishali is important for Jains as Mahavir the first Tirthankara born here.   After the tour proceed with drive to Patna. Arrive in Patna and check-in at your Hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

DAY 07: PATNA-NALANDA-RAJGIR-BODHGAYA.
After breakfast at hotel, depart by surface for Bodhgaya, en route visiting Nalanda and Rajgir. Nalanda, located 90 Kms from Patna was founded in 5th century BC, Nalanda was one of the world’s great universities and an important Buddhist center until it’s sacking by the Afghans in the 12th century.  When Chinese scholar and traveler Xuan Zhang visited between 685 and 762 AD 10,000 monks and students resided here.  The extensive brick-built remains include few intact votive stupas around it, and the monks’ cells.  Also worth visiting the Archeological Museum [OPEN FROM 1000-1700 HRS.] THAT houses the Nalanda University seal, sculptures and other remains found on the site.  After this continue with your drive to Rajgir located 12 Kms. Arrive in Rajgir and proceed with hot lunch at a local hotel. After lunch proceed with visit to the Ajatshatru Fort, Venuvana, and the bamboo grove where Lord Buddha spent some time. Located close is the Jivakamarvana Monastery (4-3rd C BC). After this take the cable car ride to visit the Visva Shanti Stupa built by Japanese on top of Ratnagiri mountain. From here you can have a good view of the Griddakuta Hill (the hill of vultures) from where Lord Buddha, delivered many important sermons and also of the Sattapani Cave, where the First Buddhist Council was convened six months after the death of Lord Buddha

DAY 08: BODHGAYA-GAYA-COLOMBO
After breakfast at hotel, in time transfer to airport at Gaya to board flight for Colombo. (Breakfast).
 

 

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