NPL – 11 Buddhist Circuit in Nepal
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer and check in at hotel.
Day 2: Full day tour of Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu City.
Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Lumbini. And visit Lumbini Garden
Day 4: Continue visit of Lumbini Garden
Day 5: Drive Lumbini to Varanasi.
Day 6: Boat ride in Ganges and vist Sarnath Temple then drive to Bodhgaya
Day 7: Full day visit around Bodhgaya
Day 8: Drive to Rajgir via Nalanda
Day 9: Drive to Kushinagar via Vaishali
Day 10: Drive to Shravasti, on the way visit Kapilvastu
Day 11: Drive to Lumbini and fly to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Transfer to airport and fly out.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be meeting by a representative to provide you with your airport transfer to your Hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the city known as Kantipur, the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.

Kathmandu City: The capital of Nepal, is also known as Kantipur. It is named after Kasthamandap, an  imposing Pagoda near Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Kasthamandap, supposed to be made from a single tree, along with Durbar Square is one of the ancient places of Nepal.

Swayambhunath: one of the World’s most glorious Buddhist Stupas, painted on the four-sides of the spire bases are the never sleeping eyes of Lord Buddha. It lies 3 km west of the city and situated about 77m above the level of the Valley.

Pashupatinath Temple: a sacred temple of Lord Shiva Pashupatinath with two-tiered golden roof situated on the banks of the sacred river Bagmati. It is the centre of Annual Pilgrimage on the day of Maha Shivaratri. This temple is situated amidst the lush green natural setting, 5 Km. East of city.

Boudhanath: This colossal and ancient Buddhist Stupa, one of the biggest in the World, has the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels at a distance of 8 Km. East of city. Back to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Fly Kathmandu to Bhairahawa. Drive to Lumbini and visit Lumbini Garden.

We take the 40 minutes approx. flight to the southern border city of Bhairahawa. Then, drive 21 km. (13 miles) to the west to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. We then take our pilgrimage tour of Lumbini Gardens where Lord Buddha was born. Temple of Maya Devi, Buddha''s mother depicting the nativity scene of Buddha and the Ashoka Pillar, built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka to mark his pilgrimage to Lumbini in 240 B.C. are the highlights here.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Continue visit of Monasteries in Lumbini Garden.

From early in the morning, we will go to see all the activities perform by the Buddhist devotees living there and known as Lamas. They perform puja, meditation and other activities which represents totally love and peace. We will go to see Buddha’ Durbar, regular lightening place, lakes, Ashka’s stambha and many more. If you want you can do meditation for some days but you have to let us know and for that it must be booked before. We will visit various monasteries owned by various countries to show the respect to Lumbini and promote Buddhism in the world. Some of the famous monasteries over there are Wat Thai Temple, Burmese Monastery, Great Lotus Stupa (Tara Foundation), German Monastery, and Chinese Monastery. Back to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Drive Lumbini to Varanasi (197 km, 6 hours approx).

After breakfast, we drive to Sunauli Border (Nepal / India Border) and after immigration formalities, continue drive to Varanasi. Varanasi commonly known as Banaras or Benaras, is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is regarded as a holy city by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the River Ganges and the river's religious importance. The city has been a cultural and religious centre in North India for several thousand years. Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath located near Varanasi (Kashi). People often refer to Varanasi as "the city of temples", "the holy city of India", "the religious capital of India", "the city of lights", "the city of learning", and "the oldest living city on earth." On  reaching, transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Boat ride on Ganges and visit Sarnath Temple. Then, drive to Bodhgaya (247 Km, 5 hours).

Early morning, we will leave early in the morning for a sunrise boat excursion on the holy River Ganges. See Varanasi come alive along the banks of the river and people bathing in the holy water and worshiping the rising sun. Witness the conclusion of life at the riverbank holy cremation grounds. It is believed if you die in Varanasi you go straight to heaven.

Back to the hotel and after breakfast, drive to Sarnath. Sarnath, about 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi, is the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. On the day before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be sacred to his followers. Some of the important Buddhist monuments at Sarnath are the Dhamekha stupa, the Chaukhandi stupa and monasteries and temples of different schools of Buddhism from Japan, China, Thailand, Burma and others. The Indian Buddhist society called Mahabodhi Society maintains a park around the Buddha temple. The Mahabodhi Temple within the park has a tooth relic of the Buddha. There is also a vast expanse of ancient ruins at Sarnath. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. Later, drive to Bodhgaya. On reaching, check in to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Scroll around Bodhgaya.

Bodhgaya is a religious site and is famous for being the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment. The place-name, Bodh Gaya, did not come into use until the 18th century BCE. Historically, it was known as Uruvela, Sambodhi, Vajrasana or Mahabodhi. The main monastery of Bodh Gaya used to be called the Bodhimanda-vihāra. Now it is called the Mahabodhi Temple. For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting around Bodhgaya, back to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Drive to Rajgir via Nalanda (122 km, 3 hours approx.).

After breakfast, we proceed for Rajgir. On the way, we visit Nalanda. Nalanda, founded in the 5th century AD, is famous as the ancient seat of learning. The ruins of the world's most ancient university lies here which is 62 km from Bodhgaya. Though the Buddha visited Nalanda several times during his lifetime, this famous center of Buddhist learning shot to fame much later, during 5th-12th centuries. Hieun Tsang stayed here in the 7th century AD and left detailed description of the excellence of education system and purity of monastic life practiced here. He also gave a vivid account of both the ambiance and architecture of this unique university of ancient times. Then, we continue to Rajgir. On reaching, check in to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09: Visit Rajgir in the morning and then, drive to Kushinagar via Vaishali (308 km, 5 hours approx).

Morning, after breakfast, visit Rajgir. It was here that Gautama Buddha spent several months meditating, and preaching at Gridhra-kuta, (Hill of the Vultures). He also delivered some of his famous sermons and converted King Bimbisara of Magadha and countless others to his religion. On one of the hills is the Saptparni cave where the First Buddhist Council was held under the leadership of Maha Kassapa. Lord Mahavira spent fourteen years of his life at Rajgir and Nalanda, spending chaturmas (i.e. 4 months of the rainy season) at a single place in Rajgir (Rajgruhi) and the rest in the places in the vicinity. It was the capital of his favourite shishya (follower) king Shrenik.

Later, we drive to Kushinagar via Vaishali. On the way, we visit Vaishali. Vaishali is believed to be the first republic of the world, having an elected Body of representatives holds special significance for Buddhist Devotees. The Buddha preached the Radha Sutra to the eighty four thousand faithful gathered there. Women were ordained for the first time in to Buddhism. It was at Vaishali that the famous courtesan of the Lichchavi Empire, Amrapali, became a famous devotee of the Lord. She once entreated the lord to grace her house. When Lord Buddha graciously accepted, the Lichchavi Princes asked her to exchange this visit for a hundred thousand gold coins. Amrapali refused and after the Lord's visit, she was purged of her impurities and became a bhikshuni. A hundred years after Mahaparinirvana, the second Buddhist council was held here. Later, continue to Kushinagar.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Visit Kushinagar then, drive to Sravasti (254 km, 8 hours approx.). On the way, visit Kapilvastu.

Morning, visit Kushinagar. It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, where Gautama Buddha is thought to have attained Parinirvana after his death. The two places most frequently visited in Kushinagar are the Mahaparinirvana Stupa, which is built on the place of Buddha's Mahaparinirvana (Great Nirvana or passing away), and the place of his cremation, which is 1.6 km away. Close to the Mahaparinirvana Stupa is located a 1500 year old Buddha-image of the Buddha as he attained Parinirvana. The Mahaparinirvana Stupa is surrounded by ruins of ancient monasteries.

Later, we drive to Sravasti and on the way, we visit Kapilvastu. Kapilvastu is situated in Nepal hence we have to cross the border once again to scroll around Kapilvastu. It is the name of a place in the ancient Shakya kingdom where Gautama Buddha grew up, and which contained his family home and garden. It is assumed to be some 10 kilometers to the west of his known birth place Lumbini. The latter reference point is marked by an Ashoka Pillar and was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. After sightseeing tour, we continue drive to Sravasti. On reaching, check in to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Visit Sravasti and then, drive to Lumbini (120 km, 3 hours approx). Fly back to Kathmandu.

In the morning, visit Sravasti. Sravasti is the place where Lord Buddha passed the greater part of his monastic life. The main monasteries in Sravasti were the Jetavana and the Pubbarama. Sravasto also contained the monastery of Rajakarama, built by Pasenadi, opposite Jetavana. Not far from the city was a dark forest called the Andhavana, where some monks and nun went to live. Outside the city gate of Sravasti was a fisherman's village of five hundred families. Then, we drive back to Lumbini and further, drive to Bhairahawa Airport. Fly back to Kathmandu. On reaching, transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Departure from Kathmandu to onward journey.

Breakfast in the hotel and rest of the day free. Your guide will pick you up from the hotel and will transfer you to the airport to catch your onward flight

 
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