The Buddhist Circuit: Nepal & India - 14 Days

 

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Overview

The Buddhist Circuit is a pilgrimage trip to Nepal and India. It is a journey to sacred Buddhist sites, where major milestones of Buddha’s life took place. His birth in Lumbini to his enlightenment at Bodhgaya, this trip is of great importance not only to Buddhists but also for Hindu and Jain devotees. This journey helps discover the historic importance and culture that was once practiced by Buddha and is still followed throughout the world.

Buddhism is a religion that signifies peace and harmony and explains a purpose to life through deep understanding of human mind, body and soul.

 

Highlights

  • Visit the three most important monasteries in Kathmandu.

  • Drive to Namo Buddha, a sanctuary of peace and harmony.

  • Visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur the ‘City of Devotees.

  • At Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Buddha, visit the numerous international monuments constructed in devotion to Buddha.

  • Onward you will visit the many significant sites where Lord Buddha lived and attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment.

  • Varanasi the city sacred to Hindus, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

  • At Sarnath he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the ‘Wheel of the Dharma’.

 

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal & India

Trip Duration: 14 Days

Arrival InKathmandu

Departure From: Varanasi

Meals: BB basis in Nepal & Full Board basis in India (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Best Season: September – April

Activity: Tour

Grade: Easy

Includes

Nepal Portion

•    Arrival and departure transfers

•    Assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel

•    3 nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu in twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis

•    2 nights’ hotel accommodation in Lumbini in twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis

•    Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Lumbini

•    All sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lumbini by private vehicle with local English speaking guide

•    Entrance fee of monuments as per the above itinerary

India Portion

•    1 night accommodation at hotel in Khusinagar in twin sharing room on full board basis

•    1 night accommodation at hotel in Patna on in twin sharing room on full board basis

•    1 night accommodation at hotel in Rajgir in twin sharing room on full board basis

•    3 nights’ accommodation at hotel in Bodhgaya in twin sharing room on full board basis

•    2 nights’ accommodation at hotel in Varanasi in twin sharing room on full board basis

•    All sightseeing by private vehicle with local English speaking guide

•    Entrance fee of monuments as per the above itinerary

Excludes

•    Nepal visa fee

•    India visa fee

•    International airfare and airport tax

•    Items of personal nature such as bar bills, alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone calls, extra mileage, personal        gratuities as tips to guide, porters, drivers etc

•    Personal insurance policy – suggested a comprehensive travel insurance covering tour and flight cancellations,            loss  of valuables, thefts, illness, accidents and hospitalization; and most of all Emergency Helicopter Evacuation

•    Expenses incurred by re-routing, inclement weather, floods, famine, political disruptions, strikes, riots and other   V        disturbances

•    Meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary

 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2 - In Kathmandu

Day 3 - Visit Namo Buddha via Bhaktapur

Day 4 - Drive to Lumbini

Day 5 - In Lumbini

Day 6 - Lumbini – Kushinagar

Day 7 - Kushinagar – Vaishali – Patna

Day 8 - Patna - Nalanda – Rajgir

Day 9 - Rajgir – Bodhgaya

Day 10 - Bodhgaya

Day 11 - Bodhgaya

Day 12 - Bodhgaya – Varanasi

Day 13 - Varanasi – Sarnath – Varanasi

Day 14 - Departure

 

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