SULLE ORME DEL BUDDHA

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SULLE ORME DEL BUDDHA

Day 28 Oct:- Arrive in Delhi

 

Morning Upon arrival at Chennai, our representative will assist and transfer you to hotel. The sightseeing Tour of Delhi covering Raj Ghat (the cremation sight of Father of India, Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Rickshaw Ride in Chandni Chowk. In the afternoon, proceed to visit the Humayun’s Tomb, the 12th century Qutub Minar where Ashoka Column is situated, the massive India Gate and Laxminarayan (Birla Temple) Temple as you catch glimpses of President’s House, Parliament House, and Government Secretariat Buildings.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Delhi Hotel.

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Day 29 Oct:- Delhi To Varanasi ( By Flight)

 

Morning transfer to Delhi airport to catch the flight for Varanasi an important Buddhist pilgrimage point, after check-in at hotel proceed for Old Banaras sightseeing.

The Vishwanath Temple, built by the Birla’s, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent. The Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama.

Evening visit Ganges Aarti ceremony on Dashashwamedh Ghat at 1830 hrs.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Varanasi Hotel.

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Day 30 Oct:- Varanasi – Sarnath – Varanasi

 

Early morning Boat ride on the river Ganges. After Boat Ride return back to your hotel for Breakfast. After breakfast morning is at leisure. Later in the afternoon excursion of Sarnath. Just 13 kilometers from Varanasi is Isipathana, now called Sarnath, the deer park where the Buddha first proclaimed the Dhamma to the world. He taught two discourses here, the Dhammacakkhapavathana Stupa and the profound Anattalakhana Stupa. Both discourses are in the booklet Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha, Wheel No 17. Set in well maintained gardens Sarnath’s ruins are a pleasant place to stroll amongst or meditate in. The main things to see are: Asoka’s pillar, the ruins of the Mulagandhakuti, Dharmek Stupa. Further to the east is the modern Mulagandhakuti Vihara with its beautiful wall paintings and behind it the Deer Park.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Varanasi Hotel.

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Day 31 Oct:- Varanasi – Sasaram – Bodhgaya (260 KM/ 6 Hours drive)

 

After Breakfast proceed for Bodhgaya, Enroute visit Sasaram(Tomb of Sher Shah Suri)130Km from Varanasi.

Tomb of Sher Shah Suri:- Sher Shah Suri’s 122 feet (37 m) red sandstone tomb, built in the Indo-Afghan style stands in the middle of an artificial lake at Sasaram. It borrows heavily from the Lodhi style, and was once covered in blue and yellow glazed tiles indicating an Iranian influence. The massive free standing dome also has an aesthetic aspect of the Buddhist stupa style of the Mauryan period.

In the afternoon arrive in Bodhgaya, after check-in at hotel proceed to visit Mahabodhi Temple and Maha Bodhi Tree.
Mahabodhi Temple and Maha Bodhi Tree:-
Traditional accounts say that, around 589 BCE, Siddhartha Gautama, a young prince who saw the suffering of the world and wanted to end it, reached the forested banks of the Phalgu river, near the city of Gaya, India. There he sat in meditation under a peepul tree (Ficus religiosa or Sacred Fig) which later became known as the Bodhi tree. According to Buddhist scriptures, after three days and three nights, Siddharta attained enlightenment and the answers that he had sought. In that location, Mahabodhi Temple was built by Emperor Ashoka in around 260 BCE.

The Buddha then spent the succeeding seven weeks at seven different spots in the vicinity meditating and considering his experience.

Vishnupada Temple:- The construction date of temple is unknown and it is believed that Rama along with Sita had visited this place.The present day structure was rebuilt by Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar, the ruler of Indore, in 1787,on the banks of the Falgu river. A flight of 1000 stone steps leads to the top of the Brahmajuni hill, 1 km southwest of the Vishnupad mandir. Visitors prefer to go to the top of Brahmajuni hill see magnificent view of temple from top.[6] There are many small temples near this temple.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Bodhgaya Hotel.

 

Day 01 Nov:- Bodhgaya – (70Km 2hrs drive)Rajgir – (15 Km 20Min drive)Nalanda – (90Km 2hrs drive)Patna

 

Morning after breakfast visit Alice Project in Bodhgaya. Later leave for Patna, en-route visit Rajgir and Nalanda. Patna is 2500 year old capital city of Bihar. Rajgir was capital of 6th century Magadha Empire and was revered site of Buddha’s discourses. Buddha spent many years here. Nalanda is the world’s oldest university founded in the 5th century.

Evening reach in Patna, check-in at hotel and dinner in hotel.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Patna hotel.

 

Day 02 Nov:- Patna – Kushinagar (240 Km 5hrs 30 min drive).

 

Leave Patna after breakfast for Kushinagar. en-route visit Vaishali – located 60 kms from Patna and holds special significance for Buddhist devotees. Kushinagar is the place where Buddha passed into Maha-Parinirvana,

The Budha Stupa in Vaishali.

Vaishali was established as a republic by the 6th century BCE, prior to the birth of Gautama Buddha in 563 BCE, making it the world’s first republic.

Mahavira was born in Vaishali. Gautama Buddha delivered his last sermon at Vaishali and announced his Parinirvana there. Vaishali is also renowned as the home of Amrapali, a great courtesan who appears in many folktales as well as in Buddhist literature. Amrapali became a disciple of Gautama Buddha.

Later proceed for Kushinagar, check-in at hotel. Visit Kushinagar.

The Parinirvana Temple with the Parinirvana Stupa, Kushinagar

The reclining Nirvana statue of the Buddha is inside the Parinirvana Stupa. Statue is 6.10 meters long and is made of monolith red – sand stone. It represents the “Dying Buddha” reclining on his right side with his face towards the west. It is placed on a large brick-pedestal with stone-posts at the corners.

Nirvana Chaitya (Main Stupa) Nirvana Chaitya is located just behind the Main Parinirvana Temple. It was excavated by Carlleyle in the year 1876. During excavations, a copper-plate was found, which contained the text of the “Nidana-Sutra” which concluded the statement that plate had been deposited in the “Nirvana-Chaitya” by one Haribala, who also installed the great Nirvana Statue of Buddha in the temple front.

Ramabhar Stupa Ramabhar Stupa, also called a Mukutbandhan-Chaitya, is the cremation -place of Buddha. This Site is 1.5 km east of the main Nirvana Temple on the Kushinagar-Deoria road.

Matha Kuar Shrine A Colossal statue of Lord Buddha is installed, which is carved out of one block which represents Buddha seated under the “Bodhi Tree” in a pose known as ” Bhumi Sparsh Mudra ” (Earth touching attitude). The inscription at the base of statue is datable to the 10th or 11th Century A.D.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Kushinagar hotel.

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Day 03 Nov:- KushinagarShravasti (240 Km / 5 hrs drive) After Breakfast proceed to Shravasti.

 

Jetavana was one of the most famous of the Buddhist monasteries or viharas in India. It was the second vihara donated to Gautama Buddha after the Veluvana in Rajgir.

Sravasti, Sahet – Mahet

Ancient city of Sravasti, which is now represented by groups of remains known as Saheth-Maheth together with adjacent sites-Orajhar, Panahiajhar and Kharahuwanjhar is located in newly created district of Sravastinagar while a portion of it falls in district Balrampur U.P. framed by Lat. 27031 N. and Long. 8202’E. The earliest references of the city are available in Ramayana and Mahabharata as a prosperous city in the kingdom of Kosala. Panini in his Ashtadhyayi makes a mention of Kosala while Pali Buddhist literature also makes numerous references to Kosala, its history and society. In the Puranas, it is described as the capital of North Kosala. It is said to have derived its name from a legendary king Sravasta of solar race who is stated to have founded the city. In later times, it was also known as ‘Chandrikapuri’ and ‘Champakpuri’. It is referred to as ‘Saravasti’ by Kalidas. Anguttara Nikaya mentions Kosala as one of the sixteen great Janapadas.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Shravasti hotel.

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Day 04 Nov:- Shravasti – Kapilavastu – Lumbini ( 210 Km/ 6 Hrs drive)

 

After breakfast proceed for Lumbini, enroute visit Kapilavastu.

Kapilavastu – the place where the Lord spent the first thirty years of his life. It was Kapilavastu, where he witnessed four events – sorrow of a beggar, sadness of an old man, pain of a sick and a dead body and finally decided to renounce all the worldly pleasure and search for the truth and salvation.

Evening arrival in a Lumbini and walk in the city.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Lumbini hotel.

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Day 05 Nov:- Lumbini
Today after breakfast, you’ll enjoy the Buddhist culture to its fullest potential in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha (623 BC). Lumbini one of four Buddhist pilgrimage sites based on major events in the life of Gautama Buddha. Interestingly, all of the events occurred under trees. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition.

Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple and others under construction. Also here is the Puskarini or Holy Pond – where the Buddha’s mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth and where he, too, had his first bath – as well as the remains of Kapilvastu palace. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Lumbini is the perfect place to go to if you are into cultural, archaeological and religious treasures. With the number of stupas, meditation grounds, temples, courtyards and more, a walk in Lumbini is a walk with Buddha. Enter the birthplace of one of the greatest man of world religions – Siddharta Gautama, founder of Buddhism – and be captivated by its serene environment and meditate and reflect with its outmost tranquility and peaceful atmosphere.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Lumbini hotel.

 

Day 06 Nov:- Lumbini – Chitwan National Park ( 140Km / 4 Hrs drive)

 

After Breakfast proceed for Chitwan National Park, after check-in at hotel. Later proceed for jeep safari in Chitwan national park.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Chitwan hotel.

 

Day 07 Nov:- NationalPark of Chitwan

 

Morning Nature walk. And later visit Tharu Village by Jeep or Bicycle.

The village itself is comprised of several mud and reed huts. Domestic and farm animals roam around or are in enclosures. It’s a basic place where people really do live and work. There’s a small museum there which displays the tools and traditional clothes people use out in the field.

The Tharu are an ethnic group indigenous to the Terrai region of Nepal which includes Chitwan. Nearly 7% of Nepal’s population are Tharu. The Tharu in Chitwan have lived there for hundreds of years and call themselves “The People of the Forest”. They farm rice,corn lentil and hunt wild boar, deer rabbit along with river fish. Unlike a lot of the Nepal’s population the Tharu are not known to seek employment overseas. Thusly the Tharu have brought up a unique culture and way of life unlike other tribes in Nepal.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Chitwan hotel.

 

Day 08 Nov:- National Park of Chitwan – Kathmandu ( 160Km / 6 Hrs Drive)

 

Morning breakfast and proceed for Kathmandu. Check-in at Hotel and start visit Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath, literally- the god of animal lives. As one of the must visit legendary Hindu temple in the subcontinent, this site welcomes millions of visitors every year. The temple is located on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, which runs down to the Ganges. Here, you get a chance to witness open public crematorium with all the rites and rituals being performed. You come to see even the holy men posing for pictures with painted face, dreadlocked hair and ash-applied body.

Bouddhanath, the god of wisdom. It is considered as one of the largest Stupas in the world. Constructed back in the 4th century, this Stupa is the must visit site for the Tibetans. The shrine itself resembles a Tibetan village since the locale comprises Tibetan monasteries and the exiles. Besides this, there are a number of painting schools with Lamas painting Thanka, the best souvenirs from Nepal.

Swayambhunath: Approximately 2600 years old Buddhist Stupa, Swayambhunath is overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath- literally ‘self-existent god’, is often referred to as the Monkey Temple due to the hundreds of monkeys- the local dwellers. The main Stupa, memorials of monks and local people, ancient sculptures, temple of child protector goddess, monasteries, etc are the main attractions here. Moreover, you can throw bird-eye-view to all the monument sites of the Kathmandu tour since this is the highest point inside the valley.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Kathmandu hotel.

 

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09 Nov:- Kathmandu – Patan – Bhaktapur – Kathmandu

 

After breakfast proceed to visit Patan and Bhaktapur around the Katmandu.

Patan City, Historically known as Lalitpur- the city of fine arts, Patan is the oldest town among the three sister cities. It proffers huge collection of finest workmanship on its Newari and Buddhist monuments. Patan is the house of distinguished artists who have been performing their skills on wood, stone, metal and canvas from the time immemorial. Pagodas, Shikhara and octagonal temples enclose Patan Durbar Square, the medieval royal palace. Five storied Kumbheswar temple is one of the busy temples nearby the square. Golden temple- the Buddhist Vihar from 12th century, Rudravarna monastery, the temple of thousand Buddhas and so forth are worth visiting. Last but not the least, while being at Tibetan Refugee Camp, you will see the manual procedure of carpets weaving.

Bhaktapur, the city of devotees. This town delivers sightseeing of medieval settlement with a number of cultural and historical squares, traditional skyscraper architectures and so on. Ancient Dattatraya temple, five storied Nyatapola temple, Pottery Square and of course, historical Durbar squareare the eye-catching highlights of the town.

Monuments to visit in Kathmandu Darbar Square area:

patan durbar squareKumari Baha- Etymologically, ‘Kumari’ stands for a virgin girl- the living goddess and ‘Baha’ is a monastery in local tongue. Designed in Vihara architecture, Kumari Baha houses the living goddess. As a living reincarnation of Hindu goddess Taleju, a young girl is selected from a Buddhist family maintaining religious harmony and co-existence. The cult resembles Dalai Lama. The girl gets retired when she reaches puberty.
Kalabhairav– The lie-detector god, often known as the justice-god as it was used to sore the truth from the suspected criminals back in 17th century. The destructive manifestation of Shiva, one of the prominent Hindu gods.
Kasthamadap- A pavilion made up of an enormous single tree in 12th century. Kathmandu valley was named after the same building Kasthamandap, the wooden pavilion.
Freak Street- An alley where the hippies had fun in 1960s and 70s.
Shiva Parvati Temple- The shrine of Shiva, the destroyer, along with his consort Parvati watching human deeds from window.
Big Bell- The ceremonial bell still active at 9am. The one who is employed to ring this 1000kg bell gets a liter of milk every day.
Taleju Temple- A skyscraper pagoda from 16th century enshrining Taleju, the family deity of royalties. The spiritual test of the girl to be Kumari is performed here as Kumari is believed as the incarnation of this goddess.
Nasal Chowk- Last used in 2001 to coronate the last king of Nepal, it’s the main courtyard used by then kings for rituals and ceremonies.
Mohan Kali Chowk- The courtyard with golden spout surrounded by the finest masterpieces of art work on stone, metal and wood.
Sundari Chowk- One of the oldest courtyards of the palace comprising monolithic sculpture of Krishna dominating the serpent demon.
King’s Column- Pratap Malla’s figure on the top of a pillar. Re-erected after 1934 earthquake.

Dinner & Overnight stay in Kathmandu hotel.

 

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Day 10 Nov:- Kathmandu – Delhi – Italia

 

Morning transfer Kathmandu airport to catch the flight for Delhi international airport for back home with sweet memories with TURISMO IN INDIA.

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