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Dambadiva pilgrimage tour visiting the sites sacred to the buddhist – (13 Days)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1, 2 & 3

 

Day 01 Arrival in Delhi
  • ■ Arrive in Delhi. Meet and assist at the airport. 
  • ■ Transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. 

 

Day 02 Delhi / Agra 
  • ■ Breakfast at hotel. 

  • ■ After breakfast drive to Agra. 

  • ■ On arrival transfer to the hotel. 

  • ■ Lunch at hotel. 

  • ■ Proceed on a sightseeing tour of Agra city, first visiting one of the world’s most popular monuments – The Tajmahal (it is closed on every Friday) built by Mughal Emperor Shah- Jahan for his Empress Mumtaz Mahal. The construction believed to have taken 22 years to complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. Afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of the magnificent Agra Fort - built on the banks of the Yamuna river, is situated in the centre of the town. Various styles of architecture are evident within the fort and demonstrate the love of the Mughal Emperor towards building beautiful monuments. 
  • ■ Dinner and overnight at hotel. 

  

Day 03 Agra / Sankasya / Lucknow
  • ■ Breakfast at hotel. 
  • ■ Morning drive to Lucknow en route visit Sankasia, 
  • ■ Lunch at local restaurant. 
  • ■ After lunch continue drive to Lucknow, Check in at hotel. 
  • ■ Dinner and over night at hotel. 
 

Day 4, 5 & 6

 
Day 04 Lucknow / Sravasti
  •  ■ Breakfast at hotel. 
  • ■ Drive to Sravasti, Check in at hotel. 
  • ■ Lunch at hotel.
  • ■ Late afternoon visit Sravasti- The Buddha spent 25 years living in the monastery of Jetavana. Many Vinaya rules, Jatakas and Sutras were first discussed at this place. The Buddha is supposed to have astonished rival teachers by performing miracles at Sravasti. It is said that it was in Sravasti that the Buddha transformed Angulimala from a dacoit into a Buddhist monk. He also delivered many important sermons here. King Ashoka erected two pillars 21 meters high on either side of the eastern gateway of the Jetavana monastery. Sravasti was a flourishing centre of learning during the Gupta period. When the famed Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang visited this site, he found several damaged stupas and ruins of monasteries and a palace. Morning visit Saheth (Jethavana), Ananda Bodhi Tree – and Maheth (Angulimala Caves) - Sravasti has two villages, Saheth and Maheth. From the Balrampur-Sravasti road one can enter Sahet, which is spread over an area of 400 acres and has a number of ruins. A little north of Sahet, towards the Rapti River, is the ancient fortified city of Mahet. 
  • ■ Dinner and overnight at hotel. 

  

Day 05 Sravasti / Lumbini
  •  Breakfast at hotel. 
  • ■ After breakfast drive to Lumbini. En route visit Kapilavastu – where Buddha’s childhood was spent and also visit ruins of the Palaces Drive. 
  • ■ Lunch at a local restaurant. 
  • ■ Arrive at Nepal check in at hotel. 
  • ■ Visit The Lotus Pond, Mahamaya Temple, the Birth place of Lord Buddha - Shakyamuni Buddha was born in Lumbini, in southern Nepal, two thousand five hundred years ago. Since his time, Nepal has been a sacred ground for Buddhist as the birth place of Buddha and the monasteries built in his honour. 
  • ■ Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

  

Day 06 Lumbini / Kushinagar D
  •  ■ After early breakfast drive to Kushinagar. Check in at hotel. 
  • ■ Lunch at Hotel. 
  • ■ After lunch visit Mahaparinirvana temple - In his eightieth year the Buddha and a group of 
  • monks arrived to this small place. Ananda described it as 'a wattle and daub town'. Exhausted and sick the Buddha was unable to go on and he laid down to rest between two sal trees. His final hours and the events that filled it are movingly described in the last part of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta which you will find in the Long Discourses. The Nirvana Temple and stupa later built over the site of the parinivana as well as the ruins of several monasteries. 
  • Rambhar Stupa (Cremation Centre) –About 1 km away, this large stupa rises to a height of 49 ft. It marks the site where the Lord Buddha was cremated. In ancient Buddhist texts this stupa has been referred to as Mukut-Bandhan Vihar and Mahaparinivana Temple – This temple stands on the same plinth as the main Nirvana Stupa behind it. The reclining Nirvana statue of Lord Buddha inside the temple is 6.10 metres 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. There is an inscription datable to the 5th Century A.D. recording that the statue was "the appropriate religious gift of the Mahavihara Swami Haribala”. 
  • ■ Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7, 8 & 9

 

Day 07 Kushinagar / Vaishali / Bodh Gaya
  •  ■ Breakfast at hotel. 
  • ■ After breakfast drive to Bodh Gaya. En route visiting Vaishali. 
  • ■ Lunch at a local restaurant. 
  • ■ Arrive Bodh Gaya. Check in at hotel. 
  • ■ Dinner and over night at hotel.
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Day 08 Bodh Gaya
  •  ■ Breakfast at hotel. 
  • ■ Rest of the day at leisure for religious activities at Bodh Gaya. Bodh Gaya–The Prince Siddhartha attained Enlightment under the Bo-tree after years of self emancipation. Bodhgaya is a small and quiet town, which is the most important of all the Buddhist sites in the world. King Ashoka 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 Lord Buddha in the pose signifying enlightenment; there are carvings on the stupas depicting tales from Lord Buddha's lives. The original Bodhi tree was said to have been destroyed and the present tree behind the temple complex is believed to come from the sapling which was carried to Sri Lanka from the original tree and then brought back to Bodhgaya. Then visit Sujatha village, Niranjana River, various monasteries etc. 
  • ■ Lunch at hotel. 
  • After lunch visit Dungeshwari Hills. Evening leisure for own activities. 
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel. 

  

Day 09 Bodh Gaya / Nalanda / Rajgir / Bodh Gaya
  •  ■ Breakfast at hotel. 
  • ■ Then leave for Rajgir / Nalanda, Nalanda –where ruins of the great ancient university have been excavated, is situated at a distance of 90 km. south east of Patna by road. It falls on way to Rajgir. Hiuen Tsang thinks 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 or "Charity without intermission". Nalanda has a very ancient history. It was frequently visited by Lord Vardhamana Mohave and Lord Buddha in the 6th century BC. During his sojourns, the Lord Buddha found this place prosperous, swelling, and teeming with population and containing mango-groves. It is also supposed to be the birth place of Sariputra, one of the Chief disciples of the Lord Buddha. Museum - Opposite the entrance to the ruins of the university and houses, it has a small but beautiful collection of Buddhist and Hindu bronzes and a number of undamaged statues of the Lord Buddha that were found in the area. Then visit ruins of the famous Nalanda University and the Museum. 
  • ■ Lunch at a local restaurant. 
  • ■ After lunch drive to Rajgir visit Veluvana Vihara, Bimibisara Prison. Rajgir is 10km south of Nalanda and sacred to the memory of the founder of Buddhism. Venuvana - Site of the monastery Venuvana Vihar built by king Bimbisara for Lord Buddha to reside. This was the King's first offering to Lord Buddha. 
  • Bimbisara Prison - King Bimbisara was imprisoned here by his impatient son and heir, Ajatashatru. The captive king chose this site for his incarceration. From this spot, he could see Lord Buddha climbing up to his mountain retreat atop the Griddhakuta Hill. There is a clear view of the Japanese Pagoda. The stupa of peace was built on the top of the hill. 
  • ■ Later continue drive to Bodh Gaya and check in at hotel. 
  • ■ Dinner and over night at hotel. 

 

Day 10, 11, 12 & 13

 

Day 10 Bodh Gaya / Varanasi
  •  ■ Breakfast at hotel. 
  • ■ After breakfast drive to Varanasi. Check in at hotel. 
  • ■ Lunch at hotel. 
  • ■ Then visit Saranath – After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath; and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the 'Wheel of the Dharma'. It is one of the most holy sites as in this place the stream of the Buddha's teaching first flowed. Dhameka stupa - is the most conspicuous structure at Sarnath. Dhamekha means, this is the spot where the Buddha delivered his first sermon. Dhamekha seems to be a distorted form of Dharma Chakra which means turning the wheel of the Dharma. It is also said that at this spot the five ascetics who left Gautama Buddha in Bodh Gaya, used to live in huts. The original stupa was constructed by Ashoka. The present size of the stupa is 31.3 m high and 28.3 m in diameter. The lower portion of the stupa is covered completely with beautifully carved stones. The design consists of a bro ad band of Swastika (fylfot) carved in different geometrical patterns with a finely chiselled lotus wreath, running over and below the swastikas. The Dhamekha stupa is considered to be the sacred place where the voice of Buddhism was first heard. 
  • ■ Lunch at hotel. 
  • ■ Free for shopping at Varanasi which is very famous for its silk products. 
  • ■ Evening attending a Pirith Cermony. 
  • ■ Dinner and overnight at hotel. 
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Day 11 Varanasi / Lucknow
  •  ■ Early morning enjoy a boat ride on the Holy River Ganges. Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast drive to Lucknow. Arrive in Lucknow and check in at hotel. 
  • ■ Lunch at hotel. 
  • ■ After lunch free for your own activities / shopping. 
  • ■ Dinner and overnight stay at hotel. 
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Day 12 Lucknow / Delhi
  •  ■ Breakfast at hotel. Then drive to Delhi. 
  • ■ En route lunch at local restaurant. 
  • ■ Arrive in Delhi and check in at hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
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Day 13 Departure

 ■ Breakfast at hotel. Morning free for your own activities. 

  • ■ Half day city tour in Delhi visiting Indian Gate, President House, Parliament House, Lakshminarayan Temple. 
  • ■ Lunch at local restaurant. 
  • ■ Transfer to airport for flight to Colombo. 
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  • TOUR ENDS

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