In this 04 Nights / 05 days Buddhist tour with Varanasi you will be visiting the important Buddhist sites of Bodh-Gaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, and, Sarnath along with the important Hindu pilgrimage site of Varanasi.
Guests desirous of the short tour can opt for a 03 Nights / 04 days Buddhist Tour of Bihar where they can visit the Buddhist sites of Bodh-Gaya, Rajgir and, Nalanda,
Day 1: Arrival at Bodh-Gaya
Meet and greet upon your arrival at airport/railway stations before transferring to hotel. Later we visit the Mahabodhi temple at BodhGaya. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Bodh-Gaya City Tour
After breakfast we go for full day city tour of Bodh-Gaya whereby we will visit Sujata Village, Niranjana River & various monasteries. Sujata Village is said to be the home of ‘Sujata’ –the milkmaid who is said to have fed Gautama Buddha milk and rice, ending his seven years of ascetism. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: BodhGaya - Rajgir - Nalanda – BodhGaya
After breakfast at hotel, we head for an excursion to Rajgir (102 km). We will also the Gridhar-kutta Hill, Bimbisar jail & Ajatashatru's Fort. Post lunch, we will drive to Nalanda (12 km). A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nalanda along with Taxila and Vikramshila was known to be the best universities dedicated to the teaching Buddhist philosophy in ancient times. The famous Chinese traveler monk and writer Hiuen Tsang also studied at this university during the Gupta period. .Overnight at the hotel in Bodh-Gaya
Day 4: Bodh-Gaya / Varanasi (250 km / 7 hrs approx)
After an early breakfast we leave BodhGaya for Varanasi by car. Varanasi, an important Hindu pilgrimage site is close to Sarnath-another important Buddhist site where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where following the the enlightenment of Kondanna, the Buddhist Sangha came into existence . After arrival,we check in to the hotel and then after refreshing, we proceed to Sarnath (14 km) where we will visit Dhamekha Stupa and Deer park. If time permits, we will also see the evening aarti at Varanasi. Overnight at the hotel at Varanasi
Day 05 Varanasi Departure
Early morning boat excursion on the river Ganges to visit the various Ghats and see people offer prayers to the rising sun. Come back to hotel for breakfast and later head off to a city sightseeing tourwhere we will the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University. Evening transfer to Varanasi airport to catch connecting flight for onward destination.