Dambadiva Pilgrimage

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TOUR

(7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS)

DAY 01: ARRIVAL GAYA(L,D)

Upon arrival at Gaya, meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Bodhgaya, where Lord Buddha got Enlightenment under a Peepal Tree. The magnificent Maha Bodhi Temple in Bodhgaya is an architectural amalgamation of many cultures. The temple bears the stamp of the architecture of the Gupta Dynasty and subsequent ages. On the walls of the temple, one sees Buddha carves in different aspects, and in the sanctum sanctorum, a colossal Buddha, is seen touching the ground, which has mythological significance in the Buddhist lores. The temple carries inscriptions recording the visits of pilgrims from Sri Lanka, China and Myanmar in the 7th and 10th Centuries A.D. Hieun Tsang, the Chinese traveler, also visited the temple in the 7th Century Evening spend your time at the Mahabodhi Temple. Overnight at Hotel in Bodhgaya.

DAY 02 : BODHGAYA – NALANDA – RAJGIR (JOURNEY: 80 KMS: 3 HRS) (B,L,D)

After breakfast drive to Rajgir. En-route, visit Nalanda – the place that confers the lotus. It was one of the oldest universities of the World & International Centre for Buddhist Studies. It has 9 million books, 10 thousand students, 2 thousand teachers and was a center of great learning which reaches its zenith between 5th and 12th Century A.D. Both Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira visited this place. Emperor Ashoka built a Vihara, while Emperor Harshvardhan donated a 26m high copper image of Buddha and Emperor Kumar Gupta built a college of fine arts. After which, continue journey to Rajgir – meaning the Royal Palace. Rajgir is a site of great sanctity and significance for Buddhists. Visit Gridhakuta Hill – the seat from where Buddha delivered many of his sermons. It was here that the teachings of Buddha were recorded in writing for the first time. Many sites of the historical and archaeological significance surround the holy city of Rajgir. Also visit Venuvana and the Bamboo Grove. Overnight at Hotel in Rajgir.

DAY 03 : RAJGIR – VAISHALI (JOURNEY: 155 KMS: 4-5 HRS) (B,L,D)

After breakfast, drive to visit Vaishali. Vaishali is believed to be the first Republic of the World, having an elected body of representatives to hold special significance for Buddhist devotees. The Buddha preached the Radha Sutra to the eighty four thousand faithful gathered there. Women were also ordained for the first time into 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. Overnight at Hotel in Vaishali.

DAY 04 : VAISHALI – KUSHINAGAR (JOURNEY: 180 KMS: 4-5 HRS) – LUMBINI (JOURNEY: 175 KMS: 4-5 HRS) (B,L,D)

After breakfast, drive to Kushinagar – The Holy Place of Maha-Parinirvana (the place where Buddha entered perfect tranquillity the state of MahaPariNirvana). Visit MahaParinirvana Temple – the place commemorating the great decease with reclining statue of Lord Buddha. Ramabhar Stupa (cremation place of Lord Buddha) is supposedly the spot where Lord Buddha was cremated and his relics divided into eight equal parts. After which, we will drive to Lumbini – The Holy Place of Birth located at the foothill of Himalaya in Nepal, 22 kms from India border where Lord Buddha born on full moon day under Sala tree, 2600 years ago to the Queen Mayadevi and King Suddodhana of Sakyan Dynasty. Overnight at Hotel in Lumbini.

DAY 05 : LUMBINI – SRAVASTI (JOURNEY: 210 KMS: 5-6 HRS) (B,L,D)

After breakfast, visit Mayadevi temple and Ashokan Pillar & stupas. After lunch, drive to Sravasti and visit Sravasti Garden which is an important pilgrimage for Buddhists. Lord Buddha is believed to have spent 25 rainy seasons here preaching his teachings. The Buddha relics from Sravasti, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Kosala in India are enshrined at the Nava Jetavana Viharaya just opposite the archaeological site of the ancient Jetavana Monastery where the Buddha and his chief disciples spent nineteen Rains. The Buddha also spent another six Rains at another monastery here. Overnight at Hotel in Sravasti.

DAY 06 : SRAVASTI – VARANASI (JOURNEY: 300 KMS: 7-8 HRS) (B,L,D)

This morning, set off to Varanasi. The name Varanasi, misheard by Europeans as Benares, is derived from its site between tributaries of the life-giving holy river Ganga, the Varuna and the Asi. Shiva is said to have poured the river down on the plains from the Himalayas; this mythical story leads Hindus to believe that Varanasi is the oldest city in the world. Probably founded by the Indo-Aryans around 1000 B.C., the city was established from earliest times as a famous seat of learning for Hindu thinkers, theologians, philosophers, and poets alike. It has remained ever since a centre of the Hindu sciences. Drive to Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon after he had attained enlightenment at Bodhgaya. A lot has changed here since then but ancient aura is retained in the ruins and gardens. More importantly, at the museum in Sarnath is the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions that has been used as independent India’s national emblem. Overnight at Hotel in Varanasi.

DAY 07 : VARANASI – BODHGAYA(JOURNEY: 260 KMS: 5-6 Hrs) (B,L,D)

Early morning take a boat ride on the holy River Ganges. Witness the sunrise on the riverfront can be a spiritually uplifting sight. Later Drive to Bodhgaya.Evening visit the Niranjana River. After which, proceed to visit the various temples; such as Thai Temple, Japan Temple, Taiwanese Temple etc if time permits. Overnight at Hotel

DAY 08 : BODHGAYA-DEPARTURE(B)

After Breakfast visit the Mahabodhi Temple for Meditation.Later in time transfer to the airport to connect flight Back home.

For Srilankan passport holders Only.

COST INCLUDES:

1. Non AC Hotel accommodation on Triple Sharing basis for 7 nights.

2. Third person will be provided with a separate mattress ( Bed will be subject to availability at

The given room/hotel only )

3. AC Deluxe transportation throughout the tour from arrival on Day 1 till departure on Day 8.

4. Accompanying English/Singalese Speaking guide/escort throughout the tour.

5. Monument entrance fee

6. Assistance on arrival and departure.

7. Air Ticket & Visa

8. Insurance

COST DOES NOT INCLUDES :

Any train fare, Liquor, Laundry, room service, Phone call, Any increase in Govt. Taxes, camera (still / video) entry fee, cable car ropeway at Rajgir. Any extra expenses occurring due to delay / cancellation of flight or any other change which is beyond our control.

Note : We reserve the right to change / alter / rearrange the sequence of Itinerary and the Hotels in accordance to the local situations to facilitate the devotees.

All travelling times are approximate and delay may occur due to heavy traffic, poor road conditions or temporary breakdown of the bus. Should any delay occur, please endure it with patience and metta, which are paramisto be cultivated alongside faith and reverence for the Buddha, during the pilgrimage.

Cost LKR 99000 per passenger on twin / triple sharing basis ( Based on 15-20 Group )

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