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Land of Gautama Buddha: North India Buddhist Circuit

A spiritual route that follows in the footsteps of Gautama Buddha

Land of Gautama Buddha: North India Buddhist Circuit

$865 per person

Gautama Buddha founded the fourth largest religion in the world, Buddhism. And this unique and unusual travel itinerary- a beautiful spiritual sojourn takes you through prominent Buddhist centres in India- Kushinagar, Lumbini, Sarnath, Bodhgaya and the historic city of Varanasi. This well-planned trip is both enlightening and informative.

Land of Gautama Buddha – North India Buddhist Circuit Highlights

  • On Day 1, you arrive in New Delhi, the capital city of India. You check in to your hotel and you can spend the evening on your own.
  • On Day 2, you embark on your Buddhist circuit travel and fly into Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. From here, you are taken to Sravasti, and the Jetvana Monastery.
  • On Day 3, you travel to Kushinagar where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained parinirvana and you visit the Wat Thai temple complex.
  • On Day 4, you now embark on a momentous journey to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha in the neighbouring country of Nepal. Once you reach here, you visit the Maya Devi Temple- the actual birthplace of Gautama Buddha. And after, you visit other important Buddhist landmarks and monuments in the area.
  • On Day 5, you are taken to the heritage, ancient city of Varanasi that resides by the banks of the mighty River Ganga. While here, you explore the many hues of this historic town, going on a boat ride and witnessing the mesmerizing aarti at sunset.
  • On Day 6, you are you are taken to Sarnath, another famed Buddhist site very close to Varanasi. And here you visit stupas and other heritage sites in the vicinity.
  • On Day 7, from Varanasi, your Buddhist Circuit journey takes you to Bodhgaya a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An important site, this is where Gautama Buddha got enlightenment. And to date it is a very important Buddhist pilgrimage destination.
  • On Day 8, as part of this spiritual sojourn, you are taken to another important site, Rajgir where you can see the peace pagoda and a couple monasteries.
  • On Day 9, the last day of your trip, you are taken back to Patna from where you board a flight to Delhi and from there you take your flight back home.


  • Hotel accommodation in a double / twin room (with breakfast)
  • Guide services at Varanasi and Bodhgaya
  • Boating in Varanasi
  • All transfers, sightseeing and monastery / temple visits as per the scheduled itinerary happens in an AC Toyota Innova vehicle that is used to travel to the different destinations. (the same car and driver are used throughout the trip)
  • Packaged water available in the car
  • All currently applicable taxes


  • Delhi-Lucknow and Patna-Delhi airfares
  • Entrance fees to monuments (if any)
  • Any meals other than those specified in ‘Cost included’
  • Expenses of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
  • India visa charges
  • Travel insurance

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Experiential Travellers – Varanasi has a few heritage hotels by the Ganga riverside where one can experience a stay full of character and an intimate Ganga riverside spirituality experience.

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Tour Plan

Day 01 - Delhi

Arrive at Delhi

Arrival at Delhi, the capital city of India and a popular arrival point for international travellers. Most international arrivals happen late in the evening leaving little time or no time for any exploration. So, you arrive at the hotel in New Delhi for an overnight stay.

Day 02 - Sravasti

Early morning flight to Lucknow and then you proceed to Sravasti. Here you visit the Jetvana Monastery

You take an early morning flight to Lucknow. At the Lucknow Airport you are met by our representative who will give a short briefing about your trip and will introduce you to your private driver who will accompany you till Patna. From here you proceed to Sravasti (177kms – and it takes approximately 4 hours to reach) where Gautama Buddha spent considerable time at the Jetvana monastery. Here you visit Mulagandhakuti - The remains of Buddha's hut and other Buddhist sites before returning to the hotel by evening.

You spend the rest of the evening at leisure on your own.

Day 03 - Kushinagar

Proceed to Kushinagar- Visit Parinirvana Stupa and Wat Thai Temple Complex

In the morning you proceed to Kushinagar (240kms – approximately 5 hours to reach). This is where it is believed that Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death. Here you visit the Stupa built by Emperor Ashoka to mark Buddha's Parinirvana.

The main feature of the stupa is the reclining Nirvana statue of Gautama Buddha. Thereafter, you visit the Wat Thai Temple, a large complex built in a typical Thai-Buddhist architectural style.

You return to the hotel by evening. You spend the rest of the evening at leisure on your own.

Day 04 - Lumbini

Travel to Lumbini - Visit Temples and Monasteries of Lumbini

You leave early in the morning for Lumbini (150kms – it takes approximately 4 hours to reach) across the Indo-Nepal border. Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. Upon arrival, you visit the Maya Devi Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple, considered to be the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. Thereafter, you visit other Buddhist monuments in the area such as the World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa), the Royal Thai Monastery and the Myanmar Golden Pagoda.

You return to the hotel by evening. You spend the rest of the evening at leisure on your own.

Day 05 - Varanasi

Travel to Varanasi - Boating in the river in the evening and when the evening Aarti happens on the Ghats by the River Ganga

You leave for Varanasi (228kms - it takes approximately 6 hours to reach), a renowned Hindu pilgrimage site and a base point to visit Sarnath (12kms), where Gautama Buddha first taught Dharma. You arrive in Varanasi by lunchtime and after taking some rest, in the evening you take a boat ride for a glimpse of several Ghat areas by the river where prayers are offered and where pilgrims take a bath in the holy River Ganga. The boat also can take you to the Dashashwamedh Ghat for evening prayers (the famed Aarti) around sunset time, a unique experience that evokes spirituality and spiritual thoughts for every traveller.

You return to the hotel in the evening. You spend the rest of the evening at leisure on your own.

Day 06 - Varanasi

Excursion to Sarnath

Today you undertake a short excursion to Sarnath (12kms). You will visit several Stupas, an archaeological museum and many heritage sites in and around Sarnath. Additionally, you may also visit temples built by many other Buddhist countries. You spend a few hours in Sarnath before returning to Varanasi. In the evening at leisure you can explore Varanasi on your own.

Day 07 - Gaya

Proceed to Bodhgaya - Visit Mahabodhi Temple

Today you proceed to Bodhgaya (250kms – travel time takes about 5.5 hours). It is here in Bodhgaya, Gautama Buddha attained Nirvana under the Mahabodhi Tree. Bodhgaya has been a prime Buddhist pilgrimage destination for over 2000 years. Here, you first visit the Mahabodhi Temple complex (a UNESCO Heritage Site) and the Mahabodhi tree. The temple complex comprises of towers (the largest being 55 meters high), a feature that continued with the subsequent Jain and Hindu temples and it influenced Buddhist architecture across the world.

You spend the rest of the evening at leisure on your own.

Day 08 - Rajgir

Visit Monasteries in Bodhgaya and then proceed to Rajgir. Visit the Shanti Stupa

In the morning you visit Buddhist temples / monasteries built by the royals from other Buddhist countries such as the Royal Bhutan Monastery, the Thai Monastery and the Japanese Monastery. You also visit a 64ft statue of Buddha known as the Great Buddha Statue that is situated here. Thereafter, you proceed to Rajgir (70kms – it takes approximately about 1.5 hours to reach). Rajgir is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site and is renowned for its peace pagoda, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (built in the year 1969), and it is said to be one of the 80 peace pagodas in the world. You visit the Shanti Stupa in the afternoon. The Shanti Stupa is built on a hilltop, accessible only by a ropeway. You enjoy stunning views of the countryside from the hilltop.

You return to the hotel by evening and spend rest of the evening at leisure on your own.

Day 09 - Patna

Depart to Patna

Proceed to Patna (100kms - it takes approximately about 2.5 hours to reach here) for a flight back to Delhi for your onward international departure.

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