Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour 7 Nights 8 Days

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour 7 Nights 8 Days

  • 8 days / 7 nights
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  • East India Tours Tour Package

Unveiling the Buddha's Path: 7-Night/8-Day Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Itinerary

This itinerary whisks you away on a spiritual journey through some of Buddhism's most sacred sites in India, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of the Buddha's life and teachings. Prepare to be humbled by historical landmarks, serene monasteries, and vibrant cultures as you embark on this unforgettable pilgrimage.

Program ( 8 days / 7 nights )

Day 1: Arrival in Bodhgaya - The Land of Enlightenment

  • Arrive at Gaya International Airport, where you'll be met by a representative and transferred to your hotel in Bodhgaya.
  • Check in, relax, and unwind after your journey.
  • In the afternoon, embark on your first pilgrimage site visit: the Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the very spot where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
  • Soak in the serenity of the temple complex and participate in a traditional puja (offering ceremony) if you wish.
  • In the evening, explore the vibrant Bodhgaya market, lined with shops selling Buddhist souvenirs and prayer items.

Day 2: Bodhgaya - Exploring Buddhist History

  • After breakfast, visit the Bodhi Tree, the sacred fig tree under which the Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment. Many pilgrims offer prayers and meditate beneath its ancient branches.
  • Continue your exploration with visits to the Thai Monastery and the Great Buddha Statue, marveling at their architectural significance.

  • In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Bodhgaya at your own pace or participate in optional meditation sessions offered by local monasteries.

Day 3: Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna (Optional: Sarnath)

  • After breakfast, check out of your hotel and begin your journey towards Rajgir, believed to be one of the Buddha's favorite retreats.

  • Visit the Vipulataka Caves, where the first Buddhist council was held after the Buddha's passing.

  • Continue to Nalanda, the ruins of an ancient Mahavihara (university) that was a renowned center of Buddhist learning for centuries. Explore the excavated monasteries and stupas (hemispherical structures containing relics).

  • In the afternoon, proceed to Patna, the capital of Bihar. Here, you have the option to visit Sarnath, another important Buddhist pilgrimage site, instead of continuing to Patna. Sarnath is where the Buddha delivered his first sermon after enlightenment.

  • Depending on your choice, spend the night in Patna or Sarnath.

Day 4: Patna (or Sarnath) - Vaishali - Kushinagar

  • After breakfast in Patna (or Sarnath), depart for Vaishali, believed to be the Buddha's birthplace. Visit the archaeological ruins and the Abhishek Pushkar, a sacred pond associated with the Buddha's life.
  • Continue your pilgrimage to Kushinagar, the place where the Buddha attained Parinirvana (final liberation). Pay homage at the Mahaparinirvana Temple, marking the site of the Buddha's passing.
  • In the evening, witness the heartwarming Shravasti Arti, a daily prayer ceremony held at the Mahaparinirvana Temple.

Day 5: Kushinagar - Lumbini (Nepal)

  • After breakfast, depart for Lumbini in Nepal, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
  • Upon arrival in Lumbini, check in to your hotel and unwind after the day's journey.
  • In the afternoon, embark on a guided tour of the Lumbini Archaeological Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the Maya Devi Temple, believed to be the birthplace of the Buddha, and the surrounding monasteries built by various Buddhist countries.

Day 6: Lumbini - Sravasti (India)

  • After breakfast, enjoy some free time to explore Lumbini further or visit local handicraft shops.
  • In the afternoon, depart for Sravasti in India, believed

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  • What is the best time to visit India for this pilgrimage tour?

The ideal time to visit India for this pilgrimage is generally between October and March, when the weather is pleasant and comfortable for traveling. However, it's important to note that some specific locations might have slightly varying weather patterns.

  • What kind of clothing should I pack?

Pack modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees, as you'll be visiting religious sites. Comfortable walking shoes are essential, and a hat and sunglasses are recommended for sun protection.

  • Is a visa required for this trip?

Visa requirements can vary depending on your nationality. Please check with the Indian and Nepalese embassies or consulates well in advance to determine the specific visa requirements and application procedures that apply to you.

  • What currency is used in India and Nepal?

The Indian Rupee (INR) is the currency used in India. The Nepalese Rupee (NPR) is the currency used in Nepal. You can exchange your currency for local currency upon arrival at the airport or at money exchange offices in the cities.

  • Do I need any vaccinations for this trip?

It's advisable to consult with your doctor or a travel clinic well in advance of your departure to determine any recommended vaccinations for travel to India and Nepal.

  • Is tipping expected?

Tipping is not mandatory but is appreciated by guides, drivers, and porters. The amount is at your discretion.

We hope this revised itinerary with additional information is helpful! Please let me know if you have any other questions.



  • Accommodation for 7 nights in comfortable hotels (double occupancy)
  • Meals: Daily breakfast
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees to all mentioned pilgrimage sites
  • Local guide throughout the tour
  • Luggage handling at hotels


  • International airfare
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, tips, etc.)
  • Optional activities (meditation sessions, etc.)
  • Nepal Tourist Visa (approximately USD 40 per person)



Please refer to the booking confirmation email for the specific cancellation policy applicable to your reservation. It will outline any cancellation fees or penalties incurred based on the notification timeframe before your departure date.

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