Welcome to Bodhgaya

The most hallowed spot in town is the bodhi tree that flourishes inside the Mahabodhi Temple complex, amid a beautiful garden setting, its roots embedded in the same soil as its celebrated ancestor. Additionally, many monasteries and temples dot the town, built in their national style by foreign Buddhist communities. The ambience is a mix of monastic tranquillity, backpacker comforts and small-town hustle, underpinned by an intensity of devotion that makes it endlessly interesting.

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$246 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bodhgaya Rajgir Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival at Bodhgaya Airport / Station .Transfer to Hotel . Check In hotel . In Evening visit Mahabodhi temple .Stop At: bodhgayaBodhgaya is the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment and spiritual home of Buddhists. It attracts many believers from all over the world. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres and in the second place of the four holy sites in Buddhism. Duration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Budget Hotel Bodhgaya . Day 2: BODHGAYA - RAJGIR - NALANDA - BODHGAYAStop At: Rajgir, BiharRajgir is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since the Buddha spent 12 years here and the first Buddhist council after the Buddha was hosted here at the Saptaparni caves. Afternoon visit Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara jail. Drive to Nalanda which is 14 kms drive and it was one of the oldest Universities of the World and International Centre for Buddhist Studies.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Budget Hotel , Bodhgaya Day 3: Bodhgaya - Half day sightseeing- DepartureStop At: Sujatha Temple, Bodh Gaya, Gaya District, BiharMorning Visit Sujata Village (Senani Village) the next Buddhist site marks the location where the young maiden, Sujata offered the rice milk bowl and ended Sakyamuni’s hard asceticism. This incident also inspired him to walk on a ‘Middle Path’ in every front of life. Such is the glory of Sujata Village. Here, the exact site where he received the offering is marked by Sujata Temple. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$12 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Banaras Wala Tours

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ganges River, Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar PradeshFrom the boat you can watch the daily lives of the locals as they practice yoga, pray, worship the river, bathe, drink chai, get a haircut, or do their laundry. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Varanasi Old City ToursFrom there, we will go on a walking tour through the labyrinth of alleys in the old town where we have to dodge people, cows, dogs and goats. If you are hungry we can always stop for a breakfast break (at your own expense) and of course, we will drink some chai along the way. Wandering around in the old town we will see how the local people live. After this, I will bring you back to your hotel so you can take some rest. I know that Varanasi is overwhelming with its colours, fragrances and noise so you might need some time off to contemplate the day so far.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Dasaswamedh Ghat, Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar PradeshLate afternoon, I will pick you up again to bring you to the Dasaswamedh Ghat. Every evening, when dusk descends, the Ganga Aarti will be performed by pandits (priest). An Aarti is a devotional ritual that uses fire as an offering. The offering is made to the Goddess Ghanga. This whole mind-blowing, spiritual ceremony will last for less than 1 hour. We will participate from the shore, but if you prefer to watch it from the water in a boat I can work it out for you, for an additional fee.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar PradeshWe will finish this beautiful day with a stroll along the Riverside and the ghats. If you are interested, we also have the option to visit Manikarnika Ghat where the open air crematorium is running 24/7. It is strictly forbidden to take any pictures there, out of respect for the dead., but, it's a very interesting place to see how the Hindus cope with the cycle of life and death which is so different compared to Western world ideas.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sarnath, Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar PradeshSarnath is a place located 10 km north-east of Varanasi. Often one can see drawings or paintings from The Buddha (Siddharta Gautama) surrounded by deer. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first thaught the dharma to his disciples after he achieved enlightenment.As well as Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Lumbini, Sarnath is one of the 4 main pilgrimage destinations. This place attracts Buddhists from all over the world whereBuddhism is a major religion (such as Thailand, Japan, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Myanmar) There are established temples and monasteries in Sarnath in the style that is typical for the respective country. It's an oasis of peace and tranquillity and a big contrast to the chaos and hectic of the Indian world outside. If you are interested, we can make a stop half way to have a look at the handmade silk industry, where one make the famous Varanasi silk saree.Duration: 4 hours

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Private Trip to Bodhgaya from Varanasi

- There are a number of sites which are holy to Buddhist in close proximity to Varanasi   and these attract large number of tourists all over the globe. Bodhgaya is such a religious place where Siddharth attained spiritual enlightment under a Bodhi tree and became Buddha in 6th century B.C. This place has the same prominence to Buddhist as Jerusalem to the Christians and Mecca to Muslims. In the morning you will be welcomed by our driver and tour guide and you will be driven in a private luxury car towards Bodhgaya for nearly 4 hours. Your expert tour guide will brief you all the way about the roadside flora and fauna, about the local village life and about the Buddhist rituals. You will get to know about the Buddhist sects. As you reach this place you will visit the magnificent Mahabodhi temple and the mahabodhi tree. This great temple assimilates the architectural features heritage of the bye gone era. After the visit is over you will driven back to Varanasi in the same car.

$1185 Cultural & Theme Tours

Footsteps of Buddha Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Varanasi-ArrivalPass By: Lal Bahadur Shastri International AirportOn arrival transfer to hotel check in hotel. Later an English speaking guide will take you for Aarti Ceremony at Holy River Ganges. Stay overnight at Varanasi Hotel Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in VaranasiDay 2: Varanasi-Sarnath ExcursionPass By: Sarnath, Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar PradeshMorning boat ride at Holy river Ganges, back to hotel have your breakfast. An English speaking guide will take you Sarnath: which is one of the four places of Buddhist pilgrimage to which his devout followers should visit, if they wanted to visit a place for that reason. It was also the site of the Buddha's Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, which was his first teaching after attaining enlightenment.Afternoon back to city and visit : Kashi Vishwanath Temple, BHU, Sankat Mochan Temple, Tulsi Manas TempleStay overnight at Varanasi Hotel.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in VaranasiDay 3: Varanasi-Bodhgaya-DrivePass By: bodhgayaMorning after breakfast you will check out from the hotel. Later driven to Bodhgaya in which after arrival check in at hotel, an English guide will escort you for Bodhgaya sightseeing: Royal Bhutan Monastery, Great Budhha Statue, Daijokyo Buddhist Temple Stay overnight at BodhgayaMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in BodhgayaDay 4: Bodhgaya-SightseeingPass By: bodhgayaMorning after breakfast an English speaking local guide will escort you for main attractions of Bodhgaya: Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree, Animesh Lochna, Muchalinda Lake and Sujata Village Stay overnight at Bodhgaya Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in BodhgayaDay 5: Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Nalanda -DrivePass By: Nalanda, Patna, Patna District, BiharMorning after breakfast you will check out and drive for Rajgir to visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa and some other sights later continue drive for Patna. On the way visit Nalanda University which is known as one of the oldest university in the world. Arrive Patna and check in at hotel and relax.Stay overnight at Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in RajgirDay 6: Rajgir-Kushinagar-DrivePass By: KushinagarAfter breakfast check out and drive to Kushinagar. Later you will have the chance to visit the Maha-Pari Nirvana temple and Ramabhar Stupa. Stay overnight at KushinagarMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in KushinagarDay 7: Kushinagar-Lumbini-DrivePass By: Lumbini Temple.Morning after breakfast you will check out and drive to Lumbini. (Here you have to cross India Border and entry in Nepal, Nepal visa is required) . The entry permit takes a bit of time. On arrival check in at the Hotel.Night stay in Lumbini.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in LumbiniDay 8: Lumbini-SightseeingPass By: Rupandehi, Butwal, 15 No. Ward OfficeThe morning after breakfast Lumbini sightseeing. Lumbini - the birthplace of the Buddha, was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1,500 years. Evening sightseeing tour of Lumbini including a visit to the birth Place of Lord Buddha.Night stay in Lumbini.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in LumbiniDay 9: Lumbini-Lucknow-dropPass By: Lucknow, Lucknow, Lucknow District, Uttar PradeshAfter breakfast drive to Lucknow & transfer to Airport to board your direct fight to Home.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$7.61 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip to Sarnath from Varanasi

Sarnath is the most important place in Varanasi due to it's historical and religious importance. The Lord Buddha gave his teaching here to first five followers in Sarnath after getting enlightenment in Bodhgaya. You will visit the Dhamek Stupa, Mulgandhakuti vihara, Thai temple, an archaeological museum to see the Ashok Chakra which is located on Indian flag also.The Dhamek Stupa is most important Stupa in Buddhism and is surrounded by a big area which has been excavated multiple times by archaeological departments. There are many historical and valuable things kept in the archaeological museum opposite the Stupa. There are temples from various Buddhist countries to show their connection with the place.For this tour, you will be picked up at your specified hotel or accommodation. This tour will last for about 4 hours during which your driver will take you to Sarnath where you can visit the above mentioned places and attractions before being returned back to the hotel.Please note: this is a self-guided tour. Should you need a guide, a guide will be available at an extra cost. Please specify and confirm with the local tour operator prior to your date of departure.

$111 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore Bodhgaya - Lord Buddha's Enlightenment Place With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and taken for a tour of Bodhgaya. Visit the 170 feet high Mahabodhi Temple that has a huge statue of Lord Buddha made of black stone. In the grounds of the temple is the Bodhi tree under which the Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment. The tree is believed to be the fifth generation of the original tree. Also visit the 80 feet statue of Lord Buddha that is built in the Japanese style.Next drive over to Sujata Village, where a village girl offered food to the Buddha that inspired him to choose the Middle Path. Your guide will also take you to the banks of the River Niranjana in which the Buddha bathed after attaining enlightenment.At the end of the tour, enjoy an included lunch (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant. After lunch you will be dropped back at your hotel.