Buddhist India Gateway To Odisha
| Tour Code: 112
DAY 01 :
ARRIVE KOLKATA OR NEW DELHI
Half Day Sightseeing of the city. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02 :
KOLKATA/ NEW DELHI - PATNA - BODHGAYA
Leave Kolkata/New Delhi for Patna by air. Drive to Bodhgaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment and which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage places for the Buddhist. Enroute visit Nalanda and Rajgir. Nalanda-a great center of Buddhist learning and one of the most famed university citadels of ancient times. Rajgir-it was once the ancient capital of the powerful kingdom of Magadha. From the out-skirts of Rajgir, a historic road leads to Gridha - Kuta or vultures peak where the Buddha preached, here the first Buddhist Council was held after the Lord's Mahaparinirvana.
DAY 03 :
Sightseeing of Bodhgaya. Here under the Bodhi Tree, Shakyamuni Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, "the Enlightened one" the propounder of one of the great religions of the world. River Nirajnana in which the Buddha bathed after attaining enlightenment flows quietly outside the tiny hamlet. Overnight in Bodhgaya.
DAY 04 :
BODHGAYA - VARANASI
Morning leave Bodhgaya for Varanasi by Surface. Later, excursion to Sarnath the place Lord Buddha gave its sermon. Overnight in Varanasi.
DAY 05 :
VARANASI - BHUBANESWAR
Early morning cruise in River Ganges and then in time transfer to railway station to board the train to Bhubaneswar. Overnight in the train.
DAY 06 :
BHUBANESWAR - RATNAGIRI - UDAYAGIRI - LALITGIRI - BHUBANESWAR
Morning after breakfast visit to Ratnagiri - Udayagiri - Lalitgiri Buddhist Monasteries and Stupas. Basically it is known as Diamond Triangle of Odisha. Evening back to Bhubaneswar and overnight at Bhubaneswar.
DAY 07 :
BHUBANESWAR - DHAULI - KONARK - PURI - BHUBANESWAR
After breakfast visit to Puri enroute Dhauli (Ashokan Edict and Peace Pagoda), Konark Sun Temple, Kuruma (Buddhist Excavated Site) and Puri Jagannath temple (Non Hindus are now allowed inside the temple premises). Overnight at Bhubaneswar.
DAY 08 :
After breakfast departure transfer to airport/railway station for onward journey.