Bodhgaya Rajgir Nalanda Pawapuri Tour

03 Nights 04 Days Bodhgaya Rajgir Nalanda Pawapuri Tour

Cost Min.Pax-4 to 12 Pax

Cost per person on 4* Hotel twin/double sharing basis –Rs. 15000/= (CP Plan)

Cost per person on 3* Hotel twin/double sharing basis – Rs. 12750/= (CP Plan)

Cost per person on 2* Hotel twin/double sharing basis –Rs. 11250/= (CP Plan)

Cost Included

* Patna to Patna
* 03 Nights hotel accommodation on double sharing and full board (Breakfast,)

basis as per the itinerary.
* Air-condition vehicle throughout the tour as per the itinerary.
* Monuments Entrance fees as per the itinerary.
* Assistance at the time of Arrival, Departure and check-In/Out as per the itinerary.
* All current applicable taxes of Hotel & Transport as per the itinerary.

Cost Doesn’t Include:
* Any Airfare, Any personal nature item like film roll, telephone call etc.
* Any other item which is not included in our cost includes heading.

* Guide Charged- Rs 10000/- Extra

Hotel to be provided
City Hotel Name

Rajgir Indo Hokke Hotel (4 Star)

Bodhgaya OAKS BODHGAYA (4 Star)

Patna Hotel Gargee Grand (4Star)

Rajgir NALANDA RESIDENCY OR SIMILLER (3 Star)

Bodhgaya HOTEL SUJATA OR SIMILLER (3 Star)

Patna SMART INTERNATIONAL OR SIMILLER (3Star)

Rajgir DIAMOND INN OR SIMILLER (2 Star)

Bodhgaya HOTEL SHASHI INTERNATIONA OR SIMILLER (2 Star)

Patna HOTEL RAJASTHAN OR SIMILLER (2Star)

ITINERARY

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Day 01: Patna/NALANDA, PAWAPURI, RAJGIR

Welcome on arrival at Patna Railway station or airport drive to Nalanda, Visit Nalanda University, Nalanda Museum, Pawapuri Jal Mandir, and Drive to Rajgir. Stay in Rajgir. Overnight stay at hotel in Rajgir.

Day 02: Rajgir –Bodhgaya, 95 KMS, 3 HRS.

Early morning after breakfast sightseeing of Rajgir Vishwa shanti stupa, Bimbisar Jail, Sone bhandar, Venu Van, Hot spring and transfer to Bodhgaya. Overnight stay at hotel in Bodhgaya.

Day 03: Bodhgaya- Patna.

After breakfast Bodhgaya city tour. And transfer to Patna. Overnight stay at hotel in Patna.

Day 04: Patna transfer to airport

After breakfast transfer to airport.

Tour End

BODHGAYA

Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment (Pali: bodhi) under what became known as the Bodhi Tree.

For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. In 2002, Mahabodhi Temple, located in Bodh Gaya, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bodh Gaya is the most holy place for Buddhists. Situated by the bank of river Niranjana the place was then known as Uruwela. King Ashoka was the first to build a temple here.

Traditionally, Buddha was born in 563 BC in what is now Nepal on the following auspicious Baisakhi Purnima. As Siddhartha, he renounced his family at the age of 29 in 534 BC and travelled and meditated in search of truth. After practicing self-mortification for six years at Urubela (Buddhagaya) in Gaya, he gave up that practice because it did not give him Vimukthi. Then he discovered Noble Eight-fold path without help from anyone and practiced it, then he attained Buddhatva or enlightenment. Enlightenment is a state of being completely free from lust (raga), hatred (dosa) and delusion (moha). By gaining enlightenment, you enter Nirvana, in which the final stage is Parinirvana.

At this place, the Buddha was abandoned by the five men who had been his companions of earlier austerities. All they saw was an ordinary man; they mocked his well-nourished appearance. “Here comes the mendicant Gautama,” they said, “who has turned away from asceticism. He is certainly not worth our respect.” When they reminded him of his former vows, the Buddha replied, “Austerities only confuse the mind. In the exhaustion and mental stupor to which they lead, one can no longer understand the ordinary things of life, still less the truth that lies beyond the senses. I have given up extremes of either luxury or asceticism. I have discovered the Middle Way”. This is the path which is neither easy (a rich prince) nor hard (living in austere conditions practicing self-denial). Hearing this, the five ascetics became the Buddha’s first disciples in Deer Park, Sarnath, 13 km n.e. of Benares.

The disciples of Gautama Siddhartha began to visit the place during the full moon in the month of Vaisakh (April–May), as per the Hindu calendar. Over time, the place became known as Bodh Gaya, the day of enlightenment as Buddha Purnima, and the tree as the Bodhi Tree.

The history of Bodh Gaya is documented by many inscriptions and pilgrimage accounts. Foremost among these are the accounts of the Chinese pilgrims Faxian in the 5th century and Xuanzang in the 7th century. The area was at the heart of a Buddhist civilization for centuries, until it was conquered by Turkic armies in the 13th century. The place-name, Bodh Gaya, did not come into use until the 18th century CE. Historically, it was known as Uruvela, Sambodhi, Vajrasana or Mahabodhi. The main monastery of Bodh Gaya used to be called the Bodhimanda-vihāra (Pali). Now it is called the Mahabodhi Temple.

NALANDA

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NALANDA

Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. It derived its name from Na-alam-da, meaning Insatiable in Giving, one of the names by which the Lord Buddha was known. Established in the 5th century B.C. it remained a live center of learning till the 12th century A.D. when it was destroyed by the invader Bakhtiar Khilji. Lord Mahavira and the Buddha both taught here for years. Hsuan Tsang. The Chinese traveler studied here in the 7th century A.D. and there is a monument in his memory. He was one amongst many of those from East and Southeast Asia who came here to study logic, meta-physics, medicine, prose composition and rhetoric. The University of Nalanda offered free educational and residential facilities to as many as 10,000 students and 2000 teachers, for it were supported by a number of villages. Its library, Ratna Sagar, is believed to have contained nine million volumes. It is not surprising, then, that the destruction of this university dealt a crippling blow to Buddhist education in India.

The Archaeological Survey of India maintains the Nalanda Museum across the road which houses some exquisite bronzes of the 9th and 10th centuries, Pala dynasty, and other remains excavated at the site. The beautiful Thai Temple and the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, a center for research in Pali and Buddhist studies, are 2 kms from the main site.

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RAJGIR

The picturesque Rajgir, or Rajagriha as it was known in the past (literally, the abode of kings) is surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and 5 hills. During the lifetime of the Buddha this was the capital of the powerful Magadha kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisar. The hills and caves surrounding Rajagriha were home to spiritual teachers, ranging from the materialism of the early Charavaka School to the metaphysics of Upanishadic philosophers.

Like many others in search of truth, Prince Siddhartha, after he renounced his royal heritage came to this city to seek the path of ovation. Siddhartha overwhelmed the citizens of Rajagriha with his serenity and grace. Even the king went to meet the ascetic and was amazed to learn that he was a Kshatriya of royal descent. Bimbisar offered half his kingdom to Siddhartha but all he received was an assurance that when Siddhartha achieved his goal he would return to Rajagriha. The first Buddhist structures at Rajgir were raised when Ajatsatru built a monastery and a Stupa over his share of the Buddha’s ashes.

PAWAPURI

The Jal Mandir meaning Water Temple, also known as Apapuri, in Pawapuri, meaning a town without sins, in the Indian state of Bihar, is a highly revered temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the 24th Thirthankara (religious preacher of Jainism) and founder of Jain religion, which marks the place of his cremation. Mahavira attained Nirvana (salvation) in Pawapuri in 528 BC. The temple has been built within a tank filled with red colored lotus flowers. It is said that the temple was built by King Nandivardhan, Mahavira’s elder brother. It is one of the five main temples in Pawpuri, where the “Charan Paduka” or foot impression of Mahavira is deified.

Having attained omniscience (Kevala- nana) on the bank of Rju-kula and after preaching the principle of Jainism through his divine voice (divya-dhvani), Lord Mahavira toured over different areas of the country and propounded the religious doctrines.

Afterwards he reached Pavapuri and seated himself on a clan or pure slab of stone in a park studded with many ponds. He did not move out for two days; and plunged in pure meditation (sukla-dhyana). He quitted the mortal coil and became a Siddha in the last quarter of the night of the 14th day of the black half of the month of Kartika. This is described in the Maha-purna of Puspadanta. The Uttara- purana too describe this episode.

For these references it is clear that Lord Mahavira attained nirvana in a park, near Pavapuri, round about which there were many pounds or lakes.

At present the site of the nirvana of Mahavira is accepted near Bihar- Sherif where a magnifificent Jaina temple stands in the centre of a big lake. This is accepted as the tirtha- ksetra on all hands. Both the sects, Digambra and Svetambra, have voluntarily accepted this place as the spot of the nirvana of Mahavira

A marble temple, the Jalmandir, was later built in the middle of the tank. Here Lord Mahavira attained salvation sitting on a padmasana. Another beautiful Jain temple of white marble called Samosharan is located at this place. Lord Mahavira had delivered his sermon here. The best time time to visit Pawapuri is between October and March.