Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour India and Nepal - 13 Days

Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu

Trip Info

Trip Duration

13 Days

Max Altitude

1350 m



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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour India and Nepal Overview

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour of Incredible India and Nepal incorporates some of the most sacred sites that depict the entire life of Lord Buddha. On this 12 days pilgrimage tour, you follow the path incorporating from birth to the final years of Lord Buddha.

Himalayan Trekkers have designed this tour for the devotees so that they can visit all the important landmarks and sites of Buddha’s life and find the fragrance of Buddha’s teachings. This trip covers the four major locations related to Buddha’s life, i.e., Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon, Bodhgaya, the site where he attained enlightenment, Kushinagar, the location where h attained Mahaparinirvana, and Lumbini, his birthplace.

The ruins and Emperor Ashoka's inscription-covered column are convincing proof that these places are the principal Buddha-related archeological sites. 

The journey also includes expansive monastery complexes and relic stupas with residences of Buddha that can be found in Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, and Kapilavastu in addition to the aforementioned locations. Major sites in Kathmandu such as Swoyambhunath, Boudhanath, Kopan Monastery, Pharping Monastery, and Namo Buddha are also included in this journey.

Each of these Buddhist sites is highly revered in Buddhism and is unique in its own way. Visitors can also enjoy the complete serenity of mind by visiting these locations.

In addition to studying the Buddha's teachings over the course of these 12 days, you will also be exploring their art collections and spectacular architecture.

The Highlights of Buddhist Tour India Nepal

  • The birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini 
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site, more importantly, a place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, Bodhgaya
  • Sarnath, the first site where Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon 
  • Kushinagar, the holy site where Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon, took his last breath and attained the Mahapaninirvana
  • Different historical stupas and monuments in India 
  • World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu such as Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath. 

Best time to Do the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour 

Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in India and Nepal can be done any time of the year. However, for many factors, spring and autumn are considered the best to travel around. March marks the beginning of the spring and lasts till May in both Nepal and India. The days are sunny, clear, and stable. Autumn starts in September and ends in November. These months also have the most stable weather, clear blue skies, with the perfect temperature for exploring and sightseeing.

Winter is also a good time to do this journey as the days are sunny and clear perfect for day sightseeing activities. You can go on this journey in summer/monsoon too but you have to deal with the hottest times of the year under the sun. The humidity and the monsoon rain might disrupt the peacefulness of the trip. So, summer is not that advisable for this trip. 

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Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival in Patna
Transfer to Hotel
Max Altitude: 55 M

Upon your arrival in Patna, one of our representatives will welcome you and escort you to the designated hotel. After checking in you can take a brief rest and freshen up. Then, we will visit the Buddha Smriti Park if the time permits, i.e., if your arrival is scheduled in the morning. 

Buddha Smriti Park is also known as Buddha Memorial Park which was established to commemorate the 2554th birthday of Lord Buddha. The Pataliputra Karuna Stupa, a meditation center, a library with countless volumes on Buddhism, a museum, and a Park of Memories are all part of this multi-purpose park, which aims to highlight life and teachings of Lord Buddha. The stupa houses one of the eight original relics of Gautama Buddha and other relics brought by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and monks from Thailand, Myanmar, Japan, South Korea, and Sri Lanka. In the evening, you can spend the time in the markets or the surroundings. 

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Patna
Day 2: Patna to Bodhgaya via Nalanda & Rajgir
Full Day
Max Altitude: 115 M

After breakfast, we leave Patna and move towards Bodhgaya. On the way, we will halt at Nalanda to explore Nalanda University Archaeological Site that dates back to 450 CE. Mahavira and Buddha were among the famous visitors to this institution that has existed for the longest time in Indian history. After exploring the university complex, and its ruins and visiting the Xuan Zang Memorial Hall which is a Chinese Pagoda, we will resume our drive. 

Again we stop at Rajgir, the Magadha Empire's ancient capital and a Buddhist pilgrimage site. It is well known for having Buddhist ruins, rock-cut caves, shell inscriptions, Hindu Jain temples, forts, and other historical structures. We will visit the huge Vishwa Shanti Stupa on Ratnagiri Hill which was built by Japanese Buddhists. The stupa houses Buddha statues during birth, enlightenment, teaching, and death. Griddhakuta (Vulture Peak) was another location where Lord Buddha preached. Venuvanaram and Bimbisar Prison are also worth seeing.

After exploring the important sites in Rajgir, we will drive to Bodhgaya, today’s final destination. Upon arrival, we will check in and take a rest.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Bodhgaya
Day 3: Full Day Sightseeing in Bodhgaya
Full Day
Max Altitude: 115 M

After breakfast, we will prepare to visit the Mahabodhi Temple. The temple is the location of Lord Buddha's enlightenment and is included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple houses a massive golden Buddha in the sanctum sanctorum, as well as tall stone lotuses, representations of Buddha sitting in various postures on the walls, his footsteps on the stones, and a colossal golden Buddha on the walls. We can see the Bodhi Tree in the temple within the temple grounds, which is where Buddha obtained enlightenment.

There are many stupas and temples built by different countries. We will visit the Wat Thai Temple, the only Thai temple in India. If time permits, we will also pay our visits to temples such as the Chinese Temple, Royal Bhutan Monastery, Japanese Temple, etc. 
After exploring for the whole day, we will return to the hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Bodhgaya
Day 4: Bodhgaya to Varanasi
Full Day
Max Altitude: 81 M

Today we travel from Bodhgaya to Varanasi. Once we arrive in Varanasi, we check in at the hotel, take a rest, and freshen up. We will visit Dashashwamedh Ghat on the banks of the Ganges to witness the evening Aarti. Enjoy a night's stay at the Varanasi hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Varanasi
Day 5: Boating on the Ganges & day trip to Sarnath
Full Day
Max Altitude: 81 M

The day begins early as we take a boat ride on the Ganges in Varanasi early in the morning. After that, we return to the hotel for a hearty breakfast. Then, we will proceed with our visit to the magnificent Stupa at Sarnath, where the Buddha presented his first sermon following his enlightenment at Bodhgaya. This area was embellished by Ashoka with a large number of exquisite stupas and monasteries.

We will discover the remnants of Dharmarajika Stupa and Mulagandhakuti Temple, where Lord Buddha is supposed to have rested and meditated while in Sarnath. The Ashoka Pillar is also a must-see in Sarnath. The Lion Capital is also notable in the town for its exceptional workmanship and sculptures. We return to the hotel for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Varanasi
Day 6: Varanasi to Kushinagar
3/4 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 100 M

We leave Varanasi after breakfast and proceed towards Kushinagar. Kushinagar is where Lord Buddha gained Nirvana. It is also the place where took his last breath. The sacred site, which is dotted with several stupas and monasteries, is known for taking its name from Lord Rama's son, Kush. Upon arrival, we will check in, rest, and explore the surroundings. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Kushinagar
Day 7: Kushinagar Sightseeing / Exploration
Full Day
Max Altitude: 100 M

Our Kushinagar sightseeing commences after breakfast with a visit to the Parinirvana Temple and Stupa, which was built in 1876. It is famed for its reclining statue of Lord Buddha and Brahmi inscriptions on its walls indicating that Lord Buddha's cremated bones were placed here. For many Buddhist enthusiasts, this makes it a very hallowed spot. 

We will also visit the Nirvana Stupa, where a copper cup carrying Lord Buddha's ashes was unearthed during the excavation. The Mahaparinirvana temple and the Rambhar stupa are the day's main attractions. The Mahaparinirvana temple is considered one of Buddhism's sanctuaries most hallowed housing a 6.10 m long statue of the Buddha in a reclining position. 

The Ramabhar Stupa houses the cremation site of Lord Buddha and is located in a lovely and lush green environment. Other sightseeing sites today include the Kusinara Archaeological Site, and the Japanese Temple to see the magnificent Ashta Dhatu (eight metal) statue of Lord Buddha that was brought over from Japan.
Sun Stupa, Kushinagar Museum, Wat Thai Temple, and Meditation Park are also worth seeing in Kushinagar. We return to the hotel after exploring.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Kushinagar
Day 8: Kushinagar to Lumbini via Sunauli Border
4 Hours Drive & Sightseeing
Max Altitude: 150 M

Morning exploration around Kushinagar and after breakfast, leave for Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha in Nepal. The drive goes through the Nepal-India border named Sunauli. 
After lunch, we will visit the sacred garden that houses the Marker Stone of Buddha’s birth, the Mayadevi Temple, the Sacred Pond, and the Asoka Pillar. If time permits, we also visit the World Peace Stupa and numerous stupas and monasteries built by different countries in the monastic zone.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Lumbini
Day 9: Lumbini Sightseeing and Exploration
Full Day
Max Altitude: 150 M

After breakfast, we will drive to Tilaurakot, where Buddha spent his first 29 years of life as a prince. The Tilaurakot palace's basement and other historical relics believed to be 2500 years old can still be seen. 

Following lunch, we will go to Gotihawa, the exact birthplace of Lord Buddha. We can see ancient brick structures of stupas and monasteries outside of the current Gaotihawa village. The ruins of the broken Ashokan Pillar, which symbolizes Lord Buddha's birthplace, are located in the center of the main mound.
We return to our hotel for the night. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Lumbini
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
7/8 Hours Drive
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Today, we will move to Kathmandu from Lumbini. The 6-7 hour drive is scenic as we pass by the beautiful villages and the stunning landscape of Nepal from the low lands of Terai to the high hills. 

Once we arrive in Kathmandu, we will check in at the designated hotel and rest. In the evening, you can stroll around the streets of the commercial hub, Thamel, and its surroundings where you can see some small monuments.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 11: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

We drive to Swoyambhunath Stupa after breakfast and explore this beautiful Buddhist site. It is located 3 kilometers west of Kathmandu and is regarded as one of Nepal's holiest Buddhist stupas. It is said to have evolved naturally when the valley was formed around 2,000 years ago from a primordial lake. This stupa is the oldest of its sort in Nepal, and it is home to a number of shrines and monasteries. It is believed that this place serves as a vital link between the Buddhadharma's flourishing throughout South Asia and its flourishing in Tibet.

Then, we will drive south from Swoyambhunath to Pharping. It is believed to be the place where Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava attained enlightenment. We will discover the Sakya Tharig Monastery, the Asura Cave, the Pharping Vajraogini Temple, and the Yanlesho Cave. After visiting these holy sites, we will return to Kathmandu city. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
12: 2nd Day Exploration in Kathmandu
Full Day
Max Altitude: 1350 M

Today’s activities include the visit to the Boudhanath Stupa, Kopan Monastery, and Namo Buddha. 
After breakfast, we leave for Boudhanath Stupa. It is the largest in the country and one of the largest in the world. Some claim that Boudhanath includes the remnants of the former Buddha, Kashyapa, while others claim it contains a portion of bone from the skeleton of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha. The massive Boudhanath stupa serves as a horizon between the earth and the sky, providing a gateway to heaven.

From Boudhanath, we drive to Kopan Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located atop the Kopan hill to the north of Boudhanath. Around 360 monks from various sections of the country live in the monastery. The atmosphere is infused with spiritual feelings and pleasant energy, allowing you to find inner calm.
After exploring Kopan Monastery, we will drive to Namobuddha which is also known as the Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery. It was built by Khyabje Thrangu Rinpoche and is one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal.

We will return to Kathmandu in the evening and stroll around the Thamel market and ancient markets of Ason, Indrachowk, and Basantapur. You can buy some souvenirs for your friends and families from the stores in the market. In the evening, we will enjoy our traditional Nepali dinner with a cultural show at an authentic Nepalese restaurant. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM
Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu
30 Min Drive to Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport around 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight back to your home country. If your departure is scheduled in the evening or late evening, you can once again stroll around the Thamel market or visit the place of your choice. 

Meals: Breakfast

What is included / not included


  • Arrival & Departure transfer as per itinerary
  • Twin/Double Sharing Best Available & 3* Standard Category Accommodations as per Itinerary
  • All ground transfers as Per Itinerary
  • Meals - Daily Breakfast at Hotel as per Itinerary
  • All Heritage/Monemunets Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
  • Conservation/Park Fees
  • Local Guided Tour as Per itinerary given
  • All Wages, Fees, Accommodation, Transportation, and Insurance for Guide/Driver
  • Farewell Dinner
  • All Applicable Taxes 


  • India Visa Fees ( Need to Prior Apply)
  • Nepal Visa Fees ( Can Be Obtain upon arrival at Airport/Border)
  • International and Domestic Airfares and Taxes
  • Meals- Lunch & Dinner 
  • Any kind of beverages
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Personal clothing/Gears
  • Your Travel Insurance 


All lodgings for the Nepal Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour are on a 3* standard category hotels on a twin/double sharing basis. We will choose the best available based on the factors such as sanitation, service, location, and food quality. If you prefer a single supplement or want to upgrade the hotel category or service, we can offer them at an additional cost and prior information. 

Meals During the Buddhist Pilgrimage India Nepal Tour

All breakfasts throughout the trip are included in the cost, which is served in buffet style or in set style depending upon the place. We have not included the lunches and dinners in the package because the places you are going to cover during this Buddhist Cultural Tour have a variety of eateries, restaurants, and hotels in the area. We can recommend you the best amongst them as per your menu and budget preferences. 

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