Introduction to Buddhism in India:
Two of the most prominent qualities associated with Buddhism
are compassion and loving-kindness. It is important to
cultivate these qualities and integrate them into one's
The no 7 article explores the two main Buddhist approaches
to meditation - samatha (calm) and vipassana (insight), with
particular emphasis on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
The sixth in this series of ten articles introduces some key
Buddhist concepts. These are
impermanence, suffering, not-self and dependent origination.
This fifth in a series of ten articles looks at the five
precepts, the bedrock of the Buddhist moral code. It also
touches on two specific moral issues - abortion and
voluntary euthanasia. This fourth in a series of ten
articles examines two key concepts: karma and rebirth. Both
are very important to understanding Buddhism's moral
dimension. The essence of the Buddha's teaching is
encapsulated in the Four Noble Truths: the Noble Truth of
Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering, the
Noble Truth of the Extinction of Suffering, and the Noble
Truth of the Path that leads to the Extinction of Suffering.
This second in a series of articles explores the life of the
Detailed Itinerary of Buddhist India Pilgrimage Tour :
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour : Day 1 Flight to India (Delhi)
Around Midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and
capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met
by an Virtual Tours representative and transferred to your
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour : Day 2 Delhi Tour
Today full day city tour covering - Qutab Minar, Laxmi
Narayan Temple - The Place of Gods, India Gate - The
memorial of martyrs, Parliament House - The Government
Headquarters. In the afternoon take a city tour of Old Delhi
covering Jama Masjid - The largest mosque in Asia, Red Fort
- The red stone magic, Humayun Tomb, Gandhi memorial - The
memoir of father of the nation. Overnight hotel.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 3 Jaipur
Morning drive to Jaipur, the pink city.Transfer to hotel for
overnight stay. Evening free to relax and explore the city.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 4 Jaipur Tour
Elephant ride at Amber Fort in the morning. Sightseeing tour
of Jaipur including Hawa Mahal, Royal Observatory, City
Palace, Nawab Sahab Ki Haveli and Johari Bazar. Overnight
stay at hotel.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 5 Agra Visit
Drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri.Transfer to
hotel for overnight stay.Afternoon sightseeing tour of the
city including Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-daula's
Agra - One of the India's top tourist attractions, the city
of Taj, the white marble requiem of love, Agra was
transformed by Mughal monarchs into a land of art, culture,
architectural splendor, learning and commerce. Besides the
majestic buildings, the leatherwork and pietra dura
marble-inlay work of Agra is an inseparable part of the
city's identity. Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-daulah's tomb are
the legendary gems of Mughal architectural style.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 6 Varanasi (Flight to
Transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Afternoon excursion to
Sarnath including visit to Dhamekh Stupa. Overnight stay at
hotel in Varanasi.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 7 Varanasi Tour
Varanasi - Also known as Benaras or Kashi, this 3000-year
old living city of India, holds an uppermost position in all
the Hindu pilgrimage centres. Besides the holy Ghats of
River Ganges, one must visit the Vishwanath temple or Golden
Temple dedicated to Vishveswara-Shiva with 800 kg of gold
plating on its towers provided by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of
Lahore, Benaras Hindu University, a great centre of learning
and the largest residential university in Asia, Tulsi Manas
Temple built in the modern marble shikhara-style, Durga
temple built in the 18th century by Bengali maharani and is
stained red with ochre, 17th century Ram Nagar Fort & Museum
and Bharat Mata Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 8 Bodhgaya Transfer to
Excursions to Rajgir, Nalanda, Sapta pari cave and Venevamas.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 9 Bodhgaya Tour
Bodhgaya - After several year of rigorous meditation, it was
here that prince Siddhartha became enlightened and became
the Buddha under a Peepal Tree. It is the most sacred spot
for Buddhists from all over the world. The highlights of the
city are the Bodhi Tree, the Mahabodhi Stupa besides several
other monasteries to visit Tibetan Monastery, Thai
Monastery, Myanmar Monastery, Chinese Monastery, Bhutanese
Monastery, Japanese Monastery and Sri Lankan Monastery.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 10 Kushinagar Tour
Morning drive to Vaishali, where Buddha delivered his last
Sightseeing tour of the city including Ashok Pillar, Lotus
tank and Chaumukhi. Transfer to Kushinagar for overnight
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 11 Lumbini Visit
Morning drive to Lumbini enroute visiting Mahanirvana
Temple. Overnight stay at hotel.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 12 Balrampur Visit
Morning visit to temple of Mayadevi, the ruins of an old
monastery and some new stupas.
Afternoon drive to Balrampur enroute visiting Sravasti
seeing Jetavana Monastery. Transfer to hotel on arrival for
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 13 Lucknow Tour
Morning sightseeing tour of the city. Later drive to
Lucknow. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 14 Lucknow
Morning sightseeing tour of the city including Imambara and
Rumi Darwaza. Evening flight to Delhi. Transfer to hotel for
overnight stay at Delhi.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour :: Day 15 Delhi
After breakfast, day free to relax and explore the city
until evening transfer to airport for flight to onward