9 Lucknow – Sankasya (Sankisa) – Delhi (14 hours)
Enroute to Delhi (or Agra), this morning, we can visit Sankasia, where it is said Buddha descended from heaven after preaching the Abhidhamma Pitaka in Tavatimsa. The gate of Sankassa is one of the "unchangeable" spots of the world (avijahitatthanam). All Buddhas apparently enter the world of men here, after preaching the Abhidhamma.
Entrance fees: Rs.1000 per person approximately
Opening hours: Most religious places open at sunrise. Reach any spot latest by 3 pm.
Closed on: No closed days.
This itinerary, which can be done in the reverse, covers most of The Buddhas’ Life. Gaya is served by flights from Delhi and Varanasi, as well as limited international scheduled flights. Varanasi and Lucknow are well served by flights and railways.
By air: Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow and Gaya are international airports.
By train: Check the trains between stations at the National Train Enquiry System. https://enquiry.indianrail.gov.in/ntes/
By road: The itinerary is over 1700 km
When to go
November through February are the coolest months, however this circuit is available around the year. During the hot months of May, June and July and even till the end of September, hotel costs can come down by over 50 percent compared to the months of October through April..
Rs. 45,000 approximately per person including accommodation in a 3 star type hotel, all meals, sight-seeing, entrance charges, an accompanying guide and transport from Delhi to Delhi by tourist taxi and A/c II tier (or similar type available) train ticket.