NAGARJUNAKONDA / AMRAVATI TOUR
Buddhism is religion which comprises a variety of traditions(Nagarjunakonda), beliefs and practices largely based on teachings of attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, meaning “the awakened”, while Buddhism is practiced primarily in Asia, both major branches are now found throughout the world.
Nagarjunakonda /Amravati Tour
Distance Covered: Hyderabad-Nagarjunasagar-Vijayawada
Duration: (5 nights/ 6 days)
The tour inherits sites which will definitely let you to the roots of the Buddhism history. Andhra Pradesh is considered a major place for spreading Buddhism to far eastern locations. The state has a list of over 140 Buddhist sites, which provides a panoramic view of the history of Buddhism from 3rd century B.C to 19th century A.D.
Day 01- Arrive Hyderabad
Proceed for full day city tour visiting the Alukuma Palace, Salarjung museum and Charminar. After noon visit Ananda Vihar the majestic modern Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha and opened by Dalai Lama himself. After that you can visit Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad which has a large monolithic statue of the Gautama Buddha erected in 1992 stands in an island in the middle of the lake.
Day 02- Hyderabad-Nagarjunasagar
It is located at a distance of 165 kilometers from Hyderabad in Nalgonda district, is one of the most protuberant Buddhist centers in India. The NagarjunaSagar dam is at a distance of 3 kilometers from the bus station. The dam is built across Krishna River. The construction of the dam submerges an ancient Buddhist settlement, Nagarjunakonda. At a distance of 17 kilometers from the lake and 8 kilometers from boat launch station, Anupu is a site of Buddhist remains scooped out and reconstructed. The Amphitheatre or statue is magnificent structure with stepped columns on both sides.
Day 03- NagarjunaSagar
At a distance of 23 kilometers from the lake bus station and 14 kilometers from boat launch station, Nagarjunakonda is a small piece of land in Nagarjuna Sagar Lake which houses the excavated remains of the Buddhist civilization of 2nd century. Discovered in 1926, the remains of the Buddhist settlement and university are preserved in the museum on Nagarjunakonda. The main stupa of Nagarjunakonda called Mahachaitya is believed to contain the sacred relies of the Buddha, that’s at once shows an image of peace and praise, is the main attraction at the museum. There are only two trips per day at 9:30 A.M 1:30 P.M.
Day 04- Nagarjunasagar – Vijayawada
Amravati, formerly known as Andhra Nagari, is located at 31 kilometers north-west of Guntur city. According to Vajrayana traditional sources the Buddha preached at Dharanikata. The town was a site of a great Buddhist stupa originally built during the reign of Ashoka, the great emperor. It got completed in 200 CE. It is decorated with panels carved beautifully which tell story of Buddha’s life. During the decline of Buddhism this Stupa was also buried under rubble.
Located in Guntur district five kilometers Vijayawada, the Undavalli caves are said to be carved in 7th century A.D. Buddhist monks used this cave structure as a rest house during the monsoon. A huge monolith of the Lord Buddha is reclining posture in a magnificent way.
Day-06- Vijayawada – Out
Transfer to airport to connect flights for onward destination.