Buddhist India Tour
Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destinations : Delhi – Jaipur – Agra – Varanasi – Bodhgaya – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Kapilvastu – Sravasti – Balrampur – Lucknow – Delhi.
Welcome to Delhi.
Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day : 2 Delhi
Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.
Delhi - The capital of India, Delhi has been centre of political turmoil since 13th century. The day includes a visit to the Yogmaya Temple, the temple complex of Laxmi Narayan, the famous Chattarpur Temple and the Bahai Temple, also known as the Lotus Temple. Raj Ghat in Delhi, the cremation site of Mahatama Gandhi, Father Of India, is much like a sacred temple to every patriotic Indian heart too. Enjoy a bit of astrological predictions and findings in the evening at Old Delhi, after which you are free to do shopping and relax. Ride a cycle rickshaw through the crowded streets of the markets of Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India in Old Delhi. In New Delhi, you can visit Dilli Haat, best place to look at Indian handicrafts and drive over the Rajpath, the site for Republic Day Parade of India to India Gate, a tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their nation. You can see the President’s House from outside and visit the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjung’s Tomb and Qutub Minar
Overnight stay at Delhi.
Day : 4 Jaipur
Elephant ride at Amber Fort n the morning. Sightseeing tour of Jaipur including Hawa Mahal, Royal Observatory, City Palace, Nawab Sahab Ki Haveli and Johari Bazar.
Jaipur- The Pink City of Jaipur was founded by Sawai Raja Jai Singh. The magnificent City Palace, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) with its delicate screen facade, Jantar Mantar (the Royal Observatory and multihued Jaipur Bazaar buzzing with people have all become icons of Jaipur in themselves. The characteristic pink color has now become protected by law and is said to symbolize ‘welcome’.
Overnight stay at hotel.
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 tomb.
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 along with the nearby excursions of Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra that are not worth missing.
After Breakfast Transfer to Railway Station and Overnight in Train
Day : 7 Varanasi
Early Morning pickup from Varanasi Railway Station and drop to Hotel, after lunch excursion to Sarnath including visit to Dhamekh Stupa. Sightseeing tour of the city including Vishwanath Temple and Bharat Mata Temple and everning ganges aarti.
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.
Early morning after breakfast we shall depart for the most worshipped city for Buddhist- Bodhgaya.
Bodhgaya has temples ideal for meditations, we shall thus visit the Thai temple and the Mahabodhi temple complex. Bodhgaya is a small town in Bihar where Buddha attained enlightenment and now is the most important place of Buddhist Pilgrimage, drawing people from across the globe. UNESCO declares Mahabodhi Temple Complex as the World Heritage Site. The chants, the meditating monks, and nuns add on to the spirituality of the entire ambience of the Temple. Overnight stay will be at the Hotel.
Early morning we shall drive to Patna en-route sightseeing of Rajgir. Rajgir abodes the Japanese built Vishwa Shanti Stupa, where Buddha delivered summons. Other places include the Venuvan and Saotarangi Cave. Later we shall also visit Nalanda where one can still find the ruins of the world-renowned 5th century CE Nalanda University. Nalanda is a site where Buddha paved several visits to deliver his sermons and teachings. Overnight stay will be stay will be at the Hotel.
After breakfast we shall drive to Kushinagar en-rout visit to Vaishali where Gautam Buddha visited in the fifth year after his attainment of Nirvana. Kashinagar too holds a significant position in the Buddhist pilgrimage, as it’s a place where Lord Buddha died and attained Parinirvana. Ruins of several stupas are still to be found here dating back to 5th century. Overnight Stay in Hotel.
Day 11 : Kushinagar- Lumbini
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Later proceed for the guided sightseeing including, Mahaparinirvana Temple & Stupas. Later drive to Lumbini. At arrival, check in to the hotel for some rest. Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha. In evening we shall leave for sightseeing tour of Lumbini including a visit to the birth Place of Lord Buddha. Overnight will be spent at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel en-route visit to Sravasti, the capital of Kosala Mahajanapada , which was the biggest town in the Gangetic plains during the Buddha’s lifetime. Saravasti was host to the Master for 25 years during the annual vassavasa (rain retreat) when the Sangha congregated at one place. The ruins of the past can be not only found in physical substance but metaphorically in the minds of the people. Overnight shall be spent at the hotel.
Day 13 : Sravasti- Lucknow- Delhi
Early morning we shall check out from the hotel in Sravasti and drive to Lucknow. After the lodging procedure if time permits we can explore the city of Lucknow and later depart to Delhi.
Include in package:
Meeting representatives upon arrival at the airport ,
All transfers ,sightseeing and excursion program in transport with air conditioned .
guide during tour ( French ,Italian, Japanese , Russian , German , all language)
Accommodation in hotel in a twin room .
Does not include:
Entrance fees to monuments.
Personal expenses ( telephone calls, laundry, drinking mini-bar in the room , etc).
a) Existing churches must take off one’s shoes and cover their heads. have socks and scarf
b) Registration and check-out from the hotel at 12 noon.
c) In the absence of a specific hotel locations will be allocated a room in another hotel of the category .
d) Accommodation (only) children under 4 years free without extra bed .