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Land of Buddha ( 12 Nights / 13 Days)


Places Covered: Delhi - Patna - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti - Delhi

Day 01 Delhi
Flight to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Check in at the hotel.

Day 02 Delhi
On arrival, assistance and transfer to hotel.

Day 03 Delhi
Full day city tour of Old & New Delhi.

Morning visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch) and Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place shopping centre.

Afternoon visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid, Red Fort and drive past Chandni Chowk.

Day 04 Delhi / Patna
Transfer to airport to connect flight for Patna . On arrival, assistance and transfer to hotel. Afternoon excursion of Vaishali - known for Buddha Stupas, Ashoka Pillar and Bawan Pokhar Temple . This is the place where Buddha announced his Mahaparinirvana and happens to be the birthplace of Lord Mahavira.

Day 05 Patna/Nalanda/Rajgir/Bodhgaya
Morning drive to Bodhgaya enroute visiting Nalanda and Rajgir.

Rajgir, the place where Buddha meditated and preached; first Buddhist Council was held here and further is known for Hot Springs, which have curative powers, and is sacred to Hindus.

Nalanda is known for its Archaeological Complex and Museum.

On arrival, check in at hotel.

Day 06 Bodhgaya
Full day visits - Bodhgaya, in the state of Bihar , reckoned as the most important Buddhist pilgrimage center, is the place where Lord Sakyamuni (Gautam Buddha) entered into meditation after being moved by the sufferings of mankind. The giant Bodhi Tree (Peepal) that we see today is believed to have grown from the original Bodhi Tree under which, sitting on the raised platform, Prince Siddharth meditated and finally attained Nirvana. Then there is Chaukramana, the jewel Walk, where it is believed that the Buddha strolled while in deep thought.

Also visit Shaivite Monastery and famous Jagganath Temple .

Day 07 Bodhgaya / Varanasi
Drive to Varanasi and check in at hotel.

Day 08 Varanasi
Early morning boat excursion on the river Ganges , a ferry pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. The two cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra where funeral pyre burns day and night. Every pious Hindu believes that to die in Kashi and to be cremated on banks of the Ganges is to attain release from the cycle of birth and death.

Morning sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University which has an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple.

Afternoon excursion of Sarnath - visit the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th century B.C. to 12th century AD. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist temple and the Museum (Museum closed on Fridays).

Day 09 Varanasi / Kushinagardasar
Drive to Kushinagar and check in at hotel. Afternoon visits - Kushinagar, one of the principal centres of Buddhist pilgrimage, is the place of Mahaparinirvana. The monuments of Kushinagar are situated in three distinct comprising the main site of the Nirvana Temple , the central stupa and surrounding monasteries

Day 10 Kushinagar / Lumbini
Drive to Lumbini and check in at hotel. Afternoon visits - in the village of Lumbini in Nepal , the Queen Mahamaya gave birth to Prince Siddhartha who later became the Buddha. Over 2000 years ago the Emperor Ashoka set up a commemorative pillar here. The pillar carries the inscription - Here the Buddha was born-. Another shrine preserves an ancient image depicting the nativity of the Lord.

Day 11 Lumbini / Sravasti
Drive to Sravasti and check in at hotel. Afternoon visits - sacred city for Buddhists because it is here that Lord Buddha performed the greatest of his miracles to confound the Tirthika heretics. These miracles include that of the Lord Buddha creating multiple images of himself and have been among the favorite themes of Buddhist art. Buddha himself spent many summers here to deliver important sermons. Here Anathapindaka was built in the garden of Prince Jeta for the reception of the Buddha. Today, the remains unearthed testify to the flourishing condition of this sacred spot in the Gupta period.

Day 12 Sravasti / Lucknow / Delhi
Drive straight to Lucknow railway station to connect train for Delhi . On arrival, assistance and transfer to hotel.

Day 13 Delhi / Onward Destination
Morning free. Check out at 1200 hrs. Transfer to international airport to connect flight back home.