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INDIA BUDDHIST TOUR





"Eastern Zone of India is rich in Cultural Heritage. You can have a taste of temples, monas tries, buddhist circuit with a rural touch ..."





Tour Lenght: 10 Nights - 11 Days
Destination tour: Delhi-Lucknow-Sravasti-Lumbini-Kushinagar-Rajgir-Bodhgaya-Varanasi-Delhi



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Day 1 : Departure flight Arrive Delhi


Arriving Delhi, you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by our representative, holding a play card with your name on it at the exit. Arrival transfer to your hotel and assistance for check-in will be provided. After check-in and overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : Delhi


After Breakfast, enjoy full day city tour of Delhi which is India's bustling capital city. It was from here that Hindu, Muslim and Mughal dynasties as well as the British ruled. Old & New Delhi present a stunning juxtaposition of sights and sounds with the ancient city built by Emperor Shah Jahan the builder of the famous Taj Mahal, and the new garden city built in 1911 by the British. First of all visit India Gate which is a famous war memorial at the east end of Rajpath. Also visit Rajghat (the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi ). Later on visit Lotus Temple(Bahai Temple) which is the newest most extravagant architectural wonder of the Bahai faith, located in Kalkaji, south of Delhi. In the late afternoon visit Qutab Minar which is 72.5 m in height and has a mosque at the base. It is a magnificent structure whose construction started in 1199 by a Muslim King Qutab-ud-din Aibak (after whom it was named) and was finished by his heir IItutmish. Later on drive past President's House , Parliament House & Secretariat Building . Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 3 : Delhi flight Lucknow - Sravasti


After Breakfast, transfer to airport to connect flight for Lucknow . On arrival, leave for Sravasti (in Uttar Pradesh), capital of an ancient kingdom by the same name, is sacred to the Buddhists because it was here that Lord Buddha confounded his critics with a million fold manifestation of himself, seated on a thousand-petalled lotus, as fire and water emanated from his body . . The city believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravasti. Lord Buddha preached here after he got his enlightenment. Buddha has 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens at Sravasti and has performed some miracles here. After the death of Buddha, this monastery got royal patronage. On arrival, transfer in hotel, check-in and sightseeing in city. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 4 : Sravasti - Lumbini


After Breakfast, leave for Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Buddha. On arrival transfer to hotel and check-in. Afternoon half day city tour visiting some important places in Lumbini: The Lumbini Garden , the site marked by a certain stone pillar erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka at about 245 B.C. The most important discovery in this place is a stone marked to suggest the exact birthplace of Buddha; Mayadevi Temple , a temple dedicated to the mother of lord Buddha- Maya Devi, was excavated a few years ago. Many sculptures and carving in which the figures and designs are only slightly projecting from their background are seen here; Pushkarni pond , the pond where Mayadevi is said to have had a bath before giving birth to Buddha; Ramagram that is believed to be the maternal home of Buddha. This is where we can see the biggest stupa, with important relics. It is said that it was built around 600 B.C. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5 : Lumbini - Kushinagar


After Breakfast, leave for Kushinagar, on arrival transfer and check-in into hotel. Kushinagar is significant because it is the place where Buddha attained the state of Mahaparinirvana or Permanent Bliss at the age of 80. After freshening up, enjoy sightseeing of the Nirvana Temple and Ramabhar Stupa . Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 6 : Kushinagar Rajgir


After Breakfast, leave for Rajgir enroute visit Vaishali carrying box lunch. On arrival transfer and check-in into hotel. Rajgir, the erstwhile capital of the Magadhan kingdom has a prominent place in Buddhist and Jain religious history. It was blessed by the founders of both these religions and many of the current Tourist Attractions in Rajgir includes places which are in some way or the other associated with these religions. One of the foremost Tourist Attractions in Rajgir is the Venuvana Vihara , a much loved retreat of Lord Buddha gifted to him by King Bimbisara. The Griddhakuta or Vulture's Peak is yet another one. This is believed to be the spot where Lord Buddha preached many sermons and presently it is the site of the Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda built by the Buddhist Sangha of Japan. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 7 : Rajgir - Bodhgaya


After Breakfast, visit Nalanda University and Gridhkut Mountain . Afternoon leave for Bodhgaya, one of the four holiest cities of Buddhist faith. The Mahabodhi temple is the main attraction of this town and is located near the spot where Lord Buddha attained spiritual enlightenment. Bodhgaya is not only an important Buddhist pilgrim center, but it is also an important center for the study of Buddhism. On arrival transfer check-in into hotel, dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 8 : Bodhgaya


After Breakfast, sightseeing of Maha Bodhi Temple , Tree and the Chinese Temple . In the afternoon visit Niranjana Temple and River. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 9 : Bodhgaya - Varanasi


After Breakfast, leave for Varanasi , the world's most ancient living city. Sunrise on the River front, as seen from a boat, can be spiritually uplifting sight.
Crowded with temples, and it's labyrinth of streets, the city attracts the maximum number of tourists. The religious capital of Hinduism, was previously known as Kashi The city that illuminates. On arrival transfer to hotel and check in. In the afternoon, you may explore the traditional bazaars of Varanasi for some shopping in handicrafts and Banarasi Saris. After, visit the Dasaswamedh Ghat, for Ganga AArti cerimony. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Varanasi flight Delhi flight Departure your destination


Enjoy an early morning Boat Ride on the sacred Ganges River. Breakfast in hotel and after, drive to Sarnath - where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park. In Sarnath, you can see the Dharmarajika , Chaukhandi and Dharnek stupas , as well as the Lion Capital of emperor Ashoka. Later, in the afternoon, transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi , you will be met by our representative and transferred in at hotel (day use) and rest of the days feel free to relax and independent activities. Later in the evening you will be driven to International airport to take your flight back to home.

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Day 11 : flight Leave


Flight back home ...



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