Explore the landmarks of Buddhism sprinkled in various parts of India in the form of monasteries, stupas, relics and other prominent monuments. The 9 days and 8 nights tour package takes you to spiritual journey of different places where Lord Buddha meditated and attained nirvana. The tour takes you to the religious sojourn in the serene and tranquil Buddhist circuit of India. The visit to the popular attractions like Sravasti, Lumbini, Sarnath, Varanasi, Bodhgaya will certainly provide your inner soul with the joyful and soothing effect.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi International airport meet with our representative at the airport arrival lounge. After meet and greet at airport transfer to the hotel. If time permit we will go for a half day city sightseeing tour of Delhi. Dinner and overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi - Agra - Gonda#
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra. Upon arrival visit the famous Taj Mahal (It remain closed on all Friday). Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal, made out of white marble took 22 years to complete (1630-1652 AD).
Further we will visit the massive Agra fort. Built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time.
Later in the afternoon transfer to the Agra railway station board to board an air-conditioned sleeper train to Gonda. Overnight stay on board.
Day 03: Arrive Gonda - Sravasti
Upon arrival at Goda railway station meet with our representative and drive to Sravasti, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetavana Gardens. It is sacred to Buddhists because it is here that Lord Buddha performed the Tirthika heretics.
Upon arrival check into the hotel. After fresh-n-up sightseeing tour around Sravasti visiting
Jetavana and Ananda Bodhi Tree. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Sravasti - Lumbini#
Morning after an early breakfast we will leave for Lumbini- the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The birthplace of Lord Buddha where he known as Gautam in his childhood, Lumbini is situated in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. Lumbini is also a World Heritage Monument of UNESCO.
Upon arrival at Lumbini transfer to the hotel. After fresh-n-up city we will visit the Ashoka Pillar. It was built in the year 259BC, by King Ashoka of India. When he constructed this pillar, the King exempted the villagers from paying tax and gave out 100 golden coins to the people. In the 07th century, the pillar was struck by lightning and split into two parts. The site was lost for six centuries and covered with dense forest before being re-found in 1895.
In the evening have a walk through monasteries made by many nationals. Dinner and overnight stay hotel.
Day 05: Lumbini - Kushinagar
After breakfast we will visit Maya Devi Temple, dedicated to the mother of lord Buddha, Maya Devi. The temple was built during the 02nd century. Later drive to Kushinagar crossing Indo – Nepal border. Upon reaching transfer to the hotel.
After fresh-n-up at the hotel we will set of for a visit to the monuments of Kushinagar visiting Nirvana Temple and Ramabhar Stupa. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Kushinagar - Sarnath - Varanasi#
After an early breakfast we will leave for Varanasi. Before arriving to Varanasi, we will have a visit to Sarnath. It enjoys the extraordinary privilege of Lord Buddha delivering his first sermon after attaining enlightenment 2500 years ago. It is about 10 km from Varanasi and holds a number of Buddhist sites that include the famous Dhamekh Stupa, the seat of the holy 'Buddha'. You can also visit the ruins of Dharmarajika Stupa and Mulagandhakuti Temple, where Lord Buddha is said to have rested and meditated while in Sarnath. The Ashoka Pillar built by the emperor Ashoka is a must see in Sarnath.
Later proceed to Varanasi. Upon reaching check into the hotel. In the evening transfer to the river ghat to have the glimpse of evening aarti. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 07: Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Early morning proceed on a boat tour on River Ganges visiting all the bathing ghats. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast leave for Bodhgaya. Upon arrival check into the hotel. After fresh-n-up we will have an excursion to Bodhgaya and Gaya. We will be visiting The Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree, Great Buddha Statue, Niranjana River and Sujata Temple.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08: Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Delhi (By overnight train)#
After breakfast we will have an excursion to Rajgir and Nalanda.
First we will visit to Rajgir. Lord Buddha spent many months of retreat during the rainy season here, and use to meditate and preach on Gridhakuta, the "Hill of the Vultures". Lord Mahavir spent 14 years of his life at Rajgir and nalanda. It was in Rajgir that Lord Buddha delivered some of his famous sermons and converted king Bimbisara of the Magadha Kingdom and countless others to his creed. Here we will visit the monastery of Venuvana Vihar built by King Bimbisara for LordBuddha to reside. This was the King's first offering to Lord Buddha.
Further we will visit the ruins of Nalanda University. Founded in the 5th Century A.D., Nalanda is known as the ancient seat of learning. 2000 teachers and 10000 Students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied at Nalanda, the first Residential International University of the World. A walk in the ruins of the university takes you to an era that saw India leading in imparting knowledge, to the world - the era when India was a coveted place for studies. The University flourished during the 5th and 12th century.
Later continue drive to Patna. Upon arrival transfer to the railway station to board air-conditioned sleepers train to Delhi. Overnight stay on board.
Day 09: Arrive Delhi - Departure
Upon arrival at Delhi railway station, meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel for fresh-n-up. Later transfer to the International airport to board the flight for onward destination.
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