Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Buddhist Pilgrimage Buddhist Trail
Buddhist Tour I
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Places to Visit: Delhi - Patna - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti - Lucknow
Day 1: Delhi.
Arrive Delhi. Half day sightseeing of the city.
Day 2: Delhi - Patna - Bodhgaya.
Leave Delhi for Patna by air. Drive to Bodhgaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment and which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage place for the Buddhist. Enroute visit Nalanda and Rajgir. Nalanda-a great center of Buddhist learning and one of the most famed university citadels of ancient times. Rajgir, it was once the ancient capital of the powerful Kingdom of Maghada. From the out-skirts of Rajgir, a historic road leads to Gridhakuta or vultures peak where the Buddha preached. Here the first Buddhist Council was held after the Lord's Mahaparinirvana. Arrive in Bodhgaya and overnight in Bodhgaya.
Day 3: Bodhgaya.
Sightseeing of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi temple. Overnight in Bodhgaya.
Day 4: Bodhgaya - Varanasi.
Morning leave Bodhgaya for Varanasi by surface. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 5: Varanasi - Sarnath - Kushinagar.
Early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to see the sunrise and the bathing Ghats of an ancient Hindu city. Later leave Varanasi for Kushinagar. Overnight in Kushinagar.
Day 6: Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti.
Leave Kushinagar for Lumbini (in Nepal) by surface. Sightseeing of Lumbini where Lord ws born. Emperor Ashoka, in the twenty first year after his coronation, visited this Birthplace and raised a pillar on the spot. Later proceed to Sravasti (Sahet-Mahet). Overnight at Sravasti.
Day 7: Sravasti - Lucknow.
Morning visit Sravasti (Sahet-Mahet), capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kosala, an active centre for Buddhism. After sighseeing proceed to Lucknow. Overnight in Lucknow.
Day 8: Lucknow - Delhi.
Tal mahalLeave Lucknow for Delhi by air. Upon arrival transfer to hotel, Overnight in Delhi.
Day 9: Delhi - Agra - Delhi.
Full day excursion to Agra, city of the Taj Mahal. Also visit Agra Fort. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 10: Delhi - Onward Destination.
Morning half day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi visiting Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Kutub Minar & Secretarial Buildings. Day at leisure in Delhi. Transfer to airport for journey to onward destination.
Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places to Visit: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - Balrampur - Lucknow
budhaDay 1: Delhi.
Arrive Delhi in the late evening and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi.
Full day city tour. Visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings & Connaught Place shopping centre. Overnight Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur.
Morning commence drive to Jaipur. Upon arrival, check in into hotel. Evening free time to enjoy the city atmosphere which by many means is fabulous. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Jaipur. JaipurThe day is to be started with the Elephant ride at Amer Fort, followed by the city tour covering - Hawa Mahal, Royal Observatory, City Palace, Nawab Sahab Ki Haveli and Johari Bazar etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Jaipur - Agra.
Today we will drive to Agra en-route visiting the old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty i.e. Fatehpur Sikri. On arrival, check in into hotel. Afternoon city tour covering Taj Mahal, Red Fortand the Tomb of Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Agra - Varanasi.
Morning transfer to Airport to catch flight to Varanasi. On arrival , transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Sarnath: famous for its Dhamekh Stupa and for it being the place where Buddha preached his first sermon enshrining the principle of his teachings into laws. Overnight at hotel in Varanasi.
Day 7: Varanasi.
At dawn enjoy boat ride at River Ganges, followed by a city tour covering - Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 & 9: Varanasi - Bodhgaya.
Stay there for two nights with excursions to Rajgir/ Nalanda / Sapta pari cave and Venevamas. Above two days you will come across with many locales of Buddhist significance, i.e., Rajgir : an important Buddhist pilgrimage since the Buddha spent 12 years here , and the first Buddhist council after the Buddha attained Nirvana was held here, Nalanda : founded in the 5th century known as center of intellectualism. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Bodhgaya - Vaishali - Kushinagar.
A.M. Proceed to Vaishali, a very special place to Buddhists as The Lord delivered his last sermon & announced his impending " Nirwana". See the majesty of Ashok Pillar – Lotus tank, Chaumukhi & proceed to Kushinagar for overnight stay.
Day 11: Kushinagar - Lumbini.
Morning visit Mahanirvana Temple, the modern Japan/Srilanka Buddhist center & monasteries , then proceed to Lumbini. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - Balrampur.
budhaMorning visit to Ashoka’s pillar (249 BC) rediscovered in 1890’s inside thick sal forest, a temple of Mayadevi, the ruins of an old monastery and some new stupas, then in the afternoon proceed to Balrampur enroute visiting Sravasti where you will see the extensive ruins of this ancient city & Jetavana Monastery. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Balrampur - Lucknow.
Morning city tour. Later continue drive to Lucknow. On arrival check in into hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Lucknow - Delhi.
Morning city tour covering Imambara , Rumi Darwaza . P.M. Transfer to Airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Departure - Delhi.
After breakfast, day at leisure. Evening transfer to airport for return flight.
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