Footsteps of Buddha

Departure Date

Monday

Duration

14 Days/13 Nights

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14 DAYS & 13 NIGHTS

DELHI I VARANASI I BODHGAYA I PATNA I KUSHINAGAR I LUMBINI I BALRAMPUR I LUCKNOW

 

India being the birthplace of Buddhism has six out of seven most important pilgrimage centers for any follower of Buddhist religion. In this tour you would visit all the important pilgrimage centers.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01Arrive/Delhi by International flight

Arrive at Delhi International airport.

Assistance on arrival

Transfer to your Hotel.

Briefing of the tour by the executive

Delhi – discover that India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat.

Check into your Hotel.

Overnight at hotel
Day 02Delhi/Varanasi by train ETD 2040hrs

Breakfast in the hotel

Today you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi

Delhi, the capital of India comprises of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to Muslim history. New Delhi is the imperial city created as India's capital by the British intricately planned and comprises of imposing buildings displaying various modern style of architecture.

Red Fort

You will drive past to Red Fort (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE - Red Fort was built by the mughal emperor famous for its architectural wonders one of which is Taj Mahal - Shah Jahan. Red Fort is famous for its delicately carved inlaid and royal chambers)

Jama Masjid

Stop at Jama Masjid – the Great Mughal Mosque (It is the largest mosque in India. Located in Old Delhi, the mosque has the capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees. Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD and it again the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is behind this architectural masterpiece. Close to some 5000 craftsmen were involved in the construction of the mosque)
Then visit Raj Ghat (The cremation ground of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi)

Humayun's Tomb

After the visit of Old Delhi you will move ahead to visit Humayun's Tomb (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE - Humayun's tomb is believed to have been designed in 1565 AD by the widow of Mughal emperor Humayun. Its plan is based on the description of Islamic paradise garden and is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs. This type of garden is known as a charbagh and is based on a grid)

Qutab Minar

Continue your tour with Qutab Minar (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE - Qutab Minar is 73 meters high which tapers from a 15 m diameter base to just 2.5 m at the top. The walls consist intricately carved quotations from Koran and is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world),at last enter the Lutyens Delhi and drive through India Gate (The war memorial) and President's Palace.

After finishing the transfer to New Delhi train station in time to board train to Varanasi (Travel in AC 2 Tier Sleeper class).

Overnight at hotel
Day 03Arrive Varanasi at 0845hrs

Today morning you will arrive at Varanasi train station.

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to Hotel

Varanasi, the city was founded by the Hindu deity, Lord Shiva, around 5,000 years ago, thus making it one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the country. It is one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus. Many Hindu scriptures, including the Rigveda, Skanda Purana, Ramayana, and the Mahabharata, mention the city.

Rest of the day is free to relax.

Overnight at hotel
Day 04Varanasi

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Sarnath excursion

Sarnath

It is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. Excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India at Sarnath have revealed many structures which represent facets of the Buddhist history visit the Archaeological Museum, Chaukhandi Stupa, Ashoka Pillar, Tibetan Temple, Thai Temple and the Deer Park. The Archaeological Museum in Sarnath is one of the most famous museums of its kind in Southeast Asia. The museum is situated very near the historical ruins. It contains a huge collection of sculptures. 

Overnight at hotel
Day 05Varanasi

Breakfast in the hotel

Full day visit of temples and offer prayers etc.

Overnight at hotel
Day 06Varanasi/Bodhgaya by road (256kms/6-7hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Bodhgaya and check in at hotel

Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained supreme Enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is among the most popular North India attractions which is visited by people of all caste and religion. Though Bodh Gaya is a sacred Buddhist Pilgrimage but people from all religion come here to receive blessings. This is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha,

Rest of the day is free to relax

Overnight at hotel
Day 07Bodhgaya

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya visiting

Mahabodhi Temple is a beautiful temple built in the 3rd century at the very spot where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Asoka was an ardent devotee of Buddha and it is he who built this temple in lord's honor. There is a huge and beautiful idol of the Lord inside this shrine.

The Bodhi Tree is the sacred tree under which Lord Buddha meditated and attained nirvana. Pilgrims take back home the leaves of this Bodhi tree as blessings of the lord. It is said that a sappling of the original Bodhi tree was taken from here to Srilanka and the Bhodi tree is still present there.

Also visit Animesh Locan Chaiyata, Buddhist Monastery of Bhutan, The Burmese Temple, Thai Temple etc.

Overnight at hotel

Day 08Bodhgaya

Breakfast in the hotel

Full day free to explore the city on your own

Overnight at hotel
Day 09Bodhgaya/Patna via Rajgir and Nalanda by road (115kms/3hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Patna en route visiting Rajgir and Nalanda

Rajgir just 15 kms from Nalanda is located the complex of temples and monasteries. The place is called Rajgir. It is one of the most important tourist places in India. Being located in a valley, Rajgir is a very scenic place. The small hill grit town is covered with lush green forest which add to the beauty of the place. Rajgir was the capital of the Magadh Mahajanpad (State) when Patliputra was not formed. In those days it was called Rajgrih. Rajgir or Rajgrih means the home of Royalty. This place has been associated with Lord Buddha and Buddhism. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir but also delivered sermons here and proselytized emperor Bimbisar at the Griddhakoota hill. The Jivekarmavan monastery was the favorite residence for Buddha. The added attraction of Rajgir is the Ropeway which takes you uphill to the Shanti Stupa and Monasteries built by the Japanese Devotees on top of the Ratnagiri hills.

Nalanda

Nalanda, founded in the 5th century AD, is famous as the ancient seat of learning. The ruins of the world's most ancient university lies here which is 62 km from Bodhgaya and 90 km south of Patna. Though the Buddha visited Nalanda several times during his lifetime, this famous center of Buddhist learning shot to fame much later, during 5th-12th centuries. Hieun Tsang stayed here in the 7th century AD and left detailed description of the excellence of education system and purity of monastic life practiced here. He also gave a vivid account of both the ambiance and architecture of this unique university of ancient times. In this first residential international university of the world, 2,000 teachers and 10,000 monks students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied here. The Gupta kings patronized these monasteries, built in old Kushan architectural style, in a row of cells around a courtyard. Emperor Ashoka and Harshavardhana were some of its most celebrated patrons who built temples, monasteries and viharas here. Recent excavations have unearthed elaborate structures here. An International Center for Buddhist Studies was established here in 1951.

Continue your drive to Patna and check in at hotel

Overnight at hotel
Day 10Patna/Kushinagar via Vaishali by road (240kms/6hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Kushinagar en route visiting Vaishali

Vaishali

Lord Buddha visited Vaishali frequently and at Kolhua, close by, preached his last sermon. To commemorate the event, Emperor Ashoka, in the third century B.C. erected one of his famous lion pillars here. A hundred years after the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha - Vaishali hosted the second great Buddhist council. Two stupas were erected to commemorate this event. Jainism, too, has its origins in Vaishali, for in 527 B.C., Lord Mahavir was born on the outskirts of the city, and lived in Vaishali till he was 22. Vaishali is then twice blessed and remains an important pilgrim center for both Buddhists and Jains, attracting also historians foraging for the past visit Budha Stupa - The exterior of this stupa which is now in a dilapidated condition has a plain surface. One eighth of the sacred ashes of the lord Buddha were enshrined here in a stone casket & Ashokan Pillar: Emperor Ashoka built The Lion Pillar at Kolhua. It is made of a highly polished single piece of red sandstone, surmounted by a bell shaped capital, 18.3 m high. A life-size figure of a lion is placed on top of the pillar. There is a small tank here known as Ramkund. This pillar beside a brick stupa at Kolhua commemorates Buddha's last sermon.

Continue your drive to Vaishali and check in at hotel

Overnight at hotel

Day 11Kushinagar/Lumbini by road (150kms/3.5hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Lumbni – the place where Lord Buddha was born and check in at hotel

Lumbini is the birth place of Siddhartha Gautam who later known as Lord Gautam Buddha. It is one of the most significant pilgrimage destinations located in the southern Terai plains of Nepal. Buddha is known as the light of Asia. Millions of people around all over the world come here to visit. Lumbini is listed in the World Heritage Monument List by UNESCO. The Indian emperor Ashoka identified and set the Ashoka pillar in Lumbini which is the main attraction of this area. The other main attraction of this area is Maya Devi Temple, Scared Garden spread over 8sq km and scared pond Puskarni where Mayadevi had taken a bath before giving birth to Gautam Buddha. Lumbini holds the historical and religious significance of Nepal.

Overnight at hotel

Day 12Lumbini/Sravasti by road (160kms/3.5hrs)

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Sravasti and check in at hotel

Sravasti The place was once the capital of the Kosala Mahajanpada, and used to be the largest town of the Gangetic plains in the life time of Lord Buddha. Sravasti hosted Lord Buddha for 25 years during his annual Vassavasa. It is also believed that he started propagating his religion to various countries from Sravasti. It is also said that Lord Buddha performed the greatest of his miracles to confound the Tirthika heretics in which he created multiple images of himself and other Buddhist Shrine.

Overnight at hotel

Day 13Balrampur/Lukcnow by road ( 160kms/3.5hrs), Lucknow/Delhi by Shatabdi Express at 1535/2205hrs

Breakfast in the hotel

Depart for Lucknow train station in time to board Shatabdi Express to Delhi.

Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotel

Overnight at hotel

Day 14Depart/Delhi by Int’l flight

Today you will be transferred to Delhi airport in time to connect your onward flight to next destination.

COST & INCLUSIONS

PremierLuxury
SummerUS$1778US$1696
WinterUS$2143US$1857
DelhiThe LalitSuryaa Hotel
VaranasiRamada HotelHindustan International
BodhgayaLotus NikkoLotus Nikko
PatnaAshok HotelAshok Hotel
KhushinagarLotus NikkoLotus Nikko
LumbiniHotel NirvanaHotel Nirvana
SaravastiLotus NikkoLotus Nikko

The above rates are valid from

Winter – 1st October 2019 – 20th December 2019 & 11th January 2020 – 15th April 2020

Summer – 16th April 2020 – 30th September 2020

 

Based on Minimum 2 persons traveling together.

  Tour Includes

 

   Share twin accommodation with breakfast
   Transfers & sightseeing by Air Conditioned vehicle
   Services of English speaking local guides
  Boar ride on Ganges in Varanasi
   AC Chair car train ticket for travel Delhi/Varanasi & Lucknow/Delhi
  Present Applicable taxes as on 15th Oct 2017

  Tour Excludes

 

   Entrance tickets to Monuments
   International Airfare
   Domestic Airfare
   Visa fee & Insurance
   Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc

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