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.
Assistance on arrivalTransfer to your Hotel.
Briefing of the tour by the executiveDelhi – 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
Today you will be taken on a sightseeing tour of Old & New DelhiDelhi, 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.
Then visit Raj Ghat (The cremation ground of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi)
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
Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to HotelVaranasi, 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
Depart for Sarnath excursionSarnath
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
Full day visit of temples and offer prayers etc.Overnight at hotel
Depart for Bodhgaya and check in at hotelBodh 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 relaxOvernight at hotel
Depart for sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya visitingMahabodhi 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
Full day free to explore the city on your ownOvernight at hotel
Depart for Patna en route visiting Rajgir and NalandaRajgir 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.
Continue your drive to Patna and check in at hotelOvernight at hotel
Depart for Kushinagar en route visiting VaishaliVaishali
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
Depart for Lumbni – the place where Lord Buddha was born and check in at hotelLumbini 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
Depart for Sravasti and check in at hotelSravasti 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
Depart for Lucknow train station in time to board Shatabdi Express to Delhi.Meet/Assist on arrival and transfer to hotel
Overnight at hotel
COST & INCLUSIONS
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, Jan 2020
Entrance tickets to Monuments
Visa fee & Insurance
Items of personal nature i.e. laundry, telephone, camera fee, drinks & tips etc