0I : Delhi
Welcome to Delhi, the capital of India. You will be received and
transferred to a pre-booked hotel. You have the remaining day to brace up
for the excitement ahead.
Day 02 : Delhi
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Delhi. Morning visit Old Delhi. It is a
17th century walled city with its splendid gates, narrow alleys, the
enormous Bazaar. Visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat. Afternoon tour of
New Delhi with wide tree lined avenues, parks and fountains surroundings the
imposing government and state Buildings. Visit Humayun's Tomb, an
observatory called Jantar Mantar, Qutab Minar, India Gate and President
House. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi - Agra - Varanasi
Leave Delhi for Agra by road (203 kms / 4 Hrs). Afternoon sightseeing tour
of Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal. Evening leave Agra for Varanasi by
overnight train. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)
Day 04 : Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi
Arrive Varanasi early in the morning. On arrival check-in at hotel and
refresh for a visit to Sarnath -the place where Lord Buddha preached his
first Sermon in 590 BC. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Varanasi, visiting
Ghats, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Gyanvyapi Mosque, Durga Temple, Banaras
Hindu University, Ram Nagar, Fort and Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Early morning boat-ride on the River Ganges. Thereafter, leave Varanasi by
road for Bodhgaya (242 kms / 6-7 Hrs) one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage
centers in the state of Bihar. It was here that Gautama attained
enlightenment and became Buddha under the "Bodhi" tree Satabodhi
Temple. Overnight at hotel.
06 : Bodhgaya
Morning visit temples in Bodhgaya - Mahabodhi Temple, Animesh Locan
Chaiyata, Mohanta's Monastery, Thai Temple and The Burmese Temple. Later
visit Monuments such as - Tibetan Monastery, International Buddhist House,
Buddhist Monastery of Bhutan, The Chinese Temple & Monastery and Bodhi
Tree. Also visit Archaeological Museum
Day 07 : Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna
Leave Bodhgaya for Patna (157 kms / 4-5 Hrs) en-route visiting Rajgir &
Nalanda. Patna is 2500 year old capital city of Bihar. Rajgir was capital of
6th century Magadha Empire and was revered site of Buddha's discourses.
Buddha spent many years here. Nalanda is world's oldest university founded
in the 5th century. Overnight at hotel in Patna.
Day 08 :
Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar
Morning leave Patna for Kushinagar (253 kms / 8 hrs) en-route visiting
Vaishali -located 55 kms from Patna and holds special significance for
Buddhist devotees. It was here that the Buddha announced the approaching of
his Mahaparinirvana. Visit Ashokan Pillar - the magnificent Ashokan pillar
with a lion adorning its top is a definite crowd-puller. This 18.3 m high
pillar is made of a single piece of red sandstone and is a major attraction
to the tourists. Arrive Kushinagar. It is the place where Buddha passed into
Maha-Parinirvana. Afternoon visit the various stupas and temples. Overnight
Day 09 : Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti
Leave Kushinagar by road for Lumbini (170 kms / 4-5 Hrs) - the birthplace
of Buddha and is located just a few kilometres inside Nepal. Sightseeing
tour of Lumbini and thereafter leave for Sravasti by road (225 kms / 6 hrs).
On arrival transfer to hotel and overnight stay.
l0 : Saravasti - Sahet & Mahet - Lucknow - Delhi
Morning visit to Sahet & Mahet -15 kms from Balrampur and the capital
of the ancient Kingdom of Kosala. Sravasti has the honour for sheltering
Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Vihar and has the famous Anand
Bodhi tree, age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha
is said to have performed some miracles here. Afternoon free for leisure.
Evening drive to Gonda Railway Station (40 kms) and connect train
2553/Vaishali Express dep. 19:35 hrs. Overnight on board.
: Day at leisure
Arrive Delhi at 06:15 hrs. Transfer to international airport to connect
flight for onward destination.