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Buddhist Circuit in India

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Tour Details
Duration 12 Nights
Best Time Oct - April
Routing Delhi - Lucknow - Sravasti - Kapilvastu - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Vaishali - Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Sarnath - Delhi departure

The tour will take you through the pilgrimage to the heart of Buddhism in the footsteps of an exceptional standard. The Buddhist Circuit tour will give you knowledge of the most sacred places and the major stages of the life of Lord Buddha, who was born in Lumbini, and met enlightenment in Bodhgaya, and Sarnath, the place where he preached his first sermon. Kushinagar, where he gave his last teaching and where his body got Mahaparinirvana. Some more places related to Bhuddha's life are Sravasti, Vaishali, Rajgir and Nalanda. Nalanda was the biggest university before 323 BC. In this program we include major Buddhist sites as, Sravasti, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya, & Sarnath.


DAY 01 :

Arrival Delhi

Upon arrival at New Delhi International airport, meet our representative and transfer to hotel for rest of the night.


DAY 02 :

Delhi-Lucknow (Flight Sg 08:00 Hrs-09:00 Hrs)

Early in the morning transfer to domestic airport, take flight to Lucknow,

  • On arrival meet to our representative, transfer to hotel
  • Rest of the time visit Bara Imambara (Hussainabad),
  • Chota Immambara Lucknow
  • Rumi Darwaza Lucknow
  • Hazratganj Market Lucknow
  • Husainabad Clock Tower Lucknow
  • Rest of the time visit local market

Overnight stay at the hotel


DAY 03 :

Lucknow-Sravasti (Balrampur) (160 kms)

Breakfast at hotel later proceed to Sravasti or Balrampur by surface. On arrival check in to the hotel, later visit to Sravasti

  • Sravasti (Jetavana) was once an important religious site for Buddhist religion
  • Do Meditation under the Ananda Bodhi Tree
  • Visit other temples, monasteries and stupa

For the rest of the day vsiti local market and take an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 04 :

Sravasti-Lumbini (Nepal) (210 Km)

After an early breakfast drive to Lumbini, Nepal and cross the border of India and Nepal.

  • En route visit Kapilavastu (India) the ancient capital of Sakya dynasty
  • Piprahwa, Kapilvastu
  • Cross the border Sonauli and do the formalities for immigration

Upon arrival in Lumbini check in to the hotel and for rest of the time have some recreation. Overnight stay at the hotel in Lumbini


DAY 05 :

Lumbini

After breakfast, commence full day sightseeing of Lumbini Forest.

  • Maya Devi Temple
  • Sacred Pool of Puskarani
  • Later visit Easter and Western group of Monasteries

Once done, take an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 06 :

Lumbini-Kushinagar (140 Km)

Early in the morning drive to India boarder, cross the border, do the formalities.

  • On arrival at Kushinagar check in to the hotel
  • Later visit Mahaparinirwana Temple
  • Ramabhar Stupa and the Hrinyawati River

Rest of the time visit the local market and have an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 07 :

Kushinagar-Vaishali-Patna (235 Kms)

Early morning drive to Patna, en route visit Vaishali.

  • Vaishali is a small village which boasts an impressive historical past
  • Discover the Ashoka Pillar and the Temple of Bawan Pokhara
  • Visit the sacred pond, swatik monastery and Ashok's pillar.

Later drive around 55 kms to Patna and on arrival check in to the hotel for an overnight stay.


DAY 08 :

Patna-Nalanda-Rajgir-Bodh Gaya (170 Kms)

Moring drive to Bodhgaya, en route visit.

  • Nalanda, one of the oldest universities in the world
  • Continue towards Rajgir where Buddha liked to preach and to retreat
  • Visit the cave which is held as the first Buddhist council.

Continue to Bodhgaya and on arrival check in to the hotel for an overnight stay.


DAY 09 :

Bodh Gaya

Breakfast at the hotel and later visit

  • Mahabodhi Temple, high pyramid 50 meters high, which contains a gilded statue of Buddha
  • Discover several monasteries in Tibetan style, Thai, Burmese, built by the pilgrims
  • Bodhi Tree, Ajapala Nigrodha Tree
  • Muchalinda Lake
  • Great Buddha Statue

Rest of the time visit local market and monasteries.


DAY 10 :

Bodh Gaya-Varanasi (Banaras) (250 kms)

Morning drive to Varanasi. On arrival check in to the hotel and later visit

  • The Ghat and enjoy the boat ride, witness the Ganga Ceremony
  • Take a walk on the Ghats; it will be incredible for the tourist, through the colorful market

At sunset, you will love watching the pilgrims paying homage to the Gods and the Ganges.

Rest of the time visit the local market and once done with the day's activities, take an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 11 :

Varanasi (Banaras)

  • Early morning boat rides on the Ganges
  • Visit Dasaswamedh Ghat, Darbhanga Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Manikarnika Ghat, Harishchandra Ghat, Bharat Mata Temple & BHU
  • Excursion to Sarnath where Buddha delivered his first sermon
  • Visit the museum that includes beautiful sculptures (Closed Fridays)
  • Rest of the time visit Silk Factory

Overnight at hotel.


DAY 12 :

Varanasi-Delhi (Flight)

In time departure transfer to airport take flight to Delhi, Upon arrival meet to our representative transfer to hotel for overnight.

  • Rest of the time visit Delhi Haat
  • Sarojini Nagar Market
  • Connaught Place etc

Once done visiting the happening places, take an overnight stay at the hotel.


DAY 13 :

Delhi Sightseeing

After breakfast full day sightseeing of combined New and Old Delhi

  • Red Fort, Jama Masjide, Rickshaw Ride, & Rajghat
  • Post Lunch visit Government Buildings, Humayu's Tomb
  • Lotus Temple and Qutab Minar
  • Rest of the time visit Delhi Haat, & Sarojini Nagar Market
Cities Deluxe
Delhi Hotel Sagri-La
Lucknow The Picarly
Sravasti Lotus Nikko
Lumbini Lumbini Hoke
Kushinagar The Royal Residency
Patna Hotel Chanakya
Bodgaya The Royal Residency
Varanasi Ideal Tower

Small supplements apply for travel between 15th December'2010 and 15th January'2011.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing, bed & breakfast basis at the selected hotel OR Similar.
  • Ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary using an air-conditioned car or coach.
  • Sightseeing tours as per the above itinerary along with an English speaking Monument guide.
  • Boat Ride on Ganges at Varanasi.
  • One Complimentary Dinner at Delhi.

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