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Buddhist Pilgrimage

No. of Days : 11 Nights / 12 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi – Agra – Varanasi – Bodhgaya – Nalanda – Rajgir – Patna- Vashali – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Balrampur – Lucknow

gautam buddhaDAY – 01 Arrive in Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Night stay in Delhi

DAY – 02 In Agra
Early morning proceed to Agra by Shatabdi Express. Breakfast to be served in the train. Upon arrival i Agra transfer to Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of the Taj and Fort.

DAY – 03 Agra – Varanasi
After breakfast drive to Fatehpur Sikri and visit the Bulund Darwaza. The red Sandstone City, Emperor Akbar built that as his capital and palace in the late 16th century is an exhilarating experience. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza, the largest gateway in the world. Transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and visit Sarnath.

Bodh GayaDAY- 04 Varanasi – Bodhgaya
Morning boat ride on the Sacred River Ganges to rituals performed by priests and devotees. Half Day guided tour of Varanasi including the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Gyanvapi Mosque and Benaras Hindu University. After lunch proceed for Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya is one of the sacred places for the Buddhists as well as for the Hindus. Here under the Bodhi Tree, Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Budhha, the Enlighted One.

DAY – 05 Bodhgaya Sightseeing of Maha Bodhi Temple and Tree.
Visit the Chinese Temple. In the afternoon visit Niranjana Temple and River. Visit the school of the destitute. Lunch and dinner at Bodhgaya. Overnight at Bodhgaya. B’Gaya – Lotus Nikko B’Gaya / Sujata

DAY – 06 Bodhgaya – Nalanda – Rajgir – Patna
Early morning proceed to visit the historical towns of Nalanda & Rajgir. Have lunch at Rajgir. Proceed to Patna after lunch. Overnight at Patna.

DAY – 07 Patna – Vaishali – KushinagarKushinagar
Explore the side where Buddha was cremated and visit Mahaparinirvana Temple. Overnight at Kushinagar. Kushinagar – Lotus Nikko.
Vaisali – Vaishali has a past that pre-dates recorded history. It is held that the town derives its name from King Vishal, whose heroic deeds are narrated in the Hindu epic Ramayana. However, history records that around the time Pataliputra was the centre of political activity in the Gangetic plains, Vaishali came into existence as centre of the Ganga, it was the seat of the Republic of Vajji. Vaishali is credited with being the World’s First Republic to have a duly elected assembly of representatives and efficient administration

DAY – 08 Kushinagar – Lumbini
Proceed after breakfast. Reach and sightseeing. The birthplace of the Gautama Buddha, Lumbini, is the important place of every Buddhist, being one of the four holy places of Buddhism. Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death. Hence the birth of Gautam Buddha makes it one of the most sacred places in the world. The Sal tree where Siddhartha was born is difficult to locate now. But Ashoka, in the 21st year of his reign visited the forest and raised a pillar on the spot where Siddhartha was born.

DAY – 09 Lumbini – Balrampur
During the time of Sakyamuni, a rich and pious merchant named Sudatta lived in Sravasti. While on a visit to Rajgir, he heard the Buddha’s sermon and decided to become the Lord’s disciple. But he was caught in a dilemma and asked the Lord whether he could become a follower without forsaking worldly life. To his query, the Buddha replied that it was enough that he followed his vocation in a righteous manner.

Lucknow is caught in a time warp. It exists in an in-between land of the past and the present looking back constantly to the memories of a colonial-Nawabi past. There is at the same time a sense of pride at the thought of being after Delhi, the most important center of power in free India. Politics has indeed been Lucknow’s forte but culture has been its historical identification.

DAY – 11 Lucknow – Delhi
Delhi: Full Day tour of Old & New Delhi, Visit Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Parliament House, Lotus Temple, Shantivan, Laxmi Narayan Temple. Relax in the evening. Proceed for Day tour of Old & New Delhi.

DAY – 12 Delhi
Delhi – Free to explore city and last minute shopping. Check out in the evening and proceed for The Dances of India Show. Have dinner then transfer to Airport for flight home.

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