BUDDHIST TOUR WITH LOVING TAJ, HERITAGE AND HIMALAYAS (GT)
15 Nights / 16 Days
Delhi -02 Nights, Jaipur – 02 Nights, Agra - 01 Night, Varanasi -02 Nights, Bodhgaya - 02 Nights, Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - 01 Night, Vaishali - Kushinagar – 01 Night, Sravasti - 01 Night, Lumbini - 01 Night, Kathmandu - 02 Nights
Day 01 - Arrive at Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02- Delhi
Full day city tour visiting Raj Ghat the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandh and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings & Connaught Place shopping centre. Overnight Stay.
Day 03 : Delhi – Jaipur
Morning commence drive to Jaipur (252 kms / 5 hrs). Upon arrival, check in into hotel. Evening free time to enjoy the city atmosphere which by many means is fabulous. Overnight at hotel. Overnight Stay.
Day 04 : Jaipur
The day is to be started with the Elephant / Jeep ride at Amer Fort, followed by the city tour covering - Hawa Mahal, Royal Observatory, City Palace, Nawab Sahab Ki Haveli and Johari Bazar etc. Overnight Stay.
Day 05 : Jaipur / Agra vis Fatehpur Sikri
Today drive to Agra (232 kms / 5 hrs) en-route visiting the old deserted town of Mughal Dynasty i.e. Fatehpur Sikri. Rest of the day free for leisure. Overnight Stay.
Day 06 : Agra – Varanasi – By Train
Morning city tour covering Taj Mahal, Red Fort and the Tomb of Itmad-ud-daula. Evening transfer to Railway Station to connect train for Varanasi. Overnight on Train. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays) - Overnight Train.
Day 07 : Varanasi
Arrive Varanasi in the morning. Later proceed for Sarnath - after Sarnath visit followed visits of The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent. The Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama. Evening view "Aarti" ceremony on the Ghats. Overnight Stay.
Day 08 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Morning we take a Boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats and later we drive to Bodhgaya (260 kms / 7 hrs). Arrive Bodhgaya and check - in at hotel. Bodhgaya is the most sacred place for Buddhists as it has a Peepul tree under which Gautama the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years back. Overnight Stay.
Day 09 : Bodhgaya
After breakfast embark on a sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple - depicting the various phases of Buddha's journey towards enlightenment, showing different aspects of his life; Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum - houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D; Jagannath Temple close by has a four armed statue of Shiva in black stone. Overnight Stay.
Day 10 : Bodhgaya / Rajgir / Nalanda / Patna
After breakfast drive to Patna, enroute visit Rajgir & Nalanda. Rajgir is 70 kilometres away from Bodhgaya. Lord Buddha spent many months of retreat during the rainy season here, other sights to visit - Ajatashatru's fort (built by Ajatashatru's, king of Magadh), Bimbisara's Jail (where the king Bimbisara was imprisoned by his impatient son Ajatashatru), Swarna Bhandar (the treasury of Bimbisara) and then Hot springs, Continue drive to Nalanda (14 kms), founded in the 5th century BC, Nalanda was one of the worlds greatest universities, and an important Buddha centre. Continue drive to Patna (145 kms / 4 hrs) and check - in at hotel. Post lunch city tour visiting Har Mandir Sahib - also known as Patna Sahib consecrates the place where the 10th Guru of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1776. Overnight Stay.
Day 11 : Patna / Kushinagar
Morning drive to Kushinagar (253 Kms - 06 hrs). On arrival check - in at hotel. Later we visit the Rambhar Stupa - which marks Buddha's cremation ground. Our second stop is Mahaparinirvana temple - which houses the recumbent figure of Lord Buddha. Overnight stay.
Day 13 : Saravasti / Lumbini
Morning drive to Lumbini (197 Kms - 4.5 hrs) which is in Nepal. Arrive Lumbini and check - in at hotel. Lumbini is the place where Buddha was born 2500 years ago. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay.
Day 14 : Lumbini / Kathmandu (By flight)
Morning Half Day sightseeing of Lumbini and later transfer to Bhairwa airport to board flight for Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu at 1620 hrs and transfer to hotel. Kathmandu - surrounded by green hills and mountains with snow-capped peaks against its northern and eastern background the Valley is indeed beautiful. Overnight stay.
Day 15 : In Kathmandu
After breakfast we embark on a city tour of Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath Temple - the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicated to lord Shiva, built in 1696. We carry on the sightseeing tour of the Patan - a city of architecture and fine arts. Sometimes known as "Town with a Thousand Golden Roofs"..
PM visit Swayambhunath - the oldest Buddhist shrine. Looking east from here, one can see the entire Kathmandu valley spread out below. A short drive will take you to Boudhanath - the worlds largest stupa continue to Kathmandu Durbar Square - the temple of the Living Goddess and the old Royal Palace. Finally, visit Kasthamandup - a temple built from a single tree from which the Kathmandu derives its name. Overnight stay
Day 16 : Kathmandu / Departure
Transfer to international airport to Board your flight for your next destination