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Footsteps of Buddha
Destination Covered:  

Delhi – Lucknow – Saravasti – Kapilvastu – Lumbini- Kushinagar – Vaishali – Patna – Rajgir – Nalanda - Bodhgaya

 
12 nights/ 13 days
 

Day 01: Delhi: Arrive Delhi and meet the representative at arrival lounge and transfer to hotel. Remaining time is at leisure. Stay overnight at your hotel.

 

 

   
     
 

Day 02: Delhi: Morning after breakfast proceed for a full day guided sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit Qutab Minar, which is one of the tallest towers of its time in India, Humanyun’s Tomb – a UNESCO world heritage site. Later also visit India Gate & President’s House. Afterwards take a tour of Red Fort – another UNESCO world heritage site of Delhi & Jama Masjid the biggest mosque of India. Stay overnight at the hotel.

   
 

Day 03: Delhi – Lucknow: In the morning, you would be transferred to New Delhi railway station to board the prestigious Shatabdi Express train to Lucknow. On arrival at Lucknow, transfer to the hotel. Later take a guided tour of Bara Immambara, Chhota Immambara, Rumi Darwaza, Jama Masjid and few other attractions of the town. Stay overnight at the hotel.

 

 
 
 

Day 04: Lucknow – Saravasti: Morning after breakfast, you would be transferred to Saravasti –the former capital of ancient Kosala dynasty. Chinese traveller Hiuen-Tsang had mentioned about Saravasti and its Ashokan pillars. On arrival at Saravasti, check in at your hotel. After brief leisure, take a tour of Saheth-Maheth – the ruins which prove the prosperity of ancient Shravasti, Jetavana Monastery, Gandhakuti & Pakki Kuti, ruins of Anandakuti, Temples and Monasteries of Sri Lanka, China, Myanmar and Thailand and Jain Temple. Also visit Sobhanath Temple – it is considered as the birthplace of Sambhavnath the Jain Tirthankar.

   
     
 

Day 05: Saravasti – Kapilvastu – Lumbini: Morning drive to Lumbini - the birth place of Lord Buddha. En-route visit Kapilvastu- the place where Lord Buddha spent his childhood. Kapilvastu was the capital of Shakya kingdom and prince Siddhartha was born in this clan. On arrival at Lumbini, check-in the hotel. Later visit the birth place of Lord Buddha. The prime attractions of Lumbini are the Maya Devi Temple, the Sacred Garden and the Ashokan Pillar - that was erected by Mighty Emperor Ashoka the great in 249 BC.

   
   
 

Day 06: Lumbini – Kushinagar: Morning transfer to Kushinagar – the place where Lord Buddha attained Maharparinivana.  It was also the capital city of ancient Malla kingdom. Kushinagar was one of popular 16th Maharanapads in ancient India. The travellers from China, Fa-Hien and Hiuen-Tsang had mentioned in their travelogues about Kushinagar. On arrival at Kushinagar, check-in at your hotel. After brief leisure, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Wattthai Temple – an example of Buddhist architecture, Nirvana Stupa exposed in 1876, Maharparinivana Temple, Mathakuar Shrine, Ramabhar Stupa and Chinese & Japanese temple and Government Buddha Museum.

   
 

Day 07: Kushinagar – Vaishali – Patna: Today proceed further to Patna visiting Vaishali on the way. Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon and announced his implanting 'Nirvana' in Vaishali. Vaishali is also birthplace of Lord Mahavira - the Jain Guru hence it is a Jain pilgrimage too. Finally arrive at Patna and check in at your hotel. Patna had a magnificent survival for more than a millennium and had been the capital for the great Indian dynasties like Nanda, Maurya, Gupta and Sanga. Stay overnight at the hotel.

   
 
 

Day 08: Patna – Rajgir – Nalanda – Bodhgaya: Morning proceed towards Bodhgaya, en-route visiting Nalanda - the great Buddhist University, the Great Stupa & Archaeological Museum and Rajgir - respected site of Buddha’s sermons. Rajgir is the place where first Buddhist council was held. Later on arrival in Bodhgaya, check-in at your hotel. Remaining time is at your own discretion. Stay overnight at your hotel.

 

 
 

Day 09: Bodhgaya: Morning proceed to visit Mahabodhi Temple - the Buddha gained the enlightenment here and thus Bodhgaya is one of the most sacred pilgrimage places for Buddhists. Also visit Bodhi tree – it is believed that under this Banyan tree prince Siddhartha became Buddha. It is considered that this tree is in existence since the time of Buddha. Stay overnight at the hotel.

 

 
   
 

Day 10: Bodhgaya - Varanasi: Morning drive to Varanasi – one of the oldest living cities in the world. On arrival, check in at your hotel. After brief leisure, proceed to visit proceed to visit the famous Ghats of Varanasi to witness the evening Aarti – an unforgettable experience. Stay overnight at the hotel.

 

 
   
 

Day 11: Varanasi: Early morning transfer to the Ghats of Holy River Ganges to take a boat ride – a very spiritual deed. After breakfast explore the Varanasi visiting Kashi Vishawanath temple, Banaras Hindu University, Sankat Mochan Hanuman temples and various other attractions located in the narrow lanes. Later take an excursion to Sarnath here Buddha delivered his first sermon to the world. Stay overnight at the hotel.

 

 
 
 

Day 12: Varanasi – Fly to Delhi: Morning is at your discretion. Afternoon board a direct flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi airport, you would be received and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the time is kept free for last minute shopping and other optional activities.

 

     
   

Day 13: Delhi Departure: At appropriate time, you will be transferred to Delhi international airport to embark the flight back to the onward destination. Tour ends.

 

 
Services Included :- Hotels/Lodging, Sightseeing Tour, Car Rental, Flight

Mentioned tour recommended for

Trip Activities:  Culture/Heritage, Spritual, History, Sightseeing, Temple tour

Trip Types: Casual Vacation, Family Vacation, Pilgrimage Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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