Major Attractions: Boat ride at Ganges, Most sacred places for the Buddhists, Lumbini, the Birthplace of Lord Buddha, The Taj Mahal, Balrampur, famous for its sacred Buddhist and Jain Heritage, Rajgir, Kushinagar, Heritage sites of Lucknow
India has long been known as a place where people can learn about different religions and cultures. India has always been a pilgrimage destination for people of all religions, from Hinduism to Sikhism to Buddhism. Travelers and pilgrims seeking knowledge and wisdom from this rich Asian region have been drawn to famous Buddhist monasteries. Every year, a large number of tourists from India and all over the world travel to India for a Buddhist pilgrimage tour. Follow in the footsteps of the illustrious Gautam Buddha. Tourists will learn about Gautam Buddha's life in depth here, as well as take a tour of all of the significant locations associated with his life. Buddhism, as a faith, was one of the first and largest of the world's religions, flourishing in the 3rd Century BC, and thousands of pilgrims flock to Buddhist monasteries in India and Nepal to this day. We've put together all the important places associated with Gautam Buddha in this tour. The tour will provide in-depth information about Gautam Buddha's life, teachings, and enlightenment. In the end, you will visit the Taj Mahal, one of the most iconic monuments in the world.
You will be assisted at Delhi international airport and transferred to your hotel to check in. Delhi is the capital of the modern India, though it is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Stay overnight at your hotel.
After breakfast proceed for the sight seeing tour of Delhi. At first, you will visit Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi) covering Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid (2nd largest mosque of India) and Humayun’s Tomb (all 3 monuments are UNESCO world heritage sites). Later in the 2nd half, visit Lutyen’s Delhi (New Delhi) and see India Gate, Parliament house, Bahai temple and drive by President’s house.
Delhi - Varanasi
After breakfast transfer to Delhi airport to board a flight to Varanasi. On arrival, check in and after brief leisure, proceed to visit Sarnath where Buddha first preached his sermon. Stay overnight at hotel.
Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Morning boat rides 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. Later proceed to reach Bodhgaya. After arriving there transfer to hotel and stay overnight there.
After morning breakfast you will be taken to visit Bodhi sarovar and Mahabodhi Temple, Museum and Surya Kund. Stay overnight at hotel.
Bodhgaya - Rajgir
Morning after breakfast drive to Rajgir, en-route visiting famous Nalanda, where you will witness ruins of the great ancient university. On arrival at Rajgir, check-in at your hotel and stay overnight.
Rajgir - Patna (Via Vaishali)
Morning drive to Patna, en-route visiting the famous Vaishali, where Lord Buddha visited frequently and during the last visit here told his disciplines that they would see him no more as he was to attain the Mahaparinirvana (the ultimate bliss). Visit the Buddhist Stupas. Later continue drive to Patna and on arrival, check in at your hotel.
Patna â€“ Khushinagar
In the morning, after breakfast drive to Khushinagar, after arriving there transfer to hotel. In the afternoon, you will be taken to visit Kapilavastu and Gorakhpur. Stay overnight at hotel.
Khushinagar - Lumbini
Morning after breakfast drive to Lumbini, after arriving there transfer to hotel. In the afternoon you will be taken to visit the famous Mayadevi Temple. Stay overnight at hotel.
Lumbini - Balrampur
Morning after breakfast, proceed to Balrampur. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. After brief leisure proceed to visit Sahet and Mahet. Stay overnight at the hotel.
Balrampur - Lucknow
Morning drive to Lucknow. On arrival, check in at your hotel. Later explore the royal city of Nawabs. Stay overnight at hotel.
Lucknow â€“ Agra
Morning you will be transferred to Lucknow railway station to board a morning train to Agra. You will be assisted at Agra railway station and transfer to your hotel check in. Later proceed to visit the greatest Indian Marvel i.e. The Taj (remains closed on Fridays), Agra Fort and few other attractions. Evening have a tonga ride through the legendary city.
Morning drive to Delhi and at appropriate time you will be transferred to Delhi airport for your onward journey. Tour ends.