Major Attractions: Grand Palaces/Forts, Boat ride at Ganges, The Taj Mahal, Elephant ride at Amber Fort, Ancient Temples, Visit of 7 UNESCO world Heritage sites, Most sacred Buddhists places, Lumbini, the Birthplace of Lord Buddha, Balrampur, famous for its sacred Buddhist and Jain Heritage, Kushinagar
The birthplace of Buddhism in India. There are numerous Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India, including Bodhgaya, Patna, Kushinagar, Balrampur, and others. Nepal is home to two Buddhist pilgrimage sites: Kapilvastu and Lumbini. Kathmandu is also well-known among Buddhists. To the tourist's eye, these Buddhist sites have unrivaled tranquility and spirituality. As a result, religious tourists visit these destinations throughout the year. This 15 nights and 16 days itinerary brings visitors to these holy sites as well as other locations associated with Buddhism. It is a perfect tour package for visitors who want to follow the footsteps of Lord Buddha.
When you arrive in Delhi, you will be welcomed by a representative and transferred to your hotel. Proceed on a tour of the capital city in the afternoon. The majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk, as well as Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, are all important places to visit in Old Delhi. Visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the former imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a monument constructed in memory of Indian soldiers killed in the Afghan war; the Laxminarayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India's leading industrial families; the Qutab Minar, built by the Slave Dynasty's Qutub-ud-din Aibek; and the lotus-shaped Baha'i Temple in New Delhi.
Delhi - Jaipur
Morning proceed towards Jaipur. On arrival, check – in at hotel. Jaipur is the first planned city in India, having been designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. Rajasthan's capital city, known worldwide for its coloured gems, blends the allure of its ancient heritage with all the benefits of a metropolis.
An early morning excursion to Amber Fort, just outside of town, is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajasthani forts. You can reach uphill on elephant back, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur, including the City Palace, which is renowned for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture and is located in the heart of the city. The Central Museum, which houses a large collection of woodwork, is not far away. Jantar Mantar, another monument near the City Palace, is the largest of Sawai Jai Singh's five observatories. The Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of Winds, was designed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions from a distance.
Jaipur - Agra
Morning after drive to Agra, the City of Taj, en-route visiting the deserted town of Fatehpur Sikri. Reach Agra by afternoon and check in at your hotel. Later proceed for the sightseeing tour of The Taj Mahal.
Flight to Varanasi (Evening Aarti)
Morning you will be transferred to Agra airport to board a flight for Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Experience the Hindu ritual of Aarti in the evening. Aartis also refers to the songs sung in honour of the lord during the offering of lamps. Hindus in India consider the Ganges to be a goddess. Aarti is performed at the Dashashwamedh ghat in Varanasi every evening. We may watch it from the Ghat or from a boat on the water. It's a stunning, resonant, and majestic spectacle with a meticulous choreography involving ceremonies performed by many priests to the accompaniment of bells, drums, cymbals, and Sanskrit mantras.
Start your day with an early morning boat ride. One of the main attractions in Varanasi is sunrise boating on the Ganges. Varanasi has a host of temples along the Ganges River's bank. The Ganga Ghats [Banaras Ghat] are a place where life and death live side by side. Varanasi has a number of Ghats along the Ganges River where Hindu cremations can be seen. Dasaswamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Harischandra Ghat, Assi Ghat, Shivala Ghat, Man Mandir Ghat, Darbhanga Ghat, Ahilyabai Ghat, and Kedar Ghat are some of the most well-known and famous Ghats in Varanasi. After the boat trip, take a short walk through Varanasi's historic district, which is known for its narrow streets. After breakfast, drive to Sarnath, which is about 10 kilometres from Varanasi. The Buddha gave his first sermon in a Deer Park in Varanasi. It elevates Sarnath to the status of one of the most revered Buddhist sites. Sarnath is also associated with Jainism, in addition to Buddhism. At Sarnath, there are numerous Buddhist monuments and edifices. The Archaeological and Excavation Area (Sarnath, Deer Park), Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhammek Stupa (Dhamekha Stupa), Dharmarajika Stupa, Mulagandhakuti Vihara, Ashoka Pillar (Ashokan Lion Pillar), Ashokan Lion-Capital (India's national emblem), and the Archeological Museum are the main attractions in Sarnath.
Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Morning drive to Bodhgaya. On arrival, check – in at your hotel. Bodhgaya is the most sacred place for Buddhists as it has a Bodhi Tree (Peepul tree) under which Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years back. Stay overnight at your hotel in Bodhgaya.
Morning proceed for the sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple, which depicts the various stages of Buddha's path to enlightenment and various facets of his life; the Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum, which contains a small collection of Buddhist sculpture dating from the 1st century B.C. to the 11th century A.D.; and the Jagannath Temple, which is near by and has a four-armed Shiva statue in black stone.
Bodhgaya - Patna
Morning drive to Patna. On arrival, check–in at hotel. Afternoon proceed for the 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; Golghar – is a large dome-like structure from where one can have a fine view of the Ganga and the surroundings of the city; Patna Museum – has a rich collection of Mauryan and Buddhist sculptures, terracotta and other interesting items of the items.
Patna - Kushinagar
Travel to Kushinagar in the morning. Arrive in Kushinagar and register at the hotel. Later, pay a visit to the Rambhar Stupa, which marks the site of Buddha's cremation. Visit the Mahaparinirvana temple, which houses Lord Buddha's recumbent figure.
Kushinagar - Balrampur
Morning drive towards Balrampur. On arrival at Balrampur, check–in at your hotel.
Balrampur - Lumbini
Morning drive to reach Lumbini. On arrival, check–in at your hotel. Lumbini is the place where Buddha was born 2500 years ago.
Lumbini - Kathmandu
Morning you will be transferred to the airport to board flight for Kathmandu. You will be welcomed and assisted at Kathmandu airport and later transferred to your hotel to check-in. The Kathmandu Valley is breathtaking, surrounded by green hills and mountains with snow-capped peaks against its northern and eastern backdrop. Stay overnight at your hotel.
Morning visit Hanuman Dhoka, the name of the old royal palace has been derived from the statue of Hanuman (the monkey god of Hindu mythology). Also visit the hilltop Stupa of Swayambhunath, considered 2,000 years old.
Morning after breakfast checkout and you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport for your onward journey. The tour ends here.