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Buddhist Religious Tour
Destinations Covered : DELHI - Agra - VARANASI - BODGAYA - SARNATH - RAJGIR - KUSHINAGAR - LUMBINI - LUCKNOW
Some Journeys are made for sensual gratification, others purely for internal peace. Negotiating the Buddhist Circuit falls in the latter category. A journey through the austere Stupas and the ancient monasteries reverberating with the mystical chants of sacred Buddhist Mantras will instantly transport you to a time zone 2500 years back in history, when a prince renounced all worldly pleasures to turn into an ascetic, centuries before the birth of Christ. The story is so old, that every point on the Buddhist circuit has a history steeped in myth and meaning; every monument stands testimony to faith fused into reality, as centuries passed and people lost bits of their oral heritage. In Sanskrit the word "Bodh" means knowledge, Buddha would thus mean " One who has attained all knowledge," or one in whom their is no conflict, no suffering---in short, one, who has mastered himself. The Chinese would call him the Zen Master. If you are looking for the same 'Buddha' in you, the main sites of interest would be:-
Lumbini: (In present day Nepal) the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Bodh Gaya: (In neighboring state, Bihar) Where he attained enlightenment.
Sarnath: Where he held his first public discourse.
Kushinagar: Where he attained Mahaparinirvana (Demise).
Day 01: New Delhi:
Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to your hotel. The day free to relax. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 02: New Delhi :
Drive straight to Agra in the morning and on arrival visit the Taj Mahal. In the evening return back to Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03: New Delhi - Varanasi:
After breakfast, transferred to the airport for flight to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi you will be received and transferred to your hotel. After a brief leisure proceed to Sarnath and see Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi, and Dharnek Stupa; Sarnath Archaeological Museum, Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, Shoukhandi stupa and one or two of the national Temples. Overnight at Varanasi.
Day 04: Varanasi:
06:00 A.M :
Proceed for the morning boat ride on the Sacred River Ganges to rituals performed by priests and devotees. Half day guided tour of Varanasi.
Day 05: Varanasi - Bodhgaya:
08:30 A.M :
Transferred to the railway station early in the morning to board the train PURSHOTTAM EXP (12802) for Gaya departing at 10:20 a.m. 01:30 P.M: On arrival in Gaya you will be received and transferred to Bodhgaya. Check-in the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 06: Bodhgaya :
Move out for the sightseeing of Maha Bodhi Temple and Tree. Visit the Chinese Temple. In the afternoon visit Niranjana Temple, River, and Museum of Bodhgaya.
Day 07: Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Rajgir - Patna:
Early morning proceed to visit the historical towns of Nalanda. Visit Nalanda Archaeological Musuem; University ruins. In Rajgir visit Saptkarni cave - Vaibhava hill; Griddhakuta (Vulture's Peak) - peace stupa. Have lunch at Rajgir. Proceed to Patna after lunch. Overnight at Patna.
Day 08: Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar:
Explore the site where Buddha was cremated, Ramabhar Stupa, and visit Mahaparinirvana Temple. Also visit Mathakuar; ShrineRuins of Makutabandhara Vihara and Mahaparinirvana Vihara, archaeological museum, Wat Thai Kusinara and some of the national temples; Indo-Japanese-Sri Lakan Center for Cultural association. Overnight at Kushinagar.
Day 09: Kushinagar:
09:00 A.M : Visit site of construction of the Maitreya Buddha. Re-visit Ramabhar Studpa and Mahaparinirvana Temple. Overnight at Kushinagar.
Day 10: Kushinagar - Lumbini:
07:30 A.M :
Proceed after breakfast to Lumbini. Reach and sightseeing. Visit the exact spot of birthplace of Lord Buddha; Rummendei Pillar Image of Maya Devi; and Maya Devi temple, the monastery of the Buddhist temple. Overnight at Lumbini.
Day 11: Lumbini - Shravasti:
07:30 A.M :
Drive straight to Shravasti via Kapilavastu. In Kapilavastu visit Shoukhandi stupa and Shoukhandi stupa. In Sharavasti visit Remnants of Jetavana; Anand Bodhi Tree; Gandhakuti; Vihara; Sahet and Mahet - Paakki Kuti and Kuchhi Kuti. Overnight in Shravasti.
Day 12: Shravasti - Lucknow:
09:00 A.M :
Morning at leisure and then drive straight to Lucknow. On arrival check-in your hotel.
Day 13: Lucknow:
09:00 A.M :
Morning - sightseeing tour of Lucknow, the city of the Nawabs and Begums built in Islamic architecture. The places to visit are Bera Imambara, Chota Imambara and the Amina Bazaar.
Day 14: New Delhi:
09:00 A.M :
You will be transferred to the airport to board the flight IndiGo 6E 141 departing for Delhi at 11:00 a.m.
12:10 P.M :
On arrival you will be received by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Evening free to explore the city of your own.
Day 15: New Delhi:
09:00 A.M :
Sight seeing tour of Old and New Delhi which includes visit to Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Humayun's tomb, Kutub Minar, Raj Ghat, India Gate, President's House. In the evening to shop around the illuminated streets of Connaught Place. Later you will be transferred to the International airport to board the flight for your onward journey.
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