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BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TOUR

DURATION:11 NIGHTS/ 12 DAYS DESTINATIONS:DELHI-AGRA-VARANASI-BODH GAYA-NALANDA-BODH GAYA-RAJGIR-VAISHALI-KUSHINAGAR-LUMBINI-KAPILVASTU-SRAVASTI–BALRAMPUR-LUCKNOW-DELHI

Introduction

Serenity and divinity will fill your hearts leaving your soul pure as white sheet on the snow capped mountains of Himalayas during the BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TOUR. A complete rejuvenation will be the right word as this tour qualifies to be a memorable experience for all the Buddha devotees out there. Chant ‘Buddham Sharanam Gachhaami’ as you travel and discover different places of importance that touched the life of Gautama Buddha like Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Nalanda, Rajgiretc

Day 1- Arrive Delhi

On your arrival at Delhi International airport, you will be greeted by our officials who will transfer you to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 2- Delhi-Agra

A scrumptious breakfast will be followed by departure to Agra via road. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, you will be taken for a sightseeing tour in Agra. Revivify the love with your soul mate by visiting TajMahal, the iconic monument which is also considered as a mascot for the country. Spend the evening there by feeling romance in the breeze while witnessing the sun set at a monument which is a symbol of love that Emperor Shahjahan shared for his beloved wife Mumtaj. Then head to the Agra Fort which is famous for its beautiful gardens and architecture followed by a visit to Itmad-ul-Daulah tomb built by Empress Noor Jahan in memory of her father.
Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 3- Agra-Delhi-Varanasi

Welcome the morning with your departure to Delhi airport so as to fly to Varanasi, where on your arrival you will be taken to a hotel by our officials. Rest of the day to spend at leisure after which you enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.
Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 4- In Varanasi

Welcome the dawn by boarding a boat to float on the holy waters of the sacred river Ganges. Then return to the hotel for breakfast and embark on a sightseeing tour in the afternoon. Situated on the banks of river Ganga, this city is considered as the abode of Lord Shiva and various holy Ghats likeAsighat, Chaukighat and the Lalitaghatpose as the most popular tourist spots of the city. Being the oldest living city of the world, Varanasi is a home to many sacred temples as well. Before you return to the hotel, visit the sanctum temples like the Sankatmochan temple and the KashiVishwanath temple at least once to get your wishes fulfilled. Enjoy a restful overnightstay in the holy city of Varanasi.
Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 5- Varanasi-Bodh Gaya-Nalanda-Bodh Gaya

AA hearty breakfast will be followed by a drive to Bodh Gaya (242 kms. in 51/2 hours). As you reach Bodh Gaya, you will be greeted by our officials who will take you to a hotel. After this start your sightseeing tour with the ‘pavitrabhoomi’ of Bodh Gaya where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment, continuing to Nalanda which has been the centre of intellectual intelligence since ages. Nalanda was founded in 5th century and is 103 kms. away from Bodh Gaya.
Overnight Stay in Bodh Gaya.

Day 6- Bodhgaya-Rajgir

Morning after breakfast, you will be taken to visit Rajgir (198 kms. away), the SataPari Cave and Venevamas. Rajgir has got great number of Buddhist pilgrims visiting here annually because Buddha himself spent 12 years residing here and also because the first Buddhist council after Buddha attained enlightenment was held here.
Overnight Stay in Rajgir.

Day 7- Rajgir-Vaishali (Patna)

Depart for Vaishali (108 kms.) after your morning meal. Vaishali has etched a very peculiar place for itself when it comes to the ‘bodhteerthasthalayatra’. Increasingly swelling number of devotees come here every year because this is the place where Gautama Buddha delivered his last discourse and announced his close in time ‘nirvana’. Also witness the splendidly impressive Asoka Pillar- Lotus tank and Chaumukhi.
Overnight Stay in Vaishali.

Day 8- Vaishali-Khushinagar

Welcome the rising sun with a delicious breakfast after which proceed to Khushinagar by road (235 kms. in 5 hours). Check in to a hotel on your arrival and in the afternoon, witness the Buddhist pilgrimage tour in its brilliant grandeur by visiting the Mahanirvana Temple, the modern Japan- Sri Lanka Buddhist Centre and various monasteries. What will serve as an icing on the cake is the visit to the temple where Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana.
Overnight Stay in Khushinagar

Day 9- Kushinagar - Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - Balrampur

On suryaudaya, have a fulfilling breakfast after which you will be comfortably driven to Lumbini (161 kms. in 2 hours). Behold the splendorous beauty of Asoka Pillar (249 B.C.) in your eyes here which was rediscovered in 1890’s in the dense Sal woods. Also visit the temple of Mayadevi and some newly constructed stupas and have a look at the ruins of an ancient monastery over here. Thereafter, a drive will convey you to Balrampur visiting Sravastienroute. At Sravasti, you are taken to view the spatially large amount of ruins of Balrampur and Jatavana Monastery.
Overnight Stay in Balrampur.

Day 10- Balrampur-Lucknow-Delhi

After a worth relishing breakfast at the hotel, go on a short excursion tour to Balrampur. Thereafter, you will be taken to Lucknow via road where on your arrival you will be transferred to the railway station to board the train that will drop you back to Delhi.

Day 11- In Delhi

Start your day with an exquisite breakfast in the hotel and let the excitement creep in. Proceed on with the day by taking a full day city tour covering both Old as well as New Delhi. Fascinate your hearts by enjoying a Metro and Auto ride while appreciating the magnificent architecture built by late emperor Shah Jahan in Old Delhi. It’s definitely worth spending at least half a day walking through the chaotic yet colourful streets of ChandniChowk and visiting India’s biggest and most famous mosque- Jama Masjid. Visit other monuments of the city including Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple (Place of worship for the Bhai Community) and QutubMinar, which is also considered as a symbol of the City. Spend some time in Old Delhi to join the rest of the group and return to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 12- Departure

Enjoy a lip smacking breakfast at the hotel and then depart for the International airport to board the flight back home.

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STANDARD HOTELS (3*& GUEST HOUSES) HOTEL GRAND PARK INN OR SIMILAR, DELHI HOTEL TAJ GALAXY AGRA OR SIMILAR, AGRA HOTEL GUPTA INN OR SIMILAR, VARANASI HOTEL BODHGAYA GAUTAM OR SIMILAR, BODHGAYA INDO HOKKE HOTEL OR SIMILAR, RAJGIR VAISHALI RESIDENCY OR SIMILAR, VAISHALI LOTUS NICCO HOTELS OR SIMILAR, KUSHINAGAR RAHI TOURIST BUNGLOW OR SIMILAR, BALRAMPUR HOTEL GRAND PARK INN OR SIMILAR, DELHI TOUR COST USD 1399 PER PER’S
DELUXE HOTELS (4*&HERITAGE) QUTUB RESIDENCY OR SIMILAR, DELHI TAJ RESORTS AGRA OR SIMILAR, AGRA HOTEL CLARKS OR SIMILAR, VARANASI HOTEL BODHGAYA GAUTAM OR SIMILAR, BODHGAYA INDO HOKKE HOTEL OR SIMILAR, RAJGIR VAISHALI RESIDENCY OR SIMILAR, VAISHALI LOTUS NICCO HOTELS OR SIMILAR, KUSHINAGAR RAHI TOURIST BUNGLOW OR SIMILAR, BALRAMPUR QUTUB RESIDENCY OR SIMILAR, DELHI TOUR COST USD 1550 PER PER’S
LUXURY HOTELS (5*&HERITAGE) HYATT REGENCY DELHI OR SIMILAR, DELHI TAJ VILLAS OR SIMILAR, AGRA THE GATEWAY HOTEL GENGES OR SIMILAR, VARANASI HOTEL BODHGAYA GAUTAM OR SIMILAR, BODHGAYA INDO HOKKE HOTEL OR SIMILAR, RAJGIR VAISHALI RESIDENCY OR SIMILAR, VAISHALI LOTUS NICCO HOTELS OR SIMILAR, KUSHINAGAR RAHI TOURIST BUNGLOW OR SIMILAR, BALRAMPUR HYATT REGENCY DELHI OR SIMILAR, DELHI TOUR COST USD 1699 PER PER’S
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TRANSPORT TOYOTA ETIOS/TOYOTA INNOVA/ LUXURY BUS TOUR STAFF DRIVER(S), EXPLORE TOUR LEADER OR GUIDE GROUP SIZE GENERALLY 02 PAX TO 22 PAX Inclusions:
  • Accommodation on double sharing basis
  • Meals plan will be on Bed and Breakfast basis
  • English speaking guide/escort
  • All currently applicable taxes.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature like mineral water, beverages, alcoholicdrinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips etc; Any other item not specifically mentioned above as ‘INCLUDED’