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12 DAYS BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TOUR

PLACES COVERED : Mumbai - Aurangabad - Bhopal - Agra - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Patna - Gorakhpur - Balrampur - Lucknow - Delhi

 Duration : (11 Nights/12 Days)


DAY 01 :- ARRIVAL DELHI

WELCOME ON ARRIVAL AT DELHI INT'L AIRPORT. MEET & ASSISTENCE BY OUR CO. REPRESENTATIVE THEN TRANSFER TO HOTEL. OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN DELHI.

DAY 02 :- DELHI/LUCKNOW/SRAVASTI
BREAKFAST AT HOTEL.. TRANSFER TO DOMESTIC AIRPORT TO CATCH FLIGHT FOR LUCKNOW (JETAIRWAYS,9W-741,1030 / 1130 HRS). ON ARRIVAL TRANSFER TO HOTEL FOR LUNCH. AFTER LUNCH DRIVE TO SRAVASTI (243 KMS,06 HRS). ON ARRIVAL CHECK-IN TO HOTEL . EVENING FREE. DINNER & OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN SRAVASTI

DAY 03 :- SRAVASTI / LUMBINI
BREAKFAST AT HOTEL.PROCEED FOR SIGHTSEEING VISITING MAHETH : IDENTIFIED WITH THE REMAINS OF THE CITY,MAHETH COVER AN AREA OF ABOUT 400 ACRES..EXCAVATIONS HAVE EXPOSED THE MASSIVE GATES OF THE CITY,RAMPARTS AND ALSO THE RUINS OF OTHER STRUCTURES,WHICH STAND TESTIMONY TO THE PROSPERITY OF ANCIENT SRAVASTI, SAHETH - KNOWN PRIMARILY AS THE SITE OF THE JETVANA MONASTERY,SAHETH COVERS AN AREA OF 32 ACRES.LYING ABOUT A QUARTER OF A MILE TO THE SOUTH-WEST OF MAHETH,IT BECOME AN IMPORTANT PLACE OF PLIGRIMAGE,ADORENED WITH NUMEROUS SHRINES,STUPAS AND MONASTRIES. LUNCH AT HOTEL THEN DRIVE TO LUMBINI (260 KMS,6-7 HRS). ON ARRIVAL CHECK-IN TO HOTEL. DINNER & OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN LUMBINI

DAY 04 :- LUMBINI / KUSHINAGAR
BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. PROCEED FOR SIGHTSEEING OF BIRTH PLACE OF LORD BUDDHA LUMBINI : THE HISTORY OF THIS PLACE DATES BACK TO THE TIME OF BIRTH OF LORD BUDDHA AROUND 560 BC. THE SITES TO VISIT HERE ARE GRAND STONE PILLAR ERECTED BY EMPEROR ASHOKA IN 249 BC.,SHRINE OF MAYA DEVI,BUDDHA'S MOTHER.IT CONTAINS A STONE RELIEF DEPECTING BUDDHA'S NATIVITY SCENE. LUNCH AT HOTEL THEN DRIVE TO KUSHINAGAR (120 KMS,03 HRS). ON ARRIVAL CHECK-IN TO HOTEL. AFTER SOME REST PROCEED FOR SIGHTSEEING VISITING NIRVANA TEMPLE- THIS TEMPLE HOUSES THE 6 M LONG STATUE OF RECLINING BUDDHA WHICH WAS UNEARTHED IN 1876.CARVED FROM CHUNAR SANDSTONE,THE STATUE HAS AN INSCRIPTION BELOW THAT DATES THE STATUE TO THE 5TH CENTURY AD. RAMABHAR STUPA - REFERRED TO AS THE MUKT BANDHAN VIHAR IN ANCIENT BUDDHIST TEXTS,THIS STUPA MARKS THE SITE WHERE THE LORD BUDDHA WAS CREMATED.THIS LARGE STUPA RISES TO A HEIGHT OF 49 FT. DINNER & OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN KUSHINAGAR.

DAY 05 :- KUSHINAGAR / VAISHALI / PATNA
BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. DRIVE TO PATNA (270 KMS,6-7 HRS) WITH PACK LUNCH ENROUTE SIGHTSEEING OF VAISHALI - AN SPECIAL PLACE FOR THE BUDDHISTS AS BUDDHA DELIVERED HIS LAST SERMON HERE AND ANNOUNCED HIS IMPENDING "NIRVANA". THE 2ND BUDDHIST COUNCIL HELD AFTER 100 YEARS OF BUDDHA'S PARINIRVANA" ALSO TOOK PLACE HERE.AFTER SIGHTSEEING DRIVE TO PATNA. ON ARRIVAL CHECK-IN.DINNER & OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN PATNA.

DAY 06 :- PATNA / NALANDA / RAJGIR / BODHGAYA
BREAKFAST AT HOTEL.DRIVE TO BODHGAYA ENROUTE SIGHTSEEING OF NALANDA (90 KMS,3:30 HRS) ON ARRIVAL SIGHTSEEING RUINS OF NALANDA UNIVERSITY - THE CENTRE OF ONE OF THE OLDEST KNOWN UNIVERSITIES OF THE WORLD THE RUIN CONTAINS A NUMBER OF BUDDHIST STUPAS & CHAITYAS,MONASTERIES,HOSTELS,CELLS OR ROOMS ON FOUR SIDE WITH A CENTRAL COURTYARD.

DAY 07 :- AT BODHGAYA
MORNING OBSERVE SIL. BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. VISIT MAHABODHI TEMPLE. - THE MAIN SHRINE OF SUPREME ENLIGHTENMENT,THE MAHABODHI TEMPLE IS UNIQUE AMONGST OTHER NORTH INDIAN TEMPLES. IT IS AN ARCHITECTURAL AMALGAUNATION OF MANY CENTURIES & CULTURES. THE BODHI TREE-SITIUATED INSIDE THE TEMPLE PREMISES,UNDER WHICH BUDDHA ATTAINED ILLUMINATION.IT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FOURTH OR FIFTH GENERATION OFF SPRINGS OF THE ORIGINAL. LUNCH AT HOTEL. AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING OF NIRJANA RIVER,SUJATA VILLAGE & MONASTRIES OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES (OPTIONAL). DINNER & OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN BODHGAYA.

DAY 08 :- AT BODHGAYA
BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. DAY AT LEISURE. ALL MEALS AT HOTEL. OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN BODHGAYA.

DAY 09 :- BODHGAYA / VARANASI
EARLY MORNING WAKE UP. BREAKFAST AFTER DRIVE TO VARANASI. (234 KMS,6-7 HRS). WITH PACK LUNCH. ON ARRIVAL FIRST SIGHTSEEING OF SARNATH- SITIUATED ABOUT 10 KM FROM VARANASI IS THE PLACE WHERE BUDDHA PREACHED HIS FIRST SERMON AFTER HE HAD ATTAINED ENLIGHTENMENT AT BODHGAYA. AT MUSEUM IN SARNATH CAN SEE THE ASHOK PILLAR WITH ITS FOUR GUARDIA LIONS THAT HAS BEEN AS INDIA'S NATIONAL EMBLEM.DINNER & OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN VARANASI

DAY 10 :- VARANASI / AGRA
EARLY MORNING WAKE UP. VISIT TO RIVER GANGES - SIGHTSEEING OF WONDERFULL GHATS (BANK OF RIVER),ENJOY BOAT RIDE WITH PICTURESQUE VIEW OF SUNRISE. BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. FREE TILL DEPARTURE. LUNCH AFTER TRANSFER TO AIRPORT TO CATCH FLIGHT TO AGRA ( CD-7408,1440/1630 HRS). ON ARRIVAL TRANSFER TO HOTEL. DINNER & OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN AGRA.

DAY 11 :- AGRA / DELHI
BREAKFAST AT HOTEL THEN PROCEED FOR SIGHTSEEING OF AGRA CITY FIRST VISITING ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS MONUMENT - "TAJMAHAL" BUILT BY MUGHAL EMPEROR SHAH JEHAN FOR HIS EMPRESS MUMTAJ MAHAL.THE CONSTRUCTION BELIEVED TO HAVE TAKEN 22 YEARS( STARTED IN 1631) TO COMPLETE WITH OVER 20,000 CRAFTSMEN WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK. NOW PROCEED FOR SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF MAGNIFICIENT AGRA FORT- BUILT IN THE BANK OF YAMUNA RIVER, IS SITIUATED IN THE CENTRE OF THE TOWN.VARIOUS STYLES OF THE ARCHITECTURE ARE EVIDENT WITHIN THE FORT & DEMONSTRATES THE LOVE OF MUGHAL EMPERORS TOWARDS BUILDING BEAUTIFUL MONUMENTS. LUNCH AT HOTEL. DRIVE TO DELHI. ON ARRIVAL CHECK-IN TO HOTEL . DINNER AT NICE CITY RESTURANT. OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN DELHI

DAY 12 :- DELHI DEPARTURE
BREAKFAST AT HOTEL PROCEED FOR CITY TOUR VISITING INDIA GATE, LAKSHMI NARAYAN TEMPLE. ALSO DRIVE PAST THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT BUILDINGS.LUNCH AT NICE CITY RESTURANT. AFTERNOON VISIT RAJ GHAT,SHANTI VANA & A DRIVE PAST JAMA MASJID, RED FORT AND CHANDNI CHOWK. FREE FOR SHOPPING. DINNER AT NICE CITY RESTURANT. TIMELY TRANSFER TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO BOARD FLIGHT FOR ONWARD JOURNEY.

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