9 DAYS BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TOUR
PLACES COVERED : Delhi - Lucknow - Balrampur - Kushinagar - Patna - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Delhi
Duration : 8 Nights/9 Days
DAY 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
On arrival meet and assist at the airport and transfer to prebooked hotel.
DAY 02 : DELHI
After breakfast, tour the historic city of old Delhi to include the magnificent Red Fort, Jama Masjid, largest mosque in Asia, both built by Shahjahan, Rajghat-memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation". Afternoon, tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Birla Mandir, Bahai Temple. Optional tours in the evening can be arranged for sound and light show at the Red Fort. or local dance show.
DAY 03 : DELHI-LUCKNOW (FLIGHT), LUCKNOW-BALRAMPUR (297 KMS, 06-07 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, transport to railway station to board train for Lucknow. Arrive Lucknow and board our vehicle which awaits you to drive you to Balrampur. Enroute visit Sravasti. Arrive Balrampur and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 04 : BALRAMPUR-KUSHINAGAR
After breakfast, excursion to Lumbini, the place where Buddha was born. Continue drive to Kushinagar - the place where Buddha passed into Parinirvana for overnight.
DAY 05 : KUSHINAGAR-PATNA
After breakfast, visit Ramabha stupa, Natha Kumarka Kot. Later drive to 2500 year old ancient city of Patna via Vaishali ,where Lord Buddha preached his last sermons Visit stupas holding urns containing ashes of Buddha and Ashok pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka to mark places sanctified by Buddha. The place is also known now for famous Madhubani paintings. Arrive Patna and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 06 : PATNA-BODHGAYA
After breakfast, leave for Bodhgaya. Enroute visit Rajgir & Nalanda. Visit Gridhrakula, Sapataparni cave, Ajatsatru fort and Venuvana. Also visit Nalanda and monasteries and temples with impressive Buddhist & Hindu images. The Institute for research into Buddhism and Pali literature which houses rare manuscripts, is also worth visiting for the enthusiasts. Archaeological musuem is also not to be missed for the rare collections. Arrive Bodhgaya and check in at prebooked hotel.
DAY 07 : BODHGAYA
Bodhgaya is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres, the "Bodhi" tree Satabodhi temple, Japanese and Tibetan monasteries alongwith Magadha university musuem are also to be visited.
DAY 08 : BODHGAYA-VARANASI (243 KMS, 06-07 HRS DRIVE)
After breakfast, leave for Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and check in at prebooked hotel. Rest of the day free for individual activities.
DAY 09 : VARANASI
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the beautiful sunrise at Ganges. After breakfast, city tour of Varanasi. Afternoon, excursion to Sarnath - the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.
DAY 10 : VARANASI-DELHI (FLIGHT)
Morning, free. Afternoon, transfer to the airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival transfer to the international airport to board flight back home