Buddhist Circuit

Duration:- 13 days/12 nights
Places Covered: - Delhi - Lucknow - Sravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Vaishali - Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Lucknow - Sankasya - Agra

 

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Welcome to Delhi. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 2 - Lucknow
Morning flight to Lucknow. On arrival, drive to Sravasti. Explore the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 
Day 3 - Lumbini  Lumbini
Drive to Lumbini. Explore the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 4 -Kushinagar
Drive to Kushinagar. Explore the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 5 - Patna
Drive to Patna enroute exploring Vaishali. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 6th - Bodhgaya
Drive to Bodhgaya enroute visiting Nalanda and Rajgir.
Bodhgaya - After several year of rigorous meditation, it was here that prince Siddhartha became enlightened and became the Buddha under a Peepal Tree. It is the most sacred spot for Buddhists from all over the world. The highlights of the city are the Bodhi Tree, the Mahabodhi Stupa besides several other monasteries to visit Tibetan Monastery, Thai Monastery, Myanmar Monastery, Chinese Monastery, Bhutanese Monastery, Japanese Monastery and Sri Lankan Monastery. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 7  - Bodhgaya
Sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya. Overnight stay at the hotel.

 
Day 8 - Varanasi
Drive to Varanasi. Sightseeing tour of the 3000-year old city and its multitude of temples.
Varanasi- Also known as Benaras or Kashi, this 3000-year old living city of India, holds an uppermost position in all the Hindu pilgrimage centres. Besides the holy Ghats of River Ganges, one must visit the Vishwanath temple or Golden Temple dedicated to Vishveswara-Shiva with 800 kg of gold plating on its towers provided by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore, Benaras Hindu University, a great centre of learning and the largest residential university in Asia, Tulsi Manas Temple built in the modern marble shikhara-style, Durga temple built in the 18th century by Bengali maharani and is stained red with ochre, 17th century Ram Nagar Fort & Museum and Bharat Mata Temple. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 9 - Sarnath
Excursion to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 10 - Lucknow
Drive from Varanasi to Lucknow.Day free to relax and explore the city. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 11th - Agra Sankasya
Drive to Agra enroute visiting Sankasya.
Agra - One of the India's top tourist attractions, the city of Taj, the white marble requiem of love, Agra was transformed by Mughal monarchs into a land of art, culture, architectural splendor, learning and commerce. Besides the majestic buildings, the leatherwork and pietra dura marble-inlay work of Agra is an inseparable part of the city's identity. Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-daulah's tomb are the legendary gems of Mughal architectural style along with the nearby excursions of Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra that are not worth missing. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12 - Delhi
Sightseeing tour of the city of Taj. Transfer to Delhi for overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 13th - Delhi
Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.
Delhi - The capital of India, Delhi has been centre of political turmoil since 13th century. The day includes a visit to the Yogmaya Temple, the temple complex of Laxmi Narayan, the famous Chattarpur Temple and the Bahai Temple, also known as the Lotus Temple. Raj Ghat in Delhi, the cremation site of Mahatama Gandhi, Father Of India, is much like a sacred temple to every patriotic Indian heart too. Enjoy a bit of astrological predictions and findings in the evening at Old Delhi, after which you are free to do shopping and relax. Ride a cycle rickshaw through the crowded streets of the markets of Chandni Chowk Bazaar to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India in Old Delhi. In New Delhi, you can visit Dilli Haat, best place to look at Indian handicrafts and drive over the Rajpath, the site for Republic Day Parade of India to India Gate, a tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their nation. You can see the President's House from outside and visit the 16th century Humayun's Tomb, Safdarjung's Tomb and Qutub Minar.

Late evening transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.
 

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