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Path of Buddha Tour - 13 Nights/14 Days – 1499 USD
 
Relive the Mystical Era of Buddha
 
This tour attracts people from far and wide, especially those who decide to go on a spiritual journey that takes them through some of the most historical and revered sites considered by Hindus and Buddhists alike. Visit Varanasi and Bodhgaya that interlink architecture and religion, bringing to the forefront the life and teachings of Lord Buddha. Follow the path of enlightenment as you pass through these holy places.
 
DAY 1 - Arrival at Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, Proceed to the hotel, Relax in the afternoon and then stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 2 - Delhi

After breakfast, spend the whole day in sightseeing Old and New Delhi. Visit the Red Fort comprising of magnificent palaces reflecting Mughal architecture and the largest mosque in India, the Juma Masjid. Walk through the colorful and bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar. Visit Raj Ghat, a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, Humayun’s Tomb, one of the city’s finest historic sites as well as the Qutab Minar, a soaring tower of victory dating back to 1199. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan - the residence of the President of India, Rajpath and India Gate, among other landmarks. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 3 - Delhi – Agra by train

Early in the morning, drive to the railway station to board a train to Agra. On arrival in Agra, check into the hotel. Go for sightseeing. Visit the imperial ‘Ghost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri constructed of sandstone and built by Emperor Akbar. Within it, lies the tomb of the great Sufi saint Salim Chisti. It houses the Panch Mahal and the Buland Darwaza, two of the many excellent representations of Mughal architecture. At sunset, visit the Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a shrine for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is considered to be the ultimate symbol of love with its majestic marble domes and elegant minarets. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 4 - Agra – Varanasi by air

After breakfast, proceed to the airport and catch a flight to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, check into the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Sarnath, believed by Buddhists to be where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Also make a stopover at the towering Damekh Stupa, the Ashoka Pillar, the ruins of an ancient temple, the Museum and Monasteries in the area. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 5 - Varanasi

Early in the morning, enjoy a boat ride on the River Ganges and watch devout pilgrims and holy men along with curious onlookers at the banks of the river. Return to the hotel for breakfast. Spend rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 6 - Varanasi – Bodhgaya by road

After breakfast, drive to Bodhgaya. On arrival in Bodhgaya, check into the hotel. Rest of the day can be spent at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 7 - Bodhgaya

After breakfast, pay a visit to the Bodhi Tree, a descendant of the original tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment. Near the tree lies a sandstone slab, marking the exact spot where he meditated. Halt at the Mahabodhi Temple, crowned by a 165 ft pyramidal spiral and housing a large ornate Buddha statue. Also take a tour of the Archaeological Museum to see ancient Hindu and Buddhist statues. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 8 - Bodhgaya – Patna by road

After breakfast, drive to Patna. Enroute stop at Rajgir and Nalanda, two ancient Buddhist sites. The former is famous for its hot springs besides being the location where the first Buddhist Council was held. Nalanda has one of the world’s oldest Buddhist Universities from the 5th century BC. Don’t forget to check out the remains of the great Stupa and the Archaeological Museum. On arrival in Patna, check into the hotel for overnight stay.
 
DAY 9 - Patna – Kushinagar by road

After breakfast, drive to Kushinagar. Enroute stop at Vaishali, which marks the spot where Buddha gave his last sermon. On arrival in Kushinagar, check into the hotel. Go on a sightseeing tour and visit Buddha’s cremation site that contains his remains in a brick Stupa and the Mahaparinnirvana Temple with its reclining Buddha statue. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 10 - Kushinagar – Lumbini by road

After breakfast, drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. On arrival in Lumbini, check into the hotel. Then visit the Maya Devi Temple constructed at the site of many ancient temples. Spend some time at the sacred bathing pool Puskarni and explore the beautiful shrines built by devotees from various countries here. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 11 - Lumbini – Balrampur by road

After breakfast, drive to Balrampur. On arrival in Balrampur, check into the hotel. Visit Sharavasti where Buddha preached for 24 years and is said to have performed the miracle of sitting on a 1000-petaled lotus. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 
DAY 12 - Balrampur – Lucknow by road

After breakfast, drive to Lucknow. On arrival in Lucknow, check into the hotel. Take a sightseeing tour and visit the 19th century Juma Masjid, the Bara Imambara built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula and the golden-domed Chota Imambara with its elaborate calligraphy, beautiful chandeliers and the Nawab's silver throne. View the Residency, a famous red brick building that was the home of a British resident and the scene of fierce fighting during the Siege of Lucknow.
 
DAY 13 - Lucknow – Delhi by train


After breakfast, drive to the railway station to catch a train to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, check into the hotel. Enjoy rest of the day at leisure. Stay overnight at the hotel.

 
DAY 14 - Depart Delhi

Transfer to the airport for onward travel.

Tour Ends
 
 
 

Total Cost USD 1499 /- per person using standard double room on BB basis

Inclusion:

Transfers and Sightseeing using 1 a/c car.
Accommodation at 3 Star properties.
Delhi = Agra (Train journey).
Agra / Varanasi (Air journey).
Lucknow = Delhi (Train Journey).
All Sightseeing, monuments and entrance fees.
Toll Parking, Drivers Bata.
All Applicable taxes.

 
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