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Buddhist Tour - 1550 USD /person onwards

BUDDHIST TOUR

(DURATION : 13 NIGHTS/14 DAYS) 


Lord Buddha is famous historical figure who founded the religion and philosophy of Buddhist. 
He was born in 624 BC in Lumbini (Nepal) into a Ksatriya caste (warrior-ruler) and is son of queen Mayadevi and king Suddhodana.  This trip will take you from the foothills of Himalays to the plain of the Ganges and will provide you a moving experience of rural India with strong contrast to life in the teeming cities. 

(Destinations : Delhi-Mathura-Agra, Bhopal-Sravasti-Balrampur-Lumbini-Kushinagar-Vaishali-Patna-Nalanda-Rajgir-Bodhgaya-Varanasi)

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Meet/assist upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Delhi - Agra – (225 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Agra enroute visiting Mathura, holy town for Hindu community as it is birth place of Lord Krishna.  After visiting Mathura, continue drive to Agra and upon arrival, transfer to Hotel. 

Afternoon sightseeing of world famous Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) and Agra Fort.  Taj Mahal-its eternal beauty astonishes and mesmerizes one and all. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan built Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. Red Fort- the seat of Mughal Empire - built by the three generations of Mughal Emperors between the year 1565 and 1573. This Grand fortress of red sandstone along with huge ramparts surrounds a treasury of architectural masterpieces and craftsmanship - the audience hall, royal pavilions, palaces, mosques and charming gardens. Generations of Mughal Emperors lived here have left their own distinct mark on the architecture. 
Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 3: Agra - Bhopal - [6 hours by Shatabadi Express train]
Morning after breakfast, transfer to railway station to board train for Bhopal. Meet/assist upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon visit of Central Museum and Gandhi  Hall. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 4: Bhopal – Sanchi (45 Kms) then to Bhimbetka  (90 Kms) & then to Bhopal (45 Kms).  Bhopal to Lucknow (by overnight train-11 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast, half day excursion to Sanchi which is one of the most beautiful Buddhist sites in India. (The museum is closed on Mondays). After visiting Sanchi, drive to  Bhimbetka, to see the very well preserved prehistoric cave paintings. 
Upon return to Bhopal, transfer to railway station to board overnight train for Lucknow. 
Overnight on board (2105/0840 Hrs+).  

Day 5: Lucknow -Sravasti (155 Kms)
Arrive in Lucknow. Meet/assist upon arrival and drive to Sravasti where Buddha stayed after his awakening and is said to have performed several miracles.  Rest of the day free. 
Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6: Sravasti - Balrampur - Lumbini – (180 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, visit The Ananda Bodhi Tree under which Lord Buddha mediated for a night and is said to bless the devotees who mediate under it as it was specialized by Lord Buddha himself. Also visit Jetavana one of the most famous of the Buddhist monasteries in India. 

Later drive to Lumbini (where Buddha was born in 624 BC) enroute visiting Balrampur.  Lumbini is in Nepal and one has to cross the border at Sunauli to continue on to Lumbini.  Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 7: Lumbini- Kushinagar – (175 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Kushinagar (where Buddha died at the age of 80 years) and upon arrival, transfer to Hotel.
Afternoon stroll through the town to see the Nirvana stupa, put up in the 5th century,which marks the spot where Buddha died. Overnight  at the Hotel. 

Day 8: Kushingar - Vaishali - Patna – (260 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Patna enroute stop in  Vaishali to visit the pillar of Ashoka, the stupas, Bawan Khotar temple and Chaukuki Mahadeva. Upon arrival in Patna, transfer to Hotel. If time available, you can go for museum visit. Items on display include archaeological objects, coins, art objects, paintings, instruments, textiles, paintings, thankas, bronze images, sculptures and terra cotta images by Hindu and Buddhist artists. The fossil of tree said to be more than 200 million years old is also on display.Overnight in hotel. 

Day 9: Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodh Gaya – (180 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Bodhgaya enroute visiting Nalanda where the Gupta Dynasty set up one of the biggest  University  on earth. The University was an important Buddhist centre until the Afghan invasion in the 12th Century. Further 20 Kms is Rajgir which was the capital of Magadha Empire. Buddha lived here for few years, leaving may traces of his time here. 
Upon arrival in Bodh Gaya, transfer to Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10: Bodh Gaya
Buddha achieved enlightenment at the foot of a sacred tree and spot is  marked by a pyramid.  Morning after breakfast, visit Mahabodhi Temple, surrounded by a garden where pilgrims come to meditate. Visit other monasteries found in town. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 11: Bodh Gaya - Varanasi – (250 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, drive to Varanasi and upon arrival, transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day free to relax.  There is an option of attending evening Aarti ceremony on Dashashwamedh  Ghat of River Ganges.  Overnight at the Hotel.  

Day 12: Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on River Ganges. Later walk through the narrow lanes and colourful bazaars to visit Kashi Vishwa Nath Temple. Return to the Hotel for breakfast and then proceed for half day sightseeing of city includes visit of Bharat Mata Mandir, Durga Temple, Benaras Hindu University and Sankat Mochan Temple.  Afternoon visit Sarnath a popular Buddhist town, which is an extremely popular site for the followers of Lord Buddha. Dhamekh stupa, Dharmarajika and the museum are attraction of the site.  Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 13: Varanasi - Delhi by flight (0920/1100 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast, in time transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi. Meet/assist upon arrival and transfer to Hotel. 
Afternoon sightseeing of  old and New Delhi includes visit of Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, drive past Government buildings, The Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 14: Depart Delhi 
Morning after breakfast, transfer to airport to board flight back to Home/onward destination. 


BUDDHIST TOUR

(DURATION : 13 NIGHTS/14 DAYS) 

(Destinations : Delhi-Mathura-Agra, Bhopal-Sravasti-Balrampur-Lumbini-Kushinagar-Vaishali-Patna-Nalanda-Rajgir-Bodhgaya-Varanasi)

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi
Day 2: Delhi - Agra – (225 Kms)
Day 3: Agra - Bhopal - [6 hours by Shatabadi Express train]
Day 4: Bhopal – Sanchi (45 Kms) then to Bhimbetka  (90 Kms) & then to Bhopal (45 Kms).  Bhopal to Lucknow (by overnight train-11 Hrs)
Day 5: Lucknow -Sravasti (155 Kms)
Day 6: Sravasti - Balrampur - Lumbini – (180 Kms)
Day 7: Lumbini- Kushinagar – (175 Kms)
Day 8: Kushingar - Vaishali - Patna – (260 Kms)
Day 9: Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodh Gaya – (180 Kms)
Day 10: Bodh Gaya
Day 11: Bodh Gaya - Varanasi – (250 Kms)
Day 12: Varanasi
Day 13: Varanasi - Delhi by flight (0920/1100 Hrs)
Day 14: Depart Delhi 


PRICE DETAIL  : US$ 1540 PER PERSON 
THE ABOVE IS INDICATIVE COST BASED ON 02 PERSONS TRAVELING TOGETHER AND VALID FROM 01 OCT’18 TILL 31 MARCH’19. THE INDICATIVE COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation in Twin / Double Sharing Room for 13 nights/14 days at 3-4 star Hotels on bed & breakfast basis.
  • Traditional welcome with Flower Garlands on arrival at the airport
  • Transfers, sightseeing/excursions by an air conditioned car as per the itinerary. 
  • Train ticket for travel from Agra to Bhopal (air conditioned chair car) and Bhopal to Lucknow (2 tier air conditioned sleeper).  
  • 1 time entrance fees to all Monuments during the sightseeing.
  • Services of English speaking local guide during the sightseeing.
  • 02 bottles of mineral water (500 Mg per bottle) per person per day during transfer from one city to another city. 
  • Assistance of our local representative offices
  • Presently applicable Government Taxes except the GST (applicable on total cost of package is @ 5% and is subject to change).

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • GST (will be extra @ 5% on the total cost) and is subject to change.
  • Lunches, dinners and any mandatory meals. 
  • International flights and Airport departure Taxes from India (this is generally included in your ticket)
  • Any domestic air fare.
  • Visa fees (compulsory : to be obtained from the Indian Consulate of your country of residence ; passport valid 6 months after return date)
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as food, beverages, Ayurveda massages & Spa, laundry, telephone calls, tips, photography and video fees, etc.
  • Any new taxes / fees imposed by the Government.
  • Any other thing not mentioned above as cost includes