Buddhist India tour with Golden Triangle ( 10 Nights / 11 Days )
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02 : Delhi
Morning combined sight seeing tour of Old and New Delhi visiting Qutab Minar, India Gate (War memorial), Lakhsmi Narayan Temple (a Modern Hindu Temple), drive past president’s Estate, Parliament House and Secretariat builders. Also visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Van, the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawarlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.
Day 03 : Delhi - Jaipur
Early morning, we drive to Jaipur. Reach Jaipur in approx. 05 hrs and transfer to hotel. After a few hours of rest we begin our sightseeing tour of Jaipur by riding a caparisoned elephant to reach the majestic Amber fort before moving to the Jaigarh fort where the Jaivana, reportedly the world's largest cannon on wheels is located. Then after a hearty Rajasthani lunch, we continue our tour of the city starting with the City Palace and Museum where many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family, including a collection of weaponry are housed. The tour then ends with a visit to the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds"and the open-air Jantar Mantar Observatory. In the evening visit Chokhi Dhani an ethnic resort with ambiance of village serving authentic Rajasthani cuisine with live music and folk dances. Return after dinner to the hotel for night stay.
Early morning drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri-a perfectly preserved red sandstone "ghost town" which was once the capital of the Mughal emperor Akbar. Reach Agra & visit the magnificent Taj Mahal.Also visit the Agra fort and the Imatudullha tomb. Late in the evening, we board a train to Varanasi Overnight in the train.
Day 05 : Varanasi
Reach Varanasi,early in the morning & transfer to hotel. The oldest living city in the world, Varanasi or Banaras is also one of India’s most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. Varanasi has a lot of temples which are over thousand years old. We begin our sightseeing tour visiting the temples before embarking on an excursion to Sarnath, where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park. Visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi to see the evening "Aarti" ceremony on the Ghats. Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Day 06 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Early morning drive to Bodhgaya & transfer to hotel. Bodhgaya is the place where Siddharth attained Enlightenment under the Bodhi tree to become the Buddha. After a few hours rest, we visit the Mahabodhi Temple, Niranjana River and Sujata Village. Night stay in Bodhgaya.
Day 07 : Bodhgaya - Ragjir - Nalanda - Patna
After an early breakfast we drive towards Patna visiting Nalanda & Rajgir on the way.The picturesque Rajgir, or Rajagriha as it was known in the past surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and 5 hills was once the capital of the mighty Maghadan empire, while Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. It derived its name from Na-alam-da, meaning Insatiable in Giving, one of the names by which the Lord Buddha was known. Lunch at nice city restaurant at Rajgir. On arrival check-into Hotel. Dinner & night stay at Hotel in Patna.
After breakfast we drive to Kushinagar visiting Vaishali enroute. Reach Kushinagar & transfer to hotel. Kushinagar-Kushinagar is where the Buddha finally attained Mahaparmirvana. Amongst the ruins are the Mukutbandhan Stupa and a beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha. Overnight in Kushinagar.
Day 09 : Kushinagar - Lumbini
After breakfast visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple & the various Stupas. Later drive to Lumbini & check in the hotel. In the evening we visit the birth place of Lord Buddha. Night stay in Lumbini.
Day 10 : Lumbini - Sravasti
After breakfast, we drive to Lucknow, enroute visiting Sravasti-the seat of the ancient kingdom of Kosala,it has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. In Sravasti ,we visit Saheth - Maheth & Jetvan. Reach Lucknow & transfer to airport to connect the flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Transfer to airport to board the flight for onwards destination.