Day 01: Delhi Arrive Delhi Airport / Railway st. & transfer to hotel, fresh up & proceed for Delhi local sightseeing (India Gate , President House, Parliament House, Quatab Minar, Birla Temple, Lotus Temple). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Mathura – Agra Early morning drive to Mathura (Birth Place of LORD KRISHNA) & proceed to Agra . Later leave for sightseeing of the city visiting Taj Mahal – The Monument of love, built by Mugul Emperor Shahjahan in 1630 to enshrine the mortal remains of his queen Mumtaj Mahal. Later visit Agra Fort dominated by red sandstone construction & houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and other noteworthy structures. Evening is free for shopping. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Agra – Fatehpur Sikhri – Varanasi After breakfast drive to Fatehpur Sikri (45 kms) and visit the old Mughal capital, still preserved in good condition. Later drive or transfer to Agra Fort Railway Station to connect train . Overnight on board.
Day 04: Varanasi Arrive Varanasi in the morning and transfer to hotel visiting Sarnath enroute, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Afternoon proceed for the city tour visiting various temples including The Vishwanath Temple, built by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent. The Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05: Varanasi – Bodhgaya 242 kms / 7 hrs Morning take a Boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats and later we drive to Bodhgaya. Arrive Bodhgaya and check – in at hotel. Bodhgaya – most sacred place for Buddhists as it has a Peepul tree under which Gautama the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years back. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06: Bodhgaya After breakfast embark on a sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple – depicting the various phases of Buddha’s journey towards enlightenment, showing different aspects of his life; Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum – houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D; Jagannath Temple close by has a four armed statue of Shiva in black stone. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07: Bodhgaya – Nalanda – Rajgir – Patna (109 kms / 4.5 hrs) After breakfast drive to Patna. Enroute visit Gridhakuta Hill and Bimbisara Jail in Rajgir. Proceed to Nalnada (14 kms from Rajgir) which was one of the oldest Universities of the world and International Centre for Buddhist studies. Arrive Patna. Post lunch city tour visiting Har Mandir Sahib – also known as Patna Sahib consecrates the place where the 10th Guru of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1776; Golghar – is a large dome-like structure from where one can have a fine view of the Ganga and the surroundings of the city; Patna Museum – has a rich collection of Mauryan and Buddhist sculptures, terracotta and other interesting items of the items. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08: Patna – Vaishali – Kushinagar (253 kms / 7 hrs.) Morning drive to Kushinagar, enroute visiting Vaishali. On arrival check into hotel. Later visit the Rambhar Stupa – which marks Lord Buddha’s cremation ground. Our second stop is Mahaparinirvana temple – which houses the recumbent figure of LordBuddha. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 09: Kushinagar – Lumbini – Sravasti Leave Kushinagar by road for Lumbini (170 kms / 5 Hrs) – the birthplace of Buddha and is located just a few kilometres inside Nepal. Sightseeing tour of Lumbini and thereafter leave for Sravasti by road (225 kms / 6 hrs). On arrival transfer to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 10: Saravasti – Sahet & Mahet – Gonda – Delhi Morning visit to Sahet & Mahet -15 kms from Balrampur and the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kosala. Sravasti has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Vihar and has the famous Anand Bodhi tree, age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. After sightseeing leave to Gonda Railway station to board train for Delhi. Overnight on board.
Day 11: Delhi Arrive Delhi in the morning. After breakfast sightseeing tour to Delhi. Morning visit Old Delhi. It is a 17th century walled city with its splendid gates, narrow alleys, the enormous Bazaar. Visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat. Afternoon tour of New Delhi with wide tree lined avenues, parks and fountains surroundings the imposing government and state Buildings. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, an observatory called Jantar Mantar, Akshardham Temple. Transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination.
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