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  In the Footsteps of Lord Buddha

The Buddha preached that the way to salvation was not dependent on God of Divine Grace but on understanding the way things really are. It is essentially concerned with all living, suffering beings caught in the treadmill of desire and craving.

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Sravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Patna - Bodh Gaya - Varanasi
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days

Arrive Delhi and check into hotel. Delhi, is India’s capital territory, it is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north. Old Delhi, a neighbourhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. A combined half-day sightseeing tour of old and new Delhi covering Red Fort, Jama Majid Mosque, visit to Chandni Chowk, Rajghat, pass through India Gate & Parliament House, visit to Humayun’s Tomb & Qutub Minar a minaret that forms part of the Qutub complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. Overnight stay at Hotel in Delhi.

Early morning transfer to railway station for a journey to Lucknow. On Arrival in Lucknow at 1230 hrs and drive directly to Sravasti where Lord Buddha spent 24 rainy seasons in Jetvana Gardens. Another attraction at Sravasti is the Ananda Bodhi Tree believed to be the one planted by Anand the main disciple of Buddha. Overnight in hotel.

After breakfast take a short tour of Sravasti which will include a visit to Maheth - covering an area of about 400 acres. Excavations have exposed the massive gates of the city, ramparts and also the ruins of other structures, which stand testimony to the prosperity of ancient Sravasti. The Sobhanath Temple is located here. Pakki Kuti and Kacchi Kuti were probably Buddhist shrines, before they were converted into Brahmanical temples. Later proceed to Lumbini 27 km beyond Indo – Nepal Border. Overnight in hotel in Lumbini.

This morning take a half day tour of Lumbini visiting The Sacred Garden - spread at an area of over 8 sq km it possesses all the treasures of the historic area. There are many temples, Monasteries & Stupas built by various countries. Ashoka pillar carrying an inscription identifying the holy site as the birthplace is situated nearby the Sacred Garden. Mayadevi Temple Puskarni pond is where Queen Mayadevi, the Buddha's mother, had taken a bath before giving birth to Buddha. The sightseeing tour is followed by a drive to Kushinagar. Overnight in hotel in Kushinagar.

Morning proceed to half day tour of Kushinagar comprising a visit to Mahaparinirvana Temple. It represents the dying Buddha reclining on his right side. Ramabhar - This large stupa rises to a height of 49 ft. It marks the site where the Lord Buddha was cremated. Mathakuar Temple - this shrine lies about 400 yards from the Parinirvana stupa. The sightseeing tour is followed by a drive to Patna en route visiting Vaishali where Buddha. Later continue the drive to Patna. On arrival transfer to hotel and overnight in hotel.

In the morning drive to Bodhgaya en-route visiting Nalanda and Rajgir. Nalanda is the ancient seat of learning, the ruins of the University reveal that it was the first International University of the world, Rajgir another important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and as well as Jains. Ancient Rajgirha, literally the abode of Kings, was the first capital of Magadha. Vulture Peak, Griddhakuta, Ajatsatru Fort are the important places to visit in Rajgir. Later continue your drive to Bodhgaya. On arrival transfer to hotel and overnight at hotel.

Take a half day tour of Bodhgaya. It includes a visit to The Mahabodhi Temple Complex. The Bodhi tree - Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree and spent the first week after his enlightenment under this tree. Afternoon free to meditate, should one wish to. Overnight at hotel.

After breakfast depart to Varanasi en-route visiting Sarnath – where Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya. At Sarnath visit Dhamek Stupa – which is now an official symbol of Modern India. Chaukandi Stupa - this stupa was rebuilt by Mughal Emperor Akbar. Dhamarajika Stupa - only the ruins of this stupa built by Emperor Ashoka can be seen today. Moolgandha Kuti Vihara - built in more recent times by the Mahabodhi Society, it has a life-size statue of the lord Buddha in the Dharmachakra Pravartan form. Later continue your drive to Varanasi. On arrival transfer to hotel and overnight in hotel.

Early morning enjoy a boat ride in the holy river The Ganges followed by the sightseeing tour of Varanasi. A highlight of any trip to Varanasi - this incredible scene as multitudes of devotees comes to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. The tour also includes The Bharat Mata Temple, which has a big relief map of India in marble, the Benares Hindu University & the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb built on the side of an ancient Hindu temple, bathing Ghats, Kashivishwanath temple & Durgakund. Return to the hotel for Later in the day, transfer to domestic airport to board flight for Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to international airport for return flights.


Disclaimer: Above is a standard itinerary. Final tour may vary depending upon the exact air, rail, road schedule and passenger requirement.