Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
11 Nights/ 12 Days 

Delhi – Patna – Bodggaya - Kushinagar - Lumbini –

Sravasti - Varanasi – Agra - Delhi

Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrive Delhi

  • Arrive Delhi

  • Transfer to the hotel

  • Overnight at hotel 

 

Your Tour begins with an arrival into Delhi, where you will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to the hotel and assisted with check in formalities.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02:

In Delhi Full Day Visit

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Full Day City Tour of Old Delhi and Temples

  • Evening free.

  • Overnight at hotel.

 

After breakfast visit Old Delhi came into prominence when Shah Jahan moved his capital from Agra to Delhi. You visit 300 year old Chandni Chowk market. A maze of lanes crowded with shops selling an extraordinary variety of items and food, the noise and crowds are a quintessential part of any Indian market. From here you continue to the Jama Masjid or Friday Mosque. This is India's largest mosque designed by Shah Jahan, and was his last architectural legacy. Originally it was called Masjid-I-Jahanuma, which means "mosque commanding a view of the world". In complete contrast to the noise and crowds of Old Delhi, is Raj Ghat a simple and stunning memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the main architect of India's independence. You pass through the Red Fort that dominates this area is the landmark. Built in the mid 17th century by Shah Jahan, it was plundered by the marauding armies of Nadir Shah and later by British soldiers.

Afternoon, you will visit Akshardham Temple ( Temple remains closed on Monday)

Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays centuries of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. The building was inspired and moderated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct Akshardham.

 

After visit of Akshardham you will also visit Bahai Temple, Bahai Lotus Temple located just opposite to the ancient Kalkaji Mandir, East of Nehru Place in South Delhi, the Bahai House of Worship, popularly known as the Lotus Temple, is one of the most visited edifices in India. The Lotus Temple in New Delhi  is the sole Bahai House of Worship in the whole continent of Asia apart from the six others in Panama, Kampala, Illinois, Frankfurt, Sydney and West Samoa. These seven Bahai Houses of Worship are all world-famous for their architectural beauty and nine-sided design representing the manifestation of God. The Bahai Faith was established in India in the mid 19th century and today India is the largest national contingent of Bahai's in the world with more than 2 million members.

On the way return to hotel we drive pass the India Gate, Presidential Palace and Parliament House.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03:

Delhi - Patna (flight)

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Half day tour of New Delhi 

  • Check-out from Hotel

  • Transfer to airport

  • Check-in at hotel

  • Overnight at hotel

After breakfast you will enjoy a half day tour of new Delhi, visit Qutab Minar, the tapering monument begun in 1199 was built to symbolize the supremacy of Islam. This structure was eventually the prototype of all minars or towers in India. Our next stop is Humayun's tomb, built by his senior wife and mother of emperor Akbar. This is the earliest example of Mughal architecture in India. It is believed that it was this mausoleum, which inspired Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal.

After visit check-out from hotel and transfer to airport to board the flight to Patna.

On arrival in Patna check-in at hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04:

Patna - Nalanda – Rajgir - Bodhgaya (Drive: Approx 4 Hrs)

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check-out from Hotel

  • Drive to Bodhgaya

  • Enroute visit Nalanda and Rajgir

  • Check-in at hotel

  • Overnight at hotel

 

After breakfast you will start sight seeing of Patna which will start from Har Mandir Sahib. This is aplace from where you could have fine view of the Ganga and the surrounding of the city. You can also visit Patna Muuseum, having huge collections of Mauryan and Buddhist sculptures. later you will proceed towards Bodhgaya. Enroute you will visit Nalanda. It is considered as one of the oldest Universities of the world and International centre of Bhuddhist studies. You will also visit Bhimbisara in Rajgir and Gridhakuta Hill.

 

Nalanda is mainly known for the Nalanda University. This university was the school of various scholars and later destroyed by Muslim invaders. This university is now in ruins. The other attractions in Nalanda are Nalanda Museum and Nava Nalanda Maha-Vihira.

 

Rajgir or Rajgriha is easily accessible from Bodh Gaya and Patna. Rajagriha means the Royal Palace.  Rajgir was the ancient capital city of the Magadha kings before Pataliputra, Rajgir is surrounded by the hills and lush green forests in a valley. Lord Mahavir spent 14 rainy seasons in Rajgir and the 20th century Tirthankara was also born here. This place is a sacred pilgrimage centre for both the Buddhists and Jains as it is associated with the Buddha and Lord Mahavir, who taught here for many years. Rajgir has also become a popular health resort due to the natural hot springs.

 

Later drive to Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya or Bodh Gaya is a city in Gaya district. It is famous for being the place of Buddha's attainment of Enlightenment. Historically, it was known as the Bodhimanda (ground round the Bodhi-tree), and there was a large monastic settlement there. The main monastery of Bodhgaya used to be called the Bodhimanda-vihara (Pali). Now it is called the Mahabodhi Temple.

 

On arrival in Bodhgaya check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05:

Bodhgaya

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Visit of Bodhgaya

  • Evening Candle lighting ceremony

  • Overnight at hotel

 

After breakfast you will visit Bodhgaya.  Bodhgaya is renowned for being the place where Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. On this day of India Buddhist pilgrimage tour guests will be taken for tour to various pious sites of Buddhist relevance. First and foremost guests will be taken for a visit to Mahabodhi Temple where they will site the beauteous temple with the diamond throne and the sacred Bodhi tree. Also you will illuminate the candles. You will visit holy Niranjana River.

Later return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 06:

Bodhgaya – Vaishali – Kushinagar (Drive: Approx 6 Hrs)

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check-out from hotel

  • Drive to Kushnagar

  • Eroute visit Vaisali

  • Check-in at hotel

  • Overnight at hotel

 

After breakfast you will be drive towards Kushinagar. On the way you can visit Vaishali.

Vaishali has emerged as a historical and scenic place, associated with Buddha and Jain Tirthankars. It is considered to be the birthplace of Jain Tirthankar, Mahavira, by the Swetambar sect of Jains.The town derives its name from King Vishal, whose heroic deeds are narrated in the Hindu epic Ramayana. It was here that Buddha preached his last sermon and announced his approaching Nirvana.

 

After visit continue drive to Kushinagar.

 

On arrival check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel 

Day 07:

Kushinagar - Lumbini (Drive: Approx 4 Hrs)

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check-out from hotel

  • Drive to Lumbini

  • Check-in at hotel

  • PM Visit Lumbini

  • Overnight at hotel


After breakfast drive to Lumbini.

Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and respected by all Buddhists. In 1998, Lumbini was  declared as the Fountain of world peace and the pilgrimage for all the peace loving people of the world. Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini in 6th century B.C. Lumbini is one of the popular tourist destination.

On arrival in Lumbini check-in at hotel.

PM: visit the monuments in Lumbini and take time for performing sacred ceremonies. Visit to the sacred gardens with Mayadevi temple depicting the birth of Lord Buddha, the Ashok Piller, and Sakyan Tank, Where Mayadevi, the mother of the Buddha is supposed have taken bath before bringing forth the baby.

Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 08:

Lumbini – Sravasti (Drive: Approx 8 Hrs)

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check-out from hotel

  • Drive to Sravasti

  • Check-in at hotel

  • Visit of Sravasti

  • Overnight at hotel

 

After breakfast you will drive to Sravasti, one of the six largest cities in the country during Gautama Buddha’s lifespan ruled by a great disciple of Buddha. Buddha has spent the massive part of his monastic part in the region and thus houses various sites of Buddhist significance.

 

On arrival Check-in at hotel.

 

Rest of the you will spend visiting Buddhist monuments and buildings such as Angulimala’s stupa, Anathapindika’s stupa and Jetavana monastery to view the Anandabodhi tree.

 

After this enlightening experience you will return back to hotel for overnight.

Day 09:

Sravasti – Varanasi (Drive: Approx 7 Hrs)

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check-out from hotel

  • Drive to Sravasti

  • Check-in at hotel

  • Temple tour in Varanasi

  • Aarti ceremony on river Ganges

  • Overnight at hotel

 

After breakfast check-out from hotel and drive to Varanasi.

Upon arrival in Varanasi you will check-in to the hotel.

Evening you will witness Aarti ceremony on river Ganges. Every evening, as dusk descends, it's time for the Ganga Aarti to be performed at the three holy cities of Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi in India. It's a very powerful and uplifting spiritual ritual.

The aarti takes place facing the river. The lamps are lit and circled around by the pandits (Hindu priests) in a clockwise manner, accompanied by changing or songs in praise of Mother Ganga. The idea is that the lamps acquire the power of the deity. After the ritual is complete, devotees will cup their hands over the flame and raise their palms to their forehead in order to get the Goddess's purification and blessing.

We return to the hotel for overnight. 

Day 10:

Varanasi - Agra (By Train)

  • Aarti Ceremony on Ganges

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Visit to Sarnath

  • Temple tour of Varanasi

  • Check-out from hotel

  • Transfer to Railway station

  • Overnight in train

 

 

Early morning today we leave for a boat ride on River Ganges. The western banks of Ganges has a   string of Ghats -the chain of stone steps, all built with pavilions, palaces and terraces, most of which are mainly used as Dharamsalas where the pilgrims stay during their visit to the holy city. At dawn, the Ghats are a buzz with activity of the devotees performing their ablutions in the river or offering prayers to the rising sun and performing other religious rituals. A boat ride along the Ghats gives you vantage views of this activity. The sunrise on the Ganges is a soul-lifting experience.

After boat ride we return to hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast you will visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon "Maha- Dharma-Chakra Pravartan" (in Buddhist terminology, ‘turned the wheel of the law’) after his enlightenment. Sarnath is one of the richest in Buddhist antiquities ranging in date from the times of Ashoka down to the 12th century A.D. Ashoka built here the Dharmarajika Stupa and erected a pillar surmounted by the magnificent capital of four adorsed Lions, which today forms the national emblem of India. Among other structures at Sarnath are the ruins of the brick temple; the DhamekhStupa, adorned with delicate floral carvings; the Chaukhandi Stupa and Mahabodhi Society’s Mulgandha Kuti Vihar Temple. We also visit the Archeological Museum, with an extremely rich collection of Buddhist sculptures comprising of numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images.

Special Note:- Sarnath Museum remains closed on every Thursday

Afternoon we visit the Vishwanath temple, also called the golden temple because of the gold-plating on its roof and drive pass Bharat Mata Mandirand Benaras Hindu University - is a premier Central University and a world class educational institution located in Varanasi. It is regarded as the largest residential university in Asia. The fully-residential campus has more than 128 independent teaching departments in its 1350 acre campus.

Later transfer to railway station to board the overnight to Agra.

Overnight in Train

Day 11:

Arrival Agra (By Train)

  • Arrive in Agra

  • Transfer to hotel

  • Check-out from hotel

  • Visit of Agra Fort, Itmad-ud-daula and Sikandra.

  • Afternoon free.

  • Overnight at hotel


Early morning on arrival in Agra, assistance at railway station and transfer to hotel.

Note:- Normal Check-in time at hotel is 1200 Hrs, shall try to provide check-in on arrival but it will be subject to availability. If immediate check-in will not possible shall take the guest for city tour and will later provide checkin at hotel.

After breakfast you will visit Agra Fort, Sikandra and Itmad –ud – daulah.

Agra fort, built by Emperor Akbar, reveals the Mughal talent for combining defensive architecture  with beauty and design. This fort palace was begun by Akbar as a purely defensive citadel and was subsequently completed by two successive generations that added the delicate mosaic and magnificent marble palaces. The fort is the history of Mughal life in Agra and offers a magical view of the Taj Mahal. Itmad-ud daulah, one of the most beautiful of Mughal tombs, stands across the river Yamuna from the Taj Mahal, nearly one and a half kilometres up-stream. Belonging to the age of Jahangir, it contains cenotaphs of the parents of the powerful Mughal Empress Nurjahan, queen of Jahangir, an exceptional beauty and an astute administrator.

Sikandra, This beautiful mausoleum is befitting a great emperor of which Akbar was! Akbar actually planned his own tomb, selected the site he considered most appropriate ( it is in Sikandra which is approx 10km outside of Agra) and commenced its build! Apparently this is within keeping to the Tartary tradition!

The building is a combination of red sandstone and marble and is set to the points of the compass.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 12:

Agra – Delhi (Drive: 5 hours approx.)

  • Visit of Taj Mahal

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Check-out from hotel

  • Drive to Delhi

  • Free time in Delhi

  • Dinner in a local restaurant

  • Departure transfer

 

At sunrise, We take our Tonga to visit the world famous Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) built by Shah Jahan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the sill of 20,000 craftsmen brought together from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy and who took 17 year to complete this 'Love Poem in Marble'. After breakfast we check-out from hotel and drive to Agra.

After visit return back to Hotel.

Afternoon drive to Delhi.

On arrival in Delhi, free time to visit local Market.

Dinner in local Market.

Later transfer to airport to board the flight for onwards destination.

Day 13:

Delhi Departure

  • Transfer to airport

  • Final departure

 

You will be transfer to international airport to board the flight for onwards destination. 

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