Buddhist Trail

Buddhist Trail


Day 1: Arrive Delhi (By Flight)

Arrive at International airport, our representative will meet on arrival and after traditional welcome would assist you & transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight stay at Delhi.

Delhi is the capital city of India and is regarded as the heart of the nation. The city is popular for its enriched culture and heritage. The influence of religious diversity can be seen in the city along with the cultural impact of the Mughal, the ancient Indian and the British.

Day 2: Delhi (Sightseeing of Old Delhi & New Delhi)

After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Delhi. The capital city is divided into two sections popularly known as Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi is popular for its ancient culture and monuments along with its overcrowded gastronomically lanes. Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi includes Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Rajghat. The remarkable Indian Capital was architecturally designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens and was named after him. Enriched with history and culture, the impressive avenues and imperial buildings. Sightseeing of New Delhi includes Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and drive through Rajpath, Parliament House, The President's residence & Diplomatic Enclave. Visit the magnificent Lotus temple at the sunset are some of the major attractions of New Delhi. Overnight stay at Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur (265 Kilometres / 6 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Jaipur, the largest city and the capital of Rajasthan, is also referred to as Pink City. Built by Sawai Jai Singh, this place was India's first planned city. With spectacular hilltops and stunning fortresses. On arrival, check-in at hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 4: Jaipur (Sightseeing of Jaipur City)

After breakfast excursion to Amer Fort. Enjoy an intrepid Elephant ride ascent to the fort which displays a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu panache. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. Afterwards, move towards the City Palace where the Maharaja reigned from. This palace also includes the famous 'Chandra Mahal' and 'Mubarak Mahal', and other buildings which form a part of the palace complex. In the end, visit Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal, which again symbolise the classic Rajasthani architecture. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra (235 Kilometres / 5 Hrs)

After breakfast, drive to Agra and on the way visit to Fatehpur Sikri, fascinating ghost city built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar the great. Fatehpur Sikri is the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture. Also visit Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan -E-Khas, Panchh Mahal, Buland Darwaza & Tomb of Saint Salim Chisti. Later continue drive to Agra, has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Agra came to its own when Shahjahan ascended to the throne of Mughal Empire. He marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. On arrival check in to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Agra.

Day 6: Agra - Varanasi (By Train)

After breakfast proceed for day sightseeing of Agra city. Visit the legendary edifice, Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday). The construction of this marble masterpiece is credited to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who erected this mausoleum in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in A.D. 1630. The construction of Taj Mahal was started in A.D. 1632 and completed at the end of 1648 A.D.which. Apart from Taj Mahal, there is one another perfect monument, which is the Agra Fort, built by Akbar in Red Sandstone. Agra Fort worked both as a military strategic point as well as the royal residence. Ensconced within, is the magnificent Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. In the evening on time transfer to railway station to board overnight train to Varanasi. Overnight on board.

Day 7: Arrival - Varanasi

Meeting assistance on arrival at Varanasi Railway station and transfer to your hotel. Varanasi, The city name, “Varanasi” (also known as Benares, likely a corruption of the name Varanasi), is derived from the two tributaries of the Ganges River — Varuna and Asi — between which it is situated. Historically, the city has been known to the Hindus as Kasha, which means “brightness”, which gives the city its title as the “city of light”. Check in your hotel and relax. In the afternoon excursion to Sarnath, - 10 Kms from Varanasi, where Lord Buddha lectures his teachings after achieve enlighten. Visit Dhamekh Stupa built by Emperor Ashoka in 249 BC and Chaukhandi Stupa built in 5th century AD, Sarnath Archaeological Museum has an inspiring collected works of artifacts collected from the mine site of Sarnath, including India's national emblem- the Ashoka Stambh, On the way back to hotel participate in the grand Aarti ceremony on sacred ghats of Ganges in the evening. Overnight stay at Varanasi.

Day 8: Varanasi - Bodhgaya (260 Kilometres / 5 Hrs)

Morning start the day with a boat ride on the holy river Ganges to experience the blessed ceremony and contributions on Ghats, After breakfast enjoy temple and city tour of Varanasi visiting, Durga Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Bharat Mata Temple and Benaras Hindu University. Later drive to Bodhgaya, the most important pilgrim for Buddhists from all over the world. Overnight stay in Bodhgaya.

Day 9: Bodhgaya

Post breakfast proceed for a full day excursion of Bodhgaya. Some of the prominent places to visit here are Mahabodhi Temple and the historic Bodhi tree, under which, Gautama Buddha attained enlightment some 2540 years ago. Also, you will get a chance to carry out some religious activities at Sujata Temple & Niranjana River. Overnight stay in Bodhgaya.

Day 10: Bodhgaya - Vaishali - Kushinagar (380 Kilometres / 8 Hrs)

Begin your early morning journey to Vaishali, the majestic place where Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon and announced about his Nirvana. Visit- the Ashoka Pillar, the Lotus Tank and the Chaumukhi. Afterwards, proceed towards Kushinagar, a small wooded town where Lord Buddha ended his earthly journey. Overnight stay in Kushinagar.

Day 11: Kushinagar - Lumbini (150 Kilometres / 4 Hrs)

After a healthy breakfast, head on to explore the Mahanirvana temple, the modern Japan/Sri Lanka Buddhist centre and the monasteries of Kushinagar. Then, drive towards Lumbini, which is again an important sight for the followers of Lord Buddha. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Overnight stay in Lumbini.

Day 12: Lumbini - Sravasti - Balrampur (170 Kilometres / 4 Hrs)

This day is reserved for the exploration of the beautiful pilgrimage site, Lumbini. Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha and lies in the south-western Terai of Nepal. See here the Sacred Garden which is esteemed to be the birth place of Lord Buddha, Maya Devi Mandir, which dates back to 3rd or 4th century BC, the Ashoka Pillar and Pushkarni. Proceed towards Sravasti in the afternoon. Lord Buddha spent one-fourth of his life over here. Thus, this place fascinates Buddhists a lot. Explore the old stupas, magnificent monasteries & several temples here and then, head on to Balrampur. Upon arrival, relax at your hotel. Overnight stay in Balrampur.

Day 13 Balrampur - Lucknow (170 Kilometres / 4 Hrs)

Breakfast at hotel and later begin your journey for Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, was once the artistic capital of northern part of India. Lucknow was the seat of the Nawabs of Avadh, who were great connoisseurs of art, during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was Nawab Wazir Sadat Khan who was appointed as the first ruler of Avadh, in 1732. Lucknow was the centre for political, cultural, artistic and literary renaissance in North India during this period On arrival check in at your hotel. Later start city tour of Lucknow. Visit to Bara Imambara, was built by Asaf-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Lucknow, in 1784. Often referred to as Asafi Imambara, it is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. Chota Imambara, The Chota Imambara was built by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Awadh in 1838. Often known as Hussainabad Imambara, the monument was meant to serve as the mausoleum for its founder. Hazratganj Market was established in 1810 by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, who had acquired the throne with the help of the British in January 1798. Overnight stay in Lucknow.

Day 14: Lucknow - Delhi (By Train)

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to railway station to board an express train from Lucknow to Delhi. Upon arrival our representative will meet you at New Delhi railway station and transfer to your hotel in Delhi. Spend your remaining day at leisure. Overnight stay in Delhi

Day 15: Delhi – Onward destination

Transfer to the International airport towards your onward journey with sweet memories.

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