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Foot Steps of Buddha by Fly/Road

Delhi – Bodhgaya – Nalanda – Rajgir – Varanasi – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Sravasti/Balrampur – Lucknow – Agra – Delhi

Tour Advantages

  • Tradition Indian Welcome Ceremony
  • Enjoy Rickshaw Puller Ride around bustling bazaars of Chandni Chowk
  • Visit India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid
  • Visit Raj Ghat – Memorial to Gandhi, "the father of the Nation"
  • Drive pass through the Delhi’s impressive Raisina Hills to India Gate
  • Enjoy shopping in Delhi
  • Visit to Historical Monuments, Palaces & museum in Tour
  • Experience the Mughal & Rajput architecture
  • Explore the Mahabodhi temple
  • Visit the birth place of Lord Buddha
  • Visit the wonderful and un-comparable great ruins of Nalanda University
  • Visit Khushinagar were the Buddha gets Mahaparinirvana witness the statue of the reclining Buddha at the temple
  • See worship on bathing Ghats Visit to Buddhist Sites of Sarnath
  • Visit Chota & Bada Imambara in Lucknow
  • Spectacular Aarti Ceremony at River Ganges
  • Spectacular Sunrise over the holy River Ganges through boat cruise
  • Enjoy the horse cart ride up to Taj Gate Stand before the world’s most famous monument to love - Taj Mahal
Tour Schedules
Duration 11 Nights / 12 Days
Starting from $ 1680
Season Sep to Mar
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Day 01 Arrive Delhi[Radisson Blu Paschim Vihar]

After breakfast proceed for Old Delhi sightseeing, taking a rickshaw puller ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's bazaar for an incredible insight into the lives of the millions of people who live in the city. As your Rickshaw ride travel towards bustling bazaar of Chandni Chowk, you will be immersed in real India, if you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit the Jama Masjid - India's largest mosque, Raj Ghat, a simple but moving memorial to Gandhi, "the father of the Nation". Afternoon proceed for New Delhi sightseeing.

Welcome Ceremony

Day 02in Delhi[Radisson Blu Paschim Vihar]

After breakfast proceed for Old Delhi sightseeing, taking a rickshaw puller ride through the narrow streets of Delhi's bazaar for an incredible insight into the lives of the millions of people who live in the city. As your Rickshaw ride travel towards bustling bazaar of Chandni Chowk, you will be immersed in real India, if you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit the Jama Masjid - India's largest mosque, Raj Ghat, a simple but moving memorial to Gandhi, "the father of the Nation". Afternoon proceed for New Delhi sightseeing.

New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House. Evening proceed to see how skilled artisans & craftsmen in India work to create high-end exclusive handicraft products. Overnight stay at hotel. [B]

Welcome Ceremony Welcome Ceremony

Day 03 Delhi - Bodhgaya 1h 40m Fly[Hotel Oaks]

After breakfast transfer to airport to board the domestic flight AI 433 departing at 1200 hrs to Gaya. Arrive Gaya airport at 1340 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to hotel & check in. Later visit to Mahabodhi Temple & Lord Buddha Temple - where Lord Shakyamuni (Gautam Buddha) entered in to meditation after being moved the sufferings of mankind. The giant Bodhi tree (Peepal) that we see today is believed to have grown from the original Budhi tree under which, sitting of the raised platform, Prince Siddhartha meditated & finally attained Nirvana. Overnight stay in Bodhgaya. [B]

Welcome Ceremony

Day 04Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Bodhgaya
110 kms / 2 hrs
[Lotus Nikko]

After breakfast drive to Rajgir. Accordingly, after teaching in Sarnath, the Buddha travelled to Rajgir, the royal capital of Magadha, followed by over a thousand monks of the new order.
The meandering river Banganga and five hills ensconce picturesque Rajgir, ancient Rajgriha (literally, the abode of kings). During the lifetime of the Buddha this was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous king Bimbisara. Like many others in search of Truth, Prince Siddhartha, after he renounced his royal heritage came to this city to seek the path of salvation. Later, he overwhelmed the citizens of Rajagriha with his serenity and grace and converted King Bimbisara of Magadha and countless others to his religion. The hills and caves surrounding Rajagriha were home to spiritual teachers, ranging from the materialism of the early Charavaka School to the metaphysics of Upanishadic philosophers. In fact, the first Buddhist council after the Buddha was hosted here at the Saptaparni caves.

It was Rajgir which saw Gautam Buddha spending several months meditating, and preaching at Griddhkuta, (Hill of the Vultures). He also delivered some of his famous sermons. The rich merchant community here soon became the Buddhas followers and built many structures of typical Buddhist architecture.When Gautama the ascetic first visited Rajgir on his way to Bodhgaya he was met by King Bimbisara. The king was so impressed by the bodhisattva that he tried every means to persuade him to stay. Failing in this, he received a promise that Gautama would return to Rajgir after his enlightenment.

On the way to Rajgir visit the world-famous ruins of Nalanda University. Founded in the 5th Century A.D., Nalanda is known as the ancient seat of learning. 2,000 Teachers and 10,000 Students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied at Nalanda, the first Residential International University of the World. A walk in the ruins of the university, takes you to an era that saw India leading in imparting knowledge, to the world the era when India was a coveted place for studies. The University flourished during the 5th and 12th century.

The Buddha is mentioned as having several times stayed at Nalanda. When he visited Nalanda he would usually reside in Pavarikas mango grove, and while there he had discussions with Upali-Gahapati and Dighatapassi, with Kevatta, and also several conversations with Asibandhakaputta. The Buddha visited Nalanda during his last tour through Magadha, and it was there that Sariputta uttered his "lions roar, affirming his faith in the Buddha, shortly before his death. Also, Nalanda was the residence of Sonnadinna. Mahavira is several times mentioned as staying at Nalanda, which was evidently a centre of activity of the Jains. Overnight stay in Bodhgaya. [B]

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Day 05 Bodhgaya – Varanasi 250 kms / 5 hrs[Hotel Hindustan International]

After breakfast drive to Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world. Also known as Banaras, this city has been the center of the Hindu faith for all of recorded history. Kashi, Banaras or Varanasi is the oldest living city in the History of Mankind. This City is acknowledged as the cultural Capital of the Oriental part of the Globe. This is treated as an embodied diving. India, the nation with

diversified culture has one unity or common that is Varanasi where cultures from all the walks of this country congregated and accepted this city as their spiritual Destiny. Evening see “aarti” Ceremony on the River Ganges at Dashashwamedh Ghat. Overnight stay at hotel. [B]

Welcome Ceremony

Day 06 In Varanasi[Hotel Hindustan International]

Today sightseeing enjoy the sunrise boat excursion on the Holy River Ganges to see the bathing Ghats and crimination sites. Watching people bathing and worshiping at the Ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India.

The Spectacular 4 kms sweep of the Ghats is a unique sight, best view at dawn, in that "soft first light" when the river and Ghats have a timeless appeal. Life in almost panoramic details unfolds here from dawn to dusk as a steady stream of devotees-swelling to thousands of auspicious days-perform rituals by the Ganga. The Ghats are best approached by Dashashwemdha Ghat, where boats are available on hire. After breakfast at hotel explore the Old City on foot, including the Bharat Mata Temple and stroll along the bazaars near to hotel full of shops selling, among other things, the world famous Banaras silk. Afternoon day return excursion to Sarnath, 10 kms from the holy city of Varanasi. It is the blessed locale where more than 2,500 years ago Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon, after attaining Nirvana. Gautam Buddha with his five disciples formed the first Sangha along with Yasa of Varanasi and his 54 friends. The beginning of the celebrated Mantra, “Buddham Sharanam Gachhami” owes its origin to Sarnath. The three jewels “I go for refuge to the Buddha, I go for refuge to the Wheel of Law, and I go for refuge to the Sangha” first laid down here, have remained unchanged ever since. Hence rightly, every Buddhist Pilgrim after Bodhgaya endeavors to be blessed with a visit to Sarnath in his lifetime. Overnight stay at hotel. [B]

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Day 07 Varanasi – Kushinagar 300 kms / 7 hrs[Lotus Nikko]

After breakfast drive to Kushinagar – it is believed that Buddha attained ‘Mahaparinirvana’ (release from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth) here. The statue of the reclining Buddha at the temple is one of the most sacred sites for the pilgrim and a mound of bricks marks the place where Buddha is said to have been cremated. Overnight stay at hotel. [B]

Welcome Ceremony

Day 08 Kushinagar – Lumbini 150 kms / 3.5 hrs[Buddha Maya Gardens Resort]

After breakfast drive to Lumbini. Lumbini (birth place of Lord Buddha) en route visit Kapilvastu (Piprawaha). Kapilvastu was the ancient capital of the Sakya Clan whose ruler was the Father of Buddha, for which reason the Buddha is also referred to as the Sakyamuni. Prince Gautam, as the Buddha was then known, left his palace in Kapilvastu at the age of 29 & revisited it 12 yrs. later, long after he had attained enlightenment. A large Stupa stands at the ancient sight which is said to have the bone relics of the Bud. Overnight stay at hotel. [B]

Welcome Ceremony

Day 09 Lumbini – Sravasti 250 kms / 6 hrs[Lotus Nikko]

After early breakfast drive to Sravasti – the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala has the honor for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. Also known as Sahet – Mahet, are two different sets’ the main one being Sahet and about 500 meters away is located Mahet. The city believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravasti, has age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. This holy place also has the famous Anand Bodhi tree, an offspring of the one said to have been planted by Buddha’s main disciple Anand, evening sightseeing of Sahet & Mahet.  Overnight stay in hotel. [B]

Welcome Ceremony

Day 10 Sravasti – Lucknow 200 kms / 4.5 hrs[Novotel]

After breakfast drive to Lucknow. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Later visit to Chota & Bada Imambara. Overnight stay at hotel. [B]

Welcome Ceremony

Day 11 Lucknow – Agra 333 kms / 4 hrs[Clarks Shiraz]

After breakfast drive to Agra - the Mughal City. At the time of the Mughals, in the 16th & 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of the grand Mughal Empire. During this period the city became a leading center of art, science, commerce and culture. Akbar the Great made Agra great. The city's origins are dim but Akbar's grandfather Babar is credited with Agra's founding. The short golden age of Agra came to an end with the seventeenth century reign of Shah Jehan, mastermind of the unforgettable Taj Mahal. Upon arrival check in at hotel.

Afternoon visit the Agra Fort – built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir’s Palace, Khaas Mahal. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of her father. Overnight stay at hotel. [B]

Welcome Ceremony

Day 12 Agra – Delhi 200 kms / 3.5 hrs

Early morning enjoy Horse cart (Tonga Ride) ride to the Magnificent Taj Mahal – The 7th Wonder of the World and Monument of Love in the warm glow of sunrise, which was built in 1630 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction are said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahori.  Legend has it that once construction was completed, what makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation.  Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughal brought this concept to India, they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. After breakfast check out & drive to Delhi International Airport to board the international flight EK 515. Say goodbye to this fascinating and memorable tour. [B]

Abbreviations Used
B – Breakfast

Tour Price USD 1680 per person on Twin sharing basis

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Tour Inclusion

Accommodation

  • 01 Night stay in Delhi
  • 02 Night stay on Bodhgaya
  • 02 Night stay in Varanasi
  • 01 Night stay in Kushinagar
  • 01 Night stay in Lumbini
  • 01 Night stay in Sravasti
  • 01 Night stay in Lucknow
  • 01 Night stay in Agra
  • 01 Night stay in Delhi

Meal

  • Daily full buffet breakfast at hotel

Transportation

  • Transportation by air condition Innova Crysta car throughout the Journey
  • Economic class air fare Delhi -Bodhgaya
  • Agra – Delhi by Shatabdi Express air condition Chair car fare
  • All state taxes, Toll taxes, Fuel and parking included

Transportation

  • Monument entry fees where ever applicable
  • English speaking local guide at destination

Tour price Excludes

Tips, major meal like Lunch, Dinner, Hard drink, Nepal Visa and Expenses like personal nature

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