Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days
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Pilgrimage Tours of Buddhist Centers
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport. On arrival, our representatives greet you and you are given a warm gracious welcome. Our cab then drives you through the heart of Delhi and brings you to the hotel. On arrival, there will be a welcome dinner hosted in your honour. Enjoy the shot meeting with our tour operators and the person incharge. Retreat to your room for overnight stay.
Day 02 : Delhi - Varanasi ( Flight)
Morning, after breakfast we drive you to the airport where you board flight to Varanasi. On arrival to Varanasi, a cab brings you to the hotel. Check in at the hotel and rest for a while. We then take you for a visit to Sarnath located 10 km from Varanasi. It is here that Lord Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park of Sarnath. Sarnath has very interesting remains that consists of old stupas, temples and monastries. Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi and Dharnek stupas are outstanding. The beautifully polished Lion Capital of Ashoka also is very fascinating to view at. There is a rich library in Sarnath along with a Mula Gandha Kutir Vihara where you get to see excellent frescoes by Kosetsu Nosu. In Sarnath, you also get to visit the Sarnath museum that contains some of the fine specimens of Buddhist Sculpture. Then return back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 03 : Varanasi- Gaya (255/7 Kms/Hrs)
Early in the morning we take you for a boat ride in Ganges where you get to see the Sun rise. Also consider taking a bath during the boat ride as it made possible on an extended platform of the boat by the sailor of the boat. Thereafter, we take you for a city tour visiting the famous Benaras Hindu University and Bharat Mata Temple. In Benaras Hindu University, interact with the students of the Unversity in an interactive seminar conducted by the University. In Bharat Mata temple, offer puja to the deity of the temple. Also, walk through the narrow streets of Varanasi. Later, after lunch in the evening, drive to B” Gaya. Upon arrival, check in at hotel. Overnight is at hotel.
Day 04 : Gaya Sightseeing
Bodhgaya - here Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Walk inside the Mahabodhi temple. This temple stands east of Bodi tree. The archaeological effect of the temple is superb. The height and top of the temple can draw anyone's attention as they signify sovereignty of religion. The Bodhi tree is situated inside the temple premises under which Bhuddha is known to have attained illumination. We also take you to the Buddha Archeological Museum, and the Nirjana River. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 05 : Gaya- Rajgir- Nalanda - Patna (200/5 Kms/Hrs)
In the morning, after breakfast, we drive to Patna while en-routing Visiti, Rajgir and Nalanda. Rajgir, the ancient capital of the Magadha kings is the center of the oldest known university in the world. The ruins of the university reveal that it was the first international university of the world where over 2,000 teachers and 1,000 students lived together and studied. So, here you get a glimpse of the system of education and the efforts made for it in ancient days. We then continue our drive to Patna. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Patna - Vaishali - Kushianagar (250/7 Kms/ Hrs)
Morning, we drive you to Kushinagar. On the way en-route Vaishali. It is a very special place for the Buddhist as it is here that Buddha delivered his last sermon and announced his implanting 'nirvana'. So, spend some time, meditating in the silence of this place. We then continue drive to Khusinagar. Upon arrival to Kushinagar, check-in at the hotel. In the evening, we take you for sightseeing tour of Mahaparinirvana temple and Rambhar stupa. Take pictures of these structures using your cameras so that you can carry the memories of this place along with you even on leaving Kushinagar. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 07 : Kushinagar - Lumbini (170/4.5 Kms/ Hrs)
In the morning, we drive you to Lumbini. Upon arrival, just check in at hotel. Here we will be visiting the monuments in Lumbini and spend some time there for performing sacred ceremonies. The pilgrimage tour to Lumbini is breathtaking and so is an en-lightening destination for a devotee of Buddha. From here, visit the sacred garden of Mayadevi temple that depicts birth of Lord Buddha and also demonstrates the Ashok Pillar and Sakyan tank. Mayadevi, the mother of Buddha took bath in the Sakyan tank before giving birth to Lord Buddha. If interested our tour operators can arrange for a sacred bath here in Sakya tank that will surely show the divine path. Your overnight stay will be in Lumbini.
Day 08 : Lumbini - Gorakhpur - Delhi (108/3 Hrs/Flight)
The morning is free for independent activity. So, take this opportunity to either play games, interact with the locals of the place, or to further explore upon the Buddhist destinations. We then check out of the hotel and then drive you to the Gorakpur airport for a connective fight to Delhi. Upon arrival to Delhi, our cab brings you to the hotel in Delhi. Just check in at the hotel. Enjoy yourself in the comforts of the hotel. A cultural evening is arranged in the hotel and so you get a chance to rejuvenate and relax after a tour of 08 days. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 09 : Departure Delhi
Wake up early in the morning and have breakfast. This is going to be the last day of this tour package and so we concentrate on maximizing your enjoyment and comfort. We so arrange a fare-well lunch for you that is hosted in the hotel. In this lunch, we introduce the best cuisines from all places of India and serve them on your table. We make all efforts to fill in all loopholes. So, after the lunch, you check out of the hotel. We then drive you to the international airport where you board the flight for your onward destination.