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Home Special Interest Tours India BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE & CULTURAL TOUR OF INDIA
BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE & CULTURAL TOUR OF INDIA
DAY 01 ARRIVE DELHI
Assistance on arrival at the Delhi airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 02 IN DELHI
Morning after breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi visiting the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Rajghat, Jamma Masjid in the Old Delhi and Govt Buildings, India Gate, Humanyun's Tomb, Laxmi Narain Temple and Qutub Minar in New Delhi area. Overnight on board train.

DAY 03 DELHI-JAIPUR
Morning departure transfer to the airport to board train Shatabdi Express 0700-1045 hrs to Jaipur. Assistance on arrival at the Railway Station and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur city visiting the Observatory, Hawa Mahal and the City Palace, which also houses a museum. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04 IN JAIPUR
Morning after early breakfast excursion to Amber Fort, where you can also enjoy an ride on the elephant back to the ramparts of the Fort. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05 JAIPUR-FATEHPUR SIKRI-AGRA
Morning after breakfast, drive to Agra (238 kms/6 hrs) en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri - the deserted Mughal Capital. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 06 AGRA-VARANASI
Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Agra city visiting the world famous Taj Mahal & the majestic Agra Fort. Afternoon free. Evening departure transfer to the Tundla Railway Station to board train Magadh Express departing at 2300 hrs. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07 ARRIVE VARANASI
Assistance on arrival Mughal Sarai Railway Station at 0725 hrs and transfer to hotel in Varanasi (16 kms/45 min). Afternoon excursion to Sarnath the fabled place bear testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples expounding the principles of Buddhism. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 08 IN VARANASI
Early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to see the sunrise and visit the bathing Ghats. Return to hotel for breakfast. Later half-day city tour of the temples of Varanasi including Durga Temple: Dedicated to Goddess Durga, consort of Lord Shiva. Bharat Mata Temple: This temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and houses one of the most perfect relief of India carved out of marble. Tulsi Manas Temple: Built in white marble this unique temple has the whole of Ram Charit Manas (Ramayana) inscribed on its wall. Well laid out landscaping around the temple adds to its beauty and Banaras Hindu University. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 09 VARANASI-GAYA
Bodhgaya Morning depart by surface to Gaya (250 kms/7 hrs) and upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 10 IN GAYA
Morning excursion to Bodhgaya, the Mecca of Buddhism. Full day religious activities at Mahabodhi Temple.Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 11 GAYA-PATNA
Morning depart for Patna (116 kms/4 hrs approx) en route visiting Nalanda-the Buddhist University. Also visit Karanda Tank-where Buddha used to bath. Evening arrive Patna. Visit museum and check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 12 PATNA-GORAKHPUR
Gorakhpur Morning surface drive to Gorakhpur (this is a long day with lots to seen) en route visiting Vaishali-place where Buddha announced his approaching nirvana, continuing to Kushinagar - where Buddha passed into Mahaparinirvana. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 13 GORAKPUR-LUMBINI
Morning depart by surface to Lumbini and on arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon excursion to Lumbini-the birth place of Lord Buddha. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 14 LUMBINI-BALRAMPUR
Lumabani Morning depart by surface to Balrampur (240kms/5?hrs) en route visit Kapilvastu-ancient capital city. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon excursion to Sravasthi-where Lord Buddha is sitting on a lotus. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 15 BALRAMPUR-LUCKNOW
Morning depart by surface to Lucknow (165kms/4?hrs) -the eighteenth century capital of the Nawabs. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 16 LUCKNOW-DELHI
Luckhnow Morning half day city tour of Lucknow visiting Bada Imambara-an elegant building with a main hall (50fts) is the largest vaulted apartment in the world, Chotta Imambara, Hausainabad market famous for its gold /silver brocades and silverware, Museum and Clock tower.

Afternoon departure transfer to railway station to board train Shatabdi Express 1540-2145 hrs to Delhi. Assistance on arrival at the Railway Station and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 17 DEPART DELHI
In time departure transfer to the airport to board flight back home.

END OF THE TOUR

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