A Journey to India on the footsteps of Buddha

Places covered : Delhi – Bodhgaya – Nalanda – Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Kushinagar – Lumbini – Sravasti – Lucknow – Delhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Delhi Out

Durations - 15 Nights / 16 Days

At a Glance: Discover the real Buddhist Pilgrimage places in India and Nepal like Bodhgaya (edification), Sarnath(first-sermon), Kushinagar (last Mahaparinirvana) and Lumbini in Nepal (birth) to figure out how to resemble Buddha and practice the life in view of center way. Alongside these religious spots, you will likewise get an opportunity to investigate some memorable locales and the most energizing Taj Mahal.
 
Day 01: Arrive Delhi by International flight.             (D)
Upon landing, meet and welcome by our agent at the air terminal and exchange to hotel for registration.

Supper at hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02:Delhi – Gaya By Flight AI-433, 13:40 / 15:15 hours            (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: On time takeoff exchange to Delhi air terminal to load up flight for Gaya.

Lunch at air terminal eatery.

Upon entry in Gaya, meeting and help at the air terminal and exchange to lodging for registration.

Before supper go to an address on Buddha's life by a nearby Buddhist Monk and Scholar.

Supper at hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03 : Bodhgaya                              (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Tour starts with the instructions about Bodhgaya by went with Escort.

Begin the touring with visit to Mahabodhi Temple.

The sanctuary is a monstrous appreciation for the Buddhists, and stands close to the Maha Bodhi tree under which Tathagat, or Gautama accomplished edification. The aggregate stature of the sanctuary is 170 ft. Its storm cellar is 48 square feet and it ascends as a thin Pyramid till it achieves its neck, which is round and hollow fit as a fiddle. It is an unquestionable requirement visit because of its significance as well as for the design and the craftsmanship objects. The Shiva Lingam inside the sanctuary was introduced on ninth century starting, is an astonishing bit of figure.

Lunch at hotel.

Evening: Visit to Mahabodhi Tree and Vajrasana.

Mahabodhi Tree - The tree is viewed as heavenly since Lord Buddha achieved edification under it. It is most likely the fifth progression of the first tree. Anybody, who loves a mood of quietness, would comprehend this present spot's surroundings to be splendidly weathered for its reflection.

Vajrasana - The stone stage, where Lord Buddha sat in reflection while he achieved illumination is known as Vajrasana. The spot is limited for any traveler movement on it; be that as it may, the sight doesn't neglect to energize the otherworldly existence of the watcher.

Dinner at hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04:Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Bodhgaya(Approx. 200 Kms / 4 Hours drive)                               (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Enjoy same day outing to Nalanda and Rajgir.

Nalanda – an extraordinary focus of Buddhist learning and a standout amongst the most renowned worldwide college fortresses of antiquated time. UNESCO has proclaimed the remains of Nalanda Mahavihara – a World Heritage site. With the incorporation of Nalanda, this would be the second UNESCO Heritage Site after Mahabodhi sanctuary in Bodhgaya.

Rajgir - First said in the antiquated Hindu epic Mahabharata capital of Magadh, which was ruled by the relentless King Jarasandha, this city is evaluated to be around 3,000 years of age. Buddha went to this city different times and conveyed a celebrated sermon on the Gridhakuta (Vultures Peak). Visit the highest point of the slope and you will find a stupa worked by the Japanese government, while on top of another slope you will discover a hole where the primary Buddhist board was held.

Lunch at inn in Rajgir.

Evening: Return to Bodhgaya.

Supper at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel

Day 05: Bodhgaya – Varanasi(By flight AI-433, 15:50/16:25 Hours)                                   (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning: You will again get an opportunity to investigate Mahabodhi Temple.

Lunch at hotel.

Evening: On time exchange to Gaya air terminal to load up flight for Varanasi. Upon landing, meeting and help at Varanasi air terminal and exchange to witness "Aarti" service at Dasaswamedh Ghat. Varanasi is loaded with tight winding paths and rear ways and that is the reason bigger vehicles are not permitted to the back roads and just auto/cycle rickshaws and engine bicycles can get past. We would likewise need to take a cycle rickshaw to reach Dasaswamedh Ghat. Ganges Aarti happens around 6.45 PM at night after the nightfall for around 45 minutes. Lovers begin coming to see the Ganges Aarti no less than one hour before to have their spot for a superior perspective of Aarti service. The best view is through cruising on a vessel at stream Ganges. The Aarti is performed on a phase by a gathering of youthful pundits, all hung in saffron hued robes along with their puja plates spread out before them. It starts with the blowing of a conch shell, and proceeds with the waving of incense sticks in detailed examples and hovering of extensive flaring lights that make a brilliant tint against the obscured sky. The development of lights, held in the pundit’s hands, is firmly synchronizing to the musical serenades of songs and crash of cymbals. The potent aroma of sandalwood thickly penetrates the air.

Later exchange to hotel for registration.

Supper at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 06:Varanasi                                 (B, L, D)
Before breakfast, begin your day with the early morning pontoon ride on the stream Ganges to see the ceremonies performed at the Ghats along the Ganges.

Banaras is never at any point as delightful as over the first light. The old structures, ashrams and spots along the stream side look as brilliant as rainbow when the daylight hits them. Watching individuals talking shower, performing ceremonies, worshiping to the Sun is dependably an exceptional affair.

Later come back to hotel for breakfast.

Morning: Enjoy touring voyage through the city including the Bharat Mata Temple with a major alleviation Map of India in Marble, Kashivishwanath Temple and Banaras Hindu University which is a workmanship Gallery and the Mosque of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb based on a site of an antiquated Hindu Temple.

Lunch at hotel.

Evening: Excursion to Sarnath which is situated at a separation of just 10-km from Varanasi, in the wake of achieving Enlightenment the Buddha went to Sarnath. Ruler Buddha had gone to Sarnath searching for his five buddies who deserted him in Rajgir while they veered off from the perspective of Lord Buddha on self-embarrassment. Here in the Deer Park, Lord Buddha conveyed his first sermon, get under way the Wheel of Law (Maha-Dharma chakra Pravartan). The Emperor Ashoka, who spread the Buddha's message of affection and sympathy all through his immense domain, went by Sarnath and raised a stupa here. A few Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the third century BC and the eleventh century AD, and today it exhibits the most far reaching ruins amongst spots on the Buddhist trail. The remnants, of archeological exhibition hall and sanctuary are all inside strolling separation. (Sarnath Museum stays shut on each Friday.)

Take part in a discourse given by a nearby Buddhist Monk and Scholar. In the wake of touring, come back to hotel.

Supper at hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 07:Varanasi – Kushinagar (Approx. 300 Kms / 07 Hrs drive)                             (B, L, D)
Early breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Drive to Kushinagar where Buddha had his final gasp. After the Buddha passed another engineering structure rose in India; structures were developed by forlorn and gave Kings.

Upon landing, exchange to lodging for registration.

Lunch at hotel.

Evening: Visit Kushinagar – one of the rule focuses of Buddhist Pilgrimage and a spot where Lord Buddha passed away. Here are a few serene, present day sanctuaries where you can stay, visit with friars or basically think about your place on the planet. The Monuments of Kushinagar are arranged in three regions containing the principle site of Mahaparinirvana sanctuary, the Rambhar Stupa where Lord Buddha was cremated and surroundings Monasteries.

Supper at hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08: Kushinagar – Lumbini(Approx. 200 Kms / 6 Hrs drive)                               (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Start your drive to Lumbini (Nepal) where Lord Buddha was conceived while his mom was en route to Parental home from Kapilavastu. Lumbini ought to be gone by and seen by a man of dedication. Lumbini is the Mecca of each Buddhist, being one of the four sacred spots of Buddhism. Upon landing exchange to inn for registration.

Lunch at hotel.

Evening: Enjoy touring of Lumbini.

The spot itself is fascinating all in all, the scenes and the green ranger service. However Maya Devi sanctuary (the origination of Buddha) and the Stupas and the Pillars - a progression of sections raised with declarations by the Mauryan King Ashoka are truly justified regardless of a visit. A visit to Lumbini is for profound edification as well as for comfort and fulfillment that one gets in such a quiet and serene spot.

Supper at hotel
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 09:Lumbini – Sravasti (Approx. 250 Kms/ 6 Hours drive)         (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Begin your visit with system introduction and drive to Sravasti. Upon landing, exchange to hotel for check in.

Lunch at hotel.

Evening: Proceed to visit Sravasti otherwise called Sahet-Mahet - capital of the old kingdom of Kosala, a dynamic community for Buddhism. The Major fascination of Sravasti is Jetavana.

The Jetavana is said to once have Lord Buddha and his travelers, where one of his devotees, a rich shipper, made the entire progress of the recreation center (vana) with gold coins. Master Buddha utilized these coins to fabricate a Vihara here. There are a few models worked by The Ashoka which are none the less alluring than different landmarks worked by him.

Supper at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10:Sravasti – Lucknow(Approx. 175 Kms / 4 Hrs drive)
Lucknow – DelhiBy Flight 9W-2638, 18:50/20:05 Hours                             (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Drive to Lucknow. Upon entry exchange to hotel for Lunch.

Lunch at hotel.

Evening: On time exchange to Lucknow airplane terminal to load up flight for Delhi.

Upon landing, meeting and assistance at Delhi air terminal by our agent and exchange to inn for check in.

Supper at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 11:Delhi – Agra(Approx. 205 Kms / 4 Hours drive)                              (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Drive to Agra enroute take part in a discourse on "Mughal History" by your went with Escort. Upon entry exchange to lodging for registration.

Lunch at hotel.

Evening: Visit to the most celebrated and appealing world Heritage destinations – Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. We will first visit to Agra Fort and later to appreciate the dusk perspective of Taj Mahal.

Agra Fort – Agra Fort is the previous majestic home of the Mughal Dynasty situated in Agra. It was worked by four eras of Mughal, on the banks of the River Yamuna.

Taj Mahal - Taj Mahal, "the encapsulation of affection", is "a landmark of limitless excellence". The excellence of this superb landmark is such that it is past the extent of words. The musings that come into the psyche while viewing the Taj Mahal of Agra is its marvelous magnificence, as well as the tremendous affection which was the purpose for its development. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this landmark built in the memory of his darling spouse Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he began to look all starry eyed at the primary sight. Unexpectedly, the primary sight of the Taj Mahal, the encapsulation of affection and sentiment, additionally leaves guests entranced and unendingly captivated. (Taj Mahal stays shut on each Friday.)

Invest some energy in attentive hush watching the changing temperaments and shades of the Taj as the sun sets to touch that 'tricky quality that makes the Taj the most enchanted working on the planet'.

Supper at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12:Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur(Approx. 252 Kms / 06 Hrs drive)                             (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Leave Agra for Jaipur by drive enroute going by Fatehpur Sikri.

Fatehpur Sikri is wonderful city with an intriguing birth story behind. There, in a cave in Sikri, carried on a Muslim Saint, Sheik Salim Chishti by name. Akbar becoming aware of his prestige, solicited from the gifts of a child, and when a child was conceived, not just was the kid named Salim, the site for a compelling and eager venture - a city - was picked close to the living arrangement of the holy person raised in 1569.

The deficiencies of water lead to the renunciation of this city. Visit the mosque of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and different Palaces.

Lunch at hotel in Bharatpur.

Proceed with drive to Jaipur. Upon landing, exchange to Hotel for registration.

Evening: Little time to unwind.

Supper at hotel or

(Discretionary: Enjoy an uncommon Theme Dinner at 1135 AD Restaurant at Amber Fort, with Rose Petal shower, conventional festoon and Tika welcome and glass of Indian wine or Champagne/Juices as welcome beverage, five course Thali or Buffet supper with a glass of juice or circulated air through beverage and live performers).
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Jaipur                         (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel.
Morning: Excursion to Amber Fort set in a beautiful area. Golden is a captivating mix of Hindu and Muslim design. Worked in the sixteenth century by Raja Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the royal residence complex has some extremely fascinating flats. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol and Temple of Kali are a portion of the conspicuous ranges of interest. Elephants are given to climb the fortress to visit the complex. (Between 0730 am – 1130 am, liable to accessibility).

Lunch at hotel.

Evening: Proceed to visit Jaipur City. This city was worked by Maharaja Jai Singh, the remarkable space expert 260 years prior. Visit the Maharaja's City Palace, the home of the recent regal family and the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds inherent 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and additionally drive past the old piece of Jaipur.

Supper: Evening appreciate an Interactive cooking lesson with supper facilitating by a nearby family.

This is an extraordinary approach to submerge into the nearby culture. The point of this sustenance voyage through Jaipur that to take you through the whole procedure of cooking an Indian supper with the goal that you can have a thought that how to cook a straightforward yet tasty Indian feast. Menu will be adaptable regarding the dietary necessities of the gathering individuals.
Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14:Jaipur– Delhi (Approx. 260 Kms / 6 Hrs drive)                     (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Drive to Delhi. Upon landing, direct exchange to nearby eatery.

Lunch at eatery.
After Lunch, exchange to inn for registration and unwind.

Evening: Enjoy live stimulation show in Bollywood style at Kingdom of Dreams with supper at its Culture Gully.
Overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 15: Delhi                          (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Begin with project introduction by the went with escort. Later continue to appreciate entire day touring in Old and New Delhi.

In Old Delhi, continue to visit the Red Fort named for its red-sandstone dividers (Red Fort stays shut on each Monday) and assigned an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This post complex was developed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as to be the living arrangement before the Red Fort, there is the supreme street known as Chandni Chowk. Take a Rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk and go through rear ways, it appears getting smaller and we wind up at the Jama Masjid which is the biggest Muslim mosque in India.

Lunch at Local Restaurant.

Evening: Finishing the visit in Old Delhi, we should go to New Delhi. Proceed with visit to Qutab Minar, and India Gate, a 42 meters opening worked for commemoration of Indian fighters slaughtered amid the First World War. Watch the well known War Memorial Arch and see the difference amongst old and New Delhi.

Carry on our visit, drive past Rashtrapati Bhawan. It was at first built as the Imperial living arrangement of the Viceroy in the mid twentieth century. These days, it turns into the present living arrangement of the President of India and Parliament House. This remarkable roundabout design was worked with gigantic corridors which house the Upper and Lower House of Parliament. At long last, continue to the Government secretariat structures at Connaught Place which is the heart of New Delhi and also the bustling strip mall.

Supper at neighbourhood eatery.
Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 16: Delhi Departure                     (B)
Breakfast at hotel.

Later on time takeoff exchange to the International Airport to associate flight for ahead destination.