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Buddhist India TourHe was born Lumbini gained enlightenment [Bodhgaya] first taught Sarnath, and attained Nirvana Kushinagar. India, the country where Buddhisim originated, still has rich reminiscence of the Buddhist legacy.

Buddhist India Tour

Duration: 14 Day(s) - Location: Delhi – Agra – Varanasi – Bodhgaya – Patna – Kushinagar – Balrampur – Lumbini – Pokhara – Kathmandu – Delhi

Skeleton Itinerary:
  • Day 1

    Arrive Delhi
    Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).
    Delhi is the capital of India since old times. Delhi's history dates back to the first millenium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi's seven cities. It is the epicenter of the nation's politics, economy and culture. History is alive and throbbing in Delhi, the capital of India.
    Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay.

  • Day 2

    In Delhi
    After breakfast you embark on your sightseeing trip of Delhi City which would include the visit to Old Delhi and New Delhi.
    Old Delhi : An ancient walled city. Here you would see the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Rajghat the Samadhi of our Father of Nation, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk the bustling and colourful market of the old city.
    New Delhi : The city designed and built by the British in the 1920's- a city of wide boulevards impressive Government Buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit the two monuments from the Delhi's past Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

    After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel for Overnight.

  • Day 3

    Day 03 Delhi – Agra By Road ( Approx 210 Kms/04 Hours )
    fter breakfast you will proceed to Agra.
    Agra is the one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map with three heritage - The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri. It is more just a dacadent city of graveyards and stones, but it is a vibrant centre of Culture, Art and Religious philosphies that have enriched mankind and shaped humen thought over centuries.
    On arrival check in to the hotel.
    Pm: Embark upon your sightseeing tour of the Agra city including Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
    Taj Mahal : The 17th Century master piece named Taj Mahal ,which of course is the most splendid of all the buildings – perhaps the most perfect architectural monument of the world. It was built in the memory of the beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal by one of greatest king of Mughal Empire Shah Jehan.
    Agra Fort: Built primarily as a military establishment by Emperor Akbar in 1565,the redstone Agra Fort, was partially converted in to a palace during the tenure of Emperor Shah Jehan. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. This massive fort is 2.5 Kms long and is considered the predecessor of the Red Fort of New Delhi.

    After the sightseeing transfer to Agra Railway Station to board the train for Varanasi Overnight on Board the Train in Ac Sleeper Class

  • Day 4

    In Varanasi
    On your arrival Varanasi received at the Railway Station and transferred to the Hotel. Check in to the Hotel and refresh your self.
    Pm: Sarnath : Which symbolizes the birth of Buddhism. It was here that Lord Buddha revealed his doctrine and founded his monastic community. The Museum at Sarnath is amongst the most important in India and contains carvings representing a whole range of styles - Archaic, the covering work of sculptors from 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. After visit, transfer to the hotel and check-in.

    Evening witness the Aarti ceremony on the ghats of river Ganges. Overnight at hotel

  • Day 5

    Varanasi – Bodhgaya By Road ( Approx 260 Kms – 06 Hours Drive )
    Early morning (0500hrs) visit the banks of river Ganges where you board a boat to see the morning ablutions of the Hindus from the security of the boat.
    "Boat ride" will also give you a spectacular view of Sun rise on River Ganges. Later visit Durga temple - Built in the 8th century, is one of the most important temples in Varanasi. This temple is built in Nagara Style. The shikhara of the temple is formed by many small spires which are built one on top of the other. Also, visit the Monkey temple on account of the large number of monkeys residing there. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
    Afternoon drive to Bodhgaya . On arrival check in hotel and then leave for sightseeing of Mahabodhi and Jagannnath temple.

    Stay overnight at hotel in Bodhgaya

  • Day 6

    Bodhgaya – Patna By Road ( 260 Kms – 06 Hours Drive )
    After breakfast embark on the sightseeing and visit Museum and afterwards then proceed to Patna.
    Patna : Initially known as Patliputra, sprawled along the southern banks of Ganga, It is the capital of Bihar. The beehive shaped Golghar, a granary built to store surpluses against possible famines, is the main landmark of the city.
    On reaching Patna you will check in hotel.

  • Afterwards embark on the sightseeing of Patna.
    Patna Museum has a 200 million year old, 16-meter long fossilized tree; a World War I cannon and archaeological finds from the ruins of the ancient city of Nalanda. It also has, what is considered to be, the best collection of 'Tangkhas' (Buddhist religious paintings) outside Tibet. It is open from 10 am to 4.30 pm and is closed on Monday.
    Khuda Baksh Oriental Library has some rare Persian and Arabic manuscripts and Rajput and Mughal paintings. This library also contains some books that survived the Moorish plunder of the University of Cordoba in Spain.
    Return back to the hotel after the sightseeing.
    Overnight at hotel in Patna

  • Day 7

    Patna – Kushinagar By Road ( Approx 255 Kms 05 Hours )
    After breakfast you will proceed to Kushinagar.
    Kushinagar is one of the most frequented Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in the Indian Sub-continent. The city has lots to offer when it comes to Stupas and Temples. Almost each and every corner of the city has some or other famous tourist attraction. While most of these sites are old, there is a sizable number modern architecture too.
    On arrival in Kushinagar you check in to the Hotel. Afterwards you embark upon the sightseeing of the city

    Ramabhar Stupa Ramabhar Stupa can be counted as one of the most sacred shrine of Buddhism in the world. Situated just a kilometer off from the city center, Rambhar Stupa is a must visit for every tourist flocking India. Ramvara Stupa is said to mark the site where Lord Buddha was cremated and got Mahaparinirvana. Kushinagar is a place that has been frequented by Lord Buddha. There are sources, which confirm that Lord Buddha had many discourses at this place.

    Nirvana Temple Nirvana Temple is one of the most frequented amongst Buddhism shrines in the world. Nirvana Temple is a must visit destination during tour to India. The place evokes emotion for every Buddhist because it is the same temple near which, Buddha died. Nirvana Temple houses a statue of reclining Lord Buddha that is 6 meters long. It is believed that this statue represents the very last moments of Lord Buddha i.e. moments before he attained Mahaparinirvana.

    Mathakaut Temple Mathakaut Temple is one of the most famous and most visited shrines in Kushinagar. The Mathakaut shrine is situated at the distance of 300 meters from Maha-Parinirvana Stupa, another famous Buddhist shrine in Kushinagar. The place is famous for because this is the site from where a black stone image of the Buddha in the 'Bhumi Sparsha Mudra' was recovered during early excavations. 'Bhumi Sparsha Mudra' in Hindi means 'Kneel Down Posture'. It is widely perceived that the last sermon of Lord Buddha was given here.

    Watt Thai Temple Watt Thai Temple is one of the most beautiful and most visited temples in Kushinagar. Watt Thai Temple is only one of its kinds not only in Kushinagar but also in whole of Indian Sub-continent. The temple is centrally located in Kushinagar and that is why it can be seen from anywhere and everywhere in Kushinagar. The Temple has been laid out on a lush green lawn that is spread in several acres of land.

    Japanese Temple Japanese Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Kushinagar. This is a must visit site during your tour to Kushinagar. A magnificent 'Ashta Dhatu' or 'Eight Metals' statue of Lord Buddha marks this temple. This statue has been brought from Japan in dismantled form and was later joined before it was established in this temple.

    Chinese Temple Chinese Temple is another fairly frequented tourist destination in Kushinagar. The temple is famous for its distinct architecture that puts it away from the numerous Buddhist Temples in Kushinagar. The architecture of this temple is predominantly 'Han Chinese' and has design elements that have been borrowed from various provinces of Mainland China.

    Stay overnight at hotel in Kushinagar.

  • Day 8

    Kushinagar – Balrampur By Road ( 240 Kms – 05Hours Drive )
    After breakfast you will proceed to Balrampur;
    Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
    Afterwards embark upon your sightseeing of Sravasti and Sahet and Mahet.
    Stay overnight at hotel in Balrampur

  • Day 9

    Balrampur – Lumbini By Road ( 200 Kms – 04 Hours Drive )
    After breakfast proceed to Lumbini. Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1,500 years. At the excavation site in the Maya Temple, are the ruins of a monastery and a pool. There are ruins of a stupa at Sravasti as well. On arrival Lumbini check in hotel and then relax. Stay overnight at hotel in Lumbini

  • Day 10

    Luubini – Pokhara By Road ( 290 Kms – 06 Hours Drive )
    After breakfast you will proceed to Pokhara. If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, Pokhara is its center of adventure. An enchanting city nestled in a tranquil valley, it is the starting point for many of Nepal's most popular trekking and rafting destinations. The atmosphere on the shore of Phewa Lake is one of excited vitality as hipster backpackers crowd the many bars and restaurants exchanging recommendations on guest houses and viewpoints, both by the lake and above the clouds. On arrival Pokhara you will check in hotel and then leave for sightseeing of Pokhara.

    Mountain Views: Clearly the most stunning of Pokhara's sights is the spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Stretching from east to west, the Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Although the highest among them is Annapurna I (8,091 m), it is Machhapuchhre which dominates all others in this neighborhood. Boastfully levitating in the skyline, the fish-tailed pinnacle is the archetypal snow-capped, needle-pointed mountain. If you want to see the mountains from close up, Everest Air offers a mountain flight from Pokhara that takes you on an aerial sightseeing tour of the western Himalaya.

    Phewa Lake: Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in the Kingdom, is the center of all attraction in Pokhara. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across to the water or visit the island temple in its middle. The eastern shore, popularly known as lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite home base for travellers and is where most of the hotels, restaurants and handicraft shops are located.

    Barahi Temple: The Barahi temple is the most important monument in Pokhara, Built almost in the center of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protectress deity representing the female force Shakti. Devotees can be seen, especially on Saturdays, carrying male animals and fowl across the lake to be sacrificed to the deity.

    Return back to the hotel after the sightseeing. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

  • Day 11

    In Pokhara
    Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast embark upon your city trip which would include your visit to Seti Gandaki: Another of Pokhara's natural wonders that unfailingly interests visitors is the Seti Gan- daki river. Flowing right through the city, the boisterous river runs completely underground at places. Amazingly, at certain points the river appears hardly two meters wide. But its depth is quite beyond imagination - over 20 meters! Mahendra Pul, a small bridge near the old Mission Hospital, provides a perfect view of the rivers's dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by its powerful flow.

    Tours, Buddhism IndiaDevi's Fall: Locally known as the Patale Chhango (Hell's Fall). Devi's Fall (also known as Devin's and David's) is a lovely waterfall lying about two km south-west of the Pokhara airport on the Siddhartha Highway. Legend has it that a trekker (Devin, David..) was washed away by the Pardi Khola and mysteriously dis appeared down into an underground passage beneath the fall.

    The Old Bazaar: Pokhara's traditional bazaar is colorful and so are its ethnically diverse traders. Located about four km from Lakeside, the market's original charm is alive and well. This area strewn with shops selling commodities from edibles and cloth to cosmetics and gold is a pleasant and shady spot to stroll around.

    The old bazaar is also home to one of Pokhara' s most important shrines. Locally called the Bindhyabasini Mandir, this white dome-like structure dominates a spacious stone-paved courtyard built atop a shady hillock. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park-like grounds offer a fine picnic area, and on Saturdays and Tuesdays when devotees flock there to offer sacrifices, it takes on a festive local flavor. Return to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 12

    Pokhara – Kathmandu By Road ( 200 Kms – 05 Hours Drive )
    Breakfast at Hotel. After breakfast proceed to Kathmandu. Kathmandu, the capital of the kingdom of Nepal, is situated amidst a picturesque valley. The valley is poignant and is flanked by green mountain walls, above which are majestic snow-capped mountain peaks. The towering peaks of mighty Himalaya are visible from several points on the mountains around the Kathmandu valley. The city is surrounded by several beautiful and interesting villages, which offer plenty of opportunities for trekking and picnics. The Kathmandu valley consists of three main towns namely, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. World's only Hindu kingdom, Kathmandu is renowned for housing several shrines dedicated to Vishnu (The Preserver), Shiva (The Destroyer) and Goddess Durga (the goddess of Power). Apart from shrines, the city is home to a number of famous sites, ancient temples, golden pagodas and inspiring deities. Known for its historic, artistic and cultural significance, the city always offers something of interest for tourists. While exploring the city one can find a small temple or a buddhist kalachakraadhu in bright saffron robes meditating or a Tibetan monk spinning his prayer wheel.
    On arrival check in hotel and then have refreshment. Later leave for sightseeing of Durbar Square For most of the people, Kathmandu means the Durbar Square, around which the life of city buzzes. Located between the river and Kantipath road, the city's busiest road, Durbar Square houses the old Royal Palace.
    Return back to the hotel after the sightseeing. Overnight will be in Kathmandu.

  • Day 13

    In Kathmandu
    After breakfast you will leave for full day visit of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath : One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, Pashupatinath lies 5 km east from the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva as well as the noteworthy gold plated roofs and silver coated doors. This is the abode of God Shiva and is the holiest of all the Shiva shrines.

    Swayambhunath : Watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is listed as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa is painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha and the temple is also known as the watchful eyes of Buddha.

    Boudhanath : lies about 6 km east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the Valley and one of the largest in the world. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design with hundreds of prayer wheels and 108 small images of Buddha all around. Just like the Swayambhunath, the stupa here is too has four sides with the watchful eyes of Lord Buddha. All the Buddhist throng to this stupa to take part in the sacred rituals during the Buddhist festivals.
    Return back to hotel after the sightseeing.
    Stay overnight at hotel.

  • Day 14

    Kathmandu – Delhi ( Flight )
    Breakfast at Hotel. Free till departure. Departure transfer to airport to connect the flight for Delhi.
    On arrival Delhi you will check in hotel and then relax till your departure transfer. Later at night you will be given assistance in transfer on board your flight to onward destination.

Whats included in the package:
  • All accommodation (medium budget hotels/guesthouse and remote village organic farm-stay)
  • All transfers (from pick-up till drop off at railways station/airport)
  • Local guide
  • All entrances in monuments
  • All activities
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