Buddhist Pilgrimage

Travel Duration :    12 Days / 11 Nights

Destinations Covered :   Delhi – Lucknow – Balrampur – Lumbini – Kushinagar – Patna – Vaishali – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodhgaya – Varanasi – Sarnath - Delhi

Day 01: Arrive Delhi by International flight

Today you will arrive at Delhi International airport. Meeting & Assistance on arrival, Our Representative welcome & escort you by a private car & transfer to the hotel, whilst room, the keys and check-in is organized, our representative would hand over the documents and brief the tour programme to you. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 :    Delhi

After breakfast, you will be taken on a full day sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi visiting the Red Fort – Built by Emperor Shah Jehan, Jama Masjid -Largest Mosque in India, Raj Ghat – Where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, India Gate, Parliament House, President House, Hamayun’s Tomb & Qutub Minar – The 72.5 metres- High tower. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 :    Delhi/Lucknow by Train

Today morning you will be transferred to New Delhi tain station jn time to board Shatabadi Express train to Lucknow. Meet/Assist on arrival & check-in at Hotel. Afternoon you will be taken on a city tour of Lucknow visiting Bada Imambada, Rumi Darwaza, Kaisarbagh Palace Complex & Museum. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04 :    Lucknow/Balrampur via Sravasti

After breakfast, you will be driven by your private car & driver to Balrampur, en-route visiting Sravasti, previously known as Sahet-Maheth. The Buddha spent many monsoons here preaching to assembled audiences in the presence of King Prosenjit. The identification of Sahet-Maheth with Sravasti has been confirmed by the discovery of several relevant inscriptions. Later check into hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 :    Balrampur/Lumbini

After an early breakfast, You will be driven by your private car & driver to Lumbini – The Birthplace of Lord Buddha. King Ashoka visited Lumbini in 250 BC and erected a monolithic pillar, 36 feet in height to mark the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Shakyamuni has remnants of an old monastery and an image of Maya Devi (Lord Buddha's mother is preserved here). Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06 :    Lumbini/Kushinagar

After breakfast, you will be driven by your private car & driver to Kushinagar -known earlier as Kushinara. It was here that Buddha passed away into Mahaperinirvana. In this place the Mukutbandhana Stupa (Ram Stupa), which was built to hold the Buddha's cremated remains is naturally considered of great sanctity. There is also a large recline stone figure of Lord Buddha & check in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07:    Kushinagar/Patna via Vaishali

After breakfast, You will be driven by your private car & driver to Patna. En-route visiting Vaishali, which is 55 kms from Patna. Vaishali was thrice visited by Lord Buddha and the scene of the second great Buddhist council and it long remained a strong hold of Buddhism. Arrive Patna and check into hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08 :    Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir – Bodhgaya

After an early breakfast drive to Rajgir, en-route visit Nalanda (2 hours drive from Patna), then drive to Rajgir. Rajgir is situated in a lush green valley enclosed by five hills and historic stonewalls. Rajgirha, Now Rajgir, was once the ancient capital of powerful kingdom of Magadh. The Buddha chose this famous for many of his retreats and sermons. It was here the first Buddhist council was held. After sightseeing of Rajgir drive again for 3 hours to Bodhgaya. Arrive Bodhgaya and check into Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09 :    Bodhgaya

Set in Silvan solitude on the banks of river Nirnjana, came to this place after a long-hard journey in search of Supreme Knowledge. Here under the Bodhi tree, he attained enlightenment. Early morning visit temple of Bodhgaya. Back to hotel for breakfast and rest of the day is free to spend your time in the city. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10 :    Bodhgaya/Varanasi

After breakfast, you will be driven by your private car & driver to Varanasi & check-in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11 :    Varanasi

Early morning visit Ghats for boat cruise on the Ganges. Then drive back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast proceed for Sarnath, which is 10 kms. from Varanasi. In Sarnath Buddha preached his first significant sermon to his five disciples. Buddha came here after achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya. After Sarnath you will be taken on a half day city tour of Varanasi visiting the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Durga temple & Banaras Hindu University founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12 :    Varanasi/Depart by Flight

After breakfast, you will be free till transfer to Varanasi airport in time to connect your flight to your next destination.