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Buddhist Journey Tour
Varanasi: Visit the banks of the river Ganga to see the ever beautiful arti (prayer) where thousands of earthen lamps are immersed in the waters of the holy Ganges and the floating lamps give a divine look to the river at dusk.
Nepal: An independent kingdom that lies 500 miles along the Himalayas. Buddhism in Nepal dates from the birth of Siddharta Gautama himself. Legend has it that many bodhisattvas and previous Buddhas also visited the land. Monuments to these Buddhas can still be seen. Early Buddhist history is difficult to document, but we know that Nepal became a great meeting point for Indian and Tibetan Buddhist teachers.
Bodhgaya: Visit the famous Bodhi Tree, under which Buddha gained enlightenment.
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Buddhist Journey Tour

Jama Masjid

Red Fort

India Gate


Agra Fort


Bara Imambara


Lal Baradari


Sravasti - Lord Buddha


Anandabodhi Tree


Kapilvastu


Ashoka Pillar


Kushinagar


Patna


Nalanda


Rajgir


Mahabodhi Temple


Varanasi


Sarnath

Extended Customized Tours
DAY 1: Delhi
Arrival in Delhi. On arrival our representative will meet and assist you to your hotel.
Today the day will be at leisure. Overnight stay at your hotel in Delhi.

DAY 2: Delhi
After breakfast take a half day sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. Places you will visit are:
Jamma Masque: Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India and stands across the road from the Red Fort, built in 1656 by Shahjahan. About 20,000 people can pray here at a time.
Chandani Chowk: Originaly called Shahjaanabad, a very well known market which was once visited by merchants from around the world. It is one of the major shopping hubs of Delhi. A visit to Delhi would be incompleat without a trip to Chandni Chowk.
Red Fort: One of the most spectacular pieces of Mughal Architecture. Built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century. The walls extend up to 2 kms in length. It is now a busy market place called the "Meena Bazzar". The Bazzar has an excellent collection of antiques, miniature paintings & beautifully crafted Ivory Jewellery.
Raj Ghat: This is the place where the Father of the Nation "Mahatma Gandhi" was cremated. Raj Ghat is a simple square platform with a black memorial stone with "Hey Ram" inscribed on it as those were the last words said by him after he got shot at.
After a tour of Old Delhi, have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch proceed for a tour of New Delhi. Places you will visit are:
Humayun's Tomb: one of the most remarkable structures by the Mughal Empire in India. Visiting the Humayun Tomb is a wonderful experience where you learn about the history of the Mughal rule over India.
Qutab Minar: One of the most all & attractive monuments in Delhi. It can be seen from most of the parts of the city. It is among the tallest towers in the world. It was built and completed before 1,200 AD. It is a masterpiece of the Mughal architecture with beautiful carvings.
India Gate: The largest war memorial in India. It is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 solders of the India army who lost their lives during the British Raj, world war one. It is composed of red sandstone and granite and is 42 meters in height.
After your tour drive through the city viewing the government buildings the Presidents House and the Parliament House. Overnight stay at your hotel in Delhi.

DAY 3: Agra
Today early morning depart for Agra by train. To journey is about 2 hours. On arrival you will directly leave for a tour to view the:
Taj Mahal: It is the epitome of Mughal art and one of the most beautiful building in the world. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Made by emperor Shahjehan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. Made of marble and stands as the symbol of love.
Agra Fort: Located near the gardens of Taj Mahal and Yamuna River. Built in the 16th century by the Mughal Empire, made out of Red Sandstone. It was an imperial city with palaces like Khan Mahal, Shesh Mahal & an audience hall called the Diwane khas & 2 very beautiful Masques.
After your tour our representative will assist you to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure Overnight stay at your hotel in Agra.

DAY 4: Lucknow
Today early morning depart for Lucknow by train. The journey is about 5 hours. On arrival our representative will assist you to your hotel. After check-in later in the afternoon leave for a sightseeing tour. Today you will visit:
Great Imambara: The Bara Imambara was built in the year 1784. It was built as a part of a relief projects for a major famine that took place in that year. It is one of the most famous and grandest monuments of Lucknow. Its unique construction reflects the maturation of ornamented Mughal Design.
Lal Baradari: A red sandstone edifice now accommodating the state museum and formerly the throne room of the King of Audh. The museum has a fine collection of archaeological artefacts, including Buddhist and jain sculptures.
Kaisarbagh Palace: Built in 1850 b y Wajid Alis Shah who was a ruler and a port / singer. The palace is known for its remarkable architecture brilliance of the Mughals. The palace incorporates ionic columns, banisters, Moorish miniatures, Hindu umbrellas, lanterns and pediments. The appeal of the Palace is enhanced manifold by the usage of gilt crown, Mughal style pavilions and European style statues.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Lucknow.

DAY 5: Sravasti
Today morning drive from Lucknow to Sravasti. The journey is about 5 hours. On arrival our representative will assist you to your hotel. In the afternoon proceed for a city tour and view the:
Sravasti: Situated in the Gondha district of Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that Sravasti, also known as Sahet-Mahet, was founded by the legendary king Sravast. This place is important from Buddhism point of view because Lord Buddha performed a number of miracles here. It was in Sravasti that He displayed a million fold manifestation of himself. He was seated on a lotus (with thousand petals), with fire and water radiating from His body. The town also had the fortuity of playing host to Lord Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens.
Jetvana Vihar (Jetvana Garden): It is said that Jetavana hosted Lord Buddha and his pilgrims at one point of time. The story goes on further than one of the followers of Lord Buddha spread gold coins throughout the park. These coins were then used by Lord to build a vihara (monastery). Even today, it boasts of a number of sculptures built by Emperor Ashoka.
Anand Bodhi Tree: Lord Buddha meditated under this tree for a night. It is believed that the tree blesses devotees who meditate under it.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Sravasti.

DAY 6: Lumbini (Nepal)
After breakfast depart from Sravasti and drive to Lumbini in Nepal. On your way to Lumbini enroute to Kapil Vastu.
Kapil Vastu: Kapilvastu, also known as modern Piprahwa in the Lumbini Zone of Nepal, is one of the most holy Buddhist centres globally. Kapilvastu witnessed the childhood and early family life of the Buddha in the royal palace. It was at Kapilvastu, the prince saw sorrow, pain, disease and death, the four sights which disturbed Him and He abandoned His life in search of the reality of life, and became the Buddha.
After your visit proceed for Lumbini. The total journey from Sravasti to Lumbini is about 7 hours. On arrival in Lumbini our representative will assist you to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at your hotel in Lumbini.

DAY 7: Lumbini
Prince Siddharta Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. under the Sala tree in full moon at the famous gardens of Lumbini. Today take a tour of the:
Ahoka Pillar: Discovered by the now famous German archaeolgist Dr. Fuhrer, the pillar is the first epigraphic evidence relating to the life history of Lord Buddha and is also the most visible landmark of the garden. The historic importance of the pillar is evidenced by the inscription engraved in the pillar (in Brahmi script). It is said that the great Indian Emperor Ashok visited the site in the twentieth year of is ascendancy to the throne and as a homage to the birthplace,erected the pillar.
Mayadevi Temple: Enshrined in a small pagoda-like structure, the image shows MayaDevi, mother of the Lord. Supporting herself by holding on with her right hand to a branch of Sal tree, with newly born infant Buddha standing upright on a lotus pedestal on an oval halo.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Lumbini.

DAY 8: Kushinagar
Morning depart for Kushinagar. On arrival our representative will assist you to your hotel. Later after check-in leave for sightseeing to view:
Mhaparinirvana Temple: It is the most significant temple and Buddhist pilgrimage. The 20 feet long gigantic deity of Lord Buddha which was excavated in 1876 is displayed here in this temple. According the inscription on the body of the statue it was made during the 5th century AD. This impressive statue of Mahaparinirvana Temple is magnificently sited on a brick platform which is supported by stone posts at the corners. The most amazing thing is that statue of the Lord Buddha is made on a single piece of a red stone.
Nirvana Stupa: Standing at a height of 2.74m, the Nirwana Stupa is is built of bricks. This huge stupa was excavated by Carlyl in 1876. A copper vessel unearthed here bears an inscription in ancient brahmi stating that Lord Buddha's remains had been deposited here.
Mnthakuar Shrine: This shrine lies about 400 yards from the Parinirvana stupa. A black stone image of the Buddha in the 'bhumi sparsha mudra' was recovered here. The last sermon by Lord Buddha was given here.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Kushinagar.

DAY 9: Patna
Morning depart from Kushniagar and drive to Patna. The journey is about 6 hours. On arrival our representative will assist you to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at your hotel in Patna.

DAY 10: Bodhgaya
Today morning depart Patna and drive to Bodhgaya. On the way enroute visiting:
Nalanda: Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. It derived its name from Na-alam-da, meaning Insatiable in Giving, one of the names by which the Lord Buddha was known. Established in the 5th century B.C. it remained a live center of learning till the 12th century A.D. Lord Mahavira and the Buddha both taught here for years. The university of Nalanda offered free educational and residential facilities to as many as 10,000 students and 2000 teachers, for it was supported by a number of villages. The Archaeological Survey of India maintains the Nalanda Museum across the road which houses some exquisite bronzes of the 9th and 10th centuries, Pala dynasty, and other remains excavated at the site. The beautiful Thai Temple and the Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, a centre for research in Pali and Buddhist studies.
Rajgir: During the lifetime of the Buddha this was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. The hills and caves surrounding Rajagriha were home to spiritual teachers, ranging from the materialism of the early Charavaka school to the metaphysics of Upanishadic philosophers. Like many others in search of truth, Prince Siddhartha, after he renounced his royal heritage came to this city to seek the path of vation.
After your tour proceed to Bodhgaya. Upon arrival our representative will assist you to your hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Bodhgaya.

DAY 11: Bodhgaya
Today morning start with a tour and visit the:
Mahabodhi Temple: The Mahabodhi Temple is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built in brick that still survives today. The brickwork on the outside of the temple depicts scenes from the life of the Buddha. Inside the temple is a colossal image of a seated Buddha touching the earth with his right hand (a gesture known as the earth-witness mudra). In this posture the Buddha accomplished the supreme enlightenment. The statue is of black stone but it has been covered in gold and dressed in bright orange robes. Also visit the Bodhi Tree.
Bodhi Tree: The tree under which Gautam Buddha attained enlightment. According to Buddhist texts after Buddha gained enlightenment he spent a whole week in front of the tree, standing without blinking his eyes gazing it with gratitude.
Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum: The museum was established in the year 1956. The museum consists of two galleries and an open courtyard as well as two verandahs displaying the antiquities. The museum exhibits bronze and stone sculptures of Buddhist and Brahmanical faith of pala period, scenes related to Buddhist pantheon, Surya, Zodiac signs on railings of Sunga age.
After your tour rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at your hotel in Bodhgaya.

DAY 12: Varanasi
Morning depart from Bodhgaya and drive to Varanasi. The journey is about 6 hours. On arrival our representative will assist you to your hotel.
Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at your hotel in Varanasi.

DAY 13: Varanasi
Today early morning leave for a tour and visit the:
Daswamedh Ghat: Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the most important Ghats of Varanasi. to legends ten horses were sacrificed by Lord Brahma to allow Lord Shiva to return from a period of banishment. provides a beautiful and colorful riverfront view. A large number of Sadhus can be seen performing religious rites on this Ghat. Devotees must not miss the opportunity of visiting the Dasaswamedh Ghat in the evening when after Aarti, thousands of earthen lamps are immersed in the waters of the holy Ganges and the floating lamps give a divine look to the river at dusk.
Also enjoy a boat ride in the River Ganga.
Sarnath: About 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi, is the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. There are many Buddhist monuments and edifices in Sarnath. Some of the important Buddhist monuments at Sarnath are the Dhamekha stupa, the Chaukhandi stupa and monasteries and temples of different schools of Buddhism from Japan, China, Thailand, Burma and others. It makes Sarnath one of the most venerated Buddhist places. Besides Buddhism, Sarnath is also connected with Jainism.
After your tour in the evening visit the banks of the river Ganga to see the ever beautiful arti (prayer) where thousands of earthen lamps are immersed in the waters of the holy Ganges and the floating lamps give a divine look to the river at dusk.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Varanasi.

DAY 14: Varanasi/Delhi
Morning at leisure. In time assisted transfer to Varanasi airport for your flight back to Delhi. On arrival our representative will assist you with your further travel back home.

END OF TOUR.
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