Foot Step of Buddha

Foot Step of Buddha

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Delhi - Lucknow - Sravasti - Kapilvastu - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Vaishali - Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Sarnath - Agra - Delhi

Duration:
12 Nights / 13 Days
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Tour Information & Highlights
Buddhism is not a religion but is more on a system of life's philosophy and code of morality. Buddhism began with the life Siddhartha Gautama during the sixth century BC, who was born Kapilavastu in the Shakyaclan that belonged to the warrior caste. Today the prince of Lumbini is known to the world as "Lord Buddha".

In this tour we take you to several majour attractions of Buddhist in the country where the architectural Monuments related to Lord Buddha still stand as testimonials of Buddhist doctrines and way of life.
Day 01 - Arrival Delhi
On arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport In Delhi meet with our representative and after a warm welcome proceed to the pre-booked hotel for a night stay.
Day 02 - Delhi - Lucknow by flight Lucknow – Sravasti (170kms/04hrs drive)
This morning fly to Lucknow. On arrival in Lucknow drive to Sravasti. This city was the capital of the ancient kingdom Kosala and has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. After freshen up enjoy guided visit to Maheth and Saheth. Maheth, Identified with the remains of the city, cover an area of about 400 acres. Excavations have exposed the massive gates of the city, ramparts and also the ruins of the structures, which stand testimony to the prosperity of the ancient Saravasti, Saheth known primarily as the site of the Jetvana monastery covers an area of 32 acres, lying about quarter of a mile to south west of Maheth, it become an important place of pilgrimage, adorned with numerous shrines, stupas and monasteries. Overnight stay at Sravasti.
Day 03 - Sravasti – Kapilvastu - Lumbini (252 kms /05hrs)
Drive down to Lumbini – the place where Lord Buddha was born. Enroute visit Kapilvastu here Lord Buddha spent the first Twenty nine years of his life. Overnight stay at Lumbini.
Day 04 - Lumbini - Kushinagar (148 kms /04hrs)
Visit the birth place of Lord Buddha also attend the religious ceremony. Later in the day drive down to Kushinagar. This is the place where Lord Gautam Buddha breathed his last. Enjoy guided tour of Kushinagar, visiting Nirvana Stupa. Nirvana temple script houses the 6 mtr. long statue of reclining Buddha which was unearthed in 1876, carved from the chunar sand stone, the statue has an inscription below that dates the statue to the the 5 century AD. Ramabhar stupa - referred to as Mukt Bandhan Vihar in ancient Buddhist. This stupa marks the site where the Lord Buddha was cremated. This large stupa rises to a height of 49 ft.
Day 05 - Kushinagar - Vaishali - Patna (280 kms /06hrs)
Today drive down to Patna(previously known as Patliputra) was capital city of Kingdom of Magdha. Enroute to Patna visit Vaishal, a special place as Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon here, and announced his impending “Nirvana”, the 2 Buddhist council was held here after100 years of Buddha's ”parinirvana”. Overnight Patna.
Day 06 - Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir (135kms/04hrs)
Start the day with visit to Patna museum. Later in the day drive down to Rajgir. Enroute enjoy sightseeing tour of Nalanda, visiting the ruins of Nalanda University (the center of one of the oldest known universities of the world). The ruins contains a number of Buddhist Stupas & Chaityas, Monasteries, hostels, rooms on four side with the central courtyard. Overnight stay at Rajgir.
Day 07 - Rajgir-Bodhgaya (90kms / 02hrs)
Today enjoy guided sightseeing tour of Rajgir visit- Gridhkuta (Vulture's peak)- sa hill on which Buddha meditated, Bimbisara prison-King Bimbisar was imprisoned here by his son Ajatsatru, Venuvan Vihara-a bamboo garden of King Bimbisar which he gifted to Lord Buddha. Afternoon drive down to Bodhgaya.
Day 08 - In Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. This place is most sacred for Buddhism. Visit Mahabodhi Temple main shrine of supreme enlightenment, the Mahabodhi temple is unique among other north Indian temples. It is an architectural amalgamation of many century and culture, The Bodhi tree-situated inside the temple premises, under which Buddha attained illumination. Overnight at Bodhgaya.
Day 09 - Bodhgaya - Varanasi by Train
Day free at Bodhgaya. Afternoon transfer to Gaya Railway station to board for train to Varanasi. Transfer and night stay at Varanasi.
Day 10 - Varanasi – Sarnath Excursion
Today enjoy excursion trip to Sarnath; one of the most sacred town for Buddhism here Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Visit Dhamekh Stupa it is one of the prominent Buddhist structures in India. Dhamekh Stupa was constructed by the great Mauryan King, Ashoka. Also visit Ashok Stambha and Sarnath Museum. Evening drive back to Varanasi and enjoy a boat ride on river Ganges to witness the prayers. Overnight at Varanasi.
Day 11 - Varanasi – Agra
Varanasi is the oldest living city of this world and also most sacred place for Hinduism. Today enjoy guided temple tour of Varanasi. Evening transfer to Railway station for your overnight train to Agra- The city of Taj Mahal. Night on board the train.
Day 12 - Agra Sightseeing
Arrive Agra inn the morning and transfer to the hotel. Later enjoy visit to Taj Mahal-

Taj Mahal is a tear on the face of eternity - as described by the famous Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and symbolises eternal love frozen in white Marble.

Also visit Agra fort.
Day 13 - Agra - Delhi (204 kms/04 hrs)
Early morning drive to Delhi. On arrival visit some important monuments in Delhi like Raj Ghat, India Gate, President Palace, Humayun's Tomb and Qutab Minar. Later in the evening an escorted transfer to the International airport will be arranged as per your flight.
 
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