Footsteps of Buddha Temple Tour by Rail

Footsteps of Buddha Temple Tour by Rail

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Destination Covered:

Delhi - Agra - Gonda - Sravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Vaishalai - Patna - Bodhgaya - Varanasi

Duration:
12 Nights / 13 Days
Tour Category:
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi. You will meet our representative at the airport. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 02 - Delhi
Full day city of Delhi visiting The Qutab Minar, Humanyun's Tomb, Safdarjung & Lodhi Tomb, Birla Temple & Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, See the colonial architectural grandeur from the exquisitely designed Rastrapati Bhawan, the lush green gardens of India Gate and the Parliament house. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Delhi - Agra - Gonda
Early morning transfer to Railway station to board Train # 2002 Bhopal Shatabdi Express dep. 06:00 hrs. Arrive Agra at 07:55 hrs. Later visit the epitome of love- Taj Mahal.

Later visit Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah. In the evening transfer to Railway station to board Train, Avadh Express dep. 21:50 hrs. Overnight on board. (Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays)
Day 04 - Gonda - Sravasti (Saheth-Maheth)
Arrive Gonda at 10:25 hrs. Drive to Sravasti (28 kms). Its modern name is Saheth-Maheth. In Buddhist times (6th century BC-6th century AD), Sravasti was the capital of the kingdom of Kosala and was important both as a prosperous trading centre and for its religious associations. Buddha is believed to have spent 24 monsoons of his life, in the city. Bhagwan Mahavir, during his penance and later as Tirthankar, visited Sravasti many times.
Day 05 - Sravasti - Lumbini
After breakfast drive to Lumbini (150 kms / 4 hrs). Enroute visit Kapilvastu, the place Lord Buddha entered into Mahaparinirvana (passed away). On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Lumbini. Visit Maya Devi Temple, Ashok Pillar etc.
Day 06 - Lumbini - Kushinagar
After breakfast, drive to Kushinagar (175 kms / 5 hrs). Arrive Kushinagar and check in at pre-booked hotel. Afternoon, sightseeing of Kushinagar visiting the Mahaparinirvana Temple, Thai Temple, Ramabhore etc.
Day 07 - Kushinagar - Vaishalai - Patna
After breakfast, leave for Patna (250 kms / 8 hrs). Enroute visit Vaishali. Arrive Patna and check in at pre-booked hotel.
Day 08 - Patna - Bodhgaya
After breakfast, leave for Bodhgaya (215 kms / 7 hrs). Enroute visit Rajgir & Nalanda. Visit Gridhrakula, Sapataparni cave, Ajatsatru fort and Venuvana. Also visit Nalanda and monasteries and temples with impressive Buddhist & Hindu images. The Institute for research into Buddhism and Pali literature which houses rare manuscripts, is also worth visiting for the enthusiasts. Archaeological musuem is also not to be missed for the rare collections. Arrive Bodhgaya and check in at pre-booked hotel.
Day 09 - Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres, the "Bodhi" tree Satabodhi temple, Japanese and Tibetan monasteries alongwith Magadha university musuem are also to be visited.
Day 10 - Bodhgaya - Varanasi
Morning optional visit to temples. Afternoon transfer to Railway Station to connect train for Varanasi. Check into hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11 - Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on River Ganges to see the beautiful sunrise at Ganges. Afternoon, excursion to Sarnath - the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.
Day 12 - Varanasi - Delhi
Full day city tour visiting Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas, Banaras Hindu University etc. Evening transfer to Railway Station to connect Train # 2559 Shiv Ganga Express dep. 18:45 hrs. Overnight on board.
Day 13 - Delhi - Onward destination
Arrive Delhi at 07:45 hrs. Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.
 
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