Footstep Of Buddha Tour To 8 Nights 9 Days

Delhi – Varanasi-(8N/9D)



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Delhi – Varanasi Tour

Destinations Covered: Delhi – Varanasi – Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Patna – Vaishali – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Kapilavastu – Shravasti – Lucknow – Delhi

Day 01: Arrival Delhi

As you arrive in Delhi, you will be met by a company representative and you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 02: Delhi-Varanasi

After breakfast at hotel transfer to Delhi Airport to board the flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi check in at hotel. In the Afternoon visit to Sarnath included visiting to Choukhandi Stupa, Dhamekh Stupa, Asoka Pillar, Sarnath Archaeological Museum, and then visit Mulgandha kuti vihar. In the evening you can take a stroll around and explore the nearby markets, be a part of the evening traditional Aarti ceremony on sacred Ganges and also enjoy a boat ride.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 03: Varanasi-Bodhgaya (265 Kms/6 hrs)

In the morning you start the day with a relaxed boat ride at the holy Ganges and experience the magical Sunrise moment. You also get the chance to explore the cremation Ghats and also be a part of the ritualistic practices taking place here and then return back to the hotel for breakfast. Post breakfast you will be driven to Bodhgaya, a total journey of 06 hours covering the distance of 265 Km. Upon arrival check in at hotel and later visit to Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodhgaya.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 04: Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Nalanda-Patna (220 Kms/6 hrs)

You start your sightseeing in Bodh Gaya post your breakfast. Here Gautama Buddha got enlightened under a pious Bodhi Tree. On your exploration spree stop by at Mahabodhi Temple constructed by Asoka back in 3rd century B.C. The other prominent site is Sujata House. This happens to be a temple built serenading a tribal woman from Uruvela who had the kindness to provide food to Gautam Buddha when he was starving. There is a shrine and purlieu close by that gives this place its spiritual aura. Visit the Niranjana River, various monasteries.

Post your Bodhgaya sightseeing you head towards Patna and visit Rajgir and Nalanda on your way. This is a journey of 220 kms and you complete this in 6 hours. Rajgir was the capital city back in history of the famous Magadh kingdom that was ruled by King Bimbisara. Here you can explore the Vishwa Shanti Stupa which is an elite and elegant marble construction carrying impressive golden Buddha images and was constructed by esteemed NipponzaMyohoji sect of Japan.

Further in the tour you are taken to Griddhakuta that is an unusual rock projection that has resemblance to the beak of a vulture, which probably gives it its name. Inside these rocky caves Gautama Buddha spent several rainy seasons preaching as well as meditating. Take a pause at the Venuvana Vihara, a sacred monastery site that got constructed by king Bimbisara for Gautama Buddha to stay, as a very first offering to Gautama Buddha. There is also the Jivakameavan Gardens, known as the royal dispensary of eminent physicians’. Here Buddha was attended and healed by Jivaka, a popular physician who belonged to the times when Bimbisara and Ajatshatru used to rule. Post Rajgir you will move to Nalanda. Nalanda is a classic hub for Buddhism and also being established in 5th century it is the oldest university that the world has. Close by you will find famous temples and monasteries depicting stunning Hindu and Buddhist images. Another popular site is Institute for research in Buddhism and Pali literature that till date has preserved some of the rare manuscripts that might interest the history buffs. When you finally arrive at Patna check in to your Hotel.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 05: Patna-Vaishali-Kushinagar (250 Kms/6 hrs)

A total journey of 6 hours covering a distance of 250 kms, it takes off post your breakfast, where you drive down Kushinagar enroute visiting Vaishali. Vaishali was frequently visited by Buddha during his lifetime. Furthermore, at Kolhua located nearby Buddha taught his final lecture. Celebrating this event King Asoka created the famous lion pillar in 3rd century B.C. And after about a century of Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana, this place i.e. Vaishali had experienced the hosting of the second Buddhist council where two stupas got created in this honour. Post Vaishali visit move to Kushinagar. This place has immense importance, as it records Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana, which means his leaving earth finally. On arrival at Kushinagar check-in at hotel.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 06: Kushinagar-Lumbini (180 Kms/4 hrs)

Post breakfast, there are several historical temples and monasteries here for you to visit. A popular site is the cremation ground of Buddha, Rambhar Stupa. History narrates that Mahakashyapa in the past at Mukutabandha Vihara had lit the holy funeral pyre. Recently, all that remains of this great site is a big mound of brick that is 15 meters high having a park within. Whilst wrapping up stop over at the Mahaparinirvana Temple and then move towards Lumbini which is a journey of 4 hours covering a distance of 180 kms. On Arrival at Lumbini you complete your hotel check-in formalities and start the day’s sightseeing. This place is popular as Buddha was born here. You start sightseeing by visiting Maya Devi Temple, dedicated to Buddha’s mother. This temple got constructed in 2nd century B.C that has a river near, where Maya Devi took her bath. The reputed Japanese Buddhist Federations have decided to rebuild this temple. The other prominent attraction is the Asoka Pillar that got established in 250 B.C constructed by Asoka. The king was a disciple of Buddhism. When this pillar was getting constructed Asoka did not accept tax from the villagers. In addition to that, the king had distributed hundred golden coins amidst them. A sudden lightning that occurred in 7th century made the pillar break in two pieces. Furthermore, this grand site went into oblivion as the dense forest around completely covered it until1895 when it was rediscovered. Post that, the site was rearranged and cleared properly and the pillar was reconstructed, as this place exudes Buddhist significance.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 07:

Lumbini-Kapilavastu-Shravasti (240 Kms/6 hrs)

A total journey of 6 hours covering a distance of 240 kms, it takes off post your breakfast, where you drive down to Shravasti visiting Kapilvastu on the way, Kingdom of king Suyodhan, father of prince Siddhartha. On Arrival at Shravasti you complete your hotel check-in formalities and start the day’s sightseeing. In Shravasti, explore the Sahet and Mahet. Back in past this used to be a proactive Buddhist hub and also the capital city for Kosala Kingdom. Another place of interest to visit is Jetvana Viharhas, where Buddha took refuge for almost twenty-four years. This place boasts of ancient stupas, popular Anand Bodhi trees, quaint monasteries as well as many temples. On this day you spend the night at Shravasti.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 08: Shravasi-Lucknow by surface (180 Kms/4 hrs)

Lucknow-Delhi by Flight
It’s a total journey of 4 hours covering 180 kms. After the early morning breakfast reach the Lucknow Airport/railway station and get on to the Flight/train for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi transfer to the Hotel.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 09: Delhi departure

After breakfast checkout from hotel and proceed for sightseeing tour of Delhi – Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar, India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President’s House, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial. Later in the evening transfer to International airport to board the onward flight.


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