- Patna - Nalanda - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Gorakhpur - Balrampur
(14 Nights / 15 Days)
01 # Delhi
Welcome to India! Arrive Delhi, meet assist by our tour
executive at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night
stay in Delhi.
Day 02 # Delhi - Patna
Morning after breakfast in the hotel, transfer to airport
to board flight for Patna. Patna city famous for the
ancient Patliputra, was the seat of many empires which
flourished during the 6th Century AD. Half-day's sightseeing
of the city include visits to Patna Museum, Sher Shah
Masjid and Hari Mandir Temple. Night stay in Patna.
Day 03 # Patna - Rajgir
Early morning proceed by surface for Rajgir with packed
breakfast. On arrival check into the tourist bungalow.
Rest of the day free at leisure to explore the small
town. Night stay in tourist bungalow.
Day 04 # Rajgir - Nalanda -
Morning after breakfast in the hotel proceed by surface
for Nalanda - an important seat of learning from the
5th century BC to the 12th century AD. Excavations have
disclosed many Buddhist Chaltyas or halls of worship
and monasteries. Afternoon city tour of Rajgir, once
the capital of Magadha. Both the Buddha and Mahavira
chose this city for their retreats and sermons. Return
to Rajgir by surface. Night stay in Rajgir.
Day 05 # Rajgir - Bodhgaya
Morning after breakfast proceed by surface for Bodhgaya,
and visit Vajrashilla, the sacred spot under the Bodhi
Tree. Rest of the day free at leisure. Night stay in
Day 06 # Bodhgaya
After breakfast in the hotel proceed for full day sightseeing
tour of Bodhgaya visiting Buddhist temples in India.
Night stay in Bodhgaya.
Day 07 # Bodhgaya - Varanasi
After breakfast proceed by surface to Varanasi, the
eternal city, which is the holiest Hindu city in India,
and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Rest
of the day free at leisure. Night stay in Varanasi.
Day 08 # Varanasi
Early morning proceed for boat riding on the Ganges
to view the rituals that take place along the ghats
(waterside steps). Afternoon at leisure to take a walking
trip of the city centre - see shops overflowing with
Banaras silk and brocades. Night stay in Varanasi.
Day 09 # Varanasi
Full day excursion to Sarnath for buddhist pilgrimage
in India. It was here in the Deer Park that the Buddha
delivered his first sermon. See in motion 'The Wheel
of Law' of the Buddhist faith. Night stay in Varanasi.
Day 10 # Varanasi - Gorakhpur
Morning after breakfast in the hotel, proceed by surface
for Gorakhpur. Rest of the day free at leisure. Night
stay in Gorakhpur.
Day 11 # Gorakhpur
Full day pilgrimage tour to Kushinagar or Kasia where
the Buddha left his mortal body. Night stay in Gorakhpur.
Day12 # Gorakhpur
Breakfast in the hotel, then full day excursion tour
to Lumbini where the Buddha was born. The Emperor Ashoka
came here as a pilgrim and erected a pillar, which carried
the inscription "Here Buddha was born". Night
stay in Gorakhpur.
Day 13 # Gorakhpur - Balrampur
Morning after breakfast proceed by surface for Balrampur.
Afternoon buddhist pilgrimage tour of Balrampur (Shravasti).
Night stay in Balrampur.
Day 14 - Balrampur - Lucknow
Early morning proceed by surface for Lucknow with packed
brekfast. Lucknow derives its name from Lakshmana (the
brother of Rama - the hero of the epic Ramayana), who
lived here towards the end of his life. Afternoon sightseeing
tour of Lucknow visiting the Great Imambara, Rumi Darwaza,
Sikandar Bagh and the Aliganj Temple. The Great Imambara
built in the 18th century was constructed to provide
employment during the famine. The absence of beams and
pillars in the huge main hall is an architectural achievement.
The Rumi Darwaza is the Turkish Gate at the entrance
to the Great Imambara. Evening transfer to airport and
fly to Delhi. On arrival check intot the hotel.
Day 15 # Delhi
Breakfast in the Hotel. Transfer to airport in time
to board flight for onward destination.
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