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Journey To Buddhism Tour

Country: India
City: Gaya
Duration: 16 Day(s) - 15 Night(s)
Tour Category: Family Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

India is the root country of Buddhism. There are numerous pilgrimage sites in India which are profoundly revered in Buddhism like Bodhgaya, Patna, Kushinagar, Vaishali, etc. Nepal houses the two pilgrimage sites of Buddhism- Kapilvastu and Lumbini. Kathmandu has also prominence in Buddhism. These Buddhist sites offer an unsurpassed tranquillity and spirituality to the tourist's mind. Thus, these sites are frequented by religious travellers all around the year.

This 15 nights and 16 days itinerary takes the traveller to these sacred sites, and to the other spots linked with early Buddhism. The list of the revered spots includes Kushinagar, Patna, Vaishali, Lucknow, Sravasti, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Bodhgaya, and Varanasi. It is an ideal tour package for travellers who want to follow the footsteps of Lord Buddha.

Day 01: Departure from your home country

On arrival in Delhi, our representative will be there to meet you and transfer you to your pre-booked hotel in Delhi. Check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for leisure followed by an overnight stay in your hotel.

Day 02: Delhi

Today in the afternoon enjoy sightseeing of Old Delhi including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandni Chowk and its back roads, which were the centre of the city Shah Jehanabad in the Mughal times. Finally, we will continue onto the Raj Ghat- Mahatma Gandhi's cremation site, before returning to the hotel. An overnight stay at the hotel in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi

After breakfast in the morning, we will visit the Delhi Gurdwaras including the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib near Connaught Place, and the Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, built to commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur, in Chandni Chowk market area. Spend time exploring the market perhaps for shopping for the rest of the day.
In the evening, we will proceed for an excursion to the Qutub Minar, the oldest Muslim monument in India, and to the nearby Baha'i Lotus Temple, Delhi's most innovative modern structure, the Bhai's house of worship is a world where silence and order prevail. The structure is made up of pure white marble, the Lotus symbol is common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Around the blooming petals, there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. Later return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 04: To Lucknow

In the morning, we will transfer you to New Delhi railway station to board the Shatabadi Express train to Lucknow. The train leaves Delhi at 0615 and arrives in Lucknow at 1330. On arrival in Lucknow, meet our representative who will assist you in the hotel check-in process. Later in the afternoon leave for a leisure walk in the old market of Lucknow. An overnight stay at the hotel in Lucknow.

Day 05: Lucknow

After Breakfast in the morning, we will visit the Residency complex- the site of the famous siege of 1857, Dilkusha Gardens and La Martiniere. Later in the afternoon, we will visit the monuments of Avadh Nawabs including the Imambaras, Romi Darwaja and explore Lucknow's colourful bazaars. Return back to the hotel for a night stay.

Day 06: To Sravasti

Today, early in the morning, we will drive to Sravasti (approximately 5 hrs driving time). Check-in at the hotel. Later in the afternoon, we will visit Sravasti where Lord Buddha passed the greater part of his monastic life and preached after the enlightenment. Also, we will visit the Ananda Bodhi tree where Lord Buddha meditated for a night then visit Jetavan where Lord Buddha performed some miracle. An overnight stay at the hotel in Sravasti.

Day 07: To Lumbini

In the morning, we will drive to Lumbini (approximately 5 hrs driving time). Check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for leisure followed by a night stay in the hotel in Lumbini.

Day 08: Lumbini

After breakfast in the morning, we will visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha - Lumbini. Also, we will visit Lumbini Park where the Ashok Pillar carries the inscription - where the Buddha was born. Then, we will visit the Mayadevi temple devoted to the mother of Lord Buddha which houses a stone picture of giving birth to Lord Buddha. Later, we will visit the China temple which is a beautiful pagoda styled temple with many prayers and meditation cells. An overnight stay at the hotel in Lumbini.

Day 9: To Kushinagar

In the morning after breakfast, we will drive to Kushinagar (approximately 4 hrs driving time). Check-in at the hotel in Kushinagar. In the afternoon leave by private car for sight-seeing of Kushinagar, one of the major Buddhist pilgrimage destinations where Lord Buddha attained Parinirvana or final Nirvana. Also, visit ancient stupas and modern temples, commemorating the Buddha's death and cremation. Visit the spectacular reclining Buddha Statue. Enjoy a night stay at the hotel in Kushinagar.

Day 10: To Patna via Vaishali

After breakfast in the morning, we will drive to Patna. En-route, we will be visiting Vaishali (approximately 7 hrs driving time) where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon. The excavations carried out in Vaishali have brought to light Buddha stupa 1 and 11 (14th century B.C) built in brick with a casket containing part of the ashes of Buddha. We will also visit Ashok Pillar, erected by Emperor Ashok to commemorate the spot of the last sermon. On arrival in Patna, check-in at the hotel for a night stay.

Day 11: To Bodhgaya via Nalanda and Rajgir

After breakfast in the morning, we will drive to Bodhgaya. En-route, we will visit Nalanda (approximately 90 km) founded in the 5th century B.C. We will also visit an archaeological museum houses the Nalanda University seal, sculptures and other remains found on the site. Later take a 20 km drive to Rajgir. Further, we will visit Griddhkuta "Hill of Vultures", where Buddha delivered some of his most famous sermons. Thereafter, we will visit the Saptparni caves where the first Buddha Council was held which is also the source of Rajgir's hot springs.

Then drive to Bodhgaya (approximately 120 km) and Check-in at the pre-booked guest house for an overnight stay.

Day 12: Bodhgaya

In the morning after breakfast, we will visit Mahabodhi Temple which includes tall stone lotuses, figures of Buddha sitting in different postures on the walls, his footprints on the stones and a colossal golden Buddha in the sanctum sanctorum. The Bodhi Tree is situated on the premises of the temple, is the one under which Buddha attained illumination. Another option is to sit and meditate under the Bodhi Tree. Later return back to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 13: To Varanasi

After early breakfast in the morning, we will transfer you to the railway station for your train journey to Varanasi. The train leaves Bodhgaya at 0705 and arrives at Varanasi at 1115. On arriving at Varanasi, meet our representative who will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel. Attend the evening Aarti at Sasumed Ghat on the banks of river Ganges. Enjoy a night stay at the hotel in Varanasi.

Day 14: Varanasi
Today, we will leave for an early morning boat ride at the Ganges River. As the dawn mists rise on the Holy River Ganges, glide silently on a boat to see the devout come to bathe and pray. Later in the early afternoon, we will drive to Sarnath where the Lord Buddha preached his first discourse, and to see the Stupas, ancient and modern Temples and Ashoka's Pillar. Lord Buddha came to Sarnath after gaining enlightenment under the sacred bodhi tree.

Day 15: Delhi

The morning time is free for leisure, rest and relaxation. Later in the early afternoon, we will transfer you to the airport to board the flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, meet our representative who will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel in Delhi for an overnight stay.

Day 16: International Departure

In the morning, we will transfer you to the international airport to board the flight to your home country.
Tour & services Ends.

PACKAGE EXCLUSIONS: -

* Air Fare / Train fare./ Jeep Ride / Horse Ride / Entrance Fees / River Rafting

* Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips & gratuity, mineral water, soft & hard drinks, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, joy ride (Toy Train), Porterage.

* Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary.

* Entrance Fees & Guide charges.

* Any Costarising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).

* Any increase in taxes or fuel price, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.

* Room Heater Charges

* Insurance.

CANCELLATION POLICY: -

20% Charge of the Total Package booking on amendment/Plan Change.

30% cancellation of the package cost after confirmation/issuing the hotel voucher.

50% cancellation of the package cost before 10 days of the travelling date.

100% cancellation of the package cost before 07 days of the travelling date.

No. flexibility at the time of Travel in the plan.

Any train and flight tickets cancellation will be applicable as per Indian railway/airline rules and refund/adjustment can be given only after receiving the refund from the train or airline company.

No cancellation & any refund will be made at any cost in case of bad weather or landslide or any destination and which is beyond the control of the age.

Cancellation & other policies as per the hotel/company rule.

NOTE:-

Hotels are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

If the base category room will be not available then supplement cost will be Applicable for upper Category rooms.

BOOKING CONFIRMATION POLICY:

For Booking Confirmation, Only 50% Of The Total Package Cost Must be Deposited In Our Company’s Account. After Receiving The Payment, We Will Process Your Booking Immediately And Issue The Hotel Confirmation Voucher, Car Voucher, Volvo Ticket Voucher, Sightseeing Service Voucher & Other Service Vouchers To You As An Attachment Of PDF File. You Are Requested To Carry These Issued Documents Print-Out Copy With You In During The Trip. The Remaining 70% Of The Payment Must Be Before Journey Date, Payment Can Be Made By Cash Or Bank.

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