Buddha Circuit 14 For 7 Nights 8 Days
Population: Half a million
Best Season: May-September
Wandering through the cobbled streets and alleys of Kathmandu is like going back and forth in time. It was in the 1950s that the government of Nepal decided to open its borders to foreigners. The sudden influx of modernity and tourists has made for some interesting and eye-catching contrasts in this Himalayan Shangri-La. Kathmandu Valley is dotted with countless shrines, temples, palace squares, charming old bazaars and ageless sculptures. Very much the abode of Lord Shiva and Guatama Buddha, a patron saint of the Sikhs has also walked here. Not to mention the Living Goddess, Kumari, who is venerated by all.
Varanasi (also known as Banaras) is one of the oldest living cities in the world and the ultimate pilgrimage for Hindus, who believe that to die in the city, is to attain instant salvation. Situated on the banks of the Ganga, Varanasi is the tract of Holy Land lying between the rivers Varuna and Assi. which flow into Ganga. Varanasi is also known as Kashi, the city of light, since of the twelve "Jyotirlinga" is installed here. Mark Twain, the American writer who visited the city, wrote: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, even older than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". Varanasi has been a great cultural centre, especially in the fields of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving. Some of the most renowned exponents of music have drawn their inspiration from Varanasi. Banaras brocades are treasured textiles and considered collector' items.
Introduction: In the six decades since the creation of New Delhi as the capital of British India, the city has undergone a sea change. Made in initially to cater to a population of 70,000, the total urban population of Delhi now exceeds 10 million. The city has exploded in all directions beyond the confines of Lutyen's wide, tree-lined avenues, with an exuberance that is characteristically Indian
Day 01 - On arrival meeting assistance and transfer to hotel. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Kathmandu city Capital of the Hill Kingdom. One can visit the temple Pasupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva , Swyambhunath temple, Durbar Halls. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 02 - Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport to board flight for Bhairawa on arrival proceed to Lumbini. Lunch at local restaurant. Birth place of Lord Buddha. A holy pilgrimage for the Buddhists. The places of interest- The Maya Devi temple ( Named after Mother of Lord Buddha is the holy spot where he was born), The Ashokan Pillar, Pushkarini: The Sacred pool. Lunch at Nirvana hotel. Proceed for Sravasti which was an active center of Buddhism. Lord Buddha spent 25 rainy seasons and delivered his sermons. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to Sahet and Mahet where Lord Buddha performed his Miracle sitting on a petalled Lotus multiplying 1000 times. Proceed for Kushinagar where Lord Buddha breathed his last and was cremated. Lunch at hotel. Sightseeing of Mahaparinirvana temple & Rambhar Stupa. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - After breakfast proceed to Patna. Enroute visit Vaishali the Birth place Lord Mahavira Founder of Jainism. Carrying packed lunch . Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - Proceed for Bodhgaya. Enroute visiting Rajgir where the first Buddhist Council was held after Lord Buddha attained nirvana. and Nalanda which was a great Buddhist centre. Now only the Great Stupa, terraces etc remain. Lunch at hotel. Proceed for Bodhgaya where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. visit the Stupa and the various monasteries, Mahabodhi Temple built by Ashoka the Great in 3rd century B.C. One can visit the Sacred Bodhi Tree (descendant of the Bo tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment). Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 06 - Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Varanasi the 'Eternal city'. The eternal city is situated on the banks of sacred Ganges. Afternoon visit to Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. The attractions are Dhamekh Stupa built in 500 A.D, Ashokan pillar, the Museum etc. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - Early morning boat ride on river Ganges and watch people taking holy dip & worship the rising Sun. Visit the various temples of the Hindu god & goddess. Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - After breakfast visit the Capital City - Delhi which is divided into two parts Old Delhi- the walled city where one can visit Red Fort (part of the history) & the narrow lanes of Chandini Chowk a crowded market. After lunch at hotel visit New Delhi - Lutyen's Delhi the architect who planned it for the British-Rastrapati Bhavan, Parliament, India Gate (Memorial for the martyr's) Qutab Minar (first Mosque in India) National Museum.Transfer departure to airport to board flight for onward destination.
KATHMANDU | BHAIRAWA | LUMBINI | SRAVASTI | KUSHINAGAR | PATNA | BODHGAYA | VARANASI | DELHI
THIS TOUR CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AS PER YOUR PREFERENCE.
1 Month before start of the journey, else cancellation charges applicable. 20% charges applicable for refund back to your card in case of cancellation