Buddha Circuit 12 For 13 Nights 14 Days
Mumbai is a cluster of Seven Islands and derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants. Mumbai pulsates with activity. It is a city that is disciplined by no time frame neither day nor night. Mumbai is also the country's financial powerhouse, the nation's industrial heartland, and its economic nerve center. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sport activity, night clubs & discotheques, theatre & music, gourmet restaurants and interesting sightseeing. Mumbai offers visitors a heady mix of all this and more.
Pune, located 170 kms. south of Mumbai has been the cultural capital of Maharashtra, since ages. The city was one of the pivotal basesof the 17th century great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji, who was born at the Shivneri Fort here.
Pune became the seat of the enterprising Peshwas, under whom Maratha power rose into a major political force. The Peshwas were renowned patrons of the arts and in their time, enriched the city with temples, gardens and educational institutions.
Aurangabad IntroductionAurangabad – A Chapter from History
From ancient times Aurangabad has been a place of great importance due to it’s location on the famous "Silk Route" that traversed across the breadth of Asia to reach Europe. Textiles, embroidered finery and various kinds of beads made in nearby Paithan were exported to the markets of Greece, Rome and Egypt.
Introduction: Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world-the Taj Mahal.
The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map. A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.
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.
Day 01 - On arrival meeting assistance and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 - Breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves a major attraction for it's rock-cut temples built in between 450 & 750 AD. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon free at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - After breakfast at hotel proceed for Pune carrying packed lunch known as "The Cultural City" enroute visiting Karla & Bhaja caves & Kanheri caves belonging to the Buddhist era from 2nd to 9th century AD. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - After breakfast proceed for Aurangabad which has a long artistic and cultural history, contributions made by different dynasties. Lunch at hotel. After noon visit to Ellora Caves known for its Rock-Hewn temples & Monasteries. Kailasa temple is famous as its being carved out of one single rock. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - After breakfast excursion to Ajanta caves dating to the 2nd century BC. It's famous for the buddhist shrines with exquisite paintings. Lunch at Ajantha restaurant. Early dinner at hotel. Proceed for Manmad railway station to board train, Jhelum Express for Bhopal. Overnight on board.
Day 06 - On arrival breakfast at local restaurant and proceed for Sanchi known for its Buddhist structures built by Emperor Ashoka in 3rd century BC. One can see the Great Stupa, and Toranas. Lunch at MPTDC lodge at Sanchi. Transfer to railway station to board Shatbadi Express for Agra. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - Breakfast at hotel. Morning sightseeing of the city. Agra once the capital of India, during the reign of Moghul era is situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It's famous for it's most magnificent monument - The Taj Mahal. Emperor Shahjahan built it for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is amazingly graceful with the semiprecious stones inlaid into the intricately marble designed patterns. Agra fort is a fascinating fort with Masjid, Diwan-i -am(hall for public), Diwan-I-khas(hall of private audiences) worth seeing. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. Early dinner and then transfer to Tundla railway station to board train Vaishali Express for Gonda. Overnight on board.
Day 08 - On arrival proceed to Sravasti. Breakfast at hotel. Sravasti was an active center of Buddhism. Lord Buddha spent 25 rainy seasons and delivered his sermons. Visit to Sahet and Mahet where Lord Buddha performed his Miracle sitting on a petalled Lotus multiplying 1000 times. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - After breakfast proceed for Lumbini. 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 Kushinagar where Lord Buddha breathed his last and was cremated. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Breakfast at hotel. Morning sightseeing of Mahaparinirvana temple & Rambhar Stupa. Proceed for with packed lunch for Patna enroute visit to Vaishali the birth place of Lord Mahavira. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - After breakfast proceed for Bodhgaya with packed lunch enroute visit to Rajgir(115 km) 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 remain. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 12 - After breakfast sightseeing of Bodhgaya visit to Mahabodhi temple, Niranjana river & Museum.Proceed for Varanasi with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 13 - 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. Morning visit to Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. The attractions are Dhamekh Stupa built in 500 AD, Ashokan Pillar & Museum. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit to Silk Factory. Transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai. Arrival at Mumbai the Commercial center of India and also called as the economic powerhouse of India. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 14 - Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit places - Gateway of India built for the visit of King George V, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Garden, Silence of Towers built in 1670.Transfer departure to airport for onward destination.
MUMBAI | PUNE | AURANGABAD | BHOPAL | AGRA | SRAVASTI | LUMBINI | KUSHINAGAR | PATNA | BODHGAYA | VARANASI | MUMBAI
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