Buddha Circuit 17 For 10 Nights 11 Days
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.
About AgraIntroduction: 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.
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 - After breakfast proceed to Agra. On arrival transfer to hotel. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of the city. Agra is famous for it's most magnificent monument - The Taj Mahal. Emperor Shahjahan built 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 worth seeing Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - After breakfast proceed to Sankasya with packed lunch. Lord Buddha descended from Heaven to earth after preaching his mother. Proceed to Allahabad Religious city situated at the confluence of Ganga and Yanuna and the invisible Saraswati. On arrival transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - After breakfast proceed for Varanasi. Enroute visiting Kausambi an ancient Buddhist center. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. The attractions are Dhamekh Stupa built in 500 A.D, Ashokan pillar & the Museum Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - 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. Proceed to Bodhgaya where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. On arrival lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit the Stupa and the Mahabodhi Temple built by Ashoka the Great in 3rd century BC One can visit the Sacred Bodhi Tree .Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 06 - After breakfast proceed Rajgir where the first Buddhist Council was held after Lord Buddha attained nirvana. Morning free at leisure. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Bimbisara Jail, Venuvan Hot Spring. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - Early morning visit to see Sunrise and offer Prayer. After breakfast proceed to Patna. Enroute sightseeing of Nalanda which was a great Buddhist center. And Kumrahar capital of Ashoka, one can see the remnants of Buddhist Monastery. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit to Patna museum. dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - After breakfast proceed to Kushinagar with packed lunch, where Lord Buddha breathed his last and was cremated. Enroute visit Vaishali (birth place of Lord Mahaveera -founder of Jainism) On arrival visit to Mahaparinirwana Temple, Rambhar Stupa. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - After Breakfast Proceed to Lumbini. Birth place of Lord Buddha 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 Hokke hotel. Proceed for Sravasti where Lord Buddha spent 25 rainy seasons and delivered his sermons. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - After breakfast visit to Sahet and Mahet where Lord Buddha performed his Miracle sitting on a petalled Lotus multiplying 1000 times. Procced to Lucknow carrying packed Lunch. On arrival transfer to railway station to board train for Delhi. Dinner on board. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - 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 & 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.
DELHI | AGRA | SANKASIYA | ALLAHABAD | VARANASI | BODHGAYA | RAJGIR | PATNA | KUSHINAGAR | LUMBINI | SRAVASTI | LUCKNOW | SRAVASTI | LUCKNOW | DELHI
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