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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour

Duration: 14 Days/ 13 Nights
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Varanasi - Sarnath - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Vaishali - Kushinagar- Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - Sankasya - Agra - Jaipur - Amber Fort - Delhi.

Day 01 : Arrive Delhi Airport
Arrive Delhi - The capital city of India is a extensive modern metropolis with a dramatic backdrop of prehistoric architecture. Check in to the Hotel. Rest of the Day is free to relax. Overnight stay at Delhi.

Day 02 : Sightseeing of Delhi city. Overnight train journey to Varanasi
Delhi offers its guests with end number of choice to visit we take you to Old Delhi to begin the sightseeing. Visit the biggest mosque of India Jama Masjid built in 1644 - 56AD by great Mughal emperor Shahjahan. Drive past through the magnificent Red Fort built in 1638 - 48AD by Great Mughal emperor Shahjahan. Begin the New Delhi sightseeing from here and visit the memory place of Mahatma Gandhi - Rajghat. The famous landmark of Delhi is India Gate, drive past this memorial built to honor the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan wars. The walls of monument are inscribed with the names of sufferer for a cause. The largest home of any Head of the state of the world is in Delhi - The Rashtrapati Bhawan and it is the official residence of the President of India with 340 rooms. Next stop is the uppermost stone tower in India - Qutub Minar built in 1193 AD. Last on Delhi sightseeing tour is a visit to the architectural wonder of city is a white lotus shaped temple built by the followers of Bahai Faith this headstone gives an feeling to the guests of a half open lotus flower bounded by its outspread leaves. Beautifully set among the set of pools and the Gardens. Evening board the overnight train to Varanasi.

Day 03 : Excursion tour to Sarnath - 10 kms
Morning arrival in Varanasi and check in to your Hotel. Late afternoon enjoy a trip to Sarnath, situated very nearby Varanasi. This place is where after getting enlightenment Lord Buddha discourse his sermon. Sarnath has many architectural section to see such as Dhamekh Stupa built by Emperor Ashok in 249 BC, Chaukhandi Stupa built in 5th century AD and the Sarnath Archaeological Museum which has an extraordinary album of artifacts collected from the mine site of Sarnath it also includes India's national symbol - the Ashoka Chakra. Overnight stay at Varanasi.

Day 04: Varanasi sightseeing and Boat ride on Ganges. Drive to Bodhgaya - 240Kms
Varanasi is famous for its Ganges Ghats and the visit would be incomplete without a boat ride on Holy River, as per the holy Hindu ceremony and contributions on Ghats of Ganges this morning. After breakfast drive to Bodhgaya the most blessed town in Buddhism. It is a place where Lord Buddha achieves enlightenment beneath the famous Bo tree. Overnight stay at Bodhgaya.

Day 05 : Sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya and drive to Rajgir - 80Kms
Bodhgaya has many monasteries and temples included in its sightseeing. The world heritage site The Mahabodhi Temple is the main shrine of ultimate illumination. It houses a large gilded image of Buddha. Buddha attained enlightenment under the "Bodhi tree" which is a far-away development. It is in the rear west of the temple complex and attracts a lot of scholars and meditators. The other main attractions of this town are Animesh Lochana Temple, Massive Buddhist Dharma Chakra, Lotus tank, Gelugpa Tibetan Monastery, Archaeological Museum, Thai Temple, Daijokyo Monastery, Indosan Nipponji Temple, Bhutanese Monastery and Giant Buddha Statue. From Bodhgaya drive to Rajjgir the town which eyewitness the knowledge and arbitration of Buddha. Overnight stay at Rajgir.

Day 06 : Rajgir Sightseeing tour and drive to Patna ex Nalanda - 110 Kms
Rajgir has many outstanding places where Lord Buddha had been. Visit The Venuvana - the bamboo brake where the Buddha lived with his follower. The bathing place of Buddha "Karnada Tank". Griddakuta Hill (The hill of Vultures) from where Buddha delivered his sermons. Sattapani cave -where the first Buddhist Council was convened. Jivakamarvana the orchard existing by physician Jivaka .World peace Stupa and Nipponzan Myohiji Japanese temple are all worth a visit places. Drive ahead to Patna visiting the ancient town of Nalanda on the way. This is the home of Ancient Nalanda University which was established in 5th Century BC and paying attention towards thousands of international students and teachers till it was sacked in 12th Century by the Afghan invader Bhaktiar Khilji. The University gives free education and housing facility to as many as 10000 students and 2000 teachers. In Nalanda one can visit the Ruins of Nalanda Ancient University, Ancient Stupas and Chaityas or prayer halls, Nalanda Museum and Nava Nalanda Mahavira Research centre. Overnight stay at Patna.

Day 07 : Drive from Patna to Kushinagar ex Vaishali - 225Kms.
From Patna drive ahead to the town where Buddha lastly received "Mahaparinirvana" means the liberty from death and rebirth - Kushinagar. Visit Vaishali on the way, it was the site of the Buddha's last lecture. The first state to practice democratic system in the world is believed to be Vaishali. One can get glimpses of ancient Buddhist world by visiting the archaeological museum. Ashoka pillar which was compulsory by the Mauryan Empire in around 273-232 BC along with Buddhist Stupas to remember the site of Buddha's last lecture. Afternoon arrive Kushinagar and take a sightseeing tour there by visiting the temple which houses the 6 meter long cover with gold reclining Buddha - "Mahaparinirwana Temple". The important site to be recognized as the place where Buddha was cremated is the "Ramabhar Stupa" and is referred as Mukutbandhan stupa in ancient Buddhist text. Other places to visit in Kushinagar are the Japanese Temple and the graceful Thai monastery. Overnight stay at Kushinagar.

Day 08 : Drive from Kushinagar to Lumbini - 120Kms
This morning drive to the birthplace of Lord Buddha - Lumbini. Arrive Lumbini and check in to your Hotel. After a little leisure proceed for sightseeing tour of Lumbini and visit The Ashokan Pillar built by King Ashoka in 259 BC and Maya Devi Temple devoted to Buddha's mother - Maya Devi. Overnight stay at Lumbini.

Day 09 : Drive from Lumbini to Sravasti ex Kapilvastu - 260Kms
Start the journey ahead to the place honored for protecting Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in The Jetvana Gardens. Visit the town "Kapilvastu" on the way. It was the Kingdom that belonged to Buddha's father. Buddha decided to leave mature delight and look at life in a new viewpoint from this place only. Enjoy visit to dig out stupa complex of Kapilvastu. Continue drive to Sravasti for overnight stay.

Day 10 : Sightseeing tour of Sravasti and then drive to Lucknow - 240Kms
Morning enjoy sightseeing tour of Sravasti visit the Buddhist site of Maheth and Saheth. Later drive to Lucknow. Overnight stay at Lucknow.

Day 11 : Drive from Lucknow to Agra ex Sankasya- 300Kms
Drive to Agra the city famous universal for possessing - one of the seven wonders of the worlds The Taj Mahal. On the way visit the famous ancient Buddhist site of Sankasya, continue drive to Agra. Overnight stay at Agra.

Day 12 : Taj Mahal sightseeing tour and drive to Jaipur - 245Kms
The visit to Taj Mahal this morning is a unforgettable experience. The tomb is built with White Marble and took 22 years and work force of 20000 skilled labourers and jewellers in the creation of the monument. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died during Childbirth. The encouragement for Shahjahan to build this wonder of the world was the great Love bond between them. And is the greatest recall ever built for Love till date. The fact about Taj Mahal is that it changes its color depending upon the intensity of light falling on it. After this we take you to the last destination of your tour - Jaipur. Also called The Pink City. It is also the capital of the historical and royal state of Rajasthan. The amazing structural design, culture, food and welcoming spirit of the people are the main features of Jaipur. Evening enjoy mouth-watering delicious Rajasthani cuisine with live folk dance program at famous city restaurant. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 13 : Sightseeing tour of Jaipur city
In Jaipur the main appeal and is a must visit is The Amber Fort. It was constructed in 1592 AD. The best way to reach the fort is by taking an Elephant back ride like a royal king. You will enjoy the visit to the wonderful palaces, complexes, halls, pavilions and Gardens at Amber fort. The other half of the day can be spent by visiting The City Palace complex that houses an imposing collection of Rajasthani art Jewellery, silverware, carpets, beautiful range of tiny paintings, weapon store and thousands of antique manuscript conserved from the royal family's private collections. Jantar Mantar or The Observatory is a noteworthy collection of traditional astronomical instruments built between 1727-34 AD. The excellent pyramid shaped Hawa Mahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 AD that allowed the women from royal families to see the street demonstration with its 953 small niche windows. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 14 : Leave to home from Delhi international airport - 256Kms
In the morning according to your flight timing we will transfer you directly to Delhi airport from where you can board your flight back to home. Imperium Journey India wishes you a very comfortable and safe journey to home.