10 Days / 09 Nights
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive New Delhi airport & transfer to hotel. Delhi - An international metropolis with excellent tourist spots, recreational facilities, and a history that goes back to antiquity. It offers a multitude of interesting places and attractions to the visitor.Evening is free to relax. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 02: City Tour
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Delhi Visit Red Fort - The Red Fort with red sandstone walls, popularly known as the Lal Qila extends for two kms and varies in height from 18 metres on the river side to 33 metres on the city side. India Gate - At the center of New Delhi stands the 42m high India Gate, an "Arc-de-Triomphe" like Archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart war memorial. Qutab Minar - Among all the monuments in Delhi, perhaps this is the most famous. 15 kms south of Delhi, stands the soaring tower of victory, the Qutab Minar. The buildings in this complex, date from the onset of Muslim rule in India. Jama Masjid - Jama Masjid or the Jami Masjid was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, between 1644 and 1658 and is the final architectural piece built by him. Situated in
Day 03: Drive Delhi - Varanasi
Today transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi - The land of Varanasi (Kashi) has been the ultimate pilgrimage spot for Hindus for ages. Often referred to as Benares, Varanasi is the oldest living city in the world. Hindus believe that one who is graced to die on the land of Varanasi would attain salvation and freedom from the cycle of birth and re-birth. Ganges is said to have its origins in the tresses of Lord Shiva and in Varanasi, it expands to the mighty river that we know of. Ganges in Varanasi is believed to have the power to wash away the sins of mortals. Varanasi has provided the right platform for all cultural activities to flourish. Many exponents of dance and music have come from Varanasi. Ravi Shankar, the internationally renowned Sitar maestro and Late Ustad Bismillah Khan (the famous Shehnai player) are all sons of the blessed city or have lived here for major part of their lives. Afternoon city tour of Sarnath : famous for its Dhamekh Stupa and for it being the place where Buddha preached his first sermon enshrining the principle of his teachings into laws. Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Day 04: In Varanasi
At dawn enjoy boat ride at River Ganges, followed by a city tour covering - It is a mystical and spiritual experience as you watch people offering water to the Sun God and devotees taking holy dip in the Ganges followed by city tour is arranged covering the Vishwanath temple, the Bharat Mata temple & Banaras Hindu University. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Day 05 & 06: Drive Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Today drive to Bodhgaya - This is where Prince Gautama attained enlightenment under the sacred Asvatta tree (Bodhi tree) and became known as Lord Budha. This is one of the four most sacred pilgrimage places for the Buddhists. The other three important places are his place of birth at Lumbini, Nepal; the site of his first lecture at Sarnath, near Varanasi; and the place where he left his body at Kushinagar, near Gorakhpur. Buddhists from all over the world have built temples here in Bodh Gaya. The Dalai Lama often spends time here. Tibetan pilgrims come here for the winter from Dharamshala. Arrive & check in. Later proceed on excursions to Rajgir / Nalanda / Sapta pari cave and Venevamas. You will come across with many locales of Buddhist significance, i.e., Rajgir : an important Buddhist pilgrimage since the Buddha spent 12 years here , and the first Buddhist council after the Buddha attained Nirvana was held here, Nalanda : founded in the 5th century known as center of intellectualism. Overnight stay in Bodhgaya.
Day 07: Drive Bodhgaya - Vaishali - Kushinagar
Today proceed to Vaishali, a very special place to Buddhists as The Lord delivered his last sermon & announced his impending " Nirwana". See the majesty of Ashok Pillar - Lotus tank, Chaumukhi & proceed to Kushinagar - Situated in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, 51 km off Gorakhpur. Is one of the principal centers of Buddhist pilgrimage is the place of Mahaparinrvana. The monument of Kushinagar are situated in three distinct comprising in the main site of the Nirvana Temple houses over 6meter long statue of the reclining Buddha The image was unearthed during the excavations in 1876. Arrive & check in. Overnight stay in Kushinagar.
Day 08: Drive Kushinagar - Lumbini
After breakfast visit Mahanirvana Temple, the modern Japan / Srilanka Buddhist center & monasteries , then proceed to Lumbini - Located in the flat plains of South-Western Nepal and the foothills of Churia range is kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists all over the world-as do the Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims. Lumbini is the place Lord Buddha -the apostle of peace and the light of Asia was born in 623 B. C. Overnight stay in Lumbini.
Day 09: Drive Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Shravasti
Today visit to Ashoka's pillar (249 BC) rediscovered in 1890's inside thick sal forest, a temple of Mayadevi, the ruins of an old monastery and some new stupas, then in the afternoon proceed to Shravasti - where you will see the extensive ruins of this ancient city & Jetavana Monastery. It is here that the Buddha is said to have performed great miracles. One story tells of how on throwing down the seed of a mango, a great mango tree instantly arose. Another story tells of how the Buddha stood in the air, the lower part of his body engulfed in flames, with five hundred jets of water streaming from the top of his body. Arrive & check in. Overnight in Stavasti.
Day 10: Fly Lucknow - Delhi
After breakfast transfer to Lucknow airport for onward flight to Delhi.