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Itinerary at a Glance
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
Day 02 : Delhi
Day 03 : Delhi – Gaya
Day 04 : Bodhgaya
Day 05 : Bodhgaya
Day 06 : Bodhgaya – Varanasi
Day 07 : Varanasi
Day 08 : Varanasi – Kushinagar
Day 09 : Kushinagar
Day 10 : Kushinagar – Lumbini
Day 11 : Lumbini
Day 12 : Lumbini – Bhairwa – Departure
You arrive at Delhi airport. After clearing India Immigration and Customs, you step into the receiving area where you will be met by our representative.
Overnight at the hotel (No meals)
Morning after breakfast proceed for full day city tour of Dehi. The city beautifully encloses magnificent landmarks and monuments that narrate the story of their glorious past. Delhi is known to have been continuously inhabited since 6th century BC. Through most period of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of kingdoms and empires.
Start with Old Delhi and visit Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Built between 1644 and 1658, it is one of the last architectural works of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Jama Masjid has three gates, two minarets – 40 meters in height and four towers. The minarets are made up of red sand stone and white marbles bearing stripes of black color.
Later, drive pass the Red Fort to visit the Chandani Chowk on cycle rickshaw. The main street of ‘Old’ Delhi is a magnificent bazaar and as fine a monument to congestion, color and chaos as you’ll find in India today. In Shah Jahan’s day, it was endowed with fine mansions, had a tree-lined canal flowing down its center and was renowned throughout Asia; today it’s jam-packed with artisans, traders and auto-rickshaws and comprises a fantastic cocktail of stench, movement, uproar and fumes.
Afternoon, visit New Delhi and drive pass the Iconic India Gate, a 42-metre archway built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during the First World War, the India Gate is also known as ‘Bharat Gate’. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, it is the national monument of India. Also, drive pass various government buildings like President’s house, Parliament etc.
Later, visit Qutub Minar, Delhi’s most striking monument which looms majestically across the wide plains of Delhi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-Ud-Din Aibak. Built in red sandstone and marble, it has a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) and contains 379 stairs. A Soaring conical tower, it is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture and is the tallest minaret in India.
Evening is free at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel (B, D)
Delhi to Gaya by flight: AI 433 at 12:10/ 13:40 Hrs.
Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board your flight to Gaya. A UNESCO world Heritage site, Bodhgaya is one of the four most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centres in the world, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. It was here under a banyan tree, the Bodhi Tree; Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, the Enlightened One. On arrival transfer to your hotel.
Later, visit The Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, marking the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. It is one of the earliest Buddhist temples built in brick that still survives today. Inside the temple is a colossal image of a seated Buddha touching the earth with his right hand (a gesture known as the earth-witness mudra). In this posture the Buddha is said to have accomplished the supreme enlightenment.
Morning after breakfast, enjoy excursion to Nalanda & Rajgir.
Nalanda – a great centre of Buddhist learning and one of the most famed university citadel of ancient time.
Rajgir- First mentioned in the ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata as the capital of Magadh, ruled by the mighty King Jarasandha, this city is estimated to be about 3,000 years old. Buddha visited this city multiple times and delivered a famous sermon on the Gridhakuta (Vultures Peak). Visit the top of the hill and you will discover a stupa built by the Japanese government, while on top of another hill you will find a cave where the first Buddhist council was held.
After visit, drive back to Bodhgaya.
Morning breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day is free for meditation/own activities.
Bodhgaya to Varanasi by road: Approx. 250 Kms & 6 Hrs. drive
Morning after breakfast drive to Varanasi, or Benaras, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi`s Prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrevealed. Mark Twain, the English author and literature, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Benaras, once wrote : “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together” To every visitor; Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges, the high-banks, the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air – the land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. On arrival check into your hotel.
Get up early and try to be at the Ghats at daybreak. The sight of the sun rising over the Ganga is spiritually exhilarating. See Varanasi come alive along the banks of the river and people bathing in the holy water and worshiping the rising sun. Witness the conclusion of life at the riverbank holy cremation grounds. Later, return back to your hotel for breakfast and wash & change.
Later proceed for sightseeing visiting The Bharat Mata temple, the only temple dedicated to Mother India. Durga temple is one of the most important temples in Varanasi, and is built in north Indian a Naagra style of architecture. The temple was constructed during 18th century.
Also, visit Sarnath, one of four holy Buddhist sites and an exceedingly tranquil place. It is the place where the enlightened one gave his first sermon. Here, we will visit the Dhamek Stupa- built in 500 CE to commemorate the Buddha’s activities in this location. The Dhamek Stupa is said to mark the spot of a deer park where the Buddha gave the first sermon to his five disciples after attaining enlightenment, revealing his Eightfold Path leading to ‘nirvana’.
Later in the evening witness the Aarti ceremony at Ganges. ‘Aarti’ is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. An absolute must see in Varanasi, the evening Aarti is conducted every sunset by priests, worshiping the river goddess with incense, camphor, flowers and earthen lamps. The circling of large flaming lamps creates a bright hue against the darkened sky. The movement of the lamps, held in the priest’s hands, is tightly synchronizing to the rhythmic chants of hymns and clang of cymbals.
Varanasi to Kushinagar by road: Approx. 230 Kms & 6-7 Hrs. drive
Morning after breakfast drive to Kushinagar. Kushinagar is an ancient town having great religious value. It’s one of the four main pilgrimage centres for Buddhists, the others being Lumbini (Nepal), Bodhgaya and Sarnath. Kushinagar is where Buddha took his last breath. There are numerous temples that you can visit to understand Buddhism as a religion. On arrival check into your hotel.
Morning after breakfast start sightseeing of Kushinagar include the beautiful and historic Ramabhar Stupa (where Buddha is believed to have been cremated), Nirvana Chaitya ( the main Stupa), the Wai Thai complex and Indo-Japan-Sri Lanka Temple. The Mahaparinirvana Temple houses a beautiful 5th-century statue of reclining Buddha and an ancient stupa, while the Buddha Museum displays a good collection of Buddhist sculptures and relics, Tibetan thangka paintings and Mughal miniatures.
Kushinagar to Lumbini by road: Approx. 145 Kms & 4 Hrs. drive
Morning after breakfast drive to Lumbini. Counted amongst four holy places of Buddhism, Lumbini is considered to be the Mecca of every Buddhist. It is the birth place of Gautam Buddha and is mentioned in some of the texts that Buddha himself chose the four places of his future pilgrimage for his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death, and Lumbini is one of them. On arrival check into your hotel.
Morning after breakfast visit Maya Devi Temple. It is said that his mother Maya Devi gave birth to Buddha while she was taking rest under a sal tree in Lumbini on her way to her parent’s home in Devadaha in 642 B.C. The spot which is now known as Maya Devi Temple is set in the middle of the park. Also visit the World Peace Pagoda and other monasteries.
Morning after breakfast drive to Bhairwa airport to board your flight to your onward destination.
Prices valid from: 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2019
Prices not valid from: 23rd December 2018 to 3rd January 2019