ON BUDDHA'S FOOTSTEPS

15 Nights / 16 Days
Route Plan:
Delhi / Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - {Nalanda} - Patna - {Vaishali} - Kushinagar - Shivpatinagar - Lumbini {Nepal} - Kathmandu / Delhi
DAY 01:
Arrive Delhi
International Flight

Welcome to India !!!!
Arrive Delhi - the capital of modern India and one of the ancient cities of the world, identified with Indraprastha, the city founded by the Pandavas (heroes of the epic Mahabharata). Meeting with our representative and assistance at the airport later transfer to Hotel. Check-in and overnight.

DAY 02:
NEW DELHI

After Breakfast Visit Old and New parts of Delhi - each with its specific charm and glory - makes a very interesting city for its sustenance to medieval and modern cultures at the same time and space. In the first half you will visit Old Delhi - including Jama Masjid (Mosque), Gandhi’s Cremation Site and a Rikshaw ride to Red Fort followed by the visit of Humanyun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and a drive past the government buildings in Delhi. Return to hotel. Overnight.

DAY 03:
DELHI / VARANASI
AM Hrs Flight

Morning transfer to airport to connect the flight for Varanasi said to be the India’s most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples dotting the city , sunrise on the river front as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only experienced. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel. Later visit the Temples, Aurangazeb’s Mosque and one of the biggest university of India. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 04:
VARANASI

Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later Excursion to Sarnath 10kms East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Visit the deer park and the museum and later back to Varanasi. Overnight in Varanasi.

DAY 05:
VARANASI - BODHGAYA
260 Kms / 06 Hrs

After breakfast drive to Bodhgaya – the most sacred place for Buddhists as it has a Peepul tree under which Gautama the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years back. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 06:
BODHGAYA

After breakfast, sightseeing of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi tree; Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum - houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D; Jagannath Temple close by has a four armed statue of Shiva in black stone. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07:
BODHGAYA - RAJGIR
75 Kms / 02 Hrs

After Breakfast Leave by surface for Rajgir. Upon arrival, installation at hotel Rest of the morning, visit the Griddhakuta Hill, or Vulture Peak. Post Lunch Visit Ratnagiri, Venuvana Vihara and Satadhara (the seven hot sulphur springs). Overnight in hotel.

DAY 08:
RAJGIR - NALANDA - PATNA
100 Kms / 02 ½ Hrs

After breakfast at the hotel, check out & drive to Patna. Enroute visit Nalanda – once one of the greatest universities of the worlds. Later drive to Patna. Upon arrival, installation at the hotel & overnight.

DAY 09:
PATNA - VAISHALI - KUSHINAGAR
230 Kms / 06 Hrs

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Kushinagar said to be the place of Lord Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana. Enroute stop at Vaishali – the place where Buddha gave his last sermon & announced his Parnirvana. Later drive to Kushinagar. Check in at hotel. Relax & overnight.

DAY 10:
KUSHINAGAR

After breakfast at the hotel, visit local temples / sights of the place of Lord Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana - where he breathed his last & was creamated at Mukutabandhana stupa, marking the spot of that creamation Rambhar Stupa – 50 ft high brick stupa, Nirvan Stupa – dating back to 413 BC – 33 AD Mahaparinirvana Temple has a huge reclining figure of Buddha. Time free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 11:
KUSHINAGAR - SHIVPATINAGAR
60 Kms / 02 Hrs

After an early breakfast at the hotel, check out & drive to Shivpatinagar {Border town between India & Nepal}. Upon arrival Check in at charming & colonial estate & visit Kapilvastu - the place where Buddha spent his childhood and youth. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 12:
SHIVPATINAGAR - LUMBINI (NEPAL)
135 Kms / 03 Hrs

After breakfast at the hotel, assistance at the time of check out & leave by surface to Lumbini. Upon arrival, installation at the hotel & guided visit to Sacred Garden & Mayadevi Temple. Return back to hotel & overnight.

Note: - Your Indian Vehicle will Drop you to Indian Side of the Border & your Nepal Driver will pick you Up from the Nepal Visa & Immigration Office on the Other Side.

DAY 13:
LUMBINI - KATHMANDU
295 Kms / 07 Hrs

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, installation at hotel. Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, visiting Durbar (Palace) Square – which is the heart of the old city. With many interesting temples and historic buildings . The most prominent feature of the west bank is the hilltop 'stupa' of Swayambhunath, over 2,000 years old is the holiest place for Newari Buddhists and the focus of the Kathmandu Valley's creation myth. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 14:
KATHMANDU

After breakfast at the hotel, visit temple complex at Pashupatinath & Boudhanath. –Followed by an excursion to Patan. After visits return back to the hotel for overnight.

DAY 15:
KATHMANDU

After leisurely breakfast at the hotel, take an excursion to Bhaktapur and Changu Narayan Temple. Rerurn back to the hotel & overnight.

DAY 16:
KATHMANDU / DELHI
DELHI / Onward Destination
PM Hrs Flight
International Flight

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, check out & transfer to Airport to connect your flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi Airport, remain in transit to connect your flight for Onward Destination.

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