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Footsteps of Buddha

 

Footsteps of Buddha
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Day 1- Arrive Delhi 
Arrive Delhi and meet the representative at arrival hall and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon proceed on a tour of the capital city. The important places in Old Delhi includes the majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk, besides Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, In New Delhi visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxminarayan Temple, built by the Birlas, one of India’s leading industrial families; Qutab Minar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; and the lotus-shaped Baha’i Temple.

Day 2- To Jaipur
 
Morning drive to Jaipur. Arrive Jaipur and check – in at hotel. Jaipur has been like that since 1727 when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had it built.

Day 3- In Jaipur
 
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajasthani forts. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur including, City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum with its large collection of woodwork, Another monument near the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen.

Day 4- To Agra 
Morning drive for five hours to the City of Taj, enroute visiting the deserted town of Fatehpur Sikri, In the afternoon reach Agra and check in at your hotel. Later proceed for the city sightseeing tour visiting The Taj Mahal, which is entirely made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work.

Day 5- To Varanasi 
Intime transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel visiting Sarnath enroute, an important Buddhist pilgrimage point.

Day 6- In Varanasi 
Enjoy a boat ride on river Ganges. There are about hundred ghats in the city Also visit The Vishwanath Temple, built by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent. The Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama.

Day 7- To Bodhgaya 

Morning drive to Bodhgaya. Arrive Bodhgaya and check – in at hotel. Bodhgaya – most sacred place for Buddhists as it has a Peepul tree under which Gautama the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years back.

Day 8- In Bodhgaya 
Morning sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple – depicting the various phases of Buddha’s journey towards enlightenment, showing different aspects of his life; 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.

Day 9- To Patna 
Morning drive to Patna. Arrive Patna and check – in at hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting Har Mandir Sahib, also known as Patna Sahib, consecrates the place where the 10th Guru of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1776; Golghar – is a large dome-like structure from where one can have a fine view of the Ganga and the surroundings of the city; Patna Museum – has a rich collection of Mauryan and Buddhist sculptures, terracotta and other interesting items of the items.

Day 10- To Kushinagar 
Morning drive to Kushinagar. Arrive Kushinagar and check – in at hotel. Later visit the Rambhar Stupa, which marks Buddha’s cremation ground. Also visit the Mahaparinirvana temple, which houses the recumbent figure of Lord Buddha.

Day 11- To Balrampur
Morning drive to Balrampur. Arrive Balrampur and check – in at hotel.

Day 12- To Lumbini
Morning drive to Lumbini. Arrive Lumbini and check – in at hotel. Lumbini is the place where Buddha was born 2500 years ago.

Day 13- To Kathmandu 
Intime transfer to airport to board flight for Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Surrounded by green hills and mountains with snow capped peaks against its northern and eastern background the Valley is indeed beautiful.

Day 14- In Kathmandu 
Morning visit Hanuman Dhoka, the name of the old royal palace has been derived from the statue of Hanuman (the monkey god of Hindu mythology) Also visit the hilltop Stupa of Swayambhunath, considered 2,000 years old.

Day 15- Leave Kathmandu 
You will be accompanied by a   representative to airport to board flight for onward destination. End of our services……………

Hotel Options

Cities

Superior

Standard

Delhi

Le Meridien

Siddharth

Jaipur

ITC Rajputana

Mansingh Towers

Agra

Jaypee Palace

Howard Park Plaza

Varanasi

Taj Ganges

Clarks

Bodhgaya

Siddharth Lumbini Hotel

Siddharth Lumbini Hotel

Patna

Maurya Hotel

Patliputra Ashok

Kushinagar

Lotus Nikko

Lotus Nikko

Balrampur

Pathik

Pathik

Lumbini

Pawan

Pawan

Kathmandu

Yak N Yeti

Royal Singhi

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in all the hotels on single/twin/triple sharing basis, as per the list above.
  • Breakfast on all days.
  • All prevailing taxes like Luxury tax in all hotels and Expenditure tax wherever applicable.
  • All transfers to or from hotels, city tours, excursions, drives by air-conditioned transport.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide.
  • Inter state road tax, toll tax, driver’s allowance, parking etc.
  • Train fare as per the itinerary.

Exclusions:

  • Any lunch, dinner, snacks, mineral water etc. unless mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee to any monuments or camera fee.
  • Any airfare or airport tax
  • Tips, gratuities.
  • Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks or any other expenses of personal nature.



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