Buddhisht Excursion along with Taj Mahal is like combining different faces of life. Both the faces gives us some sort of lessons. Buddhist excursion gives us a lesson on how to get yourself away from the troubles and challenges of life by walking the pathway of Lord Buddha. It involves the destination of Lord Buddha’s awakening, Bodhgaya; Rajgir where he delivered the first lesson,Sarnath place of grave and ultimate Mahaparinirvana, Kushinagar and Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Budhha.
Whereas journey to Tajmahal enable traveler to observe a wonder which came into existence due to sorrow of Shahjahan for his beloved wife death. Taj Mahal draws huge crowd every year and no one can imitate its beauty. Explore this UNESCO world heritage site. This is a perfect blend of sacredness and pure love.
DAY 1: Arrival at Delhi
On arrival at Delhi Airport. Meet and Greet by company representative transfer to Hotel. Overnight at hotelDay 02 : Delh- Agra – Delhi
After breakfast at Delh Drive to Agra via Yamuna Express Way Upon arrival in Agra, visit Taj Mahal – world famous marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jehan in the ever lasting memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, It is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love. Taj Mahal is the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Islamic and Indian architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later visit Agra Fort which is a huge monument of red sandstone that dominate a bend in the river Yamuna, 2 km northwest of Taj Mahal was build by the Mughal during 1565-1571. The fort contains wonderful mosques and palaces in red sandstone and white marble erected by two generations of inventive builders during the time of Akbar and afterward Jehangir and Shahjahan. 1530 - 1600 hrs : Shopping at Agra which is famous for its marble and soft-stone inlay work, leather goods, brassware, carpets and chilanwork fabrics which involve delicate yarn onverlays. Semiprecious and precious jewellery in ornate Mughal style is also available Drive back to Delhi, reach Hotel . Dinner & Overnight stay at DelhiDay3 : Arrive Patna- Rajgir ( 90 kms / 3 Hours )
After breakfast transfer to Delhi Arrival at Patna airport. Meeting and Greeting by our company representative. Drive to Rajgir. Rajgir is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since the Buddha spent 12 years here and the first Buddhist council after the Buddha was hosted here at the Saptaparni caves. Check In hotel. Overnight stay will be at RajgirDay 4 : Rajgir - Nalanda – Bodhgaya ( 85 Kms / Approx 3 Hours)
Breakfast at Hotel , Visit Naland -Oldest Universities of the World and International Centre for Buddhist Studies. Later visit Gridhakuta Hills, Hot spring in Rajgir, world peace Stupa, Bamboo's Garden and Bimbsar Jail. Later proceed to Bodhgaya Bodhgaya is the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment and spiritual home of Buddhists. It attracts many believers from all over the world. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres and in the second place of the four holy sites in Buddhism. Check In hotel .. In evening visit Mahabodhi Temple - The temple, named after the Buddha, is a sacred place for the Buddhists in Bodh Gaya, Maha- bodhi tree - The tree is considered holy since Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under it. Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel . Overnight stay will be at Bodhgaya Hotel.Day 05 : Bodhgaya
Breakfast Visit Sujata Village (Senani Village) the next Buddhist site marks the location where the young maiden, Sujata offered the rice milk bowl and ended Sakyamuni’s hard asceticism. This incident also inspired him to walk on a ‘Middle Path’ in every front of life. Such is the glory of Sujata Village. Here, the exact site where he received the offering is marked by Sujata Temple.
Mahabodhi Temple, visit International Monastery Like thai , Srilanka , Maymmar etc & 80th Feet Statue.
After Lunch visit to Dungeshwari Caves , Here, Prince Siddhartha performed austere meditation for years and reduced himself to a skeleton. The location is very sacred among Buddhists as the site purified by lord himself through continuous meditation. Dinner and Overnight at Bodhgaya
Day 06 :Bodhgaya - Varansi (270 Km / 6 Hours)
After breakfast again visit Mahabodhi Temple. Later proceed to Varanasi.
Varanasi is probably the oldest living city in India and one of the world's most ancient. It was known earlier as Kasi, the city that illuminates. The present name is probably derived from the fact that it is situated on the confluence of the rivers Varuna and Asi – Varanasi is a city that cannot be described, only experience.
Check In Hotel . After Lunch . Rest for a few Hours. , Later proceed to Sarnath (12 kms from Varanasi). Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha had preached His first sermon to His five disciples after attaining enlightement. Visit to Dhamekh Stupa - one of the most visited and most revered Buddhist Shrines in the world & Deer park. In Evening attend the Aarti at Ganga Ghat. Dinner and Overnight in Varanasi.Day 05 :Varanasi- Kushinagar ( 180 Kms/ 4 -5 Hours
Early morning 0545hrs visit bathing Ghats. Take a boat ride on the holy River Ganges, exposes one of the most carefree, colorful and revered aspects of hindu life as the sunrise over the far banks, the Ghats come alive with rituals of Hindu worship and sounds of temple bells. Return to Hotel for breakfast drive to Kushinagar (place where Lord Buddha had left the world behind him after offering an invaluable contribution to humanity, the great religion known as Buddhism). On arrival Kushinagar, transfer to hotel. After Lunch visit Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of Lord Buddha). Overnight stay at Kushinagar hotel.Day 07 : Kushinagar - Lumbini
Morning drive to Lumbini - the birth place of Lord Buddha (180 kms and 05 hrs drive After crossing the India/Nepal Boarder for Visa/Immigration formalities, we will arrive at the little village of Lumbini. On arrival at Lumbini, check in at hotel. After a short break, we will visit the Birth Place of Lord Buddha. Lumbini is situated in Kapilvastu district of Lumbini Zone, the western Teria of Nepal. Here in a grove of Sal trees, Queen Mahamaya gave birth to Gautama, the Buddha. Emperor Ashoka, in his 21th year after his coronation, visited the birth place and raised a pillar on the spot. Visit the remnants of an old monastery. Overnight in Lumbini.Day 08 : Lumbini - Sravasti
After breakfast drive to Sravasti (180 kms and 04 hrs). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Sravasti-The place where Lord Buddha performed Miracles will commence. Sravasti (Sahet Mahet), the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala has the honor for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetyana Vihar (Means Jetvana Garden). Vihar was offered by a wealthy merchant Anath Pindika. This holy place also has the Anand Bodhi Tree. Which is also said to have been planted by Buddha’s main disciple, Anand. Overnight in Sravasti.DAY 9: Sravasti- Lucknow – Delhi
After breakfast at hotel. Drive to lucknow Airport (170 kms./04 hrs.) for Delhi Flight further connect the flight for onward destination.