Footsteps of Lord Buddha
Buddhism is based on the wisdom of Siddhartha Gautam borne like a prince of kapilavastu situated in Lumbini, Nepal. Gautam Buddha attained illumination sitting under the tree of Pipal.
This Buddhist tour will get you to the lots of significant Buddhist sites of India and we submit this tour the same as footsteps of Buddha. The major sites to be visiting through this tour are Bodhgaya, Patna, Kushinagar, Balrampur and Lumbini.
Places Covered: Delhi, Lucknow, Lumbini,Kushinagar,Varanasi,Bodhgaya,Patna.
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi: Arrive Delhi. On arrival at the airport, you will meet our representative and be transferred to hotel. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02 - Delhi : Today, leave for sight-seeing tour, which includes Jama Masjid - the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed to Red Fort, Raj Ghat- cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Drive past the President's House and Parliament House, Humayun's Tomb (a memorial of the Mughals, its design is inspired by the Taj Mahal), the Qutab Minar and Lotus Temple.
Day 03 - Delhi - Lucknow - Sravasti:Leave Delhi by flight IC 601 dep. 08:55 hrs / arrive Lucknow at 09:50 hrs. Drive to Sravasti (170 kms). Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04 - Sravasti - Lumbini :Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit Sahet Mahet, capital of ancient Kingdom of Kosala, Jetvana Vihar and Buddhist temples. Later leave Sravasti for Lumbini. Arrive Lumbini, transfer to hotel. Lumbini is the place where Lord Buddha was born. Overnight in Lumbini.
Day 05 - Lumbini - Kapilavastu: Morning visit Mayadevi temple, Ashokan Pillar and stupas. Leave Lumbini for Kushinagar (161 kms./ 6 hrs.). Arrive Kushinagar, transfer to hotel. Kushinagar is the place where Buddha entered perfect tranquillity the state of MahaPariNirvana. Overnight in Kushinagar.
Day 06 - Kushinagar - Varanasi :Morning visit MahaPariNirvana temple and Ramabhar Stupa. After breakfast leave Kushinagar for Varanasi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Sarnath, near Varanasi is the place where Lord Buddha preached his first Sermon. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 07 - Varanasi: Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the Bathing and Cremation Ghats. Breakfast at hotel. Full day city tour of Varanasi visiting Bharat Mata temple, Tulsi Manas, Banaras Hindu University etc. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 08 - Varanasi - Bodhgaya : Leave Varanasi for Bodhgaya, enroute visit Sarnath- The buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his First Sermon. Visit Buddhist temple, Stupas, Museum and ruins. On arrival at Bodhgaya, transfer to hotel. Bodhgaya- the place where Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment under the sacred Bodhi Tree. Overnight in Bodhgaya.
Day 09 - Bodhgaya : Full day tour of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple, Animeshlocan Chaiyata, Mohanta's Monastery, Ratnagar, Archaeological Museum, Tibetan Monastery, Thai Temple and Monastery, International Buddhist House and Japanese Temple, Buddhist Monastery of Bhutan, The Burmese Temple, The Chinese Temple and Monastery.
Day 10 - Bodhgaya - Patna - Delhi : Morning leave Bodhgaya for Patna (182 kms - 6 hrs) enroute visiting Rajgir and Nalanda. Rajgir is a site of great sanctity and significance for Buddhists. Afternoon visit Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara jail. Drive to Nalanda which is 14 kms drive and it was one of the oldest Universities of the World and International Centre for Buddhist Studies. Drive to Patna which is 90 kms, on arrival at Patna transfer to airport to connect flight 9W 728 dep. 21:30 hrs. / arr. Delhi at 23:00 hrs. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11 - Delhi : Transfer to international airport to connect flight for onward destination.