Buddhist Pilgrimage with Golden Triangle

Code: LMJUYH
12 Nights / 13 Days
  • Bodhgaya
  • Jaipur
  • Kushinagar
  • Lumbini
  • Patna
  • Taj-Mahal-Agra
  • Varanasi

2N Bodhgaya – 1N Patna – 1N Kushinagar – 1N Lumbini – 1N Sravasti – 1N Varanasi – 1N Train – 1N Agra – 1 Night Jaipur – 2N Delhi

PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Bodhgaya – Mahabodhi Temple Bodhgaya – Mahabodhi Temple
    Complex – UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum (Small assortment of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D) and Sujata House (Temple devoted to an Uruvela tribeswoman)
  • Rajgir & Nalanda – Ancient Buddhist University, Vishwa Shanti Stupa (Marble structure with niches supporting golden images of the Buddha), Griddhakuta, Venuvana Vihara
  • Enroute visit Vaishali (Emperor Ashoka, in the third century B.C. established one of his well-known lion pillars here)
  • Kushinagar – Rambhar Stupa (Marks Buddha’s cremation ground), Mukutabandha Vihara (Funeral pyre) & Mahaparinirvana Temple
  • Lumbini – Maya-Devi Temple (Temple dedicated to Buddha’s mother) & Ashoka Pillar (Built by King Ashok in the year 259BC)
  • Sravasti – Jetavana monastery, Anand Bodhi Tree, Sahet Mahet and Angulimal caves
  • Varanasi – Ganges and Ghats in Varanasi & Sarnath city, Boat ride on river Ganges
  • Visit in Agra – Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fateh-pur Sikri
  • Visit in Jaipur – Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar Observatory & Hawa Mahal
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort
  • Visit in Delhi – Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb
  • Drive past in Delhi – Red Fort, Rajghat, President House & India Gate
  • Rickshaw ride in Chandni Chowk
  • English-speaking guide Services during sightseeing tours
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle service at airport and sightseeing tours
  • Start in Bodhgaya and End in Delhi
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION London Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
All Nights accommodation in well-appointed rooms as mentioned in above hotels or equivalent.
Transportation by Air-Conditioned by a 7 seater or 12 seater Traveller van.
Assistance at the airport & Hotel check-in / check-out
One time Entry Fees at the Monuments as per the itinerary.
Services of English-speaking guide during sightseeing tours
Drivers allowances, toll taxes and Govt. Service Tax
NOT INCLUDED
Air tickets and airport taxes.
Optional activities are subject to availability. Charges additional.
Items of personal nature like laundry, phone calls, tips to guides / drivers etc.
Camera / Video camera fees applicable at monuments

 

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Day 01 Arrival in Bodhgaya

Arrival at Gaya International Airport and stay at the hotel at Bodhgaya.
Bodhgaya is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centers and is located near river Niranjana. Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree which stands strong till date.

After checking in at the hotel, spend a leisurely day and enjoy your overnight stay in Bodhgaya.

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Day 02 Bodhgaya

After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, explore this ancient city, starting with Mahabodhi Temple Complex. Mahabodhi Temple is situated towards the east side of the Bodhi Tree. There is a huge image of the Buddha in the main sanctum of the temple. The Buddha statue sits in a divine posture and touches the earth with his right hand. One can see various aspects of Buddha’s life and his journey to enlightenment in the temple, which is registered as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum that boasts of Buddhist sculptures from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D. Visit Sujata House, a temple which is dedicated to an Uruvela tribeswoman, who served food to the starving Siddhartha.

Stay overnight in Bodhgaya.

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Day 03 Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Patna (Distance about190 km and duration approx. 5.5 hours)

Drive to Rajgir after breakfast and visit Nalanda on the way. Nalanda is one of the oldest university in the world. The ancient Buddhist University was founded in the 5th century. There are several monasteries and temples carrying remarkable Buddhist & Hindu images. Nalanda Institute houses rare manuscripts that are a goldmine for research in Buddhism and Pali literature for the enthusiasts. After visiting Nalanda, drive to Rajgir, which was the capital of the influential Magadh kingdom. The virtuous king Bimbisara ruled Rajgir during the lifetime of the Buddha. Vishwa Shanti Stupa, was built by the Nipponza Myohoji cult of Japan. The impressive marble structure bears golden images of the Buddha. Do not forget to visit Griddhakuta, a protrusion of rock that resembles a vulture’s beak. Buddha spent many rainy years, meditating and preaching in the rock cut caves. King Bimbisara built the monastery Venuvana Vihar for Lord Buddha to reside and it was his first offering to Lord Buddha. Buddha was once brought to the Seat of the Royal Physician’s dispensary, Jivakameavan Gardens to have his wound dressed by Jivaka. Jivaka was a royal physician during the rule of Ajatshatru and Bimbisara.

After a busy day, drive and arrive in Patna and check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 04 Patna – Vaishali – Kushinagar (Distance about235 kms and duration approx. 6 hours)

After having breakfast, drive to Kushinagar and visit Vaishali on the way. Buddha frequently visited Vaishali and Kolhua, and it was at Kolhua where Buddha preached his last sermon. Emperor Ashoka constructed one of his famous lion pillars in the third century B.C. here to commemorate the event. Vaishali hosted the second great Buddhist council a hundred years after the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha.

Stay the night at Kushinagar.

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Day 05 Kushinagar – Lumbini (140 kms / approx. 3.5 hours)

Kushinagar is the place chosen by Lord Buddha for his Mahaparinirvana. There are several new monasteries and temples to explore here. The Rambhar Stupa marks Buddha's cremation ground. The cremation pyre at Mukutabandha Vihara in Kushinagar was lit by Mahakashyapa. What remains today of the statute is a large brick mound that rises to a height of almost 15 meters and is set within a well-kept park. Visit Mahaparinirvana Temple and leave for Lumbini after lunch.

Check-in at the hotel in Lumbini upon arrival and get visa and permits on the way.

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Day 06 Lumbini – Sravasti (170 km / approx. 4 hours)

Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini. Maya-Devi Temple was made during the 2nd century and is dedicated to Buddha’s mother, Maya Devi. Maya Devi used to bathe in a pool nearby. King Ashok built the Ashoka Pillar in the year 259BC. The King, who was a great Buddhist disciple exempted the villagers from paying tax when he constructed this pillar. He gave about a hundred golden coins to the people. The pillar split in into two parts, when it was struck by lightning in the seventh century. The site became obscured for six centuries and was covered with dense forest. It was found in 1895 and the area was cleared. The pillar and the sacred pond were reconstructed.

Leave for Sravasti after lunch and check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 07 Sravasti – Varanasi (320 km / approx. 6.5 hours)

Get ready to explore Sravasti after breakfast. It was here where Buddha preached most of his sermons and performed many miracles. Explore Jetavana monastery where Buddha took shelter during the monsoons. Visit the famous Anand Bodhi Tree as well as explore Sahet Mahet and Angulimal caves.

Keep on driving towards Varanasi and check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 08 Varanasi Sightseeing – Overnight Train to Agra

Get up early to enjoy a cool and calm boat ride on the Ganges River and have a look at different Ghats along the Ganges bank. Those Ghats offer a different look and view from dawn to dusk. Drive to Sarnath which is about 8 km. away from Varanasi. Buddha first preached his message here at Sarnath after attaining nirvana. Do not forget to visit Dhamek Stupa where Buddha declared his faith in front of his five followers. Ashoka pillar, erected in 250 BC is the earliest and most important relic found here.

Relax at your hotel and board your train for overnight journey to Agra. Dinner & Overnight on board.
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Day 09 Arrive at Agra & Sightseeing of Agra

Check-in into your Hotel on arrival in Agra and taking some rest, enjoy Half Day City Tour of Agra. Start with the Red Fort that was commissioned by Akbar in1565. Red Fort is a gorgeous example of Mughal architecture and beautiful structure. Taj Mahal is the sign of eternal love between Emperor Shah Jehan and his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. The monument took21 years to complete and thousands of workers worked to build Taj Mahal.

Stay overnight in Agra.

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DAY 10 Agra – Jaipur (230 km/approx. 5 hours)

Have your breakfast and drive to Jaipur and Visit Fatehpur Sikri , a UNESCO World Heritage site on the way. Emperor Akbar built Fatehpur Sikri as his headquarters. However, due to shortage of water, the king had to abandon the city. Sheikh Salim Chishti, a Sufi saint lived a religious life here and one should visit his Tomb. After exploring Fatehpur Sikri, drive to Jaipur and check in at a hotel for the night. Jaipur is your gateway to the vibrant state of Rajasthan. Explore the local markets for handicrafts, blue pottery and traditional dresses.

Stay overnight at Jaipur.

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Day 11 Half Day Jaipur Sightseeing I Drive to Delhi (250 km/approx. 5 hours)

Jaipur is famous as the ‘Pink City’ of India and is the capital of Rajasthan. It owes its name to Sawai Jai Singh II , a warrior king, who was the founder of the city. The city is renowned for its forts, palaces, colorful culture and beautiful lakes. Explore the Amber Fort on an elephant’s back and see some of those conspicuous structures inside the fort such as the Diwan-i-Aam, which is adorned with latticed galleries. The Sheesh Mahal, decorated with thousands of tiny mirrors look simply stunning. The Ganesh Pol carries a beautiful painted image of Lord Ganesh. The beautiful Hawa Mahal will leave you captivated with picture perfect views. It is well known as the “Palace of the Winds.”

You can drive to Delhi after lunch and arrive well in time to check-in at your hotel for overnight.

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Day12 Sightseeing in Delhi

Get ready for a combined city tour of Old and New Delhi after breakfast. The fascinating city has seen endless ups and downs from ever since its existence since the 6th century BC, right from the rule of the Pandavas and the British Raj. Do not forget to visit the largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid, which was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan. About 25,000 worshippers can pray together in the enclosure of the mosque. Visit Humayun’s Tomb which was commissioned in 1562 by Hamida Banu Begum, wife of Humayun. Humayun’s Tomb was the first garden mausoleum built in the Indian sub-continent that used red sandstone on a large scale and was worked upon by a Persian architect. Take a rickshaw to explore the famous busiest market in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk. There is something uniquely Indian about it with all that noise and chaos everywhere. You can drive past several government buildings such as President House, India Gate in the modern Delhi. Visit Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. This is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Towards the evening, you can visit the Qutab Minar, which happens to be the tallest brick minaret in the world. It was commissioned by the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, Qutbuddin Aibak.

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Day 13 Departure from Delhi

After breakfast, head for Delhi airport for take the flight back home

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