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Index ->> Lord Buddha Foots Step Tour

Highlights of Buddhism

Duration - (09 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS)


Welcome and garlanding on arrival and Transfer to Hotel.
DELHI – India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then, that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02:- DELHI – LUCKNOW – SRAVASTI :         
Morning :  Transfer to New Delhi railway station to connect train 2004  Shatabdi Express to Lucknow at ::- Departs ex  New Delhi at 0620 Hrs. Arrives in Lucknow         at 1220 Hrs. 
Afternoon :
Meet upon arrival at Lucknow and transfer Sravasti, 205 kms. / approx. 05 hrs. Upon arrival check-in at Hotel 

SRAVASATI – This is the place where Lord Buddha spent many monsoons meditating and preaching to his audience, and according to legend he seated himself on a thousand pettaled lotus and multiplied himself a million fold, while water and fire emitted from his body. Overnight at Hotel.

Morning :
Visit Sravasti – Baheth Mahern capital of ancient Kingdom of   Kosala, an active centre for Buddhism.  Places of interest are Sahet Mahet, Angulimar’s cave, and Sujata House.
Afternoon : Drive to LUMBINI, 200 kms. / approx. 05 Hrs. LUMBINI is a sacred place where Lord Budhha was born. Upon arrival check-in at Hotel Overnight at Hotel.

Morning : Visit the monuments in Lumbini and take time for performing sacred ceremonies. Visit the sacred gardens   with  MAYAVEDI TEMPLE depicting the birth of Lord Buddha, the ASHOKA PILLAR pinpointing the birth place and the SAKYAN TANK where Mayadevi, the mother of the Buddha is supposed have taken bath before bringing forth the baby. All around this holy sites are remnants of monasteries and chaityas built over centuries following the Buddha’s birth in 623 B.C. 
Evening : Drive to Kushinagar, 170 kms./ approx. 05 hrs . Upon arrival check-in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Morning :
Sightseeing tour of Mahaparinirvana Temple and Rambhar Stupa., the place where Lord Buddha passed away into PARINIRVANA, till today its partial explanation has  revealed the remains of at least ten ancient monasteries.  Later  drive to Patna 250 kms./ approx. 07 hrs. Enroute visit Vaishali.

Vaishali, – is a special place for the Buddhists as Buddha  delivered his last sermon here and announced his implanting ‘nirvana’. The second Buddhists council, held 100 years after Buddha’s Parinirvana also took place here. This place is also birthplace of Lord Mahavira, the Jain Guru, and is a sacred place for Jains. Visit Abhishek Pushkarni, Ashoka Pillar, Lotus Tank, Chau-Mukhi Mahadeo and the Vaishali Museum. Upon arrival check-in at Hotel.  Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06 :- PATNA – NALANDA–RAJGIR–BODHGAYA :              
Morning : Drive to Bodhgaya, 200 kms. / 07 hrs. enroute  visiting  Nalanda  & Rajgir.

NALANDA – the centre of one of the oldest known universities of World, the ruins of the University reveal that it was the first International university of the world where over 2,000 teachers and 1,000 students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied. An international centre for the Buddhist studies also functions here. Buddha had visited this place several times.

RAJGIR – Rajgir was the ancient capital of the Magadha Kings. Buddha often came here. Rajgir is also an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus as the temple complex here is devoted to the Sun God.  Visit Bimbisara’s Jail – where the King Bimbisara’s son Ajatshatru imprisoned him ; Gidhar Kuta or Vulture Peak – where Buddha meditated, Venuvan Vihara or Bamboo garden – was built by the King Bimbisara for Buddha’s residence. A modern Buddhist temple stands here.  Upon arrival check-in at Hotel.  

BODHGAYA – it is here where Lord Buddha   attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, the saplings of which can still be seen in the temple premises. Visit The Mahabodhi Temple – an architectural amalgation of many centuries and cultures – architectures of Gupta and later ages, inscriptions describing visits of pilgrims from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and China are some examples. The Bodhi Tree – is situated inside the temple premises under which Buddha attained illumination. White , green, and red flags tied onto the tree, form a canopy over seven sacred shrines, which symbolizes that Buddha spent seven weeks over here. Also visit Shaivite Monastery, The Buddha Archaeological Museum, and the Nirjana River. Overnight at Hotel.

 Day 07 :-   :-   :-   BODHGAYA – VARANASI   
Morning :
Drive to Varanasi, 255 kms. / 07 hrs. Upon arrival in Varanasi, check-in at

VARANASI  – The city of Shiva on the bank of the sacred Ganges, is one of the holiest places in India. Hindu pilgrims come to bathe in the waters of the Ganges, a ritual which washes away all sins. It is also an auspicious place to die, since expiring here ensures release from the cycle of rebirths and an instant passport to heaven. It’s a magical city where the most intimate rituals of life and death take place in public on the city’s famous ghats. Afternoon : Free for own activities. Overnight at Hotel                  

Day 08 :- VARANASI  - AGRA:  
Early morning
visit to River Ganges . The most important facet of Varanasi is the Ganges and the ghats lining its southern bank in the city. Just cruise along the ghats on a country boat to view sunrise and watch the Ghats, and people performing daily rights/pooja.  Return back to Hotel.

Morning : Excursion to SARNATH. Here Lord Buddha preached  his first sermon after enlightenment and  revealed the eight fold path, the Buddhists doctrine.  Visit Chaukhandi Stupa, Ashok Pillar, Dhamek Stupa, Dharamika Stupa, Dhamek Stupa, Archaeological Museum.

Afternoon : Transfer to Airport to connect flight CD-7408 to Agra
Departs ex Varanasi at 1500hrs Arrival at Agra at 1650hrs

Upon arrival at Agra Airport, transfer to the Hotel

AGRA – The world’s most opulent court of the 17th century was once located in Agra, the capital city of the Mughal emperors under whose reign the city flowered. The city’s piece de resistance – Taj Mahal is an enduring symbol of an emperor’s love for his favourite queen. Agra’s Fort gives one a feeling of space – and here are pleasure-palaces and mansions, halls of public and private audience, chambers of business and cloisters of privacy. The celebration of life at Agra Fort stopped however when the emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned in it by his son Aurangzeb. Overnight at Hotel

DAY 09: AGRA DELHI:                      
Morning :
sightseeing tour of Agra visit the Taj Mahal is a mausoleum  built by Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. The construction is believed to have taken 22 years to complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock.  Agra Fort on the banks of river Yamuna, is situated in the centre of the town. 

Afternoon : Excursion to FATEHPUR SIKRI, the deserted city of sandstone built by the emperor AKBAR. Built by Akbar, it is the most perfectly preserved and complete Mughal palace city of all.  Although only ruined walls remain of the town, the magnificent palace complex still stands, the elaborately carved red sandstone and marble almost as it was 400 years ago and still with the pervasive atmosphere of Akbar's cultured and enlightened court. Later drive to Delhi, 205 kms. / 05 hrs. Upon arrival transfer to city. Upon arrival at Delhi, check-in at Hotel

DELHI India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then, that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities. Overnight at Hotel.

Morning : Proceed for tour to Old Delhi. Visiting, Red Fort – The old walled city from Mughal India, the chief attraction is the huge fort that contains within it palaces and impressive public buildings. Chandni Chowk – The main street of Old Delhi is the colourful shopping bazaar known as Chandni Chowk. Jama Masjid – The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan. Raj Ghat – On the banks of the Yamuna river, a simple square platform of black marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948. 

Afternoon : Continue to visit New Delhi, Rajpath – The Kingsway is another focus of New Delhi. It is immensely broad and is flanked on either side by Ornamental ponds. India Gate – This 42 mtr high stone arch of triumph stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath. It bears the names of 85,000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WWI and Afghan fiasco in 1919 Rashtrapati Bhawan – The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Humayun’s Tomb – Built in the mid – 16th century by Haji Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, this is an early example of Mughal architecture. Qutab Minar – This is a soaring tower of victory which was started in 1193, immediately after the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. It is nearly 73 mtr high and tapers from a 15 mtr diameter base to just 2.5 mtr at the top. Evening, transfer to international airport to connect flight to onward destination

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