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Tour BokkingDuration : 11 Days and 10 Nights

Places covered : Delhi - Patna - Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Rajgir - Varanasi - Kushinagar - Sravasti - Lumbini - Agra - Delhi

Day 1 : Arrival in Delhi

On arriving in Delhi, you will be received by one of our representatives and taken to a hotel to spend the night there.

Day 2 : Around Delhi

India gate, DelhiToday, you will be visiting the various landmarks in Delhi. First you will visit the Jama Masjid-the biggest mosque built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. Then, leave for the Red Fort, Raj Ghat-place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Visit India Gate- built in memory of the Indian Soldiers who died, fighting in World War I. You are only allowed to drive past the President's House & Parliament House. Pay a visit to the Humayun's Tomb (a memorial of the Mughals), the Qutab Minar & Lotus Temple.

Day 3 : Delhi - Patna - Bodhgaya

Catch flight IC409 (Departure at 07:05 hrs) to reach Patna at 08:30 hrs. On the route to
Bodhgaya (170 kms / 4 hrs), pay a visit to Nalanda and Rajgir in the tour of Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Nalanda is an ancient university in India. It is a famous centre of learning for the Buddhists.

Known to be historic capital of the Magadha Empire, Rajgir was under their stronghold. From here, proceed to Gridhakuta or vultures peak where Buddha is said to have preached. The first Council of the Buddhists was also held here, after the Buddhas Mahaparinirvana. On arriving in Bodhgaya spend the night here.

Tour BokkingDay 4 : Around Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya, BiharThe Buddhist pilgrimage and the Taj Mahal tour begins from BodhGaya. Located in Bihar, it is the prime centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Here, touched with human sufferings, the Buddha (Lord Sakyamuni) attained enlightenment after meditation. Pay a visit to Mahabodi Temple, Nilanjana. In Bodhgaya, the Maha Bodhi temple is a majestic structure that highlights the linkage of various cultures. Sightseeing in Bodhgaya will be to the Mahabodhi temple and other temples as well, in the morning. The night will be spent at the hotel.

Day 5 : Bodhgaya - Varanasi

Proceed to Varanasi by means of road transport (250 kms / 7 hrs). Shift to the hotel.
Varanasi:

VaranasiA famous ancient holy city of the Hindus, Varanasi is among the famous pilgrimage sites in India. As it lies on banks of the sacred river of India-the Ganges, it is a prime tourist hotspot in a religious India tour. Also called Kashi or Banaras, it has been a prime cultural and religious centre of India for thousands of years.

Varanasi, derived from the words Varuna and Assi (two rivers) has been a major learning centre. In the afternoon, take a drive to Sarnath (about 10 kms from the holy city of Varanasi). Here, the Buddha first began to teach the Dharma, more than 2500 years ago. Stay at night in the hotel in Varanasi.

Tour BokkingDay 6 : Varanasi - Kushinagar

KushinagarEnjoy a boat ride, early in the morning on the sacred river Ganga. You can see the sunrise and also the bathing Ghats of the holy city of the Hindus. From there, leave for Kushinagar (275 kms / 8 hrs) and spend the night there.

Day 7 : Kushinagar - Lumbini

In the morning, at Kushinagar proceed to the various stupas and temples. By means of road, leave for Lumbini (in Nepal) (160 / 4 hrs). Go for sightseeing in Lumbini. Lord Buddha was born here. After 21 years of coronation, Ashoka-the Emperor visited Lumbini and built a pillar at this very spot. So, it is a must visit landmark in a pilgrimge India tour. Stay overnight at Lumbini.

Day 8 : Lumbini - Sravasti

LumbiniIn the morning, leave for Sravasti (Sahet-Mahet), which is about 150 kms, from there.
Sravasti was the capital of the historical Kosala kingdom, which was dominated with Buddhism. Stay in Sravasti at night.

Day 9 : Sravasti - Gonda - Board train

You have some time in the morning to leisure around. Go to the Gonda Railway station to catch train 9038 Avadh Express (departure16: 30 hrs). The night will be spent in the train.

Tour BokkingDay 10 : Agra - Delhi

Taj-Maha, AgraYou will arrive in Agra at 04:45 hrs. A full day will be spent touring around Agra city. You will be visiting one of the seven wonders of the world-The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-Daulah. With this your tour is complete. Take a drive back to Delhi to the airport, to board your final destination-your hometown.

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