Set out on enchanting India pilgrimage tour with India Heritage Tour and rediscover enamoring legends that lie cosseted in the walls of famous religious shrines in India - a land of fables where religions took birth, grew, developed and faded away.
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days Tour
Places to be Covered: Delhi - Agra - Varanasi- Sarnath - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Balrampur - Sravasti - Lucknow - Delhi
Day1: Delhi. Welcome to Delhi, the capital of India. You will be received and transferred to your hotel. You have the remaining day to brace up for the excitement ahead.
Day 2: Delhi. Daylong sightseeing tour of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad) and New Delhi (Lutyen's Delhi). The tour covers the rich monumental and cultural heritage that the capital of India is proud of. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra - Varanasi. Leave Delhi for Agra by road. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal. Evening leave Agra for Varanasi by train.
Day 4: Varanasi - Sarnath. Arrive Varanasi early in the morning. On arrival check-in at hotel and refresh for a visit to Sarnath - the place where Buddha preached his first Sermon in 590 BC. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Varanasi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Varanasi- Bodhgaya. Early morning boat-ride on the River Ganges. Thereafter, leave Varanasi by road for Bodhgaya - one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centers in the state of Bihar. It was here that Gautama attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the "Bodhi" tree Satabodhi Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Bodhgaya. Morning visit temples in Bodhgaya. Afternoon at lesiure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna. Leave Bodhgaya for Patna en-route visiting Rajgir & Nalanda. Patna is 2500 year old capital city of Bihar. Rajgir was capital of 6th century Magadha Empire and was revered site of Buddha's discourses. Buddha spent many years here. Nalanda is the world's oldest university founded in the 5th century. Overnight at hotel in Patna.
Day 8: Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar. Morning leave Patna for Kushinagar en-route visiting Vaishali - located 60 kms from Patna and holds special significance for Buddhist devotees. Kushinagar is the place where Buddha passed into Maha-Parinirvana. Afternoon visit Kushinagar the various stupas and temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day 9: Kushinagar - Lumbini - Balarampur. Leave Kushinagar by road for Lumbini - the birthplace of Buddha and is located just a few kilometers inside Nepal. Sightseeing tour of Lumbini and thereafter leave for Balarampur by road. On arrival transfer to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 10: Balarampur - Sravasti - Lucknow - Delhi. Morning visit to Sravasti - 15 kms from Balrampur and the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kosala. Sravasti has the honor for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Vihar and has the famous Anand Bodhi tree, age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. After sightseeing leave for Lucknow by road. Commence from Lucknow to Delhi by air or train. On arrival check-in at hotel and overnight stay.
Day 11: Day at leisure. Transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination.
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