21 Jan 2018      
Home    |     Career    |     Love    |     Business    |     Services    |     Panel Astrologers    |     Contact Us

Home > Spiritual Tours > The Buddhist Trail
The Buddhist Trail (11 Nights / 12 Days)

The Buddhist Trail The Buddha Trail is planned to let you explore the spiritual cities of Varanasi, Bodhgaya where one can experience sheer enlightenment and inspiration. Also during the tour explore the beautiful Taj Mahal, the epitome of love, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Moving further on reaching Varanasi, the holy city, set on the banks of the mighty river Ganges. Further on reaching Bodhgaya, the city famous for being the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained Enlightenment. For Buddhists, Bodhgaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha.

Detailed Tour Itinerary

Day 1 :: Arrive New Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a two-night stay. Delhi is a wondrous city with a rich history and culture. The "capital of seven empires" has many thousands of recognized monuments within its borders. Though Bombay has more residents, Delhi is widely considered the cultural heart of India. Set amidst the fast spiraling skyscrapers are remnants of a bygone time including forts, palaces and monuments - reminders of the region's ancient legacy.

In the evening visit the Red Fort to witness the 'Son-et-Lumiere', a dramatic interplay of sound and light effects, recreating the history of Red Fort, a symbol of Mughal power. Watch three hundred years of history come alive!

Overnight at the hotel. Meals (B)

Day 2 :: New Delhi

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of the Capital designed by Sir Edward Lutyens for the British. Drive down the main avenue, the impressive Rajpath to the World War I memorial arch, the India Gate and past the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president's residence and the Parliament Buildings. Then see Imperial Delhi while visiting the Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India at 72 meters high. Qutub-ud-din Aibak began construction of the tower in 1199, and by pulling down 27 Hindu and Jain temples and using their columns he also erected the Quwat-ul-Islam mosque which today lies in ruins nearby. Visit the tomb of the second Mughal emperor Humayun, built in 1565 by his widow Haji Begum. It is an outstanding monument in the Indo-Persian style, and is a precursor of the architectural style of the Taj Mahal.

In the afternoon, visit Old Delhi, the 300 year-old walled city built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1648 as his capital. Begin with a visit to Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi who died in 1948, at the site of his cremation. Continue on to visit the magnificent Red Fort build of red sandstone (1638-48) overlooking the Yumana River. Within its walls are marble palaces and a grand audience chamber, the Diwan-I-Khas, where Mughal emperors held court and the Peacock Throne once stood. Opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and the minarets of the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, where people stream in and out continuously all day. Enjoy a ride through the winding streets of the markets in the Chandini Chowk area by bicycle rickshaw.

Overnight at the hotel. Meals (B)

Day 3 :: New Delhi Agra

After breakfast, drive from Delhi Agra (approx 5 Hrs).Agra is the home of marble inlay work, stonework, and rich Zardozi embroidery. You may wish to visit some factories where you can see the craftsmen at work and/or explore the bazaars.

Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Later, proceed to visit the famous Taj Mahal. Build in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan as an memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it took 22 years and 20,000 men to build it; the white marble transported to the site by elephants from a quarry 200 miles away. The perfect proportions of the Taj Mahal and the delicate inlay marble work are amazing.

Then visit Agra Fort, situated around the bend of the Yamuna River from the Taj Mahal. Construction of the red sandstone walls and gates of the fort was begun by Akbar as the seat and stronghold of the Mughal Empire. Enlarged by successive generations including Shah Jehan, who had the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), Royal Pavilions, & Hall of Public Audience added and Aurangzeb who added outer ramparts. From the towers of the fort you can see the nearby Taj Mahal.

Later, transferred to railway station to board overnight train to Varanasi.

Overnight onboard train.

Day 4:: Varanasi

Upon arrival, transferred & check in at the hotel.

Varanasi, considered as the holiest of Hindu cities, and an important seat of learning in India, is in the North Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy river Ganges.

Later, in the day move out for city tour of Varanasi. Visit the famous Assi Ghat, Niranjana River, Mahabodhi Temple.

Overnight at the hotel (B)

Day 5:: Varanasi - Bodhgaya

After breakfast, drive to Bodhgaya. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel.

Bodhgaya is considered to be one of the most important & sacred Buddhist pilgrimage places of the world.

Later, visit the Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree & Vishnupad Temple.

Overnight stay at the hotel. Meals (B)

Day 6:: Bodhgaya

Today after breakfast, visit the other tourist attractions - Chinese Temple, Monastery, International Buddhist House, 80 Ft Lord Buddha statue.

Later visit the Japanese Temple, Thai Temple, followed by the Archeological Museum.

Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B)

Day 7:: Bodhgaya Rajgir - Patna

After Breakfast drive to Patna en-route sightseeing of Nalanda & Rajgir. Rajgir -The picturesque Rajgir, or Rajagriha as it was known in the past (literally, the abode of kings) is surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and 5 hills. During the lifetime of the Buddha this was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. The hills and caves surrounding Rajagriha were home to spiritual teachers, ranging from the materialism of the early Charavaka School to the metaphysics of Upanishadic philosophers. Like many others in search of truth, Prince Siddhartha, after he renounced his royal heritage came to this city to seek the path of vation. Nalanda -Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. It derived its name from Na-alam-da, meaning Insatiable in Giving, one of the names by which the Lord Buddha was known. Arrive at Patna and transfer to hotel

Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B)

Day 8:: Patna Vaishali - Kushinagar

After breakfast drive to Kushinagar, Kushinagar is where the Buddha finally attained Mahaparmirvana. Amongst the ruins are the Mukutbandhan Stupa and a beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha enroute visiting Vaishali. Arrive Kushinagar & transfer to hotel.

Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B)

Day 9:: Kushinagar - Lumbini

After breakfast visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple & Stupas , later drive to Lumbini & transfer to hotel. Lumbini - the birthplace of the Buddha, was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1,500 years. Evening sightseeing tour of Lumbini including a visit to the birth Place of Lord Buddha.

Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B)

Day 10:: Lumbini - Sravasti

After breakfast drive to Sravasti - the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honor for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. The city believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravast, has age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. In Sravasti visit Saheth - Maheth & Jetvan.

Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B)

Day 11:: Sravasti Lucknow - Delhi

After breakfast drive to Lucknow to board train to Delhi. Upon arrival, transferred to the hotel.

Overnight stay at the Hotel. Meals (B)

Day 12:: Depart Delhi

Morning at leisure. Later, transferred to international airport to board flight for onward journey, taking sweet memories of a wonderful trip.

********************************TOUR ENDS*************************************

Tour Inclusions :- (Price on Request)

03 Nights stay at hotel in Delhi with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Agra with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Varanasi with Breakfast
02 Nights stay at hotel in Bodhgaya with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Patna with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Kushinagar with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Lumbini with Breakfast
01 Night stay at hotel in Sravasti with Breakfast
Transportation in an A/C vehicle throughout the tour
English speaking guided sightseeing tour of Delhi
Rickshaw Ride in Old Delhi.
English speaking guided sightseeing tour of Agra
Evening visit to Aarti on the ghats of river Ganges
City tours of Bodhgaya, Patna, Kushinagar, Lumbini, Sravasti
Rail ticket (Agra - Varanasi / Lucknow Delhi)
Applicable Luxury Taxes

Tour Exclusions:-

Entrances Fees
International Airfare
Personal items
Phone Calls
Drinks & Meals when taken outside of the hotel or retreat centre.

Additional Excursions:-

01 Night stay at local family in the Varanasi (Price on Request)
02 Hrs Cooking class at a local family with Patna (Price on Request)
Trip to Fatehpur Sikri (Price on Request)




Home | Career | Love | Business | Services | Articles | Disclaimer | Login | Sign Up | Contact us | Spiritual Tours | Urllist | XML Sitemap

Copyright 2012. All Rights Reserved www.Astrolika.com

Our online Indian Astrologers (Vedic Astrologers) provide astrological services and follow Vedic astrology (Hindu Astrology) system. It is the most accurate and efficient than any other astrological systems in the world.

Jan Site Visitors: 28693

Share on Facebook