Buddha Circuit 11 For 10 Nights 11 Days
Introduction: In the six decades since the creation of New Delhi as the capital of British India, the city has undergone a sea change. Made in initially to cater to a population of 70,000, the total urban population of Delhi now exceeds 10 million. The city has exploded in all directions beyond the confines of Lutyen's wide, tree-lined avenues, with an exuberance that is characteristically Indian.
Varanasi (also known as Banaras) is one of the oldest living cities in the world and the ultimate pilgrimage for Hindus, who believe that to die in the city, is to attain instant salvation. Situated on the banks of the Ganga, Varanasi is the tract of Holy Land lying between the rivers Varuna and Assi. which flow into Ganga. Varanasi is also known as Kashi, the city of light, since of the twelve "Jyotirlinga" is installed here. Mark Twain, the American writer who visited the city, wrote: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, even older than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". Varanasi has been a great cultural centre, especially in the fields of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving. Some of the most renowned exponents of music have drawn their inspiration from Varanasi.
About AgraIntroduction: Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the world-the Taj Mahal.
The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map.
Introduction: In the six decades since the creation of New Delhi as the capital of British India, the city has undergone a sea change. Made in initially to cater to a population of 70,000, the total urban population of Delhi now exceeds 10 million. The city has exploded in all directions beyond the confines of Lutyen's wide, tree-lined avenues, with an exuberance that is characteristically Indian
Day 01- On arrival meeting assistance and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 - Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport to board flight for Patna. On arrival proceed to Rajgir enroute visiting Nalanda (90 Kms.) which was a great Buddhist centre. Now only the Great Stupa, terraces remain. Lunch at hotel. Proceed for Rajgir (19 Kms) where the first Buddhist Council was held after Lord Buddha attained nirvana. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Early morning visit to Gridhakuta to see the Rising Sun and worship. Visit to Bimbisara Jail, Venuvan Hot Spring. Proceed for Bodhgaya. where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit the Stupa and the various monasteries, Mahabodhi Temple built by Ashoka the Great in 3rd century BC One can visit the Sacred Bodhi Tree (descendant of the Bo tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment). Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Breakfast at hotel.Proceed to Varanasi the 'Eternal city'. The eternal city is situated on the banks of sacred Ganges. On arrival lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit to Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. The attractions are Dhamekh Stupa built in 500 AD, Ashokan pillar, the Museum etc. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - Early morning boat ride on river Ganges and watch people taking holy dip & worship the rising Sun. Breakfast at hotel. Visit the various temples of the Hindu god & goddess. After lunch at hotel proceed to Kushinagar where Lord Buddha breathed his last and was cremated. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 06 - Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to Mahaparinirvana temple & Rambhar Stupa. Proceed to Lumbini birth place of Lord Buddha. A holy pilgrimage for the Buddhists. Lunch at hotel. The places of interest- The Maya Devi temple ( named after Mother of Lord Buddha is the holy spot where he was born), The Ashokan Pillar, Pushkarini: The Sacred pool. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Sravasti which was an active center of Buddhism. Lord Buddha spent 25 years and delivered his sermons. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon visit to Sahet-Mahet where Lord Buddha performed his miracle sitting on a petalled lotus multiplying one thousand times. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - Breakfast at hotel. Proceed for Lucknow the "Nawab City" (180 km). Afternoon visit the Imambara built in 1784 as a famine relief project and is one of the largest vaulted galleries in the world Known for the Hide - seek passages (bhulbhulaiya), Roomi Darwaza. Transfer to railway station to board train Agra Fort Express for Agra. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 09 - Arrival at Agra Fort. Breakfast at hotel. Agra once the capital of India, during the reign of Moghul era is situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It's famous for it's most magnificent monument - The Taj Mahal. Emperor Shahjahan built it for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is amazingly graceful with the semiprecious stones inlaid into the intricately marble designed patterns. Agra fort is a fascinating fort with Masjid, Diwan-i -am (hall for public), Diwan-I-khas(hall of private audiences) etc worth seeing. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - After breakfast at hotel proceed for Delhi (202 km) enroute visiting Mathura "The Birth Place of Lord Krishna" . On arrival at Delhi transfer to hotel.Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Breakfast at hotel. Afternoon visit the Capital City - Delhi which is divided into two parts Old Delhi- the walled city where one can visit Red Fort (part of the history) & the narrow lanes of Chandini Chowk a crowded market & New Delhi - Lutyen's Delhi the architect who planned it for the British-Rastrapati Bhavan, Parliament, India Gate (Memorial for the martyr's) Qutab Minar (first Mosque in India) National Museum. Transfer departure to airport to board flight for onward destination.
DELHI | PATNA | RAJGIR | BODHGAYA | VARANASI | KUSHINAGAR | LUMBINI | SRAVASTI | LUCKNOW | AGRA | DELHII
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