Bodhgaya : Bodhgaya is one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center in the world. It was here under a banyan tree, the Bodhi Tree, Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha,the Enlightened One. Born; in the foothills of the Himalayas as a Sakya prince of Kapilvastu (now in Nepal), most of the major events of his life, like enlightenment and last sermon, happened in Bihar. Buddhism as a religion was really born in Bihar and evolved here through his preaching and the example of his lifestyle of great simplicity, renunciation and empathy for everything living. Significantly, the state's name of 'Bihar' originated from 'Vihara' meaning monasteries which abounded in Bihar. Several centuries after Buddha's passing away, the Maurya Emperor Ashoka (234-198 BC) contributed tremendously towards the revival, consolidation and spread of the original religion. It is the monasteries, Ashoka built for the Buddhist monks and the pillars known as Ashokan Pillars erected to commemorate innumerable historical sites associated with the Buddha's life, mostly intact to this day, that helped scholars and pilgrims alike to trace the life events and preaching of a truly extraordinary man. There is a magnificent Mahabodhi temple and the Tree from the original sapling still stands in the temple premises. The temple is an architectural amalgamation of many centuries, cultures and heritages. While its architecture has a distinct stamp of the Gupta era, it has later ages inscriptions describing visits of pilgrims from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and China between 7th and 10th century AD. It is perhaps still the same temple Hieuen Tsang visited in 7th century.

Location : Varanasi / Bodhgaya / Rajgir / Nalanda / Patna / Vaishali - Kushinagar / Lumbini / Kapilvastu / Sravasti Balrampur / Lucknow 

Duration : 6Night 7 Days

Itinerary :

Day 1 : VARANASI – BODHGAYA (275 kms. / 7-8 hrs.)

Pick up from Varanasi Airport / Railway stn  & Transfer to  Bodhgaya by surface (275 kms. / 7-8 hrs.)

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  BODHGAYA

Day 2 : Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda- Patna (210 km 5- 6 hrs drive time & 2 – 3 hrs sightseeing time )

Proceed to Rajgir. Rajgir is a place of great significance for Buddhists and Janis. Lord Buddha spent 12 years at Rajgir and the first Buddhist council was held here. Sightseeing at Rajgir covers the Shanti Stupa, Hot Springs, Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara Jail and other Jain and Buddha monuments. From Rajgir you will be driven to Nalanda (20 km) Nalanda was a great center of learning in ancient time. Nalanda was one of the greatest monastic university of the ancient world. At Nalanda you will visit the Nalanda University Ruins, Archaeological Complex, Nalanda Archaeological Museum, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall, and Silao. From Nalanda you will head for Patna (90km). Overnight stay at hotel in Patna.

Day 3 : Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar (350km – 8 – 9 hrs drive )

Explore the side where Buddha was cremated and visit Mahaparinirvana Temple. Overnight at Kushinagar

Day 4 : Kushinagar/ Lumbini

In the morning you can explore the Mahanirvana temple, the modern Japan/ Srilanka Buddhist center and monasteries and then proceed to Lumbini. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 : Lumbini - Kapilavastu – Sravasti Balrampur (225 kms and 5.30 hrs drive)

At Lumbini, morning tour to the Ashoka pillar (249 BC) rediscovered in 1890's, Mayadevi temple, the ruins of an old monastery and some new stupas. Set for Balrampur in the afternoon, visiting Sravasti where you will see the extensive ruins of this ancient city and Jetavana Monastery, enroute. On arrival you will be transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 : Sravasti – Lucknow (5 hrsdrive)

sight seeing of Sravasti visit Saheth & Maheth and back to Balrampur & Drive to Lucknow. On arrival in Lucknow check into the hotel. Overnight stay at Lucknow Hotel

Day 7 :

Morning city tour of Lucknow covers Imambara, Rumi Darwaza and other historical monuments. Evening Drop at lucknow railway Stn  /Airport

NOTE : ACCOMMODATION IS NOT INCLUDE

Visit Bodhgaya  - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti Balrampur - Lucknow

*All Monuments in Varanasi open all Days. Except SarnathMuseum is closed on Friday.

*Sightseeing by Exclusive Car With Driver Including Pick up & Drop at your Hotel. 

*Includes all  Toll Tax & Parking for Local Journey.

* Includes Half Day /Full Day Guide Service if Guide option Selected.

*Shopping - Drivers / Guide instructed not to take Clients for shopping unless advised by  the Clients/Travelers.

 

Not Inclusive:

*Pick up & Drop Charges at airport / Railway Station will be Extra 

*Entrances on Direct Payment with help of guide /Driver.

*Entrance Cost Per Person Per Visit (subject to change):

 

Name

                Timings

 Closed on 

          Entrances in Rs.  P/P

 

 

 

 

 Foreigners 

 Indians

 

 

 

 

 

Sarnath Ruins

Sunrise to Sunset

Open all days

100

10

SarnathMuseum

0900 to 1700 hrs.

Friday

5

5

Ram Nagar Fort  

1000 to 1700 hrs.

Open all days

150

15

Bharat Kala Bhawan   

1000 to 1600 hrs

Open all days

150

15

TempleTips  (Foreigners are not permitted inside VishwanathTemple ( GoldenTemple ))

Sunrise to Sunset

Open all days

20

20

           

 

Varanasi Food Guide.

 

*Brownee  Restaurant

* Garden Restauarant                                       
* Poonam Restaurant at Hotel Pradeep               
* The Great Kabab factory at Hotel Radisson      

* Highway Inn at Sarnath                                 

* Lemon Grass ( Indian & chinese Only )  
* Chef & I Restaurants at Hotel Meraden Grand 
* Canton Royale, Mangi Ferra at  Hotel Surya                                                  

  • 7 days before Start of the tour . 3 Days before start of the tour 50 % of the amount will be refunded. Cancellation 48 hours or lesser no refund. 
  • For Refund thru Credit Card 5% Bank charges Applicable + Cancellation charge applicable as per hotel Policy.
6 Nights/ 7 Days Private Car Package : Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti Balrampur - Lucknow Ex. Varanasi ()