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Buddhist Tour with Golden Temple

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Tour Duration :

17 Nights / 18 Days



Destinations Covered : Delhi - Amritsar - Jaipur - Agra - Lucknow - Sravasti - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Patna - Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Kathmandu.
Overview


Buddhism in India - The evolutionary society was on its way to perfection where the two great religions of the world - Jainism and Buddhism - were born on its soil known as Bihar. It is from here that the Buddhism sprouted not only to different areas of Indian Territory but also to other parts of the world.

The tourists from all over the world especially from Buddhist countries in world like Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Bangladesh etc. and from Mahayana Buddhist world like Nepal, Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Vietnam, Mongolia, Indonesia make their holy pilgrimage to India. However, the Buddhist tour to India is not only the source of religious attraction but also its splendor art and architecture inherent in the Buddhist Caves of Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Kanheri Caes and Karli Caves in the western India, its cultural and educational phenomena inherent in Bodh Gaya and Rajgir. The major hubs of Buddhist tour in India are Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Shravasti, Sankashaya, Nalanda, Rajgir etc.

The Golden temple is located on a small island in the center of a pool called the amrit-sar ('pool of nectar') and is connected to land by a marble causeway. The golden colour comes from the overlay of gold foil, hence the name. Although this is the chief house of worship for Sikhs, and their most important pilgrimage site, you don’t have to be of the Sikh religion to be moved by the splendour of Amritsar’s Golden Temple, also known as Sri Hari Mandir Sahib or Sri Darbar Sahib

Buddhist Tour with Golden Temple Itinerary:
Day 1 – : Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi, Dfc Tours representative will meet and assist you at the airport. Later transfer and check into the hotel for overnight stay in Delhi. Late morning proceed for a combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 : At Delhi

Morning you will have buffet breakfast at your stay hotel in Delhi. Later meet your language speaking guide at hotel and leave for Full Day tour of Delhi visiting various tourist places of Delhi. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.

Day 3 : Delhi to Amritsar

Early morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board superfast Shatabdi Express train for Amritsar (Delhi to Amritsar Flight options available). Meeting on arrival at Amritsar and transfer to the hotel. Later proceed for Golden Temple Tour, Jallian wala bagh and Durgiani temple. Evening proceed to Wagah Border to witness India-Pakistan border closing ceremony parade. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 : Amritsar to Delhi to Jaipur

Early morning transfer to Amritsar Railway Station to board Superfast Shatabdi Express train or flight for Delhi. Meeting on arrival at Delhi Railway Station at around 11.30 AM and drive to Jaipur to reach in around 5 hours time. Arrive and check into the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5 : At Jaipur

Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed tour of Amber Fort where you will enjoy an elephant ride at Amber Fort Jaipur. Afternoon tour of Jaipur city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6 : Jaipur to Agra – (Taj Mahal remain closed on Fridays)

Agra to Lucknow – by overnight train
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Agra enroute tour of Fatehpur Sikri. Arrive Agra and check into the hotel. Afternoon proceed Taj Mahal Tour and Tour of Agra Fort.

Late evening transfer to Railway Station to board overnight train from Agra to Lucknow.

Day 7 : Arrive Lucknow & proceed to Sravasti

Meeting on arrival at Lucknow Railway Station and proceed to Saravasti.
Sravasti- the capital of Kosala Mahajanapada , was the biggest town in the Gangetic plains during the Buddha's lifetime. Arrive Saravasti and check into the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 : Sravasti - Lumbini

Breakfast at the hotel. Later proceed for Sahet Mahet Tour. Later leave for Lumbini enroute visit Kapilavastu – the place where the Lord Buddha spent the first thirty years of his life. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9 : Lumbini - Kushinagar

Breakfast at the hotel.Later visit Birth place of Lord Buddha. Later drive for Kushinagar. Kushinagar is the place where Lord Buddha achieve salvation. Later afternoon visit Nirvana Temple , Ramabhar Stupa & Cremation site of Lord Buddha . Overnight at hotel

Day 10 : Kushinagar - Patna

Breakfast at hotel. Check out and drive to Patna enroute visit Vaishali. On arrival transfer to hotel.

Vaisali- The Lord Buddha visited Vaishali more than once during his lifetime and announced his approaching Mahaparinirvana to the great followers he had here.Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 : Patna - Rajgir - Bodhgaya

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and drive to. Enroute tour of Nalanda and Rajgir. On arrival check into the hotel.

Bodhgaya -As the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment, Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buhddhists. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres since it was here that Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 : Bodhgaya

Breakfast at hotel. Later proceed for visit Mahabodi temple, Bodhi Tree and Niranjana river. Time permitting also visit other Buddhist places in Bodhgaya like Wat Thai (Thai Temple), Chinese Monastery, Burmese Vihara ( Myanmar Buddhist Temple), Roots Institute for wisdom culture. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 : Bodhgaya - Varanasi

Breakfast at hotel. Check out and drive to Varanasi. On arrival transfer to hotel. Early evening visit River Ganges for Ganges arati. Night stay at hotel in Varanasi.

Day 14 : Varanasi

Varanasi City Tour - Early morning at 5 a.m. drive through city of Ghats (stone steps) on the banks of the River Ganges, then embark on a boat ride on Ganges River.

After breakfast Sarnath Tour - 10 Kms from the holy city of Varanasi, The beginning of the celebrated Mantra, " Buddham Sharanam Gachhami ", owes Its origin to Sarnath. Afternoon varanasi city, The Vishwanath Temple & The Dugra Temple and The Benaras Hindu University which has an art gallery and a marble temple.
Overnight stay.

Day 15 : Varanasi - Kathmandu – By Flight

On time assistance & transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, our representative will meet and assist you at the airport. Later transfer and check into the hotel. Afternoon proceed for the guided tour of Kathmandu city.

Day 16 : Kathmandu

Morning tour of Sayambhunath Stupa : the oldest Buddhist shrine. It is said to be 2,000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spire’s base are the all – seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is 3 km west of Kathmandu City and is situated on a hillock about 77 m above the level of Kathmandu Valley and commands an excellent view of the Valley. This Stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal. It was also listed in the Unesco World Heritage Monument List in 1979.

Afternoon excursion of Patan. Overnight stay

Day 17 : Kathmandu

Morning sightseeing tour to Bouddhanath Stupa: The stupa of Bouddhanath lies 8 kms east of Kathmandu. This ancient colossal Stupa is one of the biggest in the world, and is the centre of Tibetan Buddism in Nepal. Listed in the Unesco World Heritage Monument List in 1979. And Pasupatinath Temple: This important Hindu temple is the temple of Lord Shiva, The temple with a two tiered golden roof and silver door is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. Although only Hindus are allowed inside the temple, visitors can witness the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. The temple was listed in the Unesco World Heritage Monument List in 1979. Overnight stay.

Afternoon tour of Bhakatapur. Dinner Overnight stay.

Day 18 : Depart Kathmandu

Morning breakfast at the hotel. Later in time transfer to airport to board flight for home.

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