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Spiritual Buddhist Tour with Ganges River

Spiritual Buddhist Tour Itinerary :

11 Nights / 12 Days

Destinations Covered : Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Kushinagar - Vaishali - Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - Balrampur - Lucknow - Delhi

The Buddhist tour is a spiritual journey where each place has its own significance for being associated with the life of Buddha. Be it the Mahabodhi temple of Bodhgaya or Buddhist caves of Ajanta, Ellora or the beautiful Gompas of Dharamshala, every site offers a glimpse of rich legacy of Buddhism in India.

The Ganges River is the greatest waterway in India, it is one of the longest rivers in the world. It begins in an ice cave in the mountains about 10,300 feet above sea level. The river flows across the northern corner of India. The Ganges flows across India and Bangladesh until it empties out into the Bay of Bengal. The great river provides water to many places, and many places rely on it.The Ganges river flows through Bangladesh, but the greater part of it flows through India. The river begins high in the Himalayas as a pair of head streams.

The River Ganges is known as a spiritual center because the people of India rely on the river for most life functions in the area. The uses in India for the river are nearly endless; the main functions of the river are Agricultural use, Industry, as an energy source, transportation, Drinking, bathing, and baptisms. Along the river there are also many industries such as textiles, paper, leather, and many more who use the water for power, cleaning, etc. Power, which is used by industries, is also used by the common population.The Ganges River has always been known as a religious icon in the world.

Buddhist Tour with Ganges Itinerary:
Day 1 – : Arrive Delhi

Meeting and greetings on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 : At Delhi

Morning after breakfast at the hotel commence full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you will visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings & Connaught Place shopping centre. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3 : Delhi to Agra by train

Very early in the morning transfer to Railway Station to board Shatabdi Express train for Agra at 6 AM. Breakfast, water bottle and news paper will be served by the Rail on board. Meeting on arrival at Agra Raiway Station at 8 AM and check in into hotel. Later tour to Agra and visit the monument of love The Taj Mahal, Red Fort . Later time to relax at a hotel where day use room will be reserved.

After relaxed evening and dinner transfer to Agra Train Station to board overnight train for Varanasi at 9.15 PM. Overnight on board.

Day 4 : Arrive - Varanasi

Meeting on arrival at Varanasi Railway Station at 9.30 AM and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the morning is left free to relax at the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Sarnath : famous for its Dhamekh Stupa and for it being the place where Buddha preached his first sermon enshrining the principle of his teachings into laws. Overnight at hotel in Varanasi. In the evening attend evening ceremony at River Ganges Assi Ghat.

Day 5 : Varanasi / Bodhgaya – by car

Early morning tour of Holy River Ganges for boat ride at dawn , followed by a Varanasi city tour covering - Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple etc. Return to the hotel. Late breakfast drive from Varanasi to Bodhgaya by Car. Arrive Bodhgaya and check in at the hotel . Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel near temple complex.

Day 6 : At Bodhgaya

Full day free at places of tourist interest Bodhgaya - Mahabodhi temple, Bodhi Tree and other temples in Bodhgaya city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 : Bodhgaya to Rajgir / Nalanda to Patna by car

Morning after an early breakfast proceed to Patna via Rajgir Tour - an important Buddhist pilgrimage since the Buddha spent 12 years here , and the first Buddhist council after the Buddha attained Nirvana was held here , Nalanda was founded in the 5th century known as center of intellectualism. Continue driving to Patna and check in at the hotel on arrival for overnight stay.

Day 8 : Patna to Kushinagar via Vaishali by car

Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed to Vaishali, a very special place to Buddhists as The Lord delivered his last sermon & announced his impending " Nirwana". See the majesty of Ashok Pillar – Lotus tank, Chaumukhi. After visiting continue on to Kushinagar and check in at the hotel on arrival for overnight stay.

Day 9 : Kushinagar - Lumbini by car

Morning visit Mahanirvana Temple - Kushinagar, the modern Japan and Srilanka Buddhist center & monasteries. Later proceed to Lumbini in Nepal and check in at the hotel for overnight stay. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 : Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - Balrampur by car

Morning visit to Ashoka’s pillar (249 BC) rediscovered in 1890’s inside thick sal forest, a temple of Mayadevi, the ruins of an old monastery and some new stupas. Later proceed to Balrampur enroute visiting Sravasti where you will see the extensive ruins of this ancient city & Jetavana Monastery. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 : Balrampur to Lucknow to Delhi

Morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed by car to Lucknow to board Shatabdi Express train for Delhi at 3.35 PM. Dinner will be served on board by the train.

Meeting on arrival at New Delhi Railway Station at 10.10 PM and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12 : Depart Delhi

Transfer to the airport in time to board flight for onward destination.

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