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India Buddhist Tour

The tour for India & Nepal is exciting tour which starts from Indian popular destinations and continue to Nepal’s the famous places can visit the land scenic beauty of Indian Himalayan ranges to discover. The rich Himalayan flora and fauna, dazzling white peaks, and lush valleys experiences given you magical memories for a lifetime.

Group size: 2 to 10 Max-Altitude:
Destination: India Fitness level: Low 
Arrival on: Delhi Departure from: Lumbini , Nepal(Drop by car)
Meals: Breakfast basis
Accommodation: 3 star

Trip Introduction

The tour for India & Nepal is exciting tour which starts from Indian popular destinations and continue to Nepal’s the famous places can visit the land scenic beauty of Indian Himalayan ranges to discover. The rich Himalayan flora and fauna, dazzling white peaks, and lush valleys experiences given you magical memories for a lifetime.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi Arrival

Today arrive in Delhi airport meet & assist with our tour manager, later you will be transferring to the hotel in Delhi. Overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.

Included meals:

Day 2: Delhi City Tour

After breakfast start s sightseeing tour of Delhi visit:

Red Fort:-Delhi’s most famous monument, the Red Fort, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Its walls, which stretch for over two kilometers (1.2 miles), were built in 1638 to keep out invaders. However, they failed to stop the fort being captured by the Sikhs and the British. (*Red Fort remains closed on every Monday)

Jamia Masjid:-Jama Masjid is another marvelous treasure of the Old City, and is the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build, and was completed in 1650. A strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi.

Humayun’s Tomb:-If you think Humayun’s Tomb looks a bit like the TajMahal in Agra, that’s because it was the inspiration for the TajMahal’s creation. The tomb was built in 1570, and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India, and the Mughal rulers followed it up with an extensive period of construction all over the country. The tomb is part of a greater complex that’s set amongst beautiful gardens.

QutubMinar:-QutabMinar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer. The tower has five distinct stories, and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. There are also a number of other historic monuments on the site.

Lotus Temple:-The Bahai Temple is commonly referred to as the Lotus Temple, as it’s shaped like a lotus flower. It’s particularly pretty at night, when it’s attractively lit up. Made out of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions. Everybody is welcome to worship there. The tranquil gardens and ponds surrounding the temple are also a great place for a relaxing picnic. (Temple is closed on every Monday)

India Gate:-The towering archway of India Gate at the center of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights, and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summer’s evening.

Laxmi Narayan Temple:-Built in 1938 by the Industrialist G.D. Birla, it is one of the major temples in Delhi and is located near Connought Place. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and her consort Narayana. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the stipulation that people of all castes shall be allowed to enter the temple.

Stay overnight at Hotel in Delhi

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Delhi / Varanasi

Today after breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to the Delhi airport to catch the flight for Varanasi. Upon arrival in Varanasi airport meet & assist with our tour manager, later you will be transferring to the hotel in Varanasi. Afternoon free for own activities / personal shopping. Evening watch “Ganga Aarti” a Hindu ritual with fire at Dashashwmegh Ghat.

DashaswamedhGhat:-DashaswamedhGhat, a much acclaimed religious spot, is a very favorite among the Hindu devotees and is considered as the main Ghat. It is believed that Lord Brahma performed his victorious Dasa_Ashwamedha (ten-horses) sacrifice in this spot. Legends claim that a similar kind of ten horse sacrifice was done here in the second century by Bhara Shiva Naga rulers.

AssiGhat:-AsiGhat, the Ghat located at the confluence of Assi River and the holy Ganges, is the southernmost Ghat in Kashi. The Ghat is renowned for a spectacular and large Shiva Lingam placed under a Peepal Tree. This is a favorite spot for Hindu devotees to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva after taking holy dip in the river. This religiously important place got its reference in many puranas, including MatsyaPurana, KurmaPurana, Agni Purana and Padma Purana. Legendary stories describe this Ghat as the place where GoodessDurga thrown out her sword after killing the Asura demons Shumbha- Nishumbha.

Later back to the hotel for overnight stay in Varanasi.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Varanasi Morning Boat ride at Holy Ganges River

Wake up early morning our tour representative will meet you at hotel lobby later he will assist you at Ghat in Varanasi for Boat ride on Ganges river at the time of sunrise.
Later driver will drop you at hotel, take breakfast and the day is free for your personal activity.

Later in the afternoon driver pick you from the hotel and proceed to temples in Varanasi:

KashiVishwanathTemple:-KashiVishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Benaras, the Holiest Place of Hindus (and center of earth in Hindu Cosmology) where at least once in life a Hindu is expected to do pilgrimage and if possible pour the remains (ashes) of cremated ancestors here on the River Ganges.

Later back to the hotel, Stay overnight at Hotel in Varanasi.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Varanasi to Sarnath Day excursion

After breakfast proceed to Sarnath visit:

Sarnath is the main place to visit while on tour around Varanasi. A much sacred pilgrimage and tourist spot in country. Sarnath is only 10 km away from Varanasi. It is one of the four most significant Buddhist pilgrimage places in India; Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha first covey his lecture after attaining “nirvana”.

Sarnath Buddhist Temple:-There are a number of twentieth century Buddhist temples in Sarnath. Many of these Buddhist temples at Sarnath are built and maintained by monks from Tibet, China and Japan but the main Buddhist temple is the MulagandhakutiVihar. The main shrine (vihara), called the Mulagandakuti, is said to be located at the place where Buddha used to stay during his visits to Sarnath. There is a carved sandstone railing inside the temple. In the MulagandhakutiVihara there also is a Buddha walk.The recent ‘MulagandhakutiVihara’ or the modern Buddhist temple is 110 feet high with an image of Buddha inside it.

Sarnath Museum:-Sarnath has yielded a rich collection of sculptures, artifacts and edifices comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images and other ancient remains. To house all the findings and excavations at Sarnath, the Archaeological Survey of India established a site Museum at Sarnath. Finest specimens of Buddhist art and other important remains have been housed at the museum.

Pillars of Ashoka:-The pillars of Ashoka are a series of columns dispersed throughout the northern Indian subcontinent, erected or at least inscribed by the Mauryan king Ashoka during his reign in the 3rd century BCE. Originally, there must have been many pillars but only nineteen survive with inscriptions. Many are preserved in a fragmentary state. Averaging between forty and fifty feet in height, and weighing up to fifty tons each, all the pillars were quarried at Chunar, just south of Varanasi and dragged, sometimes hundreds of miles, to where they were erected.

Evening free visit Local Markets and small temples. Stay overnight at Hotel in Varanasi.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Varanasi - Bodhgaya – Gaya (243 km / 6 hrs drive)

After breakfast drive to Bodhgaya. Bodh Gaya is the place of the Buddha’s Enlightenment and spiritual home of Buddhists. It attracts many believers from all over the world. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres and in the second place of the four holy sites in Buddhism .

Check-in at Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Bodhgaya Tour

Morning after breakfast visit Mahabodhi Temple & Bodhi Tree, Great Buddha Statue, Niranjana River, Sujata Temple – which is across the Niranjana river & it’s 30 minutes walk. Afternoon visit to Dungeshwari caves.

Overnight stay at Bodhgaya.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Bodhgaya /Nalanda (85 km – 2.5 hrs drive)

After breakfast, leave for Nalanda. This place has the ruins of world famous Nalanda University which thrived between 5th and 12th century. At its peak, the university attracted scholars and students from as far away as Tibet,China, Greece, and Persia. Nalanda was ransacked and destroyed by an army under Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1193. Nalanda was one of the world’s first residential universities. In its heyday, it accommodated over 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers. A vast amount of what came to comprise Tibetan Buddhism, both its Mahayanaand Vajrayana traditions, stems from the late (9th–12th century) Nalanda teachers and traditions. Other forms of Buddhism, such as the Mahāyāna Buddhism followed in Vietnam,China, Korea and Japan, flourished within the walls of the ancient university.

From Nalanda, travel to Rajgir 35 km for overnight stay in the hotel in Nalanda.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Nalanda

After early breakfast drive to Rajgir 15 km drive the vulture Hill, hot spring in Rajgir, world peace Stupa, Bamboo’s Garden. Continue to Nalanda to visit the ruins of world oldest University.

Return back to the hotel, Overnight stay at hotel in Nalanda.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Nalanda/Patna (92 km - 2.45 hrs drive)

After breakfast day free and later proceed to Patna, Patna is an ancient city that sprawls along the south bank of the Ganges River in Bihar, northeast India. The state capital, it’s home to Bihar Museum, a contemporary landmark exhibiting bronze sculptures and old coins from the region. Nearby, Indo-Saracenic–style Patna Museum displays a casket believed to contain the Buddha’s ashes. Close to the river, the Golghar is a domed colonial granary overlooking the city. Upon arrival in Patna check-in to the hotel, Later visit some places:

Buddha Smriti Udyan:-also known as Buddha Memorial Park is a large and beautifully maintained park. It also houses a stupa and has separate grounds for meditation. This is also a place where the ashes of Buddha are kept. It lies in close proximity to the railway station.

Golghar: A building in the shape of a beehive, Golghar originally served the purpose of a storehouse. It was built in 1786 by Captain John Garstin and provides a panoramic view of the entire city along with the River Ganga.

Overnight stay at hotel in Patna.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Patna Tour

After breakfast start sightseeing tour in Patna and visit:

Gandhi Maidan: Gandhi Maidan, previously known as the Patna Lawns, is a historic ground at Patna near the banks of Ganges River, in Bihar, India. The Golghar falls to its west. (br) Gandhi Maidan is a historic ground situated near the river Ganges. Being in the center of the city, it is place of many activities, which can be gauged by the presence of many important buildings all around it. It has played an important role in the Independence movement and is a witness of the growth of the city.

Patna Museum: Patna Museum is a very popular museum in the city of Patna, storing more than 50,000 rare art objects, including Indian artifacts from the ancient, middle ages and the British colonial era. The Holy Relic Casket, with the sacred ashes of Lord Buddha and the beautiful statue, Yakshani, are the most highlighted attractions of the place. This place is a must-visit place for those who wish to experience the historical culture.

Mahatma Gandhi Setu: Mahatma Gandhi Setu is a bridge over the river Ganges connecting Patna in the south to Hajipur in the north of Bihar. Its length is 5,575 metres and it is one of the longest river bridges in India, inaugurated in May 1982 by the then Prime Minister, Mrs Indira Gandhi.
Later return to the hotel, overnight stay at hotel in Patna.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Patna/Vaishali (31 km – 1 hrs drive)

After breakfast drive to Vaishali. The vivacious capital of the Lichhavi republic in ancient times, Vaishali was named after King Vishal. In memory of the primordial city of Vaishali of Mithila, this city has been mentioned in mythological scriptures such as the Mahabharata. The Lichhavi republic is known to be possibly the first republic in the world. Mythological and historical records have mentioned Vaishali in their scriptures various times. Now belonging to the Tirhut division in Bihar, Vaishali used to be a part of the Muzaffarpur district.

Upon arrival in Vaishali check in to the hotel later visit to:

Vishwa Shanti Stupa: Following the teachings of Saodharma Pundarika Sutra, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa was built in Vaishali as a symbol of peace and tranquility. There are artifacts across the structures, which pay tribute to Lord Buddha. It was erected by Nipponzan Myhoji. The edifice is visited by locals and tourists alike, adding charm to the city of Vaishali.

Ashokan Pillar: One of the many pillars that were erected by Ashoka, the Ashokan Pillar at Vaishali is a prominent structure of historical, religious and mythological importance. Identified by Alexander Cunningham, the pillar holds great significance for Buddhists. Also being a historical monument, the Ashokan pillar attracts a lot of tourists, mostly those who show interest in archaeology. Generally, the pillars bear inscriptions by King Ashoka, but the one in Vaishali does not contain any such inscriptions. It is possibly the most popular tourist spot of Vaishali, and a lot of visitors flock about this sculpture.

Later back to the hotel, overnight stay in Vaishali.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Vaishali

After breakfast day free and later visit to:

Abhishek Pushakaran: Known to be one of the most beautiful spots of Vaishali, Abishek Pushakaran is filled with water that is known to be sacred. It is believed that this water was used for the coronation of the previous kings of Vaishali, and even the elected representatives bathed in this sacred water to get blessings. Along with being a sacred destination, this spot also offers a great view, and tourists are attracted to it.

Bawaan Pokhar Temple: This temple holds a lot of religious and historic significance, and devotees are found here in a large number. Various Hindu gods and goddesses are present in this temple, and all are worshipped as a whole. Not only Hindus, but people from other religions also visit this temple due to its mythological importance. A stone edifice of the medieval era, the Bawan Pokhar temple is situated beside a tank. The idols, including the prominent Shivalinga, are made of black basalt, rendering a beautiful view of the carvings.

Raja Vishal Ka Ghar: Known as the ancient parliament house, Raja Vishal ka Garh is a huge dome spanning about a kilometre, containing looming walls about 2 metres high. A moat surrounds the corners of the towers, and the building is known to have been King Vishal’s parliament. King Vishal is said to be of the lineage of Suryavanshi kings, of that of King Ram. King Vishal is known as a democratic king who brought about a lot of changes in the administration of his kingdom. The Garh is quite an attraction for tourists and history enthusiasts.

Later return to the hotel, overnight stay at hotel in Vaishali.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 14: Vaishali / Kushinagar (215 km – 5hrs drive)

Morning proceed to Kushinagar (place where Lord Buddha had left the world behind him after offering an invaluable contribution to humanity, the great religion known as Buddhism). On arrival Kushinagar, transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe) and Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of Lord Buddha). Overnight in Kushinagar.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Kushinagar/Lumbini (180 km – 6hrs drive)

Morning after breakfast drive to Lumbini – the birth place of Lord Buddha (180 kms and 05 hrs drive). On arrival, transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the birth place of Buddha – Mayadevi Temple. This place is a blessed one for its serenity and the natural beauty, purely coinciding to the perception of a place where the legend was born.

Overnight in Lumbini. Trip ends.

Included meals: Breakfast

Important Note

Included in the Cost

  • A safe and comfortable air-conditioned Car with driver, all-inclusive. (Fuel for Bus, road and state taxes, toll fees, parking fees, & Driver and driver’s food and lodging).
  • The Car will be with you from your arrival to departure with as many stops to sightsee as you want.
  • A Driver with excellent skills and record, a good knowledge of the area you are visiting and sufficient English to communicate.
  • Transfers and land transportation according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation Double or Twin rooms with Bed and Breakfast
  • Sightseeing Tours in All Cities
  • English Speaking guide

Not Included in the Cost

  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bill, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc)
  • Tips
  • Emergency Rescue and Medical treatement
  • Any additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances
  • Meals unless specified
  • Entrances tickets to Monuments if apply
  • Telephone bills, Luggage handling and Beverages
  • Chinese guide (It can be arrange on additional cost 45 USD per day basis + tipping)
  • Hotel in Nepal

The Trekking Group

Accommodations

Meals

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Physical Condition: Basic
Experience Requirements: N/A

Best Time to Travel

April – March throughout the year

Additional Information

In Delhi City tour Red Fort & Lotus Temple is closed on every Monday