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In Search of Lord Buddha

Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Patna - Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Sarnath - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Lucknow - Delhi


Day 1: Delhi
Begin your tour.
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to Vardhman's "In Search of Lord Buddha"! On arrival in Delhi , you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel.
Overnight: The Connaught

Day2- Delhi
This morning after a leisurely breakfast we will proceed for the sightseeing of Delhi ..
Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old Delhi
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple , a modern Hindu Temple , Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi .
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Overnight: The Connaught

Day3 - Delhi - Patna
Depart for airport for early morning flight to 2500 year old ancient city of Patna.
On arrival at Patna transfer to hotel. Afternoon excursion to Vaishali where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon announcing his approaching Nirvana. Visit stupas holding urns containing ashes of Buddha and Ashok pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka to mark places sanctified by Buddha. The place is also known now for famous Madhubani paintings.
Overnight: Chanakya

Day4 - Patna - Rajgir
Morning drive down to Rajgir (102 kms / 2 hrs & 30 mins) capital of 6th century Magadha empire. It was revered site of Buddhas discourses. Buddha spent many years here. Visit Gridhrakula, Sapataparni cave, Ajatsatru fort and Venuvana. Afternoon visit Nalanda - the world's oldest university founded in the 5th century. Also visit monasteries and temples with impressive Buddhist & Hindu images. The Institute for research into Buddhism and Pali literature which houses rare manuscripts, is also worth visiting for the enthusiasts. Archaeological musuem is also not to be missed for the rare collections.
Overnight: Hotel Rajgir Residency

Day5 - Rajgir - Bodhgaya
Early morning after breakfast depart for Bodhgaya (193 kms / 4 hrs & 30 mins) by road. Enroute visit Baraliar caves - the earliest examples of rock cut caves. Most impressive craftmanship of carving and rock inscription ca be seen. These caves served as inspiration for the setting of E.M Foresters "A Passage to India". Arrive Bodhgaya and overnight in the hotel..
Overnight: Hotel Nikko

Day6 - Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres. It was here that Gautama attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the "Bodhi" tree Satabodhi temple, Japanese and Tibetan monasteries alongwith Magadha university musuem are also to be visited.
Overnight: Hotel Nikko

Day7- Bodhgaya
Day free at leisure at your own pace.(No services included)
Overnight: Hotel Nikko

Day8 - Bodhgaya - Varansi
Early morning after breakfast depart for Varanasi (243 kms / 6 hrs) by train no. 3009 (0515hrs/1020/hrs). Arrive by afternoon and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit ghats and temples and Benaras Hindu University.
Overnight: Hindustan International

Day9- Varanasi - Sarnath-Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the beautiful sunrise at Ganges. After breakfast excursion to Sarnath, the principle centre of Buddhism. It was here around 530 B.C that Buddha preached his 1st sermon after gaining enlightenment. Also visit Dhamekh and Dharmarajika stupas.
Overnight: Hindustan International

Day10 - Varanasi - Kushinagar
Afternoon drive to Kushinagar - the place where Buddha passed into Parinirvana. Visit Ramabha stupa which stands on the spot where the body of the Lord was cremated. Also visit Natha Kumarka Kot enshrining the large recumbent figure of Buddha in the state of Nirvana.
Overnight: Hotel Nikko

Day11 - Kushinagar - Lumbini
Morning, drive to Lumbini, the place where Buddha was born. An ancient shrine with an image representing the nativity of Buddha is still preserved.(No service included)
Overnight: Hotel Buddha Maya Garden

Day 12- Lumbini-Kathmandu
Morning at leisure. Later transfer to Bhairva Airport to catch the flight for kathmandu. On arrival check in at hotel
Overnight: Hotel Park Village

Day 13 - Kathmandu
City tour of Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel Park Village

Day14 : Kathmandu -Delhi
Transfer to Airport to board the flight for Delhi.On arrival at Delhi, board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of Buddhist Tour escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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