Footsteps of Lord Buddha
Delhi – Jaipur- Agra - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - Balrampur - Lucknow - Delhi
Day 1- Delhi Arrival at Delhi is followed by transfer to hotel and overnight at hotel.
Day 2- Delhi A full day city tour of Delhi is arranged. The excursion includes Raj Ghat, Shanti Van, Jama Masjid, Red fort, Chandni Chowk, Qutub Minar, Humayun's tomb, India Gate, Lakshmi Narayan temple, President's house, Parliament house, Connaught place etc. Raj Ghat and Shanti Van are the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru respectively. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 3- Delhi/ Jaipur In the morning you will e driven to Jaipur, via road. Upon arrival, check in into hotel. In the evening, explore the city life of Jaipur city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4- Jaipur Start your day with adventure- elephant ride at Amber Fort. It is followed by an excursion tour of the city covering the Hawa Mahal, Royal Observatory, City Palace, Nawab Sahab Ki Haveli and Johari Bazar etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5- Jaipur/ Agra In the morning you will be driven to Agra. A brief stop over to Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted town of the Mughal Dynasty. On arrival, check in into hotel at Agra. An afternoon city tour of Agra is arranged covering the Taj Mahal, Red Fort and the Tomb of Itmad-ud-daula. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6- Agra/ Varanasi In morning you are relocated to the airport to catch flight to Varanasi. On arrival, transfer to hotel. In the afternoon a city tour of historic Sarnath is arranged. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. It is also famous for its Dhamekh Stupa. Overnight at hotel in Varanasi.
Day 7- Varanasi At dawn enjoy the pleasant boat ride on river Ganges, followed by a city tour covering the Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8 & 9- Varanasi/ Bodhgaya Stay at Bodhgaya includes excursions to Rajgir/ Nalanda / Saptapari cave and Venevamas. In these two days you will come across many places of Buddhist significance. At Rajgir Buddha spent 12 years and the first Buddhist council after the Nirvana of Buddha held here. Nalanda was an important center of Buddhist learning in ancient times. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10- Bodhgaya/ Vaishali/ Kushinagar In the morning you are driven to Vaishali. It was at Vaishali that Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon and announced about his Nirvana. Here you can see the majestic Ashoka Pillar, the Lotus tank, Chaumukhi and proceed to Kushinagar for overnight stay.
Day 11- 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 12- Lumbini/ Kapilvastu/ Sravasti/ Balrampur 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 13- Balrampur/ Lucknow Explore the city in the morning. Later on, drive to Lucknow. Arrival is followed by check in into hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14- Lucknow/ Delhi In the morning, explore the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, covering Imambara, Rumi Darwaza etc. In the evening you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Delhi. Arrival is followed by transfer to hotel and overnight stay.
Day 15- Departure From Delhi You have leisure time after breakfast. In the evening you are relocated to the hotel for your return flight.