Footsteps of Buddha

(13 Days / 12 Nights)

Footsteps of Buddha

Presence of Monasteries and Stupas across India all speak well and loud of the Buddhist culture that was so rich and vibrant that it in inspired one of the most dynamic art and architecture movements at that time.

DESTINATIONS

Delhi
Jaipur
Fatehpur Sikri
Agra
Varanasi
Bodhgaya
Rajgir
Nalanda
Patna
Kushinagar
Lumbini
Sravasti
Lucknow
Delhi

Tour Overview

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Arriving Delhi, you will clear customs and immigration. Leaving the airport, you will be met by our representative, holding a placard with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Arrival transfer to hotel. After check-in overnight at hotel.
Day 2

Delhi - Neemrana - Jaipur

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Jaipur. En-route visit Neemrana fort which is India's oldest heritage resort. Sited on a majestic plateau, concealed in a horseshoe formation of the billion year-old Aravalli ranges, the property covers 25 acres/10 hectares.

Arrive Jaipur and check-in into hotel. In the evening we have arranged a dinner at Speciality Restaurant. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast/Dinner)

Day 03

Jaipur

After breakfast full day sightseeing ofJaipur which is an exuberance of color, dance, and song with the traditional arts and crafts. Covering Amer Fort - The royal family's residence at Amber is only 11 km away. Set on the dry wrinkled Aravali Hills, and surrounded by fortified battlements, the palace straddles two sepia-hued tundra hills overlooking Maota Lake, and its sprawling crenellated walls lattice the surrounding hills. Your guide will elaborate on the history of this architectural masterpiece with its mirror-studded alcoves, dazzling mosaics and water-cooled swings that delight today’s visitors as they did their former royal residents.

Later on visit Hawa Mahal or "Palace of Winds," one of the major landmarks of Jaipur, although it is actually little more than a facade. City Palace which is blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architecture and the royal family still lives in a part of the palace. Adjacent to the City Palace is Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory built by Raja Jai Singh, whose passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior.

In the late afternoon a visit to the colourful bazaar of Jaipur has been arranged. Here get your hands painted with Henna from roadside mehandiwalas (ladies that specialise in painting hands with Henna). Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

Day 04

Jaipur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Agra. En-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, the first planned city of the Mughals and also the first one designed in Mughal architecture, an amalgamation of Indian architecture, Persian and Islamic architecture. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Arrive Agra and check-in into hotel. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

Day 05

Agra

Early morning visit the Taj Mahal which is India’s most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece. The Taj is most enthralling in the quietness of early morning. This glorious monument is at its best under the early morning sun. It is the best time to click pictures as not only is the light wonderful but it’s relatively less crowded too. With the rising Sun the white marble changes its colour and hues and it is excellent for photography.

After breakfast visit the sprawlingAgra Red Fort which is surrounded by a 70 feet high wall. Later on visit Itmad-ud-daula which has a special place in the chronicles of both history as well as architecture. This is precisely because Itmad-ud-Daula is the very first tomb in India that is entirely made out of Marble. This is actually a mausoleum that overlooks the River Yamuna and is a tomb of Mir Ghiyas Beg, a minister in the court of Shah Jahan.

In the evening, head to Mehtab Garden for a unique (and your last!) view of the Taj Mahal from across the Yamuna river! Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

Day 06

Agra – Delhi – Varanasi

After an early breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to airport to catch flight to Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi and you will be met by our representative, holding a play card with your name on it at the exit. Arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 07

Varanasi

Early in the morning, enjoy a boat ride on the holy river Ganges, which presents an incredible scene as multitudes of devotees come to the river to pay homage to the Sun God. The riverfront, as seen from a boat at sunrise, is a spiritually uplifting sight. Hinduism, deep and mystical, is everywhere: in a decorated doorway; in a glimpse of a glittering temple; in the sound of a sacred bell; in the chant of the priests; and in the fragrance of flower oblations. Pass the bathing ghats where thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of the Ganges and the burning ghats where cremations are conducted. Later on come back to the hotel.

In the afternoon half day city tour of Varanasi. One of the holiest cities in India, Varanasi is one of the most important pilgrimage sites and also a major tourist attraction. It has been the religious capital of Hinduism since time immemorial. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for more than 2,000 years. Later on an excursion to Sarnath - where Bhuddhism first made its appearance nearly 2500 years ago and where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to his 5 disciples.

In the evening enjoy boat ride on the holy river Ganges and you will be taken to the Ganga Ghats to watch evening Aarti (Hindu ritual). Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 08

Varanasi – Bodhgaya

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Bodhgaya, The City Of Lord Buddha's Penance And Supreme Enlightenment. The History And Tradition Of This Sacred Spot Goes Back To The Earliest Days.

On arrival Check in into hotel.  Afternoon tour of this ancient riverside town. Visit the Sri Lankan monastery. Later in the day visit the village of Sujata, which is where a woman with the same name gave Lord Buddha his first meal ( milk & rice pudding ) after he came out of the austerities he was performing and broke his fast. Overnight at hotel.(Breakfast)

Day 09

Bodgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda – Patna

Early morning visit the Mahabodhi Temple for the prayers and meditate near the Bodhi Tree. Return to hotel for breakfast. 

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and drive to Patna. En-route visit Rajgir- a site of great sanctity and significance for Buddhists. The Gridhakuta Hill, in Rajgir, was the seat from where Buddha delivered many of his sermons. It was here that the teachings of Buddha were recorded in writing for the first time.

Also visiting visit Nalanda- which literally means the place that confers the lotus. It was one of the oldest universities of the world & was a center of great learning which reached its zenith between 5th and 12th Century A.D. Both Lord Buddha & Lord Mahavira visited this place. Also visit Karanda Tank- where Buddha used to bathe. Arrive Patna and check-in into hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 10

Patna - Vaishali – Kushinagar

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Vaishali believed to be the first republic of the world, having an elected body of representatives, holds special significance for Buddhist devotees. 

Later continue onward to Kushinagar - where Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. Kushinagar is one of the principal centers of Buddhist pilgrimage is the place of Mahaparinrvana. On arrival check into Hotel. Overnight at hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 11

Kushinagar – Lumbini

After breakfast, morning tour of Kushinagar. After sightseeing of the Rambhar Stupa & the Mahaparinirwana Temple, where you see thev statue of Bhuddha in a reclining posture, continue onwards by surface for Lumbini - the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Lumbini is the Indian Nepal border and the legal formalities are to be completed to enter Lumbini. On arrival check into Hotel. Overnight in hotel. (Breakfast)
Day 12

Kushinagar - Kapilvastu – Sarvasti

After breakfast, depart by surface for Sravasti enroute visiting Kapilvastu-The capital city of the Sakya clan, and one of the earliest republics, it was in Kapilavastu's opulent environs, that the holy soul of prince Siddharth (Gautam Buddha) spent his childhood. Here he saw sorrow and pain, disease and death. Later on continue to Sravasti- where Lord Buddha Spent 24 "Baisakh" Of His Life and delivered his sermons. On arrival check into Hotel.

Afternoon visit the extensive ruins of this ancient city. Sravasti has two villages, Sahet and Mahet, which is spread over an area of 400 acres and has a number of ruins. This is where the Lord performed his Miracle sitting on a petalled Lotus multiplying 1000 times. Overnight in hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 13

Sarvasti - Delhi (Departure)

After an early breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Lucknow. Arrive Lucknow and transfer to the airport to catch flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and you will be met by our representative, holding a play card with your name on it in the arrival lounge. Departure transfer to international airport for your onward flight. (Breakfast)

All Trips Include:

  • Economy Class domestic flight air fare for Delhi – Varanasi sector.
  • Economy Class domestic flight air fare for Lucknow – Delhi sector.
  • 13 Nights hotel accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • Double bedded room with private bath or shower & hotel taxes.
  • Daily breakfast in hotel as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1 hot & delicious dinner in Jaipur as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Air-conditioned Private Large Car with an expert driver as per the itinerary.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Fuel, Insurance, Toll Taxes, All State Taxes, All transport related Expenses and Driver Services.
  • Assistance by our representative at the International airport on arrival as per the itinerary.
  • Services of a local English speaking guide for city sightseeing in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Patna, Kushinagar & Sravasti.
  • City sightseeing in as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrances to the monuments & museums as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Evening boat ride on the River Ganges by Ganga Aarti Ceremony as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early morning boat ride on the River Ganges, Varanasi as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Elephant rideupto the Amber Fort in Jaipur.
  • Guided excursion to Sarnath as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All taxes and service charges.

 

Note:

– International Airfare. – Meals and beverages not listed in itinerary. -Movie/video camera fee at monuments. – Tips and gratuities. -Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, portage etc. – Any other service that has not been included into “cost inclusions”.

 

Hotel Selection

City Hotel Category
New Delhi Redfox Aerocity 3 Star
Jaipur The Lalit Traveller 4 Star
Agra Courtyard by Marriott 5 Star
Varanasi Meraden Grand 4 Star
Bodhgaya Bodhgaya Regency 3 Star
Patna Chanakya Patna 3 Star
Kushinagar The Imperial 4 Star
Lumbini Buddha Maya Garden Heritage
Sravasti Lotus Nikko 3 Star

 

Also Available on request:

  • This tour is ex-Delhi. If you are arriving from a different destination, we can help you arrange the flight to and from Delhi.
  • Learn to Cook local Recipes from a well known Chef.
  • An Ayurvedic Massage.
  • Early morning Yoga lesson.

 

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