his tour offers you an opportunity to know about the life of Buddha and his philosophies by taking you to various sacred Buddhist sites including pre-eminently sacred sites Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar. Your encounter with Buddhism is complemented by exploring the great Hindu city of Lord Shiva- Varanasi, monument of eternal love- Taj Mahal and the city of architectural wonder- Jaipur.
 
Day 01: NEW DELHI: Welcome in India. Transferred to your hotel. Day at leisure.
   
Day 02: OLD DELHI: Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi (Shahajahanabad). Evening enjoy Dances of India show followed by dinner at Chor Bizarre.
   
Day 03: NEW DELHI: Afternoon sightseeing tour of Lutyn's Delhi (New Delhi). Also visit Sikh Temple. Evening board overnight train to Varanasi.
   
Day 04: VARANASI: Arrive Varanasi. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon after enlightenment.

Sarnath, where Buddha give his first discourse

 
Day 05: VARANASI: Early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to witness holy rituals on ghats. Later visit temples including the most famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Banaras Hindu University and a factory weaving the famous Benares silk in pit looms. Late evening visit holy ghats to participate in the Aarti of the river Ganges- a spiritual experience!
   
 
Day 06: BODHGAYA: Drive to Bodhgaya, visiting mausoleum of Sher Shah at Sasaram enroute. Arrive & check in your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure.

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya

 
Day 07: BODHGAYA: Daylong city tour including Bodhi tree, Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum, Magadh University, and Jagannath Temple.
   
Day 08: PATNA: Drive to Barabar caves to see impressive craftsmanship of carvings and inscriptions. Drive further to Rajgir, where the first Buddhist council was held after the attainment of enlightenment by Buddha. Followed by visit Nalanda University, founded in the 5th century A.D. Later proceed to present day capital of Bihar- Patna.
   
 
Day 09: KUSHINAGAR: Morning enjoy sightseeing of Patna. Followed by drive to Vaishali, where Buddha preached his last sermon. Later drive to Kushinagar, the place where the Buddha attained "Mahaparinirvana"- release from the endless cycle of rebirth and death.

Reclining Buddha, Kushinagar

 
Day 10: LUMBINI: Morning visit Cremation Stupa, Mahaparinirvana temple, and modern Indo-Japan-Sri Lanka
  Buddhist center. Afternoon drive to Lumbani, where Buddha was born 2500 years ago.
   
Day 11: LUMBINI: Visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Ashoka's pillar (249 B.C.), and Mayadevi temple. Rest of the day is at leisure.
   
Day 12: SHRAVASTI: Drive to Balrampur visiting Shravasti en route. In Shravasti, the Buddha performed the miracle of sitting on a 1000-petalled lotus and multiplying himself a million times while fire and water were emitted from his body. Visit the famous Jetvana Monastery.
   
Day 13: LUCKNOW: Reach Lucknow by road. Afternoon enjoy city sightseeing. Evening board overnight train to Bhopal.
   
 
Day 14: BHOPAL: Arrive Bhopal. Later visit famous Buddhist monument of Sanchi.

Sanchi Stupa, near Bhopal

 
Day 15: AGRA: Morning visit one of the largest mosque in India Taj-ul-Masjid, Laxmi Narayan Temple and Birla Museum. Afternoon train to Agra. Arrive & check in your hotel.
   
Day 16: AGRA: Morning visit Taj Mahal - A beautiful poem written in white marble, and the impressive Agra Fort. Evening enjoy a high tea, especially arranged for you in a setting overlooking the Taj Mahal.
   
Day 17: JAIPUR: Morning visit the deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri. Later drive to a typical rajasthani village of Pehrasar to relish delectable lunch in Chandra Mahal Haveli. Continue to Jaipur. Evening enjoy rickshaw-ride through colourful bazaars of the Pink City.
   
Day 18: JAIPUR: Early morning walk through some interesting lanes of the pink city to witness as to how the old city comes into life. Later visit Amber Fort, which is ascended on elephant back. Afternoon sightseeing trip includes Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), Jantar-Mantar (the Observatory) and Maharaja's City Palace.
   
Day 19: JAIPUR: Morning is free to unwind and assimilate the great Indian experience. Afternoon drive directly to the International airport for your flight to onward destination.
   
Day 20: DELHI: Fly to onward destination.

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