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Buddhist Journey ( 07 nights / 08 days )
Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi - Varanasi ( By flight )
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Varanasi. Arrive Varanasi -said to be the India's most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples dotting the city, sunrise on the river front as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only experienced, meet assist at airport & transfer to hotel Later enjoy city sightseeing of Varanasi. Evening view "Aarti" ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 03 / Varanasi - Bodhgaya ( By road ) Approx. 05 hrs. & half drive
Morning drive to Bodhgaya. Visiting Sarnath - where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park, contains the most impressive remains, as well as a modern temple. Arrive Bodhgaya & transfer to hotel. Bodhgaya - As the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment, Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buhddhists. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres since it was here that Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Later visit Mahabodhi Temple, Niranjana River, Sujata Village. Night stay in Bodhgaya.

Day 04 / Bodhgaya - Ragjir ( By road ) Approx. 03 hrs. drive
After Breakfast drive to Rajgir enroute sightseeing of Nalanda. Rajgir -The picturesque Rajgir, or Rajagriha as it was known in the past (literally, the abode of kings) is surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and 5 hills. During the lifetime of the Buddha this was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. The hills and caves surrounding Rajagriha were home to spiritual teachers, ranging from the materialism of the early Charavaka school to the metaphysics of Upanishadic philosophers. Like many others in search of truth, Prince Siddhartha, after he renounced his royal heritage came to this city to seek the path of vation. Nalanda -Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. It derived its name from Na-alam-da, meaning Insatiable in Giving, one of the names by which the Lord Buddha was known. Arrive Rajgir and tranfer to hotel . Night stay in Rajgir.

Day 05 / Rajgir - Vaishali - Kushinagar ( By road ) Approx. 10 hrs. drive
After breakfast drive to Kushinagar,Kushinagar is where the Buddha finally attained Mahaparmirvana. Amongst the ruins are the Mukutbandhan Stupa and a beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha enroute visiting Vaishali. Arrive Kushinagar & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Kushinagar.

Day 06 / Kushinagar - Lumbini ( By road ) Approx. 03 hrs. & half drive Lumbini - Sravasti ( By road ) Approx. 05 hrs. drive
After breakfast visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple & Stupas, later drive to Lumbini & transfer to hotel. Lumbini - the birthplace of the Buddha, was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1,500 years. On arrival in Lumbini sightseeing tour of Lumbini including a visit to the birth Place of Lord Buddha. Later drive to Sravasti. On arrival in Sravasti transfer to hotel. Night stay in Sravasti.

Day 07 / Lucknow - Delhi ( By fast air-conditioned train Dep. 15:35 hrs. Arriv. 22 :05 hrs. )
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Sravasti. Sravasti-the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. The city believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravast, has age-old stupas,majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. In Sravasti visit Saheth - Maheth & Jetvan. Afternoon transfer to raiwlay staion to board the fast air-conditioned train to Delhi. Dinner in the train. Arrive Delhi & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 08 / Delhi – Departure
On arrival Delhi raiwlay staion meet assist and transfer to hotel for wash and change. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar ,India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President’s House, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial. Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Evening transfer to airport to board the onward flight.

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