Footsteps of Lord Buddha

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The Footsteps of Buddha
Bodhgaya - Rajgir & Nalanda - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Kushinagar - Lumbini – Sravasti - Lucknow - Sankassia - Agra - Delhi (10 Nights / 11 Days)

Day 01 / Arrival Bodhgaya
Arrive Bodhgaya , meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Bodhgaya.

Day 02 / Bodhgaya
Early morning visit the Mahabodhi Temple for the prayers and meditate near the Bodhi Tree. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later 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. Visit the Mahabodhi temple for the evening prayers too. Dinner & overnight at your hotel.
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Day 03 / Bodhgaya - Rajgir & Nalanda - Bodhgaya
Visit the famous ancient university of Nalanda, which produced great masters like Guru Padmasambhava and then after a short drive visit Rajgir, where exists the Vulture's Peak or Giridhrakoot. Visit the Japanese Shanti Stupa in Rajgir. check in at your hotel for the overnight.

Day 04 / Bodhgaya - Varanasi
After an early breakfast, depart at 0800 HRS for Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, check in at your hotel. In the early part of the evening visit Sarnath, where you can visit a museum which has artefacts from 300 - 400 BC and then you can visit the Dhammek Stupa and finally attend the evening prayers at the Sri Lankan Temple. Return to your hotel for dinner & overnight.

Day 05 / Varanasi - Kushinagar
Early morning visit the sacred river Ganges before sunrise, to see how the Hindus of Varanasi pray to the rising Sun and then pray to the river Ganges. Enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges and see the cremation grounds from the boat. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later visit the Golden Temple, Bharat Mata Temple and Birla ( Shiva ) Temple. Later depart for Kushinagar & transfer to hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel

Day 06 / Kushinagar – Lumbini
Morning proceed for the sacred sites in Kushinagar. Pray at the Mahaparnirvana Temple.Later depart for Lumbini & transfer to hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

Day 07 / Lumbini – Sravasti
Morning visit the birth place of Lumbini. Later depart for Sravasti enroute visit the sacred site Kapilvastu . Arrive Sravasti & transfer to hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

Day 08 / Sravasti - Lucknow
Morning visit Sahet Mahet , Later depart for Lucknow & transfer to hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
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Day 09 / Lucknow - Sankassia - Agra
After breakfast drive to Agra via Sankassia , a place where Buddha along with Brahma & Devraj Indra descended after giving sermons to his mother in heaven. At the spot of descent stands a temple with a statue of the Buddha. Arrive Agra & transfer to hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

Day 10 / Agra – Delhi
Morning visit visit the magnificient Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife, Also visit the Red fort - the rusty and majestic red- sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience),a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcoveof inlaid marble at the back,the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms. Afternoon depart to Delhi & transfer to hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

Day 11 / Delhi - Departure
After a leisurely breakfast 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 , Red fort , Mahatama Gandhi Memorial , Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. After dinner transfer to airport for onward flight.


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