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Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour With East India Tour
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour With East India Tour
Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Patna - Calcutta - Dajeeling
- Kalimpong - Gangtok -Bagdogra- Calcutta
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Begin your tour
Arrive into Leh
Welcome to Vardhman's "Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour with East India Tour"!
On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative
to your hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Day 02: Delhi
Full day sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu
Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught
place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid,
one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation
sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni
Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi- Varanasi
Morning after a leisurely breakfast transfer to airport to board
flight to Varanasi. On arrival in Varanasi, you will be met by our representative
who will transfer you to your pre-booked hotel. Afternoon excursion
to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Return to the
hotel for overnight stay.
Day 04: Varanasi
Morning early depart for a boat ride (at your own cost) on the Holy
River Ganges viewing the sunrise and the religions rites being performed
on the River bank. After breakfast leave for full day sightseeing visiting
Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas and the Banaras Hindu
Day 05: Varanasi -Bodhgaya
Morning depart by surface for Bodhgaya (243 kms / 7 hrs drive) the
place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. On arrival check into
the hotel. Afternoon embark on a sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya visiting
Mahabodhi Temple - depicting the various phases of Buddha's journey
towards enlightenment, showing different aspects of his life; Bodhgaya
Archaeological Museum - houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture
from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D; Jagannath Temple
close by has a four armed statue of Shiva in black stone.
Day 06: Bodhgaya- Rajgir-Nalanda-Patna
Morning depart by surface for Rajgir (70 kms / 2 hrs.) Visit the
Vulture Hill, World Peace Stupa and Bamboo's Garden. Later drive to
Nalanda (14 kms) and visit one of the oldest Universities of the world
& International Centre of Buddhist Studies. Continue drive to Patna
(145 kms / 4 hrs). Upon arrival in Patna, check in to your hotel for
an overnight stay.
Day 07: Patna -Calcutta/Kolkata
Morning Patna Sahib & Patna Museum.
Har Mandir Sahib - also known as Patna Sahib consecrates the place where
the 10th Guru of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1776; Golghar
- is a large dome-like structure from where one can have a fine view
of the Ganga and the surroundings of the city; Patna Museum - has a
rich collection of Mauryan and Buddhist sculptures, terracotta and other
interesting items of the items.
Later transfer to Patna airport to catch flight for Calcutta. Arrive
Kolkata aiport and you will be transferred to your hotel by our representative
for an overnight stay.
Day 08: Calcutta -Darjeeling
Early morning visit the flower market on the riverbanks in Howrah.
This is followed by a boat-ride on the Hooghly. Afternoon sightseeing
of Calcutta seeing the Indian Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall, Mother
Teresa's Home, Kali Bari and Howrah Bridge.
In the evening transfer to Sealdah Railway station to board overnight
Darjeeling Mail train to Darjeeling.
Day 09: Darjeeling
Morning arrival at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. Later connect
"toy train", (Train # 1D - dep. 09:00 hrs arrive Darjeeling
at 15:30 hrs) for a romantic journey up the hills to Darjeeling. A favourite
hill-station of the British to escape from the heat of Calcutta, Darjeeling
is surrounded by tea gardens and has magnificent views of the snowy
peaks of Kanchenjunga. Arrive Darjeeling and you will be transferred
to your hotel by our reprsenatative.
Day 10: Darjeeling
Full Day sight seeing of Darjeeling.
Visit Tiger Hills,Batasia Loop,Lloyds Botanical Garden,Dhirdham Temple,The
Situated at an altitude of 2590 metres (8482 ft.) and 13 kms from the
town, this spot has earned international fame for the magnificent view
of the sunrise over "Kanchenjunga" and the great Eastern Himalayan
Mountains. Even Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, is visible
About 5 kms from Darjeeling, this Railway Loop is a marvellous feat
of engineering. It is fascinating to watch the toy train wind its way
round the loop. The War Memorial constructed in the memory of brave
sons of Darjeeling who died in different action since 1947, is worth
a visit. A glorious view of snowy peak and town can be seen from this
Lloyds Botanical Garden
A colourful garden situated just below the Market Motor Stand. It contains
a representative collection of Himalayan plants, flowers, orchids etc.
The green houses are well worth a visit.
Built in the style of Katmandu's Pashupatinath temple adds to the varied
religious architectural styles of Darjeeling. It is near the railway
This beautiful garden is situated on the Jawahar Parbat behind Raj Bhawan.
A magnificent view of Kanchenjunga Range and Singla Valley can be enjoyed
Later in the evening return to the hotel for breakfast.
Day 11: Darjeeling - Kalimpong
This morning after breakfast ransfer to Kalimpong. Upon arrival,
check into the hotel and relax for a bit.
Later in the afternoon is at leisure to viist the local monasteries
and the flower nurseries.
Day 12: Kalimpong - Gangtok
In the morning after breakfast visit Dello Hills and Dr. Graham`s
Home and a Flower Nursery. In the afternoon drive from Kalimpong to
Gangtok (85 kms / 3 hrs). Upon arrival check into your hotel for an
Day 13: Gangtok
This morning take sightseeing tour that will cover Rumtek Monastery,
Deer Park, Droul Chorthen, Research Institute of Tibetology, Directorate
of Handicraft & Handloom and Enchey Monastery. The afternoon is
free for you to explore Gangtok on your own.
Day 14: Gangtok
In Gangtok.For a truly unforgettable experience, visit the sacred
and serence Tshangu Lake (3780 m, 12400 ft). The lake remains frozen
for the greater part of the year and comes alive during May to August
when rhododendrons, iris, primulas, and poppies burst into bloom on
its banks. Overnight: Hotel
Day 15 : Gangtok- Bagdogra - Calcutta/Kolkata
Morning after a leisurely breakfast transfer to Bagdogra airport
(115 kms / 4 ½ hrs) to catch flight for Calcutta. On arrival
at Calcutta airport you will be transferred by our representatice to
your pre-booked hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16: Calcutta/Kolkata
This morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to catch flight
for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of
your "Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour With East India Tour" escorted
by Vardhman Vacations.
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