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Buddhist Tour - III


Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
Places Covered: Delhi-Agra-Varanasi-Bodhgaya-Nalanda-Rajgir-Patna- ashali-Kushinagar-Lumbini-Balrampur-Lucknow-Delhi

Day 01: Delhi
Begin your tour. Arrive in Delhi .Welcome to Vardhman's "Buddhist Tour - III"! 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.Overnight:Hotel

Day 02: Delhi
This morning after breakfast proceed on a city tour.Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old DelhiVisit 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.Optional: Dances of India or explore the market & shop for special bargains! Overnight:Hotel

Day 03: Delhi-Agra -Varanasi
This morning, drive to the 'Romantic city of Taj Mahal' - Agra! . Upon arrival, check into your hotel and later visit Agra.Visit Taj Mahal (closed on every Friday) & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula. Afternoon, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. The maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architectsLater you will visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop! Later in the evening transfer to Tundla railway station to catch overnight train for Varanasi.2015 hrs. - Leave for Varanasi by TrainOvernight: Train

Day 04 Varanasi
0425 hrs. - Arrive Varanasi and you will be transferred to your hotel by our representative. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. Later proceed to visit Sarnath and Varanasi.Tour of Sarnath, the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, Sarnath was a renewed school of learning from 6th Century B.C. to 12th Century A.D. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist Temple and the Museum. Then visit Varanasi which includes visit to the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University, which has an art gallery and the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb, built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple. Overnight: Hotel

Day 05 Varanasi-Bodhgaya
You can enjoy Boat Cruise (at your own cost) on Sacred River Ganges
Early morning boat excursion on the holy river Ganges to see the bathing ghats and cremation site. Watching people bathing and worshipping at the ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. Later drive to Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya is one of the sacred places for the Buddhists as well as for the Hindus. Here under the Bodhi Tree, Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Budhha, the `Enlighted One'. Upon arrival transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.Overnight: Hotel

Day 06 Bodhgaya
City tour of Bodhgaya.Visit Maha Bodhi Temple and Mahabodhi Tree. Also visit the Chinese Temple, Niranjana temple, rRiver and also visit the school of the destitute.The Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya, under the Bodhi tree, 10 km from Gaya. the ancient Hindu pilgrimage centre. The tree from the original sapling still stands in the temple premises. It is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centre as Buddhisrn was born here.
The magnificent Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya is an architectural amalgamation of many centuries cultures and many heritages that came to pay their homage here. The temple definitely has architecture of the Gupta and later ages, inscriptions describing visits of pilgrims from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and China between 7th and 10th century AD. It is perhaps still the same temple Hiuen Tsang visited in 7th century.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 07 Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Rajgir - Patna
Early morning drive to Patna. Enroute visit the historical towns of Nalanda & Rajgir. NALANDA - Nalanda, where ruins of the great ancient university have been excavated, is situated at a distance of 90 km. south east of Patna by road. It falls on way to Rajgir. It is also linked by rail with Patna, Rajgir and Bakhtiyarpur (on Delhi-Howrah main track). Hieun Tsang, the renowned Chinese traveller of the seventh century, says that according to tradition the place owed its name to a Naga of the same name which resided in a local tank. But he thinks it more probable that Lord Buddha, in one of his previous births as Bodhisatwa, became a king with his capital at this place and that his liberality won for him and his capital the name Nalanda or "Charity without intermission". The third theory about the name of the place is that it derived from Nalam plus da. Nalam means lotus which is a symbol for knowledge and Da means given the place had many lotuses.

Nalanda has a very ancient history. It was frequently visited by Lord Vardhamana Mahavir and Lord Buddha in the 6th century BC. during his sajourns, the Lord Buddha found this place prosperous, swelling, teeming with population and containing mango-groves. It is also supposed to be the birth place of Sariputra, one of the Chief disciple of the Lord Buddha.
Rajgir is situated in a lush green valley enclosed by five hills and historic stonewalls. Rajgirha, Now Rajgir, was once the ancient capital of powerful kingdom of Magadh. The Buddha chose this famous for many of his retreats and sermons. It was here the first Buddhist council was held. After sightseeing of Rajgir drive again for 3 hours to Bodhgaya. On arrival in Patna, check into your hotel for an overnight stay. Overnight: Hotel

Day 08: Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar
Explore the site where Buddha was cremated and visit Mahaparinirvana Temple.
VAISHALI - Vaishali has a past that pre-dates recorded history. It is held that the town derives its name from King Vishal, whose heroic deeds are narrated in the Hindu epic Ramayana. However, history records that around the time Pataliputra was the centre of political activity in the Gangetic plains, Vaishali came into existence as centre of the Ganga, it was the seat of the Republic of Vajji. Vaishali is credited with being the World's First Republic to have a duly elected assembly of representatives and efficient administration.

The Lord Buddha visited Vaishali more than once during his lifetime and announced his approaching Mahaparinirvana to the great followers he had here.

Hundred years after he attained Mahaparinirvana, it was the venue of the second Buddhist Council. According to one belief, the Jain Tirthankar, Lord Mahavir was born at Vaishali. The Chinese travellers Fa-Hien and Hieun Tsang also visited this place in early 5th and 7th centuries respectively and wrote about Vaishali.

While talking of the famous men and women associated with Vaishali, Amrapali was the cynosure not only of Vaishali but of the neighbouring kingdoms as well.

Therefore, to avert bloodshed, the parliament of Vaishali declared her to be a Court dancer besides consigning her to lifelong spinsterhood. Later she became a devout Buddhist and served the Lord Buddha.

Upon arrival at Kusihnagar, check into your pre-booked hotel. KUSHINAGAR - The Buddha is believed to have breathed his last in this land with pastoral surrounding, the small hamlet of Kushinagar, 53 km west of Gorakhpur. The land is venerated as the site of the Buddha's Mahaparinirvana, his death and cremation, that marked his final liberation from the cycles of death and rebirth.

This small town in the former kingdom of the Mallas was surrounded by dense forest. It remained oblivous to the outside world until it was rediscovered by the archaeologists in the nineteenth century.

The modern Indo-Japan-Srilanka Buddhist centre, Kushinagar is rediscovering its roots, and is home to many viharas, including a Tibetan gompa devoted to Sakyamuni, a Burmese vihara, and temples from China and Japan. Overnight: Hotel

Day 09: Kushinagar - Lumbini- Sravasti
On the day 9 of your tour drive to Saravasti. Enroute visit Lumbini - the birthplace of Buddha and is located just a few kilometres inside Nepal. The birthplace of the Gautama Buddha, Lumbini, is the Mecca of every Buddhist, being one of the four holy places of Buddhism. Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death. Hence the birth of Gautam Buddha makes it one of the most sacred places in the world. The Sal tree where Siddhartha was born is difficult to locate now. But Ashoka, in the 21st year of his reign visited the forest and raised a pillar on the spot where Siddhartha was born.
On arrival transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10: Saravasti - Lucknow - Delhi
Morning visit to Sahet & Mahet -15 kms from Balrampur and the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kosala. Sravasti has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Vihar and has the famous Anand Bodhi tree, age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. Later in the evening transfer to Gonda Railway Station to catch overnight train for Delhi at 19:35 hrs. Overnight: Train

Day 11 : Delhi
Arrive Delhi at 6:15 hrs. On arrival you will be met and transferred by our representative to Delhi International airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memries of ''Buddhist Tour- III' escorted by Vardhman Vacations. END OF OUR SERVICES



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