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India & Buddhist Nepal Tour

17 Days / 16 Nights (0)
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  • North India


Destination

DELHI –AGRA- VARANASI – BODHGAYA – RAJGIR – NALANDA –KUSHINAGAR – LUMBINI-CHITWAN-POKHRA-KATHMANDU

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL : SEPTEMBER TO APRIL

17 Days / 16 Nights
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Trip Highlights

Buddhism in India began with the life of Siddhartha Gautama (ca. 563-483 B.C.), a prince from the small Shakya Kingdom located in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia, between China and India. It is one of the most fascinating countries in the world with its natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, towering Pagodas, spectacular Himalayan Ranges with worlds highest peaks It contains eight of the world’s 10 highest peaks, including Mount Everest – the world’s tallest – on the border with Tibet.

HIGHLIGHTS:-

Delhi: Old City Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, President House, Qutab Minar, Humanyun’s Tomb.
Agra: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri.
Varanasi: Bharat Mata Temple,Ghats, And Morning Boat Ride.
Bodhgaya: Peepul Tree, Bodhi Tree, Mahabodhi Temple, Animesh Lochan Chai Tya, Boddhi Tree, Chankrama, Ratnaghar, Sun Tample, Vishnupad Temple, Barabra Caves.
Rajgir: Shanti Stupa, Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara Jail,Buddha Monuments
Nalanda: Nalanda University, Archaeological Complex, Museum, Nava Nalanda Mahavihar, Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall, Silap, Surajpur Baragoan.
Kushinagar: Ramabha Stupa,
Lumbini: Gautama Buddha Birth Places,
Chitwan: Chitwan National Park, Jungle Activity.
Pokhara: Hindu And Buddhist Temples.
Kathmandu: Durbar Square, Bodhnath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambunath Temple And Patan.

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Day Wise Plan

DAY 01:  ARRIVAL IN DELHI

Arrive Delhi. On arrival at the airport, you welcome to India! After immigration and custom formalities at the airport, we are warmly greeted by our local host in traditional Indian way and are transferred to our Hotel.

Overnight hotel- Delhi

DAY 02:  DELHI

Morning after a relaxed breakfast we will take you to a tour of Delhi.
Pulsing with energy and colour, Old Delhi is laced by a maze of narrow lanes, which twist and turn between the tall, leaning buildings. You will witness the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars where you will experience the full sights, sounds and aromas indicative of the Indian sub continent. In Old Delhi you will visit the famous Red Fort surrounded by shops and bazaars, the Jama Masjid with its tapering minarets and wonderful marble domes and Chandni Chowk. In Old Delhi you will also have an opportunity to experience a rickshaw ride.

As a complete contrast, New Delhi stands in formal splendor. It is a city of wide boulevards that offers ever changing perspectives of Lutyen’s landscaped city. It is also a city known for its formal parks, magnificent Parliament Building, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (the official residence of the President of India in the 330 acres of land and designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens) and India Gate. In New Delhi you will also visit Qutab Minar, the 72.5 meter high tower dating back to the 13th century, and Humanyun’s Tomb, which was built in the 16th century and architecturally considered the forerunner of the Taj Mahal.

Evening back to the hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 03:  DELHI-AGRA (205KMS/5HRS)

After breakfast sightseeing tour of Delhi. Morning visit tour of New Delhi with wide tree lined avenues, parks and fountains surroundings the imposing government and state Buildings. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, an observatory called Qutab Minar, India Gate and President House.

Later we drive to Agra (Agra was once the capital of the Mughal empire and even today it seems to linger in the past. Not surprising, for the Mughal emperors with their passion for building, endowed the city with some of the finest structures in the world. It is very easy to slip away here through the centuries into the grandeur and intrigues of the Mughal court. Agra is an old city and it is said that its name was derived from Agrabana, a forest thats finds mention in the epic. In more recent times Agra came into prominence when Sikandar Lodi made it his capital city in 1501. The Lodi rule was to end very soon and Agra passed into the possession of the Mughals. It was during the time of the third emperor Akbar that Agra came into its own). Upon arrival check into your hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 04:  AGRA-VARANASI

Morning, you will proceed to Taj Mahal to enjoy its Sunrise View. (Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage. Defined as “A Tear on the Face of Eternity”, this white-splendored tomb was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his favourite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal (“Chosen of the Palace”). The unique moghal style architecture combines elements & styles of Persian, Central Asian, and Islamic architecture. Most striking are the black and white chessboard marble floor, the four tall minarets (40 m high) at the corners of the structure, and the majestic grand dome in the middle. On closer inspection, the lettering of the Holy Quran verses around the archways appear to be uniform. The lettering spacing and density has been customized to give this impression to the viewer. The impressive pietra dura artwork includes geometric elements & style, plants & flowers, which are common in Islamic architecture).

Return to your hotel for breakfast. Later visit The Agra Fort (Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. More often than not, the Agra Fort is overshadowed by the pristine beauty of the Taj, but for those looking for something beyond romance, the Agra Fort is worth seeing. Situated on the bank of river Yamuna, the Agra Fort today, stands as a citadel of the past that has witnessed centuries slip by).

Later in the evening transfer to railway station to board the train to Varanasi.
Overnight on board.

Day 05:  ARRIVLA IN VARANASI

Morning arrival at Varanasi Upon arrival check into your hotel later we visit Sarnath, where the Buddha preached his first sermon is home to perhaps the most interesting landmark on India’s religious and historical landscape.  Also, visi t Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhamek Stupa. (The 34 meter-high Dhamek Stupa towers and marks the spot where the Buddha is said to have preached the famous first sermon.) Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, Sarnath Museum. The main attraction of the Sarnath Archaeological Museum is the superb Ashokan Pillar. It has four back-toback lions, which has been adopted as the National symbol of India. Below this are representations of a lion, an elephant, horse and the bull. (Museum Timing 10.00 hrs to 17.00 hrs. Friday Closed).In the afternoon visit Bharat Mata Temple, built in 1936 and located at Kashi Vidyapeeth (University) Campus, is a shrine dedicated to Mother India. It enshrines a marble structure of Mother India, a fine three-dimensional structure of undivided India.  Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the bank of Ganga Ghat, Dashashwamedha.

Overnight stay at hotel in Varanasi.

Day 06:  VARANASI- BODHGAYA (DRIVE 6 hrs)

Early morning drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges.

Proceed to Bodhgaya. It is the site where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment under a Pipal tree after years of search for the truth and knowledge. He attained the supreme enlightenment and became ‘The Buddha’ or ‘The Enlightened One’. Bodhgaya – most sacred place for Buddhists as it has a Peepul tree under which Gautama the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years back.

Overnight stay at hotel in Boghgaya.

Day 07:  BODHGAYA

Bodhgaya, which is the place where Lord Buddha achieved Enlightenment under the sac red Bodhi Tree .Sightseeing, includes Mahabodhi Temple, Animesh Lochan Chai tya, Boddhi Tree, Chankrama, Ratnaghar, Sun Tample, Vishnupad Temple, Barabra Caves.

Overnight stay at hotel in Boghgaya.

Day 08:  BODHGAYA – RAJGIR – NALANDA – PATNA (DRIVE 6 hrs)

Proceed to Rajgir. Rajgir is a place of great significance for Buddhists and Janis. Lord Buddha spent 12 years at Rajgir and the first Buddhist council was held here. Sightseeing at Rajgir covers the Shanti Stupa, Hot spring, Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara Jail and other Jain and Buddha monuments. From Rajgir you will be driven to Nalanda (20 km.). Nalanda was a great center of learning in ancient time. Nalanda was one of the greatest monastic university of the ancient world. At Nalanda, you will visit the ruins of the Nalanda University, temples and stupas.Nalanda University Ruins, Archaeological Complex, Museum, Nava Nalanda Mahavihar, Hieun Tsang memorial Hall, Silap, Surajpur Baragoan.Later drive to Patna and overnight stay at hotel in Patna.

Day 09:  PATNA – KUSHINAGAR (DRIVE 6-7 hrs)

Drive to Kushinagar. Kushinagar is the place where Buddha had passed into Pari-nirvana and therefore is a prominent Buddhist site. Guests will visit the main monuments such as Ramabha stupa standing on the place where Buddha was cremated, Natha Kumarka Kot enshrining the large figure of Buddha. After experiencing these eternal sites return to the hotel for overnight stay at hotel in Kushinagar.

Day 10:  KUSHINAGAR –LUMBINI (DRIVE 7-8 hrs)

Proceed to Lumbini . The birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Lumbini lies in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. The area around Lumbini is Hindu, but many Buddhist temples and shrines from various nations are scattered around the holy site itself Maya Devi Temple the most important temple at Lumbini , Puskarni-the sacred pool where it is said Maya Devi bathed before giving birth, Ashoka’s Pillar, we drop at Lumbini.

Overnight Hotel- Lumbibni.

DAY 11:  LUMBINI – CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

Today you’ll travel to Chitwan National Park in the Terai – the fertile plain at the foot of the Himalayas. The park is best known for the Indian rhinoceros. You’ll spend two nights here. Although you are not required to participate in the standard package, we recommend that part anyway to. The organization of the National Park holds quite a tight schedule and as an individual with limited time you will often find that groups get priority. Apart from the standard seating arrangements – each including a number of fixed parts of the program is dealt with – well put together.

DAY 12:  CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK

The highlight of a visit to the Chitwan National Park for many people seeing the rhinos. Other activities include a walk through the jungle, visiting local village and attending a traditional stick dance. The staff of the park provides the programming and that is not always identical. The tour leader can present with more information, but the most interesting facts you’ll no doubt hear the guides in the park itself.

DAY 13:  CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK – POKHARA

After breakfast you will tour continues through India & Nepal Pokhara. Along the way you’ve been brilliant views, but that’s nothing compared to the panoramic views you have from Pokhara. Pokhara has a scenic location amidst the overwhelming nature of the Himalayas to the blue-green Phewa Lake. About this lake you can take a relaxing boat ride. You can also Hindu and Buddhist temples, the Devi Falls and the Tibetan carpet weaving visit in the vicinity of Pokhara.

DAY 14:  POKHARA – KATHMANDU

Your tour continues today is the last destination you & Nepal tour will hurt during this India: Kathmandu, the bustling capital of Nepal. From behind the windshield you again spectacular views, a large part of the journey you have a view on the Trishuli River. Give in advance by the tour leader or you want to go rafting. Several kilometers of this fast flowing river.

Kathmandu looks very old, not fifty years ago there were in Kathmandu even any roads. Today drive through the center vans, motorcycles and rickshaws. The large amounts of buildings in prayer will you stand firm. The Newari’s were previously also been known for their skills. They made beautiful woodwork and were skilled bronze casters. By taking orders from abroad to the royal cities earned enough to build too.

DAY 15:  KATHMANDU

Today proceed for city tour a good starting point for a stroll through the center of Kathmandu is the impressive Durbar Square, where you’re so sweet all day with a tour of the many temples in the square. Also here is the Royal Palace. Find a comfortable spot and see how holy Sadhu’s meditating, children play and both Hindus and Buddhists visit the temples. Visit the Bodhnath Temple, the largest stupa of Nepal. From here you can easily walk through the Hindu temples of Pashupatinath. These are along the holy Bagmati River, where cremations and other rituals take place. On the other side of town is the temple of gold crowned Swayambunath where cheeky monkeys sitting on the stairs. Climb the stairs for a spectacular view of Kathmandu.

DAY 16:  KATHMANDU

Today you can visit other imperial cities, Patan and Bhaktapur, to visit. In Patan are more temples than Kathmandu and Bhaktapur feel like you’re in another century. Do you prefer to take it easy today, you can also go shopping in Kathmandu. The Thamel district is packed with shops, but also more hidden in backstreets you meet them. And right there you have the best chance of the best prices. Except souvenir shops can be found throughout the city cozy restaurants where you can eat. Not only Nepalese and Indian, but also Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Italian and Mexican Often these eateries feature a rooftop terrace and a garden, where it is lovely to relax from a busy day and treat yourself to a delicious piece of apple pie. Yourself here

DAY 17:  DEPART KATHMANDU

At the end of the afternoon you leaving from Kathmandu and fly your first time to Delhi, Upon arrival connect your flight for onward destination.

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