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India Nepal Buddhist TourDuration:
15 Days / 14 Nights Places
Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Patna - Balrampur
- Lumbini - Kathmandu - Delhi
01 Arrival Delhi:
Met on arrival by our representative. Traditional welcome
with garlanding and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 Delhi / Jaipur (250 Kms - 05 hrs):
After a morning at leisure we
drive to Jaipur - the fabled pink city of the desert named after Jai
Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. The palaces and forts of the yesteryears,
which were witnesses to the royal processions and splendors, are now living monuments.
We arrive and check inn to the hotel.
This will be a cultural evening,
we visit Chokhi Dhani - An ethnic village resort, the vitality of Rajasthani folk
culture comes alive as children dance rhythmically to the loud tenor of folk songs
sung by men and women, festooned in bright clothes. Gaily caparisoned camel, horses
and bullock carts offer joy rides. A traditional Rajasthani dinner will be served.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
03 In Jaipur:
After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel we visit
the dramatic hilltop fortress at Amber ascend the imposing fort on a painted
elephant. We wander among glittering inlays and the Hall of Mirrors.
We stop to view the elegant Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds)- this elaborate building,
now little more than a façade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved
balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak
views of the outside world.
Post lunch tour of the Maharajahs City
Palace, now partly a museum display a unique fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture,
and house a rare collection of paintings, Rajput armoury and costumes. Later we
visit the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory - situated in the heart of the city
where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century.
free to explore the colourful bazaars of Jaipur where one can shop for Jewellery,
Paintings, block prints, textiles, carpets, brassware, blue pottery etc. Overnight
stay at the hotel. Day 04 Jaipur / Agra (250 Kms - 5 hrs):
After a breakfast at the hotel we drive to the City of Taj, Agra enroute visiting
the evocative city of Fatehpur Sikri - built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and
palace in the late 16th century, it is a veritable fairytale city built of red
sandstone, and its "ruins" are in pristine condition.
and check in to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
05 - Agra / Varanasi (By Overnight Train):
After having our breakfast
we proceed for the city sightseeing tour visiting the magnificent Taj Mahal, which
is entirely made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite Pietra
Dura (stone inlay) work.
Post lunch tour of the imposing Agra Fort -
built of red sandstone and marble is a hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards,
fountains and gates.
Evening free to explore the local handicrafts and shopping
centers of the city where one can look for marble inlay work, fine quality carpets,
Zari and embroidery, leather goods etc.
Later transfer to the Railway
station to board Overnight Train to Varanasi.
[Taj Mahal remains closed on
every Friday]. Day 06 In Varanasi:
in the morning and transfer to hotel visiting Sarnath enroute, an important Buddhist
pilgrimage point. Afternoon we proceed for the city tour visiting various temples
including The Vishwanath Temple, built by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan
Mohan Malaviya. The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses,
a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent. The Tulsi Manas
Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama.
Evening view Aarti
ceremony on the Ghats. Overnight stay at the hotel. Day 07 Varanasi
/ Bodhgaya (242 Kms - 06 hrs):
Morning we take a Boat cruise at the river
Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats and later we drive
to Bodhgaya. Arrive Bodhgaya and check in at hotel. 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 the hotel.
08 In Bodhgaya:
After enjoying our breakfast we embark on a sightseeing
tour of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple depicting the various phases
of Buddhas 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. Overnight stay at the
Day 09 Bodhgaya / Patna (109 Kms - 4.5 hrs):
After breakfast drive to Patna, we arrive by lunch and check in at hotel.
Post lunch city tour visiting 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. Overnight stay at the hotel. Day 10 Patna
/ Kushinagar (253 Kms - 06 hrs):
Morning drive to Kushinagar, on arrival
check in at hotel. Later we visit the Rambhar Stupa - which marks Buddhas
cremation ground. Our second stop is Mahaparinirvana temple - which houses the
recumbent figure of Lord Buddha. Overnight stay at the hotel. Day
11 Kushinagar / Balrampur (216 Kms - 05 hrs):
Morning drive to Balrampur.
On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay
at the hotel. Day 12 Balrampur / Lumbini (197 Kms - 4.5 hrs):
Morning drive to Lumbini. Arrive Lumbini and check in at hotel. Lumbini
is the place where Buddha was born 2500 years ago.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at the hotel. Day
13 Lumbini / Kathmandu (By flight):
Half Day sightseeing of Lumbini and
later at 1545 hrs. Transfer to airport to board flight for Kathmandu (Buddha Air
Flight). Arrive Kathmandu at 1620 hrs and transfer to hotel. Kathmandu - surrounded
by green hills and mountains with snow-capped peaks against its northern and eastern
background the Valley is indeed beautiful. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 14 In Kathmandu:
After breakfast we embark on a city tour of Kathmandu
visiting Pashupatinath Temple - the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal
dedicated to lord Shiva, built in 1696. We carry on the sightseeing tour of the
Patan - a city of architecture and fine arts. Sometimes known as "Town with
a Thousand Golden Roofs". Visit Tibetan Handicraft center at Jawalakhel to
watch carpet weaving.
Post lunch Sightseeing tour of Swayambhunath -
the oldest Buddhist shrine. Looking east from here, one can see the entire Kathmandu
valley spread out below. A short drive will take you to Boudhanath - the worlds
largest stupa; a sight of great reneration to the Buddhist. We continue to Kathmandu
Durbar Square - the temple of the Living
and the old Royal Palace. Finally, visit Kasthamandup - a temple built from a
single tree from which the Kathmandu derives its name. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15 Kathmandu / Delhi (By Flight):
Morning at leisure. Afternoon
fly to Delhi, met on arrival by our representative and leave for a small ride
of New Delhi drive past India Gate, Presidents House, Parliament House,
stop to explore the local markets.
Evening enjoy Indian Classical Dances
show (1900/2010hrs) and dinner at popular Delhi restaurant. Later transfer to
the international airport to Board your homeward flight or connect to your onward
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