India,  Nepal

‘In the Footsteps of Lord Buddha’ Tour

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Overview

Duration: 11D/10N

 

Destinations Covered: Delhi, Shravasti, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Patna

 

Tour Price: Price will vary depending on no. of people,  trip customisation, types of activities as per guest's interests, preferences and tastes. Please send your tour queries to hello@crimsonasia.my and we will give you a quote.

 

Tour includes: Hotel accommodation with breakfast & dinner, train journey Delhi-Lucknow, domestic flight Patna-Delhi, airport transfers, professional English-speaking guide, private AC vehicle & driver, etc. For a full list of inclusions, pls refer to 'Inclusions' in Program tab.

 

Tour excludes: International return flight to Delhi, E-Tourist Visa to India, Visa on Arrival in Nepal, travel insurance, tipping, personal expenses. For a full list of exclusions, pls refer to 'Exclusions' in Program tab.

 

For program details, pls click on Program tab.

 

Best time to travel: Oct - Mar.

 

For queries/bookings, pls email us at hello@crimsonasia.my .

 

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Summary:

‘In The Footsteps of Lord Buddha’- this tour follows Lord Buddha’s footsteps from Bodh Gaya, where he attained enlightenment; to Sarnath where he preached his first sermon; through other places he visited regularly, and finally to Kushinagar where he attained Parinirvana in 486 BC. This 11-day guided tour will allow you to see the journey of Siddartha Gautama and how he achieved enlightenment and became "Buddha" - the enlightened one.

 

The tour starts with sightseeing tour of Delhi where you will explore some of the popular attractions of Delhi such as India Gate, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Red Fort, etc. The following day, we board a train for Lucknow and then drive to Shravasti. In Shravasti, Buddha spent 24 rainy days during which his disciples built a monastery for him at Jetavana and even performed miracles when a rival challenged him. Discover the monasteries, temples and gardens at Shravasti and then we make our way to Lumbini in Nepal overland from India.

 

Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha, and is now a World Heritage Site complex of enormous religious significance, attracting Buddhist pilgrims, not only in Nepal but internationally as well. The complex consists of Lumbini Park, Maya Devi Temple and temples that were built and donated by Buddhists from around the world. The next day we drive to Kushinagar, the place where Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death. We will visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple, Kushinagar Museum, Ramabhar Stupa and Sun Temple.

 

Post-Kushinagar, we return to India overland and proceed to Varanasi. From Varanasi, we visit the Sarnath, the ancient town where Buddha came to preach his message of the middle way to nirvana after he achieved enlightenment. The last leg of the tour will include a visit to Bodh Gaya, the Mahabodhi Temple Complex featuring a black statue of Lord Buddha in a sitting position; Bodhi Tree, the tree under which Buddha meditated to gain supreme knowledge and a stupa called Animesh Lochan Chaitya. Explore Bodh Gaya for a day and the next day we proceed to Patna via Rajgir and Nalanda. When in Patna, we board a flight back to Delhi, after which you may board your flight home or to other destinations.

Program

Day 01: ARRIVE IN DELHI

Upon your arrival at the airport, our representative will meet and greet you and then drive to your hotel.

 

DAY 02: DELHI (B/D)

After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Delhi. We visit Jama Masjid with a short rickshaw ride in the busy Chandni Chowk market. For the second half of the day, we visit India Gate, drive through the Presidential Palace, Parliament and visit Laxmi Narayan temple and end the trip at Sikh Temple.

 

Overnight in hotel.

 

jama masjid old delhi crimsonasia

 

DAY 03: TRAIN DELHI – LUCKNOW – SHRAVASTI (160 KMS/04 HRS) (B/D)

Early morning transfer to railway station to board your train to Lucknow.

DELHI/LUCKNOW: 12004 LJN SWARNA SHTABDI: 0610 HRS/1240 HRS: AC CHAIR

 

Upon arrival, meet and assist and then drive to Shravasti. Rest of the day free.

 

Overnight in hotel.

 

DAY 04: SHRAVASTI – LUMBINI (190 KMS/05 HRS) (B/D)

Post breakfast at the hotel go for a city sightseeing tour. Today, you will visit the Ananda Bodhi tree where Lord Buddha meditated for a night, and then visit Jetavan where Lord Buddha performed miracles.

 

In the afternoon, we drive overland from India to Lumbini in Nepal.

 

Overnight in hotel.

 

 

DAY 05: LUMBINI (B/D)

Post breakfast at the hotel, visit the World Heritage Lumbini Park, Mayadevi temple, and temples in the complex.

 

 

Overnight in hotel.

 

 

DAY 06: LUMBINI – KUSHINAGAR (140 KMS/04 HRS) (B/D)

After enjoying a scrumptious breakfast at the Lumbini hotel, drive to Kushinagar. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to a hotel and then proceed for city tour.

 

Today, you will visit Mahaparinirvana Temple, Kushinagar Museum, Ramabhar Stupa and Sun Temple.

 

Overnight in hotel.

 

DAY 07: KUSHINAGAR – VARANASI (230 KMS/06 to 07 HRS) (B/D)

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi check-in at the hotel.

 

Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

DAY 08: VARANASI (B/D)

In the morning, go for a boat ride along the Ganges. After a quintessential Varanasi experience, return to the hotel for breakfast.

 

In the first half, visit Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, and Tulsi Manas Temple. Later, in the second half, visit Sarnath (where Buddha delivered his first sermon). After a brief sightseeing tour, return to Varanasi to see the evening Ganga Aarti.

 

 

Overnight in hotel.

 

aarti ceremony varanasi image by pixabay

 

DAY 09: VARANASI – BODHGAYA (250 KMS/06 HRS) (B/D)

After breakfast, drive to Bodh Gaya. On arrival at Bodh Gaya, check-in at the hotel.

 

 

Later, visit Mahabodhi Temple, which includes tall stone lotuses, figures of Buddha sitting in different postures on the walls, his footprints on the stones and a colossal golden Buddha in the sanctum sanctorum. The Bodhi Tree is situated in the premises of the temple, is the one under which Buddha attained illumination.

 

 

Overnight in hotel.

 

DAY 10: BODHGAYA – RAJGIR – NALANDA – PATNA (130 KMS/04 HRS) (B/D)

After breakfast in the morning, drive to Patna. En-route, visit Nalanda University, founded in the 5th century B.C. Also, pay a visit to the archeological museum that exhibits the Nalanda University seal, sculptures and other remains found on the site.

 

Later take a 20 km drive to Rajgir. Further, visit Griddhkuta "Hill of Vultures", where Buddha delivered some of his most famous sermons. After that, visit Saptparni caves where first Buddha Council was held which is also the source of Rajgir's hot springs. We then move on to Patna. On arrival at Patna check-in at the hotel.

 

Overnight stay at the hotel.

 

DAY 11: FLY PATNA – DELHI (AM) (B)

After breakfast, transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi.

 

PATNA/DELHI: 9w 731: 1130 hrs/1320 hrs

 

Upon arrival, meet and assist and then transfer to hotel in Delhi or for your onward journey to home/other destinations.

***PROGRAM ENDS***

 

Hotel Accommodation

City

Hotel

No. of nights

Delhi

Hotel Hans (www.hotelhans.com)

 

1

Shravasti

The Shravasti Residency (http://www.residencygrouphotels.com)

 

1

Lumbini

Buddha Maya Garden (www.ktmgh.com/buddha-maya-garden-hotel/)

 

2

Kushinagar

Hotel Lotus Nikko (www.lotusnikkohotels.com)

 

1

Varanasi

Hotel Madin (www.hotelmadin.com)

 

2

Bodh Gaya

Hotel Siddhartha International (www.siddharthabodhgaya.com) OR

Oaks Bodh Gaya (www.oakshotels.com/en/oaks-bodhgaya)

 

1

Patna

Hotel Maurya (www.maurya.com)

 

1

   
     

 

Inclusions

--Airport transfers in private A/C car or van

--Activities as per tour including entrance fees

--Twin-sharing hotel accommodation with breakfast & dinner

--Professional English-speaking local guide

--Train tickets from Delhi to Lucknow

--Domestic flight from Patna to Delhi

--Rickshaw ride in Delhi

--Boat ride in Varanasi

--Meeting and assistance by local representatives on arrival/departure at airport/hotel

--Private transfers and transport between airport, hotel and sightseeing spots

--2 Mineral water bottles per person per day

 

Exclusions

--International return flight to Delhi

--Visa Fees

--Travel Insurance

--Lunch and snacks

--Tipping

--Personal expenses

--Optional activities

--Excess baggage charges

 

For queries/bookings, pls email to hello@crimsonasia.my .

Enquiry/Booking

For queries/bookings of this tour, pls email us at hello@crimsonasia.my .

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