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Foot Step of Lord Buddha

Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days

Itinerary at a Glance :Delhi – Lucknow – Sravasti – Lumbini – Kapilavastu – Kushinagar – Varanasi – Sarnath – Bodh Gaya – Rajgir – Ratnagiri/ Lalitgiri Caves – Bhubaneshwar (Dhauli Caves) – Delhi.

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Indira Gandhi International airport, meet & greet by our representative & transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
New Delhi: The capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern era. Standing along the west End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture, rich with cultural & architectural diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, this city is a travel hub of Northern India.
Delhi is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements absorbed into the daily life of the city have enriched its character.

Day 2 - Delhi
After breakfast, guided tour of historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The guided tour takes to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes the drive past to magnificent Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, Asia's largest mosque, Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi - the "Father of the Nation". Afternoon tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun Tomb, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, India Gate, President'' House and drive through Connaught Place. In evening you may go for the Light & Sound show at Red Fort (optional). Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 - Delhi - Lucknow (flight) – Sravasti (surface- 170kms)
In morning after breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport to board the flight to Lucknow. Upon arrival in Lucknow meet to driver and drive to Sravasti (170 kms). Upon arrival in Sravasti, transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Sravasti, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens.The city believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravast, has age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here.

Day 4 - Sravasti – Lumbini (225 kms)
After breakfast at hotel,proceed for the sightseeing tour of Sravasti including visit Sahet Mahet, capital of ancient Kingdom of Kosala, Jetvana Vihar & Buddhist temples. Later drive to Lumbini. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1,500 years.
Three hundred years after the Mahaparinirvana, Emperor Ashoka visited Lumbini and erected a pillar there. This pillar, though broken, still remains at the site. It is known as the Rummendei Pillar after the earlier name of the place (modern name Rupandhei) in Nepal.

Day 5 - Lumbini – Kushinagar (148 kms)
After breakfast in hotel, take a half day guided tour of Lumbini, declared a World Heritage Site. Visit the Sacred Gardens, Ashoka pillar and Lumbini Museum.Later drive to Kushinagar via Kapilavastu. 91 kms from Lumbini is Kapilavastu, where Lord Buddha spent the formative years of his youth; where he saw suffering and pain, disease and death. Visit the main stupa complex, eastern stupa and the ruins of the palace. Continue drive for Kushinagar - the place where Buddha passed into Parinirvana.Upon arrival check in to the hotel.

Day 6 - Kushinagar – Varanasi (260 kms / 6 hrs)
After breakfast at hotel proceed for the half day tour of Kushinagar visiting the Ramabha stupa, which stands, on the spot where the body of the Lord was cremated. Also visit Natha Kumarka Kot enshrining the large recumbent figure of Buddha in the state of Nirvana. Drive to Varanasi and upon arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world. It has served as the most significant pilgrimage site for Hindus for the last three centuries. It is more than 6 centuries older than the period of Christ. Buddha gave his first sermon nearby here in Sarnath. The history dates back 2,500 years when an Aryan tribe settle in this land from the North.While there are more than 200 temples and 52 ghats along the holy river Gagnes, few buildings are older than the 16th century since when Muslim armies, lead by Qutbuddin Aibak, raided in the 11th century, they destroyed all the ancient Hindu temples.

Day 7 - Varanasi
Morning proceed for the boat ride at river Ganges. Back to hotel for breakfast then proceed for the tour to Sarnath - the principle centre of Buddhism. It was here around 530 B.C that Buddha preached his 1st sermon after gaining enlightenment. Visit the Choukhandi Stupa, Dhamekh and Dharmarajika stupas. Return to Varanasi. Afternoon visit the ghats and temples. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 - Varanasi – Bodhgaya (242 Kms / 6 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast drive to Bodhgaya, one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres. It was here that Gautam attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the "Bodhi" tree. On arrival check into hotel. Evening free for relaxation. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9 - Bodhgaya – Rajgir (193 kms / 4 hrs & 30 mins)
After breakfast proceed for the half-day city tour of Bodh Gaya visiting the Bodhi tree, Satabodhi temple, Japanese and Tibetan monasteries along with Magadha University museum are also visited. Enroute to Rajgir, stopover at the Baraliar caves - the earliest examples of rock cut caves. Most impressive craftsmanship of carving and rock inscription can be seen. These caves served as inspiration for the setting of E.M Foresters "A Passage to India". Arrive Rajgir and overnight at hotel.

Day 10 - Rajgir
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit Nalanda - the world's oldest university founded in the 5th century. Also visit monasteries and temples with impressive Buddhist & Hindu images. The Institute for research into Buddhism and Pali literature, which houses rare manuscripts, is also worth visiting for the enthusiasts. Archaeological museum is also not to be missed for the rare collections. In the afternoon visit the Indasala caves, where Sakka came to ask the Buddha his eight questions. Return to Rajgir. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 - Rajgir
Breakfast at hotel. Half day guided tour of Rajgir the capital of 6th century Magadha Empire. It was revered site of Buddha’s discourses. Buddha spent many years here. Visit Gridhrakula, Sapataparni cave, Ajatsatru fort and Venuvana. Drive to Patna. Overnight at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 - Rajgir - Ratnagiri (600 kms / 9 hrs)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Ratnagiri. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 - Ratnagiri
After proceed for the full day city tour of the three main Buddhist destinations in Orissa: Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri. At Ratangiri visit the two large monasteries and a huge stupa and at Lalitgiri visit the brick pagodas, stone porches and the prayer halls. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14 - Ratnagiri – Bhubaneshwar
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Bhubaneshwar. On the way stop over at the Dhauli, the place where the Emperor Asoka renounced bloodshed and embraced the teachings of Buddhism. Visit the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda) and the Asokan rock edicts, which were built by the emperor throughout his empire. Arrival at Bhubaneshwar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 - Bhubaneshwar – Delhi (flight)
Breakfast at hotel. In time transfer to the airport to board your flight for Delhi.