Lumbini

Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhgaya

Ganga ji Aarti - Varanasi

Buddha Temple - Kushinager

Lotus Temple - Delhi

Heritage Footsteps of Buddha
Duration :

09 nights/ 10 days

Highlights :

Delhi - Lucknow - Sravasthi -Kapilavastu - Lumbini - Kushinagar - Vaishali - Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodhgaya

Detailed Itenerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi.
Traditional Heritage India greetings upon arrival to the "Capital City of India"and Transfer by Car/Coach to Hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi/Lucknow/Sravasthi
Early morning transfer to railway station to connect super fast train at 0615 hrs.for Lucknow. On arrival Lucknow at 1215 hrs.straight proceed by Car/Coach for Sravasthi carrying box lunch. On reaching Sravasthi visit temples. Sravasthi was the ancient capital of Kosala Kingdom. Here, legend has it, it was that Buddha confounded his critics by creating a vision - a miraculous million-fold self-manifestation seated on a thousand petalled lotus. Thereafter check-in at Hotel.
Dinner & Overnight at hotel. (Note - Can also travel by Air for Delhi/Lucknow)

Day 03: Sravasthi/Kapilavastu/Lumbini
After arly bereakfast, leave Sravasthi early morning for Lumbini carrying box lunch visiting enroute Kapilavastu. At Lumbini in 556 BC Lord Buddha was born. The place now falls in Nepal at Indo-Nepal border. On reaching Lumbini visit the birth place of Lord Buddha. Later check-in at hotel.

Day 04: Lumbini/ Kushinagar
After bereakfast, leave Lumbini for Kushinagar. On arrival at Kushinagar check-in at Hotel. Afternoon visit Buddhist sites at the Kushinagar. Kushinagar is the place where Lord Bddha passed into Mahaparinirvana. The ruins of ten large monasteries bear testimony to the fact that this revered pilgrimage site of great significance. The Muktabandha Stupa, originally believed to have been built to preserve the Buddha’s relics. A smaller renovated shrine now encloses massive recumbent figure of the Buddha. Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Kushinagar/Vaishali/Patna
Early morning after breakfast, leave Kushinagar for Patna carrying box lunch visiting enroute Vaishali which believed to be the first republic of the world having elective body representative, holds special significance for Buddhist devotees. Vaishali was also the centre of the 2nd Buddhist council. It is also famous for Amrapali, the beautiful dancer and courtsean of Vaishali who offered Buddha a mango orchard. She was so impressed by teachings of Lord Buddha, she become Bhikshu in turn. On arrival Patna, check-in at Hotel. Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Patna/Nalanda/Rajgir/Bodhgaya
After early breakfast, leave Patna for Bodhgaya visiting enroute Nalanda, once a famous Buddhist University came into prominence around 5th century AD & was a great centre of learning for about 700 years. Huen Tsang, the well known Sarnath with Buddha ToursChinese Traveller who studied at the university in 7th Century has left glowing accounts of its activities of Nalanda & Rajgir.

Thereafter visit Rajgir which is an important place for Buddhist Pilgrimage. It was the capital of King Bimbisara in ancient times. The Buddha preached at Rajgir and so did Mahavir, the great preceptor of Jains. The Rajgir hill are known for a large numbers of Buddhist and Jain monuments including stupas and Forts. Lunch at Toursit Bunglow, Rajgir. Thereafter proceed for Bodhgara and check-in at Hotel. Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: In Bodhgaya
After breakfast, tour of Bodhgaya including visit to Mahabodhi Temple. Bodhgaya is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The tree under which Buddha attend wisdom is called the "Bodhi Tree", while the temple marking the sacred spot is known as Mahabodhi Temple. Also visit other temple like Thai Temple, Chinese temple etc. After lunch free for prayer or rituals. Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Bodhgaya/Sarnath/Varanasi
After early breakfast, leave Bodhgaya for Varanasi carrying box lunch. On reaching Varanasi, visit Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath was a renowned school of learning from 6th Century BC to 12th Century AD.Visit the ruins, the Stupa & the Museum where you can Buddist Tourssee some finest Buddhist frescoes, sculptures & paintings. Theraftert check-in at Hotel. Dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Varanasi/Delhi
Early morning transfer to River bank for Boat excursion on the holy River Ganges to see the Bathing Ghats and the Cremation Site. Watching people bathing and worshipping at the Ghats are one of the most unique experiences of visit to India. Return to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, half day city tour Varanasi visiting Annapurna Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, New Vishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir & Banaras Hindu University. After lunch, transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi. On arrival Delhi, transfer to Hotel. Dinner & Overnight.

Day 10: Leave Delhi
After breakfast, combined sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi including visit to Buddhist Temple. After lunch at a local restaurant, free time for shopping. After early dinner at restaurant, transfer to airport to connect flight for back home.