Day / 01Arrive Amazing Delhi:-
Arrive Airport Meet & greet by presentable representative of Indian Travel Desk with special welcome. Transfer to hotel. Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which have left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles. Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi. Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance. After breakfast start the day with Old Delhi tour. Here you will view Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Mahatma Gandhi. Evening the Red Fort to watch the "Son et Lumire" show which is an interplay of colorful lights and sound tracing the history of monument till date.Evening return to the Red Fort to watch the "Son et Lumire" show which is an interplay of colorful lights and sound tracing the history of monument till date. Overnight stay.
Day 02 / Delhi - Lucknow - Saravasti (134 kms - 3 Hrs. Drive):-
Early morning transfer to Railway station to board the Shatabdi Express train for Lucknow at 06:15hrs. Arrive Lucknow at 12:30hrs. Upon arrival drive to Saravasti - the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. Also known as Sahet - Mahet, are two different sit's the main one being Sahet and about 500 meters away is located Mahet. The city believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravast, has age-old stupas, majaestic monasteries and several temples. Budha is said to have performed some miracles here. This holy place also has the famous Anand Bodhi tree, an offspring of the one said to have been planted by Buddha's main disciple Anand. Evening sightseeing of Sahet & Mahet. Overnight stay.
Day 03 / Sravasti - Lumbini (250 kms - 5 Hrs. Drive):-
Morning drive to Lumbini enroute visit to Balarampur (29 kms from Sravasti) - an important Buddhist pilgrim centre nestling near the foothills of the Himalyaas. The Buddhist circuit road passes through, enabling pilgrims to walk in the footprints of the Enlightened one. Upon arrival check in hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 04 / Lumbini - Kushinagar (190 kms - 4 Hrs. Drive):-
Morning sightseeing of Lumbini - the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha. He renounced riches in favor of seeking peace and enlightenment as Gautama Buddha. Here is the seat of Buddhism, a religion that blossomed and spread across the world. Later proceed to Kushinagar. Arrive Kushinagar. Upon arrival check in hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Kushinagar - earlier known as Kushinara, it is believed that Buddha attained 'Mahaparinirvana' (release from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth) here. The statue of the Reclining Buddha at the temple is one of the most sacred sights for the pilgrim and a mound of bricks marks the place where Buddha is said to have been cremated. Overnight stay.
Day 05 / Kushinagar - Patna (320 kms - 6 Hrs. Drive Approx.):-
Morning drive to Patna via visit to Vaishali - belived to be the first republic of the world, having an elected body of representatives holds special significance for Buddhist devotes. At Kolhua, lord Buddha delivered his last sermon, hinting at his impending departure from the mortal world. Vaishalli is famous for Amrapali, the beautiful dancer and courtesan of Vaishali, who offered Buddha a mango orchard and impressed by his teachings became a nun (Bhikshu) in turn. Later Emperor Ashoka erected a huge Pillar to commemorate the spot of the last sermon. Later proceed to Patna. Upon arrival check in hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 06 / Patna - Bodhgaya (204 kms - 4 Hrs. Drive):-
Morning drive to Bodhgaya enroute visit Nalanda - the centre of one of the oldest known universities of the world, its ruins show that over 2000 teachers and 10000 students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied here. The Chinese chronicler Huien Tsang spent many years here both as a student & teacher. An international centre for Buddhist studies also functions here. Later visit to Rajgir - was the ancient capital of the Magadh Kings. Buddha often came here. Rajgir is an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus as the temple complex here is to the Sun God. Arrive Bodhgaya & check in hotel. Overnight stay.
Day 07/ Bodhgaya - Varanasi (260 kms - 5 Hrs. Drive):-
Morning visit to the Mahabodhi Temple & Lord Buddha Temple. Afternoon drive to Varanasi. Evening See "aarti" Ceremony on the River Ganges & Stroll along the narrow lanes and bazaars full of shops selling, among other things, the world-famous Banaras Silks. Overnight stay.
Day 08 / Varanasi - Agra (By Indian Railways):-
Early morning Boat excursion on the Holy River Ganges to see the Bathing ghats and crimination sites. Watching people bathing and worshiping at the ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. Later full day return excursion to Sarnath - 10 kms from the holy city of Varanasi, is the blessed locale where more than 2,500 years ago Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon, after attaining Nirvana. The five disciples who had followed him werw surprised to see the mesmerizing glowing countenance of Buddha, who convinced them and delivered his first sermon before them, now termed Dharmachakra Pravartan. This set in motin the great Buddhist tradition of the Sangha, for popularizing the teachings of the great ascetic, world-wide. Gautam Buddha with his five disciples formed the first Sangha alogwith Yasa of Varanasi and his 54 friends. The bigining of the celebrated Mantra, "Buddham Sharanam Gachhami" owes its origin to Sarnath. The three jewels "I go for refuge to the Buddha, I go for refuge to the Wheel of Law, I go for refuge to the Sangha" first laid down here, have remained unchaged ever since. Hencerightly, every Buddhist Pilgrim after Bodhgaya, endeavvours to be blessed with a visit to Sarnath in his life time. Later proceed for railway station to board the train for Agra. Overnight journey.
Day 09 / Arrive Agra & Agra Sightseeing:-
Arrive Agra Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. After breakfast visit Ghostly deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1569 by the Great Emperor Akbar. Today it is deserted & left in solitude to reminisce over its past glory. Afternoon visit the - built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Within the fort are a number of exquisite buildings, including the Moti Masjid, Diwane-I-Am, Diwane-I-Khas and Musamman Burj, where the Emperor Shah Jahan died in imprisonment, besides Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal and the Sheesh Mahal. Also visit the tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah built by Empress Noor Jehan in the memory of Her Father. At sunset time see the Glory of the Taj Mahal - Monument to Love which was built in 1630 by Mghal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry. Overnight stay at Agra.
Day 10 / Agra - Delhi (204 kms - 4 Hrs. Drive Approx.)
After breakfast drive to Delhi via visit to Sikandra - site of the tomb of the tomb of the greatest Mughal Emperor Akbar. Arrive Delhi visit to New Delhi - was designed and built by the British in the 1920's-it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the Design and construction of Delhi's eight cities - New Delhi.
Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947. Visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar & Lotus Temple. Drive pass through the Raisina Hills past the imposing India Gate, President House and Parliament House. Later you will transfer to Airport to board the flight for your onward destination. Tour ends with sweet memories
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