BUDDHIST CIRCUIT

A GLIMPSE IN THE LIFE OF BUDDHA

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Buddhist Circuit Tour Package

 

In this Buddhist Circuit Tour, you will explore different parts of Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Delhi, Lucknow. Bodhgaya is exactly the place where Buddha gained enlightenment. Visit various Buddhist monasteries and pray under the sacred Bodhgaya tree in Mahabodhi Temple.

 

Also, you will be visiting Nawabganj bird Sanctuary which is definitely a site to be seen. It’s so magical!

 

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DAY 1| INDIA ARRIVAL

 

Arrival at Delhi Airport. Our representative will transfer you to hotel. On arrival, check-in to your hotel and proceed for the sightseeing tour of “The Heart of India”, Delhi. Start your day with tour of Raj Ghat. If time permits, shop in the local market of Chandni Chowk. In the afternoon, visit India Gate, Qutub Minar and the Lotus Temple. Drive past the President’s House, Parliament House and the Government Secretariat Buildings. You will be given dinner reservations in Parikrama-The Revolving Restaurant. Enjoy fine dining in the revolving rooftop restaurant. You will then be escorted to Hauz Khas Village which is the clubbing hub of Delhi. Get a glimpse of the Delhi nightlife in here.

Enjoy overnight stay in the hotel at Delhi.

 

 

DAY 2| DELHI-BODHGAYA

 

After breakfast, catch your flight to Bodhgaya. Our representative will escort you to your hotel. Check into the hotel. After lunch, proceed to Bodhgaya city.

“Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. It is a place which should be visited or seen by a person of devotion and which would cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence”.

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha-to-be, had been dwelling on the banks of the Nairanjana River with five ascetic followers for six years practicing austerities. Later he realized that austerities could not lead to realization, he abandoned them. His five companions after seeing his failure, deserted him and left for Sarnath.

Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.

 

 

DAY 3| BODHGAYA-RAJGIR-NALANDA-BODHGAYA

 

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Rajgiri and Nalanda.

Rajgir was once the capital of Magadha Empire until Ajatshatru’s moved it to Pataliputra (Patna) in the 5th century BC. It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site for Steps of Buddha Tour, as Buddha had spent 12 years here and the first Buddhist council after the Buddha attained Nirvana was held here. Proceed to Ajatshatru’s fort, Venuvana, Swarna Bhandar, the Cyclopean wall. Visit the Peace Pagoda on chair lift.

Rajgir sightseeing includes:

  • Gridhkuth Mountain,
  • Venuvan,
  • Hot Spring,
  • Jivaka Amravan, and,
  • Bimbisar Jail.

Lunch at local Restaurant in Rajgiri.  After lunch proceed for Nalanda University.

Nalanda founded in 5th century BC, was one of the world’s great universities. Visit the remains of the brick built Great Stupa and local archeological museum.

After lunch drive to Bodhgaya and on arrival check-in at hotel. Dinner & overnight at hotel while in Steps of Buddha Tour.

 

 

DAY 4| BODHGAYA- VARANASI (6hrs-252kms)

 

After an early breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya – the most important of four main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations known as Uruvela in the Buddha’s time.

The two major sacred sites in Bodhgaya are the Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi Tree, around which many other temple and monasteries of various Buddhist traditions (Japanese, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Vietnamese, Thai and others) have been built.

Return back to hotel for Lunch. After early check-out and proceed for Varanasi.

 

Varanasi

 

Throughout the day and night in pilgrimage season, monks in colourful robes can be seen mediating where the Buddha did, studying Dhama texts, making offerings to the many statues and stupas on the site, and walking around the sacred Mahabodhi Temple.

City tour of the religious town revered both by the Buddhists and Hindus alike. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple, known for its Bodhi Tree where Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha. The tree standing today is believed to have grown from the original Banyan tree under which Lord Buddha mediated.

On arrival check-in at hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

 

 

 DAY 5| VARANASI-SARNATH-KUSHINAGAR

 

After breakfast at the hotel, go down to the banks of the river Ganges and board your private boat to witness the Aarti, a prayer to the mother river conducted every day by five priests on the bank of the river.

Later in the evening, take a walk at local market of Banaras city- one of the world’s oldest living cities. Here you can interact with the local people and enjoy local delicacies.

Visit hidden shrines along the riverside to the historic bathing site called Dasashwamedh Ghat, the ten-horse sacrifice Ghat. It is the main and the most spectacular ghat in Varanasi.

Close to the Dasashwamedh Ghat is the Vishvanath Temple, also called the Golden Temple because of the gold plating at its dome.

Later check out and drive to Kushinagar. Stop Enroute at Sarnath.

Sarnath, 10 Kms. from Varanasi is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples. The remains date back to as far as the 3rd Century BC, emperor Ashoka founded various institutions, Stupas, monasteries and pillar edicts.

Visit the art collection at the Archaeological museum. The main attraction is Ashokan Pillarthe Ashokan symbol of four back to back lions which has been adopted as the state symbol independent India. Also visit the Mahabodhi Buddha temple and walk around the deer park. Later see the monastery ruins area, Dhameka Stupa.

Lunch will be at local restaurant. After lunch continue your drive to Kushinagar. On arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the evening free for leisure and relaxation.

Dinner & Overnight stay at the Kushinagar hotel while in Steps of Buddha Tour.

 

 

DAY 6|KUSHINAGAR-LUMBINI

 

After Breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Kushinagar. Visit Mahaparinirvana Temple and Ramabhar Stupa. Return back to hotel for Lunch.

 

Here at the age of 80, Buddha passed into Mahaparinirvana (complete nirvana). Buddha was finally freed from the eternal cycle of re-birth. Muktabandhana stupa was built by Malla dynasty to house Buddha’s relics after the cremation.

After early lunch you will check out and proceed to Lumbini.

On arrival visit Lumbini City.

Lord Buddha was born at Lumbini while his mother was on her way to parental home from Kapilavastu- an ancient city in Nepal. Buddha was born during the full moon day in the month of Vaisakh in 623 BC.

On arrival visit 960 Temple in Lumbini.

After sightseeing check into the hotel for overnight stay. Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel while in Steps of Buddha Tour.

 

 

DAY 7| LUMBINI-SRAVASTI (5hrs – 187kms)

 

After an early breakfast drive to Sravasti. En route, visit Maya Devi Temple and Ashoka pillar-they are the earliest known sculptural remains from India.

On arrival, check into the hotel. After lunch visit Sravasti.  At the time of Buddha, Sravasti was the capital Kingdom of Kosala.  Buddha spent 24 monsoon seasons in the Jetvana gardens – most famous Buddhist monasteries in India.

Dinner and Overnight stay in Sravasti Hotel while in Steps of Buddha Tour.

 

 

DAY 8| SRAVASTI-LUCKNOW (4hrs – 155kms)

 

After breakfast, visit Jetvana gardens, Angulimala House – Angulimala, a robber and murderer, is one of the most popular scripture in Buddhist history. He converted from a criminal to a saint and was the only former criminal to be accepted into Buddhist monastic order.

Then after lunch drive to Lucknow. On arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the day is free for leisure and local sightseeing.

Dinner and Overnight stay in Lucknow Hotel.

 

 

DAY 9|EXCURSION FROM LUCKNOW

 

After breakfast, proceed for a full day excursion at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuarymajor wildlife sanctuary of Uttar Pradesh. It’s an hour drive from Lucknow city located on Kanpur-Lucknow Highway in Uttar Pradesh. Spread over an area of less than 3 square kilometres is a perfect spot for migratory birds.

After sightseeing, drive back to Lucknow and shop for souvenirs in the local market.

 

 

DAY 10| DEPARTURE FROM INDIA

 

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport. Board your flight back home with delightful memories of your trip.

 

 

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Delhi:

  • Raj Ghat
  • India Gate
  • Qutub Minar
  • Lotus Temple
  • Hauz Khas Village

Rajgiri and Nalanda:

  • Ajatshatru’s fort
  • Venuvana
  • Swarna Bhandar
  • Cyclopean wall
  • Gridhkuth Mountain
  • Venuvan
  • Hot Spring
  • Jivaka Amravan
  • Bimbisar Jail
  • Nalanda University

Bodhgaya:

  • Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi Tree

Varanasi:

  • Dasashwamedh Ghat
  • Vishvanath Temple

Sarnath:

  • Archaeological museum
  • Ashokan Pillar
  • Dhameka Stupa

Kushinagar:

  • Mahaparinirvana Temple
  • Ramabhar Stupa
  • Muktabandhana stupa

Lumbini:

  • 960 Temple

Sravasti:

  • Maya Devi Temple

Lucknow:

  • Jetvana gardens
  • Angulimala House
  • Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary

Chandni Chowk:

  • Sound and Light show at Red Fort.
  • Shopping at Kinari Bazaar, famous for gold and silver ornaments.
  • Get your hands on the famous desserts at Giani’s, Bikanerwala and Kishan Lal Halwai.

Mahabodhi Temple:

  • If you really want to take a glimpse at Buddha’s life, visit to Mahabodhi Temple and Bodhi Tree is a must.

Bodhgaya Multimedia Museum:

  • Explore the historical museum of art and craft and Buddhism.

MORE DETAILS

  • 09 Night accommodation on twin sharing with APAI Basis. (Bed + Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  • Economy Class Airfare from Delhi to Bodhgaya.
  • English speaking guide.
  • A/C deluxe transportation.
  • 01 Full day Delhi City Tour.
  • 01 Full Day Rajgiri and Nalanda City Tour.
  • Half Day Bodhgaya City Tour.
  • Half Day Varanasi City Tour.
  • Half Day Sarnath Tour.
  • Half Day Kushinagar City Tour.
  • Half Day Lumbini City Tour.
  • Half Day Sravasti City Tour.
  • 01 Full Day Excursion at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary from Lucknow.
  • 02 Hours Evening Tour of Chandni Chowk in Delhi.
  • Traditional Indian welcome with garlands and Aarti Tika.
  • Monument Entrance Fees:

Jantar Mantar

Qutub Minar

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary

  • All sightseeing tours, transfers and entrance fee as per mentioned in the itinerary inclusions.
  • All transfers throughout upon arrival & departure.
  • Welcome soft drinks.
  • Daily High Tea with snacks.
  • 02 Water Bottles 500ml per person per day.
  • Typical souvenir.
  • IML Exclusive Travel Kit.
  • Stay connected during your tour with complimentary Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi connectivity is limited in certain hotels or remote areas).
  • 5% GST Extra.
  • Any additional meal / snacks.
  • All tipping for guide, drivers, representatives, restaurants, cruise …etc.
  • Any personal items like laundry, phone calls, drinks like water, juice, soft, hard drinks, etc.
  • Bank transmitting fees.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • The package cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Camera fee (still / video).
  • Whatever not mentioned in inclusions.

COMPANY POLICIES

  • Pay 50% amount in advance of the total invoice to confirm the booking.
  • All payments have to be clear 30 days prior to the date departure.
  • International tickets will be issued within 24 hours from the time of advance payment.(Except Saturday &Sunday)
  • Booking voucher and final itinerary will be provided 7 day prior to departure.
  • IML travel will not be responsible for any change in flight schedule and cancellation without prior intimation. The guests must reconfirm the flight schedule at-least 03 Nights prior to the date of departure.
  • IML travel acts just as an agent between the airlines and the traveler, we are not responsible for the check-in services like web check-in. If a guest wishes to do the web check-in they must visit the website of the respective airlines and follow the procedure.
  • All tours involving less than 10 Persons will be considered as FIT or individual tour.
  • All tours involving more than 10 Persons will be considered as group tour.
  • Any monument, activity entry-pass/ passes, Guide Services are not included in individual tour packages, unless specifically mentioned in the inclusions.
  • All transfers are as per itinerary, in the event of guests not turning up at the pick-up point there is no provision of alternative transfer service. In this case guest may request for supplementary transport which will be charged extra. These services can be availed depending on the availability.
  • Full Day tours starts at 0900 Hrs till 1700 Hrs (Maximum 8 Hours).
  • Half Day tours starts at 0900 Hrs till 1300 Hrs OR at 1200 Hrs till 1600 Hrs (Maximum 4 hrs)
  • Cancellation stage: 21 days or more before departure.
  • 25% of the package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation 21 days before departure
  • Cancellation stage: 15 to 20 days before departure.
  • 50% of the package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation between 11 to 20 days before departure
  • Cancellation stage: 07 to 15 days or less before departure.
  • 75% of the package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation 07 to 14 days before departure
  • Cancellation stage: 7 days or less 24 Hrs before departure.
  • 100% of the package cost will be charged as penalty on cancellation 10 days before departure
  • Flights Cancellation.
  • For all Domestic / International Flights we will comply with airline cancellation policy.

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