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Footsteps of Buddha -The Enlightened one Tour


Package Duration 11 Days / 10 Nights
Pacakge Validity From 2017-04-17 To 2017-09-30
Destination Covered Delhi - Varanasi - Sarnath - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini - (Nepal) - Kapilvastu - Shravasti - Lucknow - Delhi
Package Cost On Request
Special Offer 90 Days advance booking -10% discount
Optional Tours option available for Agra & Jaipur visit

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  • Varanasi

  • India Gate -Delhi

  • Kushinagar

  • Qutab Minar-Delhi

  • Lucknow

  • Bodgaya


Tour Itinerary :

Day 1: Arrival Delhi -Capital city of India

Delhi -Capital city of India
You are greeted on arrival at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and driven to your Hotel. Delhi is a city of contrasts. From the neoclassical architecture of the elegant garden city of New Delhi to the narrow, twisting lanes that surround Chandni Chowk in the old city is what Delhi is all about. It is a city built and rebuilt seven times over several centuries. The capital city today marries the quaint and unique elements of different historical eras with the pace of the bustling, growing economy. At every turn of the road, the past and the present coexist.

Later In the afternoon proceed for half day guided city tour of New Delhi. The buildings designed by Edward Lutyens, architect of modern Delhi - are truly majestic. Drive past The Presidential Palace, Parliament House and India Gate which are all reminiscent of the British “Raj”. We stop for photo shoots before driving onward to visit an Hindu temple Next driving through Delhi’s beautiful tree-lined avenues and the Diplomatic Enclave area we arrive to visit the 12th century, 234-foot high fluted minaret of Qutab Minar. You finish your tour visiting Humayun's Tomb, the second Mughal Emperor to rule India, Overnight stay in PARK hotel. (Check in 1400 hrs)

  • India Gate -Delhi

Day 2: Delhi -Varanasi (Flight)

Morning after breakfast, transfer to Domestic Airport to board your flight for Varanasi. On arrival meeting, assistance and transfer to RADISSON hotel.

On our way to the hotel we will en-route stop to visit the ancient city of Sarnath where Buddhism first made its appearance nearly 2500 years ago and where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to his 5 disciples. Here you will visit the Chaukhandi Stupa, the 46 m high Dhamek Stupa and the Dharmarajika Stupa built by Emperor Ashoka around 258 BC. Wonder at the 20 m high Ashok Pillar, which exists till today. Also visit the museum before continuing your journey to Varanasi hotel. On arrival complete check in formalities.

Varanasi more than 2500 years old is the only city in the world that is still flourishing in its full form. Earlier known as Kashi, which finds mention in the ancient Indian texts of Upanishads and Purana's, Varanasi is believed to have been established by King Kashyapa in around 1200 BC.

Afternoon is reserved for a guided half-day city tour of this ancient town, situated on the banks of river Ganges, in the State of Uttar Pradesh. Visit the Ramgarh Fort, Benares Hindu University campus and the temples of Bharat Mata, Kashi Vishwanath (Shiva) and Durga Mata Temples. Wonder around in the narrow by lanes near the Ghats.

Evening witness, Aarti (Puja) religious ceremony performed on the Ghats of the holy River, before returning to your hotel for overnight stay..

Note: Please note non Hindus are not allowed inside the premises of Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

Meals : Breakfast

  • Varanasi

Day 3: Varanasi - Bodhgaya

Early morning, transfer to the Ghats to take an unforgettable boat ride on the Ganges. See the different Ghats (bathing spots) built centuries ago by various kings and noblemen. Cruise by the burning Ghats, and watch sunrise before returning to the hotel for breakfast.

After breakfast, depart by surface for Bodhgaya, The City of Lord Buddha's Penance and Supreme Enlightenment. The history and tradition of this sacred spot goes back to the earliest days. Reckoned as the most important Buddhist pilgrimage center, it is the place where Lord Sakyamuni (Gautama Buddha) entered into meditation after being moved by the sufferings of mankind. On arrival, check in to LOTUS NIKKO Hotel

Afternoon enjoy a guided tour of this ancient riverside town. Visit the Sri Lankan monastery and visit the Mahabodhi temple for the evening prayers and the Bodhi tree under which the Lord achieved his enlightenment. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast

  • Bodgaya

Day 4: Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna

Morning after breakfast, depart by surface for Patna, en route visiting Rajgir - a site of great sanctity and significance for Buddhists. The Gridhakuta Hill, in Rajgir, was the seat from where Buddha delivered many of his sermons. It was here that the teachings of Buddha were recorded in writing for the first time. Next visit Nalanda- which literally means the place that confers the lotus. It was one of the oldest universities of the world and it was a center of great learning which reached its zenith between 5th and 12th Century A.D. Both Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira visited this place. Also visit Karanda Tank - where Buddha used to bathe. Arrive Patna and check in to THE PANACHE hotel. After fresh & change visit Patna Museum with your guide. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast

Day 5: Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar.

Morning after breakfast, depart by surface for Vaishali, believed to be the first republic of the world, having an elected body of representatives, holds special significance for Buddhist devotees. At Kolhua, Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon, hinting at his impending departure from the mortal world.

Continue your journey to Kushinagar - where Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana. On arrival, check into LOTUS NIKKO Hotel. Overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast

Day 6: Kushinagar - Lumbini.

After an early, breakfast proceed for a guided tour of Kushinagar. It was here that the Tathagata, the reciter of truth, breathed his last with the "last words" behold now, brethren, exhort you, saying, decay is inherent in all component things! Work out your salvation with diligence! Visit Rambhar Stupa and the Mahaparinirvana Temple, where you get to see the statue of Buddha in a reclining posture.

Continue your journey to Lumbini - birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Lumbini is situated on the Indian Nepal border and legal formalities are to be completed to enter Lumbini. After crossing the border, transfer to BUDDHA MAYA GARDEN Hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel. Includes: (B).

Note: Please remember to apply for multiple entry visas for both countries. (India & Nepal)

Meals : Breakfast

Day 7: Lumbini -Nepal

After breakfast, proceed for a guided tour visiting the Ashok Pillar, erected by Magadha emperor Ashoka, to commemorate the birth place of Buddha in 251 BC - today only the lower shaft of the pillar stands, the upper past having been split into two. Other attractions are the sacred garden (Lumbini grove) the Maya Devi Temple with a bass relief of Maya Devi - Buddha's mother and a sacred stone marked with a "foot imprint" of Ashok and Pushkarni, the sacred pond, wherein, Mayadevi is said to have had taken a bath just before giving birth to Buddha - the Enlightened one. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast

Day 8: Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti

After breakfast, depart by surface for Sravasti en-route visiting Kapilvastu - the capital city of the Sakya clan, and one of the earliest republics, it was in Kapilvastu opulent environs, that the holy soul of prince Siddhartha (Gautama Buddha) spent his childhood. Here he saw sorrow and pain, disease and death. The place holds significant value for Buddhist pilgrims and has several Stupas. The archaeological excavations have revealed stone caskets containing relics believed to be that of Buddha's. Sravasti is where Lord Buddha Spent 24 "Baisakh" of his life and delivered his sermons. On arrival, check into LOTUS NIKKO Hotel.

Afternoon a guided visit to the extensive ruins of this ancient city. Sravasti has two villages, Sahet situated on Rapti River and the ancient fortified city of Mahet, which is spread over an area of 400 acres having a number of ruins. This is where the Lord performed his Miracle sitting on a petal led Lotus multiplying 1000 times. Also visit the Angulimar's cave and the village of Sujata, which is where a woman with the same name gave Lord Buddha his first meal of milk and rice pudding after he came out of the austerities he was performing and broke his fast.

The entrance to the mud fortification of Mahet is constructed in a beautiful crescent shape though an ancient structure, its five gates and walls are still visible. Pakki Kuti, Kuchhi Kuti and many other Stupas tell the story of the great monasteries that once stood here. Visit also the remnants of Jetavana, a splendid monastery with inscriptions dating back to the 12th century, is thought to be one of the favorite sites of the Buddha.

Sravasti was also under the influence of Lord Mahavira the last Jain Tirthankar, and the splendid Shwetambara temple here attracts thousands of Jain pilgrims. The Shobhnath Temple is believed to the birthplace of the Jain Tirthankar Sambhavnath. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast

Day 9: Sravasti - Lucknow

After breakfast depart by surface for Lucknow. On arrival, check into LA PALACE SAROVAR PORTICO Hotel. Afternoon is reserved for a guided city tour of the royal city of the Nawabs. Lucknow is caught in a time warp. It exists in an in-between land of the past and the present looking back constantly to the memories of a colonial-Nawabi past. Despite the Indo-Persian legacy, Lucknow has a composite "Indian culture".

The welding of various cultural strains nurtured by centuries of Mughal and later Delhi Sultanate rule, to the folk traditions of the Indo- Gangetic plains has produced a complex, yet rich synthesis. The Urdu language acquired its baffling phonetic nuances and suave perfection here. It was at Nawab Wajed Ali Shah's court that the most advanced of all classical Indian dance forms, the Kathak, took shape. The popular Parsi theater originated from the Urdu theater of this city. The tabla and the sitar were first heard on the streets of Lucknow. Return to your hotel for overnight stay.

Meals : Breakfast

  • Lucknow

Day 10: Lucknow -Delhi

Lucknow – Delhi
Morning after breakfast, in time transfer to the airport to connect flight to Delhi and on arrival, meeting, assistance and transfer to THE PARK Hotel.

Afternoon is reserved for half day guided city tour of Old Delhi. Visit the Magnificent Red Fort, built at the zenith of the Mughal Empire in India. The centuries- old international market- place that sprawls at its feet is still one of Delhi’s most important commercial hubs: Chandni Chowk, or “Moonlight Square”. Ride on cycle-rickshaws (Optional) through the bustling silver market and the wholesale spice market. The sounds, smells and colors of the bazaar, and the throngs of people who animate it make this an unforgettable spectacle. Visit Jumma Masjid, the largest mosque in Asia and Raj Ghat-Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, before returning to your hotel for overnight stay. (Rooms from 1400 hrs)

Meals : Breakfast

  • Qutab Minar-Delhi

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Tour Detail :

AC Accommodation Deluxe hotels (where available) with attached bath & toilet on twin occupancy basis, at all places with breakfast and presently applicable taxes
Air fare (Economy class) Delhi – Varanasi and Lucknow to Delhi
Boat ride in Varanasi
Transport service including transfers, using one AC car at all places
Sightseeing & Excursions with local English-speaking guide at Delhi, Varanasi & Lucknow, including entrance charges at monuments during sightseeing at all places as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of an escorted English-speaking guide for Buddhist sectors accompanied from Varanasi till Lucknow, including entrance charges at monuments during sightseeing.
Professional service charges for documentation, telecommunication, Govt. service tax, VAT and service charges.

Includes :

  • Upto 4 Star Hotel
  • Flights
  • Sightseeing
  • Transport
  • Transfers
  • Airport Pickup-Drop
  • Private Cab
  • Private Guides
  • Entry Tickets
  • Religious Tour
  • Stay Included

Excludes :

  • Breakfast on day of Arrival, Meals, medical & personal expenses like beverages, tips and gratitude’s, telecommunication charges, WI-Fi charges, laundry and what so ever not mentioned under “cost Includes”

Specific Departure Dates :

As per travelers convenience

Departure Cities with rates :

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Terms & Conditions :

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On confirmation of the programme from the " Company " and your acceptence in writting a reservation deposit of USD 250.00 per person is required to be paid directly to the "Company's" bankers, vide swift transfer, with a confirmation copy of the same to the "Company's " headquarters, at New Delhi.The bank transfer charges will beyour own. The reservation deposit charge per person is included in your tour total quotation. We will deduct the reservation deposit charge from the total quotation when you send the balance payment.

A reservation for your tour will not be considered firm until the deposit is received. By sending the deposit, you agree to be bound by our General Terms and Conditions.The final or full payment is required 30 days prior to the tour commence. In cases where tour programme includes Luxury Train/ Resorts reservations, 100% deposit is required minimum 60 days prior to commencement of journey. While the " Company" will use its best endeavours to operate all tours as advertised, reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed necessary or advisable by the " Company". The " Company" reserves the right to cancel a tour and in this case will  offer alternative arrangements or a full refund of any moneys paid to the " Company", for booking that particular tour. All refunds will be processed and sent through our bankers, directly to the clients bank. No refund will be made in cash nor any refund is applicable for any unused services which are included in the original tour price. For all such changes, payments have to be made on spot at our New Delhi office or to our authorised personal.

The reservation deposit of USD250.00 per person is non-refundable if the client cancels the tour, but it may be applied for your next trip provided it is taken within the next 18 months. The reservation deposit will not be calculated into the charge of the cancellation percentage.

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