Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Destinations: (Delhi – Dharamshala – Patna – Bodhgaya – Varanasi – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Sravasti – Lucknow)
DAY 1 – Delhi Arrive
Delhi. Half day sightseeing of the city. Leave for Dharmashala, abode of the Dalai Lama.
DAY 2 – Dharamshala / Patna / Bodhgaya
Leave Delhi for Dharamshala by air. Visit Dalai Lama’s temple and monastry. Drive to Bodhgaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment and which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage place for the Buddhist. Enroute visit Nalanda and Rajgir. Nalanda-a great center of Buddhist learning and one of the most famed university citadels of ancient times. Rajgir, it was once the ancient capital of the powerful Kingdom of Maghada. From the out-skirts of Rajgir, a historic road leads to Gridhakuta or vultures peak where the Buddha preached. Here the first Buddhist Council was held after the Lord’s Mahaparinirvana. Arrive in Bodhgaya and overnight in Bodhgaya.
DAY 3 – Bodhgaya
Sightseeing of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi temple. Overnight in Bodhgaya.
DAY 4 – Bodhgaya / Varanasi
Morning leave Bodhgaya for Varanasi by surface. On arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath. Overnight in Varanasi.
DAY 5 – Varanasi / Sarnath / Kushinagar
Early morning boat ride on the river Ganges to see the sunrise and the bathing Ghats of an ancient Hindu city. Later leave Varanasi for Kushinagar. Overnight in Kushinagar.
DAY 6 – Kushinagar / Lumbini / Sravasti
Leave Kushinagar for Lumbini (in Nepal) by surface. Sightseeing of Lumbini where Lord was born. Emperor Ashoka, in the twenty first year after his coronation, visited this Birthplace and raised a pillar on the spot. Later proceed to Sravasti (Sahet-Mahet). Overnight at Sravasti.
DAY 7 – Sravasti / Lucknow
Morning visit Sravasti (Sahet-Mahet), capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kosala, an active centre for Buddhism. After sighseeing proceed to Lucknow. Overnight in Lucknow.
DAY 8 – Lucknow / Delhi
Leave Lucknow for Delhi by air. Upon arrival transfer to hotel, Overnight in Delhi.
DAY 9 – Delhi / Agra / Delhi
Full day excursion to Agra, city of the Taj Mahal. Also visit Agra Fort. Overnight in Delhi.
DAY 10 – Delhi / Onward Destination
Morning half day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi visiting Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Kutub Minar & Secretarial Buildings. Day at leisure in Delhi. Transfer to airport for journey to onward destination.