|From Siddharth to Sakyamuni and finally to the Buddha or the Enlightened
one - an incredible transformation of prince to an enlightened teacher
, who walked the earth more than 2500 years ago. This tour will take
you to the most important places to give you insight into the 800 years
old Buddhist religion as well as the world's best monuments of great
history and art. You will start the tour with visit to the World's greatest
monument of Love -Taj Mahal, now a wonder of the World, The Nirvana city
-Varanasi which still have traditions and cultural values intact just
like it used to be centuries ago. Bodhgaya - the Mahabohi Temple where
Lord Buddha got the enlightenment and continue traveling on his footsteps
visiting Mumbai, Aurangabad,Agra,Varanasi,Bodhgaya, Patna and traveling
back to Capital city Delhi.
Day 01 - Mumbai
Mumbai. Upon arrival, you will be received by
our representative & transferred to the hotel. Check in & overnight
at the hotel.
Day 02 - Mumbai / Aurangabad (Ellora caves)
After breakfast transfer to the airport to take
the flight to Aurangabad. Upon arrival, you will be received by our representative & transferred
to the hotel. Afternoon visit to Ellora Caves - In Ellora, there are
34 cave temples and out of these 12 are Mahayana Buddhist caves, 17 are
Hindu caves and 5 are caves of the Jain faith. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Aurangabad - Bhopal (Train)
After breakfast proceed for full day trip to
Ajanta Caves- The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the
2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries
A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group.
The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist
religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence. . Later transfer
to Jalgaon railway station to connect train for Bhopal. Overnight in
Day 04 - Bhopal
On arrival, you will be received by our representative & transferred
to the hotel. After some rest, you will be taken for the visit to Sanchi
- for view the great STUPA. Sanchi Stupa" is a famous ancient Buddhist
monument. The Stupa is a wonderful testament to the artistic prowess
of Buddhist monks. Emperor Asoka (273-236 B.C.) built stupas in Buddha's
honour at many places in India. The stupas at Sanchi are the most magnificent
structures of ancient India. Stupas are large hemispherical domes, containing
a central chamber, in which the relics of the Buddha were placed. The
stupas at Sanchi traced the development of the Buddhist architecture
and sculpture at the same location beginning from the 3rd century B.C.
to the 12th century A.D.. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - Bhopal / Agra (Train)
Transfer to the station to take the train to
Agra - upon arrival in Agra, you will be received & transferred to the
hotel. Check in & take some rest. And then visit TAJ MAHAL. Taj
Mahal is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world, and some
Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never
been surpassed. The Taj is the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals,
the Muslim rulers of India. Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble.
Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description, particularly
at dawn and sunset. The Taj seems to glow in the light of the full moon.
On a foggy morning, the visitors experience the Taj as if suspended when
viewed from across the Jamuna river. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 - Agra / Varanasi (Train)
Morning sightseeing of the city covering Red
Fort-The construction of the imposing Agra fort/Red Fort, built of blocks
of red sandstone, began in 1156 during the reign of the great Mughal
Emperor Akbar. The fort was completed in 1605 during the reign of his
grandson Shah Jahan in 1605. Built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture,
which was the hallmark of the Mughal period, this sprawling fort stretches
2.5 km along the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, in the north Indian
state of Uttar Pradesh, Itmud-ud-duala Tomb. Later transfer to railway
station to connect overnight train to Varanasi. Overnight at train.
Day 07: Varanasi
On arrival transfer to the Hotel for check in.
Proceed for half day sightseeing of Sarnath- A famous
archaeological sight in Uttar Pradesh, Sarnath is an important Buddhist
sight. Lying at a distance of about 10 kms from the holy city of Varanasi,
Sarnath is one of the four important geographical landmarks in the life
of Buddha. After attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya, Buddha left for
Sarnath where he first preached. Followers of Buddhism from all over
the world look upon India as the land of their sacred lord and home to
some of the blessed Buddhist destinations. If Buddhism appeals to you
and you would like to brush shoulders with this unique facet of religion,
then book yourself with Tour Packages for Sarnath. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - Varanasi / Bodhgaya (243 kms)
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges. Breakfast
at hotel. Later leave for Bodhgaya. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - Bodhgaya
Visit to Mahabodhi Temple-The Bodhgaya Stupa,
or Mahabodhi Vihara as it is also known, was erected
in the place where Buddha Shakyamuni gained enlightenment some two thousand
five hundred years ago. Its origins are lost in time, but it is known
that King Ashoka erected a shrine to Buddha here in the third century
In spite of extensive research by scholars, until
this day no one has been able to give a definite date as to when this
present temple was built, who constructed it or how long it took to be
completed. It is generally believed that the Great Stupa must have come
into existence between the fifth and seventh centuries A.D and Niranjana
river. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Bodhgaya / Patna (Via Rajgir & Nalanda)
Leave for Patna enroute visiting Rajgir- Rajgir is
12 kms south of Nalanda on the road to Bodhgaya and is located in a verdant
valley surrounded by rocky hills. It is sacred to the memory of founders
of both Buddhism and Jainism. Lord Buddha spent many months of retreat
during the rainy season here and used to meditate and preach on the Griddhankuta,
the hill of the Vultures.
An aerial ropeway provides the link with a hilltop
stupa built by the Japanese. One of the hills is the cave of Saptparni,
where the first Buddhist Council was held. The Saptparni cave is also
the source of the Rajgir hot water springs that have curative properties
and are sacred to Hindus and Nalanda-today in ruins;
is the famous site as an ancient seat of learning of yester years. Founded
in the 5th Century AD, this great seat of learning flourished until the
12th Century. Both the founders of the two religions Buddhism and Jainism,
the Buddha and Parsvanath Mahavir, visited Nalanda. The Chinese chronicler
Huien Tsang spent many years here both as a student and as a teacher
Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Patna / Delhi
Transfer to airport to connect flight for Delhi.
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be received & transferred to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 - Delhi / Onward Destination
Full day sightseeing of New and Old Delhi. Later
transfer to airport to connect flight for onward journey