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Duration :- 12 Days / 11 Nights
Destinations Covered :- Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ajanta - Ellora - Bhopal - Sanchi - Agra - Varanasi - Sarnath - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Delhi
An amazing fable often heard. of a wealthy prince, who left all the luxuries of life in search of the ultimate truth; he returned as an enlightened one and his preaching became the fastest widespread religions of the world. Lord Buddha's life inspired many an artist who left behind an artistic heritage of immense beauty all over India. From the Stupa of Sanchi to the ruins of Nalanda and the ultimate caves of Ellora and Ajanta; Buddha's preachings reached all over in India through the art form. Many travelers rave about Ajanta, saying it is the best thing they have seen in India.
Day 01 Mumbai
Arrive & Transfer from International Airport to Hotel. for overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02 Mumbai
Morning half day city tour visiting Prince of Wales Museum housing collection of Indo Saracenic architecture, Flora Fountain, Victoria Terminus, St. Thomas Cathedral, Crawford Market, Malabar Hill and the Hanging Gardens.Afternoon at leisure.Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03 Mumbai - Aurangabad
Morning transfer to the airport to take the flight to Aurangabad.Arrive & transfer to Hotel.Afternoon visit Ellora caves .Ellora's shrines are not exclusively Buddhist, but of the Hindu and Jain faiths as well.
Day 04 Aurangabad - Ajanta - Bhopal
Morning after breakfast leave for Ajanta caves visiting 2000 year old 30 rock-hewn caves where paintings recount the life of Lord Buddha and the tales of this prince's earthly experiences.Late afternoon depart for Jalgaon railway station to depart for Bhopal by evening train. Overnight at Train.
Day 05 Bhopal -Sanchi - Bhopal
Morning arrive & transfer to hotel.Afternoon excursion of Sanchi stupa.Sanchi is located near the ancient city of Bhopal in the state of Madhya pradesh. It is the city of the great Stupa, a dome shaped monument covering relics of Buddha, and the remains of a Buddhist monastery. Sanchi is a place of Buddhist Piligrimage.Overnight stay at Hotel at Bhopal.
Day 06 Bhopal -Agra
Afternoon departure transfer to railway station to depart for Agra.Arrive Agra and transfer from railway station to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 07 Agra
After breakfast visit Fatehpur - Sikri (40 kms. from Agra) - once the capital of Mughal Empire and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Its fortifications and Palaces are in a wonderful state of preservation.Afternoon half day city tour visiting the World famous Taj Mahal, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in the year 1652 as a memorial for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22 years to create this jewel.Agra Fort - four successive rulers helped create this massive fort. Tomb of Itmad-ud-daullah- built by Empress Noorjehan in memory of her father.Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 08 Agra- Varanasi
Morning departure transfer to airport to depart for Varanasi.Arrive and transfer to hotel. Check in at hotel.Afternoon visit to Sarnath- the holy shrine of the Buddhist where LORD BUDHA preached his first sermon after he had gained Enlightenment.
Day 09 Varanasi- Bodhgaya
Morning Ghat tour of Varanasi. After early lunch drive down to Bodhgaya.On arrival check in at hotel. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
Day 10 Bodhgaya
Full day sightseeing of Bodhgaya.Here under the Bodhi tree ( Tree of Awakening ). Shakyamuni Gautamaattained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, the "Enlightened One", the propounder of one of the great religions of the world.The tree that stands today is believed to have grown from the original Peepal tree under which Lord Buddha meditated. River Niranjana in which the Buddha bathed after attaining enlightenment flows quietly outside the tiny hamlet where the story of Prince Siddhartha ended and the saga of the Buddha began.Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 11 Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna
Morning after breakfast drive to Patna. Enroute lunch in Rajgir at Hotel Hokke via Nalanda unversity ruins.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 one of the hills is the cave of Saptparni, 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.Nalanda is famous as an ancient seat of learning and has the ruins of one of the world's most ancient university. Founded in the 5th Centuary 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.Arrive Patna and check-in at Hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12 Patna-Delhi
Transfer to airport to depart for Delhi.Upon arrival transfer to city for sight seeing of New Delhi. Drive past President House, Parliament House (House of Representatives) and India Gate - War Memorial (stop for photography), Qutab Minar - 72.55 meters, high Victory Tower, onto Bahai Temple (lotus temple) Humayun's Tomb- built of red sandstone and is a first substantial example of the Mughal architecture, Laxmi Narayan Temple - a modern Hindu temple built by the Birlas, Leading Indian industrialists.Later after dinner at the city restaurant, departure transfer to airport to fly back home/ onward destination.
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