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The word 'Buddha' is a title and not a name in itself. It means 'one who is awake' (in the sense of having 'woken up to reality'). The title was given to Siddhartha Gautama, who was born in Lumbini (Nepal), approximately 2,500 years ago. He did not claim to be a God and he has never been regarded as such by Buddhists. He was a human being who became Enlightened, understanding life in the deepest way possible. Siddhartha was born into the royal family of a small kingdom, on the Indian-Nepalese border. According to the traditional story, he had a cloistered upbringing, but was jolted out of complacency when he encountered the harsh realities of life, such as old age, sickness and death.
Day 1 : Arrival At Delhi
Meet and greet assistance at Indira Gandhi Int. airport, Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Delhi- Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt here. Interestingly, a number of Delhi's rulers played a dual role, first as destroyers and then as creators. Day at leisure. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 2 : Delhi - Agra (By Aircon Bus) | 200 Kms | 5 Hrs Journey
Breakfast at Hotel. Later Drive to Agra. On Arrival Agra, transfer to Hotel. Check in and Lunch at Hotel. After Lunch Visit to World Heritage Monument The Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal means “Crown Palace” and is in fact the most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tomb in the world. The English poet, Sir Edwin Arnold has described The taj as “ Not a piece of architecture, as other buildings are, but the proud passions of an emperor’s love wrought in living stone.
Visiting Hours – Taj Mahal Sunrise to Sunset ( Friday Closed)
Red Fort: Agra Fort was originally a brick fort, held by the Hindu Sikarwar Rajputs. It was mentioned for the first time in 1080 AD when a Ghaznavide force captured it. Sikandar Lodi (1488–1517) was the first Sultan of Delhi who shifted to Agra and lived in the fort. He governed the country from here and Agra assumed the importance of the second capital. He died in the fort at 1517 and his son,Ibrahim Lodi, held it for nine years until he was defeated and killed at Panipat in 1526. Several Palaces, wells and amosque were built by him in fort during his period. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
Day 3 : Agra - Lucknow by Surface (Aircon Bus) (365 KM | 7 Hrs)
On Arrival Lucknow transfer to Hotel for check in. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
Day 4 : Lucknow - Sravasti by Surface ( 175 KM | 5 Hrs)
Post breakfast at hotel and proceed to Sravasti
Covering an area of 32 acres, Saheth was the site of the ancient Jetavana Monastery. It is an important place of pilgrimage and the monastery was balieved to be the favourite of Buddha and Emperor Ashoka had also visited it. There are many shrines, stupas, monasteries and the Gupta style temples. A magnificient statue of Buddha was also found here, which is now housed in the Kolkata museum.
Covering an area of 400 acres, Maheth is the site of the remains of the ancient prosperous Sravasti city. Excavation has revealed massive gates and ruins of ancient structures. It also has the famous Sobhanath Temple, the birth place of Jain Tirthankar Sambhavnath and the ancient Buddhist shrines like the Pakki Kuti and Kuchhi Kuti. Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 5 : Sravasti - Lumbini (Nepal) By surface| (225 KMS |6-7 HRS)
Post breakfast at Hotel and proceed to Lumbini Lunch at Hotel.
On arrival transfer to Hotel for Check In and later visit to "The Birth Place of Lord Buddha".
Lumbini : Lumbinī is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal,. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition.
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
Day 6 : Lumbini - Kushinagar By surface ( 205 KMS | 5 HRS)
Breakfast at hotel and Driver to Kushinagar.
On arrival Kushinagar, transfer to Hotel, Check In, Lunch at Hotel.
Visist to Mahaprinirvana Temple : Kushinagar ( also spelled Kushinagar or Kushinara) is the site of the Buddha Shakyamuni’s death. It is located next to Kasia, a rural town in the state of Uttar Pradesh, 52 Km from Horakhput in northern India. Kushinagar is one of the four major pilgrimage destinations said to have been authorized by the Buddha himself. The other three sites are: Lumbini (birth);BodhGaya (enlightenment); and Sarnath (first teaching).
Ramabhar Stupa: It is a large, 49 ft stupa on the site where Lord Buddha was cremated.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel
Day 7 : Kushinagar - Varanasi By Surface ( 225 KM | 7-8 Hrs)
Breakfast at Hotel and Drive to Varanasi with Box Lunch.
On Arrival transfer to Hotel, Check In process at Hotel.
Day at Leisure. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 8 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya By surface (275 KM | 6 Hrs)
Early morning enjoy boat ride in the holy river the Ganages.
Breakfast at Hotel and proceed for Visit to:
Dhamekh Stupa : Sarnath : Sarnath is the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. Sarnath is located 13 Kilometers north-east of Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, India and various temples.
Lunch at Hotel later drive to Bodhgaya
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel Sujata
Day 9 : Bodhgaya
Post breakfast at hotel and proceed for city tour visiting.
Mahabodhi Temple: The Maha Bodhi temple is an important place of worship for Buddhist followers. The 170 ft high slender pyramidal spire of the temple gives it a magnificent look and within the temple there is gilded image of Buddha in a sitting posture touching the earth with is right hand.
The ancient temple is believed to be standing on the site, where Emperor Ashoka had made a shrine in the 3rd century. It was restored in the 11th century and then again in 1882.
Pilgrims from around the world visit this temple and the holy Bodhi tree that stands near it.
Bodhi Tree: The present Banyan tree is believed to be from the sapling of the original tree under which Buddha got his enlightenment.
A red sand stone slab known as Vajrasan, marks the place where Buddha had sat while meditating. There is a stone carving of Buddha's footsteps beneath the tree where offerings of flowers are made. The place around has shrines marking places where Buddha had spent his 7 weeks while attaining enlightenment.
Niranjana River, Sujata Village and various monasteries.
Mediation at Mahabodhi Temple
Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
Day 10 : Bodhgaya - Rajgir/Nal - Bodhgaya BY surface (80 Kms| 02 Hrs)
Breakfast at Hotel and Drive to Rajgir
Griddhakuta or Vultures Peak: Buddha used to spend monsoon months for three years here, meditating and preaching. The Buddha Sangh of Japan has made a massive Stupa called Shanti Stupa on the top of the hill here. A ropeway is built to reach to the top.
Venu Van Vihara: This was the first gift to Lord Buddha from Bimbisara’s side. Bimbisara spent a night with Lord Buddha here as he got late after taking bath in the warm water springs (Modern Name, Saraswati) & the gates of the city were closed. According to historical books, Lord Buddha stayed here for a very long time. This place is now a beautiful garden of colorful flowers. The foundation of a room & bases of 9 Stupas of brick were found in excavation at Venuvan. There is a huge mound in the south of it which is 776 feet in circumference & 27 feet in height. This mound is surrounded by ancient underground shrines. On the eastern side of the mound, tablets of 10th – 11th Century have been found along with many traces of foundations.
Nalanda: One of the great university of the world. Nalanda is the name of an ancient center of higher learning in Bihar. The site of Nalanda is located in the Indian state of Biha 55 miles south east of Patna, and was a Budhisht center of learning from the fifth or sixth century CE to 1197 CE.
Day 11 : Bodhgaya/Patna/Delhi By flight
Breakfast at hotel and drive to Patna for connect flight to Delhi.
On arrival Delhi transfer to Chinese Restaurant for Dinner.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 12 : Delhi - Onward Journey
Full day Local Sightseeing in Delhi.
India Gate: Later Visit to India Gate : At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an "Arc-de-Triomphe" like archway in the middle of a crossroad. The foundation stone of India Gate was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and it was designed by Edwin Lutyens. The monument was dedicated to the nation 10 years later by the then Viceroy, Lord Irwin. Another memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti was added much later, after India got its independence. The eternal flame burns day and night under the arch to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971.
Qutab Minar: Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. An inscription over its eastern gate provocatively informs that it was built with material obtained from demolishing '27 Hindu temples'. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.
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