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Buddhist Trails of India and Nepal (16 NIGHTS / 17 DAYS)
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16 nights & 17 days

India known to be the land of origin of many religions among the most prominent is Buddhism widely presence in Asian Countries though there are fewer follower in home state. One thing is clear the Buddhism flourish the most in India in those days and was wide scattered all over which is why we encounter the remnants almost every nook and corner of the country.

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai (Previously known as Bombay)

Upon arrival at Mumbai Airport your will be met and assist at the airport by our representative. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.


Day 02: Mumbai

After breakfast visit to Elephanta Caves -Located an hour away from Mainland by boat ride across Mumbai Harbour brings lush green Elephanta Island. Here, visit some of the huge and intricately carved Elephanta Caves that date back to the 8th century which showcase about Hindu and Buddhist both. Afternoon, city tour of Bombay - visiting 'Gateway of India' overlooking the Harbour, the 'Towers of Silence', 'Marine Drive', the 'Colaba Causeway' - the commercial heart of Bombay and the Dhobi Ghat, the unique and colourful outdoor 'laundry'. Drive upto the Malabar Hill to the lovely 'Hanging Gardens' and the Kamla Nehru Park from where you will get a wonderful view of Mumbai and the Arabian Sea, spread out before you. Also visit Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, and the bustling Crawford Market. Overnight at hotel.


Day 03: Mumbai - Aurangabad (By Train)

Morning after breakfast you will be transferred to railway station to connect train # 7617 Tapovan Express dep. Mumbai at 06:10 hrs ar. Aurangabad at 13:30 hrs. Check into hotel. Afternoon city tour of Aurangabad visiting Bibi-Ka-Muqbara, Aurangabad Caves and Daulatabd Fort. Overnight at hotel.


Day 04: Aurangabad - Excursion tour of Ellora Caves

Morning after breakfast take an excursion tour of  visit Ellora Caves - 30 kms from Aurangabad lie the finest rock cut cave temples of Ellora - 10th & 11th century, which encompasses the three religion - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Of the 34 caves that are both monasteries and temples, the most remarkable is the magnificent Kailasa temple. The entire structure was carved out of a monolith and took over 100 years to complete. (Ellora Caves closed on all Tuesdays). Drive back to Hotel. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.


Day 05: Aurangabad - Jalgaon ( By Surface)- Bhopal (Train)

After breakfast drive to Ajanta Caves - located 100 kms, a 2½ hour drive, northeast of Aurangabad in the Waghora valley. These magnificent rock-cut caves, 30 in number, date from 2nd BC to 7th Century AD. They are exclusively Buddhist, unique in that they combine three forms of Art - architecture sculpture and painting. Later transfer to Jalgaon Railway Station to connect train # 2627 Karnatak Express dep. 16:50 hrs. arr. 23:45 hrs. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay. (Ajanta caves are closed on Mondays)


Day 06: Bhopal - Agra (By Superfast Train)

After leisure breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Sanchi Stupa. A lot of Buddhist travellers across the world visit this serene hill crowned by a group of stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. Afternoon connect Train # 2001 Bhopal Shtabadi Express dep. Bhopal at 14:50 hrs arrive Agra at 20:35 hrs. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.


Day 07: Agra - Varanasi (by Train)

Morning sightseeing tour visiting the magnificent Taj Mahal (FIRDAY TAJ REMAIN CLOSED) which is entirely made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite Pietra Dura (stone inlay) work. Post lunch tour of the imposing Agra Fort - built of red sandstone and marble is a hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards, fountains and gates. Evening transfer to the Railway station to board overnight Train to Varanasi. Overnight in train.


Day 08: In Varanasi

Arrive Varanasi/Mughal Sarai. Transfer to the hotel check in and proceed to visiting Sarnath enroute, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Afternoon proceed for the city tour visiting various temples including The Vishwanath Temple, built by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent. The Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama. Evening view "Aarti" ceremony on the Ghats. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 09: Varanasi / Bodhgaya (242 Kms / 07 hrs)

Early morning take a Boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats and later after breakfast we drive to Bodhgaya. Arrive Bodhgaya and check - in at hotel. Bodhgaya - most sacred place for Buddhists as it has a Peepul tree under which Gautama the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years back. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 10: In Bodhgaya

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple - depicting the various phases of Buddha's journey towards enlightenment, showing different aspects of his life; Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum - houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D; Jagannath Temple close by has a four armed statue of Shiva in black stone. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 11: Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Nalanda- Patna (180 Kms - 5 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Patna. En route visit Gridhakuta Hill and Bimbisara Jail in Rajgir. Proceed to Nalnada (14 kms from Rajgir) which was one of the oldest Universities of the world and International Centre for Buddhist studies. Arrive Patna the capital city of Bihar State. Post lunch city tour visiting Har Mandir Sahib - also known as Patna Sahib consecrates the place where the 10th Guru of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1776; Golghar - is a large dome-like structure from where one can have a fine view of the Ganga and the surroundings of the city; Patna Museum - has a rich collection of Mauryan and Buddhist sculptures, terracotta and other interesting items of the items. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 12: Patna-Vaishali- Kushinagar (253 Kms - 07 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Kushinagar en route the most important place in the life of Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira the place is one of the most ancient place on Earth and the first republic established is now called VAISHALI-BIHAR. Later proceed and reach to your hotel of Kushinagar.  Upon arrival check - in at hotel. Later we visit the Rambhar Stupa - which marks Lord Buddha's cremation ground. Our second stop is Mahaparinirvana temple - which houses the recumbent figure of Lord Buddha. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 13: Kushinagar / Saravasti (Balrampur) - (216 Kms - 05 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Balrampur. On arrival check - in at hotel. Afternoon visit Sahet-Mahet. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 14: Saravasti / Lumbini (197 Kms - 4.5 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Lumbini. Arrive Lumbini and check - in at hotel. Lumbini is the place where Buddha was born 2500 years ago. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 15: Lumbini / Kathmandu (By flight)

After breakfast proceed for half Day sightseeing of Lumbini and later at 1545 hrs. Transfer to airport to board flight for Kathmandu (Buddha Air Flight). Arrive Kathmandu at 1620 hrs and transfer to hotel. Kathmandu - surrounded by green hills and mountains with snow-capped peaks against its northern and eastern background the Valley is indeed beautiful. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 16: In Kathmandu

After breakfast embark on a city tour of Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath Temple - the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicated to lord Shiva, built in 1696. Carry on the sightseeing tour of the Patan - a city of architecture and fine arts. Sometimes known as "Town with a Thousand Golden Roofs". Visit Tibetan Handicraft center at Jawalakhel to watch carpet weaving.


Post lunch Sightseeing tour of Swayambhunath - the oldest Buddhist shrine. Looking east from here, one can see the entire Kathmandu valley spread out below. A short drive will take to Boudhanath - the worlds largest stupa; a sight of great reneration to the Buddhist. Continue to Kathmandu Durbar Square - the temple of the Living Goddess and the old Royal Palace. Finally, visit Kasthamandup - a temple built from a single tree from which the Kathmandu derives its name. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 17: Kathmandu / Out

Transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination.

As per budget/request.


-Do not wear black clothes while visiting a Jain temple. Leather articles are forbidden to be carried in Hindu and Jain temples. Taking photograph of the deity in  a temple is normally not permitted. It is always written on the board where the photography is prohibited.

-Carry enough snacks during the tour.

-Packed your medicine and carry the prescription along with you (Medical History)

-Being Corona Pandemic era we strongly advise to pack enough hand sanitizer, masks, gloves etc.

-Do not carry more than required cash instead use digital payment getaways to avoid infections.

-Avoid local interactions without any reason.

-Please look after your kids traveling along with you.

-Avoid Street foods use of hygienic restaurant is highly recommended.

-Avoid packed foods instead use only fresh foods/fruits. 

-Briefing of itinerary to our driver is must in case of any changes due to unavoidable circumstances the same to be informed well in advance. The cost incurred thereon will be charged as per actual and should be paid to tour operator or vendors as per our tour operator or manager instructions. 


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