Buddha Circuit 15 For 12 Nights 13 Days
Varanasi (also known as Banaras) is one of the oldest living cities in the world and the ultimate pilgrimage for Hindus, who believe that to die in the city, is to attain instant salvation. Situated on the banks of the Ganga, Varanasi is the tract of Holy Land lying between the rivers Varuna and Assi. which flow into Ganga. Varanasi is also known as Kashi, the city of light, since of the twelve "Jyotirlinga" is installed here. Mark Twain, the American writer who visited the city, wrote: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, even older than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". Varanasi has been a great cultural centre, especially in the fields of music, learning and the craft of silk weaving. Some of the most renowned exponents of music have drawn their inspiration from Varanasi. Banaras brocades are treasured textiles and considered collector' items.
Introduction: In the six decades since the creation of New Delhi as the capital of British India, the city has undergone a sea change. Made in initially to cater to a population of 70,000, the total urban population of Delhi now exceeds 10 million. The city has exploded in all directions beyond the confines of Lutyen's wide, tree-lined avenues, with an exuberance that is characteristically Indian.
A city of love and warmth, sorrow and despair, dreams and hopes, poverty and squalor, grandeur and glory. Calcutta is compelling , effervescent, teeming with life and traditions - a medley of moods, styles, cultures, politics, industry and commerce.More than 300 years ago, Job Charnock, an English tradesman set up a trading post on the banks of the Ganga along the three-village nucleus. Gradually Europeans started setting up business and trade establishments, the moneyed class taking interest in banking and usury.
The eternal city of love, art, and history, flourishing together in perfect harmony making it one of the most enchanting places in the world. Hyderabad's warm hospitality, impressive monuments, mosques, minarets, art and architectural richness, and technological progress will take you through an amazing journey of its glorious past and a spirited voyage into its promising future.
Chennai formerly known as Madras is the capital city of Tamil Nadu state and is the fourth largest metro city in India. The city grew up around the English settlement of Fort Saint George and gradually absorbed the surrounding towns and villages. However, despite the strong British influence, Chennai has retained its traditional Tamil Hindu culture and effectively blended it with the foreign influence. The city is widely spread in about 180 Sq. Kms. It is a major trade center, being well linked by road, rail and air to important cities besides being a sea port. Compared to the other major metros of India, it is far less congested and polluted.
Day 01 - On arrival meeting assistance and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 - Transfer to railway station to board train for Sravastiby Shatabdi Exp. On arrival at Lucknow lunch at local restaurant . After lunch enroute visit Sahet - Mahet. Sravasti was an active center of Buddhism. Lord Buddha spent 24 rainy seasons and delivered his sermons. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 03 - Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Lumbini (160 Kms.) birth place of Lord Buddha. A holy pilgrimage for the Buddhists. The places of interest- The Maya Devi temple named after Mother of Lord Buddha is the holy spot where he was born), The Ashokan Pillar, Pushkarini: The Sacred pool. Lunch at local restaurant. Proceed to Kushinagar. On arrival transfer to hotel Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 04 - Breakfast at hotel. Lord Buddha breathed his last and was cremated. Lunch at hotel. Sightseeing of Mahaparinirvana temple & Rambhar Stupa. Proceed for Varanasi with packed lunch the 'Eternal city'. The eternal city is situated on the banks of sacred Ganges. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 05 - Early morning boat ride on river Ganges and watch people taking holy dip & worship the rising Sun. Visit the various temples of the Hindu god & goddess. Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit to to Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. The attractions are Dhamekh Stupa built in 500 A.D ,Ashokan pillar, the Museum . Afternoon visit to the Silk Factories. Early dinner at hotel. Transfer to Mughal-Sarai railway station to board Kalkamail for Howrah. Overnight on board.
Day 06 - On arrival in "City of Joy" transfer to hotel. Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast visit to the places of "City Of Joy" visit the Victoria Memorial a blend of European & Mughal architecture, Indian museum and Botanical Garden. Lunch at hotel. At evening enjoy Cultural Program. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 07 - Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast visit to Nirmal Hiriday (Mother Teresa's Charity). Transfer to airport to board flight for Hyderabad an important centre of Islamic culture consisting of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secundarabad , the Hussain Sagar Lake effectively separates both Charminar- The old walled city surrounded by lively bazars, this huge Triphal Arch was built in 1591 to commemorate the end of a plague in Hyderabad. Mecca Masjid, is one of the largest mosques in the world. Golconda Fort & Salar Jang Museum is worth seeing in Hyderabad. Now a days it is known as the Hi-Tech city of India. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 08 - After breakfast proceed to Nagarjuna Konda. On arrival lunch at local hotel. Afternoon visit the largest and most important Buddhist centres in southern India. The site was discovered in 1926. One can see the remains of stupas, Viharas, Chaityas and Mandapas as well as some marble carvings and sculptures depicting the life of Buddha. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - After breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Vijay Wada enroute sightseeing of Amaravati. Lunch at local restaurant. Early dinner at local restaurant & transfer to railway station to board (Howrah Chennai Mail) for Chennai. Overnight on board.
Day 10 - On arrival transfer to hotel. Breakfast at hotel. Morning free at leisure. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of city Chennai (Madras) a major commerical centre in South India. It boasts of an interesting flair of South Indian art, architecture, music, dance and festivals with rich cultural traditions. Kabaleeswarar temple is an Siva temple built in 16th Century, Santhome Chathedral the tomb of Apostle ST. Thomas, Sree Parthasarathy temple dedicated to Lord Krishna built in the 16th Century. Marina Beach (longest one in the world) and Aquarium, Government Museum and Art Gallery. Dinner & overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to visit Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram . Mahabalipuram is situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal, one can find Rockcut Temples - Arjuna's Penance, Shore Temple, Chariots. Lunch at local restaurant. Proceed for Kanchipuram known as city of "Thousand Temples" considered as one of the Holiest Place on India. The Temples build are generally dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva. Dinner and over night at hotel.
Day 12 - Transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Breakfast onboard. On arrival transfer to hotel. Full day sightseeing of Delhi which is divided into two parts Old & New Delhi. Old Delhi places of interest Red Fort , Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat . Dinner and overnight at hotel.
DELHI | LUCKNOW | SRAVASTI | KUSHINAGAR | VARANASI | KOLKATA | HYDERABAD | NAGARJUNAKONDA | VIJAYAWADA | CHENNAI | DELHI
THIS TOUR CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AS PER YOUR PREFERENCE.
1 Month before start of the journey, else cancellation charges applicable. 20% charges applicable for refund back to your card in case of cancellation.