BUDDHIST CIRCUIT TOUR (CODE – BUCT)
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DAY 01 :- ARRIVAL DELHI
WELCOME ON ARRIVAL AT DELHI INT'L AIRPORT. MEET & ASSIST BY OUR COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE THEN TRANSFER TO HOTEL. OVERNIGHT IN DELHI HOTEL.

DAY 02 :- DELHI/ LUCKNOW/ SRAVASTI
AFTER BREAKFAST AT HOTEL, TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT TO CATCH FLIGHT FOR LUCKNOW. ON ARRIVAL, PICKUP FROM THE AIRPORT & DRIVE TO SRAVASTI (243 KMS AND 06 HRS APPROXIMATELY). ON ARRIVAL CHECK-IN YOUR PRE RESERVED  HOTEL. EVENING FREE AT LEISURE. OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN SRAVASTI.

DAY 03 :- SRAVASTI / LUMBINI
AFTER BREAKFAST AT HOTEL, PROCEED FOR SIGHTSEEING VISITING
MAHETH :  IDENTIFIED WITH THE REMAINS OF THE CITY, MAHETH COVER AN AREA OF ABOUT 400 ACRES. EXCAVATIONS HAVE EXPOSED THE MASSIVE GATES OF THE CITY, RAMPARTS AND ALSO THE RUINS OF OTHER STRUCTURES, WHICH STAND TESTIMONY TO THE PROSPERITY OF ANCIENT SRAVASTI,
SAHETH :  KNOWN PRIMARILY AS THE SITE OF THE JETVANA MONASTERY,SAHETH COVERS AN AREA OF 32 ACRES.LYING ABOUT A QUARTER OF A MILE TO THE SOUTH-WEST OF MAHETH,IT BECAME AN IMPORTANT PLACE OF PLIGRIMAGE, ADORENED WITH NUMEROUS SHRINES, STUPAS AND MONASTRIES. DURING AFTERNOON, DRIVE TO LUMBINI (260 KMS AND 6-7 HRS APPROXIMATELY). ON ARRIVAL CHECK-IN TO THE RESERVED HOTEL. OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN LUMBINI

DAY 04 :- LUMBINI / KUSHINAGAR
AFTER BREAKFAST AT HOTEL, PROCEED FOR SIGHTSEEING OF BIRTH PLACE OF LORD BUDDHA - LUMBINI : THE HISTORY OF THIS PLACE DATES BACK TO THE TIME OF BIRTH OF LORD BUDDHA AROUND 560 BC. THE SITES TO VISIT HERE ARE GRAND STONE PILLAR ERECTED BY EMPEROR ASHOKA IN 249 BC. SHRINE OF MAYA DEVI, BUDDHA'S MOTHER, CONTAINS  A  STONE  RELIEF DEPECTING  BUDDHA'S NATIVITY SCENE.  DURING AFTERNOON DRIVE TO KUSHINAGAR (120 KMS AND 03 HRS APPROXIMATELY).  ON ARRIVAL CHECK-IN TO HOTEL. AFTER SOME REST PROCEED FOR SIGHTSEEING VISITING NIRVANA TEMPLE- THIS TEMPLE HOUSES THE 6 M LONG STATUE OF RECLINING BUDDHA WHICH WAS UNEARTHED IN 1876. CARVED FROM CHUNAR SANDSTONE. THE STATUE HAS AN INSCRIPTION BELOW THAT DATES THE STATUE TO THE 5TH CENTURY AD. RAMABHAR STUPA - REFERRED TO AS THE MUKT BANDHAN VIHAR IN ANCIENT BUDDHIST TEXTS,THIS STUPA MARKS THE SITE WHERE THE LORD BUDDHA WAS CREMATED.THIS LARGE STUPA RISES TO A HEIGHT OF 49 FT. OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN KUSHINAGAR.

DAY 05 :- KUSHINAGAR / VAISHALI / PATNA
AFTER BREAKFAST AT HOTEL, DRIVE TO PATNA (270 KMS AND 6-7 HRS APPROXIMATELY).  ENROUTE SIGHTSEEING OF VAISHALI – A  SPECIAL PLACE FOR THE BUDDHISTS  AS BUDDHA DELIVERED HIS LAST SERMON HERE AND ANNOUNCED HIS IMPENDING "NIRVANA". THE 2nd  BUDDHIST COUNCIL HELD AFTER 100 YEARS OF BUDDHA'S PARINIRVANA  ALSO TOOK PLACE HERE. AFTER SIGHTSEEING DRIVE TO PATNA. ON ARRIVAL CHECK-IN THE RESERVED HOTEL EVENING FREE AT LEISURE. OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN PATNA.

DAY 06 :- PATNA / NALANDA / RAJGIR / BODHGAYA
AFTER BREAKFAST AT HOTEL, DRIVE TO BODHGAYA & ENROUTE DO THE SIGHTSEEING OF NALANDA (90KMS & 4 HRS APPROXIMATELY).  ON ARRIVAL SIGHTSEEING RUINS OF NALANDA UNIVERSITY - THE CENTRE OF ONE OF THE OLDEST KNOWN UNIVERSITIES OF THE WORLD.  THE RUIN CONTAINS A NUMBER OF BUDDHIST STUPAS & CHAITYAS, MONASTERIES, HOSTELS, CELLS OR ROOMS ON FOUR SIDES WITH A CENTRAL COURTYARD. OVERNIGHT IN BODHGAYA HOTEL.

DAY 07 :- AT BODHGAYA
MORNING  AFTER  BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. VISIT MAHABODHI TEMPLE. - THE MAIN SHRINE OF SUPREME ENLIGHTENMENT, THE MAHABODHI TEMPLE IS UNIQUE AMONGST OTHER NORTH INDIAN TEMPLES.  IT IS AN ARCHITECTURAL AMALGAUNATION  OF  MANY CENTURIES & CULTURES. THE BODHI TREE - SITIUATED INSIDE THE TEMPLE PREMISES, UNDER WHICH BUDDHA  ATTAINED  ILLUMINATION. IT IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FOURTH OR FIFTH GENERATION OFF SPRINGS OF THE ORIGINAL. AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING OF NIRJANA RIVER, SUJATA VILLAGE & MONASTRIES OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES (OPTIONAL). OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN BODHGAYA.

DAY 08 :- AT BODHGAYA
AFTER BREAKFAST AT HOTEL. DAY FREE  AT LEISURE. OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN BODHGAYA.

DAY 09 :- BODHGAYA / VARANASI
EARLY MORNING AFTER  BREAKFAST, DRIVE TO VARANASI. (234 KMS AND 6-7 HRS. APPROXIMATELY). WITH PACKED  LUNCH. ON ARRIVAL FIRST SIGHTSEEING OF SARNATH- SITIUATED ABOUT 10 KM FROM VARANASI. IT  IS THE PLACE WHERE BUDDHA PREACHED HIS FIRST SERMON AFTER HE HAD ATTAINED ENLIGHTENMENT AT BODHGAYA. AT MUSEUM IN SARNATH YOU CAN SEE THE ASHOK PILLAR WITH ITS FOUR GUARDIA  LIONS THAT HAS BEEN AS INDIA'S NATIONAL EMBLEM. OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN VARANASI.

DAY 10 :- VARANASI / AGRA
EARLY MORNING - VISIT TO RIVER GANGES - SIGHTSEEING OF WONDERFULL GHATS (BANK OF RIVER), ENJOY BOAT RIDE WITH PICTURESQUE VIEW OF SUNRISE.  THE AFFTER BREAKFAST AT HOTEL, YOU ARE FREE AT LEISURE TILL DEPARTURE TRANSFER TO AIRPORT/ STATION TO CATCH FLIGHT/ TRAIN TO AGRA ( IF OPERATIONAL OR ELSE WE CAN GIVE YOU TRAIN). ON ARRIVAL TRANSFER TO HOTEL.  OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN AGRA (IF TRAVELLING BY TRAIN, THEN OVERNIGHT IN THE TRAIN).

DAY 11 :- AGRA / DELHI
AFTER BREAKFAST AT HOTEL, PROCEED FOR SIGHTSEEING OF AGRA CITY FIRST VISITING ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS MONUMENT -"TAJMAHAL" BUILT BY MUGHAL EMPEROR SHAH JEHAN FOR HIS WIFE MUMTAJ MAHAL.THE CONSTRUCTION BELIEVED TO HAVE TAKEN 22 YEARS( STARTED IN 1631) TO COMPLETE WITH OVER 20,000 CRAFTSMEN WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK. NOW PROCEED FOR SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF MAGNIFICIENT AGRA FORT- BUILT IN THE BANK OF YAMUNA RIVER. IT IS SITIUATED IN THE CENTRE OF THE TOWN. VARIOUS STYLES OF THE ARCHITECTURE ARE EVIDENT WITHIN THE FORT & DEMONSTRATES THE LOVE OF MUGHAL EMPERORS TOWARDS BUILDING  BEAUTIFUL MONUMENTS. THEN VISIT THE FAMOUS TOMB OF ITMAD- UD- DAULAH, SIKANDRA FORT & THE AGRA FORT. AT EVENING,  DRIVE TO DELHI.  ON ARRIVAL CHECK-IN TO HOTEL.  OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL IN DELHI.

DAY 12 :- DELHI DEPARTURE
AFTER BREAKFAST AT HOTEL, PROCEED FOR CITY TOUR VISITING INDIA GATE, LAKSHMI NARAYAN TEMPLE. ALSO DRIVE PAST THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT BUILDINGS. AFTERNOON VISIT RAJ GHAT,SHANTI VANA & A DRIVE PAST JAMA MASJID, RED FORT AND CHANDNI CHOWK. FREE FOR SHOPPING. TIMELY TRANSFER TO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO BOARD FLIGHT FOR ONWARD JOURNEY.

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