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North India Buddhist tour brings you right into the heart of Buddhism. The entire land is dotted with monuments and relics, legends and history that epitomise the birth, the decline and finally the resurrection of Buddhism. North India is the region in which buddhism emerged as a religion and from here spread across to the world. Here, you can discover this glorious legacy, and walk in the footsteps of the great Lord Buddha.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi

Day 02: Delhi to Gorakhpur

Day 03: Overnight train to Sonauli, drive to Chitwan National Park (Nepal)

Day 04: Chitwan wildlife activities

Day 05: Chitwan wildlife activities

Day 06: Chitwan to Lumbini

Day 07: Excursion to Tilaurakot, back to Lumbini

Day 08: Lumbini – Berdpur – Saravasti

Day 09: Saravasti to Kushinagar

Day 10: Sightseeing in Kushinagar

Day 11: Kushinagar – Vaishali – Patna

Day 12: Excursion to Vaishali, back to Patna

Day 13: Patna to Rajgir

Day 14: Rajgir

Day 15: Rajgir to Bodhgaya

Day 16: Bodhgaya

Day 17: Bodhgaya to Varanasi

Day 18: Excursion to Sarnath, back to Varanasi

Day 19: Overnight train Varanasi to Delhi

Day 20: Final departure

1

Arrival in Delhi

Arrive Delhi, assistance on arrival with garland welcome and transfer to hotel.
Perhaps there is no other capital city in the world so steeped in history and legend as the Indian capital, Delhi. It was the magnet that drew the Mongols, Turks, persians, Afghans, Mughals and finally the British. All of whom Contributed to its glorious but turbulent history.
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Sightseeing in Delhi, Overnight train to Gorakhpur

Morning free, afternoon sightseeing in Delhi, visit Qutub Minar–The Minar built to proclaim the victory of Islam over the Unbeliever in 1199 AD . The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony, Humayun’s Tomb-is a memorial by a grieving wife, it was built by his widow Haji Begum in 1565-66, nine years after his death, she have spent one and a half million rupees on the building, Red Fort-Anthoer marvel of architecture is the Red Fort or Lal Quila. It is laid out along the river Yamuna as an irregular octagon, surround by a wall of around 2.4 kilometres and is built of red snadstone. The Mughal King Shah Jhan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi and the fort was completed in 1648, India Gate, Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan.

In the evening transfer to the New Delhi Railway station to board train at 19.45 hrs to Gorakhpur. Overnight on Train.

3

Drive to Sonauli boarder and Chitwan National Park (Nepal).

Arrive Gorakhpur at 08.50 hrs and straight drive to Sonauli border about 95 kms/ 3 hrs. At Sonauli border you can get Nepali visa on the spot. From Sonauli straight drive to Chitwan National park via Sauraha about 140 kms/ 6 hrs. Chitwan National Park–This is one of the Nepal’s largest forest regions with a range of wildlife covering an area of 932 sq. km. This Park is home of The rare great one horned rhinoceros, several species of deer sloth bear, leopard, wild boar, fresh water dolphin, crocodile, more than 350 species of birds and the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger etc. The park, made up of the flood plains of the Narayani, Rapti and Reu rivers. This park includes hilly areas of the Siwalik range covered by deciduous sal forest and carpeted with grass. This makes the park a true bird watcher’s Paradise. O/n Hotel.
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Chitwan wildlife activities

Morning cross the Rapti river by boat to view the Magar and gharial crocodiles along with the waterbirds and after that walk to the jungle to view the rhinoceros, wild boar, leopard etc… Afternoon elephant safaries deep in the jungle for the close acquaintance with the nature and the wild life. Evening visit the villages. O/n Hotel.
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Chitwan wildlife activities

Morning bird watching excursions on the bicycle into the jungle. Afternoon visit the Tharu village by cart ride. Evening free. O/n Hotel.
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Chitwan to Lumbini.

Morning after breakfast visit elephant breeding centre and straight drive to Lumbini–The birth place of Lord Buddha about 175 kms/ 7 hrs. Evening visit Maya Devi Temple , the Parts of the Maya Devi Temple are believed to be over 200 years old. A huge pipal tree is gradually tearing the temple apart-Some believe this is the tree that Maya Devi held while giving birth to Siddhartha. You can visit Ashoka pillar also just near to Maya devi temple. The pillar at Lumbini commemorates Ashoka’s pilgrimage to the birthplace of Buddha. It is six metres high, although half of it is underground. O/n Hotel.
7

Excursion to Tilaurakot

Morning after breakfast a very short drive to Tilaurakot about 30 kms, visit the ruins of Tilaurakot. Tilaurakot, which is bustling Terai region, there is nothing more than a tiny hamlet. Tilaurakot was once, however, the capital of the republic of Kapilvastu, where Buddha spent the first 29 years of his life. Most of the surrounding countryside is now dominated by poor muslim peasant farmers. There is no Buddhists. Return back to Lumbini. O/n Hotel.
8

Drive to Saravasti, visit Berdpur on the way

Morning after breakfast drive to Saravasti about 252 kms/ 8 hrs, enroute visit Berdpur , ruins of convent and stupa in no man’s land between India and Nepal. Proceed to Saravasti. O/n Hotel.
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Saravasti to Kushinagar

Saravasti, the ancient city of Saravasti, venerated by Buddhists and Jains alike, is at present a scattering called Sahet and Mahet, the site is 17.7 kms (11 miles) west side of Balrampur. The Buddha performed the great miracle and stayed here 25 rainy seasons on account of which and other less famous occurrences Saravasti has become one of the eight holy places of Buddhist pilgrimage. The entire area of the ruins is known by the twin names of Sahet Mahet. Sahet was the site of the famous Buddhist monastery known as JETAVANA-Maha vihara, which lay outside the limits of the ancient city. The ruins, covering roughly an area of 1500 ft. by 500 ft ; consist mainly of plinths and foundations of monasteries and stupas, all Buddhist. Mahet, situated about two and a half fourlongs north of Sahet, denotes Saravasti city proper and is a much bigger site situated south of the river Achiravati (Modern Rapti), which flows a few fourlongs away.
Continue to drive to Kushinagar about 257 kms/ 8 hrs. o/n Hotel .
10

Sightseeing in Kushinagar

Full day explore to Kushinagar, visit Mahaparinirvana temple, Burmist temple, Chinese temple etc.. Kushinagar–(near Kasia), east of Gorakhpur is celebrated as the place where the Buddha died at the age of 80 and was cremated and passed into Parinirvana. This place is one of four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Monasteries established after the Buddha’s death flourished here until the 13th century. In the main site, the core of the Main Stupa possibly dates from Ashoka’s time with the Parinirvana Temple. The restored 6 m recumbent sandstone figure of the dying Buddha in a shrine in front , may have been brought from Mathura by the monk Haribala during King Kumargupta’s reign (413-455 AD). Excavations were begun here by the archaeological syrvey of India in 1904-05, following clues left by the Chinese travellers. O/n Hotel.
11

Drive to Patna

Morning afetr breakfast drive to Patna about 290 kms/ 9 hrs. Evening free. O/n Hotel .
12

Excursion to Vaishali, back to Patna

Morning sightseeing to Vaishali and visit Ashoka Pillar–The lion Pillar at Kolhua, was built by empereor Ashoka. It is made of a highly polished single piece of red sandstone, surmounted by a bell shaped capital, 18.3 m, high. A life size figure of a lion is placed on top of the pillar. There is a small tank here known as Ramkund, Raja Vishal Ka Garh-A huge mound with a circumference about one kilometre and walts nearly 2 m high with a 43 m wide moat around them, is said to be the ancient Parliament House. Over seven thousand representatives of the federal assembly gathered here to legislate and discuss the problem of the day, Birth place of Lord Mahavira founder of Jainism and World peace stupa.

Later very short drive about 2 hrs to packed populated city Patna. Evening visit Golghar– Built in July 1786 by captain John Garstin of the Bengal Engineers, Who planned this grain store for the army in case of a repeat of the 1770 famine. Golghar is a 96 feet high structure of Unique beehive shaped architecture. It has a base 125 m wide where the wall is 3.6 m thick, and the cremation place at the bank of river Ganges. O/n Hotel.

13

Drive to Rajgir

Morning after breakfast drive to Rajgir about 105 kms enroute visit Pawapuri where Mahavira, the final tirthankar and founder of jainism, died and was cremated here in about 500 B.C., later drive to Nalanda visit ruins of one of the world’s great universities founded in the 5 th century B C. and an important Buddhist centre until it was sacked by the Afghans in the 12th century and Museum.
Later drive to Rajgir. Evening free. O/n Hotel.
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Sightseeing in Rajgir

Rajgir is a pleasant valley and is a very important pilgrim centre for the Hindus and Jains. It is a most popular winter health resort with number of hot water springs. Full day sightseeing to Rajgir, visit Griddhakoot Hill-Associated with Lord Buddha. The “Hill of Vultures” was one of the Buddha’s favourite places where he delivered many important sermons, Bimbisara Jail-Where king Bimbisara was imprisoned by his son Ajatshatru, Saptaparni Cave-On the northern cave of the Vaibhara hill, is a series of six caves contained in natural bend of rock, Ajatshatru stupa, Sone Bhandar and Maniar Math. O/n Hotel.
15

Rajgir to Bodhgaya

Drive 75 kms/ 3 hrs to Bodhgaya, A quiet village near the river Phalgu, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres since it was under the Bodhi tree here that Gautama, the prince attained supreme enlightenment to become “The Buddha”. Arrive Bodhgaya and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing, visit Mahabodhi Temple-The temple stands east to the Bodhi Tree. It’s architectural effect is superb. It’s basement is 48 square feet and it rises in the form of a slender Pyramid, till it reaches its neck, which is cylindrical in shape. The total height of the temple is 170 feet, Vajrasana– Vajrasana, the seat of stability. The Buddha supposed to have say in meditation gazing east under the Bodhi tree, where the Vajrasana, the stone platform is kept, The Hindu Monastery, Monasteries of Japan, China, Thiland, Korea, Burma, Tibet etc.. o/n hotel.
16

Free day in Bodhgaya

Day free for rest or explore the civilised countryside area. O/n Hotel.
17

Bodhgaya to Varanasi

Morning after breakfast, long drive to Varanasi about 240 kms/ 8 hrs, enroute visit impressive Mausoleum of Sher Shah, built of red sandstone in the middle of large green pond. Sasaram is on the Grand Trunk Road, the famous Indian highway that was built by Sher Shah in mid 16 century.
Continue to drive to Varanasi. O/n Hotel.
18

Excursion to Sarnath, back to Varanasi

Very early morning sunrise boat ride on the holy river Ganges, back to the hotel, after breakfast short drive about 15 kms to Sarnath, is one of Buddhism’s major centres in India. When Buddha had gained enlightenment at Bodhgaya, the Buddha came to the deer park ar Sarnath and delivered his first sermon, usually referred to as Dharamachakra (The Wheel of Law). Visit to Dharmarajika Stupa-Built by the emperor Asoka to contain relics of the Buddha. It was enlarged on several occasions but was destroyed by Jagat Singh, Dewan of the Maharaja of Benaras, in 1794, when a green marble casket containing human bones and pearls was found, Deer Park–Holy to Jains because Shyeyanshnath, the 11 th Tirthankar was born near the Dhamekh stupa. “Sarnath” may be derived from his name. The monastery in the southwest corner is one of four in the Deer Park. The others are along the north edge. Return back to Varanasi. Evening stroll around the city. O/n Hotel.
19

Overnight train Varanasi to Delhi

Morning free, afternoon transfer to railway station to board train to Delhi at 03.15 hrs. o/n Train
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Final departure, transfer airport and fly to home

Arrive Delhi at 05.20 hrs and transfer to the hotel for wash & change. Late evening transfer to Int’l airport for flight to home country.

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