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The Buddha's Trails

varanasi Destination Covered: Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Bodh Gaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna -Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti - Lucknow - Delhi

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

DAY 01 : Arrival Delhi
On arrival at Delhi, our representative will meet you at the airport and assist you in transferring to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 02: Delhi / Agra/ Varanasi
Check out for an early morning transfer to railway station to board the train for Agra. Breakfast will be served in the train. On arrival at Agra after 2 hours, visit the world famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. After lunch, transfer to airport to catch the flight for Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi, transfer to hotel. Later in the day, take an excursion to Sarnath to visit the Deer Park, where you will find the most impressive remains as well as a modern temple. Overnight stay in Varanasi.

DAY 03: Varanasi / Vodh gaya
Check out for an early morning drive to Bodh Gaya. On arrival, check-in into the hotel. Later in the day, visit the Mahabodhi Temple, Niranjana River and Sujata Village. Overnight stay in Bodh Gaya.

DAY 04: Bodh gaya /Rajgir / Nalanda /Patna
After the breakfast, check out and drive to Patna en-route visiting Nalanda and Rajgir. Rajgir or Rajagriha (as it was known in the past literally meaning 'The Abode of Kings) is surrounded by 5 hills and crisscrossed by the meandering river Banganga. During the lifetime of the Buddha, this was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. The hills and caves surrounding Rajagriha were home to spiritual teachers, ranging from the materialism of the early Charavaka School to the metaphysics of Upanishadic philosophers. Like many others in search of truth, Prince Siddhartha, after he renounced his royal heritage came to this city to seek the path of salvation. Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. It derived its name from Na-alam-da, which means 'Insatiable in Giving', one of the many names of the Lord Buddha. After lunch at a nice city restaurant in Rajgir, proceed to Patna. On arrival at Patna, check-in into the hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 05: Patna / Vaishali / Kushinagar

lumbini After breakfast, check out and drive to Kushinagar en-route visiting Vaishali. On arrival at Kushinagar, check-in into the hotel. Overnight stay at Kushinagar.

DAY 06: Kushinagar / Lumbini
After breakfast, visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple and the stupas. Later, drive to Lumbini. On arrival, check-in into the hotel. In the evening, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Lumbini including a visit to the birth Place of Lord Buddha. Overnight stay in Lumbini.

DAY 07: Lumbini / Sravasti / Lucknow
After breakfast, check out and drive to Lucknow. En-route visit Sravasti, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala. After visiting Saheth-Maheth and Jetvan, proceed to Lucknow. On arrival at Lucknow, check-in into hotel for an overnight stay. - Bodhgaya Tours

DAY 08: Lucknow /Delhi / Departure
Check out for the morning transfer to the airport to board the flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, check-in into the hotel. In the afternoon, proceed for a half-day city tour of Delhi visiting India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan and Lakshmi-Narayan Temple. Late in the evening, transfer to the airport for onward flight.

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