Foot Steps Of Buddha
This 7-day tour starts and ends in Delhi. On the second day, you will start in Patna and travel in the footsteps of Buddha to Nalanda, the famous ancient seat of learning; Rajgir; Sujata Village; and Bodhgaya, the most sacred places for Buddhists. In Varanasi, take in the incredible tableau on your sunrise boat ride on the Ganges.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, India’s bustling capital city. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Hotel.
Day 02: Delhi Sightseeing
Morning tour the historic landmarks of Old Delhi, drive past the Red Fort, visit Raj Ghat and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. Afternoon, is dedicated to New Delhi, as you drive along Rajpath and see the Parliament House, the President’s House and India Gate. Pay a visit to the Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and Birla Temple. (B)
Day 03: Delhi / Patna / Rajgir / Nalanda / Bodhgaya – Surface (198 kms / 6 hrs)
Fly to Patna, upon arrival you will be met and drive to Bodhgaya en rout visit Nalanda, the famous ancient seat of learning. The ruins of one of the world’s most ancient university. Founded in the 5th century AD, this seat of learning flourished until the 12th century. Continue on to Rajgir, once a great city, Rajgir is just a village today but vestiges of a legendary and historical past remain. An aerial ropeway provides the link with a hilltop stupa built by the Japanese. On one of the hills is the cave of Saptaparni, the first Buddhist council was held here. Later proceed to Bodhgaya. Upon arrival check in at Hotel (B)
Day 04: Bodhgaya – Visit to Sujata Village
Together with his disciples, Buddha traveled back to Sujata’s Village (Bakror) where they visited with Sujata and the young buffalo boy, Svasti.They then returned to the kingdom of Maghada where King Bimbasara offered Buddha a large bamboo grove in Rajagaya (Rajgir) for his monks to stay during the three months rainy season if Buddha would teach him as well. As Buddha traveled, more and more people were drawn to his teachings.
Buddha returned home accompanied by his disciples. His father was disappointed that Buddha had no wish to take over the kingdom but his wife, Vasodhara and adopted mother, Gotama, were deeply touched by his teachings and in time started a monastic branch for women. Four years later his son Rahula asked to become a disciple.
In his dharma talk at Sujata Village, Thay said that the Buddha was reluctant to teach because what he understood was so profound. He needed to make the teaching very simple. Learn from your own suffering. If what you eat makes you sick, don’t eat it again. What matters is your practice not theory. If you integrate the knowledge that all is empty and all is connected, you will be freed from fear. Later return to Bodhdaya. (B)
Day 05: Bodhgaya / Varanasi – Surface (280 kms / 7 hrs)
Morning tour Bodhgaya, one of the most sacred places for the Buddhists as well for the Hindus. Here under the Bodhi Tree (The Tree of Awakening) Gautama attained the supreme knowledge to become Buddha the “Enlightened one” the profounder of one of the great religions of the world. The Tree that stands today is supposed to have grown from the original tree under which Lord Buddha meditated. River Niranjana in which Buddha bathed after attaining enlightenment flows quietly outside the tiny hamlet, where the story of Prince Siddhartha ended and the saga of the Buddha began. You will visit the Temple and the Bodhi Tree, which is a walking distance from the hotel and visit other sights and monasteries. Upon arrival in Varanasi check in at Hotel (B)
Day 06: Varanasi
A sunrise boat ride on the Ganges presents an incredible tableau, as multitudes of devotees pay homage to the Sun God. Cruise past the bathing ghats and crematoriums, followed by a walking tour of the old city. Afternoon Visit the stupas, ruins and museum at Sarnath, scene of Buddha’s first sermon. Later return to the hotel Hindustan International. (B)
Day 07: Varanasi / Delhi
Morning is at leisure. Later in the day you will be transferred to airport for flight to Delhi. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to Hotel, where you will have room for couple of hours for wash and change. Late evening you will be transferred to airport for flight back home. (B)
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- Accommodation on twin sharing basis with daily breakfast
- All transport by an Air-Conditioned vehicle including transfer of baggage by the same vehicle (1 piece per person)
- Service of English speaking guide during sightseeing tours only
- Morning boat ride in Varanasi
- Services of our representative at airport on arrival/departures
- All present applicable government taxes.
- Any airfare
- Expenses of personal nature such as telephone, laundry, drinks, gratuities etc
- TIPS during meals, tour guides, tour escort etc.
- Anything not specified in the inclusions.
- Camera Fees at the monuments
- Any new Tax, which may be imposed by the government or Increase in Monument Fees
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