Destinations: Kolkata (1) – BodhGaya (2) – Rajgir (1) – Vaishali (1) – Kushinagar (1) – Lumbini (1) – Saravasi (1) – Lucknow (2) – Delhi (1)
Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
DAY 1: ARRIVE KOLKATA
Upon arrival in Kolkata airport / Railway Station received by See You in India Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
DAY 2: KOLKATA TO BODHGAYA (Train Kolkata Rajdhani @ 1655/2237 Hrs)
Morning after Breakfast tour the famous Jain temples of Kolkata, the local flower market, Howrah Bridge, Kali Ma Temple and Victoria Memorial.
After lunch in local restaurant, you will be transferred to Kolkata railway station to board your express train to Gaya, Dinner serve onboard. Meet your accompanied escort at Gaya railway station and transfer to Bodh-Gaya (approx. 15kms/30 mins), arrive and check-in hotel.
DAY 3: BODHGAYA
Bodhgaya is home to some of the most important Buddhist sites, and is believed to be the place of Buddha’s enlightenment. Morning after Breakfast visit Mahabodhi Temple, where it is said he attained the supreme knowledge to become Buddha, more than 2,540 years ago. This afternoon after lunch in hotel, visit the Sujata Stupa and the local markets.
DAY 4: BODHGAYA TO RAJGIR (approx. 90 kms/2-3 hrs)
Morning after Breakfast depart for Rajgir, and sightseeing. Our frist stop is Ajatshatru’s fort, Venuvana and Swarna Bhandar, the Cyclopean wall. Later you will see the Peace Pagoda on chair lift.
After Lunch in hotel we would proceed to see Nalanda University, which is the world great univestity and founded in 05th century. After we will get chance to see Great Stupa along with visit local archeological museum.
DAY 5: RAJGIR TO VAISHALI (approx. 170 kms/4-5 hrs)
Morning after Breakfast depart for Vaishali, check-in hotel and after lunch sightseeing. Vaishali was one of the Buddha’s favourite retreats and he came here on many occasions. It was here Buddha delivered the last sermon, indicating that he would be soon departing from the world. Emperor Ashoka erected a huge pillar to commemorate the spot of last sermon. Around one hundred years after he died the second council was held here. Hundreds of Indian monks met in Vaishali to discuss the vinaya rules and to chant a sutras together. Today visitors can see a famous “Lion Pillars” which carved out of single peace of red sandstone and stands 18.3 meter high. Also of great significance are the two stupas which house caskets containing the ashes of the Lord Buddha’s remains.
DAY 6: VAISHALI TO KUSHINAGAR (approx. 200 kms/5-6 hrs)
Morning after Breakfast drive to Kushinagar enroute visiting the Kesariya Stupa, the largest in the world with the height of 104 ft. Stupa competes with that of Borobudur(103 ft.) in Java.
Drive continues to Kushinagar, check-in hotel and after lunch visit the Kushinagar. Buddha’s last journey led him to Kushinagar.
DAY 7: KUSHINAGAR TO LUMBINI (approx. 175 kms/4-5 hrs)
Morning after Breakfast drive to Lumbini (via formalities to be done at India-Nepal border) in Nepal, where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Buddha. Lord Buddha was born at Lumbini while his mother was on her way to parental home from Kapilavastu. Buddha were born in Lunbini during the full moon day in the month of Vaisakh.
After Lunch in hotel, tour the UNESCO World Heritage listed site of Lumbini, including an ancient monastery, a sacred Bodhi tree, the Asoka Pillar and Mayadevi Temple, located at the place of Buddha’s birth.
DAY 8: LUMBINI TO SRAVASTI (approx. 185 kms/4-5 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Sravasti, check-in hotel and after Lunch sightseeing. In the time of Buddha Sravasti was the capital Kingdom of Kosala. Visit Anathapindika and Angulimala Stupas and Jetavana Gardens. It is thought that Buddha spent 24 monsoon seasons in the Jetvana gardens here.
DAY 9: SRAVASTI TO LUCKNOW (approx. 200 kms/5-6 hrs)
Morning after breakfast, depart for Lucknow. Capital city of Uttar Pradesh is famous for its courtly diction prevalent since the time of the Nawabs.
Check-in hotel and after lunch day is at your leisure.
DAY 10: LUCKNOW
Morning after breakfast, proceed for visit of the 18th-century shrine of Imambara, Lucknow Residency and a local gallery.
The sights include Bara Imambara built in 1784, the distinctive feature of this huge pillared hall built for ritual mourning during Moharram is the absence of beams and supporting pillars. Within are the numerous tazia (replicas of the tombs at Karbala) and a maze – where one is sure to get lost without a guide!!! Less impressive is the Chota Imambara built by Mohammed Ali Shah in 1837 as his own mausoleum. It is a heavily ornamented structure with gilded domes.
Later, wander through the local bazaar
DAY 11: LUCKNOW TO DELHI
Morning after breakfast met by your local representative and transfer to Lucknow airport and board your flight for Delhi.
Met upon Arrive at Delhi Airport and Proceed for Half Day city Sightseeing we would see Qutub Minar, India Gate, and drive pass India Gate, President House.
DAY 12: DEPART DELHI
Morning after breakfast check-out from your hotel and proceed for Old Delhi tour, our first stop is Raj Ghat, Jama Masjid and enjoy a Ricksaw ride in Chandni Chowk. We would see Red fort from Outside. Later you will Transfer to Indira Gangdh International Airport to board flight for Home country.