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Land of Buddha

Delhi - Balrampur - Gorakhpur - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Patna
( 6 Nights / 7 Days )

Day 1 / Delhi
Arrive in Delhi. Pick up at airport by tour executive and transfer. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 / Delhi - Lucknow - Balrampur

Transfer to the airport to board flight to Lucknow. On the way to Balrampur, halt at Srasvasti, the site of a great miracle performed by the Buddha. Overnight stay at Balrampur.

Day 3 / Balrampur - Lumbini - Gorakhpur
From Balrampur, drive to the birthplace of the Buddha at Lumbini. See the Stupa built by emperor Asoka, and a museum of rare Buddha relics. Drive to Gorakhpur for overnight stay.

Day 4 / Gorakhpur - Varanasi
Drive to Varanasi in the afternoon. A short detour leads you to Sarnath, situated about 11 km north-east of Varanasi and known as the cradle of Buddhism. More than 2,500 years ago, Sakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment and delivered his first sermon in the Deer Park at Sarnath. Thus, Lord Buddha set the Wheel of Law in motion here. Two hundred years later, Ashoka the Great erected several huge and beautiful stupas (houses of treasures) here and the famous lion emblem, which has been adopted as the national emblem of India. Hence, this place assumes great Buddhist significance. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 5 / Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Early morning, take a boat ride in the river Ganga to have a panoramic view of the world's oldest living city - Varanasi. The crescent shaped river front, with its enchanting ghats rising tier upon tier, fascinates travelers the most. Ghats are elevated platforms connected by a flight of steps to the river embankment, and are constructed to facilitate bathing and religious rites. The spectacle is at its best at dawn and at dusk. Later, take a quick city tour, and then drive to Bodhgaya.

Day 6 / Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna
Travel the entire Buddha's Trail by road, covering Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda and Patna, the capital of the state of Bihar. A tiny little village and holiest among holy places, Bodhgaya is the place where Prince Gautam of Kapilavastu attained enlightenment under a Peepal tree over 2,500 years ago, and became Buddha and founder of one of the great religions of the world. The Bodhi tree, which is still there, is supposed to be the direct descendent of the original tree under which Lord Buddha meditated and became the ‘enlightened one’.
The Mahabodhi Temple stands to the east of the Bodhi Tree.

The vestiges of ancient Patna have recently been unearthed at many neighboring places.
The Buddha visited the city in the sixth century BC. Megasthenese, a Greek Ambassador, and Fa Hian, a Chinese traveller, have rich accounts of the city. Today, it is a bustling metropolis. Located around 90 km from Patna lies the ruins of one of the most famous centers of learning in the ancient world, Nalanda University, built in the 5th century BC. It was patronized by royalty and the Buddha. Situated 10 km south of Nalanda, Rajgir or Rajgriha (the royal palace) was the capital of the Magadha Empire in the sixth century BC. Lord Buddha spent five rainy seasons delivering some of his famous sermons and converting the king and countless others to his philosophy.

Day 7 / Patna - Calcutta
Morning excursion to the modern sights of Patna are followed by transfer and flight to Calcutta.

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