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In the Footsteps of Buddha

7 Days / 6 Nights (Tour Code: PI-030)
An amazing fable often heard? of a wealthy prince, who left all the luxuries of life in search of the ultimate truth; he returned as an enlightened one and his preaching became the fastest widespread religions of the world. Walk along the way the Lord did, centuries ago, practicing philosophy of life, which He preached. A journey of self-realization and self-emancipation.

Day 1: Delhi

Arrive and Transfer from International Airport to Hotel for overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 2: Delhi - Varanasi

Morning transfer to the airport to leave by air forVaranasi. Arrive and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon visit to Saranath- the holy shrine of the Buddhist where LORD BUDDHA preached his first sermon after he had gained Enlightenment.

Day 3: Varanasi

Morning after breakfast drive down to Kushinagar. Upon arrival check in at hotel Kushinagar followed by lunch. Kushinagar - The Shakyamuni, Gautam Buddha breathed his last ( Mahaparinirvana )here, saying "Decay is inherent in all things".Dinner and overnight in Kushinagar.

Day 4: Varanasi - Kushinagar

After breakfast at Kushinagar drive down to Patna. Lunch in a midway restaurant between Kushinagar and Vaishali, "ZEN" in Chakiya. Vaishali - a small village surrounded by banana and mango groves and rice fields. vaishali was rich center for trade and industry. Lord Buddha visited this place frequently and at Kolhua, close by, preached his last sermon. Dinner in Patna. Overnight at hotel at Patna.

Day 5: Kushinagar

Morning after breakfast drive down to Bodhgaya.Enroute lunch in Rajgir at Hotel Hokke via Nalanda university ruins.Nalanda is a famous as an ancient seat of learning. The ruins of one of the world's most ancient university. Founded in the 5th Centuary AD, this great seat of learning flourished until the 12th Century. Both the founders of the two religions Buddhism and Jainism, the Buddha and Parsvanath Mahavir, visited Nalanda. The chinese chronicler Huien Tsang spent many years here both as a student and as a teacher.Rajgir is 12 kms south of Nalanda on the road to Bodhgaya and is located in a verdant valley surrounded by rocky hills. It is sacred to the memory of founders of both Buddhism and Jainism. Lord Buddha spent many months of retreat during the rainy season here and used to meditate and preach on the Griddhakuta, the hill of the Vultures.An aerial ropeway provides the link with a hilltop stupa built by the Japanese. One of the hills is the cave of Saptkarni, the first Buddhist Council was held. The Saptkarni cave is also the source of the Rajgir hot water springs that have curative properties and are sacred to Hindus.Dinner and overnight in Bodhgaya.

Day 6: Kushinagar - Vaishali

Full day sightseeing of Bodhgaya, ( Breakfast, Lunch and Early Dinner at Hotel).Here under the Bodhi tree (Tree of Awakening). Shakyamuni Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, the "Enlightened One", the propounder of one of the great religions of the world. The tree that stands today is believed to have grown from the original Peepal tree under which Lord Buddha meditated. River Niranjana in which the 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.Evening departure transfer to railway station to depart for Howrah (Kolkata) by train. Overnight on board.

Day 7: Vaishali - Patna

Arrive and transfer to Hotel.Kolkata , capital of West Bengal is a nerve centre of intellectual and human values where many modern movements began in literature, art, cinema, theatre, science, politics and industry.Full day city tour visiting Howrah Bridge - another landmark that denotes the city of joy. This hanging bridge is an architectural marvel of the country. The recently built Vidyasagar Setu, another architecturalmarvel, connects both the banks of the Hooghly River, onto <a class="PIInfosoft-placeName" onclick="openAttractionDescriptionPopup('en', 'VTM','CCU','IND','India');" data-target="#PopUp5" href="javascript:void(0)" data-toggle="modal">Victoria Memorial</a> built of White Marble. It was opened by Prince of Wales in 1924. There are thousand of exhibited in number of galleries including a statue of Queen Victoria, Indian Museum and drive past <a class="PIInfosoft-placeName" onclick="openAttractionDescriptionPopup('en', 'DSQ','CCU','IND','India');" data-target="#PopUp5" href="javascript:void(0)" data-toggle="modal">Dalhousie Square</a>, <a class="PIInfosoft-placeName" onclick="openAttractionDescriptionPopup('en', 'STP','CCU','IND','India');" data-target="#PopUp5" href="javascript:void(0)" data-toggle="modal">St. Paul's Cathedral</a>, National Library, Shaheed Minar, Eden Garden, Fort William and city centre. Optional visit to Mother Teresa's home of Charity. Evening departure transfer to airport to fly back home onward destination.

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