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Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Ragjir - Nalanda - Rajgir - Vaishali - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti - Lucknow - Delhi ( 09 nights / 10 days )

The tour is a personalised individual tour & can be started any time of year / month . The car, guides will be exclusively for you only. The tour is based on private departures , whereby you can benefit from having a private air-conditioned car, stop en-route for breaks or photo opportunities.

Day 01/ Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi meet assist at the airport and transfers to hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Delhi.

Day 02/ Delhi - Agra - Varanasi (Overnight Train)taj mahal agra tour
Early morning transfer to railway station to board the air conditioned suparfast train for Agra , Breakfast in the train , Arrive Agra in approx. 2 Hours, Meet assist at railway station and visit the world famous Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Also visit the Agra fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions, Evening transfer to railway station to board the air conditioned sleeper train to Varanasi.

Day 03/ Varanasi
Arrive Varanasi, meet assist at the railway station & transfer to hotel. Later excursion to Sarnath - where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park, contains the most impressive remains, as well as a modern temple. Overnight stay at Hotel in Varanasi.

Day 04/ Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Morning drive to Bodhgaya & transfer to hotel. Bodhgaya - As the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment, Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buhddhists. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres since it was here that Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Later visit Mahabodhi Temple, Niranjana River, Sujata Village, Overnight stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.

Day 05/ Bodhgaya - Ragjir - Nalanda
After Breakfast drive to Rajgir. On arrival in Rajgir transfer to hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing of Nalanda & Rajgir. Rajgir -The picturesque Rajgir, or Rajagriha as it was known in the past (literally, the abode of kings) is surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and 5 hills. 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 vation. Nalanda -Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. It derived its name from Na-alam-da, meaning Insatiable in Giving, one of the names by which the Lord Buddha was known. Night stay in Rajgir.

Day 06/ Rajgir - Vaishali - Kushinagar
After breakfast drive to Kushinagar, Kushinagar is where the Buddha finally attained Mahaparmirvana. Amongst the ruins are the Mukutbandhan Stupa and a beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha enroute visiting Vaishali. Arrive Kushinagar & transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Kushinagar.

Day 07/ Kushinagar- Lumbini Lumbini
After breakfast visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple & Stupas , later drive to Lumbini & transfer to hotel. Lumbini - the birthplace of the Buddha, was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1,500 years. Evening sightseeing tour of Lumbini including a visit to the birth Place of Lord Buddha. Overnight stay in Lumbini.

Day 08/ Lumbini - Sravasti
After breakfast drive to Sravasti - the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honor for sightseeing of Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. The city believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravasti, has age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. In Sravasti visit Saheth - Maheth & Jetvan. Overnight stay in Sravasti .

Day 09/ Sravasti - Lucknow ( By road ) Lucknow - Delhi ( By overnight train )
After breakfast drive to Lucknow railway station to board the air conditioned train for Delhi.

Day 10/ Delhi - Departure
Arrival at New Delhi Railway Station , Then Wash-N-Change at Hotel, Breakfast at Hotel,sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar ,India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President’s House, Mahatama Gandhi Memorial. Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Evening transfer to airport to board the onward flight.

Includes:
» 7 Nights accommodation as per the itinerary + 02 night in overnight train.
» Daily Breakfast
» All three meals ( breakfast, lunch & dinner ) at the time of staying in buddhist sector except in Delhi & Agra.
» All transfers & sightseeing by exclusive air-conditioned coach.
» Train tickets of Delhi - Agra in air conditioned Chair Car, Agra - Varanasi & Lucknow - Delhi by air-conditioned sleeper class.
» English speaking escort.
» All taxes, driver allowances, parking, fuel charges.

Does not include:
» Any Airfares, Entrance fee to the Monuments.
» Any meals other than specified in cost includes.
» Beverages, Tips, Laundry etc.
» Any item not shown in Cost includes.


Hotels Selected - Economy
Delhi : Dream Inn / Perfect / Ashoka International
Varanasi : Meraden Grand / Hotel India
Bodhgaya : Hotel Sujata
Rajgir : Rajgir Residency
Kushinagar : Lotus Nikko
Lumbini : New Crystal
Balrampur ( Very near to Sravasti ) : Hotel Mahamaya

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