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Taj Mahal with Buddhist Tours

Duration

12 Nights / 13 Days

Places Covered

Delhi - Agra - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Vaishali - Patna - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Balrampur-Lucknow-Delhi

Overview

Taj Mahal with Buddhist Tours

Taj Mahal with Buddhist tours is a unique journey back in time conjoining the two different sides of life. One side is Taj Mahal located in Agra is the finest example of Mughal Architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Indian and Islamic architectural styles. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, MumTaz. It is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love. Another side is Buddhist, it teaches us to elevate from the pains and suffering of life through treading the path walked by Lord Buddha. This includes the popular place of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment, Bodhgaya; the place where he delivered numerous discourses, Rajgir; the place of his first sermon, Sarnath; the site of his final Mahaparinirvana, Kushinagar and the site of his birth, Lumbini.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

Begin your tour. Arrive into Delhi.Welcome to Vardhman's 'Taj Mahal with Buddhist Tours'! On arrival in Delhi , you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.Overnight: Hotel
Overnight : Hotel

Day 2 Delhi

This morning after a leisurely breakfast proceed for the sightseeing of Delhi.Combined city tour of New Delhi & Old DelhiVisit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 3 Agra

This morning after breakfast drive to the "Romantic city of Taj Mahal" - Agra!.City tour of Agra. Visit Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday) & Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula.
Afternoon, we ride to the massive Agra Fort. The elegant buildings inside reflect an interesting synthesis of Hindu and Central Asian architectural styles. The maze of the courtyards, mosques & private chambers of the fort echo the story of the Mughal Empire. The Moti Masjid & other magnificent buildings reflect the skill of the ancient Indian architects. Later visit a marble gallery - the flagship store in Agra which offers an excellant range of white marble, fashionable wear & exotic wooden articles, truly a one stop shop!
Later in the evening transfer to railway station to catch overnight train for Varanasi.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 4 Agra - Varanasi

Arrive Varanasi in the morning and transfer to hotel.City tour of VaranasiSightseeing tour of the City visiting the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in Marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University, which has an art gallery and the mosque of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb, built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple. A walk through the old centre ("golden" temple, ghats...), Bharat mata temple, Kashi Viswanath temple.Half day tour of Sarnath.Half-day tour of Sarnath, the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon, Sarnath was a renewed school of learning from 6th Century B.C. to 12th Century A.D. Visit the ruins, the stupa, the Buddhist Temple and the Museum.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 5 Varanasi-Bodhgaya

Boat Cruise (at your own cost) on River Ganges
Early morning boat excursion on the holy river Ganges to see the bathing ghats and cremation site. Watching people bathing and worshipping at the ghats is one of the most extraordinary experiences of a visit to India. Later proceed to Bodhgaya. Upon arrival, check in the hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 6 Bodhgaya

Full day visit to Bodhgaya a place where Lord Buddha entered a state of mediation under the 'Bodhi' tree (banyan tree) and attained Nirvana (the enlightenment). On the walls of Mahabodhi temple, one can see images of Lord Buddha in different aspects.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 7 Bodhgaya - Rajgir

Morning depart for Rajgir. Arrive at Rajgir and check in at hotel. Visit Rajgir - a sacred town to all Buddhist where Lord Buddha meditated and preached on the Hill, Karanda Tank where Lord Buddha would bathe, seven hot springs where Lord Buddha for its healing powers. Also visit the ancient Nalanda University founded in the fifth century B.C. Ancient Buddhist texts revelas that Lord Buddha studied here. A Chinese travel Heum Tsang, who spent several years at this University wrote about this great seat of learning. Visit the Archaeological museums.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 8 Rajgir - Vaishali - Patna

After breakfast drive to Patna and transfer to hotel.Later Visit Vaishali - a place where Lord Buddha visited frequently and during the last visit here told his disciplines that they would see him no more as he was to attain the Mahaparinirvana (the ultimate bliss). Visit the Buddhist stupas. Arrive Patna and check in at hotel.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 9 Patna - Kushinagar

Morning depart for Kushinagar. Arrive and check in at hotel. Afternoon proceed on a city tour of Kushinagar where Lord Buddha breathed his last and attained Mahaparinirvana saying decay is inherent in all component things. Visit the Nirvana temple which enshrines a colossal statue of Lord Buddha in a reclining position.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 10 Kushinagar - Lumbini - Balrampur

Morning depart for Balrampur. Enroute visit Lumbini. Lumbini, a tiny village situated on the fotthills of Himalayas witnessed the birth of a Prince called Shakyamuni Gautam Siddhartha who later vecame Lord Buddha the awakened one. Visit the sacred pond, Ashoka Pillar, Mahadevi temple. Contnue, dive to Balrampur. Arrive and check in at hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 11 Balrampur - Sahetath - Lucknow

After breakfast drive to Lucknow enroute visit Satehmath famous for Buddhist Stupas. Arrive and transfer to hotel.Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 12 Lucknow - Delhi

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to railway station to catch train for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and check in at hotel. Relax for rest of the day.
Overnight : Hotel

Day 13 Delhi

This morning after breakfast transfer to International airport to board the flight for your onward journey to back home with sweet and unforgettable memories of ''Taj Mahal with Buddhist Tours" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.
Overnight : Hotel


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