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On the Footsteps of Buddha (Pilgrimage Buddhist Tour) - 10 Days
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Location: Nepal, Asia

Day by Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Welcome on arrival at Delhi and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: After breakfast, tour the historic city of old Delhi to include the magnificent Red Fort, Jama Masjid, largest mosque in Asia, both built by Shahjahan, Rajghat-memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation". Afternoon, tour of New Delhi to include Humanyun Tomb, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Birla Mandir, Bahai Temple. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Depart for airport for early morning flight to 2500 year old ancient city of Patna. On arrival at Patna transfer to hotel. Afternoon excursion to Vaishali where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon announcing his approaching Nirvana. Visit stupas holding urns containing ashes of Buddha and Ashok pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka to mark places sanctified by Buddha. The place is also known now for famous Madhubani paintings. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Morning drive down to Rajgir (102 kms / 2 hrs & 30 mins) capital of 6th century Magadha empire. It was revered site of Buddhas discourses. Buddha spent many years here. Visit Gridhrakula, Sapataparni cave, Ajatsatru fort and Venuvana. Afternoon visit Nalanda - the world's oldest university founded in the 5th century. Also visit monasteries and temples with impressive Buddhist & Hindu images. The Institute for research into Buddhism and Pali literature which houses rare manuscripts, is also worth visiting for the enthusiasts. Archaeological musuem is also not to be missed for the rare
collections. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Early morning after breakfast depart for Bodhgaya (193 kms / 4 hrs & 30 mins) by road. Enroute visit Baraliar caves - the earliest examples of rock cut caves. Most impressive craftmanship of carving and rock inscription ca be seen. These caves served as inspiration for the setting of E.M Foresters "A Passage to India". Arrive Bodhgaya and overnight in the hotel.

Day 06: Bodhgaya is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres. It was here that Gautama attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the "Bodhi" tree Satabodhi temple, Japanese and Tibetan monasteries alongwith Magadha university musuem are also to be visited. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07 ; Early morning after breakfast depart for Varanasi (243 kms / 6 hrs) by road (if one so desires one can go by train to Varanasi for Gaya). Arrive by afternoon and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit ghats and temples and Benaras Hindu University. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the beautiful sunrise at Ganges. After breakfast excursion to Sarnath, the principle centre of Buddhism. It was here around 530 B.C that Buddha preached his 1st sermon after gaining enlightenment. Also visit Dhamekh and Dharmarajika stupas.

Day 09: Afternoon drive to Kushinagar - the place where Buddha passed into Parinirvana. Visit Ramabha stupa which stands on the spot where the body of the Lord was cremated. Also visit Natha Kumarka Kot enshrining the large recumbent figure of Buddha in the state of Nirvana. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Morning excursion to Lumbini, the place where Buddha was born. An ancient shrine with an image representing the nativity of Buddha is still preserved. Afternoon drive to Balrampur and visit Sravasti and other Buddhist shrines enroute. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Drive to Lucknow to catch flight to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination.

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What is Includes in the price?

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis for the duration of the tour in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Coach transfers from First day meeting point of the group to the last day of the dropping point of the group of the tour.
  • All entrance fees of the sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of the Tour Manager from the first day of meeting point to the last day dropping point of the tour.
  • Guide Tips, Driver tips & Restaurant Tips.
  • A complimentary travel bag and cap.
  • Cost of any internal airfare if specified in the itinerary.

What is Excludes in the price?

  • Cost of Rail or Airfare to and from the meeting and dropping place of the tour except Airport to Airport Tours / specifically mentioned in the tour itinerary.
  • Cost of any individual Airport / Railway station transfer
  • Any Increase in the Airfare / Hotel tariff charges.
  • Any Increase in the fuel surcharge or any kind of taxes levied by the respective government or statutory bodies.
  • Porterage (Coolie charges), laundry, wines & alcoholic beverages, mineral water (unless specified), telephone charges, shopping, all items of personal nature and also food and drinks not forming the part of the group menus.
  • Cost of Insurance
  • Extra stay pre/post tour.
  • Any extra expenses incurred for changing the route due to any unforeseen circumstances, forced majuire instances, natural calamities, political disturbances, strikes etc.
  • Extra cost incurred due to illness, accident, hospitalization or any Individual unforeseen cost incurring incidence.
  • Any private transfers taken to move from one place to another instead of coach
  • Additional extra topping if taken
  • If any activity/sightseeing done twice
  • Any add-on sightseeing/activities along with transfers if done other than mentioned in the tour program.
  • Fur coats/Jackets to visit snow point or any special attire required to visit any particular sightseeing place.
  • Premium seat charges
  • Medicines required if any.
  • Service or Government taxes as applicable.

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The Republic of India is a country in South Asia which comprises the majority of the Indian subcontinent. India has a coastline which stretches over seven thousand kilometres, and shares its borders with Pakistan to the west, the People's Republic of China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast, and Bangladesh and Myanmar on the east. On the Indian Ocean, it is adjacent to the island nations of the Maldives on the southwest, Sri Lanka on the south, and Indonesia on the southeast. India borders with Afghanistan to the northwest.

India is the fourth largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity. It is the second most populous country in the world, with a population of over one billion, and is the seventh largest country by geographical area. It is home to some of the most ancient civilisations, and a centre of important historic trade routes. Four major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism have originated from India. Formerly a major part of the British Empire as the British Raj before gaining independence in 1947, during the past twenty years the country has grown significantly, especially in its economic and military spheres, regionally as well as globally.

Things to Know about Geography of India

  • India happens to be the seventh largest country in the world occupying an area of 32,87,590 sq km
  • India is four times the size of Pakistan, 12 times the size of UK and 8 times the size of Japan.
  • The mainland of India stretches from longitudes 68 degree 7' and 97 degree 25' east and latitudes 8 degree 4' and 37 degree 6' north.
  • India shares its borders with; Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, Myanmar Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
  • India lies entirely in the northern and eastern hemispheres.
  • India witnesses Tropical monsoon type climatic conditions
  • In case of plant diversity India holds the tenth position in the world and the fourth place in Asia
  • India's variety of fauna crosses almost 89,451 species.
  • Ganga is the longest river in India
  • Chilka is the largest lake in India
  • The Telephone Country Code of India is +91
  • India's coastline includes Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands and the mainland 7,516.6 km
  • The first Special Economic Zone was established in Kandla in Gujarat in the year 1965

Things to Know about History of India

  • India is the largest and oldest civilization in the world
  • India holds the record of not invading any other country in the last 10000 years of her history.
  • India is the largest democracy in the world.
  • Varanasi is believed to be the oldest city in the world that is inhabited till today.
  • The Number System was invented in India.
  • The first university in the world was established in Takshashila, India in the year 700BC.
  • Sanskrit is known as the mother of all European languages.
  • The Vedas was written in 1400 BC
  • The Upanishads, was written between 800-600 BC
  • Buddhism was born in India in 500 BC
  • The founder of Buddhism was Siddhartha Gautama
  • Jainism was founded in India in 500 BC by Mahavira
  • In the year 1526 the Mughal Empire was established by Babur in India
  • The Taj Mahal was built in the year 1628 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan
  • The Indian National Congress was formed in the year 1885
  • The Amritsar Massacre took place on 13 April 1919
  • Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948
  • In the year 1940 Muhammad Ali Jinnah proposed the demand for a separate country for Muslims, which would be called Pakistan
  • Ayurveda which is the earliest school of medicine in the world was born in India 2500 years ago.
  • India was a very rich country till the British invasion.
  • Chess was invented in India.
  • The four major religions of the world today Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism were all born in India

Some other striking Facts about India

  • India happens to be the largest English speaking country in the world.
  • India is home to the second largest pool of Engineers and Scientists in the World.
  • The Bombay stock exchange is one of the biggest in the world. It includes more than 6,600 companies.
  • The pharmaceutical industry in India is the second largest in the world, after China.
  • India is the largest producer of milk in the world
  • India is among the top five producers of tea, silk, spices, sugar, cotton, rubber, coffee and fish.
  • The Indian railway system, happens to be the largest employer in the world, it provides employment to more than a million people
  • The most number of post offices in the world are found in India
  • India is the 11th largest economy in the world in terms of GDP
  • 700 million people in India use mobile phones
  • The Agriculture sector accounts for 25 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
  • Almost 70 per cent of the total population of the country is dependent on agriculture.
  • India is the largest producer of banana in the world.
  • India happens to be the largest exporter, producer, processor and consumer of cashew nuts in the world.
  • India is responsible for 10 per cent of the total fruit production in the world
  • Coal is a major source of energy in India it caters to almost 67 per cent of the country's commercial requirement.
  • RBI is the only authority in India that can issue currency notes
  • Orissa is one of the major producers of Graphite in India
  • The country's largest news agency is Press Trust of India (PTI)
  • India is home to 184 ports out of which 12 are very important.

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