Start in New Delhi and end in Mumbai! With the discovery tour Trailing Buddhas Footsteps, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 15 other destinations in India. Trailing Buddhas Footsteps includes accommodation in a hotel as well as meals, transport and more.
We have to book your hotel as no hotel will give you room from the middle of the night.Start point Main Entrance, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Airport Rd., New Delhi, Delhi, India
Meeting and assistance on arrival at the airport, our representatives welcome and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would hand over the documents and brief the tour programme to you. Overnight at the hotel. After some rest take sightseeing tour of historic city visiting Old Delhi visiting the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, both built by emperor Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame. Later sightseeing continues to visit New Delhi include Rashtrapati Bhawan, one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; Humayun?s Tomb, QutubMinar, built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty; Night is in Delhi? ? ? Enjoy Rickshaw ride with visit of Old Delhi. ? Optionally Go for live Bollywood show in the evening ( Closed on Monday?s ).
Morning board your train for Lucknow. On arrival you will be assisted and will be driven away to Sravasti. It is whispered that Buddha have executed miracles here, incorporating a creation a million-fold manifestation of himself settled on a thousand-petalled lotus, as fire and water sprung from his body. Discover the Jetavana Monastery which is where Buddha lived most habitually, precisely in Gandhakuti which was his own chamber. Visit the famous Anand Bodhi Tree, an offspring of the one Buddha gained enlightenment under. You will also visit Anathapindika?s Stupa, built by Anathapindika, a follower and generous patron of Buddha. The stupa served as Buddha?s shelter during the 24 monsoons he spent in Sravasti. You will also stop by the ruins of the Stupa of Angulimala. Night is in Sravasti
In and around KushinagarDrive to Kushinagar, where Lord Buddha expired at the age of 80. See the Mahaparinirvana Temple to see the reclining Buddha and Ramabhar Stupa where Buddha was cremated. Study the Nirvana Stupa and temple where Buddha?s ashes were buried. Night stay in Kushinagar
Travel to Patna, pay a visit to Vaishali en route where Buddha addressed his last sermon and declared his approach to Nirvana. See the Lion Pillar raised by the Emperor Ashoka to mark this important event. You will also watch the Relics Stupa and Ramkund here. Visit Vaishali Museum and stop at the World Peace Pagoda constructed by Japanese Buddhists.
In and around NalandaDepart for Bodhgaya. Visit Great Stupa at Nalanda en route and also the town of Rajgir to explore the Lakshmi Narayan temple and the Japanese Shanti Stupa temple. Restart to Bodhgaya, where over 2,500 years ago, Buddha achieved enlightenment under the holy Mahabodhi tree after a long period of meditation.
Explore the Maha Bodhi Temple and the Bodhi Tree where Buddha gained enlightenment. Discover Sujata Village, termed after a girl who gave milk to a starving Gautama on his way to Bodhgaya.
Carry on to one of the ancient and blessed Buddhist cities of the world, Varanasi. Be a spectator to the Puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti, a Hindu religious ritual held on the ghats of the River Ganges.
Take an early morning boat ride sideways the River Ganges, trailed by a city tour of Varanasi. Later this midafternoon visit the Buddhist places at Sarnath where Buddha conveyed his first sermon after getting enlightenment. In the evening, visit a bazaar and enjoy a rickshaw ride
In and around BhopalDay is for leisure and rest. Enjoy the day on your own. In the evening you will be transferred to Varanasi railway station to board overnight train for Bhopal.
On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Later drive to explore Sanchi ? the existing example of visualization and beliefs of Emperor Ashoka. It is dotted with many Buddhist structures like pillars and stupas. Also visit the archaeological museum where it shows the famous image of four lions that once sat atop the Ashoka Pillar. Overnight stay in Bhopal.
After breakfast drive to Bhimbetka caves which are surrounded by the northern limits of Vindhya mountain Range. The name ?Bhim-bet-ka? means ?where Bhim sat down?. There are more than 600 caves in Bhimbetka. It took 16 years to unearth the entire vicinity covered by these caves. Bhimbetka caves had been used as asylum by people from the earliest of periods. Here you will find paintings of all ages starting from Paleolithic age to medieval age. As the time passed, the paintings became smaller, shapely and more precise. The oldest painting here is said to be around 12,000 years old, whereas the most recent is around 1000 years old. Drive back to your hotel
In and around AurangabadAfter breakfast you will be transferred to Bhopal Airport to board your flight for Aurangabad via Mumbai. ON arrival at Aurangabad you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.
Morning after breakfast, drive direct to for the full day excursion tour of Ellora Caves. The Ellora caves are situated on an olden trade way between Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh and the western coast of India. Positioned into the base of a hill the caves enclose intricate carvings of gods and goddesses and symbolize three of the main faiths of ancient India & Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
Morning early breakfast, drive to Ajanta Caves ( 110 km / 03 hrs drive by car ) it?s full day excursion tour to Ajanta Caves.It is 30 rock-cut cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE. The caves include paintings and sculptures considered to be masterpieces of both Buddhist religious art. The basic designs of the caves are called ?Chaitya grihas? and ?Viharas?. The caves also include a visual form of the life of Buddha and interesting stories from Jatakas. Evening return back to the hotel and then board flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai board your flight for onwards journey Tour Ends. ?End point Main Gate, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Western Express Hwy, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India