India 13 Day Tour

Delhi  – Sankasiya ( Kanpur ) -Varanasi ( Saranath )- Bodhgaya –Dungesori cave - Sujata Temple – Rajgir-Nalanda –Vaisali- Kusinagara –Lumbini – Sravasti – Agra - Delhi

Day 1: Delhi
 Arrival on Delhi International   airport and be transferred to hotel. Overnight in Delhi, in a hotel.
Day 2: Delhi – Kanpur via Sankasiya (480 kms /  9 hrs)
7.00 am: leave for Kanpur (breakfast on the way) via visiting Sankasiya; where Lord Buddha descended from Tushita heaven after preaching Abhidhamma to his mother, who had rebirth there as a male god.
12:00- hrs: Lunch in Sankasya.
6.00 pm: arrive Kanpur; check in – in a hotel.
7.00 am: Tea.
8:00 pm:  Dinner.
Overnight in a guest house in Kanpur.                                                   
Day 3:  Kanpur – Varanasi (Saranath) (350 kms / 5 .30 hrs)
 7:00 am: Breakfast and leave for Varanasi with packed lunch.   
1:00 pm:  arrive Varanasi (Saranath) , check in - in a hotel.
 2:00 pm :  (Saranath) where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to five vikkhus. Visit Dhammeka stupa, Mulagandakuti vihara , Saranath museum.
5:30 p.m -  Tea and shopping.
6:00 pm – Puja and  in Mulagandha kuti vihara
8:00- Pm:  Dinner

Overnight in a guest house.

Day 4: Saranath – Bodhgaya ( 275 Kms 4.30 hrs )
7 am: Breakfast.
8 am: Leave for Bodhgaya, on the way visit the palace of King Brahmadatta from Jataka tales, Dungesori caves where Lord Buddha spent six years practicing duskarkriya (self inflicting pain and hardship).
5 pm:  Arrive Bodhgaya. Check in – in a hotel.
5.30 pm tea.
7.00 pm dinner.
Overnight stay in a guest house in Bodhgaya.
Day 5:- Bodhgaya
7 am :- Breakfast
8 am: - Full day of Sil Dana in Bodhgaya, where Lord Buddha was enlightened.  Visit Mahabodhi temple; Vajrasana spot where Lord Buddha sat and enlightened ,  Animeshlochan chaitaya, Ratanagar, Chankramana , Ajapala Nigodh tree, now marked by a pillar , lotus pond , Ashokan pillar.

12 noon:- Lunch
1 pm: - Sujata temple, where a girl named Sujata offered  food to Lord Buddha before he went on meditation in Bodhgaya.
4:  Pm - Back in Bodhgaya.
5:  Pm - Tea.
7:  Pm - Dinner.
 Overnight stay in hotel in Bodhgaya.

Day 6: Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Vaisali (248 kms / 6.30 hrs)
5: am - Breakfast
 6: am - leave for Vaisali with packed lunch.
 8.30 am -  Visit Rajgir where Lord Buddha first came looking for a teacher; Gijjakuta    (Vulture peak) where Lord Buddha gave many sermons.Benubana Bimbisar prision. Sattapani Caves : A sacred site where the first Buddhist council was convened in 483 BCE soon after the Buddha's death. Ruins of Nalanda University.
5: pm - Tea on the coach.
 6:pm - Arrive Vaisali in the evening.
8: pm - Dinner.
Overnight stay in Vaisali at Srilankan monastery guest house.

Day 7: Vaisali – Kushinagara (195 kms 5 hrs)
7: am - Breakfast
8: am - Visit Ananda stupa and Lord Buddha’s relic stupa in Vaisali.  Then after leave for Kushinagar via Kesariya stupa (world’s tallest stupa) where Lord Buddha gave famous Kalama sutta.
12 :00 noon - Lunch.
4:30 pm - Arrive Kusinagara.
5.30 pm - Tea.
7.00 pm - Dinner
 Overnight stay in Kushinagara at Srilankan monastery guest house.

Day 8: Kushinagara – Lumbini – Sravasti (428 kms / 9 hrs)
 5: am -  Visit Mahaparinirvana temple and stupa; and nearby is a site where Lord Buddha took his last breath; Rambahar stupa where Lord Buddha was cremated. Buddhaghat by river Hiranyavati where Lord Buddha rested and asked venerable Ananda to bring water from.

7:am   -  After breakfast leave for Lumbini.
11 am - Arrive Lumbini.
11.30 - Lunch
12.30 - Visit Mayadevi temple where the marker stone of the birth of Lord Buddha is located. Puskarini pond  where the lord Buddha was  bathed after his birth. Ashokan pillar.
 2.30 - Leave for Sravasti where Lord Buddha spent 25 Vassas (rain retreat) 19 in Jetavana and 6 in Pubbarama monastery.
5: pm - Tea and snacks served on the bus.
8:30 pm - Arrive Sravasti.
9.30pm - Dinner
 Overnight stay in Sravasti in Srilankan temple guest house.
Day 09 :  Sravasti.
8 : am - Breakfast.
9 : am - Morning visit Jetavana garden which was gifted to Buddha by Anatha Pindika; Angulimala stupa .
12:30 pm - Lunch
Remaining day for rest and shopping.
6 : pm - Tea.
7: pm - Dinner.
 Rest of the day is for your leisure.

Day 10 - Sravasti - Agra (483 kms / 10 hrs)
6: am - Breakfast.                                                     
7 : am - Leave for Agra  with packed lunch.
5: pm - Tea and snacks served
7 : pm - Arrive Agra. Check in – in a hotel.
8 : pm - Dinner.
Day 11- 8 am: Breakfast.
9:00- am: A day tour of Agra. Visit Taaj Mahal and Agra fort. (Monument entrance fee of Taaj Mahal and Agra fort is not inclusive on package).
12:00 noon - Lunch
01: pm - Leave for Delhi in the evening.
5:30 pm -  Arrive Delhi. Check in - a hotel
6:0 pm - Tea
7:30 - Dinner
Overnight stay in a guest house in Delhi.

Day 12: Day tour of Delhi.
8: am - Breakfast.
9 : am - Visit   Raj Ghat – The cremation site of the Mahatma Gandhi; to India Gate - a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in 2nd World war , Humayun's Tomb (a memorial of the Mughals, its design is inspired by the Taj Mahal), the Qutab Minar & Lotus Temple.  Overnight stay in the hotel.
01: pm - Lunch
3 :pm - Back in hotel.

Day 13:  Delhi  - Colombo
Morning breakfast  / lunch according to the flight schedule.
To onward destination.

 

Other details on package includes:

Fully air-conditioned deluxe coach.
Entrance fees of all Buddhist sites.
Vegetarian Lunch/ Breakfast/ Dinner from the day one till the end of the tour.
1 bottle of water served per person per day.
 Accommodations in monastery guest house and hotels and guest house for all overnight stays.
Wheel chair is provided upon request.
First aid facilities are available on board.
 
Any dietary supplement is provided upon request.
 

Package does not include:

Any airport tax, international air fare, laundry service, phone calls, tips, room service,visa fees. Taaj Mahal  and Agra Fort Entrance along with Delhi monuments entrance fees. Video camera fees.
 

Other information:


Pilgrims are advised to have travel insurance.

Obtain double entry visa for India and single entry visa for Nepal for this package.

Double Entry Indian Visa
Single Entry visa to Nepal

 

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