DISCOVER THE BUDDHA LAND

  
Price £2,295 per person

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In this tour you will discover the four holiest places associated with Lord Buddha. Lumbini in Nepal where he was born, Sarnath near Varanasi where he preached his first message, Bodhgaya where he attained enlightenment and Kushinagar, near Gorakhapur where he spent his final years.

DELHI – LUCKNOW – SRAVASTI – LUMBINI – KUSHINAGAR – VARANASI – BODHGAYA – PATNA - DELHI

Price includes : Internal flights, private vehicle for all airport transfers, visits & excursions as per programme, English speaking local guides, admission fees, hotels as specified ( or similar ) with daily breakfast, main meals as stated.

Price excludes : International flights *, visa for India ( e-visa obtainable online), other meals, gala dinner at hotels (if applicable), Video & camera fees, tipping and any service not specified. Single supplement : £895.
* To make your holidays even more hassle free, we can purchase international flights on your behalf at competitive prices. Please call for more information.

Day 01: Fly to Delhi

Day 02 : Delhi (-/-/D)
Upon arrival meeting with our representative and car transfer to Hans Plaza hotel. Welcome dinner and overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 03: Delhi (B/-/D)
Morning tour of New Delhi visiting the Qutub Minar, a tower of victory built in the 12th century and India Gate, the war memorial. Drive past the Rashtrapathi Bhawan, the residence of the President of India, the houses of Parliament and the Government Secretariat buildings. Afternoon tour of Old Delhi where you can pay respect at the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the Raj Ghat, see the imposing Red Fort built by the creator of the Taj Mahal, visit lndia’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, with its black and white onion domes, minarets and white marble. Dinner & overnight at Hans Plaza.

Day 04 : Delhi / Lucknow (B/-/D) visit asia - tours to asia
visit asia - tours to asia Depart from hotel to domestic airport for flight to Lucknow. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Guided visits to La Martiniere, Dilkusha Palace, the residency built in 1800 AD for the British Resident, and the site of the 147-day siege, Bara Imambara- the tomb of Nawab Asad-Ud-Daulah,etc. Dinner & overnight at Hotel Vivanta by Taj, Lucknow.

Day 05 : Lucknow – Sravasti (B/L/D)
Morning depart by road to Sravasti. On arrival check in at Lotus Nikko hotel. Lunch at hotel. Afternoon guided tour of Sravasti visiting Sahet Mahet, capital of ancient Kingdom of Kosala, Jetvana Vihar & Buddhist Temples. Dinner and overnight at Lotus Nikko Hotel.

Day 06: Sravasti - Lumbini (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast overland transfer to Lumbini (in Nepal) approx 6 hours drive. On arrival check in at Hokke hotel for lunch. Afternoon visit Mayadevi temple, Ashokan Pillar & stupas in Lumbini- where Lord Buddha was born. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
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Day 07 : Lumbini (B/L/D)
Another day in Lumbini to take in the serenity of this small town, a famous Buddhist pilgrimage destination. Overnight stay at the same hotel on fullboard basis.

Day 08: Lumbini - Kushinagar (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to Kushinagar. Arrive Kushinagar and check in at hotel Royal Residency. Lunch at hotel. Kushinagar is the place where Buddha entered perfect tranquillity in the state of MahaPari Nirvana. Afternoon visit MahaPari Nirvana temple & Ramabhar Stupa (cremation place of Lord Buddha). Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 09: Kushinagar - Varanasi (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to Varanasi. Packed lunch to take away. Upon arrival check in at Radisson Varanasi hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to relax after the long drive. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10: Varanasi (B/-/D)
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the Bathing & Cremation Ghats and later visit Banaras Hindhu University. Return to hotel for Breakfast. 0900 hrs drive to Sarnath- the buried Buddhist city where Lord Buddha gave his First Sermon. Visit Buddhist temple, Stupas, Museum and monastery ruins. Dinner and overnight at Radisson Varanasi.

Day 11: Varanasi - Bodhgaya (B/L/D)
After an early breakfast leave Varanasi for Bodhgaya. Upon arrival check in at hotel Royal Residency, Bodhgaya, the place where Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment under the sacred Bodhi Tree. After lunch visit the Mahabodhi Temple. Guest can also make their way to the Temple by taking the rickshaw or just simply walk down. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Bodhgaya - Patna enroute visiting Rajgir & Nalanda ( B/L/D)
0630 hrs leave Bodhgaya for Patna enroute visiting Rajgir & Nalanda. Rajgir is a site of great sanctity and significance for Buddhists, visit Shanti Stupa, Gridhakuta Hill and later visit Venu Van. Next drive to Nalanda which is 14 kms away and was one of the oldest University of the World & International Centre for Buddhist Studies. 1330 hrs Drive to Patna, ( 90 kms - approx 3 hrs). Packed lunch from hotel. On arrival at Patna dinner and overnight at 4* Chanakya Hotel.

Day 13 : Patna - Delhi (B/-/D)
In due time transfer to airport to board your flight back to Delhi. Upon arrival Delhi transfer to your Hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Delhi, strolling Indian colourful bazars and busy streets. Farewell dinner in town. Overnight at Hans Plaza.

Day 14: Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. In due time transfer to international airport for flight home.