Tour Itinerary

Duration :
15 Nights / 16 Days


Destinations :
Mumbai - Aurangabad - Bhopal - Agra - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna – Kushinagar - Sravasti - Lumbini - Kathmandu


Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be met and assit by our representative and transferred to your hotel for 02 nights stay.


Day 02: Mumbai
After breakfast, enjoy excursion to Elephanta island, located 10 km away from the Gateway of India. There are a lot rock cut temples present in these caves, which are as old as 5th century. The Elephanta island was named by the Portuguese, after the statue of an elephant near the corridor area of the island.

Later in the afternoon head to city tour of Mumbai visiting Gateway of India, Hanging Garden, Dhobi Ghat, Wales of Museum Marine Drive etc.


Day 03: Mumbai - Aurangabad (By Train)
Early morning, you will be transferred to Mumbai Railway station to catch your Train to Aurangabad.

Tapovan Express # (Dep.0610 hrs / Arr. 1315 hrs)

Upon arrival in Aurangabad, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay. Aurangabad, generally used as a base for a visit to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta & Ellora Caves.

After freshen up, enjoy excursion of Ellora Caves, which is known for its Buddhist, Jain and Hindu cultural influences. There are 34 caves containing shrines, monasteries and temples. The Buddhist caves were carved during the period 200 BC to 600 AD.


Day 04: Aurangabad – Jalgaon (110 Kms / 2.5 hrs) – Bhopal (By Train)
After breakfast, embark on your day trip to Ajanta Caves - Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyadri hills, 100 kms from the city of Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horseshoe are the 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta, dating from 2nd century B.C. Discovered in 1819 by a group of British Officers, these startling achievements took around 600 years to create. Carved with little more than a hammer and chisel, Ajanta, once the retreat of the Buddhist monastic orders features several ‘Chaityas’ and Viharas. The exquisite paintings and sculptures of Buddha’s life belong to the Mahayana period.

After visit, transfer to Jalgaon Railway station to catch your train to Bhopal.

Karnataka Express # (Dep. 1640 hrs / Arr. 2325 hrs)

Upon arrival in Bhopal, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.


Day 05: Bhopal - Agra
After breakfast, visit Saanchi Stupa, a lot of Buddhist travellers across the world visit this serene hill crowned by a group of stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD.

Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to Bhopal Railway station to catch your train to Agra.

Shatabdi Express # (Dep. 1450 hrs / Arr. 2035 hrs)

Upon arrival in Agra, transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.


Day 06: Agra – Varanasi (By overnight train)
Today, enjoy a sunrise visit of the most beautiful building one of the wonder of the world TAJ MAHAL built by Shah - Jehan in memory of his beloved wife MUMTAJ after her death as her memory.

Also visit the historic Agra fort - ever since Babur defeated and killed Ibrahin Lodi at Panipat in 1526, Agra played an important center of Mughal Empire. Akbar chose this city on the bank of River Yamuna as his capital and proceeded to build a strong citadel for the purpose. It is said that he destroyed the damaged old fort of Agra for the purpose and raised this grand group of monuments instead in red sandstone.

Later in the evening, you will be transferred to Agra Railway station to catch your overnight train to Varanasi.

Marudhar Express # (Dep. 2055 hrs / Arr. 0835 hrs, next day)

Enjoy an overnight Train Journey.


Day 07: Arrive Varanasi
0835 hrs, arrive Varanasi and transferred to your hotel. Varanasi is one of the oldest living cities in the world, with a continuous history dating back 3,000 to 5,000 years.

Afternoon, visit Sarnath where Gautam Buddha preached his first sermon after the enlightenment.

Later enjoy city tour of Varanasi visiting the various temples of the city including The Vishwanath Temple, built by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent. The Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama, Banaras Hindu University and Money Temple


Day 08: Varanasi / Bodhgaya (242 Kms / 05 hrs)
Early morning enjoy boat ride on the holy river Ganges and enjoy sunrise, see thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit this city to make holy prayers to meditate and to purify themselves through taking a bath in the holy river Ganges

Later after breakfast, embark on your drive to Bodhgaya - most sacred place for Buddhists as it has a Peepul tree under which Gautama the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years back. Upon arrival check into your hotel for 02 nights stay.


Day 09: Bodhgaya
After breakfast proceed for a sightseeing of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple - depicting the various phases of Buddha's journey towards enlightenment, showing different aspects of his life; Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum - houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D; Jagannath Temple close by has a four armed statue of Shiva in black stone.


Day 10: Bodhgaya - Patna (150 Kms - 5 hrs)
After an early breakfast, embark on your drive to Patna via visiting Rajgir & Nalanda.

Rajgir: which means 'the royal palace', is a place of great sanctity and significance for the Buddhists and Jains. Lord Buddha had delivered many of His sermons over here during His 12-years stay at Rajgir or Rajgriha. Visiting Griddhakuta or Venture's Peak, Venuvana, Sattapani Caves , Jivika Mango Garden, Buddha's sculpture, Hot Springs, Pippala Cave etc.

Nalanda: A great seat of learning in ancient India, Nalanda in Bihar is strewn with enchanting red sandstone ruins. Ancient records indicate that Nalanda was frequented very often by Lord Mahavira and Lord Buddha during the 5th and 6th centuries quite regularly.

After visit continue your drive to Patna, check into your hotel for overnight stay.


Day 11 : Patna – Vaishali - Kushinagar (260 Kms - 07 hrs)
After an early breakfast, embark on your drive to Kushinagar, where Lord Buddha attained the state of Mahaparinirvana (salvation) at the age of 80.

Upon arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay. Later visit Khushinagar, a place where Tathagata , the reciter of truth passed away. The remains lie in three groups, Nirvana Temple which enshrines statue of Buddha in a reclining position, Matha Kaur shrine has a 10th century blue schist image of the Buddha, Angar Chaitya, which is popularly known as the spot where Lord Buddha was cremated by the mallas.


Day 12 : Kushinagar - Saravasti (Balrampur) - (220 Kms - 06 hrs)
This morning, embark on your drive to Sravasti one of the main site for Buddhist pilgrimage as well and Jain Pilgrimage, upon arrival check into your hotel. Later visit Sravasti where the Buddha preached most of his sermons. It is said that lord Buddha have performed many miracles, and levitated. During the monsoon, he used to stay at the Jetavana on the outskirts of this town. Visit Sahet Mahet and Angulimal caves.


Day 13 : Saravasti – Kapilavastu - Lumbini (195 Kms - 5 hrs)
After an early breakfast, embark on your drive to Lumbini, where Buddha was born 2500 years ago.

En-route to Lumbini, the childhood home of Gautam Buddha, upon arrival check into your hotel for overnight stay


Day 14 : Lumbini - Kathmandu (By flight)
After breakfast, visit the birth place of Buddha - Mayadevi Temple. Later you will be transferred to Bhairwa Airport to catch your short flight to Kathmandu.

Arrive Kathmandu and transferred to your hotel for 02 nights stay.


Day 15 : In Kathmandu
After breakfast proceed for a guided city tour of Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath Temple - the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicated to lord Shiva, built in 1696. Carry on the sightseeing tour of the Patan - a city of architecture and fine arts. Sometimes known as "Town with a Thousand Golden Roofs". Visit Tibetan Handicraft center at Jawalakhel to watch carpet weaving.

Afternoon visit, Swayambhunath - the oldest Buddhist shrine. Looking east from here, one can see the entire Kathmandu valley spread out below. A short drive will take to Boudhanath - the worlds largest stupa; a sight of great reneration to the Buddhist. Continue to Kathmandu Durbar Square - the temple of the Living Goddess and the old Royal Palace.


Day 16 : Kathmandu (Departure)
Today, you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to catch your flight to fly back home.


Tour Highlights

Mumbai
Mumbai is India´s finance centre, the economic powerhouse of the nation, heart of the Hindi film industry and the industrial hub of the country. Mumbai is politically one of the most important cities in western India. It also has its own culture, traditions and festivals. This busy metropolis comes to a screeching halt during the Ganesh Chaturthi. The people in this part of the country speak Maratha but like a true cosmopolitan city, Mumbai is a fine melting pot where you will find people from different parts of India living in harmony in spite of the difference in language, dress codes and food habits. English is understood and spoken by a large number of people.


Attraction of the city
The Gateway of India, Price of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan Gandhi Museum, Dhobi Ghat, Marine Drive, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Elphanta Caves, Kanheri Caves, Shree Siddivinayak Temple etc.


Aurangabad
Aurangabad has great history, culture and diversity that set Aurangabad apart from rest of the cities due to its well-known historical places around the city. The city is a tourist hub, surrounded with many historical monuments, including the Ellora Caves, Ajanta Caves and Bibi Ka Maqbara, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Aurangabad is said to be a City of Gates and the strong presence of these can be felt as one drives through the city. Recently, Aurangabad has been declared as Tourism Capital of Maharashtra.


Attraction of the city
Historical Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Bibi Ka Baqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad caves and Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga etc.


Bhopal
Bhopal is the beautiful capital city of Madhya Pradesh in central India. Bhopal has a unique character and an appealing mix of both old and new architecture. Bhopal was founded by the king Bhoja of the Paramara dynasty (1000–1055 CE), who ruled from his capital at Dhar. According to this theory, Bhopal was originally known as Bhojpal after the king and the dam (“pal”) constructed by him. The Bhimbetka rock shelters are one of the famous archaeological World Heritage sites. The Bhimbetka shelters exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India and deliver traces of dance from prehistoric times; Most of the stones age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 30,000 years old.


Agra
Agra is globally renowned as the city of the loving monument of Taj Mahal. But this royal Mughal city has, in addition to the legendary Taj, many monuments that epitomize the high point of Mughal architecture.

In the Mughal period, in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra was the capital of India. It was here that the founder of the dynasty, Babar, laid out the first formal Persian garden on the banks of the river Yamuna. Here, Akbar, his grandson raised the towering ramparts of the great Red Fort. Within its walls, Jehangir built rose-red palaces, courts and gardens, and Shahjahan embellished it with marble mosques, palaces and pavilions of gem-inlaid white marble. The crowning glory of the city is obviously the Taj, a monument of love and imagination that represents India to the world.


Attraction of the city
The loving monument of Taj Mahal, Historical Agra Fort, Sikandra Fort, Itmad-ud-daulah, Fatehpur Sikri, Heritage walk and live theater performance “Mohabbat the Taj show” etc.


Varanasi
Varanasi, known to the devout as Kashi, is said to have been founded by Shiva, Lord of the Universe. One of the oldest living cities in the world, as also one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India, Varanasi is a major tourist attraction, situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, the city has been a centre of learning and civilization for over 2000 years. Varanasi’s principal attraction is the long string of ghats, which line the west bank of the Ganges. Ghats are the steps which lead down to the river. There are around 100 ghats in Varanasi, each with its own significance.


Attraction of the city
Bharat Kala Bhawan (Bharat Mata Mandir), Banaras Hindu University, Tulsi Manas Temple, Monkey Temple (Durga Temple), The Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath Temple), Sarnath Archaeological Area, Burning Ghats, Ramnagar Fort, Early morning Boat ride & Evenign Aarti ceremony on the sacred Ganges etc.


Bodhgaya
Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage in Gaya district in Bihar state. Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautam Buddha attained supreme enlightenment (Bodhimandala). It can be said as a rightful place for Buddhist pilgrimage with it’s rich history, culture and monuments exposing different shades of Buddhism to tourists from abroad and near.

Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath. Mahabodhi Temple, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.


Attraction of the city
Mahabodhi Temple, 80 feel Buddha Statue, Archaelogical Museum, Bodhi Tree, surrounding villages and the monasteries built by the different countries etc.


Rajgir
Rajgir means 'the royal palace', is a place of great sanctity and significance for the Buddhists and Jains. Lord Buddha had delivered many of His sermons over here during His 12-years stay at Rajgir or Rajgriha. Situated between Bodhgaya & Bihar, the city of Rajgir is also famous for health and winter resort with its warm water ponds.


Attraction on the city
Venture's Peak, Venuvana, Sattapani Caves, Jivika Mango Garden, Buddha's sculpture, Hot Springs, Bimbisara Jail, Pippala Cave and Jain Temples etc.


Nalanda
Nalanda is known for the ruins of the world famous ancient learning centre. With the nearest habitation at the village of Bargaon, Nalanda is though now a deserted place, but still is very important to the history of Buddhism and Jainism (The Teerthankar Mahavira got moksha near Nalanda at Pawapuri).


Attraction on the city
Nalanda university, Nav Nalanda Mahavira, Nalanda Museum and Sun Temple etc.


Kushinagar
During the ancient time, it was known as Kushavati (Jatakas). It finds mention in epic Ramayan as the city of Kusha the son of Ram, the famous king of Ayodhya. Kushinagar was a celebrated center of the Malla kingdom of ancient India. Later, it would be known as Kushinara, one of the most important four holy sites for Buddhists. Which belongs to the Great Lord Buddha, founder of Buddhism, who delivered his last sermon, attained "Mahaparinirvana" and was cremated at Ramabhar (Kushinagar). Buddha's cremation was done at " Mukut Bandhan" (Ramabhar), where 'Mallas' constructed a big stupa over the ashes.

Many of the ruined stupas and viharas here date back to 3rd century BCE - 5th century CE when prosperity was at its peak.


Attraction of the city
Parinirvana Stupa, Meditation Park, Sun Temple and Kushinagar Museum etc.


Sravsti
Sravasti is one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage, according to the history of Buddhism, it was Sravasti where Lord Buddha performed many miracles to confound his critics. As per legend, Lord Buddha was sitting on the thousand-petal manifesting himself in million-fold as fire and water emanated from his body. According to another legend, Lord Buddha in search of Nirvana and preaching his gospel to his pupil he wandered from place to place and left his footsteps, Sravasti is one among such place which is revered till today. According to one of the Commentaries Buddha spent 25 rainy seasons in Sravasti out of which 19 were spent in the monastery called Jetavana and 6 in the monastery called Pubbarama. Even Ashoka the Great visited this place which was revealed after an excavation where two Ashoka pillars were found that lie at the eastern gate of Jetavana.


Attraction on the city
The Ananda Bodhi Tree, Jetavana and Sobhanath Temple etc.


Lumbini
Lumbini is the place where Lord Buddha, was born. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence.

The birthplace of the Gautama Buddha, Lumbini, is the Mecca of every Buddhist, being one of the four holy places of Buddhism. It is said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death. All of these events happened outside in nature under trees. While there is not any particular significance in this, other than it perhaps explains why Buddhists have always respected the environment and natural law.


Attraction of the city
Lumbini Grove, Mayadevi Temple, Buddha Vihara and Kapilavastu etc.


Kathmandu
Kathmandu valley consists of three main cities of great historic and cultural interest Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan) and Bhaktapur (Bhadgaon).Kathmandu city is the premier cultural and economic hub of Nepal and is considered to have the most advanced infrastructure among urban areas in Nepal. From the point of view of tourism, economy and cultural heritage, the sister cities of Patan(lalitpur) and Bhaktapur are integral to Kathmandu. Kathmandu, as the gateway to Nepal Tourism, is the nerve centre of the country’s economy.


Attraction of the city
Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kumari chowk, Swayambhunath, Boudhnath, Kirtipur village, Pashupatinath Temple, Nagarkot sunrise / sunset view and Patan Darbar Square etc.




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