India Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour
Delhi – Amritsar – Dharamshala – Delhi – Varanasi – Sarnath – Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Vaishali – Patna – Delhi
A combination of part of the Walking with Buddha Itinerary plus Amritsar and Dharamshala. In Southern regions of Nepal, across Bihar and into the east of Uttar Pradesh are the lands where the Buddha was born, lived, walked, meditated, fasted, attained enlightenment, preached and ultimately attained Paranirvana. Our walking with Buddha tours are designed for you you to visit some or all of the relevent sites connected to the Buddhas life. In Amritsar you will visit Sri Harmandir Sahib, also know as the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. In Dharamshala, Home of the Dalai Lama the visit includes Tibetan Medical and Astrology (Mentseekhang), Tibetan Government / Parliament in exile (Kashag), Namgyal Monastery Main Temple (Tsulakhang), Gyuto Monastery (Sidhbari), Norbulingka (Institute of Tibetan Culture), Tibetan Library and Archive and Tibetan Children’s Village. Added to all the sites of Delhi.
Day 1 – Arrive Delhi
You will be met at the airport. After meeting and greeting he will escort you to hotels and will help you for check-in. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 2 – Delhi
Today, leave for sight-seeing tour, which includes Jama Masjid – the largest mosque of Emperor Shahjahan. Later proceed to Red Fort, Raj Ghat- cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, to India Gate – a 42 meter stone arch built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who died in World War II, Drive past the President’s House & Parliament House, Humayun’s Tomb (a memorial of the Mughals, its design is inspired by the Taj Mahal), the Qutab Minar & Lotus Temple. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 3 – Delhi – Amritsar
Journey to Amritsar.
Day 4 – Amritsar – Dharamshala
Morning trip to Golden Temple. Afternoon travel Dharamshala (around 6 hours)
Day 5/6 Dharamshala
We spend the two days in Dharamshala (Mcleod Ganj) visiting the attractions in and around the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. We will visit Tibetan Medical and Astrology (Mentseekhang), Tibetan Government / Parliament in exile (Kashag), Namgyal Monastery Main Temple (Tsulakhang), Gyuto Monastery (Sidhbari), Norbulingka (Institute of Tibetan Culture), Tibetan Library and Archive and Tibetan Children’s Village
Day 7 – Dharamshala – Delhi
Depart Dharamshala (Mcleod Ganj) and return to Delhi. Overnight Delhi
Day 08 – Delhi – Varanasi – Sarnath
Transfer to Airport to connect flight IC 806 dep. 11:00 / arr. at Varanasi at 12:15 hrs. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath, the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Evening drive back to Varanasi and watch “aarti” at Ganga Ghats. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 9 – Varanasi
Early morning boat ride on River Ganges. After breakfast leave for full day sightseeing of the city. The places of interest are Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas and the Banaras Hindu University. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 10 – Varanasi – Bodhgaya
Morning proceed for Bodh Gaya which is about 247 kms / 6-7 hrs drive. Bodhgaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. On arrival check into hotel and the rest of the day is free. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11 – Bodhgaya
Sightseeing of Maha Bodhi Temple and Bodhi Tree. Visit the Chinese Temple. In the afternoon visit Niranjana River and Sujata Temple. Also visit the school of the destitute. Overnight at Bodhgaya.
Day 12 – Bodhgaya – Rajgir
Early morning proceed to visit the historical town of Rajgir (72 kms / 2 hrs). Rajgir was the lifetime of the Buddha and was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. Overnight at Rajgir.
Day 13 – Nalanda – Patna – Vaishali
Morning leave Rajgir for Nalanda via Patna. Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. Established in the 5th century B.C. it remained a live center of learning till the 12th century A.D. Proceed to Patna after lunch and then on to Vaishali.
Day 14 – Vaishali – Patna – Delhi
We retrace our steps back to Patna and take the flight back to Delhi.
Day 15 – Delhi
Depart Delhi .
Cost of the Trip
The exact price of your trip depends on the date of travel and the number of travellers. We will quote you a price based on two people traveling together and sharing a twin/double room at a standard hotel in India. If you require a single room or superior or deluxe accommodation please let us know. All prices quotes are starting from and ending in Delhi.
Airport pick-up. All transportation, all accommodation including breakfast, but excluding lunch and dinner, Sightseeing Tours with English Speaking guide, Delhi – Varanasi and Patna – Delhi flights.
What’s not Included
India entra visa fee. Nepal entry visa fee, All expenses of personal nature
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