Buddhist Pilgrimage and Taj Mahal Tour

DURATION : 10 Nights / 11 Days

DESTINATIONS : Delhi - Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Kushinagar – Lumbini - Sravasti - Lucknow - Agra – Delhi

Tour Highlights

Destinations Places to Visit
Delhi Raj Ghat, Qutub Minar, India Gate & Jama Masjid.
Bodhgaya Enroute visit Nalanda and Rajgir & Bodhi Tree.
Varanasi Bathing Ghats & Sarnath Temple.
Kushinagar Mahaparinirvana Temple and Rambhar Stupa.
Agra Taj Mahal & Agra Fort.

Short Description

Buddhist Pilgrimage and Taj Mahal Tour is a unique journey back in time conjoining the two different sides of life. One side, i.e. Buddhist Pilgrimage in the beginning teaches us to elevate from the pains and suffering of life through treading the path walked by Lord Buddha. This includes the place of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment, Bodhgaya; the place where he delivered numerous discourses, Rajgir; the place of his first sermon, Sarnath; the site of his final Mahaparinirvana, Kushinagar and the site of his birth, Lumbini.

Other side of the journey allows tourists to witness a marvel that rose out of grief of an Emperor for his wife, Taj Mahal. This is one of the great tourist attractions often considered identical to India and its inimitable architectural heritage. Visit the world heritage site, Taj Mahal and witness the marvel erected Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to enshrine the mortal remains of Queen Mumtaz Mahal as a perfect conclusion to the Buddhist Pilgrimage and Taj Mahal Tour.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Delhi (Flight TBA)

Arrive Delhi International airport. On arrival, our representative will assist you and transfer you to your hotel in Delhi.

Overnight at Delhi (Room only)

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing

Morning breakfast. After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.

Morning we go on a tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad. Drive past Red Fort & visiting the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Later we walk down or take a rickshaw ride through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar. Post Lunch, we visit the New Delhi, Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Further we drive past India Gate, President House & other government buildings.

Further we visit Qutub Minar, built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 3: Delhi – Patna (Fly) by road Bodhgaya via Nalanda & Rajgir

Today, we will board our flight to Patna.

Upon arrival drive to Bodhgaya, it will take approx. 4 hours. The Buddha attained enlightenment and which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage places for the Buddhist. Enroute visit Nalanda and Rajgir.

Nalanda-a great center of Buddhist learning and one of the most famed university citadels of ancient times.

Rajgir was once the ancient capital of the powerful kingdom of Maghada. From the out skirts of Rajgir, a historic road leads to Gridha - Kuta or vultures peak where the Buddha preached, here the first Buddhist Council was held after the Lord's Mahaparinirvana.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 4: Bodhgaya Sightseeing

After breakfast Sightseeing of Bodhgaya.

We will visit the Bodhi Tree, Shakyamuni Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, "the Enlightened one" the profounder of one of the great religious of the world.

River Nirajnana in which the Buddha bathed after attaining elightment flows quietly outside the tiny hamlet. 

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 5: Bodhgaya – Varanasi (Approx. 247 kms / 6-7 hour drive)

After breakfast, drive to Varanasi. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Evening, we take rickshaw ride to the ghat, and witness the prayer ceremony on the ghat. After the visit, we drive back to our hotel.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 6: Varanasi - Khushinagar (Approx. 265 kms / 7 hour drive)

Early morning, take the boat ride in the holy river Ganges on a visit to bathing ghats. Later, return to hotel for breakfast.

We will also visit the various temples and Banaras Hindu University.

Afternoon excursion to Sarnath. It was here that the Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon and set in motion the wheel of law of Buddhist faith.

Later drive to Kushinagar. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel (Breakfast)

Day 7: Kushinagar – Lumbini (Approx. 170kms / 4 hour drive)

Morning visit Mahaparinirvana Temple and Rambhar Stupa.

Later drive to Lumbini i.e. 170 kms or 4 hrs drive. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Later Sightseeing of Lumbini where the Lord Buddha was born. Visit the pillar raised by Emperor Ashok, In the twenty first year after his coronation at the birthplace.

Note: The guest must be obtained multy entry visa.

Overnight at the hotel (Breakfast)

Day 8: Lumbini – Sravasti (Approx. 170 km / 4 hour drive)

After early breakfast, drive to Sravasti, which is situated approx. 4 hour drive from Lumbini.

On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Later proceed for the sight seeing visit Sravasti (Sahet-Mahet) capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, an active centre for Buddhism.

Overnight at hotel (Breakfast)

Day 9: Sravasti - Lucknow (Approx. 195kms / 5 hour) & train to Agra

Morning at leisure.

After breakfast, drive to Lucknow railway station to board the train to Agra. (Dep/ 16:30 / 04:35 hrs + 1)

Overnight in the train (Breakfast)

Day 10: Arrive Agra - Delhi departure

Arrive Agra at 04:35 hrs.

After breakfast proceed to see Taj Mahal and Agra fort.

Later drive to Delhi airport (203 kms / 4 hrs) to board the flight for onward destination.

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Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  1. Accommodation in Double OR Twin / Single / Triple Room as per the hotels mentioned or similar (as per availability) on Bed & Breakfast basis (BF from D2)
  2. Transportation in an air-conditioned car with driver.
  3. Assistance on arrival & departure.
  4. Monument entrances as per the details listed in the program.
  5. Local English-speaking guide in all the cities as per the sightseeing (the guide may alter the chronology of visits as per requirement)
  6. Gift on departure by Monks & Monkeys Travel
  7. 02 bottle of mineral water (500ml) per person per day.
  8. All Government Taxes (till date)

The Price Excludes:

  1. Domestic flights & Airport Departure Tax from India (this is generally included in your ticket)
  2. Visa fees for India: compulsory; to be obtained from the Indian Consulate of your country of residence; passport valid 6 months after return date)
  3. Facility of E-visa available upon arrival (please check Govt of India website : https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html)
  4. Any meals except mentioned in the column prices includes.
  5. Any expenses of personal nature such as tips beverages, laundry, telephone calls, photography and video fees, etc.

Terms & condition:

  1. As of now no accommodation is confirmed and rooms are purely subject to availability at the time of confirmation of the tour.
  2. Standard check-in time for all the hotels is 14h00.
  3. Standard check out time for all the hotels is 12 Noon.
  4. Early check-in & late check-out subject to discretion of respective hotel.
  5. The company shall not accept any liability or responsibility for any damages, loss, injury, accident, delay, breakdown or irregularity, which may occur due to “force majeure”

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