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Follow the Buddha’s Footsteps (5 N/ 6 D)

Patna, Rajgir

Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni,, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. A native of the ancient Shakya republic in the Himalayan foothills, Gautama Buddha taught primarily in northeastern India.

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Duration: 5 Nights/ 6 Days
Cities: Delhi - Varanasi - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Delhi

Day 1: Delhi

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Meeting and assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Delhi / Varanasi (Train )

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After breakfast sightseeing tour of Old Delhi – the walled city of Shahajehanabad built by the fifth mughal king. Old Delhi which is dominated by the Red Fort The name Red Fort comes from the massive red sandstone walls that surround it. After visiting the fort, explore old delhi riding cycle rickshaw the popular mode of transportation in the city through narrow streets which are dedicated to a particular item, rather like a departmental stores.

Visit Jama Masjid,- India's largest mosque and the last building built by Shahjahan. Visit of Raj Ghat, a simple and stunning memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

Afternoon visit New Delhi - which is a blend of ancient and pre independence India. The Qutub Minar, the tallest brick tower which was built to symbolize the supremacy of Islam. Visit the Humayun's Tomb – the replica of Taj Mahal or vice versa since it was built much before Taj Mahal. This monument is the first mughal tomb and earliest example of Mughal architecture in India.

Later in the evening transfer to the Delhi Railway station to board an overnight train to Varanasi.

Overnight : 1st Air-Conditioned Sleeper Accommodation.

Day 3: Arrival / Varanasi

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Arrive Varanasi and transfer to your Hotel. Varanasi is the world's oldest living city. Religious artifacts link it to the sixth century BC Said to be founded by Shiva, Varanasi's Vedic affiliation goes back to the beginning of time. It is also a city of many names like Kashi and Benaras.

After breakfast the sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Bharat Mata Temple, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, the Durga Temple- known for its bright red color and the playful monkeys that run amok there and sometime they are aggressive, the Durga Temple is one of the most imposing architectural monuments in Varanasi.

The university, which occupies a large piece of land at the southern end of town, is also home to the New Vishwanatha Temple. The New Temple is modern in design and open to Hindus and non-Hindus alike. Surrounded by palm trees, it is a splendid white marble structure that shines in the afternoon sun against a pale blue sky. The interior walls are covered with Vedic art above inscriptions from the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads ( old Hindu testaments )

Evening - short trip to the Buddhist city of Sarnath where the Buddha preached his first sermons after attaining enlightenment. One can also participate in the evening prayer service (aarti) of the main Buddhist temple here - the synchronized chanting of hymns to the accompaniment of traditional temple music is a sole stirring experience.

Return to Varanasi.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Varanasi / Bodhgaya

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Early morning Boat ride on sacred Ganges. Every morning at dawn hundreds of worshippers can be seen bathing in the sacred river. The Ghats form an impressive part of the religious landscape of the city.

During the ride witness thee the significant temples and buildings as well as the changing architectural style and also cremation on the certain ghat where photography is prohibited , the smoke that billows from the crematoriums on the edge of the river gives testimony to their final release from life's earthly confines. On any given day, anywhere from a few dozen to a few hundred corpses are cremated here, The ghat is assiduous with activity as the cremated bodies threw up smoke and fire.

After the tour drive to Bodhgaya.

Upon arrival check into the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Bodhgaya

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Bodhgaya - one of the holiest of holy pilgrim places for the Buddhists of the world is Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya The Mahabodhi Temple built on the east of the sacred tree stands majestically 17 feet high on a base 5 feet square, and consists of a soaring pyramidal tower surmounted by a stupa. The Vajrasan or Diamond Throne lying between the Bodhi Tree and the temple marks the actual spot where Buddha sat in meditation and attained supreme knowledge.

A gilded Buddha smiles upon the visitors from a niche in the wall of the temple, and his footsteps carved in stone hold flower offerings from the devout. Unbelievable peace pervades the atmosphere giving credence to legend. Besides the Mahabodhi temple, we would visit several Buddhist temples built by the followers of Buddhism from all over the world.

Overnight at the hotel

Day 6: Bodhgaya /Rajgir / Nalanda / Patna / Patna / Delhi (Train )

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Morning drive to Patna en route visit of Rajgir & Nalanda.

Rajgir is a verdant valley surrounded by rocky hills. Here on Griddhakuta or Vultures Peak the Buddha set in motion his second Wheel of Law and for three months every year during the rainy season preached many inspiring sermons to his disciples. The Buddha Sangha of Japan have constructed a massive modern stupa, the Shanti (peace) stupa at the top of the hill in commemoration.

Twelve kilometres from Rajgir is Nalanda which was in Buddha's time a lovely resort of Saints and ascetics. Lord Buddha visited Nalanda several times and delivered some important sermons. It emerged as a university in the 5th century A.D. and remained the greatest seat of learning for 7 years. Great thinkers like Nagarjuna, the Mahayana Buddhist Philosopher.

After sightseeing we drive to Patna Train Station in time to board overnight train for Delhi.

Overnight : 1st Air-conditioned Sleeper Accommodation

Day 7: Arrival / Delhi Delhi / Departure

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Arrive in Delhi and transfer to the hotel.

Day free for personal activities and shopping.

Optional tour (if time permits) Delhi visitng Akshardham Temple , National Museum etc.

Later transfer to the International airport in time to board international flight .

Available Atractions

Bodhgaya: Buddha at Bodhgaya

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"Bodh Gaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. It is a place which should be visited or seen by a person of devotion and which would cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence".

Bodhgaya: Mahabodhi temple

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The Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, marking the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya (located in Gaya district) is located about 96 km from Patna, Bihar state, India.

Delhi: India Gate

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The India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, it was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Delhi: Humayun tomb

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Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum (Haji Begum) in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum.

Delhi: Lotus Temple

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The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá'í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city.

Delhi: Parliament House, New Delhi

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Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India. It may refer to only the mansion (the 340-room main building) that has the President's official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices; it may also refer to the entire 130 hectare (320 acre) President Estate that additionally includes huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens), large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls.

Delhi: Red Fort

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The Red Fort (usually transcribed into English as Lal Qil'ah or Lal Qila) is a 17th-century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi (in present day Delhi, India) that served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors. The design is commonly credited to Mughal architect Ustad Ahmad.

Delhi: Qutub Minar

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Qutub Minar, also known as Qutb Minar and Qutab Minar, is the tallest minar in India, originally an ancient Islamic Monument, inscribed with Arabic inscriptions, though the iron pillar has some Brahmi inscriptions, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Delhi, the Qutub Minar is made of red sandstone and marble. The tower has 379 stairs, is 72.5 metres (237.8 ft) high, and has a base diameter of 14.3 metres, which narrows to 2.7 metres at the top storey.

Delhi: Jama Masjid

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The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā, commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Construction began in 1650 and was completed in 1656. It lies at the beginning of the Chawri Bazar Road, a very busy central street of Old Delhi.

Delhi: Jantar Mantar

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The Jantar Mantar is an equinoctial sundial, consisting a gigantic triangular gnomon with the hypotenuse parallel to the Earth's axis. On either side of the gnomon is a quadrant of a circle, parallel to the plane of the equator. The instrument is intended to measure the time of day.

Nalanda: Patna Museum

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Patna Museum is the state museum of the Indian state of Bihar. Built in 1917 during the British Raj to house the historical artefacts found in the vicinity of Patna, it is in the style of Mughal and Rajput architecture and is known locally as the Jadu Ghar.

Nalanda: Nalanda

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Nālandā was an ancient center of higher learning in Bihar, India. The site is located about 88 kilometres south east of Patna, and was a religious center of learning from the fifth century AD to 1197 AD.

Nalanda: Harminder Takht - Patna Sahib

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The Gurdwara at Patna Sahib was in remembrance of the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs on 22 December 1666, and like many historical Gurdwara's in India and Pakistan, this Gurdwara too, was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, on the banks of Ganges river, in Patna, Bihar.

Patna: Harminder Takht, Patna

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The Gurdwara at Patna Sahib was in remembrance of the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs on 22 December 1666, and like many historical Gurdwara's in India and Pakistan, this Gurdwara too, was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1780-1839), the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, on the banks of Ganges river, in Patna, Bihar.

Patna: Patna Museum

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Patna Museum is the state museum of the Indian state of Bihar. Built in 1917 during the British Raj to house the historical artefacts found in the vicinity of Patna, it is in the style of Mughal and Rajput architecture and is known locally as the Jadu Ghar.

Patna: Golghar, Patna

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The Golghar or Gol Ghar ("Round house"), located to the west of the Gandhi Maidan in Patna, capital of Bihar state, India. It is a granary built by Captain John Garstin, in 1786.

Patna: Ganga at Patna

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Fluxed by the three sacred rivers Ganga, Sone and the Poonpun, the journey of Patna through the ages can quite be an object of envy for any place brooding over its life-chronicle. The city tweets of a glorious past and perches on the briskness of a bustling and an up-and-coming metropolis. Legend has it that a sanctified Ganga had watched with reverence as a hallowed Buddha blessed this place to be a realm of great Kings and their Empires.

Rajgir: Shanti Stupa, Rajgir

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The major attraction in Rajgir is the peace pagoda, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, built in 1969, one of the 80 peace pagodas in the world, to spread the message of peace and non-violence. Rajgir is a city and a notified area in Nalanda district in the Indian state of Bihar.

Rajgir: Rajgir : A Pilgrimage for Buddhists

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Rajgir is a city and a notified area in Nalanda district in the Indian state of Bihar. The city of Rajgir (ancient Rājagṛha; Pali: Rājagaha) was the first capital of the kingdom of Magadha, a state that would eventually evolve into the Mauryan Empire. This area also notable in Buddhism, as one of the favorite places for Gautama Buddha and the well known "Atanatiya" conference was held at Vulture's Peak mountain.

Rajgir: The Rajgir Kund

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The most visited hot spring is in the eastern slope of Vaibhar hill. As there are multiple Hindu temple structures and tales related to Mahabharata with the main hot spring, it is very popular to Hindu pilgrims. The tank (popularly known as Brahma Kund) and faucets constructed to facilitate the bathers and there is a separate enclosure with a faucet for ladies. This water is supposed to be healing, especially for arthritis and joint pains.

Tour Locations & Route: Varanasi : Bodhgaya : Rajgir : Nalanda : Patna : Delhi





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