Also, known as Benaras, Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in India and has been a cultural and religious centre of the country for thousands of years. A boat ride along the River Ganga in the morning followed by a visit to Sarnath located in the outskirts of Varanasi in the afternoon will give you a glimpse of the citys cultural heritage.
We now travel to the Indian state of Bihar to visit one of the most holy Buddhist pilgrim sites, Bodhgaya. Initially known as Mahabodhi, this is the place Gautam Buddha attained Bodhimandala or enlightenment.
A visit to the Mahabodhi temple where one can see a large image representing the enlightenment of Lord Buddha. The temple was formerly known as Bodhimanda - Vihara. Behind this temple is the Bodhi tree under which is the footprint of Lord Buddha. There are several museums, monasteries and a 25m long statue of Buddha in this town.
Transfer to next destination, Patna and an en route visit to Nalanda, one of the most famous Indian universities. A sightseeing tour around the city, following check in at the hotel. The sightseeing will include visits to Patna museum, Harmandir - a Sikh temple and Golghar - a granary.
Lumini is home to the Mayadevi temple, built to honour the mother of Gautam Buddha. A pillar also marks Emperor Asoka's visit to Lumbini. We shall visit the place where Lord Buddha spent the first 3 decades of his life - Kapilvastu and then continue our journey to Gorakhpur, India.
Transfer to Sravasti by road, followed by a tour around the city which was, during Lord Buddhas time, one of the largest cities in the world. Modern day Sravasti still has the walls of the old city and other ancient buildings that can be visited.
A road trip to the next destination, Lucknow which is well known as the City of Nawabs and is home to poetry, music, good mannerisms and excellent cuisine in India. The city is also known as the Constantinople of India, and is famous for being a multicultural city.