You will be met on arrival and transferred to your chosen hotel in Delhi. The country's energetic capital, offers a panorama of fascinating but very conflicting images, from the forts, tombs and ruins in Old Delhi to high-rise buildings and stately homes on wide, tree-lined avenues in New Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 02 - Train Delhi to Lucknow and drive Lucknow to Sravasti (170 kms/04 hrs)
Morning transfer to New Delhi Railway Station for the 6am Shatabdi Express to Lucknow. Arriving at 1230 you will be met and transfred to Sravasti for an overnight stay. You may like to get out and explore the Jetavana Monastery, which was erected in a garden outside the walls of the city and presented to the Buddha by a wealthy banker, Anathapinaka.
Day 03 - Drive Sravasti to Lumbini (260 kms/06 hrs)
Morning tour of Sravasti visiting the ancient twin villages of Sahet-Mahet, dotted with age old stupas, majestic monasteries and temples, excavations have exposed the massive gates of the city, ramparts and also the ruins of other structures, which stand testimony to the prosperity of ancient Sravasti. Also visit the Sobhanath Temple - believed to the be the birth place of Jain tirhtankar "Sambhavanth' making Shravasti and important centre for Jainas.
Later drive to Lumbini to check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 04 - Drive Lumbini to Kushinagar (170 kms/04 hrs)
The day starts early with a boat ride on the holy river Ganges, followed by a sightseeing tour of Lumbini visiting the Sacred Garden, the Mayadevi Temple, which houses a bas relief depicting the nativity, and the Puskarni pond, where Queen Mayadevi, the Buddha's mother, had taken a bath before giving birth to Buddha. Later drive to Kushinagar, another of the four holy sites for Buddhists and your overnight stop.
Day 05 - Drive Kushinagar to Patna (250 kms/ 07 hrs)
A morning visit to the Mahaparinirvana Temple to view a wonderful statue of the reclining Buddha and then on to Ramabhar Stupa which marks the site where the Lord Buddha was cremated. Later see the Mathakuar Temple before departing for Patna via Vaishali, where Buddha delivered his last sermon, and announced his impending 'nirvana'. Vaishali is also the birthplace of Lord Mahavira, the Jain Guru.
On arrival in Patna you will be delivered to your chosen hotel for an overnight stay.
This morning you will drive to Bodhgaya with stops at Nalanda and Rajgir en route. Bodhgaya is the place where the young ascetic attained enlightenment to become the Buddha - thus Buddhism was born here under the Peepal Tree. On arrival you will be delivered to your Bodhgaya hotel for a 2 night stay.
A full day with time on your own and touring that includes The Mahabodhi Temple Complex where, at the western side, stands the large and historic Bodhi Tree under which Shakyamuni Buddha, then known as Gautama, attained enlightenment some 2540 years ago. Overnight in Bodhgaya.
Day 08 - Drive Bodhgaya to Varanasi (242 kms/07 hrs)
Your drive to Varanasi takes you via Sarnath - After attaining enlightenment in Bodhgaya, Buddha came to Sarnath and delivered his first sermon. The Emperor Ashoka erected a stupa here. Several Buddhist structures were raised here between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins on the Buddhist trail. After the visit, continue to Varanasi where you overnight at your selected hotel.
You will be transferred to Varanasi Airport in time for your flight to Delhi where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. On arrival you will be delivered to your Delhi hotel for a 2 night stay.
A full day's sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi visiting the mighty Red Fort; Friday Mosque -Jama Masjid; silver street of Chandni Chowk; Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi; The Hindu temple - Birla Mandir; India Gate and Rajpath; Rashtrapati Bhawan - the President's House; Humayun's Tomb; Qutab Minar - a 73m high victory tower and the Bahai Temple - beautifully shaped to resemble a lotus flower. Overnight in Delhi.