Buddhism, one of
the world's great religions, traces back with the life of
Siddharth when a curious wandering prince from the small
Shakya Kingdom located at the foothills of the Himalayas in
Nepal, began his quest for the ultimate truth to solve the
mystery of existence. He renounced his royal pleasures and
meditated beneath the sacred Bodhi tree at Gaya for years
before he attained spiritual enlightenment.
Then, as the
Buddha, or the enlightened one, he spent the remainder of
his life spreading the knowledge of The True Self in the
Indian sub-continent. However, it was during the reign of
emperors Bimbisara, Ashoka, Milinda and Kanishka that
Buddhism flourished at its best and became a global
religion, especially in Southeast Asia, due to sincere and
untiring efforts of the missionary Bhikshus.
Day 1 Delhi –
Gaya (990 kms) 15:00 hrs. – Assemble at the Delhi
Safdurjung Railway Station. Traditional Welcome and check
– in to your respective coaches.
16:00 hrs. –
Departure of the train for Gaya. Evening Tea & Dinner
served on-board. Over night stay on-board.
Day 2 Gaya –
Bodhgaya (16 kms) Arrive at Gaya Railway Station early
morning. Disembark and assemble for boarding the coaches
for road journey of approx one hour to Bodhgaya.
Bodhgaya Hotel and check-in. Wash & Change, followed by
the breakfast. After breakfast proceed by coach for
sightseeing of Bodhgaya including
Mahabodhi Temple & Niranjana River.
Return to the
Hotel for lunch and relax for some time. Proceed for
sightseeing of Thai Temple, Japanese Temple and Buddha
Return to Hotel, dinner and overnight stay at hotel in
Day 3 Bodhgaya –
Nalanda – Rajgir – Gaya – Varanasi 05:00 hrs. – Early
morning tea & breakfast followed by checkout from the
Hotel. Departure for Rajgir by bus (85 Kms).
10:30 hrs. –
Arrival at Rajgir. Sightseeing at Rajgir of Bimbimsara
Jail, Gridhakut hill, Venuvan.
12:30 hrs. –
Proceed to a Restaurant in Rajgir for lunch. After lunch,
proceed to Nalanda for sightseeing covering ruins of world
famous Nalanda University & Nalanda Museum
16:00 hrs. –
Depart back to Gaya Railway Station..
20:00 hrs. –
Arrival at Gaya Railway Station and board the train.
Dinner on-board. Departure from Gaya at 2330 hrs to
Varanasi (220 kms) by train. Overnight stay on-board.
Day 4 Varanasi –
Sarnath – Gorakhpur Early morning tea on-board and arrival
at Varanasi. Proceed to the hotel for wash & change and
visit Sarnath (10 kms) for to see Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath
Museum, The Ashokan Pillar, Mulgandha Kuti Vihar.
Lunch at the hotel. Followed by some free time. Tourists
can either opt for shopping or other activities.
Evening – Visit
to the river Ganges Ghat, Boat ride, Evening Arti. Return
to the Train.
20:00 hrs. ––
Arrival at the Varanasi Railway Station and board the
train Dinner on board. Departure for Gorakhpur (224kms) at
23:30 hrs. Overnight stay on-board.
Day 5 Gorakhpur
– Kushinagar Early morning tea on board. Arrive at
Gorakhpur Railway Station. Proceed by coach to Hotel at
Arrive at the
Hotel in Kushinagar and check-in. Breakfast at the Hotel.
After breakfast, visit Mahaparinirvan Temple, Rambhar
Stupa, Mata Kutir Temple etc.
Lunch at the Hotel. Evening participate in a chanting and
meditation session. (Subject to availability of
overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 6 Kushinagar
Lumbini – Gorakhpur 05:00 hrs. : Early morning tea and
breakfast at the hotel.
06:00 hrs. –
Check-out of the Hotel and proceed to Lumbini. (Nepal) by
bus. Tourists must obtain the Nepal visa from their
respective countries. Otherwise, lot of time required at
the border to process the visa.
and proceed to a hotel / restaurant for Lunch. Visit
Lumbini including Maya Devi Temple, Ashokan Pillar and
16:00 hrs –
Departure for Gorakhpur. Arrive Gorakhpur Railway Station.
Board at around 20:30 hrs and board the Train.
Depart by train to Gonda at 23:30 hrs. Overnight stay
Day 7 Gonda –
Sravasti – Gonda – Agra Early morning tea on-board and
arrival at Gonda Railway Station.
Departure for Sravasti (65kms) by bus. Arrival at the
hotel, wash & change and breakfast.
visit Jetvana Vihara, Pakki Kuti & Sehat Mahet, Thai
Lunch at the Hotel and proceed to back to Gonda railway
station to board the train.
16:30 hrs –
Arrival at the Gonda Railway Station to board the Train.
Depart by train to Agra (450 kms) at 1730 hrs. Evening Tea
and dinner served on-board. Overnight stay on-board.
Day 8 Agra –
Delhi Early morning tea, wash & fresh and breakfast.
Arrival at Agra. Proceed for the sight-seeing of the World
famous Taj Mahal.
12:30 hrs. –
Proceed to the Agra Railway Station. Departure by train
for New Delhi (220 kms) at 14:15 hrs. Onboard lunch and
Arrival at the
Delhi Safdurjung Railway Station around 18:00 hrs.