Buddhism is a way of finding peace within oneself. It is a religion that helps us to find the happiness and contentment we seek. This 11 days tour will take you to all the places that have a strong connection with the Buddha principles and teaching. Travellers who are looking for such an enlightening experience should opt for the Buddhist Tour with Golden Triangle offered by Vardhman Vacations. Experience the architectural splendor of the ancient Mughal Empire including the greatest tribute to love - the Taj Mahal and most famous Buddhist destinations of India. Most of the selected destinations in his Buddhist tour with golden triangle are associated with the life of Lord Buddha.
Day 1Arrival Delhi
Begin your Tour.
Arrive into Delhi
Welcome to Vardhman's "Budddhist tour with Golden Triangle" !On arrival in Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman's representative to your hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day. Overnight: Hotel
This morning after breakfast at the hotel proceed for the sightseeing of Delhi. Combined city tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi.
Visit Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb, Lakshminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu Temple, Parliament House, Government Secretarial Building and Connaught place, the shopping centre of New Delhi.
Visit Red Fort, built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan, Jama Masjid, one of the largest Mosque of India, Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the cremation sites of Mahatama Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Also drive past Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi. Qutub Minar - The Qutab Minar is located at a small village called Mehrauli in South New Delhi. Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty, who took possession of New Delhi in 1206, built it. It is a fluted red sandstone tower, which tapers up to a height of 72.5 metres and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Qur'an. Raj Ghat - Raj Ghat On the bank of the legendary Yamuna, which flows past New Delhi, there is Raj Ghat-the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. Lotus Temple - Completed in 1986,the Bahai temple is set amidst pools and gardens. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion. The structure is in lotus shape so it often called the lotus temple. Humayun’s Tomb - Humayun's wife Haji Begum built his Tomb nine years after his death. Designed by a Persian architect named Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, and completed in 1565. India Gate - A memorial inscribed with the names of the valiant Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in World War I. The green, velvety lawns at India Gate, particularly, are a popular evening and holiday rendezvous for young and old alike. Rashtrapati Bhawan - Modern New Delhi or New Delhi as it is called, centers around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is architecturally a very impressive building standing at a height, flowing down as it were to India Gate. This stretch called the Rajpath is where the Republic Day parade is held. Overnight: Hotel
On the day 3 of your drive to the Pink city -Jaipur. On arrival, check into the hotel. Later proceed for the guided sightseeing of Jaipur. City Palace and Museum - In the heart of the old city is former royal residence built in a blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles. The carved arches are supported by grey-white marble columns ornate with floral motifs in gold and colored stones. Two carved elephants in marble guard the entrance. The retainers whose families have served generations of rulers serve as guides. The palace houses a museum with a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory of Mughals and Rajputs. The palace also has an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings, carpets, royal paraphernalia and rare astronomical works in Arabic, Persian, Latin and Sanskrit. Albert Hall - Located in the middle of Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur, Albert Hall was built to commemorate and honors the visit of Prince of Wales to Jaipur. Designed in Indo-Sarcenic style, the hall was completed in 1876. It was opened in 1887 as a public museum. Hawa Mahal - The Hawa Mahal, or the "Palace of Wind" built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799 A.D. is characterized by elaborate and fanciful architecture. Laxmi Narayan Temple - Built from white marble, a few years back by the B.M. Birla oundation. Jantar Mantar Observatory - A stone observatory. Largest of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Its complex instruments, whose setting and shapes are scientifically designed, represent the high points of medieval Indian astronomy. Overnight: Hotel
This morning after breakfast at the hotel transfer to Agra Cantt Railway station to catch overnight train for Varanasi. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri & the Romantic City of Taj Mahal-Agra. Fatehpur Sikri - Imposing gateways and light- hearted palaces were built in red sandstone within this fortified city only to be abandoned a few years later. Among its many architectural game are the places for his queens - Jodha Bai, Mariyam and his Turkish sultana, built in varying styles, each perfect in itself. Arrive Agra proceed for the guided sightseeing including. Taj Mahal - It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A pristine monument of undying love. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Agra Fort - Built by the great Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. the fort is a masterpiece of design and construction. Sikandra's Tomb - The last resting place of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Akbar was the greatest of the Mughal emperors and one of the most secular minded royalties of his time. Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb - To the north of the fort and across the river Yamuna are several fine examples of Mughal architecture. The Itmad -Ud -Daula as a by the Empress Noor Jehan as a memorial to her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, is beautifully ornamented with pietra dura inlay and lattice work marble screens.
Reach railway station and board the overnight train for Varanasi. Overnight: Train
On arrival at Varanasi, you will be met and transfered to your hotel by our representative. Freshen Up for a bit and then proceed on a excursion tour to Sarnath - where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park, contains the most impressive remains, as well as a modern temple. Evening view "Aarti" ceremony on the Ghats. Varanasi - one of the oldest living cities in the world, contemporary of Thebes and Babylon. It is also one of the holiest Hindu cities and still thriving on its religious past. Overnight: Hotel
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Bodhgaya. On arrival check into the hotel. Bodhgaya - As the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment, Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buhddhists. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres since it was here that Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Later proceed for the guided sightseeing including Mahabodhi Temple, Niranjana River, Sujata Village. Overnight: Hotel
After an early breakfast drive to Patna, en-route visit Rajgir, then drive to Nalanda. Nalanda - famous for its ancient 5th century AD Buddhist University and Library. It was the first residential international university of the world with strength of 2,000 teachers and 10,000 monks' students from all over the Buddhist world. In Nalanda, visit the ruins of Nalanda University and Nalanda Archaeological Museum. Rajgir - It also known as Rajgriha (the House of Royalty), is one of the most important Buddhist destinations of the world. The Buddha spent many years in Rajgir and delivered some of the most important discourses here. In Rajgir, visit the Gridhkut Hill and Vishwa Shanti Stupa among other attractions.
Arrive Patna and check into hotel. Relax for the remaiing part of the day. Overnight: Hotel
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Kushinagar enroute visiting Vaishali. Vaishali - It was one of the important Buddhist destinations in ancient India. The Buddha preached his last sermon and proclaimed of his Parinirvana, near Vaishali. It was the venue of the 2nd Buddhist Council, which was held almost after 100 years of Buddha's parinirvana (passing away). In Vaishali, visit the Ashokan Pillar and Shanti Stupa.
On arrival at Kushinagar, check into the to hotel for an overnight stay. Overnight: Hotel
After an early breakfast visit all the places of tourist interest in Kushinagar. The two places most frequently visited in Kushinagar are the Mahaparinirvana Stupa, which is built on the place of Buddha's Mahaparinirvana (Great Nirvana or passing away), and the place of his cremation, which is 1.6 km away. Close to the Mahaparinirvana Stupa is located a 1500 year old Buddha-image of the Buddha as he attained Parinirvana. The Mahaparinirvana Stupa is surrounded by ruins of ancient monasteries. Later drive to Lumbini. On arrival check into the hotel. Lumbini - the birt hplace of Lord Buddha. Evening sightseeing tour of Lumbini including a visit to the birth Place of Lord Buddha. Overnight: Hotel
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Lucknow airport to catch train for Delhi. Enroute visit Sravasti. Sravasti - Saravasti , the capital of Kosala Mahajanapada , was the biggest town in the Gangetic plains during the Buddha's lifetime. Saravasti was host to the Master for 25 years during the annual vassavasa (rain retreat) when the Sangha congregated at one place.On arrival at Delhi, you will be met and transfered to your hotel by our representative. Relax for the remaining part of the day. Overnight: Hotel
This morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to catch flight for your onward destination with sweet and unforgettable memories of your "Budddhist tour with Golden Triangle" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.