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Buddha Purnima Festival Tour

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October 17, 2019

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Delhi
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Buddha Purnima, commemorating the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, is an auspicious occasion for the followers of Buddhism.  The festival, which actually celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death (Mahaparinirvana) of the Buddha, falls on the full moon night in the month of Vaisakha (in April/ May) and is celebrated with great gusto and devotion in several prominent Buddhist places in India particularly at Bodhgaya and Sarnath.

 

During the Buddha Purnima, also known as Buddha Jayanti, prayers meets are held in shrines or temples all over the country and Buddhist saints deliver the sermons on the life of Gautam Buddha. 

 

In our specifically designed Buddha Purnima Festival Tour package, we will take you through different key Buddhist sites in India and head down to Bodh Gaya where the Buddha attained Enlightenment. On the Buddha Purnima day Bodh Gaya teems with devotees who come from almost all parts of the world and participate in the religious activities at the Mahabodhi Temple which begin at dawn and continue till late in the evening.

Departure & Return Location

Delhi Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Pricing

2 Person

$580/ Per Person
  • Standard Rate

3 Persons

$525/ Per Person
  • 10% Discount

4 Persons

$495/ Per Person
  • 15% Discount

5 Persons

$465/ Per Person
  • 20% Discount

6 Persons

$435/ Per Person
  • 25% Discount

7 Persons

$405/ Per Person
  • 30% Discount

Price Supplements

  • Single Room Supplement: USD 160 PER PERSON
  • Delhi – Varanasi flight supplement: USD 90 $ PP (EXTRA) Subject to change as per availability at the time of booking
  • Patna – Delhi flight supplement: USD 100 $ PP (EXTRA) Subject to change as per availability at the time of booking
  • Guide Airfare Supplement: USD 190 (EXTRA) Subject to change as per availability at the time of booking

Price Includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per itinerary
  • All meals as per itinerary . No Meal day 1
  • 01 language speaking guide as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees of monuments as per itinerary
  • Transport using 01 A.C 07 Seater Innova for 02 Pax
  • Transport using 01 A.C 11 Seater Tempo for 04/06 Pax
  • Transport using 01 A.C 18 Seater Coach for 08/10 Pax
  • 01 bottle of mineral water per day.

Price Excludes

  • Any international flight, visa, airport taxes, insurance fees etc
  • Any Domestic flight, airport taxes, insurance fees. The price is supplementary.
  • Tips to guide/driver/local escorts
  • Any personal expenses likes phone calls, laundry, shopping, meals or snacks on own etc.
  • Anything that is not included in price inclusion.

Notes

  • The rooms at the hotel are on base category basis.
  • Twin rooms at the hotel is subject to availability at the time of check-in
  • The prices are subject to change at the time of booking as per the change in exchange rates, government taxes, and supplier rates etc.
  • Airfare is Subject to Change at the time of booking.
  • Rooms are subject to availability at the time of final confirmation
Itinerary

Day 1 : 26 April, 2018Arrive Delhi

Welcome to India
With over 5,000 years of history encompassing the most wonderful ancient history in the world, few countries boast as much as India for historical sites, peerless treasures, and mystical intrigue.

Arrival at the International airport in Delhi where you will be received by our representative with traditional Namaste and garland. You will be transferred to the pre-booked hotel. Rest of time will be spent in leisure, overnight stay at hotel.

Meals: Nil

Accommodation on twin sharing at ITC Welcome – Dwarka (5 Star Hotel)

Link to hotel : https://www.itchotels.in/hotels/new-delhi/welcomhoteldwarka.html

Day 2 : 27 April, 2018Delhi - Varanasi

Morning drive to Delhi airport to board flight for Varanasi where you will be transferred to your designated hotel.

In the afternoon we will proceed towards Sarnath, located 10km north of Varanasi, is a Buddhist attraction not to be missed. It was at Sarnath where the Buddha delivered his first sermon after the attainment of enlightenment in Bodh Gaya from where he journeyed to Sarnath to preach his first sermon to those five ascetics who were his disciples but had left him in disgust when they found that the Buddha became convinced that rigorous self mortification is not the way to obtain final bliss.

Dhamekh Stupa and Ashokan Pillar are the main attractions in Sarnath.
In the evening we will proceed towards the Dasaswamedh Ghat, the most famous of the several ghats (steps at the water’s edge) on the banks of Ganges River in Varanasi. It is fascinating to see the aarti (prayer ceremony). An evening stroll through the local market will be a unique experience.

Overnight stay in hotel in Varanasi

Monuments & Sites visited today
• Dhamekh Stupa
• Ashokan Pillar
• Dasaswamedh Ghat (River Bank)

Meals: Breakfast at Delhi Hotel, Lunch & Dinner at Varanasi Hotel
Accommodation on twin sharing at The Clarks (5 Star)

Link to Hotel: http://www.clarkshotels.com/

Day 3 : 28 April, 2018Varanasi – Bodhgaya

Begin your day by enjoying a wonderful sunrise boat ride along bathing Ghats of the Ganges to have a glimpse of temples and the age-old rituals performed by thousands of devotees who throng here to take holy dip in the waters to cleanse themselves of the sins.

After the boat ride we will return to the hotel for breakfast.

After having breakfast we will go for city tour of Varanasi that include visit to the Sankat Mochan temple and the Bharat Mata temple. After making excursion to these sites you will drive to Bodh Gaya which is 250 km away from Varanasi.

After arriving at Bodh Gaya you will be transferred to the hotel. Later we will head towards Mahabodhi temple. The spiritually important 170 feet UNESCO listed Mahabodhi Temple is one of the oldest shrines in India. Its art and architecture has been described in glowing terms by the 7th century Chinese traveller Huien Tsang. In all probability the main tower of the temple was built in the sixth century AD.
Overnight in Bodhgaya

Monuments & Sites visited today
• Sankat Mochan temple
• Bharat Mata temple
• Mahabodhi temple – UNESCO Heritage

Meals: Breakfast at Varanasi Hotel, Lunch & Dinner at Bodhgaya Hotel
Accommodation on twin sharing at Ananad International (One of the best in the City)

Link to Hotel: http://www.hotelanandinternational.com/

Day 4 : 29 April 2018Bodhgaya

Today we will visit Sujata Village named after the young woman Sujata who offered milk to Siddhartha Gautama as the Buddha was known before he got enlightenment. After visiting the place we will head towards the Niranjan River (modern Phalgu) on the banks of which one morning of Vaisakha Purnima at the age of 35, Siddhartha Gautama attained Enlightenment under the Bodhi tree (Tree of Wisdom) and came to be called the Buddha.

Later we will join the serene celebrations of Buddha Purnima near Bodhi Tree. Decorated with colourful flowers and flags, the Mahabodhi Temple takes on a festive air on this day and is bustling with activity. The celebration is marked by special worships, chanting of hymns, holding religious discourses and paying obeisance to Lord Buddha.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya

Monuments & Sites visited today
• Sujata Village
• Niranjan River (modern Phalgu)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Bodhgaya Hotel
Accommodation on twin sharing at Ananad International (One of the best in the City)

Day 5 : 30 April, 2018Bodhgaya - Rajgir

After having morning breakfast we will drive to Nalanda which is 85 kms away. Nalanda is known for the ruins of the world famous Buddhist monastery which served as a great centre of learning in the ancient India.

Established in 5th century AD during the Gupta period the University of Nalanda was the Buddhism’s most famous teaching centre which attracted students and pilgrims from far-off countries including China and south-East Asia. The renowned Chinese traveller Hiuen-Tsang who visited India in the 7th century AD and studied at the University describes Nalanda as full of intellectual activity.

After exploring Nalanda University Complex we will proceed to Rajgir which is 15 km from Nalanda. A major centre of Buddhist pilgrimage, Rajgir in Bihar is famous for being deeply associated with the life of the Buddha. It served as the ancient capital of the powerful Magadha Empire and was one of six main cities in ancient India. This can be gauged form Buddha’s disciple Ananda’s regret that his master should have died in either of the cities of Sravasti, Champa, Rajagraha, Saketa, Kausambi and Varanasi not in a small place like Kusinagar.

At Rajgir we will visit Griddhakuta or Vulture’s Peak, Bimbisara’s Jail, Venuvanaram and Saptaparni Cave.

Griddhakuta
The well-known Buddhist site of Griddhakuta Hill is deservedly an attraction in Rajgir not to be missed. During the rainy season the Buddha used to climb up to his mountain retreat atop the Griddhakuta Hill and deliver sermons to his disciples. The brilliant shine of the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), built on the top of the hill by the Buddha Sangha of Japan in 1965, is a feast for the eyes. Though you can reach the hill by following a bridle path, it would be an experience of a lifetime to use the aerial single-person chairlift. A ride on the chairlift commands a panoramic view of the hills of Rajgir and some Jain temples dotting the landscape.

Bimbisara’s Jail
The spot marks the site where King Bimbisara, the founder of Haryanka Dynasty of Magadha, was imprisoned by his son Ajatashatru who later murdered his father.

Venuvana
One of the famous attractions of Rajgir, Venuvana is the site of the monastery Venuvana Vihar where Gautama Buddha used to reside while he was in Rajgir. Venuvana Vihar was built by Bimbisara for use by Buddha. Bimbisara was the founder of Haryanka Dynasty of Magadha.

Saptaparni Cave
Saptaparni Cave is the place where Buddha used to meditate. It is said to be the venue for the First Buddhist Council, held six months after Buddha’s death. The Saptparni cave is also the source of the various hot water springs the waters of which are known to provide cure for the chronic ailments. The therapeutic baths at these springs have been famous for their medicinal powers for centuries and have continued to have a following among the Buddhists, Hindus and Jains to this day.

Monuments & Sites Visited Today
• Nalanda University Complex
• Griddhakuta or Vulture’s Peak,
• Bimbisara’s Jail,
• Venuvanaram
• Saptaparni Cave.

Meals: Breakfast at Bodhgaya Hotel, Lunch & Dinner at Rajgir Hotel
Accommodation on twin sharing at Rajgir Residency (One of the best in the City)

Link to Hotel: http://www.residencygrouphotels.com/

Day 6 : 1 May, 2018Rajgir - Patna - Delhi

After breakfast you will drive to Patna airport which is about 115 km away. After traversing the journey in 2-3 hours you will board flight for Delhi where you will reach at 1330 hrs.
After enjoying your lunch you will drive to Delhi airport to board flight for your onward departure.

Meals: Breakfast at Bodhgaya Hotel, Lunch & Dinner at Rajgir Hotel
Accommodation on twin sharing at Rajgir Residency (One of the best in the City)

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