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Buddhist Tour With Srinagar

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January 27, 2020

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10 Days
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Delhi Airport
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Welcome to India, the land of the Buddha. Join our 10 day specially designed Buddhist Tour With Srinagar in which we take you to some of the most important Buddhist sites in the world, including Buddha, where the Buddha got enlightenment. What’s more the tour combines both the great Himalayan wonders and cultural aspects of touring in India, starting from Delhi, the political and historical centre of India.

The Buddhist Tour With Srinagar will expose you to a combination of natural and cultural sites, especially designed for those interested in the Buddhist sites in India whose greatest contribution to the world is Buddhism.

Departure & Return Location

Delhi Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per itinerary
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • 01 Chinese speaking guide as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees of monuments as per itinerary
  • Exclusive A.C vehicle for the group travelling together throughout the tour

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.
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome 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.

Day 2Delhi - Varanasi

Morning drive to Delhi airport to board flight for Varanasi where we will reach at 1020 hrs. After reaching Varanasi you will be transferred to the pre-booked 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

Day 3Varanasi – 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 where you will spend the night.

Day 4Bodhgaya

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.

After visiting the Mahbodhi temple 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.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya.

Day 5Bodhgaya – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodhgaya

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

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.

After exploring the above-mentioned sites we will make a 70 km drive to return to Bodhgaya.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya

Day 6Bodhgaya - Delhi

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

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.

After exploring the above-mentioned sites we will make a 70 km drive to return to Bodhgaya.

Overnight stay in Bodhgaya

Day 7 Delhi - Srinagar

Morning drive to Delhi airport to board flight for Srinagar where we will be transferred to a houseboat.

Afternoon sightseeing of Srinagar includes visits to Mughal Gardens of Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Garden Bagh (Abode of Love) located on the bank of placid Dal Lake with the Zabarwan Mountains forming their background.
Nishat Bagh
Nishat Bagh (Garden of bliss) was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Mughal emperor Jahangir’s favourite consort Nur Jahan. Commanding a stunning view of the lake and the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range, Nishat Bagh features water channels interspersed with fountains and tanks and rows of stately Chinar Trees.

Shalimar Bagh
The largest of the Mughal gardens in Kashmir, the famed Shalimar garden was built in 1619 by Jehangir, for his consort Nur Jehan. Shalimar Bagh is famous for offering stunning vistas.

Take a ride in the shikara wooden taxi boat for around 1 hour visiting in the Dal Lake visiting Char Chinar, an island in the Dal Lake as well as the floating vegetable gardens. You will also witness walnut woodcarving and papier-mâché making demonstration.

Overnight stay in a houseboat in Srinagar

Day 8 Srinagar- Gulmarg – Srinagar

After having early breakfast we will drive to Gulmarg which is 57 km southwest from Srinagar and it will take 1 and half hr. On the way we will stop for photo opportunities.

Located at an altitude of 2730 meters above sea level, Gulmarg, which literally means ‘Meadow of Flowers’, is endowed with nature’s bounty in the form of snow-capped Himalayan mountains, lakes and streams. Gulmarg, which is world famous Ski destination, is also alluring to the discerning golfers who come here to play golf in the world’s highest green golf course.

Gulmarg offers the stunning view of the soaring peaks of Nanga Parbat, the fifth highest peak in the world.

After having lunch we will take a thrilling ride in the Gondola cable car, one of the highest largest cable cars in the world. The ride in the Gondola ropeway through the pine covered slopes will take us from Gulmarg to Kongdoori situated as an altitude of 10,050 ft.

We will return back to Srinagar in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Srinagar.

Day 9 Srinagar- Sonamarg – Srinagar

After having breakfast we will drive to Sonamarg which is 86 km northeast from Srinagar. The drive from Srinagar to Sonamarg is a bewitching experience with River Sindhu and scenic mountains as the backdrop. On the way we will stop at Kangan town, a small town known for the local market where mountain people from the adjoining valleys sell their goods.

Located at an altitude of 2730 metres, Sonamarg meaning “Meadow of Gold” is nestled in the spectacular landscape comprising soaring peaks, beautiful Alpine flowers, pine and Silver Birch trees. In fact, by visiting the mesmerizing hill station of Sonamarg you can enjoy one of the most wonderful natural wonders of the world.

After lunch you can take a pony ride to the pine shaded Thajiwas glacier, 3 km from Sonamarg, at your own expense. We will return back to Srinagar in the evening. After enjoying shopping at local market, you will have dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Srinagar.

Day 10Srinagar -Delhi

Last day India, Departure From Delhi
A morning drive to Rajghat, where the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation, were cremated on the evening of January 31, 1948. Located on the west bank of the river Yamuna Rajghat has a simple open platform of black marble inscribed with the Mahatma’s final words, ‘Hey Ram’ (Oh God). It is now a national shrine.

After dinner you will drive to the Delhi airport for your onward departure.

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