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Buddhist Caves

Tour Duration : 20 Nights / 21 Days
Places Covered during buddhist caves india: Delhi - Gaya - Bodhgaya - Nalanda - Rajgir - Gaya - Varanasi - Gorakhpur - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Agra - Delhi - Bhopal - Aurangabad - Hyderabad - Nagarjuna Sagar - Amravati - Vijayawada - Vishakapatnam - Out
Day 1, Delhi - Gaya (990 kms)  (Mahaparinirvana Train tour )

17:30 hrs - Assemble at the Delhi Safdurjung Railway Station. Traditional Welcome and check – in to your respective coaches.

19:00 hrs - Departure of the train for Gaya.

20:00 hrs - Dinner on-board and over night stay on the train.
Day 2, Gaya Bodhgaya (16 kms) (Mahaparinirvana Train tour )

06:30 hrs – Early morning tea, Wash & Change & breakfast on board.

08:30 hrs - Arrive at Gaya. Disembark the train and assemble for boarding the coaches for road journey to Bodhgaya for sightseeing of Bodhgaya including Mahabodhi Temple & Niranjana River.

12:30 hrs – Check in at hotel, lunch and relax till tea time.

16:00 hrs – Proceed for sightseeing of Thai Temple, Japanese Temple and Buddha Statue.

19:30 hrs – Return to Hotel, dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Bodhgaya.
Day 3, Bodhgaya Nalanda Rajgir Gaya Varanasi (Mahaparinirvana Train tour )

05:30 hrs – Early morning tea & breakfast followed by checkout from the Hotel for departure to Nalanda

07:00 hrs – Departure by coach for Rajgir (85 Kms)

09:30 hrs – Arrival at Rajgir. Sightseeing at Rajgir of Bimbimsara Jail, Gridhakut hill, Venuvan.

12:30 hrs – Proceed to a Restaurant in Rajgir for lunch.

13:30 hrs - Proceed to Nalanda for sightseeing covering ruins of world famous Nalanda University & Nalanda Museum.

17:00 hrs – Depart back to Gaya Railway Station.

19:00 hrs - Arrival at Gaya Railway Station and board the train.

20:00 hrs – Dinner on-board. Departure from Gaya at 2330 hrs to Varanasi (220 kms) by train.
Day 4, Varanasi Sarnath Gorakhpur (Mahaparinirvana Train tour )

05:00 hrs - Early morning tea on-board and arrival at Varanasi. Disembark the train and board buses.

06:00 hrs – 08:30 hrs – Arrival at Hotel, check in and breakfast.

08:30 hrs – Departure for Sarnath (10 kms) for sightseeing of Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath Museum, The Ashokan Pillar, Mulgandha Kuti Vihar.

12:30 hrs - Lunch and check out from the hotel.

13:30 hrs – Free time.

17:00 hrs - Visit to the river Ganges Ghat, Boat ride (with required safety procedure adhered), Evening Aarti. Return to the Train.

20:00 hrs – Dinner in train. Departure for Gorakhpur (224kms) at 23:30 hrs.
Day 5, Gorakhpur Kushinagar (Mahaparinirvana Train tour )

05:20 hrs - Early morning tea on board.

06:20 hrs – Arrival at Gorakhpur Railway Station. Proceed by coach to Hotel at Kushinagar.

08:00 hrs – Arrival, check-in and breakfast at the Hotel.

09:00 hrs - After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Kushinagar including Mahaparinirvan Temple, Rambhar Stupa, Mata Kutir Temple.

14:00 hrs - Lunch at the hotel.

A trip to Pawa, approx. 20 kms away from Kushinagar can be organized.

17:00 hrs – Evening tea.

Yoga & Meditation session can be organized (Subject to availability of appropriate teachers / instructors).

19:00 hrs - Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 6, Kushinagar Lumbini Gorakhpur (Mahaparinirvana Train tour )

05:00 hrs – 06:00 hrs - Early morning tea and breakfast at the hotel.

06:15 hrs – Check-out of the Hotel and depart for Lumbini (Nepal).

12:30 hrs - Arrival and sightseeing of Lumbini including Maya Devi Temple and Ashokan Pillar

13:30 hrs - Lunch at Hotel

14:00 hrs – Proceed for sightseeing of Pushkarni and Buddhist Monastery at Lumbini.

16:00 hrs – Departure to Gorakhpur.

20:00 hrs – Arrival at Gorakhpur Railway Station.

20:30 hrs - Dinner in train and departure by train to Gonda.
Day 7, Gonda Sravasti Gonda Agra (Mahaparinirvana Train tour )

03:30 hrs – Arrival at Gonda.

05:00 hrs – On board early morning tea.

05:30 hrs - Departure by coach to Sravasti (65kms).

07:30 hrs - Arrival at the hotel and check-in.
 
09:30 hrs - After breakfast, proceed to visit Jetvana Vihara, Pakki Kuti & Sehat Mahet.

13:00 hrs – Lunch at Hotel.

14:30 hrs – Checkout of the Hotel to return to Gonda Railway Station.

16:30 hrs - Arrival at Gonda Railway Station.

17:30 hrs – Departure by train to Agra (450 kms). On board Dinner and overnight stay on-board.
Day 8, Agra - Delhi (Mahaparinirvana Train tour )

05:00 hrs - Early morning tea and arrival at Agra.

06:30 hrs – Transfer to Hotel, Check-in for wash and change.

08:00 hrs – Breakfast at Hotel.

09:00 hrs – Check out & proceed for the sight-seeing of the World famous Taj Mahal.

12:30 hrs – Proceed to the Railway Station.

14:15 hrs - Departure by train for New Delhi (220 kms). Onboard lunch.

16:00 hrs - Evening Tea.

17:30 hrs - Arrival at the Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 9, Delhi / Bhopal

Breakfast at hotel. Morning visit Old Delhi with visit to the Rajghat ( Cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi ), drive past Red Fort It is a reminder of India's glorious past. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, Built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue-heading west from the Red Fort, is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and Crowded Bazaars .Also visit Jama Masjid -It is an imposing mosque built by Shah Jahan in 1656 in Mughal style of architecture. This splendid structure boasts of being the largest and most exquisite mosque in India. Built in yellow sandstone, this grand tower is five storied each one possessing a distinct balcony. Also visit to India Gate – Built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931. The gate is 160 feet high with an arch of 138 feet. and drive past President and Parliament House.

Transfer to domestic Airport to connect flight for Bhopal  or By over night Train ( Bhopal Express) .On arrival transfer to hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel or on Board
Day 10, Bhopal – Sanchi – Bhopal.

Bhopal proceed for an excursion to Sanchi and Bhimbhetka buddhist Caves ( Apprx 45 Kms one way). By late evening, you will come back to the hotel and retire for the night.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 11, Bhopal - Aurangabad

After breakfast transfer to railway station to connect train to Aurangabad buddhist caves (By Kamayani Express 1072 : 0740 Hrs / 1745 Hrs). Arrive Manmad Railway station & transfer to hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 12, Aurangabad

Morning excursion to Ajanta Buddhist caves. AJANTA is world's greatest historical monument recognized by UNESCO. There are 30 caves in Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya-grihas and the rest are monasteries. These caves were discovered in AD 1819 and were built up in the earlier 2nd century BC-AD. Most of the paintings in Ajanta are right from 2nd century BC-AD and some of them about the fifth century AD and continued for the next two centuries. All paintings shows heavy religious influence and centre around Buddha, Bodhisattvas, incidents from the life of Buddha and the Jatakas. The paintings are executed on a ground of mud-plaster in the tempera technique.

(Ajanta buddhist caves remain closed on every Monday).

Afternoon sight seeing of Ellora Buddhist Caves: About 18 miles away from the city of Aurangabad -a group of rock temples - possess a magnificent series of Buddhist, Brahmanical and Jain temples of the 9th Century A.D.

Kailash Temple, hewn out of a single rock, carved with life size figures of gods and goddesses, is a wonder.
(Ellora buddhist caves remain closed on every Tuesday).
Day 13, Aurangabad Hyderabad

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out at 1200 Noon. Afternoon proceed for city tour visiting Aurangabad Caves, Daulatabad Fort and Bibi Ka Muqbara.

Evening transfer to Manmad Railway station to connect train for Hyderabad ( By Ajanta Express 7063 : Dep 2240 Hrs).

Overnight on board.
Day 14, Arrive Hyderabad

Arrive Secundrabad Station at 0855 Hrs. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour of Hyderabad city visiting the Falukuma Palace, Salar Jung Museum and Charminar.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 15, Hyderabad

After breakfast visit to Anandha Vihara the Majestic modern Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha & opened by Dalai Lama himself and the Grand Monolith Statue of Lord Buddha at Buddha Purnima.

Afternoon free for own activities.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 16, Hyderabad - Nagarjuna Sagar (150 kms / 3 hrs)

After breakfast drive to Nagarjuna Sagar. On arrival check into hotel. Afternoon visit to Anupu, the Amphi-Theatre, Viharas & Chaityas and the other impressive Buddhist remains.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 17, Nagarjuna Sagar

After breakfast take a boat excursion to visit the serene Nagarjuna Konda Island Museum. One of the outstanding Buddhist civilisation dating back to the 3rd century AD were excavated here and are carefully preserved on a picturesque island called Nagarjuna Konda, situated in the centre of a man-made lake. Evening return to Nagarjuna Sagar.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 18, Nagarjuna Sagar Vijayawada (185 kms / 04 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Vijayawada via Amaravati Visits to the impressive Maha Stupa, Museum and the ancient Amralingeshwara Temple.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 19, In Vijayawada

After breakfast, take a full-day guided tour of Neelamkondapalli & Jagayapeta stupas filled with inscriptions from the Mauryan era and the beautiful Undavalli Caves.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 20, Vijaywada Vishakhapatnam (380 kms / 7 hrs)

After breakfast, depart to Vishakhapatnam enroute visiting Guntupalli’s rock cut caves with over a dozen stupas, viharas & chaityas. Also note the impressive six-foot marble statue of Lord Buddha. Drive to Vishakhapatnam.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 20, In Vishakhapatnam

Breakfast at hotel followed by a full-day guided tour. : AM visit to Sankaram - famous for its numerous rows of monolith stupas with expressive images of Lord Buddha. PM visit to Salihudam – an interesting Swastika shaped entrance with a 46-foot diameter stupa & Buddhist Platforms. It was from here that Buddhism spread to far eastern countries. Return to Vishakhapatnam.

Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 21, Vishakhapatnam Hyderabad/ Delhi

After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight for Hyderabad or Delhi. on arrival connect to International flight for onward destination.
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