Golden Triangle with Buddhist Circuit - 13N/14D

Delhi - Sravasti - Lumbini - Khushinagar - Vaishali - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi

Overview

More than two thousand years ago, a king gave up everything in search of enlightenment. From Prince Siddartha to Gautama Buddha, from human to divine, Buddhism is a religion followed in various parts of India and Nepal. The Golden Triangle Buddhist tour India is an enchanting experience that brings the followers near to the truths of life. Most of the selected destinations in this Buddhist tour are associated with the life of Lord Buddha. Buddhism is a way of finding peace within oneself. It is a religion that helps us to find the happiness and contentment we seek. Buddhists develops inner peace, kindness, and wisdom through their daily practice; and then share their experience with others bringing real benefit to this world. They try not to harm others and to live peacefully and gently, working towards the ultimate goal of pure and lasting happiness for all living beings.

This Buddhist tour will take you to the journey of most famous Buddhist circuits of India along with the golden triangle tour of North India. While touring these Buddhist pilgrim sites of India and Nepal, you can explore the monasteries, temples and other heritage attractions. Among these Buddhist sites, Lumbini in Nepal, and Bodhgaya is a place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Our Buddhist tour India is a blend of the royal history of Rajasthan and Buddhist sites of India.

We have combined the tour of Golden Triangle with Buddhism. The doctrine or philosophy declared by the Buddha is known as Buddhism. It is not a religion or a system of faith or worship. Buddhism starts from the point of reasoning or understanding. It does not advocate any prescribed system of ritual and worship or supplication of deities or gods. It is distinguished and different from other systems of "religion." Indulge yourself in exploring the Buddhist Circuit.

Arrival Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
Languages English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
Highlights
  • Guided tour of Delhi including India Gate, Raj Ghat, Govt. Buildings
  • Explore historical sites in Delhi like Jama Masjid, Humayun Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar
  • Explore old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples in Sravasti
  • Guided tour to Lumbini including Sacred Garden, Maya Devi Mandir, Peepul tree, Ashokan Pillar and Pushkarni.
  • Visit Mutkabandha Stupa in Khushinagar
  • Explore Gridhkuta, Saptaparni Cave, Vishwa Shanti stupa & Venuvana
  • Visit Mahabodhi temple, Sujata village and Niranjana River
  • Guided tour to Varanasi including Ganges Boat Ride, Sightseeing of ancient city.
  • Visit Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, enjoy Tonga Ride, It-mad-ud-daullah and Fatehpur Sikri
  • Guided tour to Jaipur including Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar
  • Enjoy Elephant or Jeep ride up to the Amber Fort

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 01: Flight to Delhi

    On arrival in India, you will be greeted and escorted by India Holiday Mall's staff to your hotel. In its 3000 years of existence; seven cities have risen where the present capital of India stands. In Delhi, you'll encounter a fascinating blend of the ancient and the contemporary lifestyle and architecture. It is a place where government buildings, medieval palaces, and bazaars exist beside a modern metropolis. Delhi is a city waiting to be explored.

    Overnight at the hotel.

    (Rooms will be available from 1200 Hrs.)

  • Day 02: Delhi

    After breakfast, visit Red Fort (photo stop) – the 17th-century imposing fortress, the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), India's largest mosque where more than 20,000 people can kneel in prayer and Raj Ghat -Mahatma Gandhi's Memorial.

    In the afternoon, visit New Delhi. You will drive past President's Palace and India Gate (42m high), built to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the 1st world war. Later, visit Humayun's Tomb, and the Qutub Minar, the highest sands stone minaret in the world ( 73 meters).

  • Day 03: Delhi - Lucknow - Sravasti

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board the flight to Lucknow. On arrival in Lucknow, drive to Sravasti.

    Sravasti seems to have fascinated Lord Buddha very much for he spent over 1/4th of his life here, recollecting the Jatakas or the stories of his previous births. Today, Sravasti is full of old stupas, majestic monasteries, and several temples. The city is believed to be founded by Mythological King Sravasti and has old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 4: Sravasti - Lumbini

    In the morning, visit the stupa and monasteries in the town and then drive to Lumbini, Nepal. Prince Siddhartha was born in Lumbini in around BC 563.

    Lumbini - a place in the South-Western Terai of Nepal, evokes a kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists all over the world as do the Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims. Lumbini is the place Lord Buddha, the apostle of peace and the light of Asia, was born in 623 BC.

    On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

    Later, visit Sacred Garden, a small complex lying at the southern end of Lumbini. It marks the place where the Buddha is believed to be born and contains all of the area's important historical monuments and archaeological finds. You will visit Maya Devi Mandir, believed to be dated from 3rd or 4th century BC. Visit Peepul tree, under which Maya Devi is believed to have given birth, Ashokan Pillar and Pushkarni.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 5: Lumbini - Khushinagar

    After breakfast, drive to Khushinagar- a small wooded town. It is the place where Lord Buddha ended his earthly journey and passed into Mahaparinirvana.

    In the evening, visit Mutkabandha Stupa- believed to have been built to preserve the relics of Buddha.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 6: Khushinagar - Vaishali - Patna

    After an early breakfast, drive to Patna. En route, visit Vaishali. Vaishali is an important destination in the Buddhist circuit. It is the place where Buddha announced his approaching Nirvana (salvation) to his disciples. Emperor Ashoka erected a lion pillar here to mark this event and it stands till today. Also, visit the Vaishali Museum and see figures, old coins, and photographs of the excavations.

    Later, continue your drive to Patna. On arrival in Patna, check-in at the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 7: Patna - Nalanda - Rajgir - Bodhgaya

    AAfter an early breakfast, drive to Nalanda, a great Buddhist centre for more than 1000 years until the monastery, school and library was sacked and burnt because of a religious dispute. . The Chinese scholar Hiuen Tsan stayed here for 5 years in the early 7th century. AD. There were 10.000 monks and students in residence. The remains are still extensive and include the "Great Stupa" with steps, terraces and a few still intact stupas around it.

    Further, drive to Rajgir or Rajagriha. It was the capital of the Magadhan Empire before Pataliputra occupied in 1800 BC. Visit Gridhkuta, the "Hill of Vultures". It was one of Buddha's favourite places where he delivered many important sermons. Also, visit Saptaparni Cave on Vaibhara Hill. The first Buddhist council was held here and Buddha's teachings were written down for the first time. Visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa & Venuvana, the bamboo grove where Buddha spent some time.

    Later, continue your drive to Bodhgaya. It is the place where Siddhartha meditated for 48 days under a "Bodhi" tree and was enlightened on the 49th day and became Buddha, the enlightened one!

    On arrival in Bodhgaya, check in at the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 8: Bodhgaya

    After breakfast, visit Mahabodhi Temple with the tree, below which Buddha was enlightened. Explore the footprints of Buddha & the monastery. Also, visit Sujata village and Niranjana River.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 9: Bodhgaya - Varanasi

    After breakfast, drive to Varanasi. Varanasi derives its name from the two streams – Varuna in the north and Assi in the south. It is situated on the banks of River Ganges, which is believed to have the power of washing away all of one's sins.

    On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 10: Varanasi - Agra

    Early morning, experience the life of this ancient city. See the beauty of the rising sun on the Ganges Boat Ride. Experience the early morning rituals of the Hindus being performed, thousands of people taking a bath in the holy river believing they will be free from the circle of rebirth. It is interesting to see the pilgrims offering sweets, flowers and holy water to the Sun God.

    In the afternoon, take an excursion to Sarnath. Located thirteen kilometers northeast of Varanasi, Sarnath is the auspicious place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon in the deer park after attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Set amidst well-maintained gardens, Sarnath’s ruins are a pleasant place for a stroll or for meditation.

    In the evening, transfer to the railway station to board the train to Agra.

    Overnight in the train.

  • Day 11: Agra

    In the morning, arrive at Agra. On arrival in Agra, transfer to hotel (rooms will be available from 1200 noon).

    After breakfast, visit the Taj Mahal- a poem in white marble, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. It is India's most fascinating and beautiful masterpiece, this perfectly symmetrical edifice is set amidst landscaped gardens on the banks of the Yamuna River. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day and glows pearl-like in the moonlight and during the monsoon.

    Later, visit Agra Fort. Designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is surrounded by a 70 feet high wall. It houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces. The Agra fort happens to be on the same bank of the river Yamuna as the Taj Mahal, which is visible in all its beauty from one

    side of the fort. It is an imposing structure with walls of red sandstone almost three kilometers long. Also, enjoy the Tonga Ride.Also,visit It-mad-ud-daullah.

    IMP: Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

  • Day 12: Agra - Jaipur

    After breakfast, drive to Jaipur. On the way, visit Fatehpur Sikri. It is a beautiful and deserted medieval city built by Akbar the Great in the 16th century to serve as the capital of his vast empire. The Mughals later abandoned this city for lack of water.

    After the sightseeing, continue your drive to Jaipur. Maharaja Jai Singh II built Jaipur in the 18th century. It is a planned city built with ancient Hindu rules as the colonial capital of a richly colourful state of Rajasthan. The whole city was painted pink to welcome the visit of Prince Albert in 1853.

    On arrival in Jaipur, check in at hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 13: Jaipur

    After breakfast, half-day excursion trip takes you to Amber Fort with Elephant or Jeep ride. En route, make a photo stop at the palace of winds the Hawa Mahal. A 5 storied building with a 25cm thick facade from the 18 century having 953 windows and niches so that ladies of the royal family could see the procession and events in the city without being visible to the people.

    In the afternoon, visit City Palace and Jantar Mantar (1728-34) by king astrologer Jai Singh II. The instruments are built of stone with marble facing on the important plains for measuring the harmony of the heavens. Each instrument serves a particular function and each gives an accurate reading.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 14: Jaipur - Delhi Departure

    After breakfast, drive to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.

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