Follow in the footsteps of Buddha, travelling from Bodhgaya, where it is said Buddha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, to Varanasi and visit the temples of Sarnath, where it is believed Buddha delivered his first sermon.
Short Stay itinerary
This is a private short stay package for the independent traveller.
DAY 1: PATNA TO RAJGIR
Upon arrival at Patna airport you will be transferred to Rajgir. En route, visit the Nalanda University, said to have been visited by Buddha. (L)
DAY 2: RAJGIR TO BODHGAYA
Enjoy a morning tour of Rajgir including Ajatshatru’s Fort, Venuvana Monastery, Swarna Bhandar Caves, the Cyclopean Walls and take a chairlift to the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda). Afterwards, travel to Bodhgaya, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. (B,L)
DAY 3: BODHGAYA
Tour Bodhgaya, including the Bodhi Tree. Later, visit Mahabodhi Temple including Vajrasana, the ancient railings, Chankarmana, Animeshlochana and Ratnagar. (B,L)
DAYS 4-5: BODHGAYA TO VARANASI
Drive to Varanasi. This evening take a rickshaw to the ghats to witness the Puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti. (B) Early the next morning take a boat ride along the holy River Ganges. After breakfast back at the hotel, begin your city tour of Varanasi and visit the temples of Sarnath. (B,L)
DAY 6: DEPART VARANASI
After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Varanasi airport where your arrangements end. (B)
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