12 DAYS ●
Please Call for Prices
Discover the Origins of Buddha on this 12 day journey through Bodhgaya, Kushinagar, Lumbini, Lucknow and Delhi.
Our Origins of Buddha itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Upon arrival at Kolkata airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Tour the famous Jain temples of Kolkata, the local flower market, Howrah Bridge, Kali Ma Temple and Victoria Memorial. This afternoon board your train to Gaya and upon arrival proceed to Bodhgaya. (B,L,D) Tomorrow, visit Mahabodhi Temple, the site of Buddha's enlightenment, Sujata Stupa and browse the local markets. (B,L,D)
Depart for Rajgir and visit Ajatshatru's Fort and Venuvana Monastery en route. Continue to Swarna Bhandar and the Peace Pagoda. Later travel to Nalanda and visit the remains of the Great Stupa and the local archaeological museum. (B,L,D)
Travel to Vaishali, one of the Buddha's favourite retreats. (B,L,D) Tomorrow, drive to Kushinagar, stopping en route at Kesariya Stupa. Visit the Muktabandhana Stupa. (B,L,D)
Travel to the town of Lumbini, Nepal. It is in the famous gardens of Lumbini where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Buddha. Visit an ancient monastery, a sacred Bodhi tree, the Asoka Pillar and Mayadevi Temple. (B,L,D)
Travel to Sravasti. Visit Anathapindika and Angulimala stupas and Jetavana Gardens. (B,L,D) Tomorrow travel to Lucknow. (B,L,D)
Tour Lucknow, visiting the 18th-century shrine of Bara imambara and Chota imambara. Discover Lucknow Residency and wander through the local bazaar. (B,L,D)
Fly to Delhi. Tour New Delhi, visiting the India Gate, Qutub Minar and drive past Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan. (B,L)
Tour Old Delhi, including Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk Bazaar, drive past the Red Fort and visit Raj Ghat. This afternoon, transfer to the airport where your arrangements end. (B,L)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels.
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to India. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888. Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual. Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. A myth about India is that the food is of poor quality and always spicy. This is definitely not the case! In addition, a great deal of Indian cuisine is vegetarian. Drinks are at your own expense. Beer is widely available. Bottled drinking water and soft drinks are widely available – you should only have ice, juices, or lassies from a trusted source that uses boiled or bottled water.
At Wendy Wu Tours we are all avid adventurers, constantly seeking out the best ways for you to experience Asia. That's why we are Asia experts and Australia's leading Asia tour operator - our customer reviews and numerous awards say it all. This website is all about showcasing both Asia's top sights and its magnificent hidden gems; about the plethora of different types of authentic and exciting experiences that we can offer you; and about giving you the very best holiday, whether it's your first visit or your 10th.
Sign up to our e-newsletter to get the latest news & exclusive travel offers
© 2017 Wendy Wu Tours, All Rights Reserved.
Wendy Wu Tours offers the best selection of tours to Asia.
Wendy Wu Classic, Immerse Yourself & Deluxe Collection Tours, Private and Tailor-Made Tours to Asia from Australia, New Zealand,
the US and UK.
Offices in Sydney, Auckland, London, New York, Shanghai and Xian.