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Origins of Buddha

12 days from $2,460 per person twin share

Short Stay itinerary

This is a private short stay package for the independent traveller.

DAY 1: ARRIVE KOLKATA

Upon arrival at Kolkata airport you will be transferred to your hotel.

DAYS 2-3: KOLKATA TO BODHGAYA

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)

DAY 4: BODHGAYA TO RAJGIR

Depart for Rajgir and visit Ajatshatru’s Fort and Venuvana Monastery. 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)

DAYS 5-6: RAJGIR TO VAISHALI TO KUSHINAGAR

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)

DAY 7: KUSHINAGAR TO LUMBINI

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)

DAYS 8-9: LUMBINI TO SRAVASTI TO LUCKNOW

Travel to Sravasti. Visit Anathapindika and Angulimala stupas and Jetavana Gardens. (B,L,D) Tomorrow travel to Lucknow. (B,L,D)

DAY 10: LUCKNOW

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)

DAY 11: LUCKNOW TO DELHI

Fly to Delhi. Tour New Delhi, visiting the India Gate, Qutub Minar and drive past Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan. (B,L)

DAY 12: DEPART DELHI

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)

Price guide

From $2,460 Per person twin share based on low season #
From $4,225 Single Traveller based on low season #
CategoryTwin ShareSole Traveller
Superior $2,460 $4,225

Notes:

Tour participants will require a double-entry Indian visa and a Nepal
visa to travel (not included in above pricing).

# Shoulder and high season Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner surcharges apply.

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Jain Temple, Kolkata Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya Flower market, Kolkata