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12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS INDIA PILGRIMAGE PROGRAME

DAY 01 : KUALA LUMPUR / NEW DELHI                                                                        

(L/D)

 MAS airline

Depart from KLIA by Malaysia Airlines flight MH at 8.40am. Arrive at New DelhiInternationalAirport at 12.00 noon. Meet our local representative and transfer to local restaurant for lunch and thereafter proceed for short sightseeing of Delhi. Late evening transfer to hotel. Stay overnight.

   

DAY 02: DELHI / LUCKNOW / SRAVASTHI (160KMS / 4 HRS)                               

(B/L/D)  

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Morning transfer to airport/train station for departure to Lucknow and then drive to Sravasthi. Enroute visit Sravasti (visit Sravasthi Garden, which is an important pilgrimage for Buddhists. Lord Buddha believed to have spent 25 rainy seasons here preaching his teachings. Stay overnight.


 DAY 03 : SRAVASTI / LUMBINI (240KMS / 6 HRS)                                                  

(B/L/D) 

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After breakfast drive to Lumbini (Nepal), while going to Lumbini stop at India/Nepal border for visa/Immigration formalities. Arrive at Lumbini and check in to the Hotel. After lunch sightseeing of Lumbini, The Holy Place of Birth. Emperor Ashok in the twenty first years after his coronation visited the birth place and raised a pillar on the Spot. Stay overnight.

 

DAY 04 : LUMBINI / KUSHINAGAR (230KMS / 6 HRS)                                           

(B/L/D)

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After breakfast leave for Kushinagar, (from Lumbini to Kapilvastu approx. 85 kms). Enroute visit Kapilavasti (Piprahwa), the capital city of the Sakya clan which is one of the earliest republics. Here Lord Buddha spent his childhood. Here he saw sorrow and pain, disease and death. Then, finally he saw a radiant happy Sadhu who had conquered all these, he decided to renounce all worldly riches and pleasures to seek truth and embark on the path of salvation. This place holds significant value for Buddhist pilgrims and has several stupas. The archaeological excavations have revealed stone caskets containing relics believed to be that of Buddha’s. Continue your journey to Kushinagar (approx: 148kms estimated journey 3-4hrs) Later drive to Kushinagar, the Holy Place of Mahanirvana temple. It was here the Tathagata, the reciter of truth, breathed his last words!” behold now, brethren, I exhort you, saying, decay is inherent in all component things.Work out your salvation with diligence!” A temple dedicated to the event-the Mahaprinirvana temple today stands amidst a serene “Sal “grove, As if still reminiscing the great demise. Also visit Ramabhar Stupa, which is supposedly the spot where Lord Buddha was cremated. Also see the beautiful statue of reclining Buddha. Thereafter visit Mukutbandhan Stupa built by Malla Dynasty to house Buddha’s relics after cremation. Overnight stay in Kushinagar

 

DAY 05 : KUSHINAGAR/VAISHALI/NALANDA/RAGIR (248KMS / 66 HRS)       

(B/L/D)

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After breakfast drive to Rajgir via Vaishali and Patna, on arrival transfer to hotel. Entroute visit Vaishali, believed to be the first republic of the World, having an elected body of representatives, hold a special significance for Buddhist devotes. The excavations carried out in Vaishali have brought to light Buddha stupa 1 and 11 (14th century B.C) built in brick with a casket containing part of ashes of Buddha. Emperor Ashoka erected a huge pillar to commemorate the spot of the last sermon. Thereafter continue journey to Patna. Upon arrival visit Harmandir Temple in Marble built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh (19th century), Golghar - Huge Beehive shaped Granary; the Patna Museum containing original Chinese and Tibetan scrolls and the Khudabaksh oriental library. Also visit Nalanda 90kms from Patna, Founded in the 5th century B.C. Nalanda was one of the World’s great universities and an important Buddhist center until its sacking by the Afghans in the 12th Century. It is said that over 10,000 students and Buddhist monks resided here. The extensive brick built remains include few intact votive stupas around it and the monks’ cell. An archeological museum houses the Nalanda University seal, sculptures and other remains found on the site. Stay overnight.

 

DAY 06          :           RAJGIR / BODHGAYA (80KMS / 3 HRS)                                  

(B/L/D)    

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After breakfast visit Rajgir hills, known for a large number of Buddhist & Jain monuments. The Buddha preached at Rajgir and so did Mahavira. There are hot springs and pools at Rajgir, which add to the charm of the holy place. Sightseeing of Gridhrkutta Mountain (Vulture’s Peak), Venuvana and Bimbisara Fort. Thereafter drive to Bodhgaya, upon arrival transfer to hotel for overnight stay in hotel.

 

DAY 07          :           BODHGAYA                                                                                    

(B/L/D) 

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Bodhgaya where the prince became a seer twenty-five centuries ago, a prince of a tiny kingdom on the Indo-Nepal Border, as dissatisfied with Life. He wandered for many years and then came to a spot in a forest where he sat under a Bodhi tree, the saplings of which can still be seen in the temple premises. There in burst of illumination, he discovered the meaning of existence and became Lord Buddha. The place is Bodega. Full day visit of the Mahabodhi temple is an amalgation of many cultures and centuries. The highlight of the temple include tall stone lotuses, figures of Buddha sitting in different postures on the walls, his footprints on the stones and a colossal golden Buddha in the sanctum sanctorum. The Bodhi Tree is situated in the premises of the temple, is the one under which Buddha attained illumination. White, Green and Red flags tied onto the tree form a canopy over seven sacred shrines, which symbolize the seven weeks that Buddha spent here. Overnight at Bodhgaya Hotel.

 

DAY 08 : BODHGAYA / VARANASI (275KMS / 7 HRS)                                              

(B/L/D)

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After breakfast depart for Varanasi, Varanasi is probably the oldest living city in India and one of the world’s most ancient. It was earlier known as Kasi, the city that illuminates. The present name is probably derived from the fact that it is situated on the confluence of the rivers Varuna and Asi – Varanasi is a city that cannot be described, only experienced Later visit Sarnath 10km from Varanasi, is the blessed locale where more than 2,500 years ago Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon, after attaining Nirvana. The Great emperor Ashok erected magnificent stupas, and monasteries here, which are now in ruins, however the 34 meter high Dhamekh stupa still marks the spot where the Master first preached. Besides Dhamekh stupa, Sarnath also has ruins of Dharmajajika stupa, Dharmok stupa, built more than 2000 years ago. At Sarnath you will see the smooth glistening stone pillar called Ashok Pillar. The lion capital on top of this pillar built is now the National Emblem of India. Many ruins survive including shrine built by Great Indian Emperor Ashok (272-232 BC). A Modern Sri Lankan temple contains Japanese Buddhist paintings. Overnight stay in hotel

 

DAY 09          :           VARANSI / DELHI                                                                        

(B/L/D) 

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Early Morning 5.45am visit to bathing Ghats take a Boat ride on Holy River Ganges exposes one to some of the carefree, colorful and revered aspects of Hindu life as the sunrise over the far banks, the Ghats come alive with ritual Hindu worship and sounds of temple bells, walk through narrow lanes, past the gold plated Vishwanath temple. Visit the Bharat Mata temple, Durga Temple, Emperor Aurangzeb Mosque, drive past famous Benaras Hindu University with its marble Shiv temple and drive through the busy shopping streets enjoy some time for shopping for Baneras silk materials Benaras is famous for its Silk Brocades and beautiful Benaras sarees. Late evening transfer to airport for departure to Delhi. Overnight stay in hotel.

 

DAY 10          :           DELHI / AGRA                                                                               

(B/L/D)

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Early morning depart to at Agra. On arrival visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. The monument made of white marble took over 22 years to finish between 1630AD to 1652AD. Also visit Agra Fort - A massive structure on the bank of Yamuna built by famous emperor Akbar in 1565 AD. It has numerous places and beautiful pearl mosque. Overnight stay in hotel.

 

DAY 11 : AGRA / DELHI / KUALA LUMPUR (200KMS / 4.5 HRS)                          

(B/L/D)

Malaysia Airline After breakfast drive back to Delhi, on arrival in Delhi proceed to local

market for last minute shopping. Late evening transfer back to 

airport for departure to Kuala Lumpur by Malaysia Airlines flight MH .

Arrive at KLIA airport . Home Sweet Home.



Note** -The above itinerary is for reference only and is subject to changes without prior notice

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