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BODHGAYA & VARANASI PACKAGES

BODHGAYA & VARANASI  PACKAGES

Zone : Uttar Pradesh

Duration: 4 Nights & 5 Days
Itinerary:
DAY 01: BANGKOK-BODHGAYA : Arrival at Gaya airport meet and greet with our representative and  transfer to you in the hotel. In the afternoon we explore the  Mahabodhi Temple and Thai Buddhist Temple in Bodh Gaya.Mahabodhi Temple: Bodh Gaya is associated with the enlightenment of Lord Buddha (566-486 B.C.). The sacred Bodhi tree under which he is believed to have attained enlightenment. The place is highly venerated by the Buddhists. Emperor Asoka visited Bodh Gaya around 260 B.C. and constructed a small temple near the Bodhi tree. An inscription datable to 1st- 2nd century A.D. mentions that the temple of Asoka was replaced by a new one.
Fahien first makes reference to the main temple and the Bodhi tree in 404-05 A.D. Hieun Tsang, who visited the site in 637 A.D. mentions the presence of walls surrounding the Bodhi tree, within which stood the Mahabodhi temple nearly 160 feet tall and a large fine sanctuary. Several additions and alterations took place and the present temple may be datable to the 6th century A.D. The temple fell into disuse in the 13th century A.D. after the conquest of this region by the Delhi Sultanate. During the 19th century, the Burmese kings made certain repairs which were continued by the British in 1880-84.
The sacred Bodhi tree stands to the west of the above temple. It is known as the pipal tree (Ficus religiosa) in India. It is believed that this tree is the direct descendant of the original tree under which Lord Buddha meditated. Thai Buddhist Temple: Amongst the hustle of foreign monasteries and temples, stands out the Thai Monastery, for its unique appearance as well as the beautiful surroundings. The Thai Temple is adorned with sloping and curved roof which has been covered with golden tiles. The exterior is exquisite and is not to be missed. The temple houses a beautifully carved gigantic bronze statue of Lord Buddha. The atmosphere inside the sanctum is serene and silence falls on the ears upon entry into the monastery. A 25 meter high statue of Buddha has been recently installed in the garden near the Thai monastery.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 02: BODHGAYA – RAJGIR, NALANDA – BODHGAYA: Next Day, After breakfast full day excursion to Rajgir & Nalanda.  We proceed drive to Rajgir (74 kms/approx 2 hrs).Monastery Venuvana Vihara – When King Bimbisara heard that the Buddha had come to Rajgir with a retinue of one thousand Arahants, he went to the Sapling Grove to meet the Buddha and was converted by the Buddha, attaining the First Stage of Sainthood. Thereafter, he invited the Buddha to his palace for the following day’s meal, after which he donated the famous Bamboo Grove or Veluvana, the first donation of a park (arama), to the Buddha. The cemetery is believed to be the site of the Veluvana Vihara built by Bimbisara for the Buddha’s residence. Shanti Stupa (Griddhakuta): The place where Lord Buddha preached to his disciples is known as Griddhakuta (Vulture’s Peak). To commemorate this holy site, the Buddhist Mission in Japan helped construct the Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa is located on a 400 meter high hill. You go on the aerial lift to this pagoda, and also enjoy seeing Rajgir city at a height.Have your Lunch on the way .Afterward proceed to Nalanda (12 kms).Ruins of Nalanda University are spread over an area of 14 hectares. Built in the Kushana style of architecture in red bricks, the Nalanda remains exhibit rows of monasteries, hostels and classrooms, although a large part of the university still needs to be excavated. The university library had a huge collection of nine million volumes. Surya Mandir, next to the university is dedicated to the Sun God. Among the various sculptures, there is a huge statue of Goddess Parvati. Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall was built in memory of Hiuen Tsang, the Chinese traveller who stayed here for 12 years as a student and a teacher. He had documented detailed and vivid descriptions of the Indian political and social conditions of those times. The fascinating Nalanda Museum is home to a wonderful collection of exquisite bronze sculptures of Pala dynasty dating back from 9th to 10th centuries, copper plates, stone inscriptions, ancient manuscripts and Buddhist statues. Nav Nalanda Vihar was established in 1951 in an effort to keep the tradition of spreading knowledge alive. The institute has been attracting students from several countries who wish to research on Buddhism and Pali literature. Later return back to Bodhgaya (appox 100 kms/2 ½ hrs).Overnight stay in hotel.

DAY 03: BODHGAYA – VARANASI: Next day, in late morning visit town & local market before flight. We transfer to airport for flight to Varanasi. On arrival at Varanasi, you will be met by our representative and transfer to the hotel. Varanasi, known to the devout as Kashi, is said to have been founded by Shiva, Lord of the Universe. One of the oldest living cities in the world, as also one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India, Varanasi is a major tourist attraction. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, the city has been centre of learning and civilization for over 2000 years.
in the evening visit to Ganges for Aarti (prayer) ceremony with boat ride. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 04: VARANASI: Next day after breakfast we precede drive to Dasaswamedh Ghat early in the morning and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges to see the cremation Ghats and witness the living traditions of one of the world’s oldest and most important religions. (start at 0500 hrs. for the best lifetime experience) For you to appreciate this remarkable city, we’ll transfer you to the banks of the River Ganges before the sun rises. Board a boat with your guide and proceed to the middle of the river, where at sunrise the sight unfolds before you. Thousands of faithful come daily to the banks to bathe and pray while in the background, temples and palaces rise in tiers from the water’s edge. Return for a walk through the cobblestone streets along the banks of “Ganga”. As shops are opening, the place now becomes a beehive of activity as the faithful are coming and going.
While returning to the hotel visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple.Later city tour covering – Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Mata Temple & Benaras Hindu University. Afternoon excursion to Sarnath, once of the most sacred places for Budhhist, where Lord Buddha gave first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Visit famous Dhamaekha Stupa, Moolgandha Kuti Vihar and famous Sarnath museum having rich collection of antiques from Ancient India. Overnight in hotel.

DAY 05: VARANASI – BANGKOK:

Next day after breakfast and rest of the morning at leisure for the day.
In the afternoon transfer to airport for flight, back to your home sweet s
Price :
1 person INR 5000 per day
2-3 persons INR4500 per person per day
4-5 persons INR4000 per person per day
6 and more persons INR3500 per person per day

Our Above Cost Includes:
• Accommodation at hotels.
• Daily breakfast at all the hotels.
• All transfers, drives & sightseeing by AC Toyota Innova as per the itinerary.
• Services of local English speaking guide as per the itinerary.
• Entry fees to the places of visit as per the itinerary.
• Mineral water in vehicle during all transfers, drives & sightseeing.
• Ropeway tickets at Rajgir.
• Morning & Evening boat ride on Ganges, Varanasi.
• Meeting/assistance on arrival at airport & at the time of check-in at hotels.

Above Cost does not include:
• Any Airfare, any insurance fee.
• Anything not mentioned in inclusion above.
• Any expenditure of personal nature like laundry, soft/ hard drinks, tabled drinks, telephone calls, tips to Driver/hotel Staff/guides etc.
• Any sudden increase in price due to steep hike in park Entry Fee, steep hike in fuel cost, change in government tax policy or for any reason beyond our control like acts of god, natural calamity, law and order situation, riots etc and any forced change in itinerary for any unforeseen situation or reason beyond our control.
• 3.58% Govt. Service Tax on Total Bill.


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