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Day 01: Arrival Kolkata –Gaya (Day Train) – Bodhgaya:

transfer to the Howrah Railway Station for train to Gaya . Upon arrival in Gaya Station transfer to Bodhgaya. Check-in to the Hotel in Bodhgaya. Later visit Mahabodhi Temple, which includes tall stone lotuses, figures of Buddha sitting in different postures on the walls, Buddha footprints on the stones, a colossal golden Buddha in the sanctum sanctorum and the Bodhi Tree, under which Prince Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, achieved enlightenment. After the sightseeing tour, go back to the hotel for overnight stay and dinner.

Overnight at Hotel in Bodhgaya.

Day 02:Bodhgaya – Dongeswari Cave - Bodhgaya:

After breakfast, drive to vist Dungeshwari cave temples are also known as the Mahakala caves located 12 kms northeast of Bodhgaya. Lord Budha underwent years of penance here before he descended to Bodhgaya. A path across the river and up to the temples is 9km from Bodhgaya on the road to Gaya. There are three main caves containing Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Latter drive back to Bodhgaya. Later visit Budha Statue, Japanese Temple, Chinese Temple, TibetianTemple.After visiting come back to the Hotel

Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Bodhgaya.

Day 03: Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda - Patna:

After breakfast in the morning, drive to Patna. En-route, visit Nalanda University, founded in the 5th century B.C. Also, pay a visit to the archeological museum that exhibits the Nalanda University seal, sculptures and other remains found on the site. Later take a 20 km drive to Rajgir. Further, visit Griddhkuta 'Hill of Vultures', where Buddha delivered some of his most famous sermons. After that, visit Saptparni caves where first Buddha Council was held which is also the source of Rajgir's hot springs. Later continue drive to Patna. On arrival at Patna

check-in the hotel take dinner overnight stay in Patna.

Day 04: Patna – Vaishali – Kesaria - Kushinagar:

After breakfast in the morning, drive to Kushinagar. En-route, visit Vaishali, the ancient city where Lord Buddha preached his last sermon. In Vaishali, you can see Buddha Stupa 1 and 11 (14th century B.C) built in brick with a casket containing part of ashes of Buddha and Ashok Pillar. Also enroute to Kushinagar take a stop in Kesaria for visiting Kesaria Stupa. After a small stopover, drive to Kushinagar , take dinner overnight stay.

overnight stay at hotel Kushinagar.

Day 05:Kushinagar - Lumbini :

Post breakfast at the hotel, explore Kushinagar. visit,Mahaparinirvana Temple (where Buddha took his last breath) , the ruins of the Mukutbandhan Stupa, Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of lord Buddha) and a beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha,. Later drive to Lumbini in Nepal. Dinner

overnight stay at the Lumbini hotel.

Day 06: Lumbini - Sravasti:

Today morning after breakfast visit Lumbini Park where the Ashok Pillar carries the inscription - where the Buddha was born. Also visit the temples of many respective countries like Thai Temple, China Temple, Korian Temple, Japanies Temple, Srilankan Temple etc.. Later drive to Sravasti.

Overnight stay at the Sravasti hotel.

Day 07: Sravasti - Varanasi:

Today morning after breakfast, go for sightseeing around at Sah Mahet which is known as the Capital of ancient kingdom of Kosala, Jetawana Gardens and Buddhist temples. Later drive to Varanasi. At evening attend the very holy Ganga Aarti into the Ghats of Varanasi. Comeback to the Hotel, Dinner.

Overnight in Varanasi

Day 08: Varanasi – Sarnath - Varanasi:

The morning begin this day with a boat ride on the river Ganges. Enjoy the sunrise and later, you can spend some time at the bathing Ghats of this city. Do visit attractions such as Bharat Mata Temple, Banaras Hindu University and Kasi Vishwanath Temple. Stay overnight at the hotel. Later go for excursion to Sarnath. Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples. The attractions at Sarnath are the Buddha temples, the Dhamekha stupa, Chaukhandi stupa and the archaeological museum. After sightseeing drive back to Varanasi. At evening spend some time for shopping into local market.

Day 09: Varanasi – Kolkata Departure:

Today morning after breakfast and check-out from the Hotel transfer to the Railway station for train to Kokata (Howarh Station). At evening reach Kolkata. Then transfer to Airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour terminate.

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