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Footsteps of Buddha

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DAY 01 ARRIVE KOLKATA
Arriving Kolkata - a city of love and warmth, sorrow and despair, dreams and hopes, poverty and squalor, grandeur and glory. Kolkata is compelling , effervescent, teeming with life and traditions - a medley of moods, styles, cultures, politics, industry and commerce. Meet and Greet at the Airport. Transfer to Hotel for check in. Break fast at the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Kolkata visiting the Viceroy's residence, Chowringhee, Indian Museum, Botanical Gardens, Fort William, Victoria Memorial, St. Paul's Cathedral, etc. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 02 KOLKATA / BODHGAYA
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Howrah Railway Station to board the train for Gaya. On arrival, transfer to Bodhgaya, the place where Gautam, later called the Buddha attained Enlightenment. And here under a peepal tree one of the great religions of the world, Buddhism, was created. On arrival, check in and overnight at hotel.

DAY 03 BODHGAYA
After breakfast, visit Mahabodhi Temple, 80 Feet Budha Temple and many other budhist temples. Evening free and overnight at Hotel.

DAY 04 BODHGAYA / NALANDA / RAJGIR / BODHGAYA
After breakfast, take an excursion of Nalanda, a vast ancient ruin which was probably founded by the Gupta Emper or Kumaragupta (c.AD. 413-55). It was one of the greatest universities of ancient times and a famous centre of Oriental art and learning. Afternoon proceed to Rajgir, the erstwhile capital of the great Magadha Empire, Rajgir, or Rajgriha (meaning the Home of the Kingdom) is intimately connected with the life and times of the Buddha, for the Lord delivered many celebrated sermons in the garden of Veluvana which was gifted to him by King Bimbisara.And it was here in the Saptaparni Cave that the first Buddhist Council was held shortly after the Buddha's death. Evening drive back to Bodhgaya. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 05 BODHGAYA / VARANASI
After breakfast, morning free. Check out at noon anf transfer to Gaya Railway Station to board the train to Varanasi, the city of temples. On arrival, transfer to hotel and check in. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06 VARANASI / SARNATH / VARANASI
Early morning boat ride on river Ganges to see the beautiful sunrise at Ganges.After the boat ride see the holi ghats & temples. Afternoon visit Sarnath, a famous Budhist pilgrim where Lord Budhdha gave his first sermon to his disciples. Evening free and overnight at hotel.

DAY 07 VARANASI / GORAKHPUR
After breakfast, check out and drive down to Gorakhpur. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Evening free and overnight at hotel.

DAY 08 GORAKHPUR / KUSHINAGAR / LUMBINI / BALRAMPUR
After breakfast, check out and drive down to Balrampur. En-route visit Kushinagar where Buddha took his last breadth and Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. On arrival, check in and overnight at hotel.

DAY 09 BALRAMPUR / SRAVASTI / LUCKNOW
After breakfast check out from Hotel. Visit Sravasti, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. This holy place also has the famous Anand Bodhi tree, an offspring of the one, said to have been planted by Buddha's main disciple. Afternoon drive down to Lucknow, the city of Nawabs. On arrival check in Hotel. Evening free. Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 10 LUCKNOW / HOWRAH
After breakfast, morning free. Check out at noon and transfer to Railway Station to board the train for Howrah. Overnight on board.

DAY 11 HOWRAH
After Breakfast check out from the Hotel. Day for shopping and transfer to International Airport for onward destination.


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