Taj Mahal with khajuraho & Buddhism

Duration :: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination Covered :: Delhi – Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra – Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho – Kaushambi – Varanasi – Sarnath – Kushinagar – Lumbini (Nepal) – Kapilavastu (Nepal) – Sravasti – Lucknow

Day 1 Visit Delhi

Morning after breakfast explores the Capital of India – Delhi. You can visit Red fort, Jama Mosque, Rajghat, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, President House, India Gate & Parliament House by your own Tourist Vehicle. (few monuments are restricted for the local people/Tourist but you can visit from outside only).
Overnight stay at Delhi.

Day 2 Delhi – Jaipur.

After breakfast check-out from the hotel and Drive to Jaipur. Evening at leisure.
Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 3 Jaipur

After breakfast, continue your tour of Pink City – Jaipur. It will include, Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind), this five story building is a major land mark of the Jaipur which is build in 1799. The open air Jantar-Mantar – A Curious Collection of Sculptures, each Construction measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths and calculating eclipses. City Palace which is Converted to Museum and Amber Fort which is a Superb example of Rajput architecture. You can climb up to the fort by road / elephant, evening at leisure.
Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 4 Jaipur – Agra enroute Fatehpur Sikri

After morning Breakfast drive to the Agra. Enroute visit the Fatehpur Sikri. This magnificent fortified ghost city was the Capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571 & 1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar, continue drive to Agra & check-in the Hotel. In Agra you can visit the Taj Mahal – which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a Mausoleum for his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal , who died in childbirth in 1631. Beside the Taj Mahal, you can also visit Agra Fort, Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-Khas, Sikandara.. ( Taj Mahal is closed for foreign visitors on Friday).
Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 5 Agra – Gwalior

After a morning breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Gwalior. Checkin the Hotel. Visit Gwalior fort, Gujari Mahal, Ghaus Mahammed tomb, Manmandir palace, Sun Temple, Jai villas Palace & Museum.
Overnight Stay in Gwalior.

Day 6 Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho

After a morning breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Khajuraho – It’s one of India’s major attractions of uncensored Temples, check-in the Hotel. Evening at leisure.
Overnight Stay in Khajuraho.

Day 7 Khajuraho

After a morning breakfast, continue your Tour of Khajuraho Temples. The mostly Temple built from A.D. 950 to A.D. 1050. These temples are Superb Example of Indo-Aryan Architecture. In Khajuraho you can visit the Lakshmi and Varaha Temple – dedicated to Lord Vishnu, which is built around A.D. 900. Lakshmana Temple, Kandariya Mahadev Temple built 1025-50, Devi Jagadamba Temple, Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya, the Sun God, Parvati Temple, Vishvanath and Nandi Temple build in 1002, Matangesvara Temple, chausath Yogini and Lalguan Mahadev Temple etc. Evening at leisure.
Overnight stay in Khajuraho.

Day 8 Khajuraho – Kaushambi/Allahabad

After the breakfast at the hotel you may drive to Kaushambi. It will take approx 3 – 4 hrs by drive. Here you can visit the Ashokan Piller, an old fort and the Ghositaram Monastery.
Overnight stay in Kaushambi/Allahabad.

Day 9 Kaushambi/Allahabad – Varanasi

After a breakfast check-out from hotel and drive to Varanasi – the city of Lord Shiva. Check –in the hotel. Evening at leisure.
Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 10 Varanasi

After the Breakfast, you can continue your Tour to Varanasi. Varanasi’s major attraction is a long string Ghats (Bank of the River) where you can take a bath and get the blessing of Lord’s Shiva. You can also visit the Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Ram Naar Fort and Museum and you can also enjoy the boat Cruise at River Ganges.
Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 11 Varanasi – Sarnath – Varanasi

After the relaxing breakfast you may start the day trip of Sarnath. This is the place where Lord Buddha deliver his first sermon approx 2500 years ago. Evening at leisure.
Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day 12 Varanasi – Kushinagar

After the relaxing breakfast at the hotel you can continue the Pilgrimage trip. you will visit Rambhar Stupa, Mahapari nirvana temple. Evening at leisure.
Overnight stay in Kushinagar.

Day 13 Kushinagar – Lumbini (Nepal)

After the relaxing breakfast at the hotel you will drive to Lumbini (nepal). it will take approx 5 hrs by drive. Lumbini has world heritage status by UNESCO and has many Stupas, Monasteries and temples. This is the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 623 bce who achieved enlightenment around 588 bce became the Gautama Buddha and founded Buddhism. A Lord Buddha stayed in Lumbinívana during his visit to Devadaha and there preached the Devadaha Sutta.
Overnight stay in Lumbini (Nepal).

Day 14 Lumbini (Nepal)

After the relaxing breakfast at the hotel you can proceed to visit Kapilavastu (Nepal). It will take approx 1 hrs by chauffeur driven car. This is the place where Lord Buddha as a Prince Siddharth spent most of his childhood. It hold significant value for Buddhist Pilgrims and apart from several Stupas has a collection of archeological excavations in the form of stone caskets. later drive back to Lubini.
Overnight stay in Lumbini (Nepal).

Day 15 Lumbini (Nepal) – Sravasti (India)

After the relaxing breakfast at the hotel you will drive to Sravasti. it will take approx 6 – 7 hrs by drive. Sravasti was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala and sheltered the Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. Its founder was the mythological King Sravast. It has some age old Stupas, Monasteries and temples. evening at leisure.
Overnight stay in Sravasti.

Day 16 Sravasti – Lucknow

After the breakfast you will Check-out from the Hotel and as per the schedule you will proceed to catch a Train.

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