India is a country with rich religious diversity, and Buddhism adds to its colors. There are many places in India known for their Buddhism value, and conjointly these places are known as Buddhist Circuit. It is not just the religious value of these places which attracts tourists to visit them, but they have much more to offer. Raj Travels (India) offers you a Golden Triangle with Buddhist Tour in which you will be able to explore the cultural value of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, as well as the religious value of Buddhist Circuit.
Upon your arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, our representative will welcome you and will transfer to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
The first city in our list is Delhi, the capital of India. There are many places worth visiting in this city including the India Gate, Qutab Minar (tallest minaret in India), Lotus Temple, Akshardham Mandir, Humayun's Tomb, Raj Ghat, Red Fort and President House. After visiting these places, return to your hotel for a comfortable night stay.
Check out from your hotel in Delhi and drive towards Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and second city in Golden Triangle. As you reach the city, visit Galta Temple, also known as the Monkey Temple due to presence of hundreds of monkey.
Reach Jaipur and get transferred to your hotel. Evening is free to roam in the street and shopping. Jaipur is globally famous for jewelry, gems and handicrafts. Return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Start your day with a healthy breakfast in your hotel followed by a visit to Amber Fort. Amber is a small town located 11km from Jaipur. The grand fort is located atop the hill and houses many places of attractions.
After spending some time exploring the royal life of erstwhile Rajput rulers, return to Pink City and explore local attractions which include Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Govind Dev Ji Temple, Isarlat, Birla Mandir and Chokhi Dhani. Dinner and overnight stay in your hotel.
Check out from your hotel in Jaipur and drive towards Agra, the city of Taj. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri, a historical town established during Mughal Empire. The city houses some historical monuments which are in ruins now.
Continue driving towards Agra and check into your hotel upon arrival. In evening, visit Agra Fort, a massive fort located along the banks of River Yamuna. Tomb of Itmad-ud-Daula is our next destination which is also known as Baby Taj due to being a replica of the Taj Mahal. Overnight stay would be arranged in your hotel in Agra.
Early morning, get up from your bed and reach Taj Mahal to enjoy the scenic beauty of sunrise view. As fresh rays of the Sun falls on the white marble, it creates a charisma which is impossible to explain in words.
Return to your hotel for your breakfast and then visit Sikandara, where the tomb of Great of Mughal Emperor Akbar is located. Later, check out to catch an overnight train for Patna. Dinner will be served in the train.
The train will reach Patna at early morning and you will be transferred to your hotel for some rest. Later, go out to explore the local attractions of Patna which include the magnificent Stupas of Gautam Buddha and the Gol Ghar. There are some temples located in the city which represents the cultural richness of Buddhism. Later, return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and reach the railway station to catch a train for Bodhgaya. Enroute visit Rajgir, a time which was sometimes the capital of Magadh Empire. The town has its higher value on the map of Buddhist tourism in India. Buddha spend some years of his life in this town, and thus some temples are deidicated to him. Places like Gridhakut Hillock, Shanti Stupa, Ajatasatru Fort and Saptparni Caves are also worth visiting.
Next destination is Nalanda, one of the oldest towns in India. Explore the Nalanda University, the oldest university in the world. Later, reach Bodhgaya and get transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Bodhgaya is the same place where Buddha got enlightenment. There are some places of Buddhism value including Sujata Village, Mahabodhi Temple, Mahabodhi Tree, Tibetan Monastery etc. The town also offers some items that will stay with you as remembrance for your trip. Overnight stay would be arranged in your hotel in Bodhgaya.
After breakfast, check out from your hotel and drive for Varanasi, the religious capital of India. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy a refreshing lunch. Later go out to visit Sarnath, a place located 10km from Varanasi. This is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon after getting enlightenment. Dhamekha Stupa, Chaukhandi and Ashokan Pillar (Sarnath Pillar) are a few major attractions of Sarnath. Return to your hotel for your dinner and overnight stay.
Leave your hotel and drive for Kushinagar, a place where Gautam Buddha attained Mahapari Nirvana. Continue driving towards Gorakhpur and check into your hotel upon arrival. Overnight say arranged in your hotel.
From Gorakhpur, drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. The place is located in Nepal. Pay your devotion to this place and then proceed to Balrampur. Overnight stay would be arranged in a hotel in Balrampur.
Leave your hotel in Balrampur and drive towards Shravasti. Gautam Buddha spent almost 24 years of his life at this place, and thus it is one of the most important places for Buddhism. Here located are the Anand Bodhi Tree and Jetavana Park. Explore the majestic places before driving for Lucknow. Upon arrival, check into your hotel in Lucknow for a comfortable overnight stay.
Early morning, enjoy a refreshing breakfast in your hotel and then go out for a short sightseeing of Lucknow. Some places worth visiting in this city are Bara Imambara, a massive monument constructed by Asaf-Ud-Daula, the then Nawab of Avadh. Nearby located are Rumi Darwaja, Clock Tower, Asifi Masjid and Shahi Bavali. Later, reach the airport to catch your flight for Delhi. Upon arriving Delhi, you may catch your flight back home.