Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour with Ajanta-Ellora

Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Destination : Mumbai – 2 – Aurangabad – 2,   Bhopal – 1, Agra – 1, Agra / varnasi O/n Train , Varnasi – 2 , Bodhgaya – 2,  Ragjir – Nalanda – Patna  – 01,   Vaishali – Kushinagar- Sravasti 1,  Lumbini – 1, Kathmandu – 2

Ajanta Paintings

Day 1 : Arrive Mumbai

Pickup from Mumbai airport. On arrival met with and to hotel for Over night Stay.

Day 2 : Mumbai

Morning after breakfast visit Elephanta Caves – one hour boat ride across Mumbai Harbour Afternoon, city tour of Bombay – visiting Gateway of India , Drive upto  Malabar Hill, ‘Hanging Gardens, Mani Bhawan, a small museum dedicated to the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, and  Prince of Wales Museum. Overnight at hotel.

Summary :
1. Elephanta Caves
2. Gateway of India
3. Mani Bhawan

Day 3 :Mumbai – Aurangabad

Morning transfer to railway station to connect train for Aurangabad. On arrival met with and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon city tour of Aurangabad visiting Bibi-Ka-Muqbara, Aurangabad Caves and Daulatabd Fort. Overnight at hotel. (Ellora caves are closed on Tuesday)
Summary :
1. Bibi-Ka-Muqbara

Day 4 : Aurangabad – Excursion to Ellora Caves

Morning visit Ellora Caves – 35 kms from Aurangabad which encompasses the three religion – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Day 5 : Day 05 : Aurangabad – Jalgaon – Bhopal

Morning After breakfast drive to Ajanta Caves – located 100 kms, from Aurangabad.  These magnificent rock-cut caves are exclusively Buddhist, unique in three forms of Art – architecture sculpture and painting. Further  transfer to Jalgaon Railway Station to connect train for Bhopal . arrive and check-in to hotel or Overnight stay.  (Ajanta caves are closed on Mondays)

Day 6 : Bhopal – Agra

Morning Sightseeing of Saanchi Stupa. A serene hill crowned by a group of stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. Afternoon board Train for Agra . Arrive and Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 7 : Agra – Varanasi

Morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Agra – visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, Agra Fort – built of red sandstone and marble is a hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards, fountains and gates. Evening transfer to the Railway station to board overnight Train to Varanasi. (Taj Mahal is closed on  Fridays) – Over night Train

Day 8 : Varanasi

In the morning – Arrive Varanasi in met with and transfer to hotel. After Freshen -up  visit Sarnath – the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Afternoon proceed for the city tour visiting various temples including The Vishwanath Temple, The Bharat Mata Temple, The Tulsi Manas Temple, Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Overnight stay.

Day 9 : Varanasi / Bodhgaya (280 Kms)

Morning  Boat Cruise on river Ganges to observe the way of life of local peoples  by the Ghats and later  drive to Bodhgaya. Arrive Bodhgaya and check – in at hotel. Bodhgaya – most sacred place for Buddhists where  Buddha attained enlightenment. Overnight stay.

Day 10 : Bodhgaya

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple – Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum – houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D; Visit monasteries . Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11 : Bodhgaya / Patna (110 Km)

After breakfast drive to Patna. Enroute visit Gridhakuta Hill and Bimbisara Jail in Rajgir.Proceed to Nalnada which was one of the oldest Universities of the world and International Centre for Buddhist studies. Arrive abs visit Patna Museum – has a rich collection of Mauryan and Buddhist sculptures,. Overnight stay.

Day 12 : Patna / Kushinagar (265 Km)

Morning drive to Kushinagar, arrival and check – in to hotel. Later  visit the Rambhar Stupa – which marks Lord Buddha’s cremation ground , Mahaparinirvana temple – Overnight Stay.

Day 13 : Kushinagar / Saravasti  (275 Km)

Morning drive to Saravasti . Arrive and  check – in to  hotel. Afternoon visit Sahet-Mahet. Overnight Stay.

Day 14 : Sravasti / Lumbini (225 Km)

Morning drive to Lumbini. Arrive and check – in at hotel. Lumbini – Birth place of Buddha. Evening visit ministries. Overnight stay.

Day 15 : Lumbini / Kathmandu (By flight)

Morning sightseeing of Lumbini and later transfer to airport to board flight for Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu met with and and transfer to hotel. Kathmandu –Capital of Nepal surrounded by green hills and mountains with snow-capped peaks in its northern and eastern background the Valley. Overnight stay.

Day 16 : Kathmandu

Morning after breakfast proceed for  city tour of Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath Temple – the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicated to lord Shiva, Patan – a city of architecture and fine arts. known as “Town with a Thousand Golden Roofs”. Visit Tibetan Handicraft center. After Lunch Sightseeing tour of Swayambhunath – the oldest Buddhist shrine. Boudhanath – the worlds largest stupa Continue to Kathmandu Durbar Square – the temple of the Living Goddess and the old Royal Palace. Kasthamandup – a temple built from a single tree from which the Kathmandu derives its name. Overnight Stay.

Day 16 : Kathmandu / Departure

Morning transfer to airport to connect flight for onward destination