Spiritual Tour of Bodhgaya & Varanasi (5 Days)

This private tour will begin with pickup from Patna airport and will end with drop off at Varanasi airport. Explore the Buddhist sites of Nalanda, Rajgir and Bodhgaya where Buddha achieved enlightenment while sitting under a bodhi tree. After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath; and it was here he delivered his first sermon and set in motion the 'Wheel of the Dharma'. Varanasi the spiritual capital of India, and one of the oldest cities on earth, where you can see bathing and cremations by the sacred River Ganges.

per adult from

$1,061

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Duration

4 days

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  • What's included :
    • 3x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • 4 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels.
    • Deluxe Air-conditioned private vehicle from arrival till departure as per tour program
    • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Sunrise and sunset Boat ride on holy River Ganges in Varanasi.
    • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).
    • Bottled water in car.
    • Government taxes.
    • Entry/Admission - Ganga Aarti
    • Entry/Admission - Dasaswamedh Ghat
    • Entry/Admission - Banaras Hindu University
    • Entry/Admission - Ramnagar Fort
    • Entry/Admission - Sarnath
    What's excluded :
    • Any flight ticket.
    • Meals other than mentioned in inclusions.
    • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
    • Camera charges at any monument to be paid by guest directly
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

  • Day 1: Patna - Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodhgaya (175kms/ 4hrs approx.)

    Pass By: Patna, Patna, Patna District, Bihar
    On arrival at Patna airport assistance and drive to Bodhgaya via visiting Nalanda & Rajgir.

    Stop At: Nalanda, Nalanda, Nalanda District, Bihar
    Nalanda a hot seat of knowledge and learning established in the 5th century. The highly formalized methods of Jain and Buddhist learning helped inspire the establishment of large teaching institutions such as Nalanda, and Vikramashila which are often characterized as India's early universities. Nalanda flourished under the patronage of the Gupta Empire in the 5th and 6th centuries and later under Harsha, the emperor of Kannauj. The liberal cultural traditions inherited from the Gupta age resulted in a period of growth and prosperity until the ninth century. The subsequent centuries were a time of gradual decline, a period during which the tantric developments of Buddhism became most pronounced in eastern India under the Pala Empire.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Rajgir, Rajgir, Nalanda District, Bihar
    Rajgir is an ancient city surrounded by hills, known for its holy sites. Remains of the Cyclopean Wall, which encircled the city centuries ago, still stand in the center. Close by, Venu Vana park was once home to a monastery built for Buddha. The shield-shaped Japanese Temple contains a huge Buddha statue. Nearby there are hot springs believed to have medicinal properties.
    Lord Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara spent fourteen years of his life at Rajgir and Nalanda, spending 4 months of the rainy season) at a single place in Rajgir (Rajgruhi) and the rest in the places in the vicinity. It was the capital of one of his Shravaks (follower) King Shrenik. Thus Rajgir is a very important religious place for Jains. The twentieth Jain tirthankara, Munisuvrata is supposed to have been born here. An ancient temple (about 1200 years old) dedicated to Munisuvrat bhagwan is also present here along with many other Jain temples. This temple is also a place for four Kalyanakas of Bhagwan Munisuvratnath."
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Bodh Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Gaya District, Bihar
    Continue drive to Bodhgaya check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 2: Bodhgaya

    Stop At: Bodh Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Gaya District, Bihar
    Mahabodhi Temple an UNESCO World Heritage Site, this 54mts tall temple has been renovated over the years. It enshrines a large golden Buddha, and is encompassed by an ancient railing, dating back to 100 BC. Bodhi Tree: where Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment, and the Vajrasana or throne, where Buddha sat. Tibetan Monastery, housing the Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha). Also see the Burmese Temple, Chinese Temple and Monastery, Buddhist Monastery of Bhutan, Thai Temple and Monastery, and many more. Rest time to relax, evening attend temple aarti.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 3: Bodhgaya – Varanasi (250kms/ 5hrs approx.)

    Pass By: Varanasi, Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh
    Breakfast at hotel, drive to Varanasi check in at hotel.

    Stop At: Ganga Aarti, Dashashwamedh ghat Road, Varanasi 221001 India
    Evening walking tour of Ghats’s temples & mosque on ghats. Also attend Holy Ganga Aarti in evening, a magical aarti is performed at Dasashwamedh Ghat. Halt your boat right at the steps for the best view.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 4: Varanasi

    Stop At: Dasaswamedh Ghat Road Bangali Tola, Varanasi 221001 India
    Early morning boat ride and Ghat visit along the Ganges and catch the scene of devotees bathing and praying in the sacred water.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 India
    Banaras Hindu University, formerly Central Hindu College, is a public central university located in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It was established in 1916 by Madan Mohan Malaviya and Annie Besant. With over 30,000 students residing in campus, it claims the title of largest residential university in Asia.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ramnagar Fort, Kila Road Ramnagar Crossing, Varanasi 221008 India
    This crumbling 17th-century fort and palace, on the eastern bank of the Ganges, isn't worth coming out to if you only have a few days in Varanasi, but it is a beautiful place to watch the sun set over the river. It also houses an eccentric museum. There are vintage American cars, jewel-encrusted sedan chairs, a superb weaponry section and an extremely unusual astrological clock.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Sarnath Via-Anlabereni, Varanasi 759026 India
    Sarnath about 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi is the place where Buddha chose to deliver his first sermon. The celebrated Mantra, Buddham Sharanam Gachhami, owes its origin to Sarnath. It makes Sarnath one of the most venerated Buddhist places. Besides Buddhism, Sarnath is also connected with Jainism.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple), Lahori Tola, Varanasi 221001 India
    There are temples at almost every turn in Varanasi, but this is the most famous of the lot. It is dedicated to Vishveswara Shiva as lord of the universe. The current temple was built in 1776 by Ahalya Bai of Indore; the 800kg of gold plating on the tower and dome was supplied by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore 50 years later. (non-Hindus are not allowed to enter inside the main temple sanctum)
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up either from Patna or from Gaya airportAirports
    • Patna Airport, Patna India
    • Gaya Airport, Gaya - Sherghati Rd, Gaya, Bihar 823004, India
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Price using 5 star hotels 10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    4/1/2021 - 9/25/2021
    Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Price using 4 star hotels 10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    4/1/2021 - 9/25/2021
    Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Price using 3 star hotels 10/1/2020 - 3/31/2021
    Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    4/1/2021 - 9/25/2021
    Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Agora Voyages OPC Pvt. Ltd.

Activity ID: V-135633P21

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