Day 01: Kathmandu (By air at 1000 hrs / 1300 hrs)
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Kathmandu, assistance on arrival at Kathmandu airport transfer to hotel. Relax for some time & taking a flying visit of Kathmandu town See the Royal Palace & Thamel the market place. Evening free for individual activities, overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Kathmandu visiting Pashupatinath temple- the most sacred of the Hindu temples in Nepal dedicated to lord Shiva, built in 1696. A short drive will take you to Boudhnath- the worlds largest Stupa, having four eyes in four directions is symbolized as watch for welfare and behavior of human beings, built by king Man dev as per the advice given by goddess Mani Jogini. The Lamas of Nepal who are real devotees of Lord Buddha always dwell at surrounding of Stupa. A very short excursion to Kopan Monastery and lunch break one hour.
Early evening visit sightseeing tour of Swayambhunath- the oldest Buddhist shrine. Looking east from here, one can see the entire Kathmandu valley spread out below. A short drive will take you to National museum, which gives you a general idea of ancient Nepal. There are various rare collections of sculptural work done on bronze, silver and gold in the art gallery attached with the museum. We continue to Kathmandu durbar square – the temple of the Living Goddess and the old Royal Palace. Finally, visit Kasthamandup – a temple built from a single tree from which the Kathmandu derives its name. Transfer to hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Bhairawa
Wake up, take breakfast, then drive to Bhairawa (7-8 hour 262 km west of Kathmandu and 21km ahead of Lumbini), transfer to hotel at Bhairawa. Rest of the day is free to relax, overnight in Bhairawa.
Day 04: Bhairawa - Lumbini
In the early morning, drive to Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, image of Maya Devi, Lord Buddha, old monastery, ponds and pillars are interesting to see. Very recently, several Buddhist countries have built several beautiful shrines in Lumbini. An international committee has also been set up for the development of this sacred historical place. The visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, the realm of the Shakya is not only for spiritual enlightenment but also for solace and satisfaction that one normally gets in a calm and peaceful place like it.
Day 06: Balrampur / Kushinagar (216 kms. / 5 hrs)
Morning drive to Kushinagar. Arrive Kushinagar and check – in at hotel. Later visit the Rambhar Stupa, which marks Buddha’s cremation ground. Also visit the Mahaparinirvana temple, which houses the recumbent figure of Lord Buddha
Day 07: Kushinagar / Patna (253 kms. / 6 hrs)
Morning drive to Patna, Arrive Patna and check – in at hotel. Afternoon city tour visiting Har Mandir Sahib, also known as Patna Sahib, consecrates the place where the 10th Guru of the Sikhs Guru Gobind Singh was born in 1776; Golghar – is a large dome-like structure from where one can have a fine view of the Ganga and the surroundings of the city; Patna Museum – has a rich collection of Mauryan and Buddhist sculptures, terracotta and other interesting items.
Day 08: Patna / Bodhgaya (109 kms. / 4.5 hrs)
Morning drive to Bodhgaya. Arrive Bodhgaya and check – in at hotel. Bodhgaya – most sacred place for Buddhists as it has a Peepal tree under which Gautama the Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years back.
Day 09: Bodhgaya
Morning sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya visiting Mahabodhi Temple – depicting the various phases of Buddha’s journey towards enlightenment, showing different aspects of his life; Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum – houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D; Jagannath Temple close by has a four armed statue of Shiva in black stone.
Day 10: Bodhgaya / Varanasi (242 kms./06 hrs.)
Morning transfer to Varanasi, Arrive Varanasi and transfer to hotel visiting Sarnath enroute, an important Buddhist pilgrimage point.
Day 11: Varanasi / Agra (Overnight Train)
Enjoy a boat ride on river Ganges. There are about hundred Ghats in the city Also visit The Vishwanath Temple, built by the Birlas, was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. The Bharat Mata Temple houses, instead of gods and goddesses, a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent. The Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964, is dedicated to Lord Rama. Evening transfer to Railway station to connect your train to the city of Taj – Agra. Overnight Train.
Day 12: Agra
In Agra: Arrive Agra in the morning , met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon proceed for the city sightseeing tour visiting The Taj Mahal, which is entirely made of white marble and its walls are decorated with exquisite Pietra Dura (stone inlay) work and later visit the Red Fort- a hilltop citadel with fabulous courtyards, fountains and gates.
Day 13: Agra / Jaipur (250 kms. 05 hrs)
Morning drive to Jaipur enroute visiting the deserted town of Fatehpur Sikri. Arrive Jaipur and check – in at hotel. Jaipur has been like that since 1727 when Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had it built.
Day 14: Jaipur
Morning excursion to Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, is perhaps the most beautiful example of Rajasthani forts. You can have the unique experience of traveling on elephant back to and from the top of the hill on which the fort is situated. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Jaipur including, City Palace in the heart of Jaipur is known for its blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Not far away is the Central Museum with its large collection of woodwork, Another monument near the City Palace, Jantar Mantar, is the largest of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds was constructed for the royal ladies to watch the royal processions without being seen.
Day 15: Jaipur / Delhi (250 kms. 4.5 hrs) - Back Home
After breakfast checkout & drive to Delhi, on arrival transfer to hotel for wash & change, after farewell dinner transfer to International airport to board the flight back home.