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11-Day In-depth Tour in India

Date: 2017-09-15 09:45       Source: Erin       By: Erin       View: 12081
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1. Varanasi—one of the holy lands of India and the place where the Buddha uncovers the core of the will of God.

2. Sarnath—the Buddhist sacred land where the Buddha first started his teachings. 

3. Lumbini(in Nepal)—the birthplace of the Buddha.

4. Bodh Gaya—the holy land where the Buddha was enlightened. 

5. Griddhakuta—the place where the Buddha teaches the Lotus Sutra.

6. Nalanda—the first university site of Buddhism.

Schedule for reference: 

Day 1: Beijing—New Delhi

Assemble at the capital airport and fly to New Delhi—the capital of India. You will be picked up and sent to the hotel to rest. 

Meal: At your own expenses

Accommodation: Five-star hotel

Day 2: New Delhi—Varanasi

After breakfast, go to the Delhi Airport and fly to Varanasi (the flight time is about 1h30m, fight for reference: 9W423 1010/1130). After arrival, visit the Sarnath (for about 1 hour). The Sarnath is one of India’s significant Buddhist sites and the well-known Buddhist holy land. It is said that Sakyamuni completed his first discourse here, along with another five Buddhist monks, the earliest Buddhist group in the world. 

After the visit, you are there to be visited. You will have to chance to be immersed in the authentic Indian customs and watch the exotic Indian musical performances by tricycle with local characteristics. 

Meal:breakfast (at hotel); lunch (Indian food); dinner (at hotel). 

Accommodation: Five-star hotel (hotel for reference: Hii, Clarks or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 3: Varanasi—Bodh Gaya (enlightenment place)

After getting up, go to the Ganges River to take the boat, watch the sun rise, float river lanterns and make the most pious wish in the most sacred place. 

Go back to have breakfast and then go to the Bodh Gaya by bus (about 250 kilometers, about 6 hours’ drive). After arrival, have a rest at the hotel. 

Meal: breakfast (at hotel); lunch (at hotel); dinner (at hotel).  

Accommodation: Three-star hotel (hotel for reference: Taj, Sujata, Siddharth or the hotel at the same level).

Day 4: Bodh Gaya

Visit the splendid Mahabodhi Temple, which was first built in the third century BC by the Emperor Asoka, who greatly advocated Buddhism. It was one of the earliest existing stone Buddhist temples of India since the Gupta dynasty and listed on the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2002. It still maintains the classic feature that combines various cultures. In the temple are seven Buddhist sites, including Avalokitesvara, Vajrapani, Tara, Marichi, Yamantaka, Jambhala, and Vajravarahi. 

Then visit the Chinese Temple, Bodh Gaya. Founded by some Indian overseas Chinese and first built at the beginning of the 20th century, it is the enlightenment place of Sakyamuni and the only Chinese Buddhist temple. Now, it becomes the primary temple for pilgrims of India and Chinese from all over the world to offer incense and worship. The Chinese companies also came up to worship and donate every now and then carrying forward the Buddhism.

At night, you can circuit the pagoda or meditate under the banyan. 

Meal: Breakfast (at hotel); Lunch (at hotel); Dinner (at hotel). 

Accommodation: Three-star (Hotel for reference: Taj, Sujata, Siddharth or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 5: Bodh—Gaya-Rajgir—Nalanda-Patna (about 180 kilometers, about 5-hour drive). 

After breakfast, drive to the Patna via Rajgir to visit the Monastery Venuvana Vihara, also known as the Kalandaka Venuvana. Located between the old and new Rajgir, it is the first Buddhists-specific building. Sakyamuni lived here for a long time when he was alive, especially in winter. It is divided into sixteen courtyards, five-hundred pavilions and seventy-two lecture halls. It is one of the most important sites for Buddha to publicize the Buddhism. 

Next, visit the Griddhakuta. Located in the west of Rajgir in ancient India, it is the place where Sakyamuni preached Buddhism. Here you can see a pulpit, where the Buddha used to give lectures to his disciples, including the famous Heart Sutra. After the death of Sakyamuni, his disciples gathered here once. The Chinese ancient monk such as Faxian, Xuanzang, and Yijing visited and lived here, and made detailed records. 

Then drive to the Narada Mahathera and visit the famous Buddhist temple—Nalanda Monastery. The temple, located in the poorest region of India, Bihar state, is also known as the Nalanda University and one of the oldest universities in the world. As a place for Xunzang to fetch Buddhist sculptures, it was famous for the prevalence of the Buddhist thoughts. Found in the third century, the Nalanda Monastery had thousands of students and scholars from all over Asia learning various subjects, like science, philosophy, literature, and mathematics. 

Meal: breakfast (at hotel); lunch (Indian food); dinner (at hotel).

Accommodation: Four-star or Five-star hotel (hotel for reference: Panasche, Chankya or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 6: Patna—Kushinagar (Nirvana place)

Visit Patna in the morning. Located on the south bank of the Ganges River in the east of the Bihar state, it is the holy land of India, with the history of over 2500 years. Known as “pataliputra” in Buddhist sculptures, it was the capital of Maurya Dynasty in the third century BC.

After breakfast, go to the Kushinagar (about 260 kilometers, about 6-hour drive). Kushinagar, also known as “Kusinagara”, is the place where Sakyamuni entered the realm of Nirvana and one of the four Buddhist holy lands. It is now a small town in Uttar Pradesh of India.

Later, visit the Nirvana Temple, Matha Kuar Shrine, and other major sites.

Meal: breakfast (at hotel); lunch (at hotel); dinner (at hotel).

Accommodation: Three-star or Four-star hotel (hotel for reference: Pawan, Lotus or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 7: Kushinagar—Lumbini (birthplace of Buddha) 

After breakfast, drive to the Lumbini(about 190 kilometers, about a four-hour drive). Located in Terai of southern Nepal, 20 kilometers from India, the Maya Devi Temple of Lumbiniis the birthplace of Sakyamuni, the holy land that the Buddhists from all over the world desire to worship and the base for the revival of modern Buddhism. It was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in the 90’s. Thousands of Buddhists from all over the world, along with many foreign tourists, come Lumbini and worship. Visit the Pillars of Ashoka, the temple group, and other sites.

Meal: breakfast (at hotel); lunch (at hotel); dinner (at hotel).

Accommodation: Three-star or Four-star hotel (hotel for reference: Lumbini Garden, Crystal or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 8: Lumbini—Sravasti

After breakfast, visit the Lumbini Garden and have the morning class at the Chinese Temple. Then drive to the territory of India and go to the Sravasti (about 190 kilometers, about 5-6 hours drive). 

Sravasti is the Buddhist sacred place of the ancient India and the location of the famous Jetavana Vihara in the history of Buddhism. Jetavana Vihara is the largest vihara when the Buddha was alive and is of an early architectural style of Buddhist temples. Being the residence of the Buddha, it became the well-known ashram at that time. Due to the reputation of the Jetavana Vihara, the Sravasti plays an important role in major cities of India. 

Meal: breakfast (at hotel); lunch (at hotel); dinner (at hotel).

Accommodation: Three-star or Four-star hotel (hotel for reference: Imperial, Lotus or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 9: Sravasti—Lucknow—Delhi

After breakfast, go to the Lucknow airport (about 160 kilometers, about 4-5 hours drive). After arrival, go to Delhi by air (about 1h15m drive), have a rest at the hotel after arrival. 

Meal: breakfast (at hotel); lunch (Indian food); dinner (Indian food).

Accommodation: Five-star hotel (hotel for reference: Countryinn, Piccadely or the hotel at the same level). 

Day 10: Delhi—China

After breakfast, go to the Lotus Temple of India. The shape of the Lotus Temple resembles the Sydney Opera House and they are known as “the two buildings that can talk to each other”. 

In the afternoon, visit the National Museum of India and its branch—Asian Heritage Museum. Both of them are the World’s famous museum, mainly restoring and displaying remains, the precious artwork of Buddhism and Hinduism in the Indian prehistoric age, as well as a variety of treasures from China, Nepal, and other countries.

After dinner, come back to China by international flight. 

Shopping: 30min in the tea shop; 30min in the perfumery

Meal: breakfast (at hotel); lunch (Indian food); dinner (Indian food).

Accommodation: on the plane 

Day 11: Delhi—National combined transportation

End the delightful Indian trip. 

The above schedule may be adjusted based on some reasons, such as weather and road condition. Thanks for understanding. 


13000 yuan/person

Charges include: 

1. Round-trip tickets from any city of China to Delhi;

2. The overseas air-conditioned tour coach;

3. The three, four or five-star hotel of the entire trip, standard double room, including breakfast. If there is natural single room, please make up the price difference;

4. The listed food;

5. The listed tickets for attractions;

6. The tourist visa of India (Tourists should pay the charge of endorsement for personal reasons). 

7. A bottle of mineral water each day.

8. The transit visa of Nepal. 

Charges exclude:

Please prepare the private passport (please assure that the validity period is at least half a year if you entrust us to apply;

Self-paying projects and personal consumption (such as telephone bill, dry-cleaning bill, excess baggage charges, tips);

Price difference for a single room: presumably 3500 yuan (one must pay if he or she lives in a single room, and we will return the overcharge or demand payment of the shortage according to the expense);

4. Charges caused by the force majeure, such as strikes, weather, road interruption, flight cancellations or delays, and natural disasters, or, charges in circumstances beyond the control of the travel agency. The travel agency can adjust the schedule accordingly, and require the additional cost if the cost increases;

5. Handle the personal accident insurance personally;

6. Charges of foreign tour guides and drivers tip: 700 yuan/Person (tips include fees for tour guides, drivers, waiters, bellboys);

If there is any change on the travel route, please refer to the original travel agency.

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