Singapore – Delhi
Depart Singapore for Delhi, upon arrival met and assisted by the local representatives. Transfer to Delhi hotel for overnight stay. Check in your hotel and arrange early wakeup call for next morning early departure.
Delhi – Lucknow – Sravati (B/L/D)
Early morning, transfer to train station to board on morning Shatabedi train to Lucknow leaving 06.15am - reaching Lucknow at 12.30pm (06.25hrs). Breakfast served on board. On arrival, transfer for lunch at Lucknow. After lunch, drive to Sravasti and transfer to Hotel. The evening is free at leisure.
Sravasti – Lumbini (Nepal) (B/L/D)
After breakfast, visit Saheth - Maheth & Jetavana at Sravasti - the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetavana Gardens. The city believed to be founded by the mythological king Sravast and there are ancient stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. Start on our drive to Lumbini after lunch (approx 5 hrs) visiting Kapilvastu on the way.
Lumbini – Kushinagar (B/L/D)
Lumbini – the birthplace of the Buddha was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1,500 years. Morning, visit monasteries and spend time in prayers at Lumbini. After lunch, drive to Kushinagar in India (approx 4.5 hrs) after crossing Nepal – India border. Buddha finally attained Mahaparmirvana at Kushinagar and it is another major pilgrim’s center for Buddhist. Amongst the ruins are the vMukutbandhan Stupa and a statue of the reclining Buddha. Arrive Kushinagar & transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Kushinagar.
Kushinagar – Vaishali (B/L/D)
After breakfast visit monasteries and spend time in prayers. After lunch, drive to Vaishali (approx 4.5 hrs), where Gautama Buddha delivered his last sermon and announced his Parinirvana here. A kilometre away is Abhishek Pushkarini, the coronation tank. The sacred waters of the tank anointed the elected representatives of Vaishali. Next to it stands the Japanese temple and the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) built by the Nipponzan Myohoji sect of Japan. A small part of the Buddha's relics found in Vaishali have been enshrined in the foundation and in the chatra of the Stupa. Near the coronation tank is Stupa 1 or the Relic Stupa. Overnight at Vaishali.
Vaishali – Nalanda – Rajgir (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive to Rajgir (approx 4 hrs) visiting Nalanda on the way. Rajgir –The picturesque Rajgir, or Rajagriha as it was known in the past (literally, the abode of kings) is surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and 5 hills. During the lifetime of the Buddha, this was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. The hills and caves surrounding Rajagriha were home to spiritual teachers, ranging from the materialism of the early Charavaka School to the metaphysics of Upanishadic philosophers. Like many others in search of truth, Prince Siddhartha, after he renounced his royal heritage came to this city to seek the path of salvation. Nalanda was the most renowned university in ancient India. It derived its name from Na-alam-da, meaning Insatiable in Giving, one of the names by which the Lord Buddha was known.
Rajgir – Bodhgaya (B/L/D)
Drive to Bodhgaya. As the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment, Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buhddhists. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres since it was here that Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. After breakfast visit Mahabodhi Temple, Niranjana River, Sujata Village. Overight stay in Bodhgaya.
Bodhgaya – Varanasi (B/L/D)
After breakfast, drive to Varanasi (approx 6 hrs). Varanasi situated on the bank of Ganges is the city of Shiva and the holiest for the Hindus. Varanasi is also known Benaras or Kashi. This city has been centre of learning for over 2000 years. Ganges is known as the river of salvation and people come here to leave this world and breathe their last breath, so that they are out of the cycle of life and death and suffering, also known as Moksha. In the afternoon, we visit Sarnath, the place where Buddha preached for the first time after he achieved enlightenment. In 3rd century B.C. Ashoka the great built stupas and monasteries and an engraved Ashoka pillar here. Muslim invaders destroyed the city and it was rediscovered by archaeologist in 18th century. Budhist temples from half dozen nations has built there temples here.
Varanasi – Delhi – Agra (B/L/D)
We leave in the early hours (about 5.45am) for a visit to bathing Ghats. Take a Boat ride on Holy River Ganges where you are exposed to some of the carefree, colourful and revered aspects of spiritual life. As the sun rise over the far banks, the Ghats come alive with ritual worship and sounds of temple bells, walk through narrow lanes, past the gold plated Vishwanath temple. Visit the Bharat Mata Temple, Durga Temple, Emperor Aurangzeb Mosque, drive past famous Benaras Hindu University with its marble Shiv temple and drive through the busy shopping streets and have time for shopping for Baneras silk materials. Benaras is famous for its Silk Brocades and Benaras sarees. We transfer to domestic airport to board on your scheduled flight to Delhi. On arriva in Delhi drive 210 km (about 4 hours ride) to Agra. Upon arrival, transfer to Hotel for overnight stay.
Agra – Delhi – Singapore (B/L/D)
This morning, we visit Taj Mahal (Friday Closed) and Agra Fort. Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful masterpieces of architecture in the world. Built entirely by white marble, Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world. Some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. After lunch drive to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, proceed for dinner before we transfer to Delhi International airport for your flight to Singapore.