Bodhgaya Extension Tour
Trip Highlights :- Bodhgaya / Rajgir / Nalanda / Patna - Vaishali |
Tour duration : 03 Nights / 04 Days
Bodhgaya : Bodhgaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage place in the world. It is situated near the Niranjana river in the state of Bihar, it's here that Lord Buddha became enlightened during intense meditation under a Bodhi tree. The exact spot is now marked by the sprawling Mahabodhi Temple complex. It's a very serene and peaceful place. Monks from all over the world can be found sitting at the foot of an enormous carved Buddha statue, reading Holy Scriptures in deep contemplation. The town is also home to dozens of Buddhist monasteries, maintained by various Buddhist countries.
Rajgir : Rajgir is a historical city and a notified area existing in Nalanda district in the Indian state of Bihar. Located at an elevation of 73 meters (240 feet), the city of Rajgir was in a valley surrounded by seven hills known as Vaibhara, Ratna, Saila, Sona, Udaya, Chhatha, and Vipula. Rajgir name might have come from Sanskrit Rājagṛha, which is translated to 'house of the king' or ‘royal house’. Also, the word Rajgir might have its origin in its plain literal meaning, ‘royal mountain’. It served as the ancient capital city of the Magadha kings till the 5th century BC when Ajatashatru changed the capital to Pataliputra. During those days, it was known as Rajgrih, which translates as 'the home of Royalty'.
Nalanda : Nalanda was a great center of Buddhist learning in ancient times. A large number of Buddhist students thronged the Nalanda University to study Buddhism. Lord Vardhamana Mahavir and Lord Buddha visited Nalanda quite frequently in the 6th century BC. Its University attracted large number of Buddhist students from different parts of the world. The University was founded in the 5th century by the Gupta rulers. There were thousands of students and teachers. The main courses which were taught there were the Buddhist scriptures (both Mahayana and Hinayana), Vedas, Logic, Shabda Vidya (grammar), Chikitsa vidya (medicine) etc.
Patna : Situated on the Southern banks of the Ganges, Patna, the capital of Bihar, has a rich history behind it. There are other four rivers that join the Ganges in Patna. These are Ghaghara, Gandak, Punpun and Sone. The city is located at an altitude of 53 metres. The history of Patna can be traced back to 493 BC, when a king of the Magadha empire, Ajathashatru, fortified the then called Pataligrama. His son, Udayi continued the dynasty and developed the village into a town and thus, Pataliputra was formed. Patna is known for its Buddhist remains and is also a sacred place for the Sikh Community, since many of the Sikh Gurus were born here. The Buddha also is said to have passed through Pataliputra during the last part of his life.
Arrival in Bodhgaya, meeting assistance by our representative at Patna airport or at Gaya Railway station and transfer assistance to hotel in Bodhgaya. Check-in at hotel, Overnight stay at hotel.
Bodhgaya - As the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment, Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buddhists, it is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centres since it was here that Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.
In the evening visit Mahabodhi Temple. Overnight stay at hotel
After breakfast, check-out from hotel. Drive to Rajgir & Nalanda for the tour.
The picturesque Rajgir is surrounded by the meandering river Banganga and five hills. During the lifetime of the Buddha this was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara. 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 was one of the world’s first residential universities, i.e., it had dormitories for students. In its heyday it accommodated over 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers.
The university was considered an architectural masterpiece, and was marked by a lofty wall and one gate. The subjects taught at Nalanda University covered every field of learning, and it attracted pupils and scholars from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey. The Buddha is mentioned as having several times stayed at Nalanda.
Later drive to Patna (80 Kms), arrive and check-in at hotel.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast, and later drive to Vaishali for same day excursion. See Ashok Pillar and Buddha Stupa. The Lion Pillar at Kolhua, was built by Emperor Ashoka. It is made of a highly polished single piece of red sandstone, surmounted by bell shaped capital, 18.3mt high. A life-size figure of a lion is placed on top of the pillar. The pillar is well-preserved and intact.
Return to Patna for overnight stay at hotel.
In morning after breakfast check out from hotel, in-time transfer to airport to board flight for New Delhi / Kolkata, take connecting flight from international terminal for return journey.
End of our services
1. Accommodation in Double room in 05 Star or 04 Star category hotels on CP Basis (Room + Breakfast Basis) inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.
2. All Arrival / Departure transfers from airport / railway station to hotel and vice – versa.
3. Monument entrance fees to places of visit as per the itinerary.
4. Local English speaking guide during the tours.
5. Cable car ride tickets in Rajgir.
6. All Transfers, City sightseeing/excursions and long drives as per itinerary using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / Coach.
7. 01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day.
8. All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes
1. Train tickets or any domestic sectors air tickets and return international air tickets from the city of origin.
2. Travel Insurance and Indian Visa.
3. Personal expenses such as: Any Meals other than specified above / Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotel. Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not included in the clause "inclusions".