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Divine Journey: Exploring Jyotirlinga Temples and Buddhist Heritage

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Duration

7 Nights / 8 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a transformative journey through the spiritual heart of India with the Divine Journey: Exploring Jyotirlinga Temples and Buddhist Heritage tour. Begin in Delhi, experiencing the vibrant capital before flying to Prayagraj, where the confluence of sacred rivers inspires profound devotion. Journey to Varanasi, the eternal city, for an immersive experience along the Ganges and visits to revered temples. Explore Bodhgaya, the site of Buddha’s enlightenment, and continue to Deoghar to worship at the sacred Jyotirlinga temple. Conclude in Patna, rich with historical and religious significance, before returning to Delhi, carrying the memories of this deeply spiritual pilgrimage.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person groupQ 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel. Visit Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the tallest brick minaret in the world, showcasing Indo-Islamic architecture and intricate carvings. Explore India Gate, a war memorial dedicated to Indian soldiers who died in World War I, and enjoy the lush green lawns and bustling atmosphere around it. Discover Humayun's Tomb, an architectural precursor to the Taj Mahal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its stunning Mughal architecture and beautiful gardens. Stroll through the bustling markets of Chandni Chowk, a historic market area in Old Delhi, offering a vibrant atmosphere with a variety of shops, street food, and historical sites.

Day 2: Delhi - Prayagraj (Allahabad) (flight)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Prayagraj (Allahabad). Visit Triveni Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers, considered a sacred site for Hindu rituals and ceremonies, with devotees taking holy dips. Explore Anand Bhavan, the historic residence of the Nehru family, now a museum showcasing artifacts from India's independence movement, offering a glimpse into India's political history. Visit Allahabad Fort, a massive fort built by Emperor Akbar with significant historical and architectural value, featuring beautiful structures like the Ashoka Pillar and Saraswati Koop.

Day 3: Prayagraj - Varanasi (120kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and a major spiritual hub. Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, known for its spiritual significance and intricate architecture. Explore Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, visiting Dhamek Stupa and the Sarnath Archaeological Museum, rich with ancient Buddhist artifacts. Attend the evening Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat, a spectacular ritual of worship with lamps and chants, creating a magical atmosphere along the riverbanks.

Day 4: Varanasi

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Early morning boat ride on the Ganges River, witnessing the mesmerizing rituals and ceremonies at the ghats, including the famous Dashashwamedh Ghat, where devotees perform daily rituals. Visit Bharat Mata Temple, a unique temple dedicated to Mother India, featuring a relief map of India carved in marble, symbolizing the nation's unity. Explore Banaras Hindu University, one of the largest residential universities in Asia, known for its picturesque campus and the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, housing a vast collection of art and artifacts. Stroll through the narrow lanes of Varanasi, discovering hidden temples, vibrant markets, and traditional crafts, offering an authentic glimpse into the city's culture and traditions.

Day 5: Varanasi - Bodhgaya (250kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Bodhgaya, the sacred place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Visit Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centers, featuring the sacred Bodhi tree and beautiful temple architecture. Explore the Great Buddha Statue, an impressive 80-feet tall statue symbolizing peace and spirituality, surrounded by serene gardens. Visit Sujata Kuti, the village where Sujata offered kheer to Buddha before his enlightenment, marking a significant event in Buddhist history, with a stupa commemorating the event.

Day 6: Bodhgaya - Deoghar (235kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Deoghar, known for its spiritual significance and serene environment. Visit Baidyanath Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva, a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, attracting devotees from all over India. Explore Naulakha Mandir, a beautiful temple dedicated to Radha-Krishna, known for its unique architecture and serene ambiance. Visit Satsang Ashram, the spiritual center established by Sri Sri Thakur Anukulchandra, attracting devotees from around the world, offering a peaceful and reflective environment.

Day 7: Deoghar - Patna (265kms)/ flight to Delhi

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Patna, the capital city of Bihar with rich historical and cultural heritage. Visit Golghar, a large granary built by the British in 1786, offering panoramic views of the city from its top. Explore Patna Museum, housing an impressive collection of artifacts from ancient India, including sculptures, coins, and manuscripts, showcasing Bihar's rich cultural heritage. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Delhi.

Day 8: Delhi - Departure

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, explore more of Delhi's attractions or enjoy some last-minute shopping for souvenirs. Transfer to the airport for your onward journey, carrying memories of a spiritually enriching pilgrimage tour.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 7 Night's accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Delhi - Prayagraj & Patna - Delhi flight fare approx INR 11,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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