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Enlightenment Trail: Bodhgaya to Varanasi Spiritual Odyssey

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Duration

4 Nights / 5 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on the “Enlightenment Trail: Bodhgaya to Varanasi Spiritual Odyssey,” a transformative journey through India’s spiritual heartlands. Begin in Bodhgaya, where the Mahabodhi Temple and the Great Buddha Statue await, surrounded by serene gardens and the Bodhi Tree. Witness the tranquil site of Sujata Garh, pivotal in Buddha’s path to enlightenment, before exploring international monasteries. Travel to Varanasi, where the ancient city’s energy unfolds through a mesmerizing Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. Experience sunrise on a serene Ganges boat ride, visit the revered Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and delve into the sacredness of Sarnath, where Buddha preached his first sermon. This odyssey culminates in Varanasi, offering a profound immersion into India’s spiritual heritage and enlightenment teachings.

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 %
4 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
5 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
6 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Itenirary
Day 1: Patna - Bodhgaya (175kms)

Drive from Patna to Bodhgaya, passing through scenic rural Bihar landscapes. Enroute visit Nalanda: Nalanda University Ruins: Explore the ancient ruins of one of the world's oldest universities, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its historical and architectural significance. Nalanda Archaeological Museum: See artifacts and sculptures excavated from the Nalanda site, offering insights into ancient Indian education and culture. Enroute visit Rajgir: Griddhakuta Hill: Visit the hill where Buddha preached many of his famous sermons, offering panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. Venu Vana: Explore the Bamboo Grove where Buddha meditated and where the first Buddhist Council was held after his death.

Itenirary
Day 2: Bodhgaya

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Mahabodhi Temple: Begin your day with a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage site, marveling at its ancient architecture, serene gardens, and the sacred Bodhi Tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment. Great Buddha Statue: Discover the 80-feet tall statue of Buddha in meditation posture, surrounded by lush gardens and offering a tranquil environment for contemplation. Sujata Garh: Visit the peaceful site where Sujata offered rice milk to Buddha, marking a significant moment in his journey towards enlightenment. Visit International Monasteries: Explore monasteries built by various Buddhist countries, each showcasing unique architectural styles and offering insights into their cultural heritage.

Itenirary
Day 3: Bodhgaya - Varanasi (250kms)

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Varanasi, experiencing the transition from Bihar to Uttar Pradesh's vibrant culture and landscapes. Evening Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat: Witness the mesmerizing ritual on the banks of River Ganges, where priests perform prayers with oil lamps and incense, creating a spiritual ambiance.

Itenirary
Day 4: Varanasi

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Boat Ride on River Ganges: Experience the early morning tranquility on a boat ride, witnessing the sunrise and observing the rituals along the ghats. BHU Complex: Visit Banaras Hindu University, one of the largest residential universities in Asia, known for its sprawling campus and the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum showcasing historical artifacts. Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Visit one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, renowned for its gold-plated spire and intricate architecture. Bharat Mata Temple: Explore this unique temple dedicated to Mother India, featuring a marble relief map of undivided India, symbolizing unity in diversity. Sarnath: Explore the sacred site where Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. Visit Dhamek Stupa, Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, and the Archaeological Museum to see ancient artifacts and relics.

Itenirary
Day 5: Varanasi - Departure

Start with breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your flight time, visit local markets or additional sites in Varanasi. Transfer to Varanasi airport for your departure, concluding your enriching journey through Bodhgaya and Varanasi's cultural and spiritual landmarks.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 4 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • 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.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • 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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