Do Muhan Road, Gaya Dist, Bodh Gaya, Bihar 824231, IndiaView Direction
Assistance at the airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight Stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel and get ready for early morning boat ride on the Ganges.
To start a day in Varanasi beside the Ganges is to follow the routine people of Varanasi have observed for time immemorial. The common sight of the rising sun bathing the waters in gold and red here becomes special because of the rivers status in the Hindu world. A boat ride on the Ganges is a great way to get a feel of the river Hindus call Ganga Ma, Mother Ganga.
The Vishwanath Temple is the best example of Varanasis spiritual heritage as well as its ability to continue under challenges. Dedicated to Shivas Vishveswara (Lord of the Universe) manisfestation, the temple was built in 1776 by Ahalya Bai of Indore. Its towers were plated using 800 kgs of gold—a contribution of Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Lahore. The chance to perform puja at this most sacred of spots is reason enough for pilgrims to come to Varanasi.
Locatednear the Vishwanath Temple, the water from this sacred well is said to give anyone who drinks it an intense spiritual experience. This supernatural property of the water cannot be verified, however, because the well is now covered. It is also believed to act as a vault, containing the original Shiva lingam housed in a temple destroyed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
The site of this temple marks the place where the poet Tulsi Das lived and wrote the Ram CharitManas, the Hindi version of the Hindu epic Ramayana. Engravings of verses and scenes from Dass book cover the temples walls. Daily performances of Hindu mythological tales are held on the second floor of the temple.
This Nagara-style temple with multiple sikhara tiers was built in the 18th century by a Bengali maharani. The ochre-colored building houses an image of Durga in its inner sanctum.
Founded in 1917 by Pandit Malaviya, the Benares Hindu University is a beacon of Varanasi's old fame as one of the Sub-continents greatest centres of scholarship. The university offers degrees in traditional Indian art, music, culture and philosophy, and is of special importance for scholars of Sanskrit. Its major attraction for visitors is the Bharat Kala Bhavan, which exhibits miniature paintings, sculptures dating back to the 1st century and old photographs of Varanasi.
The ghats of Varanasi are the venue of all the various spectacles associated with Hinduism. At any time, it is peopled with astrologers, mantra-chanting priests and their clients, barbers shaving heads, people stripping down for a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges and, if youre near the cremation ghats, funeral pyres devouring the deceased. A dip in the Ganges waters is not only an act of washing away ones sins; it is to immerse in the belief system handed down by ones ancestors, to do what a grandfather or grandmother might have done in the past. Evenings on Varanasis ghats can cast a spell on you. The elaborate and meticulously performed aarati ceremony and the accompaniment of bhajans(devotional songs) and rhythmic clapping of the devotees charges the evening with energy that takes hold of your senses.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Early morning drive to Sarnath.Guided tour of the main attractions of Sarnath.
Sarnath, located only 10 kilometers from the throbbing Varanasi, seems ever ready to host another great philosophers speech. Its large gardens filled with bird and scurrying squirrel press upon the visitors the gift of tranquility. Here, silence needs no prompting. The historical and spiritual significance of the fact that the Buddha delivered his first sermon somewhere in this expanse of gardens makes you more attentive to the surroundings. The senses are equally engaged by the hulking remain of the 34-meter-high Dhamekh Stupa. Although the present edifice dates back to 500 AD, excavations of the site have yielded bricks dating back to 200 BC. The ruins of a large monastery and the partial Ashokan pillar all hark back to the heyday of Buddhism in the area.
Standing majestically across the Ganges from Varanasi, the Ramnagar Fort is an alluring monument. It is the residence of the former Maharaja of Benares, and although it no longer has the bustling atmosphere of a palace, it captives with its trappings of regal life ranging from vintage Fords and Cadillacs to gold-plated elephant howdahs to silver palanquins. The most interesting object on display in this museum is an astrological that besides showing time also shows position of the sun, phases of the moon, and gives astrological information. You can feel like a monarch for a moment standing on the stone platforms on the palaces western end, with the Ganges flowing below and the ancient Varanasi across it.
After visiting famous sites in and around Varanasi travellers will have some free time on their own.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Bodhgaya: where a young man who had renounced life as a prince undertook severe austerities, meditated for weeks, attained enlightenment and became the Buddha. Whether one thinks of the Buddha as a philosopher or as a god, Bodhgaya marks the site of a most wonderful transformation. Surviving as an indirect link to this event in the Buddhas life is the bo tree growing in the premises of the Mahabodhi Temple. The tree is believed to have come from the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. The spread of the Buddhas teachings around the world is reflected in the Tibetan, Burmese, Japanese, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Bhutanese and Nepali monasteries standing nearby.
According to Hindu mythology, Vishnu bestowed on Gaya the power to absolve sins. Hence for Hindus, a visit to Gaya is an opportunity for spiritual cleansing. Gaya is also one of the holiest places for a Hindu to offer pinda(cakes offered to the spirits of ones ancestors). Performing this ritualat Gaya combined with a circuit of Gayas holy sites is believed to liberate one's ancestors from the cycle of rebirth.
For a Hindu pilgrim the most attractive place in Gaya is the Vishnupad Temple. As the name suggests, it is dedicated to Vishnu, the suffix pad meaning feet. This sikhara-style temple was built in 1787 by Queen Ahalya Bai of Indore. The temple houses a 40 cm footprint on a rock, which Hindus believe was made by Vishnu's foot.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and get ready to drive Bodhgaya.
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Bodhgaya(5 Hours).
Breakfast at hotel & early morning drive to varanasi.
Transfer to airport for final departure.
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Name of Account Holder: Buddha Holidays Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd., Jawalakhel, Lalitpur
Account Number (USD): 006 08082190011
Account Number (NPR/INR): 006 08082190019
Name of the Bank: Himalayan Bank Ltd, Patan Branch, Lalitpur
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