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The Exclusive Bodhgaya and Nalanda Tour: 7 Nts / 8 Days


Day 1: On your arrival at the International airport our representative meets you and drives you to your pre-reserved hotel. In the afternoon we take you on a half day city tour of Old Delhi with its exotic merchandise and delicious rich cuisine, secret recipes of which have been handed down from generation to generation since the time of the great Mughals. Return to your hotel for the night after sampling the heady cuisine of the Great Mughals.

Day 2 : Drive to the Domestic Airport from where we catch your flight to Bodhgaya. Check into your hotel on arrival. It was here where the Buddha achieved enlightenment and which is now a famous pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from all over the world. We visit the Mahabodhi temple once the spot where the Emperor Ashoka built a small shrine. Then after lunch we walk around the Archaeological Museum with its numerous religious and historical artefacts, relics and works of art. Return to your hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 3: We explore this 7the century built historic town located to the west of the Falgu River a tributary of the River Ganga. We visit the descendant of the original Bodhi tree with a large red flat stone where Buddha attained enlightenment. This tree had been brought from Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka where it had been taken in the 3 rd century BC by Sanghamitra Emperor Ashoka's daughter. Stroll around this holy city and an important centre for Buddhist studies.

Day 4: Bodhgaya also has numerous shrines and temples built by nations that have a strong Buddhist presence. These nations including Japan, Burma, Korea, Sri Lanka and China have significantly contributed to restore the Mahabodhi temple. Spend the day of exploring these architecturally delightful temples before returning to your hotel for the night.

Day 5: We leave for Patna City (10 hours) and on the way stop over at the once famous Buddhist University of Nalanda and Rajgir once the capital of the mighty Maghada Empire. Close by is also Gridhakuta - Vulture's Peak where it is said the Buddha preached and where the first Buddhist Council was held. Check into a pre reserved hotel in Patna for the night.

Day 6: Drive to Patna airport for your morning flight to Delhi. On arrival you check into your pre-reserved hotel. The day is free for shopping and other leisure activities.

Day 7: Drive to Agra city - a 5 hour drive after an early breakfast. In Agra visit the legendary Taj Mahal, the Fort and the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri 37 Kms away. In the evening drive back to Delhi and your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 8: The day is free to explore New Delhi with its massive colonial buildings in sandstone and granite today housing Government offices, the India Gate, the Delhi Zoo and the impressive tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun before returning to your hotel for the night. I nternational flights normally leave late at night or very early in the mornings. We transfer you to the airport for your onward flight according to the flight timings.

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