Varanasi and Gaya are two destinations of one perfect combination for a short Buddhist Pilgrimage tour.
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Varanasi Sarnath Bodhgaya tour
Gaya is an ancient city, with a Buddhist documented history dating back to the 6th century BCE when the sage Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, 16 km (9.9 mi) from the modern city, and became the Buddha. Even before this time, Gaya was a place of pilgrimage for people from around the world.
Varanasi or Banaras is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is situated on the bank of river Ganga spreading over 1535 sq.km area in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located between the confluences of river Ganga and Varuna and river Ganga and Assi rivulet
Varanasi Gaya tour package
Day 1: Arrival - Varanasi
The tour starts with a representative picking you up from railway station or airport and escorting you to a pre-booked hotel. The rest of the day until evening is free for leisure activities, shopping or short sightseeing that you desire. Right before sunset, you will be taken to Dashashwamedh Ghat to enjoy Ganga Aarti. This ritual takes place every evening during sunset. During this ritual, priests perform synced rituals and thousands of small oil lamps are let to float on a leaf on the river. The river will be filled with small balls of fire like the sky. It is an iconic attraction of Varanasi. Since the ghatwill be filled with devotees and tourists, you can hire a boat and watch the ceremony from the river. It is an important attraction in Varanasi. Overnight stay in Varanasi
Day 2: Varanasi – Sarnath – Varanasi
The trip starts very early in the morning even before your breakfast. Early morning Ganges cruise on a boat is another iconic tourist attraction here for two main reasons. The first reason is the ghats that you find along your route. Each ghat has a specialty. For instance, Manikarnika Ghat is a spot to find Hindu cremation ceremonies. Moreover, you can find many people taking holy bath or performing rituals along the sides of the river. The second reason is the aesthetically pleasing river during a foggy morning.
After the cruise, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour that covers important temples like Annapurna temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple, Bharat Mata temple, Kashi Vishwanath temple, ManasMandir, BHU and others. Later, you will be escorted back to your hotel for breakfast and brief rest.
By early afternoon, you will be taken on a road trip to Sarnath. Sarnath is an important Buddhist pilgrim spot. This is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after enlightenment. Top attractions in Sarnath are Chaukhandi stupa, Buddha temple, Dhamekha stupa, archeological museum and others. You will return to Varanasi by early evening. The rest of the day is free for leisure shopping, sightseeing or resting. Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Day 3: Bodh Gaya trip from Varanasi
After breakfast, you will be taken on a road trip to Bodhgaya. After checking into a hotel, you will be taken on a sightseeing tour that covers Bodhi tree, Maha Bodhi temple, Buddha statue and others. Apart from these Buddhist attractions, you will be taken to Ram Chura, Janki temple, SitaKund, HaleshwarAsthan and others.
Overnight stay in Bodhgaya.
Day 4: Bodhgaya - Varanasi
After breakfast, you will be taken on a road trip to Gaya. Gaya is famous for unique temples. There is a temple in Gaya where you can find Lord Vishnu’s footprint. Top tourist spots covered are Vishupad temple, Vishnu temples, Chinese temple, Tibetan temple, Japanese temple, Phalguna River and others. By early evening, you will be taken on a road trip back to Varanasi.
Overnight stay in Varanasi.
Day 5: Varanasi - Departure
After breakfast, the rest of the day until your departure train/flight is free. You will be escorted to the railway station or airport as per your choice. You can also skip it and choose to stay back in the city and enjoy the other places on your own.
Bodhgaya trip from Varanasi
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- 02 Nights’ Accommodation in Varanasi
- 02 Nights’ Accommodation in Bodhgaya
- Breakfast only at hotels
- Pick Up & Drop from Varanasi by Private Car
- All transfers & sightseeing by Same Private Car
- All toll tax, parking charges, driver charges, fuel cost inclusive.
- All applicable taxes.
- Personal expenses
- 05% GST if gst bill required.
- Airfare/Train tickets.
- Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary..
- Entrance Fees to Monasteries/ Monuments/Parks/etc & Guide charges.
- Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), etc. (to be borne by the client, who is directly payable on the spot).
- Any increase in Airlines taxes or fuel price at the time of departure, leading to increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect prior to departure.
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
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