Across the Heart of India: Ayodhya, Varanasi, and Bodh Gaya Pilgrimage
Product Code : AGORA942
Embark on a transformative spiritual odyssey with our "Across the Heart of India: Ayodhya, Varanasi, and Bodh Gaya Pilgrimage" tour. Begin in Ayodhya, the sacred birthplace of Lord Rama, and experience the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti in Varanasi, a city steeped in ancient traditions. Journey to Bodh Gaya, where Buddha attained enlightenment, exploring the Mahabodhi Temple Complex. This pilgrimage weaves through centuries-old cultural legacies, providing spiritual nourishment amidst historical treasures. Immerse yourself in the spiritual heart of India, discovering the profound connections that echo through Ayodhya, Varanasi, and Bodh Gaya.
Day 1: Arrive in Ayodhya
Upon arrival at Ayodhya airport, you will receive assistance and be transferred to your hotel. Ayodhya, with its rich cultural and religious heritage, is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama. After completing the check-in process, take in the serene atmosphere of the city. Explore historical landmarks, including Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, the birthplace of Lord Rama, the ancient Hanuman Garhi, and Kanak Bhawan. In the evening, witness the enchanting Ganga Aarti along the picturesque banks of the River Sarayu.
Day 2: Ayodhya to Varanasi (220kms)
After a hearty breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Varanasi, one of the oldest living cities globally, deeply rooted in spirituality and culture. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. In the evening, immerse yourself in the mystical charm of Varanasi. Attend the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony at Dashashwamedh Ghat, leaving you in awe.
Day 3: Varanasi
Begin your day with an early morning boat ride on the Ganges, witnessing the sunrise and the ancient rituals performed by devotees along the ghats. After breakfast at your hotel, explore the narrow lanes and vibrant markets of Varanasi, visiting significant sites such as the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, and Banaras Hindu University (BHU). Later in the day, delve into the historical significance of Buddhism in Sarnath, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. The Dhamek Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa, and the Archaeological Museum offer insights into the region's rich heritage.
Day 4: Varanasi to Bodh Gaya (250kms)
After breakfast, depart for Bodh Gaya, the sacred place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and soak in the spiritual ambiance. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing the revered Bodhi Tree and Mahabodhi Stupa. Explore the meditation spots scattered across the complex, absorbing the tranquil atmosphere resonating with the teachings of Buddha.
Day 5: Bodh Gaya to Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna Airport (170kms)
After breakfast, commence your day by heading to Rajgir, an ancient city nestled in the hills of Bihar. Explore the Rajgir Archaeological Museum, Vulture's Peak, and the remnants of the ancient city. Continue your journey to Nalanda, renowned for its ancient university, a cradle of knowledge in ancient India. Wander through the ruins of Nalanda University and visit the Nalanda Archaeological Museum. As the day concludes, proceed to Patna Airport for your onward journey, marking the end of a transformative spiritual and cultural exploration through Ayodhya, Varanasi, and Bodh Gaya.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 4 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
- Daily breakfast at hotels.
- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the 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.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.