Sacred Sites of India: A Journey through Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrimage
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Product Code : AGORA341
Embark on a transformative journey through India's spiritual heartland with our "Sacred Sites of India" tour. Explore revered Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites, including the iconic Bodhgaya, Varanasi's mystical ghats, and the sacred Baidyanath Dham. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of India's religious heritage, experiencing spiritual rituals, ancient temples, and the tranquility of holy landscapes. This pilgrimage promises an unforgettable encounter with the soul-stirring essence of India's profound spiritual legacy.
Day 1: Kolkata Arrival
Upon your arrival at Kolkata's Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, our representative will warmly greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel. After settling in, take some time to relax or venture out to get a first glimpse of the bustling city. Kolkata, known for its rich cultural heritage and historical significance, welcomes you for an immersive experience.
Day 2: Kolkata Sightseeing
Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Your full-day city tour begins with a visit to Fort William, a historical fort built during the British colonial era. Explore the iconic Victoria Memorial, an architectural masterpiece that stands as a symbol of Kolkata. Continue to Netaji Bhawan, dedicated to the legendary freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose. Marvel at the engineering marvel of Howrah Bridge, a prominent Kolkata landmark. Conclude the day with a visit to Dakshineswar Kali Temple, known for its serene surroundings and devotion. Return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 3: Kolkata to Deoghar (Train Journey)
Enjoy a leisurely morning, and in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Howrah railway station to board the JANSHATABDI EXP (Train No. 12023) to Deoghar (Jasidih Jn). The train journey offers glimpses of the Indian countryside. On reaching Deoghar, meet your driver and transfer to the hotel for a well-deserved rest. Deoghar, known for its religious significance, awaits exploration.
Day 4: Deoghar to Bodhgaya (via Nalanda)
After a wholesome breakfast, visit Baba Baidyanath Dham, one of the twelve jyotirlinga temples, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Explore the spiritual ambiance of this revered shrine. The journey then takes you to Nalanda, an ancient center of learning that flourished in the 5th century. Witness the historical remnants and soak in the knowledge embedded in the site. Continue your drive to Bodhgaya, a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists. En route, visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa, a symbol of peace on a hill at Rajgir. Check-in at the hotel in Bodhgaya for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Bodhgaya to Varanasi
Commence the day with a visit to Mahabodhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the Bodhi Tree, Vajrasana, Tibetan Monastery, and other significant Buddhist sites. The journey then leads to Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. On arrival, check-in at the hotel, and in the evening, witness the enchanting Holy Ganga Aarti by the ghats. The mystical ambiance of Varanasi awaits your exploration.
Day 6: Varanasi Sightseeing
Rise early for a mesmerizing boat ride on the Ganges during the sunrise. Witness the spiritual rituals and activities along the ghats. Later, visit Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, and the Sarnath Temple complex, where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. If time permits, explore the historical Ram Nagar Fort & Museum. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Varanasi Departure
After a relaxed morning and breakfast, our representative will transfer you to Varanasi Airport for your departure flight to Kolkata/Delhi/Mumbai, marking the end of this cultural and spiritual journey. As you bid farewell to the cities that have unfolded tales of history and spirituality, carry with you cherished memories of an enriching travel experience.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 6 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.
- AC Train ticket Kolkata - Deoghar.
- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water in car.
- Government taxes.
Hotels used or similar for 6 nights accommodation
Kolkata x 2 nights
3* - Regenta Orko's/ The Fern Residency
4* - The Peerless Inn/ The Fern Residency
5* - ITC Sonar, a Luxury Collection/ The Lalit Great Eastern
Deoghar x 1 nights
3*/4*/5* - GenX Rameshwaram By 1589/ Amrapali Clarks Inn
Bodhgaya x 1 nights
3* - Hotel Taj Darbar/ Hotel Mahamaya
4* - The Royal Residency/ Lotus Nikko Hotel
5* - The Royal Residency/ Lotus Nikko Hotel
Varanasi x 2 nights
3* - Meraden Grand/ Amaya Hotel
4* - Rivatas by Ideal/ Palace On Ganges
5* - Ramada JHV/ Radisson Hotel
- Any flight tickets.
- 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.