Divine Destinations: Exploring Ayodhya, Varanasi & Bodh Gaya 5 days

  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Private tour
  • Solo friendly

"Divine Destinations: Exploring Ayodhya, Varanasi & Bodh Gaya" invites you on a transformative journey through India's spiritual heartland. Begin in Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama, where ancient temples and serene riverbanks set the tone for spiritual exploration. Continue to Varanasi, the world's oldest living city, where sacred rituals on the Ganges and bustling markets offer a vibrant tapestry of culture and devotion. Conclude in Bodh Gaya, the hallowed ground where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, surrounded by majestic temples, tranquil meditation spots, and a profound sense of peace. This tour promises an enriching experience, blending heritage, spirituality, and cultural discovery across three iconic destinations.

Day 1 Welcome to Ayodhya

Upon landing at Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, Ayodhya Dham, our team will assist you and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel. Ayodhya, steeped in history and spirituality, is renowned as the birthplace of Lord Rama. After settling into your hotel, immerse yourself in the city's tranquil ambience. Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, the birthplace of Lord Rama, stands as a testament to the city's rich heritage. Explore the intricately designed interiors and learn about its historical significance. Additionally, visit the imposing Hanuman Garhi, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, and Kanak Bhawan, a stunning palace known for its exquisite architecture and intricate artwork. As the sun sets, experience the captivating Ganga Aarti ceremony by the scenic banks of the Sarayu River, a mesmerizing spectacle that showcases Ayodhya's spiritual essence.

Day 2 Ayodhya to Varanasi (220kms)

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before setting off on a picturesque journey to Varanasi, one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities, brimming with spirituality and cultural richness. Upon reaching Varanasi, check-in at your chosen hotel.

As dusk descends, make your way to the sacred Dashashwamedh Ghat, where ancient traditions come to life against the backdrop of the gently flowing Ganges River. Here, you'll witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony, a spellbinding ritual that pays homage to the river goddess Ganga. As the air resonates with the melodious chants and the flickering flames of the aarti lamps illuminate the darkness, feel the spiritual energy envelop you, leaving an indelible impression on your soul. After the ceremony, take a stroll along the ghats, soaking in the mystical ambience of Varanasi by night. Marvel at the illuminated temples and palaces that dot the riverbanks, their ancient walls echoing with tales of bygone eras. As you retire to your hotel, reflect on the day's experiences, knowing that you've embarked on a journey of discovery and spiritual awakening in the sacred city of Varanasi.

Day 3 Varanasi Exploration

Kick-start your day with a serene boat ride on the Ganges, witnessing the sunrise and observing the ancient rituals performed by locals along the riverbanks. After a hearty breakfast, wander through Varanasi's labyrinthine lanes and bustling markets, visiting key landmarks like Kashi Vishwanath Temple, a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Bharat Mata Temple, a unique temple dedicated to Mother India. Don't miss the opportunity to explore Banaras Hindu University (BHU), one of India's premier educational institutions known for its sprawling campus and iconic landmarks. Later, ventured to Sarnath, an important Buddhist site where Lord Buddha delivered his inaugural sermon. Discover the Dhamek Stupa, an impressive structure marking the spot of Buddha's teachings, and the Chaukhandi Stupa, a historic monument with intricate carvings. Conclude your exploration with a visit to the enlightening Archaeological Museum, housing a remarkable collection of artefacts that shed light on the area's profound heritage.

Day 4 Varanasi to Bodh Gaya (250kms)

After breakfast, journey to Bodh Gaya, the sacred site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Upon arrival, check-in at your hotel and absorb the serene spiritual atmosphere. Explore the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses the revered Bodhi Tree and Mahabodhi Stupa. Take time to meditate at various spots within the complex, soaking in the peaceful ambience imbued with Buddha's teachings. Additionally, visit the Sujata Kuti, a picturesque spot where Buddha accepted rice milk from Sujata, a village girl, before attaining enlightenment. Explore the tranquil Japanese Peace Pagoda, an iconic structure offering panoramic views of Bodh Gaya and promoting world peace through Buddhism.

Day 5 Bodh Gaya to Rajgir - Nalanda - Departure from Patna Airport (170kms)

Start your day with breakfast and head to Rajgir, an ancient city nestled amidst Bihar's hills. Explore the Rajgir Archaeological Museum, showcasing a fascinating collection of artefacts from the region's illustrious past. Visit Vulture's Peak, a scenic hill offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and significant as a meditation site for Buddha. Continue your journey to Nalanda, celebrated for its ancient university, a beacon of knowledge in ancient India. Wander among the ruins of Nalanda University, once a thriving centre of learning, and visit the Nalanda Archaeological Museum to gain insights into the region's illustrious past.

As your journey concludes, we'll transfer you to Patna Airport for your onward travel, concluding a spiritually enriching and culturally enlightening tour spanning Ayodhya, Varanasi, and Bodh Gaya.

What's included

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


Inclusions

  • Assistance on arrival at the 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 the car
  • Government taxes

Exclusions

  • Any flight
  • Camera charges at monuments if any
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities and optional activities
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
  • Expenses of a personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED

Details

Available in

English, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Russian, Spanish
(Other than English guide subject to availability at additional cost)


Available for

Children, Adults



Departure & Return

Start city: Ayodhya , Uttar Pradesh, India

Pick up times available: 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 21:30

Pick up location: Maharishi Valmiki International Airport, Ayodhya Dham

Ends at: Jayprakash Narayan International Airport, Patna

Nearest airport: Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport (LKO)



Eco Features:

  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 31 days or more before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 16-30 days before the travel date
75% cancellation fee - between 7-15 days before the travel date
90% cancellation fee - between 4-6 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-3 days before the travel date

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from $735 per person