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$121 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip To Nalanda And Rajgir From Bodhgaya With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in Gaya and driven to Nalanda, which is a 2-hour drive away.Nalanda is one of the world’s oldest living cities. It flourished as an international university under the patronage of Emperors Ashoka and Harshavardhana, who built temples and monasteries here. Nalanda was the first residential university of the world. It attracted scholars from all over the Buddhist world and at its peak had around 2 000 teachers and 10 000 monks staying here. The monasteries here are built on the Kushan style of architecture. There is a large courtyard that is surrounded by cells where the monks lived. Nalanda was destroyed by Muslim invaders in the 12th century. The three libraries here were burnt down. It is said that they had such a large collection of books and manuscripts that the fire burnt for six months. Spend some time walking through the ruins of this ancient seat of learning.Next take lunch at a local restaurant (beverage excluded).After lunch visit Rajgir, that is 10 miles from Nalanda. Rajgir was the capital of the ancient state of Magadh. Lord Buddha spent many years in Rajgir and delivered some of his famous sermons here. This town is important for the Jain community, too, as Lord Mahavira is also said to have stayed in Rajgir. The travelogues of ancient Buddhist travelers Huen Tsang and Fa Hian also mention Rajgir. Vulture peak - Lord Buddha’s favorite retreat and Ajatshatru Fort are two important sites to visit in Rajgir.At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Gaya and dropped off at your hotel.

$83 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip To Nalanda And Rajgir From Bodhgaya

You will be picked up from your hotel in Gaya and driven to Nalanda, which is a 2-hour drive away.Nalanda is one of the world’s oldest living cities. It flourished as an international university under the patronage of Emperors Ashoka and Harshavardhana, who built temples and monasteries here. Nalanda was the first residential university of the world. It attracted scholars from all over the Buddhist world and at its peak had around 2 000 teachers and 10 000 monks staying here. The monasteries here are built on the Kushan style of architecture. There is a large courtyard that is surrounded by cells where the monks lived. Nalanda was destroyed by Muslim invaders in the 12th century. The three libraries here were burnt down. It is said that they had such a large collection of books and manuscripts that the fire burnt for six months. Spend some time walking through the ruins of this ancient seat of learning.Next take lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).After lunch visit Rajgir, that is 10 miles from Nalanda. Rajgir was the capital of the ancient state of Magadh. Lord Buddha spent many years in Rajgir and delivered some of his famous sermons here. This town is important for the Jain community, too, as Lord Mahavira is also said to have stayed in Rajgir. The travelogues of ancient Buddhist travelers Huen Tsang and Fa Hian also mention Rajgir. Vulture peak - Lord Buddha’s favorite retreat and Ajatshatru Fort are two important sites to visit in Rajgir.At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Gaya and dropped off at your hotel.

$307 Private & Custom Tours

Trip to Bodhgaya - The Holy Place of Enlightenment, with Nalanda-Rajgir

Mahabodhi Temple - depicting the various phases of Buddha's journey towards enlightenment, showing different aspects of his life; Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum - houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D; Jagannath Temple close by has a four armed statue of Shiva in black stone.   Visit Rajgir which is one of the most important site. Rajgir has its own very scenic beauty surrounded by five holy hills, the picturesque little town of Rajgir is important for Buddhists as well as Jains.   Nalanda is one of the world's oldest living cities. The Buddhist University of Nalanda, once the most prestigious center of learning in Asia, was built here.   Enjoy the company of our knowledgeable Local Tour Guide, who will brief you about the important sites.     What you can expect – Itinerary is given below for your reference   Day 1: Bodhgaya On time, pick-up from Bodhgaya Airport and meet our Tour Escort, check in at hotel.   Day 2: Bodhgaya Proceed for city tour of Bodhgaya Mahabodhi Temple - depicting the various phases of Buddha's journey towards enlightenment, showing different aspects of his life; Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum - houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from the 1st century B.C, to the 11th century A.D.       Day 3: Bodhgaya - proceed for excursion of Rajgir & Nalanda After breakfast at Hotel, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Nalanda & Rajgir.   Nalanda is the antiquated seat of taking in, the remains of the University uncover that it was the primary International University of the world, where more than 2,000 instructors and 1,000 understudies from everywhere throughout the Buddhist world lived and considered. The exhumed vestiges are astounding, with sanctuaries, cloisters and address lobbies symmetrically spread over a vast region.   Rajgir – It is another imperative spot of journey for Buddhists and also Jains. Antiquated Rajgirha, truly the house Kings, was the principal capital of Magadha. Vulture Peak, Ajatsatru Fort, Griddhakuta, are the imperative spots to visit in Rajgir.   Evening on time, drop back to Bodhgaya Hotel.   Day 4: Depart Bodhgaya On time, transfer to Gaya Airport to connect flight for onward destination.

Marine

India River Cruise – Ganges Adventure

Imagine the cruise of a lifetime along India's Ganges River. Unpack once in your cabin and let the riverboat move you from place to life-changing place for seven incredible days. Explore palace ruins at Rajmahal, trace 6th-century rock carvings with your own fingers, and photograph to your heart's content the picturesque Pawapuri Jain temple in the middle of a lake. Experience India in a way you haven't yet imagined.

Marine

India River Cruise – Ganges Encompassed

Plan ahead and combine two river cruising tours along the famous Ganges River for 15 days so you don’t have to worry about missing anything. Get unpacked and comfortable in your cabin once and then relax and enjoy the journey from Patna to Kolkata. Explore palace ruins at Rajmahal, check out sixth-century rock carvings, take breathtaking photos of the Jain temple in the middle of a lake at Pawapuri, and sail through local villages to see historical battlegrounds, terracotta temples, and the Katgola palace. Experience India in a way only river cruising can show you.

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India River Cruise: The Holy Ganges

Cruise the storied waters of the Ganges River on a 12-day adventure. By riverboat and on land, soak up the immense power of this vital waterway as you sail to picturesque local villages and see stunning temples and palaces. Cap off the experience with a four-day land excursion to the city of Varanasi, considered by many to be the spiritual capital of India.

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