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As you land Delhi a company representative from our end will receive you airport leading to the hotel for an overnight stay.
It’s a total journey of 4 hours covering 140 kms. After the early morning breakfast reach the railway station and get on to the Lucknow train. Upon reaching Lucknow make a move to Sravasti and explore the Sahet and Mahet. Back in past this used to be a proactive Buddhist hub and also the capital city for Kosala Kingdom. Another place of interest to visit is Jetvana Viharhas, where Buddha took refuge for almost twenty-four years. This place boasts of ancient stupas, popular Anand Bodhi trees, quaint monasteries as well as many temples.On this day you spend the night at Sravasti.
A total journey of 7 hours covering a distance of 225kms, it takes off post your breakfast, where you drive down to Lumbini visiting Kapilvastu on the way. At Lumbini you complete your hotel check-in formalities and start the day’s sightseeing. This place is popular as Buddha was born here. You start sightseeing by visiting Maya Devi Temple, dedicated to Buddha’s mother. This temple got constructed in 2nd century B.C that has a river near, where Maya Devi took her bath. The reputed Japanese Buddhist Federations have decided to rebuild this temple. The other prominent attraction is the Asoka Pillar that got established in 250 B.C constructed by Asoka. The king was a disciple of Buddhism. When this pillar was getting constructed Asoka did not accept tax from the villagers. In addition to that, the king had distributed hundred golden coins amidst them. A sudden lightning that occurred in 7th century made the pillar break in two pieces. Furthermore, this grand site went into oblivion as the dense forest around completely covered it until1895 when it was rediscovered. Post that, the site was rearranged and cleared properly and the pillar was reconstructed, as this place exudes Buddhist significance. You stay overnight in the hotel at Lumbini.
You start this journey of 180 kms after the breakfast from Lumbini and reach Kushinagar in 6 hours. This place has immense importance, as it records Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana, which means his leaving earth finally. There are several historical temples and monasteries here for you to visit. A popular site is the cremation ground of Buddha, Rambhar Stupa. History narrates that Mahakashyapa in the past at Mukutabandha Vihara had lit the holy funeral pyre. Recently, all that remains of this great site is a big mound of brick that is 15 meters high having a park within. Whilst wrapping up stop over at the Mahaparinirvana Temple and then return to your hotel at Kushinagar to stay overnight.
As you are done with your breakfast you head towards Patna and explore Vaishali along the way! Vaishali was frequently visited by Buddha during his lifetime. Furthermore, at Kolhua located nearby Buddha taught his final lecture. Celebrating this event King Asoka created the famous lion pillar in 3rd century B.C. And after about a century of Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana, this place i.e. Vaishali had experienced the hosting of the second Buddhist council where two stupas got created in this honour. You spend the night at your hotel in Patna.
This is a journey of 200kms and you complete this in 6 hours. Post your breakfast at Patna you head towards Rajgir and visit Nalanda on your way. Nalanda is a classic hub for Buddhism and also being established in 5th century it is the oldest university that the world has. Close by you will find famous temples and monasteries depicting stunning Hindu and Buddhist images. Another popular site is Institute for research in Buddhism and Pali literature that till date has preserved some of the rare manuscripts that might interest the history buffs. Post Nalanda you move to Rajgir, which was the capital city back in history of the famous Magadh kingdom that was ruled by King Bimbisara. Here you can explore the Vishwa Shanti Stupa which is an elite and elegant marble construction carrying impressive golden Buddha images and was constructed by esteemed NipponzaMyohoji sect of Japan.
Further in the tour you are taken to Griddhakuta that is an unusual rock projection that has resemblance to the beak of a vulture, which probably gives it its name. Inside these rocky caves Gautama Buddha spent several rainy seasons preaching as well as meditating. Take a pause at the Venuvana Vihara, a sacred monastery site that got constructed by king Bimbisara for Gautama Buddha to stay, as a very first offering to Gautama Buddha. There is also the Jivakameavan Gardens, known as the royal dispensary of eminent physicians’. Here Buddha was attended and healed by Jivaka, a popular physician who belonged to the times when Bimbisara and Ajatshatru used to rule. When you finally arrive at Bodh Gaya you stay overnight in your hotel.
You start your sightseeing in Bodh Gaya post your breakfast. Here Gautama Buddha got enlightened under a pious Bodhi Tree. On your exploration spree stop by at Mahabodhi Temple constructed by Asoka back in 3rd century B.C. The other prominent site is Sujata House. This happens to be a temple built serenading a tribal woman from Uruvela who had the kindness to provide food to Gautam Buddha when he was starving. There is a shrine and purlieu close by that gives this place its spiritual aura. Visit the Niranjana River and return to the hotel at Bodh Gaya for overnight stay.
After completing a journey of 6 hours covering 250 kms, you reach Varanasi from Bodh Gaya and check in your hotel. In the late afternoon side you can take a stroll around and explore the nearby markets, be a part of the evening traditional worships and also enjoy a boat ride in the sacred Ganges. For this day you stay in the hotel overnight.
In the morning you start the day with a relaxed boat ride at the holy Ganges and experience the magical Sunrise moment. You also get the chance to explore the cremation Ghats and also be a part of the ritualistic practices taking place here. Post this you can stop over at the famous Bharat Mata Temple and the popular Banaras Hindu University. Here Gautama Buddha has taught his very first lesson soon after his enlightenment ay the 530 B.C. Towards the afternoon you make your way to the airport to take your flight for Delhi, where you arrive and go to airport to leave for your onward destination.
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I want to thank the company "Minar travel" for the great organized tour of the Golden Triangle! All hotels on the tour were great, transportation is very convenient and comfortable! The organization of the tour was at the highest level, starting with a meeting at the airport and checking into the hotel and ending with the landing on the flight to Goa at the end of the tour. All tours were very informative and interesting. We do not have to be bored and time flew by! India remained in the memories of a bright and wonderful country! Many thanks for the great time! I look forward to continued cooperation in the future.
We had a very nice trip and we enjoyed of what the company arranged for us. The sightseeining of city and shopping all Minar guiders were kind and warm & sympathies like most Indian people that are met during last week. The driver that took us to Agra and Delhi also had Very patience. We are thankful of every thing. We were going to miss India and hope to come back again. We also invite you to come to Iran and we do also our best for enjoyment.
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Dear Colleagues,On behalf of a group of 14 pax we express you gratitude for perfectly organizing trip from 13/02 to 27/02 to Golden Triangle + Nanu Beach Resort, Goa, for your personalized attention and excellent professionalism of all employees of Minar Travels. The tourists express special gratitude to the accompanying guide. The tour leader have expressed desire to arrive next year with the group once again through Minar. Thank you.
Minar is the best! We travelled from Moscow to Delhi in a group of five and travelled to Delhi, Agra & Jaipur from 06.03.2011 on 10.03.2011. We are Very grateful for these excursions to Agra and Jaipur with guide Deepak Sharma. We are thankful to him for a good and friendly attitude towards tourists. Minar is a truly professional organization. We are happy to travel with your firm. With gratitude, Tutachkova L, Rakhmatullina R, Hasyanova R, Lee, T
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I Wanted To Let You Know How Much Fun My Family And I Had At Your Country,You Were A Fabulous Hostess.Your Welcoming For Us In Both Your Beautiful Place Of Mumbai & Goa Were Awesome Also You Made Us Feel So Welcome.It Was Worthy For Us That You Answer All Of My Question Honestly And Made Us Comfortable
Hi, Just a quick note to share our appreciation for the outstanding support, that we receive from all MINAR staff, during our stay in India.From the arrival till departure hour, we were fully supported and attended, with a great level of service.Keep on the good work and have a great 2012.
I extend to you our most profound appreciation for making our trip to India a remembrance one, we wish particularly to thank team of Delhi office for the accommodation, and our wishes also and appreciation to your representatives in New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra for receiving us graciously and making our stay enjoying.
Last but not least, I wish to express heart-full thanks to the driver you organized for us; Who has been accompanying us throughout the trip; his profession and great humour made a lasting impressing on my wife and myself.
Thank you for organizing our tour to India. My husband liked it very much and we thank you for such an interesting program. At all cities we got the best Russian-speaking guides. On this tour, starting from: New Delhi, Jaipur, Fatehpur, Khajuraho and Varanasi , everything was included. With the Indian company Minar, you can send people who absolutely do not speak English, meeting and subsequent transfer of us walked out of "hands", the tour was organized in excellent way. All the meetings, wires, landing on the train and tour all went right on schedule. Everything was clear and understandable to us. Thanks for a good trip, look forward to working with you.
I want to thank you for arranging our norooz tour on the behalf of all group. We had a very good start at the airport, our hotel on Cochin was very good and had beautiful garden & nice pool. We enjoyed the city tour & water fall and loved folk dance. Our driver and his aid & our tour leader were very helpful & nice people. I believe Zuri hotel is the best hotel that we visited in this trip and also house boat tour was really good. Leela hotel was realy the high end hotel in kerala with nice view and pool and the room also was excellent with arabian see view . We all realy enjoy our visit elephant camp& jungle. Again we end our trip to india with great memories!
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I was booked on a travel itinerary from Delhi-Kullu-Manali-Shimla-
My family and myself enjoyed the exceptional service provided by the Minar Travels team on each and every stop along the way. I now do understand why Minar Travels is considered to be the best in it's class.
Special thanks to Sunder (Delhi), Satish (Goa), Ali (Goa) and Aquef (Goa) for rendering assistance when required.
Once again, thanks for making our holiday a pleasant one.