Destinations Covered under India Nepal Heritage Tour:
Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi, Sarnath, Lumbini, Kathmandu, Namo Buddha
- Delhi: Delhi, the capital city of India, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with a long history and diverse heritage. Delhi is home to three of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and numerous other significant historical heritage sites within its small geographical area. The history of Delhi goes back to the second millennium BC, while she has been continuously inhabited since at least 6th century BC. The three World Heritage Sites in Delhi are the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, and Kutab Minar, and they are major tourist attractions in the city along with other monuments like Akshardham temple, India Gate, Lotus temple, Purana Quila, and many others. Delhi is also famous for her street foods and a plethora of shopping opportunities across the city.
- Jaipur: The fortified city of Jaipur, a UNESCO World Heritage City is one of the main pillars of the famous Golden Triangle of Indian tourism, Delhi and Agra being the other two pillars. Famous for its architecture, colorful gems, culture, cuisine, and several palaces and forts scattered across the city, Jaipur is one of the major tourist destinations in South Asia. The city was founded in 1727 by the king Sawai Jai Singh, the founder of modern Jaipur. The major tourist attractions in the city are Amber Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Jantar Mantar (UNESCO World Heritage Site and astronomical observatory), Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh fort, Birla temple, and several other monuments.
- Agra: Agra is home to one of the Seven Wonders of World, “The Taj Mahal – the monument of eternal love”!! However, Agra is more than just the Taj Mahal, which is reflected by the fact that it is home to three of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Agra are the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is one of the three pillars of the famous Golden Triangle tourist circuit of India. Other important tourist attractions in the tourist city are Itimad-Ud- Daula tomb, Kind Akbar’s Tomb, Chini – Ka- Rauza, Aram Bagh, Mehtab Bagh, and many other monuments of the Mughal era and later periods. Agra is also a heaven for foodies and popular for its Mughal cuisine, Petha, and street food.
- Varanasi: Varanasi is the spiritual capital of India and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The city draws Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims from across the world because of its very high spiritual significance in the religious traditions. The major tourist attraction of the city is the boat ride on the river Ganges and numerous temples and Ghats on the holy river, the Ganges.
- Sarnath: Sarnath, is located around 10 km from the ancient city of Varanasi and is one of the most important centers of pilgrimage for the Buddhists. It was here where Buddha preached his first sermon and the Dhammacakkra was set rolling through the preaching of Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta. Budhha reached the Deer park on a full moon night of Asarha month, and that very night he gave his first sermon, the Dhammacakkapavattana Sutta, and later the Anattalakkhana Sutta. In Sarnath Buddha preached the rich man Yash and his 54 followers and they became Arahants. Buddha asked all Arahants to go in different directions with no two Arahants going on the same road, thus establishing the order of monks or Sangha.
- Lumbini: Siddhartha, the son of Sakya king Suddhodhana and queen Maya Devi was born in the Lumbini garden in 623 BC. Lumbini, a “UNESCO World Heritage Site”, is located in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. Queen Maya Devi gave birth to little Siddhartha while traveling from Kapilavastu to Devadaha (her parents’ home) to give birth to her first child as per the tradition of that time.
- Kathmandu: Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is also the cultural and tourism epicenter of the Himalayan nation. Kathmandu valley is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites out of the list of four World Heritage Sites in the country. The major places of tourism in Kathmandu valley are the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan, and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath, and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan. Besides Kathmandu is also the gateway to several of the adventure activities in the hill country including mountaineering, rafting, trekking, and others. Kathmandu is one of the most important destinations under the India Nepal Heritage Tour.
- Namo Buddha: Namo Buddha is one of the most important destinations of Buddhist Pilgrimage in South Asia. It is the very site where Buddha offered his body to the starving tigress and her young cubs in one of his previous births as Bodhisattva. The Namo Buddha shrine is located around forty kilometers from the Kathmandu Valley and located on a slightly elevated land, with a mesmerizing view of the Himalayan mountain range. Namo Buddha is a peaceful and quiet place, a perfect destination for mediation, and gaining spiritual bliss. The scene of Buddha offering his body to the tigress is engraved in a stone, which can be seen walking uphill from the stupa. There is another smaller stupa on the second hill of the same ridge, which marks the den of the tigress. Namo Buddha is also famous across the world for the ancient Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery.
The India Nepal Heritage tour takes you to the region known as the Golden Triangle (Delhi-Jaipur-Agra) of India and some of the most important heritage sites in Nepal. You will explore the capital city of India, the Pink City, and the Taj Mahal. In Delhi and Agra, you will have an interface with the rich cultural heritage of Mughals, with the stunning heritage sites going back to the medieval periods. Delhi and Agra boast of 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites each.
In Jaipur, you will experience the unbelievable traditional architectural heritage of Rajputana, in the form of Forts and palaces. Jaipur itself is a UNESCO World Heritage City. Besides, Jaipur is also home to two other World Heritage Sites, the Jantar Mantar and the Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
After visiting the Golden Triangle of India, you reach the spiritual capital of India, Varanasi. You will experience the Ghats of Varanasi and a mesmerizing boat ride on the river Ganges followed by a visit to the major Buddhist Pilgrimage destination of Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon and established the Sangha.
You continue to another major Buddhist pilgrimage site of Lumbini, Buddha’s place of birth. From Lumbini, you will travel to the Kathmandu valley In Nepal, home to several UNESCO World Heritage sites. Another major destination near Kathmandu valley is the Namo Buddha Shrine. Finally, you will return to Delhi from Kathmandu after spending some days in the capital of the Himalayan Country.
Highlights of the Tour
- Delhi, the capital city of India
- Jaipur, the pink city with rich history
- Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world
- 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites (Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Kutab Minar, Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Jantar Mantar, Hill Forts of Rajasthan, Jaipur city, Lumbini, and Kathmandu Valley.)
- Varanasi , one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world
- Sarnath, a major Buddhist Pilgrimage Destination – where Buddha gave his first sermon and established the Buddhist Sangha
- Namo Buddha Shrine – where Bodhisattva fed his own blood and flesh to a starving tigress.
- Kathmandu - the capital city of Nepal and World Heritage Site