9th Annual Meeting of Cervical Spine Research Society Asia Pacific Section

22nd - 24th March 2018, New Delhi, India.

  • Venue : The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences, Gurugram, Haryana | New Delhi, India.

Varanasi & Bodh Gaya Tour
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Varanasi & Bodh Gaya Tour

Day 1: New Delhi- Varanasi

  • Transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi
  • Assistance on arrival
  • Half Day Sightseeing of Varanasi city
  • Overnight stay at the hotel

This morning you will be transfer to Delhi Airportto board your flight for Varanasi (6E Indigo Airlines 308: Dep 08:55 Hrs Arr: 10:20 Hrs).


Varanasi is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and probably the oldest of India.

The culture of Varanasi is closely associated with the River Ganges and the river's religious importance. The city has been a cultural and religious centre in North India for several thousand years. People often refer to Varanasi as "the city of temples", "the holy city of India", "the religious capital of India", "the city of lights", and "the city of learning."

 

Upon Arrival proceed on a short excursion to Sarnath

Sarnath, where Gautam Buddha is believed to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism, is situated about 10 km from Varanasi. The site houses a number of Stupas, excavated ruins of monasteries and the Ashoka pillar with the four sided lion's head which is also the national emblem of India. The museum has a rich collection of sculptures comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images, considered amongst the finest specimens of Buddhist art.



On arrival transfer to Hotel Surya Udai Haveli

Situated on Shivala Ghats is a reflection of the spirit of the holy city of Benaras. The Haveli traces its history back to the early 20th century. It was built by the Royal Family of Nepal as a retreat for the aged. Its now been painstakingly put together again to provide the best ghat experience in Benaras.

Spend Two overnights at Surya Udai Haveli. Accommodation is in a River View Room with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & breakfast basis.

Day 2 : In Varanasi

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning drive to Dashaswamedh Ghat for boat cruise
  • Afternoon visit Varanasi Temples
  • Overnight stay at hotel

Early this morning you will be driven to the Dashaswamedh Ghat to take a boat cruise by sunrise. Continue by boat to see burning and bathing Ghats.  The best time to visit is at dawn, when the river is bathed in a luminous yellow light as colourful throngs of pilgrims perform their morning devotions. Post tour return to Hotel for Breakfast.


Later return back to Hotel for breakfast.

Durga Temple: The 18th century Durga temple is one of the most important temples in Varanasi.  Built by a Bengali Maharani, this temple has Nagar Style.  The Shikhara of the temple is formed by many small spires, which are built one on the top of the other. 




Bharat Mata Temple: The temple is dedicated to Mother India and built in the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth by Babu Shiv Prasad Gupt. Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated this temple in 1936 so that the citizens could respect Mother India in statue form. The statute is built in marble. It is a replica of undivided India in three dimensions, which has the mountains, plains and oceans in right proportion

Benares Hindu University: founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, is considered to be residential university in Asia.  Within University campus, Vishwanath Temple and Museum are worth a visit.

 

Where Gautam Buddha is believed to have given his first sermon about the basic principles of Buddhism, is situated about 10 km from Varanasi. The site houses a number of Stupas, excavated ruins of monasteries and the Ashokan pillar with the four sided lion's head which is also the national emblem of India. The museum has a rich collection of sculptures comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images, considered amongst the finest specimens of Buddhist art.



Evening visit ghats to witness the day to day activities .The best time to visit is at dawn, when the river is bathed in a luminous yellow light as colorful throngs of pilgrims perform their morning devotions. A sunset boat ride on the river rewards with the magical sight of thousands of tiny candlelit lamps made of leaves and marigolds being set afloat as part of the Ganga aarti ceremony. 

Day 3 :Varanasi - bodhgaya

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Drive to Bodhgaya
  • Check in the hotel
  • Afternoon visit Temples
  • Overnight stay at hotel

Morning afterbreakfast you will be driven to Bodhgaya (255 Kms /  5 Hrs and 30 Minutes)


Bodh Gaya  is a village in the state of  Bihar. As the site of the Buddha Shakyamuni's enlightenment, Bodh Gaya is the most revered of all  Buddhist sacred sites.
The main temple complex houses the famous Mahabodhi temple/stupa and a descendant of the original Bodhi Tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. Inside the Mahabodhi temple complex you can also enjoy the Lotus Pond or the meditation garden. Bodh Gaya has temples or monasteries from many other nations with a Buddhist tradition (Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet), all within easy walking distance from the Mahabodhi temple.

Upon arrival check in at Lotus Nikko, Gaya

Later visit Maha Bodhi temple: In the Temple complex, one can also visit the other seven places where the Buddha spent in meditation after the attainment of Enlightenment. All these places are situated inside the Temple complex.

The sacred Bodhi Tree: The sacred Bodhi tree - the shades under which the Siddhartha Gautama meditated and attained Enlightenment on the full Moon day of Vaisakh Purnima (May month). This peepal tree’s botanical name is FicusReligiosa. It was under this tree that the Buddha spent the first week in meditation after attaining Enlightenment.
The present tree is probably the fifth succession of the original tree which was earlier destroyed several times by man-made misery and natural calamities.



Vajrasana: Vajrasana or the Diamond Throne is the seat of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. Built in the 3rd century B.C. by Emperor Asoka, it is made of red sand stone. Venerable Ashwaghosa in his Buddhacarita reveals that this is the Navel of the Earth. Fa-Hien mentions that all the past Buddhas attained Enlightenment here and the future Buddhas too will attain the enlightenment on this spot.


AnimeshaLochana Chaitya: Situated on the north east of the Mahabodhi Temple, this is the place where the Buddha spent the second week in meditation in standing posture gazing at the Bodhi Tree with motionless eyes for one whole week.



Cankamana: This is the place where the Buddha spent the third week in meditation practicing the walking meditation, otherwise, called the Cankamana or the cloister walk. The raised platform with lotus flowers mark the spot where the Buddha kept his feet while walking.



Ratanaghara: The Ratanaghara or the Jewel House is the place where the Buddha spent the fourth week in meditation. Situated in the north-west of the Temple, the Buddha meditated here reflecting on the Patthana or the Law of Dependent Origination. A ray of six colours was said to have emanated from his body during that period and the Buddhists have designed their flag based on these colours.



AjapalaNigrodha Tree: The pillar marks the spot where the tree once stood marking the place where the Buddha spent the fifth week in meditation after his attainment of Enlightenment and delivered a discourse on the equality of mankind.



Muchalinda Sarovar: The place where the Buddha spent the sixth week in meditation after his Enlightenment. While the Buddha was in meditation, a severe thunder storm broke out and seeing the Buddha getting drenched, the snake king of the Lake called Muchalinda came out of his abode and protected the Buddha with his hood from the violent wind and rains.

Rajayatna Tree: Situated in the south of the Temple, this is the tree under which the Buddha spent a week in meditation. It is said that two merchants from Burma (presently Myanmar) named Tapassu and Bhallika while passing this way offered rice cake and honey to the Buddha and took refuge in the Buddha and His teachings ‘BuddhamSaranamGachami, DhammamSaranamGachami’ but they could not take refuge in the Sangham because the Sangha was not constituted then, thus they became the first lay devotees in the Buddhist world.



Meditation Park: The park situated at the south-east of the temple is newly developed as a Meditation park. It has facilities for meditation huts, congregation and discussion courts and two huge prayer bells and two water fountains besides a lotus pond.

Day 4 :In bodhgaya

  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Morning visit Gaya Museum
  • Evening at leisure
  • Overnight at the hotel

Morning visit to Gaya Museum

Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum: Established in the year 1956, Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum is home to several relics unearthed from this part of the world. Some of the rare collections include sculptures belonging to 1st century BC, antiques and images of Hindu deities and Buddha made of various metals including gold, silver and bronze.



Followed by visit to Chinese temple and monastery, Thai temple and Monastry and Royal Bhutan monastery.



Chinese temple: is located near Mahabodhi temple. The temple is a pure influence of Chinese architecture. It was built by the government of China and Buddhist monks of China in the year 1945. 200-year-old Buddha statue found in the temple is said to be from China. The temple also houses three golden statues of Buddha.Chinese temple underwent renovation in the year 1997. The travelogues written by Chinese scholars who visited India during various periods give an insight into the culture of the past.



The only Thai temple to be located in India was built in the year 1956 by Thailand Monarch following the request from the then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. The temple is a fine specimen of Thai architecture. The amazing construction with a sloping roof that is curved is a visual delight to those with architectural eye. The golden tiles over the roof look brilliant in sunlight. The serene atmosphere inside the temple and outside the monastery takes your mind to a different world. Statue of Buddha inside the temple is made of bronze. A statue of Buddha measuring 25 meter in height enhances the magic of the beautiful garden near the temple and the monastery.<.

Royal Bhutan Monastery: appeals to the followers of Buddhism with its wonderful depictions of the life of Buddha. Bhutan kind constructed this monastery, which ranks amongst the majestic monasteries in the land. The influence of conventional architecture strikes you the moment you set your eyes on the monastery. It houses a beautiful temple in which you can find 7 feet tall Buddha statue. The serene atmosphere makes it a wonderful place to meditate.



Evening at leisure for independent activities.

Day 4 :In bodhgaya

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Later transfer to Delhi airport to board flight for onward journey

Moring at leisure for independent activities. Later transfer to Gaya Airport for Flight to Delhi Air India AI 236 – Dep: 14:35 Hrs – Arr: 16:20 Hrs

TOUR ENDS

Total Tour Cost

Pricing
PRICE VALIDITY: MARCH 2018

DAY HOTEL NAME ROOM TYPE MEAL PLAN
Day 01 Ramada, Varanasi Deluxe Room Bed & Breakfast
Day 02 Ramada, Varanasi Deluxe Room Bed & Breakfast
Day 03 Anand International hotel, Bodhgaya  Deluxe Room Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Day 04 Anand International hotel, Bodhgaya  Deluxe Room Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Note : Price Validity : MARCH 2018
BASED ON 02 Guets TRAVELLING AND USING A DOUBLE/TWIN ROOMS

  NETT PER PERSON COST IN USD$
02 Paying Pax USD 880 Per Person
Supplement cost for Airfare in Economy class Delhi – Varanasi, Bodhgaya – Delhi, Jodhpur USD 430 Per Person

The above tour includes

  • Any expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Any insurance
  • Any camera or video fee at the monuments ( guest can pay directly for this at the monuments)
  • Any meals other than specified
  • Service tax
  • Any other services not mentioned above

Special note

Prices are subject to change due to increase in Fuel charges / Govt. Tax. / State Road Tax if any in the near future. Rates include only those items as specified in the above Itinerary.

For tour booking / customized tour please write to Mr Sumeet Ghai | sumeet@conferencesinternational.in

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