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Visit the places where Buddha was born, attained enlightenment and taught his disciples on this 4 night spiritual adventure. Explore the ancient city of Varanasi, the pilgrimage site of Bodh Gaya and the Buddist monastic centre of learning at Nalanda during this new per or post cruise tour combined with your Pandaw expedition on the Ganges.




After breakfast onboard, disembark your Pandaw ship and travel overland to Nalanda. Dating back to the 5th century CE, this ancient university and Buddhist monastic centre was noted as among the greatest centres of learning in the ancient world. Continue onwards towards Bodh Gaya and check in to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Oaks Bodh Gaya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner



Today we visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, one of the main pilgrimage sites in the Buddhist world. See the famous Bodhi tree where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and explore the many temples and monasteries. Return to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Oaks Bodh Gaya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner



After breakfast, transfer to Gaya station for your train ride to Varanasi, the most sacred of Hindu cities. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: in Taj Ganges Hotel Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast



Take rowing boats for sunrise over the bathing ghats along the Ganges. After breakfast, visit the old city and explore the labyrinth of narrow streets, visiting Kashi Vishwanath temple and witnessing local weavers in action. After lunch, visit Sarnath where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon at the Deer Park. Finish the day with a walk along the Ghats to witness the Aarti rituals before feasting on the local delicacies at the Kebab Factory.

Overnight: Taj Ganges Hotel Varanasi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



After breakfast in the hotel transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast

Oaks Bodhgaya

Located in the heart of Bodhgaya, Bihar, Oaks Bodhgaya is an excellent base for visitors discovering the destination’s sacred Buddhist heritage or for business travellers who seek out a tranquil home away from home.

Gaya-Dohbi GT Road (Main Road)

Tel: +91 0631 2200019

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Taj Ganges

The ancient temple city of Varanasi has yet another landmark in The Taj Ganges Hotel Varanasi. Featured among the top 5 star hotels in the city, The Taj Ganges Hotel Varanasi is nestled amidst 40 acres of lush gardens at a convenient distance (about 45 minutes drive) from the airport. It is also located just 6 km from the commercial hub of Vanarasi, also known as The Chowk. The spacious rooms complemented by efficient service makes it one of the best hotels for business and leisure.

Nadesar Palace Ground, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - 221002 INDIA

Tel: +91 542 6660001

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Rates include

4 nights accommodation at Taj Ganges Varanasi and Oaks Bodh Gaya or similar, 4 buffet breakfast at hotel, 2 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 one-way train ticket between Varanasi and Gaya per person, English speaking guide, excursions and entry fees as noted in the itinerary and all applicable taxes.

Price per traveller in USD

Accommodation Type Price per Traveller
Sharing (2 Pax) US$1,255.50
Single (1 Pax) US$1,660.50

Extension Code: LTID-VAR-4-POST-1


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  • Taj Ganges - Festival Supplement - 15 Nov 2024 - 19 Nov 2024 USD170.00 per room per night
  • Taj Ganges - Festival Supplement - 14 Jan 2025 - 26 Feb 2025 USD290.00 per room per night

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