Day 1: Fly from Colombo to Delhi. Stay overnight at a three star Delhi city hotel. Begin Delhi City Tour next day:
- Museums and Historical Places – Visit Buddha’s Satara Sati Pattana preaching place, Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi Museums and death place of Mahatma Gandhi:
- India Gate – See the gate with the eternal flame, Rajpath (Royal Road) and RasthrapatiBhavan (President’s House)
- Humayun Tomb – Visit this tomb of the second Mughal ruler and get to roam around the city.
- QutbMinar – This pillar was for many years the tallest free standing structure in India and dates from the medieval Sultanate times
- Red Fort – The historical capital of India, this place was the capital of the Mughals and the current place from where the Prime Minister addresses the nation.
- Bahai Temple – Temple shaped as a lotus belonging to the Bahai community, it is a place to worship in peace and solitude.
- Akshardham - A modern marvel, it combines history of ancient temples and modern architecture for a spellbinding effect.
Spend the night relaxing in a three star Delhi hotel. Travel in the morning in an A/C Coach to Agra.
Day 2: Arrive at Agra to see the one of the Seven Wonders of the World and other historical sites
- Taj Mahal – Built as a shrine to the eternal love of Mumtaz by Emperor Shah Jahan, this is the most visited place in India and one of the most in the world. The white monument is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture and no trip to India is ever complete without a visit here
- FatehpurSikri – Built by the Emperor Akbar as his capital, this old city is a masterpiece of planning and governance quarters
- Agra Fort – The main place of residence of the Mughal rulers, this houses the place from where Shah Jahan would see the beautiful Taj Mahal when imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb.
- Yamuna River – See the holy river that flows through Agra as well as see the burning pyres.
- ItmadudDaulah – A beautiful bit of Mughal architecture also known as mini Taj Mahal.
Spend the night relaxing in a three star Agra hotel. Travel in the morning in an A/C coach to Gwalior.
Day 3: Arrive at Gwalior, a city of many cultures and distinct history.
- Gwalior Fort – The fort is one of the best preserved forts in India built during the time of Tomaras. With stone carvings, temples, Gurudwaras and a scenic view of the city, this place is a depiction of the land of India.
- Gwalior Palace – Also known as the Jai Vilas Mahal, this place is still inhabited by one of the last living rulers of the princely states of India, in this case the Scindias.
- Fort Museum – Visit this museum to learn of the medieval times of India. This museum houses a pillar from Vidisha and also frescoes of Bodhisattvas from Bagh caves.
Travel in an A/C Coach to Sanchi. Spend the night relaxing in a three star hotel in Sanchi.
Day 4: Arrive at Sanchi to see the masterpieces of King Asoka and his dedication to Buddhism
- Sanchi(put pictures) – Visit the great Stupa dedicated by King Asoka to Buddha as well as the other Stupas to Sariputra and Mahamoggallana. See also the Asoka Stambha or the pillar of Asoka and the Chaitya Vihara. See the beautiful entrances and the inscriptions and sculptures of Jatakasand marvel at the finest exhibit of Buddhist Mauryan architecture.
- Bhimbetka rock shelters – A UNESCO World Heritage Site. 30,000 year old murals depict the first activities of humans on the Indian subcontinent. These caves and shelters are preserved in pristine conditions including the natural colour of the paintings.
- Vidisha and Udaygiri – Capital of the region where King Asoka was the governor. See various old pillars and visit the museum. Visit caves with rock carvings depicting Indian mythology.
Travel overnight in an A/C Sleeper coach to Nagpur.
Day 5: Reach Nagpur early in the morning.
- Vishwa Shanti Stupa – A white Stupa with golden Statues of Buddha facing in four directions. This Stupa depicts world peace which was the message of Lord Buddha.
- Japanese Temple – Visit this temple and see a part of Japanese architecture in India. Feel the peace as you pray in the halls there.
- Deekshabhoomi – The largest Stupa in Asia can be found here and it is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Buddhism in modern India. This is the largest site for Buddhist conversions in the world.
Travel in an A/C Coach to Aurangabad. Spend the night relaxing in a three star hotel in Aurangabad.
Day 6: Reach Aurangabad early in the morning and visit the hidden wonders of Buddhist architecture in India.
- Aurangabad Caves – These caves include twelve rock cut Buddhist shrines. See caves depicting meditating Buddha, Matrikas as well as Chaityas and Stupas
- Ajanta Caves (put pictures) – These are masterpieces of Indian architecture depicting Buddhism. Caves depict Buddha in birth, life and death. Buddha is sculpted in various poses in multiple caves including on the Dhamma Chakra, meditating and preaching at Sravasti. There are paintings in colours in the caves also depicting the life of Buddha. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Ellora Caves (put pictures) – The second part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site contains 12 Buddhist caves as well as other caves of Hindu and Jain religion. The Kailash temple is the single largest temple in the world carved from the same stone. Just as Ajanta caves, Ellora caves were used as Viharas and has sculpted roofs as well as Buddha in teaching posture
Travel overnight in an A/C coach to Mumbai. Spend the night relaxing in a three star hotel in Mumbai.
Day 7: Arrive at Mumbai, the maximum city of India and the last stop on this tour.
- Kanheri caves – See 109 caves depicting Stupas, Buddha Statues, Dagobas, Viharas and various other sculptures. Built over a period of time and begun during Mauryan period of King Ashoka. Have a panoramic view of Mumbai from the top.
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park – See lions and tigers in the same habitat, the only place in the world. Enjoy walking trails, boating, spot leopards and spot deer as well as other wildlife before heading off to the sprawling urban area of Mumbai.
- Gateway of India – India welcomes you for your visit. Appropriately named Gateway of India as it stands looking out to the sea and welcomes visitors from distant lands to the country.
- Elephanta Caves – A UNESCO World Heritage site, see the wonder of these caves that depict Indian mythology in all its glory. Visit the Stupa hill containing old Buddhist Stupas
- Marine Drive – Come back in the evening and see the Marine drive and enjoy local cuisine and take in the beautiful sunset as the day winds down and you prepare to fly home.
Fly back to Colombo in the evening.