Into Buddha’s Footsteps

10-15 Days
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Inspiring Life of Gautam Buddha

"Never search your happiness in others, it will make you feel alone. Search it in yourself, and you will feel happy, even when you are left alone".

Buddhism is a way of learning to focus on one’s personal & spiritual development following the middle path, based on teachings of Gautam Buddha from 6th century.

In Buddhist history there are four major pilgrimage centres—the place of the Buddha’s birth at Lumbini, the place of his enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, the Deer Park in Varanasi (Banaras), where he preached his first sermon, and the village of Kushinagar, which was recognized as the place of his maha parinirvana (final nirvana or death). Besides so many other places like Nalanda, Rajgir, Vaishali, Sravasti, Kesaria & Kaushambi that are associated with him.

"In the end only three things matter: How much you loved, How gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you"

Day by Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVE GAYA (By Flight)

  • **** Departure by Flight ** – ***
  • **** Arrive Gaya and transfer to the hotel
  • Later visit the great Buddhist destination – the place of enlightenment of Lord Buddha and its various temples, most important being the Mahabodhi temple!
  • Evening see the prayers at the main temple
  • Overnight at the hotel

DAY 2 - BODHGAYA – VARANASI (By Train)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to the railway station
  • ****   Departure by Train
  • ****   Arrive Varanasi – The Oldest Living City in the world” and transfer to the hotel
  • Late afternoon take a walk at the Ganges and the narrow lanes and by-lanes of town, for which the place is so famous. And eventually reach at the Ganges bank to see the Aarti & prayers (again quiet a divine experience)
  • Overnight at the hotel

DAY 3 - VARANASI – SRAVASTI (310 Km / 8 Hrs)

  • Get up early morning to do a boat trip during sunrise at the Ganges. You may also witness the reality of life – “death” – the dead bodies being burnt on pyre at Assi or Dashashwamedh Ghat (from a distance)
  • Also, visit some one of Hindu temples (Vishwanath Mandir, Hanuman temple, etc) and the Banaras Hindu University – the biggest residential University in Asia. Also visit Ramnagar fort, a sand stone structure
  • Late Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer by road to Sravasti
  • Overnight at the hotel

DAY 4 - SRAVASTI – LUMBINI (190 Km / 5 Hrs)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer by road to Lumbini and visit Sacred garden, Ashokan pillar, Maya Devi temple etc and also Kapilvastu (Nepal side)
  • Overnight at the hotel

DAY 5 - LUMBINI – KUSHINAGAR (140 Km / 4 Hrs)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer by road to Kushinagar and visit Mahaparinirvan temple, Cremation stupa, Matha kunwar shrine and Chinese monasteries
  • Overnight at the hotel

DAY 6 - KUSHINAGAR – RAJGIR (300 Km / 8 Hrs)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer by road to Rajgir and see Rajgir’s Vulture’s Peak, bamboo garden and the hot spring (Venu Van). Also visit Nalanda which has the great ruins of Nalanda University
  • Overnight at the hotel

DAY 7 - RAJGIR – BODHGAYA (140 Km / 4 Hrs)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer by road to Bodh Gaya, a very famous Buddhist centre in India, which has the Bodhi tree below which Lord Buddha had received enligtenment
  • Afternoon see Mahabodhi Temple, Sacred Bodhi Tree, Niranjana river, Sujata house, Big Buddha image, etc. There are several international monasteries (Thai, Japanese, etc)
  • Overnight at the hotel

DAY 8 - DEPART GAYA

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • **** Departure by Flight **– ***

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