Buddhist Pilgrimage (10 days and 9 nights)
Buddha’s Trail is a Buddhist Pilgrimage to the four most important places associated with the life of Buddha, which are namely, Lumbini- his birthplace, Bodh Gaya – the place of his enlightenment, Sarnath – the place where he gave his first sermon, Kushinagar – the place where he had left his mortal coil and had attained Mahaparinirvana.
Lumbini, which is situated in the south – western region of Nepal, is where Siddharta Gautam was born. Maya Devi Temple, Lumbini Monastic Zone, Lumbini Museum, World Peace Pagoda are some of the noted places for the Buddhist pilgrims.
Bodh Gaya, situated in the state of Bihar in India, is where Siddharta Gautam attained Nirvana and became the Buddha, the Enlightened One. Mahabodhi Tree, Mahabodhi Temple, Archaeological Survey of India Museum, Sujata Kuti and Dungeshwari Hills are some of the major places of spiritual attraction.
Sarnath, which is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is where Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five companions after his enlightenment. This event is referred to as Turning of the Wheel of Dhamma and marks the foundation of the Sangha. Ashoka Pillar, Dhamekha Stupa, and Mulgandhakuti Vihar post and Sarnath Museum are significant sites to visit.
Kushinagar, in the state of Uttarpradesh, is where Buddha attained Parinirvana. Mahaparinirvana Temple, Ramabhar Stupa, Matha Kuar Shrine and Wat Thai Temple are some of the important places of pilgrimage for the Buddhists in Kushinagar.
This Buddhist Pilgrimage is of 10 days and 9 nights. The pace of this pilgrimage is unhurried yet engaging. We have designed the itinerary in such a way that one gets ample time to leisurely soak in the divinity of each of the four places. At the end of the pilgrimage, we will also be visiting Agra to see the Taj Mahal, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
We will receive you at New Delhi International Airport and take you to the hotel for check-in. The day will be off for rest.
We will fly to Gorakhpur. It takes two hours to reach Gorakhpur from New Delhi by flight. We will then proceed to Lumbini in Nepal from Gorakhpur by road. It will take us about three hours to reach Lumbini. We will check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, we will visit Maya Devi Temple which is built over the site where Lord Buddha is believed to be born. We will spend some quiet time there in meditation before proceeding to Lumbini Monastic Zone. The Monastic Zone is divided into two areas, namely West Monastic Zone and East Monastic Zone. We will visit monasteries in both the zones and also visit the Eternal Peace Flame which is lit at the entrance of the Monastic Zone since 1986 (International Year of Peace). We will then visit Lumbini Museum which showcases images and artifacts recovered in excavations from the site of Maya Devi Temple. Next on list would be the World Peace Pagoda built by monks of Nipponzan Myohojhi Buddhist order. The Pagoda is built according to the teachings of Lotus Sutra to disseminate love and peace in the world. On the four faces of the monument wall one can see the images of Lord Buddha depicted in different postures. Post lunch, we will depart for Kushinagar in India by road. We will reach Kushinagar by evening where we will check-in at the hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, we will set out for Mahaparinirvana Temple, Ramabhar Stupa – the spot where his mortal coil was cremated, Matha Kuar Shrine, Wat Thai Temple, to name a few places. Post lunch, we will leave for Varanasi by road. It will take us about six hours to reach Varanasi. In Varanasi, we will check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Post breakfast, we will head for a boat ride on the holy river Ganges. The boat ride gives us an opportunity of rendezvous with the ghats of Varanasi. We will then proceed to Sarnath. At Sarnath, we will see Ashoka Pillar, Dhamekha Stupa, Mulgandhakuti Vihar and spend some time in Sarnath Museum. Later in the day, we will visit the famous New Kashi Vishwanath Temple and see Ganga Aarti. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
After breakfast, we will proceed to Bodh Gaya by road. The road journey will take seven hours and we will reach Bodh Gaya by late afternoon. In Bodh Gaya, we will check-in at the hotel. Remaining part of the day will be off for rest.
Post breakfast, we will head towards the Mahabodhi Temple Complex. The Mahabodhi Temple Complex houses The Mahabodhi Temple, The Mahabodhi Tree – descendant of the tree under which Buddha had attained enlightenment and all other seven spots wherein Buddha had spent seven weeks in meditation, post his enlightenment. After some peaceful time at the complex, we will visit the Archaeological Survey of India Museum which showcases artifacts related to the Buddhist and Hindu faiths. Next on visit list will be the garden with 80 feet high statue of Buddha. After admiring the beauty of the statue, we will be back in the hotel for lunch. Post lunch, we will visit the cave in Dungeshwari Hills where Lord Buddha had spent six long months in meditation before he finally left it in frustration and moved towards the then Uruvela (now known as Bodh Gaya). We will then visit Sujata Kuti (hut) – the place where Buddha was offered rice milk by Sujata, who was the daughter of the village chief. We will be back in the hotel for rest. After dinner, we will head for New Delhi by overnight train.
We will arrive in New Delhi by morning. After check-in, we will take rest in the hotel till evening. In the evening, we will visit the famous Akshardham Temple. This beautiful temple is an architectural marvel and represents the grandeur of the Hindu Temples of the olden days. It took more than five years for 11,000 artisans to build this temple. After spending relaxed time in the temple, we will proceed to see India Gate – a memorial arch built to pay tribute to 90,000 Indian soldiers who died in WWI, the Northwest Frontier operations, and the 1919 Anglo-Afghan War. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel.
This will be the last day of India excursion! A visit to India seems incomplete if it does not include a visit to the Taj Mahal – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, which is at a distance of 200 km from Delhi. After breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed to Agra by road. It will take us about three hours to reach Agra. There we will visit the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. After a leisure trip during the daytime, we will be back in the hotel by late evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Post breakfast, you will leave for your desired destination with sweet memories, which will surely make you plan a visit to India again in the future.
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Buddha Tour of India
On demand, we can organize this pilgrimage at any time of the year for a minimum of four persons.
- On request, it is possible to customize the pilgrimage itinerary. In those cases, the travel cost will differ.
- One may visit Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar and Lumbini at any time of the year. During the summer months (from April to June), temperatures soar to a high in the thirties, so those who would want to avoid summer months, may visit it anytime from September to March when the climate is more agreeable. December to February are the winter months, so all those visiting during this period, should carry warm clothing with them.
- We request women travellers from the western countries to give thoughtful consideration to the fact that the dress culture is on the conservative side in this part of the world and thus dress accordingly to avoid unwanted attention.
- Umbrellas and caps are always a must when visiting India and one should not forget to carry the cushion for meditation and Yoga mat with them.