Footsteps of Buddha
As you walk, eat & travel, be where you are. Otherwise, you will miss most of your life.” – Buddha’s Little Instruction Book.
An itinerary spread over 8nights/9 days, you will explore sites sacred to Buddhism. It’s time to live in the present and align your mind and body in the towns of Kushinagar, Patna, Vaishali, Lucknow, Sravasti, Lumbini, Bodhgaya, and Varanasi.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Duration: 08 Nights / 09 Days
Location: Delhi- Lucknow- Sravasti- Lumbini- Kushinagar-Vaishali-Patna- Rajgir- Nalanda- Bodhgaya- Varanasi.
Our Buddhist tour is a soulful sojourn covering all the prominent sites of Buddhist importance in a single journey. Spread over a week, this buddhist pilgrimage tour covers sites like Sravasti, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Vaishali, Bodhgaya & Varanasi; an intricately handcrafted itinerary to enable you to explore the many facets of Buddhism.
Your journey begins in Lucknow and Sravasti, both reminiscent of the lord’s knowledgeable teachings. Further, we will take you to the sites associated with Lord Buddha’s birth in Nepal. Specifically, the Mayadevi temple in Lumbini and Kushinagar, where lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana.
On your return to India, you will explore the sites where lord Buddha spent maximum of his monsoon retreats ; the ancient city of Vaishali where lord Buddha presented his last sermon, Buddha Memorial Park in Patna, peace pagoda in Rajgir & Bodhgaya, where lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
Highlights of Tour:
- Buddhist spots like Sarnath,Lumbini, Kushinagar and Bodh Gaya.
- Nalanda University which is the oldest university in the world
- Ganga Aarti at Varanasi
- Peace pagoda in Rajgir, one of the 80 pagodas in the world
Note: This is just a proposed itinerary, suggestive of what can be possible in the tour. We customize tours, according to need. Contact us if you want alterations, and we would help you with a memorable tour.
On arrival, our representative will welcome you at the airport for your transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Delhi – Lucknow (By Train) - Sravasti (140 Km / 4 hours)
Transfer to the railway station to catch Jan shatabadi Express in the morning. You will be given a packed breakfast.
From the Lucknow railway station, transfer to Sravasti and explore the Sahet and Mahet. Back in past, this used to be a proactive Buddhist hub and also the capital city for Kosala Kingdom. Another place of interest to visit is Jetvana Viharhas, where Buddha took refuge for almost twenty-four years. This place boasts of ancient stupas, popular Anand Bodhi trees, quaint monasteries as well as many temples. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Sravasti - Kapilvastu - Lumbini (225 Km / 6 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Lumbini en route visit Kapilvastu. Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha. In the afternoon visit Maya Devi Temple, dedicated to Buddha’s mother. The temple, constructed in 2ndcentury B.C, near a river, where Maya Devi took her bath. The other prominent attraction is the Asoka Pillar that got established in 250 B.C constructed by Asoka. Overnight at Lumbini hotel.
Lumbini - Kushinagar (180 km / 5 hours)
After breakfast, leave for Kushinagar, where Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana i.e. “departing the earth”. Visit Mahaparinirvana temple and Rambhar Stupa ; the cremation ground of Buddha. Overnight at Kushinagar hotel.
Kushinahar - Vaishali - Patna ( 190 km / 8 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Patna en-route visit Vaishali, which was frequently visited by Buddha during his lifetime. Kolhua, which is located nearby, Buddha taught his final lecture.
To commemorate this event, King Asoka created the famous lion pillar in 3rdcentury B.C. and, a century after Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana, Vaishali hosted the second Buddhist council where two stupas were created in his honor. Overnight at hotel.
Patna–Nalanda-Rajgir-Bodh Gaya (156 Km / 4 hours)
After breakfast, leave for Bodhgaya en route Rajgir and Nalanda. Nalanda was a hub for Buddhism and also being established in 5th century it is the oldest university of world. After visiting Nalanda ruins, you will move to Rajgir. Rajgir was the capital city of the famous Magadh kingdom that was ruled by King Bimbisara. You will visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa which is an elite and elegant marble construction carrying impressive golden Buddha images and was constructed by esteemed Nipponza Myohoji sect of Japan.
Later, drive to Griddhakuta, that is, an unusual rock projection that has resemblance to the beak of a vulture. Inside these rocky caves, Gautama Buddha spent several rainy seasons preaching, as well as, meditating. Venuvana Vihara, is a sacred monastery site that got constructed by king Bimbisara for Gautama Buddha to stay. In the evening, reach Bodhgaya and transfer to hotel for overnight.
After breakfast, visit Mahabodhi Temple constructed by Asoka back in 3rd century B.C., the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under a pious Bodhi Tree. Then, visit to Sujata village and Niranjana river and return to the hotel at Bodh Gaya for overnight stay.
Bodh Gaya - Varanasi (250 kms / 6 hours)
After breakfast, drive to Varanasi from Bodh Gaya and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Late afternoon, visit the local market and evening arti at the Ganges holy river. Return to the hotel in the evening for rest.
Varanasi - Delhi (By Flight)
Early morning, boat ride at the holy river “The Ganges”. After that, you will visit Durga Temple, Bharat Mata Temple and Banaras Hindu University. Later, you will drive to Sarnath, the place where Lord Budhha gave his first sermon after enlightenment. Late afternoon, transfer to the Varanasi airport to board a flight for your onward journey from the airport of Delhi.