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Buddhist Trail
11 Nights - 12 Days




Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport - Varanasi
Varanasi Junction Railway Station - Varanasi
Varanasi Bus Station - Varanasi


Day 1
Varanasi ▲

Arrive in Varanasi and transfer to the hotel. Start the city tour by covering Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple, which is located on the Assi Ghat, and Kashi Vishwanath Temple, followed by a visit to Kaal Bhairav and Mrityunjay Mahadev Mandir (a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva), located on the way from Daranagar to Kaal Bhairav Temple. Attend the aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat in the evening before returning to the hotel to relax. Overnight stay at Varanasi .

Day 2
Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi (19km - 1hr) ▲

After breakfast, drive to Sarnath, the fourth-most sacred place for Buddhists, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to his five disciples after enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. The Deer Park, Chaukhandi Stupa, Dhamek Stupa, Mulagandhakuti Vihara Temple, and Ashoka Pillar are the main attractions in Sarnath. Return to the hotel in Varanasi for an overnight stay.

Day 3
Varanasi - Bodh Gaya (271km - 7hrs) ▲

After breakfast, leave for Bodh Gaya. Arrive at the hotel and check in. Gautama attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the tree. Bodh Gaya is the most holy place for Buddhists. It is located on the banks of the Niranjana (Falgu) River; the area was previously known as Uruvela. King Ashoka was the first to build the Mahabodhi Temple here, which was destroyed later by the Turk invaders. The present pyramidal temple was built during the Gupta Period. Overnight stay at Bodh Gaya .

Day 4
Bodh Gaya - Rajgir (71km - 2hrs) ▲

After breakfast, check out and proceed to Rajgir. On arrival, proceed for sightseeing at Rajgir, which covers the Shanti Stupa, Hot Springs, Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara Jail, and other Jain and Buddhist monuments. Check in at the hotel for an overnight stay at Rajgir.

Day 5
Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna (99km - 3hrs) ▲

After breakfast, proceed to Patna and, en route, visit the ruins of the Nalanda University Archaeological Complex and the Nalanda Archaeological Museum. After that, drive to Patna, check in at the hotel, for an overnight stay.

Day 6
Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar (233km - 6hrs) ▲

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Kushinagar. On the way, visit Vaishali; it was here that Buddha spent his last vasana before his Mahaparinirvana. Three months before, he announced to his disciples his approaching departure from the world and left for Kushinagar, where he laid his mortal coil and left his alms bowl with the people of Vaishali near Kesariya Stupa. The relics of Buddha were kept in a soapstone casket in the Licchavi Stupa; the casket is now kept in the museum here. Also visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa, and then continue to Kushinagar. Check into the hotel upon arrival. Overnight stay at Kushinagar.

Day 7
Kushinagar - Lumbini (158km - 4hrs) ▲

After breakfast, visit Kushinagar, where the Lord attained salvation, or mahaparinirvana, a state free from the cycles of death and life. Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana in 487 BC on a bed of leaves under the sal trees, just like he was born 80 years ago under the sal trees in Lumbini, Nepal. After his death, the Buddha's body was cremated at the shrine of the itallas, the Ramabhar stupa (which was built to mark the Buddha's cremation site after his Nirvana). Also visit the Matha Kuar Stupa, which houses a 3m high Buddha statue. Proceed to Lumbini en route, visit Gorakhnath Temple, and then cross the borders of Nepal. Stay the night in Lumbini.

Day 8
Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Lumbini (134km - 3hrs) ▲

After breakfast, start for a day trip to Kapilvastu and Tilaurakot, where Buddha spent his early life. If time permits, visit the birth places of two previous Buddhas, Kanakamuni and Krakucchamda, and the two stupas where the father and mother of Buddha were cremated. Drive back to Lumbini for an overnight stay.

Day 9
Lumbini - Shravasti (154km - 4hrs) ▲

After an early breakfast at the hotel, depart. After finishing the formalities of crossing the Nepal border, proceed to Shravasti in Uttar Pradesh, India. Shravasti, the former capital of the Kosala Kingdom, is where Lord Buddha performed his Twin Miracles, producing fire and water from his body at the same time, seven years after his enlightenment. Shravasti is also significant to Buddhists because the Lord spent 25 monsoon retreats here, and thus the greatest number of suttas were taught here. Overnight stay at Shravasti.

Day 10
Shravasti - Sankisa Basantapur (367km - 7hrs) ▲

After breakfast, visit the different sites in Shravasti. Visit the Jetavana Garden, the monastery donated to Lord Buddha by one of his disciples, where he spent many monsoon retreats and gave maximum discourses, the stupa of the Place of Miracles, Angulimal Gufa, and another place of retreat given by Vishaka. Later, drive to Sankisa Basantapur, check in at the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 11
Sankisa Basantapur - Agra - New Delhi (365km - 8hrs) ▲

After breakfast, proceed to New Delhi and, en route, visit Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and a cluster of palaces and mosques built on the banks of the Yamuna. Overnight stay at New Delhi .

Day 12
New Delhi ▲

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and take a short city tour before returning home.


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