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Buddha's Footsteps
15 Nights - 16 Days




Indira Gandhi International Airport - New Delhi
New Delhi Railway Station - New Delhi
Inter State Bus Terminus New Delhi - New Delhi


Day 1
New Delhi - Mathura (150km - 4hrs) ▲

Transfer from the New Delhi airport, arrive in Mathura in the afternoon, and check-in at the hotel. Visit the Govind Dev Ji Temple and Rangnath Ji Temple in Vrindavan. Continue to the Madan Mohan Temple (situated near Kaliya Ghat), the Glass Temple, and one of the oldest temples built in 1921, the Banke Bihari Temple. Overnight stay at Mathura.

Day 2
Mathura - Sankisa Basantapur (185km - 5hrs) ▲

After breakfast, drive to Sankisa Basantapur. Despite being a deserted city today, this town was famous during the Buddha period. It is at Sankisa Basantapur that Lord Buddha returned to earth; an important Buddhist shrine and several stupas and viharas were erected there. Emperor Ashoka built a shrine over the spot where Lord Buddha's right foot first touched the ground. There are only ruins today, but a small Ashoka Pillar marks the place. Overnight stay at Sankisa Basantapur .

Day 3
Sankisa Basantapur - Shravasti (363km - 7hrs) ▲

After breakfast, drive to Shravasti. Arrive by late afternoon and check into the hotel. 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, 7 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 4
Shravasti ▲

After breakfast, visit the different sites in Shravasti. Visit the Jetavana garden and monastery donated to Lord Buddha by one of his disciples. Overnight stay at Shravasti.

Day 5
Shravasti - Varanasi (319km - 7hrs) ▲

After an early breakfast, leave for Varanasi. Arrive in Varanasi by afternoon and check into a hotel. Attend the evening aarti, which is performed at the Dashashwamedh Ghat. Overnight stay at Varanasi.

Day 6
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. Overnight stay at Varanasi.

Day 7
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 8
Bodh Gaya - Rajgir (71km - 2hrs) ▲

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

Day 9
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 overnight stay.

Day 10
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 11
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.Overnight stay at Lumbini.

Day 12
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 .Overnight stay the night at Lumbini.

Day 13
Lumbini - Kathmandu (290km - 9hrs) ▲

Early in the morning, after breakfast, drive to Kathmandu. Arrive by afternoon and check into the hotel. Later, visit Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka, a palace complex , the Pashupatinath Temple, and Kumari Chowk (the house of the living goddess). Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex that encompasses a stupa, temples, and shrines. Also visit the Boudhanath Stupa, which is the largest stupa in Asia. Overnight stay at Kathmandu .

Day 14
Kathmandu - Bhaktapur - Namobuddha - Kathmandu (86km - 3hrs) ▲

After breakfast, drive to Bhaktapur, known as 'the living museum' because it still retains its medieval fragrance. On the hill above Bhaktapur lies the cave where Milarepa meditated. It is known as Bagishwari Saraswati Sthan (Manjushree cave). Later, drive to Namobuddha. The Namobuddha Stupa is believed to be erected over the relic of a Bodhisattva who sacrificed himself to feed a starving mother tigress and her cubs. Namobuddha, at 1,700 meters, also provides a panoramic view of the Himalayas. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 15
Kathmandu - Patan - Nagarkot (33km - 2hrs) ▲

After breakfast, check out and visit Patan, an open-air museum showcasing intricately carved windows, intrinsic roof struts, statues of gods and goddesses, and temples designed in pagoda style with erotic carvings and serene metal work facades. After this, drive to Nagarkot and check into a hotel. Watch the spectacular sunset and relax for the rest of the day in the beautiful surroundings. Overnight stay at Nagarkot.

Day 16
Nagarkot - Kathmandu (27km - 1hr) ▲

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and transfer to Kathmandu Airport.


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