Gautama Buddha was one of the greatest spiritual leaders who lived in this world. He devised “The Middle Way” to enlightenment…a balanced approach that emphasized inward rather than outward renunciation.
Originally born a wealthy prince, he left it all behind to pursue the path of truth when he saw the poverty and sickness beyond his palace walls. Buddha taught and travelled his entire life until the age of 80 when he passed away. His words of compassion and kindness are still followed by people in different parts of the world. This trail has been crafted to take you through the Buddha’s life story covering the legend around his birth, his renunciation, his enlightenment and his becoming a teacher. Experience the positive energy as we walk through the spiritual path of the Buddha.
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Delhi to Lucknow
Arrival at Delhi airport and get transferred to Lucknow by flight. Explore the city at leisure.
Lucknow to Sravasti
Sravasti was Buddha’s favourite monsoon retreat. He spent 24 monsoons here and delivered many of his sermons sitting under a Peepal tree. Remember the legendary tale of the cruel dacoit Angulimala who used to wear fingers cut from the corpses of his victims as a garland around his neck? The ferocious killer met Buddha here and gave up his wicked ways. .
Sravasti to Lumbini
It is the place where, Queen Mayadevi, gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BC. The holy place of Lumbini includes ruins of ancient monasteries such as the sacred tree called the Bodhi tree, the ancient bathing pond, the Asokan’s pillar and the Mayadevi temple. Mayadevi Temple is the precise birth place of the Buddha.
Lumbini to Kapilvastu to Kushinagar
Kapilvastu is the place where Lord Buddha had spent his childhood and teens in complete luxury. Visit Pushkarini or Holy Pond where the Buddha’s mother took her ritual bath prior to her delivery and Buddha himself had his first bath in that very place. Lord Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana (death) in 487 BC on a bed of leaves under the Sal tree in Kushinagar just like the way he was born 80 years ago under Sal tree in Lumbini. The Mahiparinirvana Temple is an abode of peace. The excavated statue of a 6 metre tall Buddha is in the Parinirvana posture, head turned to the right and feet swollen from the long travel from Vaishali. Visit the Ramabhar Stupa where Buddha was cremated.
Kushinagar to Vaishali
Vaishali, considered one of the first republics, is also the place where Gautam Buddha preached his last sermon and announced his Parinirvana. Before leaving for Kushinagar, where he laid his mortal coil, he left his alms-bowl (Bhiksha-Patra) here with the people of Vaishali.
Vaishali to Nalanda
Nalanda was an acclaimed Mahavihara, a large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha in India. Explore the ruins of great Nalanda University and experience the village life in Nepura. Visit World Peace Pagoda, Griddhakuta Hill, Venu vana and Japanese Temple.
Drive to Bodhgaya, the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. Visit Mahabodhi temple, Bodhi Tree, Vajrasana or Diamond Throne and the Animesh Lochana in Bodhgaya. Next day visit Dungreshwari Caves, 80 ft. Buddha Statue, monasteries built by different countries, the archaeological Museum and Sujata Garh. It is believed that Buddha, before attaining enlightenment came to this place and was offered milk by Sujata.
Bodhgaya to Varanasi
Drive to Varanasi, which lies on the banks of the Ganges. It is believed to be the oldest living city in the world, and according to the legend is the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is also an important centre of Jain Religion. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha delivered his first sermon after he had attained enlightenment at Bodhgaya. It is this place where foundation of a new order of monks (Sangha) and a new order of religious doctrine (Dhamma) was laid. On the day before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be sacred to his followers. Sarnath museum has a rich collection of sculptures comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images including the Ashok Pillar with its four guardian lions that has been used as independent India’s national emblem. In the evening attend Ganga Aarti at the banks of the river.
Get transferred to the airport for your flight to Delhi and back home.