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Experience the Buddha Trail

Delhi-Lucknow-Sravasti-Lumbini-Kushinagar-Varanasi-Delhi (6 Days – 5 Nights)


Day 01        Arrive Delhi
Met upon arrival and transfer to the hotel.  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02        Delhi – Lucknow – Sravasti
        (Lucknow Shatabdi – 0615 / 1230 hrs)                    
Morning check-out of the hotel and transfer to the New Delhi railway station to board Shatabdi Express for Lucknow.

Arrive Lucknow & straightway proceed for sightseeing of The capital city of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow, the erstwhile Avadh or Oudh still preserves the spirit of the past era. Visit the Bara Imambara. Chota Imambara, Jama Masjid, Lucknow Residency etc & proceed to Sravasti (170 Kms/3 Hrs approximately). Arrive Sravasti & check in Hotel.

Day 03        Sravasti - Lumbini
Early breakfast at Hotel & proceed for sightseeing tour of Sravasti. Sravasti, In Buddhist times (6th century BC-6th century AD) was the capital of the kingdom of Kosala and was important both as a prosperous trading centre and for its religious associations. Shravasti or Sravasti is intimately associated with the life of Buddha. Buddha is believed to have spent 24 monsoons of his life, in the city. Bhagwan Mahavir, during his penance and later as Tirthankar, visited Sravasti many times. Later drive to Lumbini
(240 Kms/6 Hrs approximately). Arrive & check-in at Hotel.  Lumbini - The birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini today is a small village in the Himalayan foothills in Nepal, 27 Kms from the Indo-Nepalese border. It is an important pilgrim destination and is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus alike. At the time of the birth of the Buddha this was a beautiful garden owned jointly by the Shakya and Kolia clans. Gautam Buddha, as Prince Siddhartha came to be known as after his enlightenment, was born in these verdant surroundings.

Day 04        Lumbini - Kushinagar
After breakfast, leave for Kushinagar by surface (190 Kms/ 4 Hrs approximately). Arrive & check-in Hotel. During Buddha's lifetime, Kushinara, as it was then called, was a small town in the kingdom of the Mallas, surrounded by a thick forest cover. It remained forgotten, until the late nineteenth century, when archaeologists rediscovered the site, and began excavations. Today, Kushinagar is rediscovering its roots, as a center for international Buddhism, and is home to many viharas, including a Tibetan gompa devoted to Sakyamuni, a Burmese vihara, and temples from China and Japan. Afternoon, sightseeing tour of the city.

Day 05        Kushinagar - Varanasi
After breakfast leave for Varanasi (275 Kms/ 6 Hrs approximately). Arrive Varanasi & check-in hotel & proceed for a sightseeing tour of Varanasi visiting the Ghats & Temples, later proceed for an excursion tour to Sarnath - the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. Sarnath is 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi, and is an exceedingly tranquil place. The ruins, the museum and temple are all within walking distance.


Day 06        Varanasi – Delhi  
Delhi – Outbound
Early morning boat ride at the river Ganges. Later check-out of the hotel & transfer to the airport in time to connect flight for Delhi, met upon arrival and transfer to the International airport to board the flight for onward destination.

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