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NIRVANA TRAIL

WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS of Buddha, is not an easy itinerary. It takes you to where the Buddha was born, where he attained enlightenment, where he gave his first sermon – it is a journey of discovery.
Travel to Bodhgaya, where Siddharta Gautama meditated until he was enlightened by the meaning of life and became a Buddha. Today it is a town of temples and monasteries from all the major Buddhist areas of the world; one of the most important places for Buddhists to meditate. Sarnath, where after attaining enlightenment, the Buddha gave his first sermon;  Nalanda, the famous Buddhist University attended by students from all over the east between the 5th to the 12th century AD; Kushinagar, turned into a memorial site by devout Buddhist kings of yesteryear, where Tathagata, the reciter of truth, breathed his last.

Drive to the forests of Lumbini where recent archaeological excavation has revealed ruins of the old Royal Palace where Prince Gautama was born. Visit Kapilavastu where he spent the first 29 years of his life and Sravasti, where, according to legend, the Buddha confounded his critics by making them witness and a miraculous million-fold self manifestation. Accommodation is basic, the roads are bumpy, but the journey can be a revelation.

DAY 01 ARRIVAL Reception and welcome at Delhi airport fol­lowed by transfer to your hotel.
DAY 02 DELHI After a leisurely morning, get acquainted with the city - modern Delhi, capital of the world’s largest democra­cy as well as the one steeped in history.  
DAY 03 DELHI ~ VARANASI Fly to Varanasi in the morning and check in at your hotel. In the afternoon drive to the pilgrimage centre of Sarnath where the Buddha preached at the Deer Park in 528 BC.
DAY 04 VARANASI ~ BODHGAYA Watch the sun rise over the holy city of Varanasi from a boat on the Ganges. Spend the morning in Varanasi, setting out to cover the 250km journey by road to Bodhgaya in the afternoon.
DAY 05 BODHGAYA You have the entire day to see the sights including temples and monastries built by Buddhists from around the world.
DAY 06 BODHGAYA ~ PATNA On the way to Patna in the morn­ing stop to visit Rajgir and Nalanda. The town of Rajgir also holds great significance for the Jains. Mahavira, the founder of the religion meditated and preached here briefly.
DAY 07 PATNA ~ KUSHINAGAR Leave for the memorial site of Kushinagar by road in the morning. En route stop at Vaishali, where the Buddha delivered his last sermon.
DAY 08 KUSHINAGAR ~ LUMBIBI Excavations at Kapilavastu have unearthed the Royal Palace. Stop for a quick tour on the way to Lumbini.
DAY 09 LUMBINI ~ SRAVASTI Sravasti is one of the eight most important pilgrimages of Buddhists.
DAY 10 SRAVASTI ~ LUCKNOW ~DELHI Leave for Lucknow in the morning to catch the flight toDelhi.
DAY 11 DEPARTURE Transfer to the international airport in time for your flight out.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION
2 days at Agra from Lucknow or Delhi
 

 

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