In Buddha’s Footsteps

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DELHI – VARANASI – BODHGAYA – VAISHALI -KUSHINAGAR – SRAVASTI -LUMBINI – KATHMANDU – DELHI

Buddha, who lived from during the 5th century, was born in what is now Nepal and traveled throughout India bringing his teachings to all who would listen.  This journey brings you to many of the places connected with his life and teachings.

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The journey begins in Delhi – a great place to get familiar with Indian culture as you visit sights like Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Parliament House, and India Gate. The next stop Varanasi where you’ll visit Sarnath where Buddha gave his first public teaching after he reached enlightenment.  

Bodhgaya is home to the famous Bodhi Tree which Buddha sat under while he meditated and ultimately became enlightened. Visit the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, Dhungeshwari Cave, and the giant Buddha statue there.  Next is Vaishali, where Buddha announced his death.

In Kushinagar, you’ll visit Mahaparinirvana Temple, Wat Thai Temple, Meditation Park, and more. You travel to Sravasti next, where Buddha is said to have performed one of many miracles. 

The journey takes brings you to southern Nepal to visit Buddha’s place of birth, Lumbini.  You’ll also visit Maya Devi temple, Asokan Stupa, the sacred pond, and several monasteries. A short flight to Kathmandu allows you to visit Nagarkot, a village just outside the city and known for its incredible sunrise view of the Himalayas. Stops at Patan, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath, and Bhaktapur are also on the itinerary before the journey winds down with a flight back to Delhi.

This is one of our favorite journeys as it beautifully showcases the rich history of Indian civilization and Buddhist culture combined.  

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Starting from £2924.00

International flights & VIP meet at aircraft door included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • Useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Full day sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
  • Visit Sarnath, a site of Buddha’s first public discourse after receiving enlightenment
  • Boat ride on Varanasi Ghats for evening Aarti ceremony
  • Morning boat ride on the Ghats for Sunrise Aarti
  • Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi
  • Explore the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodhgaya
  • Visit Dhungeshwari Cave, Sujata Garh, and the Giant Buddha Statue
  • Visit Rajgir & Nalanda.
  • In Vaishali visit Ashokan Pillar and Budha Stupa.
  • Visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple, Nirvana Stupa, Wat Thai Temple, Kushinagar Museum, Meditation Park and Ramabhar Stupa in Kushinagar
  • Visit the major sights of Lumbini including the Maya Devi temple, Asokan Stupa, Sacred pond and different monasteries.
  • Visit Patan, known for its rich tradition of arts and handicrafts.
  • Visit Pashupatinath & Boudhanath (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
  • Enjoy an excursion to Nagarkot 32 kms from Kathmandu
  • Visit to Bhaktapur

Our  Tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

VARANASI: Varanasi, formerly known as Benaras, is considered to be one of the most sacred cities in India, for it is revered among the Hindus, Buddhists as well as the Jains. Located on the banks of the Ganges, this incredible journey brings you closer to an entirely unique side of India’s culture, a spiritual journey towards ash-covered sadhus, yogis, temples, and devotees. Many come to this ancient city to wash away sins of a lifetime; some come here for a dip in the holy river, and yet others visit the place for its fantastic food and unique culture. It’s mysterious, magical and chaotic, probably all at once. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited destinations on the planet and a historical centre of silk weaving. The markets here tend to be chaotic, yet; you’re sure to find hidden souvenirs that are so unique to this place. This is surely a journey unlike any other.

SARNATH: Located at a distance of just 10 kms from Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the top four destinations in the Buddhist circuit and it attracts followers from all over the planet. Emperor Ashoka was responsible for many of the structures you see in Sarnath. His glistening lion pillar, now the National Emblem of India, is located here. Sarnath also found a place in Buddha’s journeys as he came to town to deliver his first truly famous sermon after achieving enlightenment. Other key attractions include the iconic Dhamkesh Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and a Bodhi tree that was grown from cuttings of the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya. The best time to visit Sarnath is the months of April or May, on Buddha’s birthday, when the entire town celebrates stores and re-enacts tales from his life, enlightenment and death.

BODHGAYA: Bodhgaya is a place of immense beauty, both natural and spiritual. It witnessed an ordinary prince transform into a Buddhist god 2600 years ago, and still managed to maintain its chic small-town atmosphere and tranquil ambience for centuries. Think of this city as the Mecca of Buddhists. The most revered spot in town is the UNESCO listed Bodhi Tree, the very spot where Buddha meditated for weeks and gained enlightenment. Just being around this tree makes you feel peace and serenity like you’ve never felt before. The temple in which this tree is located is equally impressive, known for its stunning architecture, ancient railings and carvings dating back to the first century BC. The countless monasteries that dot the city also deserve exploration.

VAISHALI: A very special place to Buddhists as The Lord delivered his last sermon & announced his impending “Nirvana”. Here see the majesty of Ashoka’s Pillar, Lotus Tank and Chaumukhi.

KUSHINAGAR: 50 km east of Gorakhpur, is celebrated as the place where the Buddha died and was cremated. Originally called Kushinara, it is one of the four major Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Buddhist monasteries flourished here till the 13th century. Sights include the Rambahar stupa built to house Buddha’s relics after cremation, the Mahaparinirvana temple with its reclining Buddha figure, the modern Indo-Japan Sri Lanka Buddhist centre and numerous monasteries

SRAVASTI: A city of ancient India and one of the six largest cities in India during Gautama Buddha’s lifetime. Located near the West Rapti River and is closely associated with the life of Gautama Buddha, who is believed to have spent 24 Chaturmases here. Age-old stupas, majestic viharas, and several temples near the village of “Sahet-Mahet” establish Buddha’s association with Shravasti. It is said that the Vedic period king, Shravasta, founded this town.

LUMBINI: the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam. The Shakya prince and the ultimate Buddha, the Enlightened One, is the pilgrimage destination of the world’s millions of people faithful to all schools of Buddhism. UNESCO lists this nativity site, identified by Indian Emperor Ashoka’s commemorative pillar as a World Heritage Site. The main attraction of Lumbini remains the Sacred Garden which spread over 8sq km, possessing all the treasures of the historic area. The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims and archaeologists alike. Here we find a bas relief of Mayadevi, Lord Buddha’s mother giving birth to him.

KATHMANDU: The capital of the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, Kathmandu has the air of a medieval city including a labyrinth of narrow streets, wooden temples and beautifully decorated palaces. In the background, there is often a gentle sound of cymbals and the markets are a rich blend of colours and aromas. Only in the 1950s was Nepal opened up to visitors and today there is a thorough mixture of modern technology and traditional lifestyles making the city a fascinating place to visit. Nepal needs tourist numbers to increase to levels before the fatal earthquake, so support Nepal, contact us to advise a bespoke tour for you.

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DAY 01 – DEPART FOR DELHI
Depart you chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi today. VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be meet at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. 

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

DAY 04 – DELHI TO VARANASI (B)
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Varanasi, on arrival meet and transfer to your hotel.

After a freshen up, later visit Sarnath, a site of Buddha’s first public discourse after receiving enlightenment and a peaceful space to spend a few hours.

You will also have boat safari on Ghats in the evening to chant evening Aarti ceremony

DAY 05 – VARANASI (B)
This morning enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges to see devotees at prayer along the ghats. A way to start the day by Indians, later walk down old lanes and visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple

DAY 06 – VARANASI TO BODHGAYA (HB)
Drive to Bodhgaya (6 Hours). Arrive Bodhgaya and check in at the hotel.
Rest of the day will be to relax or explore on your own.

DAY 06 – BODHGAYA (HB)
Spend the day exploring the Mahabodhi Temple Complex and other sights associated with the life of Buddha in the area such as Dhungeshwari Cave, Sujata Garh, and the Giant Buddha Statue.

DAY 07 – BODHGAYA TO VAISHALI (HB)
After breakfast drive to Vaishali (5.5 hrs). En-route visit Rajgir & Nalanda.

In Vaishali visit Ashokan Pillar and Budha Stupa. Vaishali- Where Buddha announced his impending death. As per a legend, Vaishali was once infested with plague, and when Buddha entered Vaishali, it rained heavily expunging the town from all the infections. Also, see the old university ruins in Nalanda where it is documented that Buddha taught here.

DAY 08 – VAISHALI TO KUSHINAGAR (HB)
After an early breakfast, you then drive to Kushinagar (7 hrs). Referred to as the Kushinara in the ancient period, the city is a storehouse of architectural marvels. Archaeological excavations have unearthed some temples and Stupas, which belonged to medieval India. Major attractions of this city include Mahaparinirvana Temple, Nirvana Stupa, Wat Thai Temple, Kushinagar Museum, Meditation Park and Ramabhar Stupa.

DAY 09 – KUSHINAGAR TO SRAVASTI (HB)
Drive to Sravasti (6.5 hrs). Upon arrival check-in at your hotel.

Saravasti is part of Buddhist circuit, and here Buddha performed the miracle of sitting on a 1000- petal lotus and multiplying himself a million times, fire and water emanating from his body.

DAY 10 – SRAVASTI TO LUMBINI (B)
Continue your journey this morning with a drive to Lumbini in Nepal (6 hrs).

On arrival check-in at your hotel, then at leisure to relax after your journey.

DAY 11 – LUMBINI (B)
Today you will visit the major sights of Lumbini including the Maya Devi temple, Asokan Stupa, Sacred pond and different monasteries.

DAY 12 – LUMBINI TO KATHMANDU (B)
Transfer to the airport for your short flight to Kathmandu. On arrival meet & greet then transfer to your hotel. This afternoon sightseeing of Swayambhunath an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city.

Later return to your hotel then the rest of the day is then at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

DAY 13 – KATHMANDU (B)
In the morning visit Patan, known for its rich tradition of arts and handicrafts.

In the afternoon visit Pashupatinath & Boudhanath (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

DAY 14 – KATHMANDU (B)
In the morning, enjoy an excursion to Nagarkot 32 kms from Kathmandu, renowned for its sunrise view of the Himalaya including Mount Everest. In the afternoon visit Bhaktapur.

DAY 15 – KATHMANDU TO DELHI (B)
This morning transfer to Kathmandu airport in time to board the flight for Delhi.

On arrival, meet then transfer to your hotel, then at leisure to relax.

DAY 16 – DELHI HOMEBOUND (B)
Today your transfer to the Delhi international terminal if flying home or to the domestic airport if you are extending your tour and traveling on to a different destination.

In Buddha's Footsteps

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Hotels

Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.


Bodhgaya – Lotus Nikko

At Lotus Nikko Hotel Bodhgaya you are not only in the city’s central, but also enwrapped in all the warmth and cheer. The Restaurant serves a plethora of cuisines such Indian, Continental, Chinese, Japanese & Thai.
Lotus Nikko Bodhgaya has 72 deluxe rooms, 4 cottages and 4 deluxe suites, spread across two different adjoining wings in the hotel.
It is adjoining “Mahabodhi temple” and takes pride in temple visibility from the majority of the rooms.

Vaishali – Vaishali Residency

The Vaishali Residency Is The Most Elegant Luxury Hotel In Buddhist Circuit. Offering The Highest Level Of Services Is Liven Up By A Warm And Welcoming Atmosphere. Our Goal Is to Provide You with Your Dream Vacation at the Best Possible Value Whether It’s A Pilgrimage Tour to Footstep of Lord Budha and Lord Mahavira.

Kushinagar – Lotus Nikko

Lotus Nikko Hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from “Mahaparinirvana Temple” & “Japanese Temple”. The hotel has 56 deluxe rooms, 13 executive rooms, and 2 deluxe suites, spread across a two story building. Multi-cuisine specialty restaurant has an aesthetical ambiance serving Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai & Korean cuisines.

Sravasti – Lotus Nikko

Welcome to the Lotus Nikko Hotel with 60 deluxe rooms and 2 deluxe suites with all modern amenities of comfort and luxury. It is just walking distance of “Sahet Maheth” the place of Worship. The multi-cuisine specialty restaurant at the hotel has an aesthetical ambiance serving Indian, Chinese, Continental, Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines.

Lumbini – Buddha Maya Garden

Located in a calm and serene area of the Lumbini World Heritage Garden, the Buddha Maya Garden Hotel and Resort lies just over five minutes walk from the main temples of Lumbini. Wake up to the sound of birdsong and spiritual hymns, and take a morning walk through the sacred gardens enjoying the peaceful atmosphere, which is highly conducive to meditation and reflection. Buddha Maya Garden has comfortable rooms, and friendly, knowledgeable staff who can help you plan your visit to the magnificent monuments and monasteries and the fascinating nearby archaeological ruins.

Kathmandu – Hotel Himalaya

Nestled within 10 acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds, 125 well-appointed rooms offer every comfort the traveler may need, and we have a full range of amenities for our distinguished guests. You can enjoy a 180 degree panoramic view of the majestic Himalayan range from our garden. We offer the finest cuisine in our international restaurant ‘Café Horizon’ as well as In-Room dining for a more private meal. For our active guests, we have a superb tennis court, swimming pool and health club to keep you in shape and tone your body.

In Buddha's Footsteps

Documentary Story Of The Buddha - Full Documentary 2016

Extensions

Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.


In Buddha's Footsteps

Documentary Story Of The Buddha - Full Documentary 2016

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