Buddhist Trails

Tour Duration 11 Night / 12 Days

Destination Kolkata - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Patna - Vaisali - Sarnath - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Kapilvastu - Sravasti - Delhi

Day 01 Arrive Kolkata

Arrive Kolkata. Upon arrival meeting and assistance by GeTS Holidays representative who will escort you to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Kolkata.

Day 02 Kolkata / Bodhgaya (450 km / 9 hrs )

Morning after breakfast drive to Bodhgaya. Lunch in highway restaurant. Upon arrival check in at hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Bodhgaya.

Day 03 Bodhgaya

After breakfast, take a tour of Bodhgaya. As the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment, Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buddhists. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centers since it was here that Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Later proceed for sightseeing including Mahabodhi Temple ,Sujata Village, and Monasteries of different country’s around the city.

Overnight at hotel in Bodhgaya.

Day 04 Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Nalanda-Patna (182 kms - 5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Patna visiting Rajgir and Nalanda. The city of Rajgir was the first capital of the kingdom of Magadha, a state that would eventually evolve into the Mauryan Empire. Its date of origin is unknown, although ceramics dating to about 1000 BC have been found in the city.

Visit Rajgir. Rajgir pilgrimage is a very important Buddhist site since Lord Buddha spent 12 years over here and also preached two sermons. The first Buddhist Council, after the attainment of Nirvana by Buddha, was hosted over here in the Saptaparni caves. Buddha's favorite retreat was at the Jivkamaravana monastery located amidst scenic thickets. Venuvana is a park presented to Buddha by king Bimbisara, who also built a vihara in it.

Later visit Griddhkuta Gautama Buddha spent several months meditating, and preaching at Griddhkuta, ('Hill of the Vultures') Further, drive to Nalanda. Here you can visit the ruins of the oldest known university of the world. The excavations undertaken at the site have unearthed a huge complex of a University founded and patronized by the Gupta emperors.

Drive continues to Patna. Upon arrival check in at hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Patna.

Day 05 Patna/Sarnath via Vaishali (235 km / 5-6 hrs )

Morning after breakfast drive to Sarnath enroute visiting Vaishali. Buddha first visited Vaishali in the fifth year after his Enlightenment, and spent the rainy season here. It is the palace where Gautama Buddha delivered his last sermon at Vaishali and announced his Parinirvana. Visit Ananda Stupa, and Asokan pillar at Kolhua, Vaishali.

Drive to Sarnath. Upon arrival check in at a hotel. Evening free for relaxation.

Overnight at hotel in Sarnath.

Day 06 Sarnath

Early morning excursion to Varansi for seeing the spectacular sunrise at holy river Ganges. Take a boat ride in the holly river from boat and you may witness the marvelous sun rising above the waters. At the same time you can see many people offering prayers in the water. Later return back to hotel for breakfast and visit Sarnath (also Mrigadava, Migadāya, Rishipattana, Isipatana) It is the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. Dhamek Stupa, Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, Chaukhandi Stupa.

Later in afternoon, free in Sarnath.

Overnight stay at hotel in sarnath.

Day 07 Sarnath / Kushinagar (265 km / 6 hrs )

After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Kushinagar. Upon arrival check in at a hotel. Kushinagar is named after the sacred death-place of Lord Buddha. At Kushinagar, Lord Buddha, an apostle of peace, compassion and non-violence, attained Mahaparinirvana (Salvation) in 483 BC.

Later in the evening free for relaxation in the hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kushinagar.

Day 08 Kushinagar / Lumbini (180 km / 5 hrs )

Morning after breakfast visit the main site in Kushinagar. The two places most frequently visited in Kushinagar are the Mahaparinirvana Stupa, which is built on the place of Buddha's Mahaparinirvana (Great Nirvana or passing away), and the place of his cremation, which is 1.6 km away. Close to the Mahaparinirvana Stupa is located a 1500 year old image of Buddha as he attained Parinirvana. The Mahaparinirvana Stupa is surrounded by ruins of ancient monasteries.

Later after noon drive to Lumbani (Nepal). Upon arrival check in at hotel.

Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi district of Nepal, near the Indian border.

It is the place where Queen Mayadevi is said to have given birth to Siddhartha Gautama.

Overnight stay at hotel in Lumbini.

Day 09 Lumbini / Kapilvastu/ Lumbini

Morning after breakfast visit Lumban. Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple and the Ashokan Pillar. South of the Ashokan Pillar, there is the famous sacred pool ‘Puskarni’ believed to be the same sacred pool in which Maya Devi took a holy dip just before giving birth to the Lord and also where infant Buddha was given his first purification bath.

Later afternoon half day excursion of Kapilvastu

Located 27 km. west of Lumbini lies the ruins of historic town of ‘Kapilvastu’. Believed to be the capital of Shakya republic where the Lord lived and enjoyed his life until his thirteeth year.

Evening return back to Lumbani.

Overnight stay at hotel in Lumbani.

Day 10 Lumbini /Sravasti (225 km / 5 -6 hrs )

Morning after breakfast drive to Sravasti. Upon arrival check in at hotel and later in the afternoon visit Sravasti. It is believed that Sravasti, also known as Sahet-Mahet, was founded by the legendary king Sravast. This place is important from Buddhism point of view because Lord Buddha performed a number of miracles here. It was in Sravasti that He displayed a million fold manifestation of himself. He was seated on a lotus (with thousand petals), with fire and water radiating from His body.

Overnight stay at hotel in Sravasti.

Day 11 Sravasti / Lucknow (208 km / 5-6 hrs ) Lucknow / New Delhi by train Train details : Lucknow Swarn Shatabdi – 2003 Departure: 1535 Hrs , Arrival : 2205 Hrs

Morning after breakfast drive to Lucknow. Upon arrival transfer to Lucknow railway station to board train for New Delhi.

Upon arrival at Delhi, meet our representative who will further escort you to the hotel.

Overnight stay at hotel in New Delhi.

Day 12 Departure Delhi

Morning after breakfast take a tour of Old Delhi, the 17th century walled city of Shah Jahanabad. Visit the great Jama Masjid, the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Built in the year 1656 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & best known mosque in India. Later we walk down through Chandi Chowk, the old marketplace of Shah Jahanabad now a picturesque bazaar to reach Red Fort, built in the year 1648 by Shah Jehan.

In New Delhi, we visit Raj Ghat, memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. Further we drive past India Gate, memorial built in the year 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I & the Afghan Wars. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. President's House, the official residence of the President of India, built in the year 1931. Until 1950 it was known as Viceroy's House & served as the residence of the Governor-General of British India. We will also visit Humayun's Tomb, memorial of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in the year 1562. The complex is a World Heritage Site & the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. Qutub Minar built in the year 1206 by Qutub-ud-din Aibek. It is the tallest (72m) brick minaret in the world, an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar & its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Later in the evening transfer to international airport to board flight for onward Journey.