The Buddha’s Trail: (Arrival Bodhgaya & Departure from Varanasi)
Destination: – Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Saravasti – Varanasi
Duration: – 06 Nights/ 07Days
DAY 01: Arrival Bodhgaya
Meet and assist on arrival at Bodhgaya Airport. Later transfer to your pre-booked hotel. After short break visit the Mahabodhi temple, Sujata Village & Niranajana River. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bodhgaya.
DAY 02: Bodhgaya – Rajgir (85Kms) – Nalanda (12 Kms) – Bodhgaya (105 Kms / 2.5 hours approx)
After breakfast at hotel, drive for full day excursion of Rajgir & Nalanda. Visit Gridhakuta Hill , Bimbisara Jail & Ajatshatru Fort in Rajgir. During the lifetime of the Buddha, Rajgir was the capital of the powerful Magadh kingdom, ruled by the King Bimbisara. later proceed to Nalnada (14 kms from Rajgir) which was one of the oldest Universities of the world and International Centre for Buddhist studies. Late evening arrive back to Bodhgaya. Dinner at hotel and overnight in Bodhgaya.
DAY 03: Bodhgaya – Kushinagar (By Road – 344 Kms/ 08 hours approx)
After breakfast drive to Kushinagar, where Buddha finally attained Mahaparnirvana. Amongst the ruins are the Mukutbandhan Stupa and a beautiful statue of the reclining Buddha. Arrive Kushinagar & transfer to hotel. Overnight in Kushinagar.
DAY 04: Kushinagar – Lumbini (By Road – 163 Kms / 3.5 hours approx)
After breakfast visit the Mahaparinirvana Temple & Stupas in Kushinagar, later drive to Lumbini & transfer to hotel. Lumbini – the birthplace of the Buddha.
DAY 05: Lumbini – Sravasti (By Road – 150 Kms / 4 hours approx)
After breakfast visit to the birth place of Lord Buddha. Shakyamuni Buddha was born in Lumbini, in southern Nepal, two thousand five hundred years ago. Later drive to Sravasti – the capital of the ancient kingdom of Kosala, has the honour for sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. The city has age-old stupas, majestic monasteries and several temples. Buddha is said to have performed some miracles here. Overnight in Sravasti .
DAY 06: Sravasti – Varanasi (By Road – 346 Kms / 8 hous approx)
After Breakfast at hotel, visit to Jetvanaram and Angulimal Cave in Sravasti. Later drive to Varanasi one of the oldest living city of the world. Arrival Varanasi late evening & check in at hotel. Overnight in Varanasi.
DAY 07: Varanasi / Departure
Morning “boat cruise” at the river Ganges to observe the riverside activities, performed by pilgrims on various Ghats (Banks) of the Ganges . Come back to hotel for breakfast. Later visit Sarnath where Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, 2500 years ago and thereafter visit to Dhamekha Stupa, this Stupa is the most remarkable and massive structure at Sarnath. Built partly in stone and partly in brick. After Lunch at hotel and thereafter transfer to airport to connect to flight back to home/ onward destination with sweet memories of your trip to India.