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IN SEARCH OF THE BUDDHA : A Pilgrimage through the sacred Buddhist sites of India and Nepal

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08 days
Nepal & India(Kathmandu, Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Kushinagar & Sarnath
Min Age : 18
Max People : 15

Tour cost: $3999 USD PER PERSON

Tour Date: 5th January 2021 to 19th January 2021

Registration Deadline: 10th – October  2020

We have limited seats on this tour. We are providing bookings on a first come, first serve basis. To hold your seat against your booking, you will have to make a mandatory deposit of $1000 USD/person to our Agency Account or via Paypal.

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A Pilgrimage through the sacred Buddhist sites of India and Nepal

Trip at Glance:

 

  • Daily teaching and meditation with Dharma teacher Geshe Karma( Buddhist monk & Buddhist scholar)
  • Escorted and led by Soulful Tours staff
  • Explore the exemplary, transformative location where the Buddha lived and taught
  • Limited to 21 pilgrims

 

Overview

As we embark on this spiritual journey, we are also beginning on an exploration of some of the sacred places where the most important stages of Buddha’s life had occurred. This is also an opportunity where we can have the chance to unearth your doubts, curiosity and questions related to Buddha. We have also arranged daily teaching and meditation in with Dharma teacher Geshe Karma (Buddhist monk and Buddhist scholar). With this journey, you will add an enriching experience in your travel satchel.  

 

Lumbini

The inspiring story of Buddha first blossomed from a place called Lumbini. It is said that when the Buddha’s mother gave birth to the Buddha, he took seven steps in the four directions and as he walked, lotus flowers bloomed. This space provides you a serene spot to contemplate and to meditate.

 

Bodhgaya

Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment beneath the Bodhi tree located in Bodhgya. Mahabodhi Temple stands in the east to the Bodhi Tree. It is now one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and scores of pilgrims can be spotted here in abundance. On an interesting note, it is believed that Budhha spent one week looking towards the great Bodhi tree out of gratitude, without twinkling his eyes. You will find ample of such stories there and why not discover them at the place itself?

 

Sarnath

Buddha officially first turned the wheel of Dharma, Deer Park in Sarnath. In Buddhism the wheel of Dharma is widely used to represent the Buddha’s Dharma. It is said that Buddha set the “wheel of Dharma” in motion when he delivered his first sermon on four noble truths. In Sarnath, we shall discover and discuss more on this important event of Buddha.

 

Kushinagar

Kushinagar is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site where Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death. Traveling north from Vaishali, the Buddha took what would be his final meal in Pava, roughly twenty kilometers to the southeast of Kushinagar. In his final moments, the Buddha advocated for his students to strive diligently towards liberation, remaining ardent and aware in each moment.

DAY-TO-DAY SCHEDULE

Day 1- 5 January 2021Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

You will arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal and stay in a comfortable guesthouse located at a walking distance from Boudhanath Stupa.
(overnight in Kathmandu)

DAY 2: 6 January 2021Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Boudhanath Stupa

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Boudhanath Stupa
(overnight in Kathmandu)

DAY 3: 7 January 2021Fly to Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha

Our next destination will be Lumbini which is 30 minutes away by flight. Lumbini, the birth place of the Buddha. We will stay at Lumbini for three nights ensuring that we have an ample of time to discover the important sites in Lumbini.
(overnight in Lumbini)

DAY 4: 8 January 2021 Discover the peaceful grounds of the Maya Devi temple and Lumbini Park

As we greet the prayer flags, we will visit the Maya Devi temple early in the morning. Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha under the sal tree.
(overnight in Lumbini)

DAY 5: 9 January 2021Explore Nepal’s Kapilavastu site, where the Buddha spent his first 29 years

While in Lumbini, we will also take a drive (90 minutes) to Tilaurakot, a site that many people believe is the true location of Kapilavastu, the kingdom where Siddhartha spent his first 29 years.
(overnight in Lumbini)

DAY 6: 10 January 2021Enter India overland & continue on to Kushinagar, where the Buddha entered Mahaparinirvana

On the 6th day our pilgrimage tour, we will continue our journey and enter India, heading towards our destination of Kushinagar. Kushinagar is the site where the Buddha achieved Mahaparinirvana and was then cremated. The reclining Buddha statue inside the Parinirvana Stupa is 20-foot long.
(overnight in Kushinagar)

DAY 7: 11 January 2021Visit Vaishali, the site where the Buddha first ordained nuns

On this day, we will visit Vaishali en route to Patna, where we will spend the night. This is the place where he first ordained women as nuns. Vaishali is also where he preached his final sermon before moving onto Kushinagar.
(overnight in Patna)

DAY 8: 12 January 2021 Explore the wealth of Buddhist sites around Rajgir, including Vulture’s Peak, the Bamboo Forest, and the ruins of Nalanda (overnight in Rajgir)

We will drive to Rajgir (3 hours) and explore around the area which is rich in buddhist heritage sites. We will explore Vulture’s Peak and later we will visit Venuvan (Bamboo Forest), where the Buddha spent his 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 17th rainy season. We will also explore the nearby ruins of Nalanda the following morning, the ancient center of Buddhist learning.

Day 9: 13 January 2021 Continue on to Bodh Gaya, the site where the Buddha attained enlightenment

On this day we will journey towards Bodh Gaya, where we’ll spend three nights in Bodhgaya.
(overnight in Bodh Gaya)

Day 10: 14 January 2021Explore the Mahabodhi temple and the Bodhi Tree that commemorate Buddha’s liberation

The Mahabodhi temple at Bodh Gaya commemorates the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment. In the Jataka Tales, this place is recognized as the “navel of the earth,” the exact spot where Siddhartha attained enlightenment.
(overnight in Bodh Gaya)

Day 11: 15 January 2021We will visit the nearby Mahakala Caves, where the Buddha practiced asceticism for years before discovering the Middle Way

Today we will spend time at the Dungeshwari (Mahakala) caves (45-minute drive). We will also visit Senani village, where he was offered milk rice by a Brahmin girl named Sujata.
(overnight in Bodh Gaya)

Day 12: 16 January 2021We will drive towards Varanasi

On this day, we will continue our journey to Varanasi (6-8 hours).
(overnight in Varanasi)

Day 13: 17 January 2021Today we discover Sarnath, the site of Buddha’s first sermon which address the Four Noble Truths

We will drive towards Sarnath which is 30 minutes away. It is the place where Budhha preached his first sermon.
(overnight in Varanasi)

Day 14: 19 January 2021 Today we will spend our day along the ghats of the Ganges River (overnight in Varanasi)

Today we will explore and focus on the banks of the Ganges River in the holy city of Varanasi.
(overnight in Varanasi)

Day 15: 20 January 2021 Today we fly back to New Delhi

Our journey comes to an end as we fly back to Delhi (90-minute flight).

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