If your dream holiday includes a visit to India's best heritage sites, iconic cave temples, magnificent monasteries, and great places that have witnessed the footsteps of history's greatest and most revered figure, Siddhartha Gautama, then we have a right package for you - The Buddha's Trail. As the name says, the Buddha Trail, this tour package includes a visit to major Buddha sites in India and Nepal that too in eleven days only.
Your journey will begin from Aurangabad, where you will visit the Ellora and Ajanta Caves. The magnificent world heritage site, Ellora is famous for its rock-cut cave temples that date back to 10th and 11th century. In Ajanta too, you would see the cave temples, but they are much older than Ellora ones and dates from around the 2nd century to the 6th century BC. After a fantastic heritage walk in the Aurangabad, drive to Jalgaon to board a train for Bhopal. The capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal is the closest city to Sanchi, the nest destination of the tour. Famous for its stupas, monolithic Asokan pillar, temples, monasteries and sculptural wealth, Sanchi is an architectural wonderland. Following a brief visit to the archeological splendor of India, visit Agra to see the beautiful Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Next day, you will board a train for Patna to visit the iconic places like Nalanda, Rajgir and Bodhgaya. A world heritage site, Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Bodh Gaya marks the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. Here you can find structures that date back to 5th century BC. Also here you will see the Bodhi tree under which the Buddha found enlightenment. On the same day, drive to Varanasi to see the place where Buddha gave his famous first sermon after attaining enlightenment, Sarnath. In Sarnath, you will see a 100m-high stupa, which is one of the largest in the world. From Sarnath, drive to Kushinagar, an ancient town where Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana after his death. Spend a day in Kushinagar and then visit Lumbini in Nepal, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, for a short period of time. In Lumbini, visit the Maya Devi Temple, which marks the spot where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama. Due to time constraint, you will leave Lumbini and proceed to Sravasti, the last attraction of the tour. In Shravasti, you can see Ananda Bodhi tree and Jetavana, one of the famous Buddhist monastery and Vihara in India. After a day tour in Shravasti, go to Lucknow to board a train or flight to your destination onwards.
By opting for this tour, you can visit all the four important sites: Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, and Kushinagar: sites of his birth, enlightenment, first sermon, and death. For those who fascinated by Buddha's life and pleased by the wisdom and simplicity of the words attributes to him then you should avail this package. If you want to know more about the package, go through the detailed itinerary mentioned below, or you can call us on numbers mentioned on our website. Even if you want to add some more locations or want any changes in the tour package, we can do it as per your wish.