This year, why not opt for a cultural trip to India in the footsteps of Boudha? Get ready for a unique adventure in the footsteps of Siddhartha Gautama, known as Buddha. Through this cheap circuit in India, you will discover the city of Lucknow. It is a majestic city of nabobs before arriving at the birthplace of the Buddha. This is an almost obligatory step. This trip is ideal for Buddhist enthusiasts and spiritual stays. During this India tour, you will follow the footsteps and history of Buddhism. During this spiritual stay, discover the many facets of Buddhism. This stay is the perfect opportunity to meet some pilgrims.
Arrival in Lucknow
Traditional welcome by our travel agency in India and transfer to the hotel! Day 1, you will visit the ancient city of nabobs. The latter contains a large number of treasures. You will also visit its mosques and tombs, including the Baraimambara (built in 1784 by the fourth nabob, Asaf-ud-daula). Night at the hotel.
Lucknow – Shravasti (150 km/4h)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for a long day by car to Shravasti during your tailor-made trip to India. Upon arrival, you will visit Shravasti in full length. It is ancient capital of the kingdom Kosala has everything to seduce you. One of the peculiarities of this destination is that it is a sacred place for Buddhists. Note that it is here that Buddha performed many miracles to confuse the Tirthika heretics. He also gave many speeches. The visit of the saheth and mahet temples is also essential. Overnight at the hotel
Shravasti – Lumbini (170 km/5h)
After your breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for a long day's drive to Lumbini, Nepal. During your trip India, you will discover the countryside, the small farming towns and the local life. Then, setup and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. The city of Lumbini is an important place of pilgrimage because that is where Siddhartha Gautam was born. It is therefore an almost obligatory passage during a stay with a local agency in India in the footsteps of Bouda. You will visit the main monuments of the city like the column of Ashoka. The latter was erected in 249 BC It bears inscriptions confirming that Buddha was born around 560 BC Visit the temple of Mayadevi (the mother of the Buddha). A visit of the pilgrimage center composed of 38 Mahayanist monasteries in the East and 13 Hinayanist monasteries in the West is also planned today. Night at the hotel
Lumbini – Kushinagar (140 km/4h)
After having breakfast at the hotel, get ready to leave for KUSHINAGAR with our English speaking agency in India. This is the place where BUDDHA would have uttered his last words: "Every composition is doomed to destruction". Then check in and overnight at the hotel
Kushinagar – Vaishali – Patna (260 km/6h30m)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Vaishali during your india tour. This is the place where Buddha preached his last sermon. It is also the place where Saint Tirthankar was born, of jain religion. The main interest of the city is Ashoka's column with its beautiful lion's head. Several stupas of Buddha are also to discover on the spot. You will then leave for Patna. Overnight at the hotel
Patna – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodhgaya (180 km/5h)
Breakfast at the hotel, then departure for Nalanda. Note that this beautiful city housed the largest Buddhist university. It was founded in the 5th century and was looted and destroyed by the Afghans in the 12th century. With a personalized travel specialist, you will see in the archaeological museum many vestiges of this time on site. Departure for Rajgir, or Rajgirha! It is an ancient capital of the Magadha Empire, located 19 km from Nalanda. As an indication, Buddha stayed here for 12 years and gave several important sermons. Departure for the city of Bodhgaya. Overnight at the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel ! It was here that Buddha received enlightenment, 531 BC. It is also one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India, indeed in the world. More than an archaeological site, it is an important Buddhist home where millions of pilgrims come to collect themselves. Night at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Day 9 is a free day to visit the temples and meet the pilgrims. A trip in the heart of Buddhist India will allow you to live new experiences. Night at the hotel
Bodhgaya – Varanasi (270 km/6h)
Breakfast at the hotel. Get ready for a long day of driving in the footsteps of the Buddha. You will depart for Vârânasî, via Gaya, one of the important Hindu pilgrimage cities. Check in your hotel. End of the day free. Night at the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel Varanasi is one of the most visited cities in the world. Note that this is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of India for Hindus and also for Buddhists. Do not pretend to visit the gaths very early in the morning, these giant riders going down to the Ganges for the ritual bath in the sacred river. Night at the hotel
Vârânasî – Sarnath – Ramnagar – Vârânasî (40 km/2h)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for an unforgettable boat trip south of the city, away from the bustle of the central ghats to discover the Ramnagar Fort. The latter is 20 km away. It's a must at a spiritual India tour. Also visit the stupaDhamek. This site dominates the site from the top of its 34 meters and stupa Dharmarji ka. Do not miss the visit of the museum, designed as a Buddhist monastery that has a large number of remains of ancient art. Night at the hotel.
Vârânasî – Delhi (domestic flight) – Départ
After breakfast at the hotel. Free morning. You will then be transferred to the airport at the end of the afternoon. Arrival in Delhi, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel. And after dinner at the hotel. You will be taken back to Delhi airport. Return flight and arrival in Paris. End of our services and your spiritual adventure during a trip to India.