It is said one of the greatest journeys we can make is from our head to our heart. Going on a physical pilgrimage to visit the holy sites of the Buddha is a powerful way of evoking a lasting transformation within us toward living a life of greater compassion and wisdom.
About 2,600 years ago, the Buddha walked on this earth and taught his message of peace, kindness and compassion and all the places he taught were surely blessed by the spirit of his teaching. Every year thousands of people travel to Nepal and India to visit the holy sites associated with the Buddha’s life. While some people visit these places merely for their historical significance, many devotees and spiritual seekers go there to grow, renew and strengthen their connection with the Buddha and his teachings.
On this pilgrimage you will embark on an inspirational journey through the most important Buddhist sites in India and Nepal. In Nepal, we visit the legendary Boudhanath Stupa as well as the Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, before travelling to India to visit the places where the Buddha gained Enlightenment, gave his first teachings and passed away into Mahaparinirvana. Along the way we will stop to take a boat ride on the River Ganges, visit holy mountain sites such as Vultures Peak (where the Buddha taught the Heart Sutra) and explore the ancient ruins of the famous Buddhist university, Nalanda. Lastly, we finish the pilgrimage at the stunning and awe-inspiring caves of Ajanta and Ellora in Aurangabad, an experience that is as extraordinary, as it is unforgettable.
This pilgrimage will be led by Buddhist teacher and enthusiast, Mindah-Lee Kumar, who will also give teachings and lead you through guided meditation practices along the way.