with Guilherme Samel
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Today we return to India. From Lumbini, we drive along the Nepalese border for approx. 7h to the very little-visited farther Saravasti, where the Buddha lived the longest, for the most monsoon seasons. We will walk through this small village where Buddha lived with his sangha and enjoy the tranquility of the forest of his main monastery.
One of the eight main Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India, Sravasti is also the place where Buddha taught the largest number of sutras (discourses), among them also from the Prajnaparamita collection such as the Heart Sutra, the Diamond Sutra, and demonstrated some miracles. We will visit one of the main monasteries of that time: Jetavana, including the place where Buddha resided and taught. We will also visit a beautiful, quite large, Thai stupa.
We will continue our pilgrimage towards Sankisa. Sankisa is a place rarely visited by foreigners due to the distance from other cities and little infrastructure available. Together with Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Rajgir, Vaishali, Sravasti and Kushinagar we will complete the eight holiest Buddhist sites visited by pilgrims for millennia, such as Emperor Ashoka, Chinese monk and master Hsüan Tsangand many great masters of our time. It was in Sankisa that Buddha returned from the Tushita terrapure after teaching his mother, Mayadevi, for three months. A very simple and very special place. Travel by car approx. 6 am
We will wake up very early to watch the sunrise at the Taj Mahal, built by the fourth great Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, to his great love Mumtaz Mahal. We will return to the hotel for our breakfast, check out, and then continue to visit Red Fort, 5th century. XVI, built mainly by his grandfather and greatest of all Mughai emperors, Akbar. Lunch and then we continue our journey for approx. XNUMXh back to Delhi.
We hope that you have had beautiful experiences and significant learnings through contact with these ancient cultures, which until today, in more isolated contexts as in very modern contexts too, live values in a way that are possibly quite new to us and will be to us of important help in our daily lives.
Our hotel is available until noon today. Thus, you can choose, according to your preferences and availability of flights, whether you are flying today, in the morning, in the afternoon, at night or even in the next morning. If you need a late check-out (usually available until 18pm for a fee a little less than one night) or one more night to have the room available throughout the day and the next night, please let us know in advance to check availability and value. . It is always possible to store your bags at the hotel reception, so you can take a walk around the city that day, have lunch and/or dinner out according to your flight schedule, and then proceed to the airport with assistance from our representatives and follow-up at each I pass by Chörten.