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What :

Buddha spent 24 rainy seasons in Shravasti (Sravasti) near the banks of the West Rapti River. The religious leader came here to observe the four month holy period Chaturmas by fasting, offering penance, and bathing in the waters of the West Rapti River in ritual cleansing.

Buddhist doctrine holds that Shravasti was were Buddha taught some of his most important sermons, and performed many of his most complicated miracles.

Shravasti is an important crossroads on the Buddhist pilgrimage circuit, but other religions intersect here as well. It’s believed that the third Tirthankara (saint) of Jainism, Sambhavanath, was born here, which makes the town an important pilgrimage for practitioners of the Jain religion.

With the rise of the Hindu religion and Mughal rulers, Buddhism fell out of fashion in Northern India around 600 A.D., and the ancient city of Shravasti crumbled leaving behind numerous stupas and ruined monasteries. Jetavana, the second Buddhist monastery in India, is a common place to find monks in meditation or pilgrims making offerings. The Anandabodhi tree, a sapling cut from the original tree that The Buddha gained enlightenment under, is within the monastery grounds and the faithful can easily be spotted quietly searching for inner peace under its branches.

When :

Shravasti’s best weather falls between October and March. The weather is hottest between April and June, and the rains between July and September offer welcome respite from the heat.

Where :

Sarnath is in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It’s best reached by private vehicle departing from Varanasi.

Who :

While much of the ancient buildings lies in ruins, a growing number of contemporary temples sponsored by Buddhist countries have sprung up in the last few decades. The throngs of pilgrims add a mystical vibe to this rural site. The chance to visit such an important pilgrimage point is a wonderful excursion for guests on our India tours.

Appropriate Attire :

Wear appropriate clothing for warm weather, but remember that active Buddhist or Jain temples may require shoulders, arms, and knees to be covered upon entrance, and some areas might require the removal of shoes.

Guest Reviews :

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  Robin and Clifford Topol
April 2014
We are back and recovered from jet lag and finally able to reflect on what was a truly great trip and wonderful experience. The trip was well thought out and provided multiple highlights. Arpita did a great job and called several times to check our progress.  Raju, our driver from Delhi thru Jaipur, is a warm and good person. The hotels were exceptional and the service was at a very high level. Thank you for letting the hotels know that it was Robin’s birthday. It made the trip very special for her. Thank you again and please make sure that all involved, in making our trip a success, understand that we are thankful and will be referring Easy Tours to our friends
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  Susan and Gerard Totorelli
February 2014
Excellent rating for Tour Design, Tour Directors, Guides, Hotels, Ground Transportation, Transfers.
We had a wonderful time. Your company made it very 'Easy' to navigate the hustle and bustle of India. Our Tour Director in India, Abid Ali, was superb. He was knowledgeable about all aspects of Indian life (culture, art, history, religion, traditions, etc. He was very open when we asked him personal questions about his family and their traditions and beliefs. Our guide in Nepal, Vejay, was also wonderful. He adjusted our tour slightly, to accommodate our needs. His knowledge of the history, religion and traditions of the country was excellent. He had answers to all of our questions. I cannot say enough in this small area to adequately compliment your operation for running an absolutely first class trip. India would have been impossible to tour on our own. From the ceremonies at the Ganges, to the glamor of the palaces, to the splendor of the Taj Mahal, we were exposed to the many faces of India. The sensory overload of the traffic, congestion, horns, garbage, food was so overwhelming in the beginning. But it became just the way of life after a while. As the traffic is so wild in India, our lives were in the hands of your drivers who were very competent. We were grateful for their expertise. Our trip was a wonderful experience. I have been telling people that it was not a vacation but an education. You are never too old to learn! I now want to read up more on the history and religions of India. Thank you Easy Tours for making it 'easy'!
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