We are Government-approved tour operators based in India, who have been organising mindful journeys 'In the Footsteps of the Buddha' across India and Nepal since 1988. Besides Buddhist  pilgrimages, we organise meaningful and transformative journeys that are of a cultural, spiritual and educational nature, led by highly qualified leaders and guides for institutions, groups and individuals under our Eleven Directions brand. We develop customized itineraries for people with special interests, leadership programmes and also offer the more conventional itineraries with an exclusive touch that allows you to experience the wisdom and beauty of India in a deep yet relaxed way, enjoying the hospitality and luxury that India can provide.

 

 

Shakyamuni Buddha discovered the truth of overcoming suffering and bringing happiness to the individual, family and society. Before he died, the Buddha suggested that it would be of great benefit to those who are interested in his teachings to make a pilgrimage to the places associated with his life.
Together we visit the actual sites where the historical Buddha was born, spent his childhood, attained enlightenment, taught, meditated and where he passed away. We travel along the fertile plains of the Ganges, beautiful with its mustard and lentil fields, to the lush 'terai' that leads to the foothills of the Himalayas. We visit the remains of ancient monasteries and stupas, museums with exquisite art, living temples and villages that have changed little since the time of the Buddha 2,500 years ago. We take a boat ride, stop at mango groves, visit Hindu temples, Muslim mosques, visit schools and meet/mingle with pilgrims from all over the world. Read more>>

 

Our name “Eleven Directions" derives from the conventional ten directions that define all space (four cardinal directions of N, S, E and W, the four intermediate directions of NE, NW, SE and SW, above and below). The eleventh direction is within our self. We feel that the most authentic element of transformative travel is effected by the change within, the way the traveler views his or her world after coming into contact with different ways of living and thinking through travel. The inner journey that develops in response to the outer journey.

The journeys that we have added to our collection may be more conventional than our previous offerings, yet they offer an insight into the subtleties and depth of South Asia as our previous journeys have. The tours will be tailored and personalized, much in the same way as we have received appreciation for in the past and we can organize journeys to all directions.

 
A proportion of the proceeds of the above journeys goes to the non-profit, volunteer based organisation Ahimsa Trust. Ahimsa Trust is working for peace through mindfulness in education, sustainable livelihoods and cultural harmony. For more information please click on to www.ahimsatrust.org