Buddhist Destinations

The Originator of Buddhism: Lord Buddha
Famous Buddhist Sites in India: Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Lumbini
Birth Place of Lord Buddha: Lumbini
Famous Buddhist Archaeological Excavations:At Nalanda

We provide an attractive tour dedicated to communicate the essential truths of Buddhism and its importance in our daily life. The significant places for a Buddhist Pilgrim are those which are related to the events when lord Buddha was born, when he attained the supreme insight, places he traveled to preach the truth of life and when he ultimately passed away. These sacred sites include significant places like Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Rajgir, Nalanda etc.
Some of the major Buddhist Pilgrimage destinations are:
Mahaboddhi Temple Bodh Gaya
Bodh Gaya
Holding extreme religious importance to the Buddhists, Bodhgaya lies13 km south of Gaya, beside the river Phalgu. It was here, that the Lord Buddha sat under the Banyan tree and attained enlightenment, and a descendant of that original tree still flourishes there today. Bodhgaya is small and quiet town, which is the most important of all the Buddhist sites in the world.    more...

Kushinagar
The famous place where lord Buddha attained Nirvana, Kushinagar, situated in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, 51 km off Gorakhpur is one of the most beautiful and scenic locations to visit. It will charm you with its serenity and unassuming beautiful environment and climate.    more...

Dharmekh Stupa, Sarnath Sarnath
Situated 10 km from Varanasi, Sarnath is the site where Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples, preaching the middle path for attaining 'Nirvana'. Realising the sanctity of the site, emperor Ashoka, in the 3rd century B.C. built some of the finest monuments and legacies.    more...

Lumbini
Lumbini is situated just a few kilometers inside Nepal and is the birthplace of lord Buddha. Being one of the four holy places of Buddhism, today we can find the Ashokan pillar with its inscription mentioning that "here the Buddha was born", the nearby ruins that are presently undergoing restoration and the modern temples.    more...

Shanti Stupa, Ladakh Ladakh
The Buddhist principle of 'compassion' is perhaps the most visible trait of the religion in Ladakh. There are numerous monasteries in Ladakh, but the Lamayuru Gompa is the most significant one. Dating back to the 10th century and is known to be the oldest house of faith, it is one of the most picturesquely-located monasteries in Ladakh. It belongs to the Kagyupa Order of Buddhism and is home to some of the finest frescos, carpets and tangkhas.    more...

Buddhist Pilgrimage, VaishaliVaishali
Situated in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, around 55 km off Patna, the capital of the state Vaishali is a small village surrounded by banana and mango groves and rice fields. But excavations in the area have brought to light an impressive historical past related to lord Buddha. Lord Buddha visited this place frequently. Emperor Ashoka, in the third century BC erected one of his famous lion pillars here.    more...

Kaushambi
Kaushambi, in Uttar Pradesh, was visited by Buddha in the 6th and 9th years after his enlightenment. He delivered several sermons here, imparting great knowledge among the people residing here. On visiting Kaushambi, one can see the ruins of Ashokan Pillar, an old fort and the Ghositaram Monastery. The archaeological excavations here have yielded a large number of sculptures and figurines, coins, punch-marked and cast coins and terra-cotta sculptures that show the devotion of bygone era.    more...

Sanchi Stupa Sanchi
Sanchi, about 9 kilometers south-west of Vidisha in Madhaya Pradesh, India is one of the most beautiful site situated on a peaceful hill. It displays some of the finest specimens of Buddhist architectural forms, stupas, chaityas, temples and monasteries and other constructions. This place is an ultimate example of Buddhist creative art and sculpture in the country. The architectural pieces and sculptures displayed here include the Ashoka pillar and images of Buddha and Kushan.    more...

Sankisa
Sankisa is situated in central Uttar Pradesh, 47 kms from Farrukhabad, located in the present day Basantpur village. Being an ancient site, this place has an Ashoka elephant pillar has been excavated from close to the Stupa. Near the pillar, on a platform stands a temple with a statue of the Buddha. A very important site for Buddhist pilgrims this place was also visited by Hiuen Tsang and other Chinese travelers.

Rumtek
A 24-km drive from Gangtok, through the beautiful, bewitching countryside leads one to Rumtek. Rumtek, is the seat of the Karmapa Lama who heads the Kagyupa Sect of Buddhism. The style of the monastery, strictly traditional has been patterned on the lines of the Lamas series of Tibet. You can see the main offerings / dances of Rumtek also called the "Tse-Chu Chaams" held on the 10th day of the 5th month of the Tibetan calendar around June.    more...

Pemayangtse Hemis Gompa
118-km From Gangtok, Western Sikkim, Pemayangtse Monastery, the second oldest monastery, it is situated at a height of 6,840 ft is the head of all others and belonging to the Nyingma-Pa Sect. Presenting a gorgeous view of the mountain ranges, it is now equipped with 50-bed tourist lodge catering to travelers who want to visit this ancient and holy place. The monastery houses religious idols and priceless antiques.    more...

Alchi
Alchi, 70-km west of Leh, one of the most significant historical sites in Asia and it harbors an extraordinary wealth of ancient wall paintings and wood sculptures, miraculously preserved for over nine centuries inside five tiny mud walled temples. Nestled beside a bend in the milky blue river Indus, amid some dramatic scenery, it's also a serene spot and the perfect place to break a long journey to or from the Ladakh capital.    more...

Tawang MonasteryTawang
180-km from Bomdila, Tawang District, Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Monastery stands on the spur of a hill, about 10,000 feet above sea level and has ravines in the south and west, narrow ridge on the north and a gradual slope on the east. It offers a commanding and picturesque view of the Tawang-Chu valley. Though it has the capacity for housing about seven hundred monks, the actual number of resident Lamas (Monks) at present is a little more than 300. This monastery is the fountainhead of the spiritual life of the people of this region.    more...

Tabo
The rugged hills around Tabo house a tiny hamlet that is home to some 350 people. The Tabo monastery, also referred to as Tabo Chos-Khor- 'doctrinal circle' or 'doctrinal enclave' is a complex that holds nine temples, 23 chortens, a monks' chamber and an extension that houses the nuns' chamber. Tabo holds the distinction of being the largest monastic complex in Spiti. Constructed in 996 AD, Tabo was the brainchild of the great translator and teacher, Rinchensang Po.    more...

Dharamshala
Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar mountains, Dharamshala is perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley. Today, Dharamshala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama. Today, Dharamshala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan government in exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama.    more...

 Ruins at Nalanda Nalanda
Towards the Southeast of Patna is a village called the 'Bada Gaon', in the vicinity of which, are the world famous ruins of Nalanda University. Housing about 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers, this university attracted pupils from all over the world. A Walk in the ruins of the university, takes you to an era, that saw India leading in imparting knowledge, to the world - the era when India was a coveted place for studies. The university flourished during the 5th and 12th century.    more...

Nagarjuna Konda
A fascinating island, situated 150 km from Hyderabad, Nagarjuna Konda is an important Buddhist site. The historic location takes its name from the Buddhist saint and learner Acharya Nagarjuna. Set in the middle of a man-made lake, Nagarjuna Konda, houses the excavated remains of the 2nd and 3rd century Buddhist civilization found at Nagarjunasagar. To reach Nagarjuna Konda, visitors have to take a boat ride near Vijayapuri township.    more...

Udaigiri Lalitagiri, orissa
Situated 60-km from Cuttack, Orrisa, it consists of extensive ruins of brick pagodas, sculptured stone portals and esoteric Buddhist images testifying its ancient glory. One can access to the site on the Udayagiri hill is provided by flights of steps and an imposing ancient ramp rising gradually from the foot of the hill and reaching the high terrace.    more...

Lalitagiri
Situated 55-km from Cuttack , Orissa, it is very famous as a Buddhist Site comprising of ancient and beautiful relics of Buddha & Monastery Complex on hill. HiuenT' sang, the Chinese Pilgrim found it to be the seat of a flourishing Buddhist University called 'Puspagiri'.    more...

Ratnagiri
Situated in northeast of Cuttack, 100-km from Bhubaneshwar, Orissa, Ratnagiri is the gem of Relics of Buddha & Monastery complexes. The two large monasteries here flourished from 6th to 12th centuries AD. The magnificently carved doorjamb of the Vihar and the superbly finished Buddha images form perhaps the greatest concentration of the post-Gupta period Buddhist sculptures.    more...

Dhauli Hill Peace Pagoda, Dhauli Hill
Dhauli hill on the bank of the river Daya is a little away from the main road as one drives to Puri/ Konark from Bhubneswar. This stands as the mute witness to the great 'Kalinga' war which fought in the 3rd century BC, the great transformation, unprecedented in whole of the world, took place here. Dhauli is famous for the Ashokan rock-edicts, which are inscribed on a rock, with the relief of an emerging elephant at the top. Along with the Ashokan Edicts, the peace pagoda and modern Buddhist monastery, Dhauli offers the visitors small rock cut caves, Hindu temples of early medieval period and a renovated Shiva temple dedicated to Lord 'Dhavalesvara' on top of the hill as added attractions.    more...



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