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Travel to the best Buddhist places in India

Buddha was the greatest sage and mystic of the East and one of the best spiritual teachers in the world. Buddhism was founded on the basis of his preaching, philosophy and 4 great truths, which is the fourth largest religion in the world today. He was called the ‘awakened person’ or the ‘enlightened person. Buddha 5 was born in BC in the part of India that is now in motion on all wheels of Southeast Asia, including Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Japan and China. There are several important Buddhist sites in India that start a spiritual journey like no other. We divide them into three categories. See 18 Essential Buddhist Pilgrimages in India.

Buddhist tourist places in India: Pilgrimage

Bodhgaya

In Gaya, the Buddha attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. The Mahabodhi Temple has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to Bodhi trees and Vajrasana or diamond thrones. Where: Gaya, Bihar

Sarnath

It is a sacred place where the Buddha gave his first sermons, taught Dhamma (including the four great truths and the eightfold path) and formed the Sangha (monastic community). Sarnath contains the ruins of the Memek Stupa (128 feet high) as well as other ancient stupas. Visit the Sarnath Museum to see the lion, the national symbol of India. Also, visit several monasteries of other Buddhist nations.

Where: Near Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Sarnath
Sarnath

Kushinagar

Kushinagar is another important pilgrimage that is a place where the Buddha attained Parinirvana (Nirvana after death). The Buddha did not end his breath here. The historical site is mainly visited not only by regular tourists but also by devout Buddhists and monks. The Parnirvana Stupa contains the ‘Mumurshu Buddha’, the Ramvar Stupa, which is the crematorium of the Buddha and the well of the head temple, where there is a huge statue of the Buddha.

 Where: Near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh

Kushinagar
Kushinagar

Sravasti

An ancient city, one of the largest Buddhist or important pilgrimage sites for ordinary travelers during the Buddha’s lifetime. The Buddha spent most of his time in Sravasti after attaining enlightenment. Here the twin miracles are said to have taken place, where the Buddha emitted a mitted fire from the upper part of his body and water came out from the lower part. Places of interest are Jetban Math, Anathpindika and Angulimala Stupa and Anandabodhi trees.

Where: West Rapti River, Uttar Pradesh

Sankhya or Sankara

It is in this ancient place that it is said that the Buddha returned to the world of the gods after performing twin miracles by him. It is said that Buddha came here with Indra and Brahma after preaching to his mother in heaven. In ancient times a ladder was made where the Buddha placed his feet on the landing, but now you can see a temple with Ashoka pillars and an elephant where the Buddha placed his right foot on the ground. Also, visit Burmese and Korean temples here.

Where: Uttar Pradesh

Sankhya or Sankara
Sankhya or Sankara

Rajgir and Nalanda

The vulture peak of Rajgir was the favorite place of the Buddha and here he gave many important advances. Saptaparni Buddhist cave where the first Buddhist council was held after his death. Places to visit in Rajgir are the four beautiful Buddha statues of the Peace Stupa, the Gridhakut hills where he provided the Lotus Sutras and Prajnaparamita, the Jivakamevan Garden and the Ajatashatru fort.  Visit Nalanda, about 15 kilometers away, to see the world heritage site of Nalanda Mahavihara, an important learning place where the main Buddhist school of thought originated.

 Where: Bihar

Rajgir and Nalanda
Rajgir and Nalanda

Vaishali

The ancient city of Vaishali was considered to be the original landmark of a republic. It was here that the Buddha preached his last sermon before attaining enlightenment. After leaving, his spiritual training began here and it was here that he initiated Gautami, the first female disciple, at his command. Here you will get the remains of the Ashoka. Visit the Ashoka Pillar near the ruins of a brick mound where the last advice was given, and pay homage to the coronation pond containing the ashes of the Buddha.

Where: Bihar

Vaishali
Vaishali

Lumbini

Although technically located in Nepal, Lumbini is the fourth most important pilgrimage site in Buddhism, easily accessible from India.  This is where the Buddha was born. There are several temples, monasteries and monuments. Buddhist tourist places in India: An important Buddhist monastery in India

Where: Rupandehi, Province No. 5, Nepal

Lumbini
Lumbini

Key Monastery

Located at an altitude of more than 13,000 feet, Key Monastery is an important Tibetan center for the religious training of lamas. A stunning work of monastery architecture, the monastery has various murals and a good collection of scriptures and Buddha statues. The famous three-stored monastery is located in a remote area, thus visited by adventurous travelers and ardent Buddha followers. Visit from May to October.

Where: Spiti Valley.  Himachal Pradesh  

Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Dharamsala

The main seat of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama Temple is an ornate monastery complex, colorful and enchanting. The Dalai Lama’s residence is also here. He gives his advice here. In this temple, you will get a large statue of Buddha. Also, visit the Norbulingka Institute and Namgyal Monastery in the area.

Where: McLeodganj, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

Tawang Monastery

Tawang Monastery is one of the most popular places of Buddhist spiritual pilgrimage, visited by tourists and monks and followers alike. It is situated at an altitude of 10,000 feet, the monastery is set in a picturesque setting in the Tawang valley. The main hall is adorned with tall statues of Buddha and the sacred texts in the library. The monastery is vibrantly colorful, serene and breathtaking with its architecture, decorations and murals. You may also like to read more about the top 20 places to visit in Tawang – an ancient city in Arunachal Pradesh

Where: Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang Monastery
Tawang Monastery

Roomtech Monastery

The monastery is a political and spiritual center of the Kagu community of Tibetan Buddhists. The main temple is very colorful and beautifully decorated, and there is a bejeweled gold temple commemorating the guru of the Kagu dynasty. Ancient patterns and scriptures, as well as architecture, are among the best in the world.

Where: Gangtok, Sikkim

Namdrolling Monastery

A place called the home of 5,000 monks and nuns, Namdroling Monastery Nyingma is an important spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism.  It got off to a humble start as founder Pema Norbu Rinpoche started building it when she put only Rs00 in her name. It was originally made of bamboo, but now has huge courtyards, colorful architecture, peaceful surroundings and a wide range of tourist walks.

Where: Bylakuppe, Karnataka

Namdrolling Monastery
Namdrolling Monastery

Thikse Monastery

Similar to the Potala Palace in Tibet, which is the largest monastery in the world, Theksi Monastery belongs to the Gelug community of Tibetan Buddhism.  It is a huge 12 story building built in ascending order and contains several mounds, statues and ruins of antiquity. It is famous for the Maitreya Buddha statue which is up to two stories high.  The monastery has made a significant contribution to the development of the status of monks in the Buddhist tradition.

Where: Ladakh, J&K

Thikse Monastery
Thikse Monastery

Jhum Math

The Old Jhum Monastery or Iga Choling Monastery is an important center of the Jelug community of Tibetan Buddhism.  It is famous for its huge 15 feet tall statue of Maitreya Buddha. It was built in 1850 by a Mongolian astrologer and monk. The library collection contains several valuable fragments of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Two oil lamps are lit in front of Maitreya Buddha throughout the year.

Where: Jhumi Jhumi hotel, West Bengal

Ajanta Cave

These are the magnificent Buddhist rock-cut caves that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These date from the 2nd century BC to 480 AD. Be amazed to see ancient religious Buddhist art, including stone-cut Buddhist deities, images of the Buddha’s past life and rebirth, and monasteries and prayer halls. The pictures drawn from the birth story are extraordinary. For a lover of history, a tourist, or a Buddhist, the Ajanta Caves must be on the list of 

Buddhist sites to visit.

Where: Aurang Rangabad, Maharashtra

Ajanta Cave
Ajanta Cave

Bojjannakonda

The ancient Buddhist caves of Bozjanakonda, Bavikonda, Thotlakonda and Pavuralkonda are located a few kilometers away from each other. These were important monasteries and learning centers in the past where monks and travelers lived.  These are believed to have been made between the fourth and ninth centuries. They carve ancient mounds and rocks.

Where: Andhra Pradesh

Kerala and fried cave

An ancient group of rock-cut caves dating to the 2nd century BC, these caves are a fascinating heritage site of Buddhism in India. In those cases, there have been remarkable ancient monasteries, stupas and chaityagrahas with remarkable facades, exterior, interior sanctuaries and carvings.

Where: Near Lonavala in Maharashtra

Kerala and fried cave
Kerala and fried cave

Visiting a Buddhist shrine will be a uniquely pleasurable experience in your travel diary, which includes peaceful and lively monasteries, historic landmarks and legends of the Buddha.

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