Buddhist Tourist Destinations in India

Posted by Pitambari Tours on 07:05
India has traditionally been a land where people of different religions have lived together in peace and harmony. A predominantly Hindu country, the culture of India has been influenced by other religions like Buddhism which began on Indian soil. Buddhism is a major religion in India and a large number of followers to spread Buddhism throughout the country. India is also home to several Buddhist tourist destinations and some of the most popular are discussed below:

Bodhgaya



It is one of the four most sacred Buddhist sites in India. The site is located about 13 km from Gaya in Bihar attracts a large number of Buddhist followers from across India and even from abroad. Legend has it that this is where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment while meditating under a Peepal tree. It is in this place where Prince Siddhartha became 'Buddha'. Bodhgaya is the place Mahabodhi Temple, which is a World Heritage Site.

Sarnath


It is a known fact that Varanasi is an important pilgrimage center in India, however, not many people know that Sarnath is also an important center of pilgrimage for the followers of Buddhism. The site located about 10 km from the Hindu holy city of Varanasi is a place where Buddha came shortly after he attained enlightenment. The powerful Indian emperor Ashoka visited this place in 234 BC and erected a stupa of Buddha here. During the 3rd century BC and 11th century AD Buddha several structures were erected at Sarnath and some of the Buddhist sites that are popular today are Mulgandha Kuti Vihar, Chaukhandi Stupa, Sarnath Museum and Dhamek Stupa.

Nalanda


Nalanda, famous for its ancient university, the city attracts a large number of tourists every year. People come here to witness the ruins of the ancient university. The place also has an important place in history as the place where Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira visited frequently during the sixth century BC place. The place is also the birth place of Sariputra, one of Buddha's chief disciples. While in Nalanda, should visit the Nava Nalanda Mahavira, which is known for its literature Pali and Buddhist culture.

Delhi

It comes as a surprise, but the capital city of India, Delhi is also one of the major Buddhist sites in India. The city is home to World Buddhist Centre, which is a famous meditation retreat for Buddhists. Followers of Buddhism come to this place from all over India to relax and meditate. The place established in 1996 ranks among the most famous Buddhist temples in India. Present in the heart of South Delhi, the center has a very calm and serene. Once you're inside, you will be greeted with the tranquility that soothe and calm your senses immediately. People from all walks of life come here to escape the hustle and bustle of your everyday life to learn meditation. The center jointly run by Indian and Japanese monks have a meditation room, conference room and a dining Japanese style.

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