Explore Buddhist Tour in India

June 14, 2019 at 7:59 am

“For Buddhists, India is a sacred place even though the country is not essentially a Buddhist country. The reason behind India being sacred is that Lord Gauttam Buddha was born in India, in the city of Lumbini. Not only that, Gautam Buddha attained enlightened at a place near Gaya. The place is called Bodhgaya after “”enlightenment””.
Other than this, Lord Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon to his five disciples in a place near Varanasi. The place is called Sarnath and is easily reachable from Varanasi – via air, road and rail. Lord Buddha attained nirvana in Kushinagar, in India.

Thus there are four must visit places for Buddhist tourists: Lumbini Bodhgaya Sarnath Kushinagar Other than the above mentioned four places, there are caves and monasteries all over India that contain teachings of Buddha. Ajanta caves, for example, contain carvings and paintings that cover Jataka tales related to Buddhism.
A Buddhist Pilgrimage tour should essentially cover the above mentioned places. The Buddhist temple tour would mean visiting not only the temples at Sarnath, Lumnini and Bodhgaya but also the paintings at Ajanta caves as it is also a Buddhist Place in India.

Lumbini is a world heritage place as people believe visiting the place is the beginning of their quest for salvation. The palace where Buddha stayed until the age of 29 is protected and preserved as are the other places of Buddhist interest – including the pond where Buddha’s mother took a dip before lord Buddha was born.

Bodhgaya is a place near Gaya which again is reachable via Patna, the capital of Bihar. Patna is reachable via rail, road and air. While Gaya stands as an important place for Hindus, Bodhgaya is venerable for Buddhists. Lord Buddha gained knowledge here in one of the monasteries. The place has monasteries and paintings that reveal the life and study of Lord Buddha.
Sarnath was the place where Lord Buddha shared his knowledge with his first five disciples who actually were looking for knowledge with Buddha at Bodhgaya. As Buddha did not have money to pay for crossing the river Ganges, he walked on the water to reach Sarnath. When the king of Varanasi came to know of this enlightened person, he gifted an entire deer park and adjoining place to him – for purpose of further strengthening the studies etc. At Sarnath, you can also find a huge statue of Buddha. In addition, there is a museum.

Ajanta caves are located in the state of Maharashtra. They are total four caves out of which three contain paintings and sculptures that reveal and spread the stories from what are known as Jataka tales. It is believed by some that Lord Buddha was not the only avatar. There were several instances of Boddhisatvas on this planet. The Jataka tales tell stories of other Boddisatvas too. Even if you are not a Buddhist, you should visit the Ajanta caves just to check out the enchanting paintings and sculpture. Your tour operator will give you more details on Buddhist Pilgrimage tour – places you will visit, schedule etc. Make sure you know things in advance so that you can pray and enjoy the peace while learning new things.”