Buddhism, the religion originated in India, later became one of the major religions of the world. Buddhism is preaching of Siddhartha Gautama, a born prince of the earlier Kapila vastu Kingdom, presently located in Lumbini, Nepal.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Packages is one of the significant aspects of India Pilgrimage Tourism. Several people from across the world visit India and other places associated with Buddhism.
There are several Tour/Holiday planners offering Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Packages under India Pilgrimage Tourism. The most famous places associated with Buddhist Tour are- Bodhgaya, Lumbini, Kushinagar and Sarnath. Each place has significant identity depicting various stories relevant to the beginning and development of Buddhism in India.
Lumbini, this Buddhist pilgrimage location is situated in the Rupandehi District, Nepal. This is the place where Gautama Buddha was born in 563 BCE
Bodhgaya is located at district Gaya, in Bihar. This religious site is greatly significant as Prince Siddhartha is said to have attained Enlightenment under the famous Bodhi Tree which later became very popular. Other places of interest at Bodha Gaya are the Mahabodhi temple and the monasteries looked after by a monastic order.
Sarnath is located only 12 km from the significant holy city Varanasi. Sarnath is the place where Gautama Buddha first preached the Dharma (sermon) after his enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. Places to see at Sarnath are Dharmekh Stupa, which is 128 feet tall and 93m in diameter, Mulagandhakuti Vihara where Guatama Buddha spent his time meditating during rainy season, the famous Deer Park maintained as the open animal park and the remains of the great Ashoka Pillar
Kushinagar– also called Kusinara is a district in Uttar Pradesh located at 52 KM east from Gorakhpur city. Gautama Buddha is belived to have preached his last sermon at Kushinagar and took his last breath here at the age of 80. Famous place to visit here are Ramabhar stupa, Mahaparinirvana temple, etc.
India is a hot Country, thus the best time to visit the Buddhist pilgrimage is October – March. You can plan your journey independently via train or you can contact one out of several tour planners to customise the most suitable Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Package for you. Road services are good and all types of Hotels such as Economy/Budget, Premium, Deluxe, etc. are available at all these places. You can hire Guides to describe the famous stories related to these places.
Government of India is constantly trying to develop the India Pilgrimage Tourism to attract more and more local and foreign tourists.