Buddhist Tour Destinations is a journey to the 25 important Buddhist sites in India. In the coming pages, you will learn more about these Buddhist Sites in great detail. All these Buddhist Tour Detonations are associated with important events of Buddha's life also offers Buddhist india tour packages, visited by Buddha or later thrived into great Buddhist centers. Each of the sites must be visited to get a novel experience of history and religion of Buddhism. Some of the Buddhist Tour Destinations are famous for stupa, some as Buddhist learning centers and some for being directly associated with the visit or religious sermons of the Lord Buddha.
Ajanta Caves are at a distance of 100 km from district of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. After being in oblivion for centuries, the caves were discovered by chance in AD 1819 by a British hunting party. The remarkable caves of Ajanta are listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Amravati lies on the right bank of River Krishna, 65 km from Vijayawada in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is famous for the ruins of a 2000-year-old Buddhist settlement and the great Buddhist stupa. Amravati is considered as one of the most sacred pilgrim center for the Buddhists.
Barabar Hill Tours
The Barabar Hills are at a distance of 25 km from Gaya in Bihar. Barabar Hills are renowned the world over for four rock cut caves. These caves were built under the patronage of Emperor Ashoka for the Ajivikas.
Champanagar lies in the district of Bhagalpur 220 km away from Patna in Bihar. The Buddha had visited Champanagar several times. The place is an important Buddhist site as Buddha has delivered many sermons here.
Soon after the cremation of Buddha, a dispute arose among his disciples on the issue of division of the ashes. Eventually, a Brahmin, Dona was given the task to divide the ashes of Buddha, which he did it to the satisfaction of all the eight disciples. As a reward for his satisfactory job, he was given the vessel of the ashes, which he had divided. He decided to enshrine this vessel in a stupa.
Ellora Caves are 26 km from Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. The rock cut caves at Ellora is excavated out of the vertical face of a cliff. Built in linear pattern from 5th to 11th century AD, the caves belong to three major religions, namely, Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Ellora Caves has been listed in the World Heritage Site.
Gaya lies on the bank of river Phalgu at a distance of 100 km from Patna in Bihar. The city is of great significance to the Hindus and the Buddhists. Lord Buddha preached the essence of life in this ancient city.
Ghosrawan is a small village in the state of Bihar. The village is on the site of a very large and important Buddhist Monastery. This Buddhist Monastery is probably the Kapotaka Vihara visited and mentioned by Hiuen Tsang.
Gurpa is a small village in Bihar at a distance of 33 km form Gaya. The place has acquired religious importance because of its association with Maha Kassapa, Buddha's successor.
Hajipur or Ukkacala of ancient times is a small village at a distance of 10 km from Patna. The Buddhists revere the place because Buddha gave one discourse at this place and some of the Ananda's ashes were kept here.
Indasala Cave Tours
Indasala Cave is near Rajgir in the state of Bihar. The caves have an important place in the Buddhist circuit in Bihar because Buddha has delivered one of his most profound discourses, the Sakkapanha Sutta over here.
Jethian is a small village near Rajgir in the state of Bihar. The place has significance because it here that Lord Buddha meet King Bimbisara. At that it was known as the Lativana or the Palm Grove.
Kapilavastu, the capital city of Sakya clan, is now known as Piprahwa. Prince Siddhartha spent his childhood at this place. At Kapilavastu, he witnessed sorrow of a beggar, sadness of an old man, pain of a sick and a dead body. After all these events, he finally decided to renounce all the worldly pleasure and search for the truth and salvation.
Kesariya or Kessaputta of the ancient times is 55 km from Vaishali in the state of Bihar. The Kalama Sutta, One of the Buddha's most celebrated discourses was given to the Kalama people while the Buddha was staying in their chief town, Kessaputta or Kesariya.
Kosambi is near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. Kosambi was once great historic city with the capital of Vamsa. The city has witnessed several important events in the Buddha's life.
Kurkihar is 22 km from Gaya in the state of Bihar. The place is significant because of findings of several statues of Buddha and Bodhisattvas, which suggest that the place had significance due to Buddha.
Lauriya Nandangarh Tours
Lauriya Nandangarh is 22 km from Bettiah in the state of Bihar. The place is significant for one of the biggest stupas in India and Ashokan pillar with 6 Ashokan Edicts.
Mathura is 8 km from Agra in Uttar Pradesh. Buddha visited the place only once. Mathura remained a flourishing center of Buddhism for nearly a thousand years. The Mathura School of Art became famous for giving distinct features to the sculptures of Buddha.
Nalanda was established in the 5th century AD. It is famous as the ancient university and a rich library. Buddha had visited Nalanda several times during his lifetime. But the place became famous as the center of Buddhist learning during 5th to 12th centuries AD. Nalanda is the first residential international university of the world with strength of 2,000 teachers and 10,000 monks' students from all over the Buddhist world.
Nagarjunakonda is located on the river Krishna, 65 km from Vijayawada in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Nagarjunakonda was one of the greatest center of Buddhist learning. The stupas here have dainty sculptures depicting scenes from the Buddha's life. The main stupa is called the Mahachaitya and contains the sacred relies of the Buddha, namely, a small tooth and an earring.
Patna is the capital of state of Bihar. Buddha visited this place on his last journey to Kushinagar. Third Buddhist Council was held at Patna under the patronage of Emperor Ashoka.
Prabhosa is about a kilometer from Kosambi. Buddha spent his 6th rain retreat at Prabhosa but did not give religious discourses. Chinese Pilgrim, Hieun Tsang visited this place in the 7th century AD and mentioned about a stupa constructed by Emperor Ashoka.
Pragbodhi is near Gaya in the state of Bihar. It is a mountain where Prince Siddhartha stayed while practicing austerities for six years. Pragbodhi means Prior to Enlightenment and is now known as Dhungeswara.
Sanchi is 9 km from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh. It is famous for several stupas, Gupta temples and Buddhist monasteries. Sanchi is listed as the World Heritage Site.
Vikramsila is 50 km from Bhagalpur in the state of Bihar. The Vikramsila University was founded in the 8th century AD, which grew to become the intellectual center for Tantric Buddhism. In the beginning of the 11th century AD, during the reign of King Ramapala, there were 160 teachers and 1000 students in the monastery.
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