The birthplace of Buddhism, India offers a host of Buddhist tourist places that are visited more often than not by several travelers from all over the world. In fact in the modern day Buddhism has spread its popularity and influence throughout the world. Going on one of the Buddhist tours is like being at the footsteps of Buddha.
Be a part of the holiday packages to experience a tour emphasizing on the sites significant to the Buddhists. Either traveled by Buddha himself or his followers the various Buddhist places in India offer some of the cherished moments of tranquility and peace, far from the everyday toil.
Start you tour at Delhi where you make use of the day to visit the tourist sites like Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Gandhi Memorial. From Delhi you travel to Jaipur – the Pink City. Keep the next day for exploring Amber Fort on elephant back and other places like Hawa Mahal, Royal Observatory, City Palace, Nawab Sahab Ki Haveli and Johari Bazar.
Your next destination is Agra – the land of the grand illustration of love, the Taj Mahal.
Your trip to Agra will allow you to explore the tourist attractions like Fatehpur Sikri, the ancient Mughal city; Agra Fort and Itmad-ud-daula’s Tomb. From here begins the Buddhist tours. Take a flight to Varanasi from where you opt to take a city tour of Sarnath. Visit the Dhamekh Stupa which is significant for being the site where Buddha delivered his first sermon projecting the principle of his teachings into laws.
Your tour to the city of Varanasi will let you discover the tourist spots like Vishwanath Temple and Bharat Mata Temple. Excursions to Rajgir/ Nalanda / Sapta pari cave and Venevamas from Varanasi will take you at the footsteps of Buddha. Rajgir happens to be a major Buddhist pilgrimage site with the Buddha having spent 12 years here. Nalanda, widely held in high terms in educational spheres was discovered in the 5th century.
Next day you can move towards Vaishali, the place where the Lord delivered his last sermon and announced his impending “Nirvana”. Visit the excellent tourist sites like Ashok Pillar, Lotus Tank, Chaumukhi and eventually proceed to Kushinagar. In Kushinagar you can pay visits to Mahanirvana Temple, the modern day Japan/Srilanka Buddhist center and monasteries and subsequently proceed to Lumbini.
Trips through Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Sravasti and Balrampur will escort you through a temple of Mayadevi, the ruins of an old monastery and some new stupas and the Jetavana Monastery. On your way back to Delhi via Lucknow, you can choose to visit some of the prime tourist spots like Imambara and Rumi Darwaza.
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