Siddhartha Gautama popularly known as Gautama Buddha was a philosopher, monk, sage, mendicant, teacher and a religious leader. He was the only son of Maya Devi and Suddhodana and was born in 563 BCE at the place called Lumbini. Gautama Buddha was famous for his teachings and found Buddhism which is followed by most of the people all over the world.
Furthermore, people who have faith in Buddhism and believe in his teachings go for the Buddhist Circuit Tour which is purely a journey of internal peace. The holy places of Buddhism where Maya Devi gave birth to Gautama Buddha, gained enlightenment, first taught, and attained Nirvana are termed as Buddhist Circuit. Thus, with the Buddhist Circuit Tour Package, you can go through this spiritual pilgrimage tour and attain peace.
However, Gautama Buddha also known as Shakyamuni in Pali and later, titled as Lord Buddha with his well-known teachings. If you are a follower of Buddhism and planning to go for the Buddhist Tour in India, you can go through every place of Buddhist Circuit which holds a great history behind. Furthermore, the Buddhist Circuit represents the spiritual places which include temples and monasteries with a great religious significance of Buddhism.
In Sanskrit, Bodh means knowledge and thus, Buddha means the one who has attained all the knowledge or the one who has mastered himself. In addition to this, Chinese people call Gautama Buddha as a Zen Master. Thus, with the Buddhist Pilgrimage Holiday Tours, when you go through the Spartan stupas and monasteries where you can listen to the mystical chants of Buddhist mantras which drives you to the past historical world.
However, you can plan your trip with the Buddhist Circuit Holiday Packages and the Buddhist Circuit represents the path of Lord Buddha where you can get through the different aspects of Gautama Buddha’s life. In order to have a great spiritual experience, you can go through the important places with Buddhist Tour in India and get the fragrance of Buddhism. With the great Buddhist teachings, it is believed that one can attain merit and a noble rebirth by visiting the pilgrimage sites of Buddhism.
In addition to this, you can make a visit to holy pilgrimage place called Kashi with the Varanasi Tour Packages where it is believed that making a visit to this place once in a lifetime is a sign of attaining moksha. You can also go through the nearby place called Nepal with the Varanasi Lumbini Kathmandu Tour Package which is filled with holy spirituals and lush green vegetation.
1. Lumbini – The Birthplace of Gautama Buddha
You can plan your holiday trip in the best way with the Lumbini Tour Package. However, Lumbini is located in the Rupandehi District of Nepal and is recognized as the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Furthermore, Queen Mahamayadevi, wife of Suddhodana gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama after twenty years of her married life. However, this is also regarded as the Buddhist pilgrimage site and you visit this place with the Lumbini Tour Package or the Buddhist Circuit Tour Package.
In addition to this, your Buddhist Pilgrimage Holiday Tours start from this place where Gautama Buddha was born. You can make a visit to the famous Maya Devi Temple situated in the Lumbini Garden. You can also sight Pushkarini (a sacred pond) in this temple where Mother Maya took her bath prior to his birth and also, Gautam Buddha took his first bath.
Thus, when you visit Lumbini in your Buddhist Circuit Tour, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in and around this famous pilgrimage temple. Furthermore, you can go through the Ashoka Pillar which is situated next to the Maya Devi Temple. It is a 6-meter-high pink sandstone built by the Indian Emperor Ashoka and he was the first ruler who accepted Buddhism.
Furthermore, with the Lumbini Tour Package, you can make a visit to Myanmar Golden Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha. The golden architecture of this temple makes your soul fill with spirituality and this old structure includes three prayer halls and Lokamani Pula Pagoda. However, when you start your Buddhist Circuit Tour from the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, you can also sight major attractions like Lumbini Museum, World Peace Pagoda, and China Temple in Lumbini.
You can also go through Tibetan’s Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar in your Buddhist Pilgrimage Holiday Tours. It is the place where a huge number of monks reside and conduct Tara Puja. In the month of September, they offer special prayers for 10 days and Mahakala Puja is being conducted in the month of December. Furthermore, if you wished to visit Varanasi then you can check out the best tourist attractions you should not miss in your Kashi Holiday Trip and get through the spiritual nature.
2. Bodh Gaya – Buddha Attained Enlightenment
This is the second most important place where people make a visit as part of their Buddhist Circuit Tour. Bodh Gaya is a small religious village situated in the Indian state of Bihar. This is the second important Buddhist pilgrimage site in India where Gautam Buddha perched and attained enlightenment. Furthermore, you can go through this famous pilgrimage place with the Rajgir Nalanda Bodhgaya Tour Package, a place where Buddhism began.
However, it is being said that Buddha was wandering to seek answers near the river Falgu and sat under the Bodhi Tree. After 49 days of continuous meditation, Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment and this day is celebrated as Buddha Purnima. When you go through the Buddhist Circuit Tour, the main attraction of Bodhgaya pilgrimage place is Mahabodhi Temple which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Furthermore, this place is regarded as Bodhgaya Buddha Temple where you can sight the statue of Lord Buddha in Vajrasana position in which he attained enlightenment. The other important attraction is Bodhi Tree where he sat for 49 days and attained enlightenment. Thus, when you visit Bodhgaya with the Buddhist Pilgrimage Holiday Tours, Bodhi Tree is easily recognizable with the heart-shaped leaves from the other trees.
When you plan for Buddhist Tour in India with the Lumbini Tour Packages, you can explore such divinity places. However, prior to the Falgu river, it was also known as Niranjana River and Gautama Buddha used to frequently meditate on the banks of this river. It is being said that, when Lord Buddha was meditating, a woman came to him and placed a golden bowl. He broke his meditation when a woman said, the bowl would go downstream when it is tossed by the common people and if it is tossed by Buddha, the bowl goes upstream in the river. Finally, Gautam Buddha placed the bowl in the river and thus, the woman was surprised and treated him as a divine being.
In addition to this, you can also go through the important attraction of Buddhist Circuit Tour in Bodh Gaya i.e. Royal Bhutan Monastery. The king of Bhutan offered this famous pilgrimage monastery as a gift to Lord Buddha and the tourists visiting this place can sight beautiful three-tier monastery filled with Buddhist scriptures. With the Rajgir Nalanda Bodhgaya Tour Package, you can sight the 7 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha and go through the detailed carvings of Buddhism.
3. Sarnath – Delivered His First Sermon
At 10 kilometers away from Varanasi, Sarnath is a place situated at the confluence of Ganga and Varuna rivers in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Furthermore, with the Buddhist Circuit Tour Package, you can go through the deer park situated in Sarnath which is considered as an important pilgrimage site. It is a place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment.
However, you can also make a visit to the various Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the place of Sarnath as part of your Buddhist Tour in India. It is known that when Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, he went in search of his five former companions who would be able to understand Dharma. Thus, Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five former companions, Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta in which he taught four noble truths.
Furthermore, when you visit Sarnath in your Buddhist Pilgrimage Holiday Tours, you can have a sight at Dhameka Stupa which is the seat of holy Buddha. It is a place where Lord Buddha used to sit and deliver teachings to his former companions. In addition to this, as part of your Buddhist Circuit Tour with the Kushinagar Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Packages, you can go through the Mulagandhakuti Temple, Chaukhandi Stupa and the ruins of Dharmarajika Stupa where Buddha used to take rest and meditate when he lived in Sarnath.
You can also have a sight at a pillar, the foundation of Buddhist Sangha which was established by Emperor Ashoka. Furthermore, the Lion Capital which is located at the top of this pillar is the national emblem of India. Thus, with the Buddhist Circuit Tour Package, you can sight the architectural features in the three stupas that includes Dharmarajika, Dhamek, and Chaukhandi.
4. Kushinagar – Lord Buddha Attained Nirvana
Kushinagar which is situated near to the Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage center in India. However, with the Kushinagar Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Packages, you can go through this famous place where Lord Buddha attained Nirvana. It is one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in your Buddhist Circuit Tour where you can sight beautiful temples, monasteries, and stupas.
The major tourist attraction of the place called Kushinagar is Parinirvana Temple and Stupa. Furthermore, Lord Buddha deceased near the Hiranyavati River and the Ramabhar Stupa is the place where Buddha was cremated. Thus, when you make a visit to Kushinagar with the Buddhist Circuit Holiday Packages, you can sight this Parinirvana Stupa where the cremated remains of Buddha are placed in this stupa.
However, the other major attractions of this place are Mathakaut Temple, Wat Thai Temple, Sun Temple, Japanese and Chinese Temple, Birla Temple, some meditation parks and museums. If you have planned to go for the Buddhist Tour in India, the best time to visit is during Buddha Purnima as the devotees here enjoy festivities in a great way.
All these places have religious significance and the tourists visiting this place with the Buddhist Tour Package can enjoy the real essence of Buddhism. Furthermore, the Mathakaut Temple has a black stone image in kneeling down posture of Lord Buddha which represent the great moment of Buddha’s Enlightenment and also the statue of Lord Buddha seated under the Bodhi tree.
Thus, with the Kushinagar Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Packages, you can get through this pilgrimage site and get the real essence of divinity. Wat Thai Temple is built in the architectural style of Thai Buddhist by the Thai community. You can also visit the Japanese Temple as part of your Buddhist Circuit Tour where the Buddha statue is made from the 8 different metals of Japan. Thus, when you visit this place with the Buddhist Pilgrimage Holiday Tours, you can get rejuvenated by meditating or relaxing in the parks situated in Kushinagar.
Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, and Kushinagar are the major places which you need to visit in your Buddhist Circuit Tour. Furthermore, there are other four important places in the life of Buddha where the Lord Buddha got major support in his lifetime. Thus, you can also make a visit to these additional important places with the Buddhist Circuit Holiday Packages.
5. Rajgir – Subduing an Angry Elephant
Rajgir was also known as Giriraj situated in Nalanda district of Bihar state. You can go through this place with the Rajgir Nalanda Bodhgaya Tour Package and it is known that many kings pledged and converted to Buddhism by offering poems and essays to Lord Buddha. In addition to this, you can also sight Saptaparni Caves in Rajgir and it is known that the first Buddhist Council was held here.
Also, when Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment, he gave many lessons in this place. Furthermore, if you take a ropeway to the top of the hills in Rajgir, you can sight Karanda Tank and Pippala cave. It is believed that Gautama Buddha used to take his bath in Karanda Tank and meditate in Pippala cave. With the Buddhist Pilgrimage Holiday Tours, you can also go through Venuvan Monastery where Lord Buddha lived for some time after he attained enlightenment.
It was built by King Bimbisara and when you visit this place with the Buddhist Circuit Holiday Packages, you can see the Golden Statue of Buddha blessing his devotees. Also, Rajgir is a place where Lord Buddha subdued the angry elephant.
6. Sankassa – Lord Buddha Descended after Delivering a Sermon to His Mother in Heaven
Sankassa which is known as Sankasia, Sankasya, and Sankissa is situated on the banks of River Kali, Farrukhabad district of Uttar Pradesh. You can go through this place with the Kushinagar Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Packages or with the Buddhist Circuit Holiday Packages where Lord Buddha descended after addressing his mother in Heaven. However, you can easily go through this place from Agra and it is also known that king Ashok developed this place.
Furthermore, when Gautama Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana, king Ashoka installed a temple and a stupa and erected a pillar with an elephant capital which represents the white elephant that Buddha’s mother saw in her dream. Thus, you can visit this holy Buddhist spiritual place with the Buddist Circuit Tour Package.
7. Shravasti – Twin Miracles of Fire and Water
Shravasti is one of the most important cities during the life of Gautama Buddha and it is situated in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. When you go through this place with the Buddhist Pilgrimage Holiday Tours, you can sight many temples, stupas, and monasteries present in this location. It is also believed as a place where Gautama Buddha showed his twin miracle of water and fire.
Furthermore, you can get through this miracle divine place with the Kushinagar Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Packages. Shravasti is a place which is treated as the favorite monsoon resort of Lord Buddha where it played a host to Lord Buddha as it was his annual rainy season retreat. As part of your Buddhist Circuit Tour, you can also sight Anand Bodhi tree which is an offspring of the original Bodhi tree planted by Anand who was the main discipline of Buddha. Apart from this, you can explore the city of Nepal with the Varanasi Lumbini Kathmandu Tour Package and sight the most beautiful sceneries through which you can make the most of your holiday trip.
8. Vaishali – Gautama Buddha gave his Last Sermon
Buddhist Pilgrimage Holiday Tours will help you to visit all the places that come under the Buddhist Circuit. Vaishali is known as Vesali is situated in the Indian state of Bihar and one can get through this place with the main attractions of this place include Kutagarasala Vihara, Ananda Stupa, and Buddha’s ashes stupa. Furthermore, with the Rajgir Nalanda Bodhgaya Tour Package, you can also go through this place where Lord Buddha gave his last sermon. This place is also regarded as the second Buddhist Council that took place after 110 years of first Buddhist Council.
However, in the place called Vaishali, it is also believed that Lord Buddha accepted honey which was offered by Monkey. Thus, it is one of the most important places where you must get through your Buddhist Circuit Tour. In addition to this trip, you can further make a visit to Kashi with the Varanasi Tour Operators and get through the various ghats located across the river Ganges which has its own significance.