Buddhism is a religion that believes in enlightenment of the soul to attain liberty. It is the religion to parts of Asia mainly. Gautama Buddha is believed to be the holy path leader of Buddhists. Buddhists visit India on pilgrimages. A pilgrimage is a travel to holy and sacred places to rejuvenate and refresh one’s soul and mind. Here is the schedule for a Buddhist pilgrimage in India that is bound to capture your heart and delight your soul.
The initiation of the pilgrimage is at Bodhgaya in the Indian state of Bihar with the arrival of the pilgrims. They are supposed to meet the assistant at the airport who will guide them to their HOTEL which can be reached by an approximately 20 minute drive from the airport. It is in this holy place that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Several monuments have been built around this tree by people from different nations. They proudly exhibit the architecture of their respective countries at that time. The town is casted with a spell of calming spiritual vibes. The pilgrims will then leave for sightseeing various Buddhist temples and the town itself that amazingly spreads across the banks of river Narmada. Night stay will be accommodated here.
The pilgrims will travel to the sacred land of Varanasi by road. It is just a few kilometres away from Bodhgaya. En route, they can visit Sarnath. It is located 13 km on the north east side of Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Sarnath is very famous for its deer park, where Buddha first taught Dharma. On arrival at Varanasi, they may check into a HOTEL where they can stay for the night.
Buddha attained Mahaparvimana at Kushinagar, which is a six hour drive from Varanasi. It is one of the four holiest places for Buddhists. The emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan descendents is said to have built many Buddhist monuments in this town of Uttar Pradesh. The Mukutbandhan Stupa and a rare and breathtaking statue of Lord Buddha who is reclining draw tourists to this town from all over the world. Night stay for the day will be accommodated in a HOTEL AT Kushinagar.
Post breakfast, the pilgrims will travel to Nalanda district of Bihar which lies at a distance of 12 km from Kushinagar. The famous Mahaparivarna temple can be visited after which the travel to Lumbini begins. Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha as Prince Siddhartha in the country of Nepal at the foothills of Himalayas. The alluring fact is that this place took years to be discovered as the birthplace of the most important leader of Buddhism. It is believed that Buddha was given birth to under a tree in this town which was once a kingdom. This town boasts of a very rich heritage of Buddhist temples and monuments. Night stay will be at Lumbini.
Pilgrims can board their preferred mode of transport at Gorkhpur for their journey onward home.