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In Lord Buddha�s Footsteps in Bihar

Bihar proved to be the most perfect state for the continued and sustained growth of Buddhism. Actually, more than half of the total Buddhist spots of India are in Bihar. Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, had taken special liking to the serene and holy environments of Bihar. This helped Buddhism strike deep roots in the state. No wonder, Bihar, has the highest number of Buddhist sites in India and the world-renowned Buddhist Nalanda University is in Bihar. 

Buddhist places in Bihar 

Even though the entire Bihar is a big monastery (Bihar gets is name from vihara that means monastry) with several Buddhist sites and impressive Buddhist ruins, the leading Buddhist spots of the state are: Bodh Gaya, Patna, Nalanda, Vaishali, and Rajgir. 

Bodh Gaya

The most sacred Buddhist place in the world and the place where Lord Buddha got nirvana (enlightenment), Bodh Gaya is much famous for the Mahabodhi Temple (main monastery of Bodh Gaya and a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the sacred tree under which Lord Buddha is believed to have got enlightenment. Presently, many nations that include, among others, China, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan, and Thailand have wonderful Buddhist temples around the main Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya.

Patna 

The state capital of Bihar, Patna has an excellent museum that has several rare Buddhist sculptures and manuscripts that throw much light on Buddhism and Lord Buddha. The excellent museum also has several statues of Lord Buddha and Bodhisattvas. The pride of the Patna Museum is the holy relic casket of Lord Buddha that contains his ashes. No wonder, Buddhist scholars and others interested in Buddhism and its history make it a point to visit the Patna Museum. 

Nalanda

Much famous for the Nalanda University (A prestigious seat of learning in Asia) where students and scholars came from far off lands to quench their thirst for knowledge and wisdom, and, of course, study the Pali Literature, to know Buddhism better, Nalanda occupies a rather high place in the list of the Buddhist destinations of India. Lord Buddha had visited this place. In fact, the ancient city of Nalanda is built at the exact spot where Buddha had stayed earlier. 

Vaishali

Vaisali is another place that has deep links with Buddhism and Buddha. Lord Buddha frequently visited this place and also delivered his final sermon here. To commemorate the event, Ashoka--one of the greatest emperors of India who also spread Buddhism throughout the world--erected one of his famous lion pillars here. A hundred years after the Mahaparinirvana of Buddha, Vaishali hosted the second Buddhist council. 

Rajgir

Another key Buddhist spot, Rajgir was the place where Lord Buddha spent many months meditating, and preaching at Griddhkuta, Hill of the Vultures. Besides, it was at Rajgir that Buddha delivered some of his famous sermons and converted the famous king of Magadha Bimbisara and innumerable others to Buddhism.

Bihar Buddhist Tour (04 NIGHTS / 05 DAYS)