Rajgir

77 kms from Bodh Gaya

Situated in a valley surrounded by hills, Rajgir (meaning ‘Residence of the Royals’) is a complex of temples and monasteries associated directly with Lord Buddha. Here, atop the Vulture’s Peak or Griddhakuta, Buddha preached many sermons and even proselytized the Emperor Bimbisara. The serene presence of Buddha can be experienced here by visiting the same spot at Griddhakuta. The Jivekarmavan monastery was the favorite residence...

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Nalanda

96 kms from Bodh Gaya

A prominent Buddhist pilgrimage destination and one of the most significant archaeological destinations, from Indian civilizations point view of view, Nalanda was home to one of the greatest universities ever known to mankind. Functioning from the 5th century AD to 1197 AD when Mamluk General Bakhtiar Khilji destroyed it, the Nalanda University (as it is referred to, by historians) was essentially a mahavihara and was a prime seat of knowledge...

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Gaya

15 kms from Bodh Gaya

The city of Gaya is considered as an important pilgrimage site not only for the Buddhists but for Jains and Hindus as well. The city is the site of the great Pitrupaksha Mela which occurs on the prescribed dates every September. The city of Gaya is old and has many ancient shrines and places of significance. The Dungeshwari Hills, located 32 ms from Gaya was the place from where Lord Buddha headed...

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Barabar Caves

47 kms from Bodh Gaya

Located in the twin hills of Barabar and Nagarjuni, the Barabar Caves are believed to be one of the oldest surviving rock-cut caves belonging to the Mauryan era. These monolithic caves were created under Mauryan Emperor Ashoka’s rule for the Ajeevikas (Buddhist monks). Carved out of granite they have smooth interior walls which have an echo effect.

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Vaishali

142 kms from Bodh Gaya

Vaishali, located at a distance of 142 kms from Bodh Gaya, is one of holiest sites for Buddhist pilgrims as this ancient city had two stupas which held the ashes of Lord Buddha. The name of this ancient town is derived from King Vishal who is mentioned in the Ramayana. This ancient city is believed to be the capital of the first republic state, Vajji, of the world (dated around 600 BC). Lord Buddha visited...

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Patna

115 kms from Bodh Gaya

Capital of the State of Bihar this ancient city is believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. It has been known, in history, by many names like Pataliputra, Kusumpur, Pushpapur and Azeemabad. This multi-cultural city was once the capital of India, under the Mauryan Dynasty and Gupta Dynasty rule. There are numerous places of interest in Patna which include Golghar...

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Pawapuri

19 kms from Rajgir

Pawapuri or Pava is a heavenly site for Jains situated in the Nalanda region in the Bihar condition of Eastern India. It is situated around nineteen kilometers from Rajgir and 101 kilometers from Patna, the capital of Bihar. Amid old times around 2600 year prior, Pawapuri was one of twin capital of Malla Mahajanpad which later turned into the piece of Magadha Kingdom and was called "Madyama Pawa" or "Apawapuri", Ajatshatru, who was one of the best trains of Lord Mahavira, was the King of Magadh amid the lifetime of Mahavir....

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Bodhgaya is the epicenter of Buddhism. Here only, Buddha achieved enlightenment over ignorance and became awakened. This important occurrence in Buddha’s life made this location earn worldwide fame and recognition. Visitors from different countries all over the world make it a life’s mission to visit this destination once in a lifetime. As a result lakhs of pilgrims arrive here as a part of Buddhist pilgrimage. Here, they visit many sites directly associated with Buddha like Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree, Animeshlochana Chaitya, Ratnaghar Chaitya, Muchalinda lake etc to experience closeness with the lord. They even pay respects to the nearby temples and monasteries in a bid to know more about other native Buddhist cultures and traditions.

Some pilgrims even take the privilege of exploring nearby Buddhist heritage sites to understand the association of Buddha and Buddhism in spirituality, religion and education.