Sarnath Tour – Buddhism in Uttar Pradesh – Buddhist Monastery- Chaukhandi Dhamek Stupa

Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park. Sarnath is located 13 km far from religious capital city Varanasi. This city is counted among the top four pilgrimage places in Buddhism.

The Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi and Dhamek stupas are amazing. Explore Deer Park, Japanese Temple, Mulagandha Kuti Vihar and Pragya Sheel Samadhi.

Visit Sarnath Museum having some of the finest specimens of Buddhist sculpture. Among all Buddhist worship, Asadh (July – August) full moon is considered as the anniversary of his first sermon.

Chaukhandi Stupa: It is an important Buddhist stupa in Sarnath. These stupas are a shrine for a relic of the Buddha.

Dhamek Stupa: A massive stupa located in Sarnath is built as pre-Buddhist tumuli, in which ascetics were buried in a seated position, called chaitya.

To Reach:

Air: Nearest airport is Varanasi. There is a direct connection with major cities likes Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna and Chennai.

Rail: Varanasi is an important and major rail junction.

Road: Sarnath is just 10 km from Varanasi.

Visit Sarnath and explore great Buddhism with Buddhist Tour, a well known pilgrimage tour operator in India.

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Explore great Buddhist places in  Uttar Pradesh:

Sarnath: You can see the mesmerizing glowing countenance of the Buddha. Sarnath is one of the most devoted places among the Buddhists from all over the world because of first sermon of the Buddha. Sarnath was the place where Lord Gautam Buddha met his first five disciples. The three jewels of Buddhism are ‘Buddham Sharnam Gachchhami’, Dhammam Sharanam Gachchhami’, and ‘Shangham Sharanam Gachchhami’ traces their origins to the first sermon of the Buddha or rather Sarnath. Sarnath is home to Dhamekha stupa, the Ashoka pillar and numerous stupas & monasteries.

Kushinagar: Lord Buddha attained ‘Mahaparinirvana’ at Kushinagar near the Hiranyawati river in Uttar Pradesh. Kushinagar, known as Kushinara is one of the most revering places for the Buddhists. The entire village was became a memorial site blessed with stupas containind the holy relics of the Buddha after the death of Buddha. You can see a huge statue of the Buddha.

Sankisa: Sankisa, a city in Farrukhabad district is referred as the place where Buddha, along with Brahma and Devraj Indra descended after giving sermons to His mother. Sankisa has a temple of Buddha and Ashoka pillar.

Kaushambi: This city was visited by the Buddha in the 6th and 9th years after His enlightenment. Lord Buddha delivered several sermons during his both visits. You can see an Ashokan pillar, old fort and the Ghositaram monastery in Kaushambi .

Sravasti: Sravasti have witnessed the presence of the Lord Buddha and his sermons for almost 24 years. The Buddha had spent long duration in the Jetavana garden, where they preached many sermons. Sravasti is blessed with Anaanda Bodhi tree, stupas, temples and ruins of kutis in the Jetavana garden.

Travel with Buddhist Tour for a memorable pilgrimage tour in India. See numerous Buddhist heritage in Sites in Uttar Pradesh

Buddhism in Odisha – Buddhism Tourism – Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri Udaygiri Hills

Odisha: formerly known as Orissa located in the eastern coast. 1st April is celebrated as Odisha Day. Bhubaneswar, capital as well as largest city of Odisha is a centre of economic and religious sites.

Buddhism was known in Odisha, right from the time of its inception. Odisha, named as Odra or Orissa is known for its tribal cultures and numerous ancient temples. There are huge numbers of stupas, viharas, monasteries and gompa found across Odisha to represent Buddhism. Some newly made Buddhist sites increases the charm of Odisha with Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri hills attracting travelers every years across the globe.

Major Buddhist attractions of Odisha are:

Ratnagiri: The Ratnagiri Hill is one of most extensive ruins and is famous for Pushpagiri monastery.

Lalitagiri: The Lalitagiri hills in Odisha serve as an important historical site. An ancient stupa containing relics preserved in caskets of stone is one of the recent and spectacular discoveries.

Dhauli: The Shanti Stupa at the Dhauli Hill situated on the bank of the River Daya is another world renowned Buddhist sites in Odisha.  Nippon-Buddha Sangha established a peace pagoda or Shanti Stupa at Dhauli.

Udaygiri: Udayagiri is the largest Buddhist complex of Odisha. It is make up with major stupas and monasteries, viharas.

Other Attractions:

Pipli, The Nandan Kanan National Park, Langudi, Motifs

Buddhist  Tour is leading Buddhist tour operator based in Delhi, capital city of India. For more info about Buddhism in Odisha.