In past 50 years of India’s glory, Buddhist sites have always been a favorite option for travelers who come from different sections of the world. Tourists not just want to visit these holy sites in India, but also want to learn about them and their existence. One of the Indian places of Buddhist importance is Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It is located near the Nepal-India border.
The place is known for having the Sacred Garden, Maya Devi Temple, Puskani Pond, Asoka Pillar, Buddha Temple and Lumbini Museum. Many propitious signs that accompanied the Buddha’s birth exist here. Some such signs include the sprouting of the Bodhi tree.
Buddha spent the greater part of his life in the present north India hence, the country is dotted with a large number of Buddhist sites. In former times, Indian kings and wealthy merchants frequented the Buddhist monasteries which are crowded these days by tourists from India and all over the world.
At present, Buddhism is the fifth largest religious group in India. In the 13th century, the prehistoric city of Nalanda in Bihar was the seat of Buddhist philosophy and faith and its belief. Buddhism was also well-liked and well-known in other Indian regions like the some pockets of the tribal areas in northeast India, Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan and Sikkim.
A Buddhist tour can be a journey of enlightenment, no matter whether you belong to Buddhism or not. There are many places known for Buddhist tours in India where one can have the wonderful experience of lifetime. You can indulge into a number of things and visit a number of attractive structures while being on such a sanctified tour. Here are some suggestions for you to follow to make best out of Buddhist tours.
Hemis Monastery : Situated 47 km from Leh, Hemis Monastery lies on the west bank of Indus River. Founded by the first incarnation of Stagsang Raspa Nawang Gyatso, Hemis Monastery in leh is thronged by number of visitors all the year round.
Tawang Monastery : Situated in Arunachal Pradesh, Tawang Monasstery lies in the Bomidilla District. Situated at an altitude of approximately 10,000 ft, it is one of the largest buddhist monasteries in India.
Rumtek Monastery: Also known as the Dharmachakra Centre, Rumtek Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery located in the state of Sikkim. It is amongst the cherished pilgrimage site and one of the important buddhist sites eats of Kagyu school of Buddhism outside Tibet.
The White domed Shati Stupa was built by a Japanese Buddhist organisation to promote world peace on completion of 2500 years of Buddhism. It was completed in 1985. Shanti Stupa is a favourite spot for viewing sunrise and sunset.
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
It was built in 1430 AD and has a rich collection of Buddhist literature, art, manuscripts and images of Buddha in its three storey high structure. One can have the birds’ eye view of Leh town from this monastery.
It is located on a high hill at a distance of around 18 km from Leh. It is known for the collection of various ancient Buddhist paintings and artifacts. An annual festival is organised in Spituk monastery in the eleventh month of Tibetan calendar from 17th to 19th day.
This monastery is located on the rocky mountain at a distance of around 125 km from Leh towards West. It is also known by the name of Swastika monastery. The annual festival attracts a large number of visitors in the second month of Tibetan calendar.
Alchi Gompa is located on the bank of Indus river and is the only monastery of Ladakh built on flat ground. It showcases the Kashmiri art and architecture in its construction. There are various beautiful images of Lord Buddha inside the gompa.
This monastery served as the summer palace of Ladakh Kings and is located to the South of Leh. The main attraction of the monastery is the 12 feet high gold plated statue of Shakya Muni Buddha. An annual festival is celebrated here in the first month of Tibetan calendar, which attracts a large number of visitors.