Destinations Covered in Bodhgaya – Rajgir Buddhist Tour:
Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda Mahavihar.
- Bodhgaya: Bodhgaya is the holiest site on every Buddhist Pilgrimage and it is the very place where Shakyamuni attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. It is a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” situated in the Indian state of Bihar. During the time of Buddha, this place was called Uruvela and is located on the banks of river Niranjana. The first temple in Bodhgaya was built by King Asoka in 250 BC. The main monastery of Bodhgaya was earlier called Bodhimanda Vihara and is now called the Mahabodhi temple.
- Nalanda: Nalanda, a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” was the home of a famous university and is situated around 70 km from Bodhgaya and 100 km south of Patna. Two chief disciples of Buddha, Sariputra, and Moggallana, belonged to Nalanda. This was possibly the first international residential university in the world, where more than 2,000 teachers and 10,000 monk students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied more than 100 subjects. This is one of the most important destinations for Buddhist Tours in India.
- Rajgir: Rajgir is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. This is the place where Buddha subdued Nalagiri, the charging elephant, which is counted as one of the major miracles of Buddha.Rajgir is situated in the Indian state of Bihar around 70 km from Bodhgaya and around 100 km from the state capital Patna. The ancient name of Rajgir was Rajgaha which literally means the abode of kings. During Buddha’s lifetime, the kingdom of Magadha was ruled by King Bimbisar who was succeeded by King Ajatasatru and both were prominent followers of Buddha.When Siddhartha left Kapilvastu in search of enlightenment, he passed Rajgaha on his way to Uruvela. King Bimbisar of Rajgaha was very impressed with Siddhartha and offered to share the kingdom with him, which he declined but promised to visit him once he attains his goal of enlightenment.
After Buddha attained enlightenment in Uruvela, he left for Sarnath where he preached the five ascetics. He returned to Rajgaha with his disciples – the one thousand Arahants – and they were warmly welcomed by King Bimbisar. Bimbisar donated the bamboo groove (Veluvana) to the Sangha and Buddha was very fond of Veluvana where he used to live during his stays in Rajgaha. He spent several months in Rajgaha meditating and preaching at different places.
Today Rajgir is a major pilgrimage site in India that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists from all around the world.
Explore the two of the most visited Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world with our short tour to Bodhgaya and Rajgir. Siddhartha attained enlightenment in Bodhgaya and performed his supreme miracle in Rajgir. In addition, you will travel to one of the oldest universities in the world (Nalanda).
Highlights of the tour:
- Pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Temple complex in Bodhgaya, the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world.
- The place of supreme miracle, where Buddha subdued the charging elephant Nalagiri (Rajgir)
- Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites ( Bodhgaya and Nalanda)
- One of the oldest universities in the world (Nalanda Mahavihara- 5th to 10th Century AD)