The historic Buddhist circuit trail in Bihar

The term Bihar originates from the Sanskrit word vihāra, meaning "abode," a significant aspect of Buddhism. As the land where Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment, Bihar holds great importance in Buddhism.

Day 1: Patna

Ashoka, the King of the Mauryan dynasty, played a pivotal role in spreading Buddhism from his capital Pataliputra (present-day Patna). Buddhist circuit places to visit in Patna: Buddha Smriti Park, Pataliputra, Karuna Stupa, Patna Museum

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Day 2: Patna to Rajgir

Located 92.4km from Patna, Rajgir was a preaching location for both Mahavira and Buddha during the 6th and 5th centuries BC. King Bimbisara offered the Buddha a forest monastery there. Buddhist circuit places visit in Rajgir: Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Griddhakuta, Pippala Cave, Karanda Tank, Vultures Peak

Day 3: Rajgir to Bodh Gaya

Located 70 km from Rajgir, Bodh Gaya is a sacred Buddhist site where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under the sacred Bo tree. Buddhist circuit places visit in Bodh Gaya: Great Buddha Statue, Bodhi Tree, Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple, Dungeshwari Cave Temples, Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum, Royal Bhutan Monastery

Day 4: Bodh Gaya to Sarnath

Located 246 km from Bodh Gaya, Sarnath is the place where Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya around 528 BCE. Buddhist circuit places visit in Sarnath: Dhamekh Stupa, Ashoka Pillar, Sarnath Museum, Mulagandha Kuti Vihar

Day 5: Sarnath to Kesariya

Located 283 km from Sarnath, the Kesariya Stupa, believed to date back to the time of Ashoka, is the tallest excavated Stupa, with the current structure dating back to the Gupta Dynasty.  Buddhist circuit places to visit in Kersariya: Kesariya Stupa, Buddha Stupa I and II

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