The Indian state of Bihar, in the country’s northeast, is best known as the birthplace of Buddhism.
Decades later, after having left behind his royal trappings for the wandering life of aesthetic, Siddhartha Gautama is said to have found enlightenment sitting under a Bodi Tree in the city of Bodhgaya, and become Lord Buddha. Over the next two thousand years, the city of Bodhgaya has become one of the world’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. The Mahabodhi Temple marks the spot where Buddha attained enlightenment.
Today, the city is filled with ancient monuments, temples, and the dull hum of Buddhist monks chanting. The state of Bihar also holds a wealth of other excursions and sights to see including Nalanda, the world’s oldest university. Guests on our luxury tours of India typically reach the state via a direct flight to the capital city of Patna.