1 Sonepur Mela

This month-long festival and cattle fair is a spectacular gathering of pilgrims, sadhus and animals.

2 The Mahabodhi Temple

A cutting from the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment is the focal point of Bodhgaya’s renowned temple, which really does have an air of calm, meditative holiness about it.

3 Mahakala Caves

Climb a path lined with hopeful beggars to see the caves where Buddha underwent years of bodily mortification before realizing that this was not the true path to enlightenment.

4 Rajgir

A dusty Buddhist pilgrimage town filled with shrines, as well as therapeutic hot springs, and a chairlift to take you up to a Peace Pagoda on a hill.

5 Nalanda

The site of a fifteen-hundred-year-old university, from the days when Buddhism dominated India, strewn with the remains of ancient stupas and monasteries.

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