Buddha Purnima 2023: Famous Buddhist monasteries and temples in India you must visit

From Mahabodhi Temple to Sanchi Stupa, check out some of the must-visit Buddhist sites in India to help you plan

Updated on May 05, 2023 11:03 AM IST 8 Photos

Buddha Purnima, also known as Vesak or Buddha Jayanti, is a significant day in the Buddhist calendar as it commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Lord Buddha. For those looking to deepen their spiritual journey, India is home to many ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples that offer a glimpse into the rich history and culture of Buddhism. Here are some of the must-visit Buddhist sites in India to help you plan your Buddha Purnima pilgrimage. (Shutterstock)

The Mahabodhi Temple Complex, Bodh Gaya: A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Buddhism. It is home to the famous Bodhi Tree, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. (File photo)

Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh: A magnificent Buddhist monument that dates back to the 3rd century BCE. It is famous for its intricate carvings and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.(pixabay)


Hemis Monastery, Ladakh: One of the largest and most famous monasteries in Ladakh. It is known for its colorful festivals, ancient thangkas, and rare Buddhist artifacts.(Pinterest)

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh: The headquarters of the exiled Tibetan government and home to the Dalai Lama. It is a thriving center of Tibetan Buddhism and culture.(Unsplash)