The Mahabodhi Temple or Mahabodhi Vihar is a Buddhist Temple in Bodh Gaya , symbolizing the location where Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya is in Gaya District which is about 60 miles from Patna, Bihar, India. The temple is built directly to the east of the Bodhi Tree, under which Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment. The temple has a sculpture of a meditating Lord Buddha being protected by the King of Serpents Mucalinda. Since June 2002, the Mahabodhi Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Treasure Trove Act of 1878 legally protects all finds of religious artifacts in the area.
Mahaparinirvana Temple houses the Parinirvana Stupa in Kushinagar, India which is believed to be the death place of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.This temple has a 6.10 meter long statue of the Buddha in a reclining position lying to his right with his head to the North. The statue was unearthed during the excavations of 1876. The statue is carved from Chunar sandstone and represents the dying Buddha. An inscription below the statute dates the statue to the fifth century.
Ramabhar Stupa Temple
Ramabhar Stupa, Kushinagar is the location where Lord Buddha was cremated and he obtained salvation or Mahaparinirvana. According to the legends, Lord Buddha had many disquisitions in Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh. It is a large Stupa that rises to a height of 15 meters. People from all over visit the Ramabhar Stupa, Kushinagar which has preserved the remnants of history.In ancient Buddhist scriptures this place has been referred to as Mukut-Bandhan Chaitya.
Wat Thai Temple
The Wat Thai Temple is a one of a kind , large temple built in the typical Thai Buddhist architectural style. The temple was built to commemorate King Bhumibol's accent to the throne of Thailand and also to mark the golden jubilee. The temple was opened to public from 2001. It is built over a huge lush green area and is situated right at the centre of the city of Kushinagar.
Jammu and Kashmir
Thiksey Monastery is a monastery affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is noted for its similarity to the Potala Palace of Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest monastery in central Ladakh, notably having a separate set of buildings for female renunciates. The annual festival called the Gustor ritual is held from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar which usually falls in october-november.
The Mindrolling Monastery is located on the foothills of the HImalayas in Dehra Dun. It is one of the largest Buddhist monasteries existing today. It is known among the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism as an example of practicing purest form of Vajrayana Buddhism. The monastery is now home to the Ngagyur Nyingma College, one of the largest Buddhist institutes in India.
The Ghum Monastery also known as the Yiga Choeling , belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat sect. It is largely known for the 15 feet tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha. The Ghum Monastery has also known to have preserved many old handwritten buddhist manuscripts. The region nearby have many other gompa and markets that sell Tibetan traditional handicrafts and religious artifacts.
Namdroling Monastery & Golden Temple
The Namdroling Monastery belongs to the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and is its largest teaching center in the world. The monastery is located in Bylakuppe, Mysuru, Karnataka. The monastery consists the sangha community with over five thousand lamas (both monks and nuns), a hospital and .a religious college (aka shedra). The monastery hosts several ceremonies namely the Tibetan New Year which generally falls in February or March.
The Rumtek Monastery is also known as the Dharmachakra Centre. It is a buddhist meditation and learning centre(gompa) located in Rumtek, near Gangtok in Sikkim. It was completed and inaugurated by the 16th karmapa, who has to flee Tibet in 1959. The centre performs and follows the practices and rituals as per the Karma Kagyu lineage. The Monastery has been clouded by controversies caused by the sectarian violence. Armed Indian soldiers still patrol the monastery to prevent further disturbances.
The Tsuglagkhang Temple Complex is the private abode of the present Dalai Lama. It is an embodiment of the life and culture of Tibetans. This temple is a great place to have some alone time and introspect as it provides an immensely peaceful atmosphere. One can also hear to Dalai Lama's speeches(live preachings) but, it has to be pre booked. The temple also has bakeries that sell cakes and the dishes are vegetarian only.