The most important places of pilgrimage for Buddhists are located on the Gangetic Plains in Northern India and Southern Nepal, the area where the Buddha lived and taught. The four most important sites associated with the Buddha are: Lumbini (in Nepal) – the place of the Buddha’s birth; Bodh Gaya – the place of the Buddha’s Enlightenment; Sarnath – where he delivered his first teaching; Kusinara – where he died. In addition to these, most countries have shrines etc that can be visited on a pilgrimage.

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