Bodhgaya is on the brink of transformation. Around 300 kg
of gold received as a donation from Thai king and other Buddhist devotees
will be coated on the spire of the Great Bodhi Tree. This is seen as a great
development among the Buddhist world. Mr. Sumit Mathur, Director of Top
Travel and Tours (P) Ltd. a foremost promoter of Buddhist Circuit in India
and Nepal spoke about the upcoming tourist boom, especially from Thailand in
the Buddhist sites of India.
Travel Along the Path through the Mediator's Companion to Buddha's Land
2600 years back, a Prince walked through the path which still is followed by
the millions in search of an ultimate awakening. In pursuit of this
enlightened path, he surrendered every pleasure and comfort to become a
practicing ascetic. He disciplined his senses, imposed physical pains,
starved his body by fasting and induced self-mortification. Still
unsatisfied by the pain and physical weakness, he started following
Middle-Path between two extremes. That wisdom path only led that Prince to
become enlightened, the Buddha.
A modern day Buddhist Pilgrim is blessed for the reason that he doesnt
have to go through such drastic wandering experiences. For him, there is a
Middle Path, avoiding all extremes and serving him with convenient options
to explore the regions in their truest essence. Reaching the Buddha land is
much easier and comfortable nowadays, thanks to the technology including
easy airways, extensive train network, mobile phones, high-speed internet,
savvy travel agents and a wide range of guidebooks.
One such guidebook, Along the Path the Mediator's Companion to Buddha's
Land by Kory Goldberg and Michelle Décary has everything a Buddhist
Pilgrim requires while exploring the Indian roots to Buddha and Buddhism.
Inclusive of various sacred sites in India and Nepal, the book serves well
to the tourists who are not well versed in speaking English through
user-friendly tips, maps and Indian vocabulary used in daily basis.
The hidden stories of Stupas, Pagodas, Chaityas, Temple and Monasteries,
Asokan Edicts, Monastery Remains and the rediscovery of Buddha and Buddhism
is also well documented in this work.
Besides this, it has the well-defined descriptions of every Indian site
having a connection with Buddha and Buddhism. Be it Lumbini, where Prince
Siddhartha was born; Kapilvastu where he spent his 29 years,
Bodhgaya, the place where he became Buddha or Kushinagar where he attained
Mahaparinirvana, the book has an easy description to every location
To explore the sites to their best possible levels, these Canadian authors
have recommended www.buddhist-pilgrimage.com, the website owned and operated
by Top Travels and Tours (P) Ltd for suggestive itineraries and elaborated
tours to Buddhas Land and Middle Land including recently excavated
sites and ruins scattered in various Indian states. (See page 78 of Along
the Path the Mediators Companion to Buddhas Land).
To secure a reference in such a global venture is indeed a prestigious
achievement for www.buddhist-pilgrimage.com. To explore more, follow this