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Buddhism is a religion indigenous to the Indian subcontinent that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Siddhartha Gautama, who is commonly known as the Buddha, meaning “the awakened one”. The Buddha lived and taught in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE. India has always been a delight for tourists, specially those interested in history, culture and religion. For Buddhist tourists, India is the land of Buddha, for it was here, in a small town of Bodh Gaya, that the great prince Siddharta attained enlightenment and became Buddha. Years later, it was again in India that an ambitious king Asoka renounced everything and took refuge in the preachings of Buddha. He sent his emissaries to different parts of the world so as to spread the message of peace and harmony and the religion of Buddhism. In brief, it was from India that Buddhism flourished and found its way to the other countries of the world. Hence, a trip to India to know and understand Buddhism comprehensively is extremely important.