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Going on a pilgrimage enables one to experience a sense of spiritual awakening. Last December, my friends and I were blessed to be able to accompany the Buddhist chief high priest of Malaysia, Datuk K. Sri Dharmaratana to attend a conference in Bodhgaya, India.
Tales of embarking on a spiritual journey might sound like something out of a Hallmark movie. But this rings true for faith tours or religious tourism.
One of the most important holy sites for Buddhists is Bodh Gaya, the site where the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bihar, India. Thousands of devotees from all over the world come here daily to experience and understand the spiritual insight Prince Siddhartha Gautama Buddha attained under the Bodhi Tree.
The multi-talented Benoy K Behl has travelled around the world 10 times in his journeys of discoveries.
Indian art historian and photographer Benoy K Behl walked in Buddha's footsteps to create a list of the Top 10 Buddhist sites worldwide, based on historical significance and art.
Buddha achieved enlightenment in Bodhgaya, gave his first sermon in Sarnath, and died in Kusinara. For me, my Buddha trail has just begun.
A kaleidoscope of sights and sounds awaits both pilgrims and travellers who are interested in Buddhist lore, customs and philosophies.