As I'm sure many know pilgrimage has historically been a popular aspect of Buddhism. Last year I took a two month trip around India, Nepal, China and then back to Japan doing my own pilgrimage. You can see some of the photos here:https://sites.google.com/site/dharmadep ... rim-s-tale
I would like to provide a few resources and hopefully others can provide their own.
Firstly, Ven. Dhammika's site about Bodhgaya is worth reading if you are interested in the Indian circuit:http://www.buddhanet.net/bodh_gaya/menu.htm
The four most holy sites in Buddhism as convention goes are...
Lumbini, the site of the Buddha's birth (in Nepal).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumbini
Bodhgaya, the site of the Buddha's enlightenment.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhgaya
Sarnath, where the Buddha started teaching the Dharma in Deer Park.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarnath
Kushinagar, where the Buddha passed away.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kushinagar
Another site worth of note is Sravasti where he spent much of his teaching career.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sravasti
There are of course many other sites one could visit based on personal inclinations. For example there are Padmasambhava sites around the Kathmandu Valley. Or, perhaps, Mount Wutai in China which is associated with Manjusri.
Personally, I think taking a long trip to visit sites like these is quite worth it. I found it both spiritually and intellectually rewarding, especially because I met so many interesting people along the way. The preparation, the trip itself and the later reflection all proved quite satisfying.
Does anyone else have resources to share or their personal experience?