Bodhgaya

Bodh Gaya is a Buddhist melting pot where people of various nationalities come together to celebrate the essence of Buddhism and to pay homage to Gautam Buddha at his place of enlightenment. A prince-turned-ascetic, Siddhartha, meditated here under a tree, attained divine knowledge, and became Buddha- the enlightened one who showed a new way of life to the people of the subcontinent. Lost in ravages of time & history, this holy place was rediscovered in the early 19th century and is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimages in India.

Alluring Attraction of Bodh Gaya

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

Originally built by Emperor Ashoka in 260 BC, this spectacular complex is one of the most sacred pilgrimages of Buddhism. A sprawling complex, with numerous ancient stupas & votives pertinent to Siddhartha’s enlightenment and the seven weeks thereafter, Mahabodhi temple is now a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. The Bodhi Tree growing in the temple is the direct descendant of the tree under which Siddhartha gained enlightenment and is a perfect place to meditate and contemplate the teachings of Buddhism.

The Great Buddha Statue

The Great Buddha Statue

Often referred to as the Giant Buddha, this massive seated Buddha statue, is one of the largest in the country. Commissioned by a Japanese community and consecrated by the 14th Dalai Lama, this 82 ft high statue is an architectural marvel.

Thai Temple and Monastery

Thai Temple and Monastery

This elegant temple, built by the Thai monarch back in 1956, is a symbol of beauty, prosperity, and the Thai way of Buddhism.

Royal Bhutan Monastery

Royal Bhutan Monastery

Built-in typical Bhutanese architectural style in red-white-gold hues, this beautiful temple & monastery hosts a gorgeous 7-feet-high image of Gautam Buddha.

The Japanese Temple

The Japanese Temple

This Japanese temple & monastery, also called Indosan Nipponji Temple, is built in the Japanese style of minimalism. The façade is simple & elegant, while the inner walls & ceilings are covered in colorful paintings depicting tales from Buddha’s life. A beautiful Peace Bell completes the picture.

Vishnupad Temple

Vishnupad Temple

Vishnupad Temple, translating into Lord Vishnu’s feet, is home to Dharamsila, a basalt slab marked by the footprints of Lord Vishnu. Thousands of Hindus visit here to perform rituals & make offerings to their ancestors to free them from the constant cycle of life & birth.

Other Attractions of Bodh Gaya

Other Attractions of Bodh Gaya

Archeological Museum- Preserving the ruins & relics found in the region
Terger Monastery- A Tibetan Monastery
Pretshila Hill- A Hindu pilgrimage to make offerings to their ancestors

Fairs & Festivals in Bodh Gaya

Fairs & Festivals in Bodh Gaya

Kalachakra Festival- Dalai Lama’s Teaching Session along with prayers, mediation, vows, and cultural revelry
Buddha Poornima- Celebrating Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and nirvana

Nearby Excursions

Nearby Excursions

Barabar Caves (40 km)- Ancient rock-cut caves
Rajgir (80 km) - A Hindu, Jain and Buddhist pilgrimage
Nalanda (105 km) - Archeological Ruins

Best time to Visit

Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Body Gaya would be from October to March.

How to Reach

How to Reach

By Air - Gaya International Airport, around 17 km away, connects Bodh Gaya to all major cities in India and selective international destinations.

By Rail - Gaya Junction, around 13 km from Bodh Gaya, is the nearest railhead that connects Bodh Gaya to the rest of the country.

By Road - A network of roads and highways connect Bodh Gaya to all major Indian cities.

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