Bodh Gaya is a sacred place for Buddhists from all over the world. It was here that Prince Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment beneath a bodhi tree and so became the Buddha. On this sacred spot now stands the majestic Mahabodhi Temple.
Pilgrims from many lands have built their own temples and monasteries which offer meditation courses varying from a week to a month during the winter. The International Meditation Centre also holds courses.
What to see
- Animeshlochan Chaitya;
- Bodhi Tree;
- Buddhist Monasttery of Bhutan;
- The Burmese Temple;
- The Chinese Temple & Monastery:
- Mahabodhi Temple: The greatest and the most sacred shrine to the glory of Lord Buddha marked by stone lotuses and a soaring tower with different aspects of the Buddha depicted on its walls;
- International Buddhist House & Japanese Temple;
- Mohanta’s Monastery;
- Ratnagar; 10.The Bodh Gaya Archaeological Museum: houses an interesting collection of stone and terracotta statues of Buddha dating from 1st century B.C. to 11th century B.C.;
- Thai Temple and monastery;
- Tibetan Monastery.
Air: The most convenient airport is Patna 152 Km, connected by Indian Airlines with Delhi, Calcutta and Lucknow.
Rail: The nearest railhead is Gaya 12 km.
Road: Bodh Gaya is connected by road with Gaya 12 Km, Nalanda 62 Km, Rajgir 46 Km, Patna 152 Km, Varanasi 215 Km and Calcutta 482 Km.
Area: 8 Sq.Km.
Altitude: 113 Mtrs Temperature: Summer - Max: 47 Deg.C Min: 28 Deg.C Winter - Max: 28 Deg.C Min: 4 Deg.C Rainfall: 186 Cms.
Best Season: October to March STD Code: 0631
Muchalinda Lake (3 Km): Here the Buddha was given protection by the Snake King, Muchalinda, against the thunder and rain sent by the Asuras to disturb his meditation.
Magadha University (3.2 Km): An international university & centre for studies.
Dungeshwari (12 Km by foot and 35 Km by road): It is said that Prince Siddharth (Lord Buddha) rested here during his journey to Bodhgaya.
Gaya (12 Km): Gaya is sacred to the Hindus for it is believed that offerings at the temples and shrines of Gaya will protect one’s ancestors and save the, recently dead ones from the cycle of birth and rebirth. At the foot of the Brambhyoni Hill here, is the original Akshyabat or banyan tree. The other places of interest in Gaya are Surya Temple, Vishnupad Temple and a museum, noted for it’s archaeological exhibits.