Gaya Tourism

Gaya Tourism

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  • State: Bihar
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Gaya
Located on the banks of the Falgu River, Gaya is one of the major tourist destinations in Bihar. Situated at a distance of 100 km to the south of the capital city of Bihar, Gaya is a land rich in cultural and religious heritage. It is surrounded by rocky hills such as Mangla-Gauri, Ram-Sheila and Brahmayoni on three sides, while the river flows on the fourth side.

Deriving its name from the mythological demon Gayasur, Gaya is one of the most sacred places for Hindus. It is believed that Gayasur, the holy demon was killed by Lord Vishnu with the pressure of his foot over him. This transformed the demon into the series of rocky hills that forms the landscape of the Gaya city. Gayasur had the power to absolve the sins of all those who touched him or even looked at him.

The city has experienced the rise and fall of several dynasties in the Magadh region. Gaya has played a vital role in the cultural history of the region extending from the 6th century BC to the 18th century AD. The destination came into the limelight, when Sisunaga, who was the founder of the Sisunaga dynasty, ruled over Patna and Gaya around 600 BC.

In 519 BC, Bimbisara ruled the destination during which it was exposed to the outside world and attained an important position in the history of civilisation. During his reign, Gaya witnessed the presence of Bhagwan Mahavir and Gautam Buddha.

After a short spell of the Nanda dynasty, the entire destination, along with the Magadh region came under the power and rule of the Mauryas. Ashoka, the ruler at the time, embraced Buddhism for which he visited Gaya and constructed the first ever temple at Bodh Gaya.

This temple was constructed to commemorate the attainment of supreme enlightenment by Prince Gautama. However, with the arrival of the Gupta Empire during the 4th and 5th century, Hinduism was revived in Gaya.

In the 12th century, Gaya was under the reign of Muhammadan rulers and during this time Muhammad Bakhtiyar Khilji invaded the region. After the battle of Buxar in 1764, Gaya finally passed over to the British. However, in 1947, Gaya along with other parts of the country gained independence.

The city also has its mention in the great epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Rama along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana travelled to Gaya for offering pindan to their father Dashrath. On the other hand, in Mahabharata, the place has been identified as Gayapuri. The best time to explore Gaya is from the month of October to April.

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Vidyut Maurya

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  • Vidyut Maurya
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 160 photos
  • 116 Reviews
  •  34 helpful votes
  •  63795 readers

"Nice stay"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Gaya is a tourist town of Bihar. It attracts Hindus and Buddhist both, It is a place of great religious value. Situated on the banks of Falgu river it is known for Vishnupada temple. People came across the world to pay homage to their forefathers. From Gaya you can go Bodhgaya just 14 km to see Mahabodhi Temple, other Buddha statue and temples. There are so many hotel opp railway station open 24 hours in Gaya.
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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 50 photos
  • 99 Reviews
  •  153 helpful votes
  •  82941 readers

"Gaya the destination for Pilgrims"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 1, 2017
Gaya as a destination is good provided you know the place well. It is advisable to take IRCTC retiring rooms if you are there for rituals or for visiting Bodhgaya. Drink plenty of water and carry mosquito repellent. Also apply good sunscreen if you want to roam around.
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Alok Ranjan

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  • Alok Ranjan
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 17 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  70 readers

"Ancient city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2017
I have been their soo many times. It is an ancient city holding so many religious monuments. Temples are peaceful. You can reach their by buss boarding from Patna or any major city of Bihar. If you are visiting Bihar then you should plan for Vaishali and Gaya.
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Rohit Kumar

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  • Rohit Kumar
  • 26 Reviews
  •  1850 helpful votes
  •  394700 readers

"Land of Buddha"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2016
Gaya also known as Bodh Gaya. In this land Gautam Buddha took wisdom under the peepal tree. The tree under which Buddha took wisdom is known as Bodhi tree. A famous Bodhi temple is here. Every year lakhs of people from different country come here. There is also a international airport. So many countries follow Bodhya religion.
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  • Amitsinghisback
  • 1 Review
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"Very good .."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 10, 2016
This hotel is very important that you dear I was just wondering if there is very good night and work question. Zccaircel@gmail and I have to jaisa for the first place. Are women and children who has you dear I have no idea how are m supervision. Amit k urdata Punjab and children who have been working
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S.d mishra

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  • S.d mishra
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1598 readers

"Must visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted May 24, 2016
Bodh gaya is famous for Gautam Budh spiritual and Bodhtree. Very nice place for spiritual. Gaya is famous for pinddan. Vishnupad Temple is main famous temple. In India only a dry river in Gaya name is called Fulgi River and other various famous places.
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Ram Rambharti

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  • Ram Rambharti
  • 1 Review
  •  542 readers

"Mind relaxing place!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2016
Such a nice place. Peaceful environment, very much to explorer. Spiritual place & its famous for is Lord Buddha temple, and bodhi tree. There is a pond full of catfish with a statue of Lord Buddha in centre of the pond.
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Ananth Pranesh

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  • Ananth Pranesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 115 photos
  • 87 Reviews
  •  295 helpful votes
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"Ancient town of Vishnu temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 15, 2016
Gaya is an ancient town having a Vishnu temple known as Vishnu pad. It has a paduka or foot of Lord Vishnu. The temple is popular for performing rites of ancestors. Hence this place is called Pitru Gaya as rites are performed for departed father. For Mother one has to perform at Mathru Gaya, which is located at Gujarat.
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Biman Sarkar

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  • Biman Sarkar
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 11 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
  •  37562 readers

"Good world heritage site"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2015
My recent trip to Bodhgaya and Rajgir on December 2015.

First of all define your need to visit those places, Just for travel or any other need? If you are travelling this places you should be aware that for tour purpose you need to stay at Gaya near Railway station or in any Dharmasala (BSS) or any.

From Gaya you can hire Auto or Car for sightseeing i.e, Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda etc. Gaya is the best place to stay cause food and other facility is available mostly, there are lots of option you can choose, but if you stay at Bodhgaya you also need to hire TOTO (Battery operated Rick saw) or Auto or car to visit temples around Bodhgaya, but here you can not find more option to choose, food are not good in test and quality as the renowned restaurants can not make good food in high price too, out side of Bodhgaya i.e, Rajgir also same in choice, so Gaya is the best place to stay and hovering other places.
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Ravikant Ravi

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  • Ravikant Ravi
  • 15 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  7101 readers

"Gaya, a nice place to go"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 18, 2015
Gaya is one of the most famous place in Bihar. This is around 225 km from Patna. 1000 of peoples travel daily. There are many historical place in Gaya like statue of Mahatma Buddha. Everybody should once visit Gaya in Bihar. We can say that it is the place of knowledge.
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