Gaya Tourism
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Gaya Tourism

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  • State: Bihar
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
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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Ram Rambharti

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  • Ram Rambharti
  • 1 Review
  •  1 reader

"Mind relaxing place!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  • 99 photos
  • 73 Reviews
  •  279 helpful votes
  •  42788 readers

"Ancient town of Vishnu temple" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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
  • 27 photos
  • 8 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  20749 readers

"Good world heritage site"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  4225 readers

"Gaya, a nice place to go"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Anshu Kumar

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  • Anshu Kumar
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 1 Review
  •  116 readers

"Centre of peace-Gaya"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The Mahabodhi Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You don't have to be a Buddhist to feel the tremendous spiritual importance of Mahabodhi Temple. Seeing the Mahabodhi for the first time will take your breath away. It was so nice constructed. The way air breezes you when you are inside the temple relives your mind from everything. Holy chants gives a pleasure through ears. Apart from Mahabodhi temple Gaya is also known for the Hindu tradition of Pindd-daan, from many parts of the country people come to do the Pindd-daan.
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Syed Modassir

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  • Syed Modassir
  • Lives in Gaya
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  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  203 readers

"Place worth visit-Gaya"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Gaya is a religious place. Three major religions of world has roots here. City is well connected through rail network and roads. It also has an international airport. It is famous for pind daan and we all know that it was Bodhgaya where Gautam Buddha got enlightenment. Bodhgaya is a must visit spot, a peaceful place. There are many beautiful temples in Bodhgaya. Vishnupad temple is another great site. India's largest 'Officers Training Academy' is situated here. It has many good family hotels. Gaya's Tilkut, anarsa etc. Are very famous. Pramod Laddu Bhandar a famous restaurant chain there and you will love it. Citizens of Gaya are very helpful.
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Asif  Alam

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  • Asif Alam
  • 2 Reviews
  •  251 readers

"Emerging city-Gaya"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
If you like visiting cities then you should go Gaya as this city is surrounded with many historic places like Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Vishnupad temple. Till now Gaya is a small town but is enriched in cultural heritage. A big market is there in heart of the town where you will get everything you need. People are helpful there.
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Thiratee Chaijaree

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  • Thiratee Chaijaree
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  521 readers

"Diversity of people"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 19, 2015
Gaya, Bihar state, is a very touristic area for now, but Gaya is always an excellent place for anybody who is interested in observing about the rituals of religions such as Buddhism and Hindu; and learning about the diversity of people who come from many countries in the world.
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Priya Gupta

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  • Priya Gupta
  • Lives in Ambaji
  • 2 Reviews
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"Beautiful place everyone should visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Aug 6, 2015
Gaya is a beautiful city which everyone should visit. There you can find a lot of pilgrims from around the world. This is one of a great travel destination. I love this place because of its historical views. I visited many of tramples there. Gaya for Hindus is a place to pay rituals to their ancestors. Every day you can see thousands of people who cherish their experience of this place.
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Rohan Chauhan

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  • Rohan Chauhan
  • Lives in Patna
  • 4 Reviews
  •  62 helpful votes
  •  7636 readers

"Religious visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2015
This journey for me is very religious I think because Gaya is one of the prestigious holy place. I went to Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya is 10 km from Gaya junction and you can take a prepaid taxi also. I also went to Vishnupad mandir and saw the temple of lord vishnu. I went for Mangla Gauri and saw the ancient temples. Overall, Gaya is very religious.
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