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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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Ganesh Thakur
  • Ganesh Thakur
  • 1 Review

"Amazing trip to Bodh Gaya, Bihar" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Gaya is famous among Baudhism as it is their holiest place. Mahatma Budha statue and briksh" is famous place here to visit. Here, you can feel piece and silence everywhere. There is a wonderful pond near Budha statue, where Shesh Nag resides. Here you can find restaurant range from higher to middle range. In Gaya, Litti-choka is very famous, every people eat it, which goes there. This is a worthwhile place, everyone should visit this place.
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Krishnendu Chakrabarty
  • Krishnendu Chakrabarty
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"My Experience of stay at Sidharth International."

  • Posted Jan 6, 2013
There is vast difference between Gaya and BodhGaya. The Hotel is at Gaya. Very near to Gaya railway station. This is the main advantage for those who reaches Gaya by train. Gaya is not very clean. But BodhGaya is well maintained, neat & clean.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The only attraction of Gaya & BodhGaya are religious.

Activities & things to do: BodyGaya has many places of religious interest. But Gaya is a place that every Hindu must visit to do Puja for their ancestors. It has only one.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Everybody should be very cautious of touts at GAYA.
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Ajit    Jain
  • Ajit Jain
  • Lives in Gwalior
  • 2 Reviews

"Budha vihar"

  • Posted Oct 11, 2012
Buddha vihar is a actual holy place, beautiful work ship place, long garden, pond candle room, is very beautiful.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sattu is famous food in Bihar , Gaya is a religious place, Vishnu Padh temple is place for PINDDAN. all Indians should come hare and worship and do pind dan ceremony for deceased parents, main market Chowk Bazar is very big market in Gaya hare are many retail and wholesale shops.

Activities & things to do: I went to Gaya for only tourism purpose, I saw markets, temples, Budha vihar, Vishnu padh temple, agarbatti making process, I enjoyed Sattu ,cold Sattu jal jeera drink,cold sattu sweet drink,ect.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Delhi so many Rajdhani express, supar fast trains, Air services are available.
I went in Chambal express train gwalior to gaya via Jhansi,Lalitpur,Allahabad,Mugal sarai,Gaya.
Delhi we enjoyed the travel,s o many big railway stations in this route, but via Gwalior we had all food items,and sufficiant water, because there are small railway stations in this route, Allahabad and Mugal sarai is big stations on this route.
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Nitish Kumar
  • Nitish Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Gaya The Mokhsa-Dham"

  • Posted Jan 3, 2010
Gaya is very spritual place with the belessing of Lord Vishnu. Hindu people come here pay the last rites to their ancestor for their Mokshe or You can say for peace and freedom of the soul of their ancestor. So, that it is called as Moksha-Dham. There are also lots of temple you can visit. There is a Shakti-Peeth named Mangla-Gauri. People of Gaya have a great in this temple. You can also enjoy the river Falgu. Most of the time there is no water in this river but if you will dig it only one hand deep you get pure and sweet water. You can also play with sand of this river.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Gaya is famous of its sweets like Tilkut, Lai and Anarasa. You can purchase these sweets in Ramna Market. Station Road and Tikari Road.

Activities & things to do: This is an ancient city so you can know about the history of old city of India.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Gaya is situated almost 100 KM south form Patna(The Capital of Bihar). You can reach from Delhi by train it will take minimium 12 hours. You can also take a flight for Patna to reach Gaya. Because there is no any facility of Domestic Airport. There is only one International Airport is nearby Gaya is situated in Bodh-Gaya. In Gaya there are lots of Auto-rikshaw and rikshaw are availave for local tourism. You can also book four wheelers from many tourist agencies.
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