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A nice temple

A nice temple  Video Review
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Karma Temple

Saurabh
30th Nov 17

It was unveiled by Rev Dalai Lama on 18/11/1989.

It was unveiled by Rev Dalai Lama on 18/11/1989.  Video Review
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Great Buddha Statue

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
17th Aug 17

Colorful paintings depicts the life of lord Buddha

Colorful paintings depicts the life of lord Buddha  Video Review
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Royal Bhutan Monastery

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
17th Aug 17

This is most popular religious place

This is most popular religious place  Video Review
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Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
17th Aug 17

Great Buddha

Great Buddha  Video Review
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Daijokyo Buddist Temple

Pankajbharti
29th Dec 17

Nice temple

Nice temple  Video Review
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Palyul Namdroling Monastery

Pankajbharti
29th Dec 17

Great monastery

Great monastery  Video Review
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Royal Bhutan Monastery

Sanju
19th Dec 17

Very Good Japanese Temple

Very Good Japanese Temple  Video Review
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Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple

Utkarshtehta
30th Nov 17

A peaceful palace and a very good architecture

A peaceful palace and a very good architecture  Video Review
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Palyul Namdroling Monastery

Utkarshtehta
30th Nov 17

Excellent temple and a peaceful palace to visit

Excellent temple and a peaceful palace to visit  Video Review
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Karma Temple

Utkarshtehta
30th Nov 17

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Reasons to go to Bodhgaya

1Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya
Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya


Don’t you want to visit the place where Buddha attained enlightenment? Historically, this temple is one of the highlights of Buddhist culture. To know true peace, stay in a nearby Dharamshala.

Rn K : I have been visiting this place for long. It is one of those monuments and places where you experience peace for your soul. It gives me soul awakening divine experience to nourish our earthly body and mind. The view of the mahabodhi tree where Buddha attained salvation/enlightenment, in the evening with people chanting with full heart is always very spiritual.

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Kumar vindu

Kumar vindu5.0/5

6 reviews

BodhGaya Tourism

One of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists, Bodhgaya is a village in the state of Bihar. It was here under the Bodhi tree that Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. The place is bustling with pilgrims all through the year who come to pay their homage in the monasteries, shrines and temples. It also attracts tourists from India and abroad owing to its magnificent Buddha statue, the Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree.

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Dipti p Kindo

Dipti p Kindo5.0/5

11 reviews

Blissful Bodhgaya - Family Trip

It was unfilled trip with friends! Maha Bodhgaya is a sacred religious site and place of pilgrimage with beautifully crafted temples. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A kind of unique peace can be felt by the visitor.

It's not so expensive at all! We took a local train from Patna and we reached Bodhgaya early morning. We hired a cab in Rs. 400/- only (one-side). It took hardly half an hour to reach the Maha Bodhi Temple. Once you have visited all the locations of Temple, you can have the Prasad (Khichdi) in the nearby temple or the lunch in any of the restaurants outside the exit gate. You can hire a "Horse-Cart " in just Rs. 150/- and you can visit all the nearby temples with the glimpses of country viz. Thailand, Bhutan, China, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka etc.

Once you are back till 3-4 PM, Enjoy the shopping in local market but you must have good bargaining skills else you can again book Cab/Auto and return back to Gaya Railway Station till 5-6 PM in the evening and return back to your home.. Or enroute to some other place in between :)!!

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Recommended Duration in Bodhgaya

Number of days to spend in Bodhgaya as recommended by our travellers.

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Bodhgaya Overview

History of Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya is a small town located in the Gaya District of the Indian state of Bihar. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites as it is the place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. This holy city is situated on the banks of the river Niranjana within an area of 91.94 sq. km. Siddhartha Gautama inhabited the bank of the Niranjana River to practice austerities along with five followers. He left austerity realising that it could not lead to salvation. His five followers disgusted with his failure deserted him and left for Sarnath. He then moved towards the village of Senani, where a Brahmin girl offered him rice milk. Accepting a kusa grass from a grass-cutter, he took a seat under a pipal tree to meditate until he attained enlightenment. Buddha continued to meditate for seven days under the Bodhi tree after the attainment of enlightenment. During the next seven days, he practised walking meditation. Behind the main temple there is an ancient sacred Fig tree, situated towards the west, which is where Buddha attained enlightenment. It is believed that immediately after preaching the five principles of life and the eightfold path, Buddha attained Nirvana. About 250 years after the enlightenment, Ashoka visited the site and is believed to have founded the Mahabodhi Temple. Along with the monastery, Ashoka also erected a diamond throne shrine at this place. This shrine has a canopy supported by four pillars over a stone representation of the Vajrasana or the Seat of Enlightenment.

People and Culture of Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya, with a population of 30,883 people, is renowned as the most important of the four main pilgrimage sites dedicated to Gautama Buddha. Hindi and Urdu are the official languages of Bihar, but residents here mostly speak Bhojpuri, Maithili and Magahi. Buddha Jayanti or the birth of Lord Buddha, celebrated in April or May, is an important festival of this place. Buddha Purnima is observed on the day when Buddha attained enlightenment. This festival is characterised with prayer meets, sermons on the life of the Buddha, religious discourses and continuous recitation of Buddhist scriptures, group meditation, processions and worship of the statue of Buddha.

Things To Do in Bodh Gaya

Nyingma Monlam Chenmo is a 3-week long festival celebrated in January and is attended by the Dalai Lama. In Bodh Gaya, tourists can shop for decorative items associated with Buddhism, artefacts, sandal beads, different statues of Lord Buddha and woollen garments. The best time to visit Bodh Gaya is between October and March, when the temperature remains cool. Moreover, special Buddhist meditation programs are organised during this time.

Photos of Bodhgaya

Great Buddha Statue, Bodhgaya

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Vidyut Maurya

Great Buddha Statue, Bodhgaya
Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya

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Rishabh Verma

Buddha statue
Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya

Photo by

Rishabh Verma

Mahabodhi Temple

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