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Home » Important Places in India » Bodhgaya Travel Guide

Bodhgaya Travel Guide

BodhgayaRoyal Indian Tours offers complete travel guide of Bodhgaya, a small town of Bihar, India. Bodhgaya is a small town located in the district of Gaya in the state of Bihar, India. The town of Bodhgaya is globally famous for being the site of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment. Bodhgaya is one of the most popular Buddhist pilgrim destinations in India. Bodhgaya is considered to be one of the most sacred Buddhist spot in all over the world. Bodhgaya is the birth place of Buddhism. Buddhism is a religion which talks about mankind, love and peace.

Bodhgaya is the place where Prince Gautam Siddhartha (the childhood name of Lord Buddha) got his enlightenment and became Buddha. He got his enlightenment after the meditation of three days & three nights, sitting under a Pipal tree. After attaining enlightenment, Lord Buddha spread his message of love and peace to the whole world. The Pipal tree where Lord Buddha attained his enlightenment is known as Mahabodhi Tree. Here you will also see Mahabodhi Temple.

Located at 14 km from south of Gaya, Bodhgaya is situated on the bank of Niranjana river. Gaya is also a famous Hindu pilgrimage centre and known in all over the country and across for its religious importance. Bodhgaya is certainly a worth visiting site.

Bodhgaya Attractions

Mahabodhi Temple
the-bodhi-tree The Mahabodhi Temple is the major attraction of Bodhgaya. The world famous Mahabodhi Temple is located on the east to the Mahabodhi Tree. The Mahabodhi Temple is known for its superb architectural effect. It has basement of 48 square feet. This architecturally beautiful temple is170 feet high. There are Chatras, symbolizing sovereignty of religion, on the top of the temple. According to popular belief, Emperor Ashoka - the great visited Bodhgaya after 250 years of Lord Buddha’s enlightenment. Emperor Ashoka is considered to be the founder of the original Mahabodhi Temple. While you will explore the Mahabodhi Temple you will also see the diamond throne which is called Vajrasana.

Mahabodhi Tree or Bodhi Tree

This is the typical Pipal Tree but has much religious importance. This is the tree where Prince Gautam Siddhartha sat under and performed meditation and finally got his enlightenment and became Lord Buddha.

Bodhgaya Fairs & Festivals

Buddha Jayanti:
This is the festival which is celebrated in the town of Bodhgaya with full of dedication and devotion. This festival is celebrated on a full moon day in the month of April/May as Buddha’s birth anniversary & enlightenment. During this festival devotees from all over the world come to Bodhgaya.

Nyingma Monlam Chenmo: This festival is also the major attraction of Bodhgaya in Bihar, India. This festival Bodhgaya-temple generally falls in the month of January-February. This festival is celebrated for about three weeks. This religious festival is celebrated for the world peace.

How to Reach Bodhgaya

By Air:
Bodhgaya has no airport hence there is no direct connection by air to Bodhgaya. Neared airport is in Patna, the capital of Bihar, India. Patna is about 113 km from Bodhgaya by road.

By Rail: The neighboring city of Bodhgaya, Gaya is well connected from all the major cities of India. Gaya is only 14 km from Bodhgaya.

By Road:
Bodhgaya or Gaya is one the grand trunk road. Hence the town is well connected by surface with all the major cities & parts of India. Local transports, like taxis and buses are easily available.

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