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Bodhgaya

Introduction
Buddh Statue, BodhgayaThe exotic town of Bodhgaya is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The 2500-year-old religion of Buddhism has its adherents distributed all over the world. Devotees and tourists flock to Bodhgaya from far and wide to gain an insight into the teachings and doctrines of Buddhism. While at Bodhgaya, one can easily observe that peace and spirituality pervades all over the place. The Bodhi Tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment or Nirvana is the cynosure of all eyes here. Even followers from countries like Burma, Sri Lanka, China, Bhutan, Tibet and Japan have established numerous monastic settlements here. These settlements have heightened the spiritual charm of the place all the more. The surroundings are calm and are a perfect haven for those who are in search of peace and tranquility.


Location & Climate
Bodhgaya is situated on the banks of the Falgu River in south Bihar. Gaya, the closest big town, is just 13 km from Bodhgaya. The town lies at a distance of 105 km from Patna in the state of Bihar. Bodhgaya experiences a tropical climate. Winters are pleasant. October to February is the most ideal time to take a pilgrimage trip to the town of Bodhgaya.


Sightseeing
The all-renowned town of Bodhgaya is replete with Buddhist spots. Since, it is the place from where Buddhism originated and went on to become one of the major religions of the world, people from all over the world pour into the town to see and experience the faith that has been accepted more as a way of life than a mere religion.

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya» Mahabodhi Temple : The Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya is the biggest draw for tourists. It is the site where Lord Buddha attained Nirvana. He sat under a peepal tree, which is popular as the Bodhi Tree, and did not move until he got his queries answered and realised that he had gained enlightenment. Under the tree, one can notice the red sandstone slab where Lord Buddha is believed to have sit and meditated. The temple displays exquisite carvings and also bears a gilded image of Buddha.

» Bodhi Sarovar : At Bodhgaya, you can visit a number sacred sites that give an account of the where, when and how Lord Buddha meditated and got enlightened. One of these is the Bodhi Sarovar where Buddha is said to have a bath before he sat to meditate under the Bodhi Tree.

» Chankaramana or the Jewel Walk : The Jewel Walk is yet another significant site here. It is the place where Buddha reflected deeply on whether or not he should reveal the knowledge to the world. Here, you can also see a Tibetan Monastery that houses a large dharma chakra or the 'Wheel of Law'.


» The Archaeological Museum : The Archaeological Museum at Bodhgaya is a must see for all. Kept up by the Department of Archaeological Survey of India, the museum displays numerous sculptures, images and Buddhist artifacts belonging to the past. Most importantly, the bronze statues are worth seeing. Images of Buddha and Buddha pillars are other antiquities to see and experience here.


Accommodation Options
Bodhgaya has a number of accommodation options for tourists and travellers. Besides hotels, there are a few Buddhist monasteries that provide lodging options as well. The famous hotels of Bodhgaya include the following.

Hotels in Bodhgaya
¤ Hotel Bodhgaya Ashok (Run by the ITDC)
¤ Hotel Siddharta International (3 Star)
¤ Hotel Lotus Nikko (3 Star)
¤ Hotel Royal Residency (3 Star)


Accessibility
Patna is the closest airport from Bodhgaya. The airport has regular flights connecting to places like Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Varanasi, Hyderabad etc. 13 km from Bodhgaya, Gaya is the nearest railways station. There are regular mail and express trains connecting to the railhead from the key destinations of the country. The road route too is well established. The Bihar State Road Transport Corporation plies regular buses to Bodhgaya from Patna, Nalanda and Rajgir.




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