How to reach

By Air - The nearest airport is Gaya;7 kms and Patna;135 kms.

By Rail - The nearest railway station is Gaya;17 kms

By Road - Bodhgaya is well connected by road to Gaya;17 kms Nalanda;101kms Rajgir;78 kms Patna;135 kms Varanasi;252 kms Ranchi;215 kms and Kolkata;495 kms.

Where to stay

All hotels are on major booking sites.

What to See

1. MAHABODHI TEMPLE COMPLEX - The Mahabodhi Temple stands east to the Bodhi Tree. The total height of the temple is 170 feet and on the top of the temple are Chatras, which symbolise sovereignty of the religion. Four towers in the corners rise gracefully, giving the holy structure a poise and balance. Inside the temple in the main sanctum, on an altar, is a colossal image of Buddha in a sitting posture. In the posture that Buddha achieved enlightenment. The entire courtyard of the temple is studded with a large number and varieties of stupas. These stupas built 2500 years ago are extremely elegant and beautiful.

2. THE BODHI TREE - At the western side of the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya stands the large and historic Bodhi Tree under which Buddha, then known as Gautama, attained enlightenment 2500 years ago. For seven days after the enlightenment, Buddha continued to meditate under the tree without moving from his seat. The earliest records on the tree are in the 'Kalingabodhi Jataka', which gives a vivid description of the tree and the surrounding area prior to the enlightenment. The present Bodhi Tree is most probably the fifth descendant of the original tree to be planted at this site. It still performs a very important role to Buddhists of all traditions.

3. VAJRASANA is the seat of the Buddha’s Enlightenment. Built in the 3rd century B.C. by Emperor Asoka, it is made of red sand stone. Venerable Ashwaghosa in his Buddhacarita reveals that this is the Navel of the Earth. Fa-Hien mentions that all the past Buddhas attained Enlightenment here and the future Buddhas too will attain the enlightenment on this spot.

4. MUCHALINDA SAROVAR - The place where the Buddha spent the sixth week in meditation after his Enlightenment. While the Buddha was in meditation, a severe thunder storm broke out and seeing the Buddha getting drenched, the snake king of the Lake called Muchalinda came out of his abode and protected the Buddha with his hood from the violent wind and rains.

5. THE GREAT BUDHHA STATUE - Near Biennale site The Great Buddha Statue popularly known as 80’ Buddha Statue was unveiled and consecrated on November 18, 1989 with a ceremony graced with the presence of His Holiness the XIV the Dalai Lama, who blessed the 25-meter statue. It was the first great Buddha statue built in the modern history of India. The statue is situated next to Mahabohdi Temple at Bodhgaya. Under the slogan "Spread Buddha's rays to the Whole World," Daijokyo spent seven years on construction of the Great Buddha Statue.

It is a 25-meter statue of Buddha- first ever built in the history of India. The Statue is a symbol of the holy place Bodhgaya and enjoys constant visits from pilgrims from all over the world. Among local people, it is nicknamed ‘The 80-foot Buddha Statue’.

6. Dungeshwari Cave Temples - It is situated 12 km north-east of Bodhgaya, Bihar. There are three caves containing Buddhist shrines, where the Buddha is believed to have meditated. Dungeshwari Cave Temples are the ancient caves. These are caves Lord Buddha underwent years of self-mortification before descending to Bodhgaya. Three main caves contain several shrines for Buddhists and one for Hindus.

7. VISHNUPAD TEMPLE, GAYA - The shrine of Lord Vishnu encloses his 40 cm long footprint. According to stories and legends, a demon named Gayasur attained the blessing of granting people with salvation just with a glance. This seemed incorrect to the divine because salvation can only be achieved by walking on the right path and performing good karmas. So to obstruct immoral people from attaining salvation so easily, Lord Vishnu had put his feet on Gayasur’s chest and subdued him below the surface of earth, which caused these footprints engraved on the solid rock base. From this incident the Gaya District got its name. Within the site there are other temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Narasimha.