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Home :: India Destination :: Bihar :: Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya

Overview
Mahabodhi TempleBodhgaya, located in eastern Indian state of Bihar, is the holy site where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment. The peepal tree (Ficus religiosa) under which he sat to meditate became popular as the Bodhi Tree. Today, from all across the globe, tourists and pilgrims pour into the city to pay their tributes to Lord Buddha, who bequeathed the world not a mere system of belief but an entire philosophy of life. Experience the mystical aura and get ready to be fully engrossed as you make a trip here.

Climate & Best Time
The town of Bodhgaya is known to have a tropical kind of climate. Summers, April to June, are very hot and the day temperature could move up to a maximum of 48 degrees centigrade. Winters extend from October to February, with the mercury showing a minimum of 10 degrees centigrade. The town receives a good amount of rainfall from July till September. October to March is the most suitable time for you to make a trip here.

Places to Visit
Bodhgaya is appealing to both tourists and pilgrims alike. Trip back into the history of Buddhist faith and explore the religious treasures, one by one. The journey will truly get you into a state of complete peace and bliss.

» Mahabodhi Temple
The biggest draw for visitors at Bodhgaya, the Mahabodhi Temple was erected by Budhhist emperor Ashoka, 250 years after Buddha's enlightenment. The Vajrasana stands for the exact seat of enlightenment.

» Bodhi Tree
Bodhi TreeIt is the place where Lord Buddha took his seat to meditate which finally laid him to gaining enlightenment. The seeds of this ancient tree has given rise to a number of sacred peepal trees all across the country.

» Muchilinda Lake
According to Buddhist mythology, it is the site where Buddha was offered refuge during a fatal storm. The multi-hooded snake or Muchalinga is known to protect him from danger.

» Ajapala Nirgodha Tree
No less sanctified to pilgrims, the tree is the place where Sujata had offered kheer (a preparation of rice and milk) to Lord Buddha.

Stay Options
To cater to the needs of a variety of travellers, Bodhgaya has a range of stay options. You can choose to stay at the hotels, guest houses, monasteries and dormitories. Hotels like Lotus Nikko and Siddharta International offer standard services at economic rates.

Getting There
Gaya, 12 km from Bodhgaya, serves as the closest airport. The railhead at Gaya has links with places like Patna, Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi and Puri. The Bihar State Road Transport Corporation plies regular buses from Bodhgaya to Patna, Nalanda and Rajgir.




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