Bodh Gaya – Gautama Buddha’s Enlightenment Site

Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya

Bodh Gaya or Bodhgaya  is the site of  Gautama Buddha’s Enlightenment. It is situated in Gaya district of Bihar state, India. It is one among the four sacred pilgrimage centers for Buddhists.

Bodhgaya or Gaya or  is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.

Prince Gautama Siddhartha, 26 centuries ago, reached Phalgu near Gaya and sat under a Bodhi tree and meditated. After 3 days and 3 nights of meditation, he is said to have attained Enlightenment and the name ‘Budda’ was adopted. Decedent of the original Bodhi tree is still there at the site.

Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader for the Tibetans,  visits this place quite frequently during year ends. October to March is the main pilgrimage season.

Maha Bodhi Temple is at a distance of 110 kilometers from Patna. Emperor Ashoka, after 250 years of Buddha’s Enlightenment,  is said have visited Bodhgaya and founded this temple.

How Do I Go to Bodh Gaya, Gautama Buddha’s Enlightenment Site?

Bodhgaya International Airport is at 13 kilometers distance.

Bodhgaya is at 12 kilometers from Gaya city and NH 83 connects Bodh Gaya with Gaya City.

Gaya Junction railway station, at around 12 kilometers distance, is the nearest railway station to BodhGaya. Patna, the capital of Bihar state, is at a distance of 110 kilometers, which is well connected to other parts of the country, by train services.

Accommodation at Bodh Gaya

If you are looking for cheap and decent accommodation at Bodh Gaya, Tara Guest House is an ideal one costing as low as Rs 800/- plus tax and Rs 900/- plus tax. Charity backpackers, Tikabigha, Bodh Gaya is another cheap option. They have rooms costing Rs 350 per day on-wards. Room rates are subject to change and please check the actual current rates, before booking.

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