Places To Visit In Bodh gaya

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Here are the top 26 tourist attractions to see in Bodh Gaya:

1. Mahabodhi Temple

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The Mahabodhi Temple serves to be the main and most important attraction in Bodh Gaya. It was built in the 7th century, surrounding the Bodhi Tree that Buddha sat under whilst he attained enlightenment.

2. Great Buddha Statue

Must visit 3.7 /5

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This statue of Lord Buddha is the tallest in India and was instated by the XIV Dalai Lama in 1989. It is a meditating Buddha resting on a giant lotus, constructed using intricately carved sandstone and red granite.

3. Tibetan Refugee Market

Must visit 3.6 /5

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This market is paradise for shopping lover. It offers a large variety of winter-wears, handicrafts and souvenirs, etc.

4. Bodhi Tree, Bodh Gaya

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Bodhi Tree is the tree that Lord Buddha meditated under before he could attain enlightenment. The original Bodhi tree may have been destroyed by many Kings, but the direct descendants flourish even today standing tall at 80 feet.

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5. Thai Monastery

Must visit 3.7 /5

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Well known for its curved roof covered with exquisite tiles of gold, the Thai Monastery houses a bronze statue of Buddha and another recently erected 25m high statue in the garden.

6. Mahabodhi Temple Complex Book store

Must visit 3.7 /5

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This book store offers a wide range of collection of Buddhist books, books on Buddhist culture and history of Mahabodhi Temple.

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7. Muchalinda Lake

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A popular site at Bodh Gaya, the Muchalinda Lake is located next to the main temple. It is associated with a mythological tale stating that Lord Buddha was protected from the storm by Snake King Muchalinda.

8. Royal Bhutan Monastery

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The Royal Bhutan Monastery has been named so, as it was built by the King of Bhutan as a dedication to Lord Buddha. Clay carvings are seen on the interior walls of the monastery that depict different aspects of the Buddhist culture.

9. Brahmayoni Temple

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Devotees who wish to visit this temple must go through a grueling climb of 424 high stone steps to reach the top of the hill, atop which lies this temple.

10. Cankamana

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Situated along the Bodhi Temple, Cankamana is a holy shrine featuring a carving of Lord Buddha's feet into the black stone lotuses.

11. Chinese Temple

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Chinese Temple was constructed by Buddhist monks. It displays beautiful Chinese artwork with a statue of Lord Buddha within the sanctum.

12. Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple

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An outstanding example of Buddhist culture and Japanese architecture, this temple was built in 1972 with the help of International Buddhist communities.

13. Vishnupad Temple, Gaya

3.3 /5

9 km
from city center
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places to visit in Bodh Gaya

As the name suggests, this temple was built as a dedication to Lord Vishnu and features a 40 cm long footprint of Lord Vishnu that is enclosed by a basin made of silver plates.

14. Vietnamese Temple

3.3 /5

1 km
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Vietnamese Temple is the most recently constructed shrine in the area and features a serene looking statue of Buddha which exudes a calming aura and appears to be smiling.

15. Kundan Bazaar

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Kundan Bazaar is an ideal place for those looking for souvenirs to back home, books and other handicrafts of the region.

16. Jama Masjid, Bodh Gaya

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12 km
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Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in the state of Bihar and dates back to around 200 years. It was built by the royal family of Muzaffarpur. The shrine is well known for its festival Shabina when the prayers are offered on the 27th night of Ramadan.

17. Dungeshwari Hills

7 km
from city center
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places to visit in Bodh Gaya

Dungeshwari Hills is where Lord Buddha spent a few years before travelling to Bodh Gaya in search of enlightenment. The hills are mostly known for the caves that Gautam Buddha used for shelter and meditation. The Stupas/ Buddhist shrines exist even today amidst the beautiful natural surroundings. The picturesque location of the Dungeshwari Hills is also a well-known trekking destination and draws enthusiasts in large numbers.

18. Root Institute for Wisdom Culture

2 km
from city center
18 out of 26
places to visit in Bodh Gaya

Root Institute for Wisdom Culture is a Buddhist Centre that educates and promotes wisdom culture through programmes and social service. It functions as per the Tibetan tradition and is often considered as a spiritual retreat that offers a tranquil atmosphere to study and practise the culture in its true form.

19. Burmese Vihara Monastery

1 km
from city center
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Burmese Vihara Monastery is a spiritual retreat for those who wish to take a break from their stressful lifestyle. Located amidst beautiful gardens, the tranquil monastery was built according to traditional Burmese architecture and houses a Buddha Meditation Hall, a library with a large collection of books on the teachings of Lord Buddha and a guest house.

20. Sujatha Temple

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Sujatha Temple is dedicated to a humble tribal woman named Sujatha who offered pudding to Gautam Buddha. It is said that the pudding was the first meal Gautam Buddha had consumed after years of starvation ever since he renounced the materialistic life including food to attain enlightenment. The temple is considered to be religiously important as the offering is believed to have saved Lord Buddhaês life.

21. Archaeological Society of India Museum

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Archaeological Society of India Museum was established to display ancient articles belonging to the Brahmanical and Buddhist belief, mostly related to Pala period. Exhibits of splendid stone and bronze statues and sculptures, panels, rods, plaques, pillars, railings, etc are found in the galleries, courtyard and the veranda of the museum that is located inside the Mahabodhi Temple Complex.

22. Sujata Kuti

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Sujata Kuti is a stupa built in the honour of a tribal woman named Sujata who saved Gautam Buddhaês life by offering him rice pudding after he had starved himself for years in the process of attaining Nirvana and renouncing every luxury he had including food. Sujata Kuti, is thus, considered religiously important in the Buddhist Culture.

23. Bodhgaya Multimedia Museum

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Bodhgaya Multimedia Museum was established to provide a glimpse into the historical life of Gautam Buddha in the most interesting way possible. The museum covers his journey right from his childhood till he attained Nirvana. It also includes content on his teachings and all of this is presented in the form of multimedia and 3D animation movies.

24. Ajapala Nigrodha Tree

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Once considered a heritage tree, Ajapala Nigrodha Tree, which no longer exists, is but the sacred location where Gautam Buddha completed his fifth week of meditation after attaining enlightenment and held a discourse to address and answer the queries locals had about religion, humanity and equality. Now marked with a pillar, the place still is considered religiously important and is visited by believers.

25. Daijokyo Buddhist Temple

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from city center
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Daijokyo Buddhist Temple is a tranquil respite for those seeking one amidst beautiful surroundings. The most prominent feature of the temple is the 64 foot tall Great Buddha Statue made of sandstone and granite. It draws visitors in large numbers. The temple also houses a grand meditation hall where one can sit in solitude and soak the peaceful vibe of the surroundings.

26. Animesh Lochana Chaitanya Shrine

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Animesh Lochan Chaitya Shrine is where Lord Buddha spent his second week of meditation after attaining Nirvana. It is believed that his meditation involved gazing at the Bodhi Tree continuously without blinking. The place, therefore, was named Animesh Lochan which means –Open Eyes” and is considered important as it teaches self control and focus.

FAQs on Bodh Gaya

What are the top shopping places in Bodh gaya?

The top shopping places in Bodh gaya are Tibetan Refugee Market, Mahabodhi Temple Complex Book store, Kundan Bazaar.

How much does a package cost for Bodh gaya?

The packages for Bodh gaya start at INR 7251 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

Can you suggest an itinerary for Bodh gaya?

A visit to Bodhgaya is all about faith and religion. While the small town has got a lot of temples and places of worship, we have put down the few popular ones in the itinerary for you.

Day 1: You can start your trip by visiting the famous Thai Monastery followed by the world heritage site of Mahabodhi Temple, which is the root of an entire religion. Inside the temple is also located the holy shrine of Cankamana which have the imprints of Buddha’s footprints on stone lotus leaves. Post this, you can go witness the renowned Bodhi Tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. End the day by going to Vishnu Temple famed for having the footprints of Lord Vishnu.

Day 2: Begin the next day by going to Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple. Dedicate the next few hours to awe at the glorious magnificent statue of Buddha. There are plenty of guides available in the vicinity to answer your queries. Spend a quiet evening next to Muchalinda Lake.

In case, you are planning to stay another day and are in the mood for a rough trek, you can visit Dungeswari Hills. You can also choose from a number of temples to pay homage to- Chinese temple, Mangla Gauri temple, Sujatha temple etc.

How can I commute within Bodh gaya?

Most sites in Bodh Gaya are easy to find and within 5-15 minutes walking distance of the Mahabodhi Temple Complex.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Bodh gaya?

The top sightseeing places in Bodh gaya are Mahabodhi Temple, Great Buddha Statue, Tibetan Refugee Market, Bodhi Tree, Bodh Gaya, Thai Monastery, Mahabodhi Temple Complex Book store.

What are the top restaurants in Bodh gaya?

The best places to eat in Bodh gaya are Swagat Restaurant, Mohammad Restaurant, Fujiya Green, Be Happy Cafe, Tibet Om Cafe, Bowl of Compassion Cafe . You can see all the places to eat in Bodh gaya here
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