Travel July 15, 2021
Located in North-Eastern India in the central part of Bihar, Bodh Gaya is considered as one of the four holiest cities of the Buddhist religion. The place is associated with the life of Gautam Buddha, founder of Buddhism. It also houses the place where Gautam Buddha attained spiritual enlightenment. To mark the spot, King Ashoka, the great Mauryan ruler built a small shrine in the 3rd Century BC which is present even today. The subsequent rulers also left their mark on the holy shrine. Over the passage of time, the small shrine took the shape of the famous Mahabodhi temple. Another interesting fact about Bodh Gaya is that its center for pursuing the study of Buddhism.
If you are planning to visit Bodh Gaya, then here is top four tourist attraction that you can include in your Bodh Gaya Travel Package.
1. Mahabodhi Temple:
One of the major attractions of Bodh Gaya is Mahabodhi temple. Here you will see the Bodhi tree under which Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment. The present tree you see here is a descendant of the original one which was taken away by Sanghamitra, King Ashoka’s daughter to Sri Lanka in 3rd Century BC. The red sandstone slab which you would see under this tree is believed to be the throne on which Gautam Buddha sat. The Mahabodhi Temple is a shrine that stands proudly since the 3rd Century BC and today receives tourists and devotees from around the world. The temple is intricately carved and beautifully designed.
The Mahabodi temple is open from 5 am to 9 pm.
The entry is free.
2. Archaeological Museum:
Established in 1956 Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum is one of the must visit places. It has beautiful collection of relics and artifacts from the glorious ancient era. It includes images of Lord Buddha, artistically crafted miniature pots, coins from Mughal era, remains from Mauryan and Gupta period. The museum has a wonderful collection of finely crafted statutes. The most popular being Buddha in “Abhaya Mudra” position. It is a Sanskrit word which means fearless. The Abhayamudra stands for peace, protection and getting rid of fear.
The timing here is 10 am to 5 am, please note it is closed on Fridays.
It takes around two hours to completely see the museum.
The entry fee as of now is 10 INR per ticket.
3. Town of Gaya:
If you have traveled to Bodh Gaya and have faith in Hindu religion, then 15 km away from Bodh Gaya lies the town of Gaya. It is a must-visit spot as it is considered an important place of pilgrim for the Hindus. The main attractions here are Mangala Gauri Temple, Pind Daan Gaya, Vishnupad temple, Tibetan Monastery and Dungeshwari temple.
4. Meditation & Discourses:
In the months of January and February, several meditation institutes of Bodh Gaya organize special meetings, conventions, and discourses for travelers and pilgrims who are trying to understand their inner self, seeking peace and wish to have spiritual enlightenment. The courses vary from 3 to 7 days.
How to reach Bodh Gaya?
You can reach here via flight from Varanasi or New Delhi. As it is a popular route, operators frequently offer discount on flight tickets. Bodh Gaya is also easily approachable by road from Varanasi (5 hrs) or Patna (3 hrs). Bus tickets or private cabs can be booked for the same.
Tip: Check for special offers on flights and hotels for fully vaccinated guests.
The COIVD 19 has brought everything to standstill and it is time to get life rolling again, so there cannot be a better tourist destination then this holy place. Book Bodh Gaya Tour Package today to revamp and rejuvenate your energy. If you want to soothe your soul and calm your mind, then you must book yourself a Bodh Gaya Travel Package soon.