Bodhgaya Travel Guide
Bodhgaya is one of the majorly renowned Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in India. The tranquility and serenity of this land attracts devotees from all across the globe. It is famous for the Mahabodhi tree, under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The remnants of the tree are still there in the temple complex. Due to its cultural importance, Bodhgaya was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Beautiful monasteries, statues of Lord Buddha, stupas, and prayer centers adorn the city! The city and its people have held to their traditions and roots so well that they never miss even a single chance to leave the visitors awestruck. If you’re into spirituality or are a history lover, then Bodhgaya is a perfect destination for you. Apart from spirituality, the city is also known to be a shopper’s paradise with the Tibetan Market being witnessed as a great shopping destination to pick up souvenirs for your loved ones.
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The Land of Nirvana
A prime Buddhists pilgrimage site Bodhgaya is a globally known village in Bihar, India. It was here Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Bodh Gaya has the Mahabodhi tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment after long meditation. The Mahabodhi temple near the Mahabodhi tree is of great importance and is enriching in experience. The remnants and descendants of the original Mahabodhi Tree is still present here. Bodh Gaya is believed to be the biggest pilgrimage that is revered by all sects of Buddhists from all over the world. Presently, this place is the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bodh Gaya in spite of being a village, has real good facilities for national & international tourist. Several countries have invested here for developing better facilities. Japan and China are been working closely with Indian government to build facilities here for the Buddhist pilgrims. Bodh Gaya also has other various temples and monasteries dedicated to Buddhism. The village is most of the time packed with pilgrims who come to the monasteries, shrines and temples here to pay their homage. Also leisure travelers and family holidayers visit the place and visit the Mahabodhi Temple, the Buddha statue, and the Bodhi tree.
Located on the bank of river Neranjana, Bodh Gaya was also known as Uruwela, Sambodhi, Vajrasana or Mahabodhi during different phases of its history until the 18th century CE.
A jaunt to Bodh Gaya unveils innumerable insights into the rich culture and religious philosophies of India. This place is a showcase of some real architectural masterpieces. Of all he places to see in Bodh Gaya Bodhi Tree is most popular. This tree is a direct descendant of the one under which Sakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment. Other must see are Mahabodhi Stupa, Thai Monastery, 80-foot Buddha Statue, Royal Bhutanese Monastery, Japanese temple, Archaelogical Museum, Tergar Monastery, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Phowa Center, Choeje Ayang Rinpoche, Gendhen Phelgyeling Monastery, Karma Dhargye Chokhorling Monastery, Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, Root Institute, Zopa Rinpoche Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, Nyingma Monlam Chenmo, Bodhgaya Multimedia Museum, and the Barabar caves, which are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India, which dates back to Mauryan period (322–185 BCE).
If you have the shopping bug disturbing you even in Bodh Gaya head straight away to the Tibetan Refugee Market. This market is paradise for shopaholics and once can’t resist shopping from the large variety of winter-wears, handicrafts and souvenirs, available here.