The iconic Mahabodhi Temple

The iconic Mahabodhi Temple

Ayuthaya Temple boasts of spectacular architecture

Ayuthaya Temple boasts of spectacular architecture

Rows of Buddhist monks having food

Rows of Buddhist monks having food

The stunning Great Buddha Statue

The stunning Great Buddha Statue | Photo credit: Man Bartlett/Flickr

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Culture Vultures
  • Nirvana-aah
  • Relaxation Bliss
  • Something Different
    • Language

      Magadhi and Hindi
    • Altitude

      108 metres above sea level
    • Time zone

      GMT + 05.30 hours
    • Theme


Pray, meditate and feel enlightened. Get up-close with Lord Buddha's journey, his ideology and his spiritual energy at Bodh Gaya.

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  • Mahabodhi Temple

    It’s not just the architecture and the spiritual aura of the temple but the fact that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment here that will make your visit worthwhile. If not pray, sit here and get acquainted with your inner-self.

  • Free Stay

    Yes! If you are travelling on a limited budget, you can choose to stay at some of the monasteries that offer free stay if you book in advance. Also, it would be great to donate a small amount of money as a token of appreciation for the monastery.

  • Meditation

    People from far and wide come here to seek and practice Buddhism. Unwind the stressful city life and surrender to the land of spirituality by enrolling for meditation courses.

Be prepared

  • No Activity

    Being a pilgrimage destination, there isn’t much to do in Bodh Gaya beyond praying and meditating.

  • Fake Social Workers

    A lot of locals disguise as social workers and forge social establishments to fetch donations from travellers. Be wary of such people and always check for Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation accreditation before giving any donation.

Describing It

Bodh Gaya is the birthplace of Siddhartha Buddha, known by many as the wandering prince who attained enlightenment sitting under a Bodhi tree. Now, housed inside a temple complex, this spot is witness to various descendants of the Bodhi tree. Pilgrims as well as Buddhist monks from every corner of the world come here to witness the roots of the tree, worship the great Buddha and soak in the air of Buddhism that reverberate in every part of Bodh Gaya.

Dotted with plenty of monasteries and temples that were built by several Buddhist communities across the world, Bodh Gaya sprinkles a spiritual aura on not just the place but the people living there. Bodh Gaya is at its spiritual best during the time of Buddha Jayanti and the three-week festival for world peace when the town is flooded with tourists from every part of the world. If you’re planning to visit Bodh Gaya, you must plan it on any of above mentioned festivals to absorb the true spirit of the place.

And if you think it’s only spirituality and Buddhism that will attract you here, Bodh Gaya is home to some of the most amazing cafés and accommodation at economical prices. Sometimes, all you need to do is maintain silence, follow the conduct and you never know, you might end up getting a free accommodation at a monastery! You can savour on not just Indian but international cuisine as well for there are many eateries and restaurants that serve multi-cuisine delicacies.