Bodh Gaya FAQs

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Area geography

Located in the Gaya district in Bihar in India, Bodh Gaya lies on the western side of River Phalgu (which is a tributary of River Ganges). The town covers an area of approximately 96 square miles and is home to 139 villages.

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The currency used in Bodh Gaya is Indian Rupee. Though there aren’t many exchange centres in Bodh Gaya, you can rely on the currency exchange facilities by banks. State Bank of India provides good rates for both cash as well as travellers cheques. There are some ATMs that are easy to find in Bodh Gaya as it is a small town and most of the ATMs accept foreign cards as well. It is wise to carry some cash that might come handy in case of emergencies.

Cellular service for tourists

3G connectivity in Bodh Gaya is provided by Idea and BSNL. BSNL 3G provides lowest price for mobile internet. For instance, 1 GB data will cost around INR 200 on a monthly basis.

Wifi internet

Bodh Gaya has moderate Wi-Fi internet connectivity. Though not many places offer Wi-Fi but mobile broadband service is widely available in Bodh Gaya.

Drinking laws

Being a pilgrimage destination, drinking in Bodh Gaya is illegal.

Tipping

It’s a common practice to tip the waiters at the restaurants 10% of the total bill amount, if the service charge is not included. However, you are not expected to tip taxi drivers since everything in Bodh Gaya is within walking distance. Also if you are staying in a monastery, you are expected to donate money and not tip.

Safety

In Bodh Gaya, you might come across fake tourist guides on motorbikes that often lure travellers for day trips at a high price. Since every attraction in Bodh Gaya is within walking distance from the Mahabodhi Temple, you need not hire a guide. For day excursion trips that are far away from the town, you can get in touch with those guides that are accredited by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation.

Be careful while giving money for donation here. Some people pretend to be social workers and might show you a fake organisation they work for.

General information

Languages spoken

Magadhi and Hindi

Time zones

GMT + 05.30 hours

Major religions

Buddhism

Domestic international calling codes

+91 631

Electricity standards

Going by Bihar electrical standards, the voltage output in Bodh Gaya is 220-240 volts. Either a three or two round pin plug is acceptable. If your charger has any other type of plug, remember to carry a plug adapter.

Common greetings

Hello: Namaste

Good Morning: Namaste

Good Evening: Namaste

Goodbye: Namaste

Thank you: Dhanyavaad/ Shukriya

Sorry: Maaf kijiye

Do you speak English? Kya aap angrezi bolte hain?

I do not understand: Mujhe samajh nahi aaya

No: Nahi

Yes: Haan

I don’t know: Mujhe nahi pata

How are you? Aap kaise hain?

What is your name? Aapka naam kya hai?

My name is: Mera naam hai…

Where is the washroom? Shauchalaya kahan hai?

Is this vegetarian? (point to a dish in a menu card): Kya yeh shakahari hai?

Where is this? (point to a monument, amenity on a paper/map): Ye kahan pe hai?

How much does this cost? Yeh kitne ka hai?

Too expensive! Bahut mehenga hai!

A little cheaper: Thora sasta kariye

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Emergency numbers

Police                   100/ 631-2200741

Fire                        101

Hospital               102

Tourism Office  +91-612-2225411           ,  

Bodh Gaya Police Station

D-13, Station Road, Bodh Gaya, Phone: 631-2212075      ,  

24-hour Verma Health Care Centre , Phone: 2201101
 , Gaya Hospital Private Limited

Chand Chaura, Gaya, BR 823001, Phone: 0631- 3236134,  

Pilgrim Hospital

Near Jama Masjid, State High Way 7, Gaya Ho, Gaya - 823001, Phone: 0631- 2226201