Things to Do in Bodh Gaya

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  • Mahabodhi Temple

    Mahabodhi Temple

    One of India’s prime spiritual places, Mahabodhi Temple is not just a temple but Buddha’s actual enlightenment place. Such is the calmness that surrounds this meticulously built temple that it attracts people of all age groups to visit it at least once.

    Built by Ashoka ...

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  • Bodhi Tree

    Bodhi Tree

    A peepal tree, it forms a major and most sacred part of the Mahabodhi Temple. In Buddhism, ‘bodhi’ means awakening experience or awareness of the true nature of the universe. It is believed that it was under this famous tree that Siddhartha Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment (around 2500 years ...

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  • Great Buddha Statue

    Great Buddha Statue

    25 meters tall, it is by far the largest and the first Buddha statue ever built in India. Owing to its huge size, it is quite a star-catcher with not just the pilgrims but every tourist in Bodh Gaya. Located right next to the Mahabodhi Temple, this statue was unveiled ...

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  • Muchalinda Lake

    Muchalinda Lake

    Named after Muchalinda, the Snake King of the Lake, this lake is yet another peaceful spot in Bodh Gaya. It is believed that during Buddha’s sixth week of meditation, a huge storm broke out here while Buddha was meditating.

    It was then that Muchalinda came out from ...

    Religious Lake and Waterfall
  • Animesh Lochana Chaitya Shrine

    Animesh Lochana Chaitya Shrine

    Located in the north-east direction of the Mahabodhi Temple, it was at this place where Buddha spent his second week of meditation. During these seven days, Buddha looked at the Bodhi Tree continuously without even blinking his eyelid for a second. The place has thus been named Animesh Lochan which ...

  • Cankamana


    A part of the Mahabodhi Temple, it is one of the most sacred shrines in Bodh Baya. Located towards the northern side of the temple lies the pathway which was used by Buddha during Buddha’s third week of meditation. It was at this spot that he practiced walking meditation which ...

  • Ajapala Nigrodha Tree

    Ajapala Nigrodha Tree

    It was at this place where Lord Buddha spent his fifth week of meditation and gave a sermon on equality and mankind. What now stands here is a pillar where Gautam Buddha had once answered various queries (regarding religion and conduct) of the Brahmins who came to attend his ...

  • Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple

    Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple

    15 kilometers away from the holy city of Bodh Gaya is the Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple. Boasting of intricate wooden carvings, this temple is known for its unique and exquisite Japanese architecture and is a perfect example of Buddhist traditions and culture.

    Housing beautiful Japanese paintings that trace ...

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  • Sujatha Temple

    Sujatha Temple

    Just 2 kilometres away from Bodh Gaya is the Sujata Temple. During Lord Buddha’s journey to enlightenment, he had renounced all worldly pleasures, including food. It was during this time when a tribal woman (named Sujatha) offered kheer to Buddha who was starving from long. It is believed that after ...

  • Vietnamese Temple

    Vietnamese Temple

    Funded and erected by the Vietnam Government, the Vietnamese Temple was constructed to promote Buddhism in the year 2002. The Avalokiteswara statue is that of a peaceful Buddha and is mounted inside the temple and paints a serene picture as you enter the temple premises. Since it was recently ...

  • Chinese Temple

    Chinese Temple

    The Chinese temple in Bodh Gaya is situated close to the famous Bodhi Temple. It houses a 200-year old Buddha statue which was brought from China and erected as a sacred shrine. Constructed by Buddhist monks and renovated in the year 1997, this temple displays Chinese architectural styles and has ...

  • Royal Bhutan Monastery

    Royal Bhutan Monastery

    Constructed by the King of Bhutan in the praise of Lord Buddha, the Royal Buddha Monastery showcases important instances from the life of Lord Buddha. A lot of tourists visit this popular monastery owing to its traditional architecture in the form of clay carvings.

    This monastery also ...

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  • Thai Monastery

    Thai Monastery

    Of all the monasteries in Bodh Gaya, Thai monastery stands out for its exceptional architecture and stunning beauty. It has a sloping roof covered with golden tiles. Also home to a Thai Temple, the monastery has a 25-meter high bronze statue of Lord Buddha. The place abounds with peace and ...

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  • Sujata Kuti

    Sujata Kuti

    Located approximately 8 kilometres away from the Bodh Gaya city, a lot of tourists and Buddhist followers visit Sujata Kuti as it has huge significance in Lord Buddha’s life. Built in the memory of Sujata (the tribal women who offered kheer to a starving Gautam Buddha), this kuti is a ...

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  • Archaeological Society of India Museum

    Archaeological Society of India Museum

    There is so much to know and learn from the life of Gautam Buddha that the Archaeological Survey of India decided to capture it all and restored it at one place for people to come and witness. The museum has several displays on various Buddha preachings and his ideals.

  • Bodhgaya Multimedia Museum

    Bodhgaya Multimedia Museum

    In case you wish to watch (and not see) the significant traces in Buddha’s life, this museum will give you a thorough study dating back 2500 years in a more interesting and informative manner, that is in a visual format. The entire show is divided into four sections which are ...

    Cultural Museum
  • Dungeshwari Hills

    Dungeshwari Hills

    Located around River Phalgu, Dungeshwari Caves are a 15-kilometer drive away from Bodh Gaya. The cave-like structure is surrounded by several shrines and stupas. A visit to this spot is a good break from the city as the drive till Dungeshwari is scenic and pleasant . The legend behind the ...

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  • Root Institute for Wisdom Culture

    Root Institute for Wisdom Culture

    Aiming to inculcate an in-depth knowledge on spirituality and practicing Buddhist meditation, the Root Institute for Wisdom Culture in Bodh Gaya offers introductory and intermediate meditation courses for beginners every year from October to March. You need to donate a certain amount to enroll for the course. This includes both ...

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  • Burmese Vihara Monastery

    Burmese Vihara Monastery

    Flanked by a lush-green garden, the Burmese Vihara Monastery in Bodh Gaya is a must visit on your trip to the peaceful city. It boasts of a library which has a rich collection of books (in many languages). What's more, it is also updated with all the basic facilities that ...

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