Bodh Gaya is one of the most prominent pilgrimage among four sites (Kushinagar, Lumbini, Sarnath & Bodh Gaya) associated to Buddha. Bodh Gaya is the place where Buddha achieved enlightenment under the Mahabodhi tree.
I had been planning my trip to Bodh Gaya from last 6 year, but I was unable to make it. Fortunately I successfully executed my first ever trip to Bodh Gaya on October 31, 2016, However, It was a solo trip of mine.
If you are also planning your trip to Bodh Gaya then this post will act as your personal guide in your trip. Firstly I will share my trip’s story then in later part of this post I will tell you complete details about the place that you need to know before you plan your trip to Bodh Gaya.
Trip to Bodh Gaya : My Story
I took train (Patna – Ranchi Janshatabdi Express) from Patna Junction to Gaya Junction. I reached Patna Junction half an hour early and grabbed my seat in the train (29 – Window Side). Train was on time so it left Patna Junction at 6 AM. I was enjoying the countryside. It looks beautiful. It was a great splendor of nature. The Gaya city is surrounded by large mountains which are covered by green trees. It looks awesome.
Greenery all around.
I reached Gaya junction by 8 AM.
I came out from the station and took Auto-rickshaw to Bodh Gaya. They charged INR 20.
Firstly i visited main Buddha temple which is established under the Mahabodhi tree. I was unable to take picture of the inside of the temple, since I had to submit my smartphone at baggage counter.
After main temple I visited 80 feet tall statue of Lord Buddha. I whispered “WOW”. It is really a wonderful statue.
I took many selfies there. 🙂
Now i visited Myanmar temple which was situated at 100 meter walking distance from 80 feet statue of Buddha. I also touched Dharma Chakra. According to Buddhist mythology, if anyone is visiting Bodh Gaya then that person should engage himself to revolve Dharma Chakra. It dissolves all our sins.
Myanmar temple was the last place to visit in my trip to Bodh Gaya. I reserved an auto-rickshaw and headed towards Gaya International Airport.
That was my trip’s story.
Now I am going to share some useful information that will definitely help you in your trip to Bodh Gaya.
Gaya is one of the districts of Indian States of Bihar. It is 107 KM away from Patna (Capital of Bihar).
Here are its Coordinates: 24.7955* North, 84.9994* East
When to visit Bodh Gaya?
Winter season is the perfect season to visit Bodh Gaya.
Duration: October to March
How to reach Bodh Gaya?
Bodh Gaya is well connected with all the major sources of transport.
Air: Gaya International Airport is at the distance of 6 KM from Bodh Gaya.
Jaiprakash Narayan International Airport at Patna is another alternative.
Rail Network: Gaya Junction is 19 KM from Bodh Gaya.
Bus, Taxi, Local Conveniences are also available to reach Bodh Gaya.
Places to visit in Bodh Gaya
I would like to make your trip to Bodh Gaya more worthy by suggesting few of the best places to visit in Bodh Gaya. Few places are bit far from the Bodh Gaya, but you can include them too in your trip.
- Mahabodhi temple (main temple)
- Japanese Temple
- Sri Lankan Temple
- Myanmar Temple
- Dharma Chakra
- 80 Feet Buddha Statue
- Buddha Kund
- Chinese Temple
- Brahm Yoni
- Tibetan Temple
- Animesh Lochan Chaitya
- Thai Temple
- Sun Temple (Other place)
- Vishnupad Temple (Other place)
- Barabar Caves (Other place)
- Pretshilla Hill (Other place)
- Rajgir (Other place)
- Nalanda (Other place)