Guide to Bodhgaya – The Historical Buddhist Site in India

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Located in Bihar, India, Bodhgaya is an extremely important Buddhist pilgrimage destination. It’s said that this is where Lord Buddha became enlightened beneath a bodhi tree 2600 years ago. A serene location, you’ll keep wanting more and more as each day passes.

Getting there

Bodhgaya can be reached by train quite easily, with the nearest railway station being Gaya that is well connected to New Delhi, Kolkata, Patna and other places in Bihar. Gaya airport is 12 kilometres away, which has direct flights from Kolkata. From Patna, it’s a four-hour ride so you can go straight to one of the many Bodhgaya hotels and rest away before starting your travel adventure!

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Rashid JorveeGaya Airport GAYCC BY-SA 4.0

When to visit

The pilgrimage season starts in September and reaches its peak in January. Weather-wise, the best time to visit would be between November and February. The monsoon season between June and September is best to be avoided. The summers are extremely warm, from March to May.

Spend half a day in Mahabodhi Temple

The architecture of this site depicts a classical Indian style and is one of the oldest brick temples in India. There’s a gold-plated statue of Buddha that’s believed to have been built by the Pala Kings of Bengal. 10-minutes from Oaks Bodhgaya, the most significant part of the temple is the Bodhi tree, where Buddha attained enlightenment on the night of the full moon.

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Matt StabileMahabodhi Temple Complex, Bodhgaya (8717523500)CC BY 2.0

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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