Things to do in Bodhgaya – A Travel Guide to a Sacred City

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Visiting Bodhgaya will give you a whole new sense of peace and relaxation, as it is a revered place for devotees of Buddhism. There are plenty of things for you to do in Bodhgaya, listed below are a few of them.

Thai Monastery

In Bodhgaya is where you’ll find the only Thai temple in India, built in 1956 by a Monarch of Thailand. The prime minister at the time requested for the construction of this temple in order to strengthen the ties between India and Thailand at the time and spread the teachings of Buddhism across India. Take time out of your modern hotel in Bodhgaya to witness the unique and age-old Thai architecture of this monastery.

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ShaktiBodh Gaya tai templeCC BY-SA 3.0

Barabar Caves

Dating back to the Mauryan period, the Barabar caves are the oldest rock-cut caves in India. The caves are set on the Barabar hills, and you’ll find several Hindu and Jain scriptures in the caves that have been carved out of huge rocks dating back to the 273 BC and 232 BC.

Photo Dharma from Penang, Malaysia, Lomas Rishi entranceCC BY 2.0

Mahabodhi Temple

Located just 10 minutes from Oaks Bodhgaya, you’ll find a UNESCO World Heritage site in the name of Mahabodhi Temple. As one of the most sacred sites in India, it is thought that this is where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.

Bpilgrim, MahabodhitempleCC BY-SA 2.5

Great Buddha Statue

An 80 foot tall Buddha statue is the highlight of Bodhgaya. The statue took about seven years to complete, with over 100,000 masons to help complete it. It was unveiled in 1989 by the fourteenth Dalai Lama.

Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+

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