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A Rendezvous with Bodhgaya
Ritco ToursLocated on the banks of Falgu river, Bodhgaya in south of Bihar is a popular Buddhist pilgrimage destination. Famous as the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, Bodhgaya qualifies as one of the four holiest places of Buddhism. A descendant of the original tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment still grows there. Emperor Ashoka also constructed a few Buddhist monuments in the place in later years. Gaya is the nearest big town from the pilgrimage destination at a distance of 13 kms. Patna, the capital city of Bihar is 113 kms from Bodhgaya. Bodhgaya has also emerged as a major centre for Buddhist studies and meditation.

Things You Can Do In Bodhgaya
» Sightseeing : Bodhgaya is knitted with an abundance Buddhism sites and is visited by Buddhists from all over the world. The importance of the place also beckons others religious adherents to its surroundings. A few monasteries built by foreign Buddhist followers are also frequented. The Archeological Museum of Bodhgaya is another important place to visit.

» Shopping : Deecorative items associated with Buddhism like statues of Buddha made of various metals, sandalwood beads etc. can be shopped and carried back home as sovenirs.

» Yoga & Meditation : Just 13 km from Bodh Gaya is Gaya, a major centre for Yoga & Mediation with numerous beneficial Yoga & Meditation courses. The peaceful ambience of the place will leave one rejuvinated.

Sightseeing in Bodh Gaya
» Mahabodhi Temple : This temple is the chief attraction of Bodhgaya. This is the place where Buddha had gained enlightenment sitting under the Bodhi tree. The original Bodhi tree had died but the present one is a descendant of the original tree. The red sandstone slab under this tree is believed to be the same throne on which Buddha sat for meditation. The temple has meticulously done carvings and a large gilded image of Buddha. It is an imposing structure built in the shape of a pyramid and rises to a height of 52 meters from the ground.

» The Buddhist Monasteries : There are a number of big and small monasteries in Bodhgaya that are worth a visit. Most of the monasteries have been built and managed by Buddhist followers from countries like Japan, Burma, China, Sri Lanka, Korea and Nepal. A remarkable feature here is that these monasteries have been built by the countries according to their own architectural styles.

» The Archeological Museum : The archeological museum of Bodhgaya is a must-see for tourists. Many historical items associated with Buddhism including items found during excavations in and around Bodhgaya have been kept in the Museum. The museum throws a lot of light on Buddhist history of the place.

Excursions from Bodh Gaya
Ritco ToursClose to this sacred town are some other places of religious significance like Nalanda, Vaishali and Rajgir. Rajgir is at a distance of 74 kms from Bodhgaya. All these destinations are associated with Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. The state capital Patna is only a few kilometres away. The ruins hold a proud testimony to Nalanda - which once had the largest university teaching students from all over the world, Vaishali - where Lord Mahavira was born and Rajgir - the venue for many significant historical events that still steer our blood. Gaya, at 13 km, an important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. This small town is also known for the stone made items, favorite shopping items for the tourists. An excursion to these places will give you an enriching insight into the august days of Bihar.

Most Ideal Time To Visit Bodhgaya
The climate of Bodhgaya is tropical. Winters here are extremely pleasant and October-February is ideal period to pack your bags for Bodhgaya.

Getting There
» By Air : To reach Bodhgaya, one can travel by air to Gaya airport located at a small distance of 12 kms. Recently upgraded to international standards, there are direct flights to this airport from Kolkata and Bangkok. There are plans to introduce direct services from New Delhi in the near future. Plans to connect Bodhgaya with Colombo, Singapore and a few other destinations of South East Asia are also in the pipeline. Taxis and buses are readily available at the airport to transport tourists to Bodh Gaya.

» By Trains : Gaya is the nearest railway station at a distance of some 13 kms from Bodhgaya. Express train services are available to Gaya from Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, Puri and Patna. As Gaya is on the main Delhi-Kolkata line, most trains operating between the metros also halt at Gaya. Local trains also operate between Gaya and other local destinations of Bihar.

» By Road : Bihar State Road Transport Corporation( BSRTC) runs bus services to Bodhgaya from Patna, Nalanda and Rajgir. Private bus services and taxis are also available. Bodhgaya is at a distance of 74 kms from Rajgir, another popular Buddhist pilgrimage destination. The Rajgir-Bodhgaya state highway is one of the better roads of Bihar.

Anchoring in Bodhgaya
Ritco ToursThe spiritual aura of Bodhgaya is sure to rejuvenate the souls of visitors. Tourists can saunter freely and explore the town at leisure. A place where Buddha meditated for several years, the atmosphere of Bodhgaya is always calm and influences of Buddhism can be seen in every aspect of life. The place has a mesmeric peacefulness about it and the amenities available will make your stay a comfortable one too. Being one of the major Buddhist tourist destination, the town has continuos influx of the devotees no matter what month or season. The peace and tranquility of the region charms everyone irrespective of religion or nationality.

State Transport Buses are available from Gaya. But for the most comfortable and hasslefree pilgrimage we are there to guide you through. Our experienced tour operators posted there can provide you suitable conveyance. Just concentrate on your pilgrimage and leave issues like transportation and accommodation to us. We have a fleet of luxury cabs and tie ups with leading hotels.

The ITDC run Bodhgaya Ashok is the main hotel of Bodhgaya in high-end category. Budget hotels and other places of cheap accommodation are available within walking distance from the main bus stand. There are a few Buddhist monasteries that also provide accommodation to tourists.

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