Things to do
City Highlights of Bodhgaya
Visit Bodhgaya..famous for where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained supreme enlightenment (Bodhimandala), synonymous with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex..both a religious and pilgrimage site. Marvel at the Mahabodhi Temple dating back to 100 B.C. and the Holy Pond inside the temple, which is east of the Holy Bodhi Tree, believed to be the 5th in succession of the original tree under which Buddha became The Enlightened One. There are 7 spots in the temple complex where Buddha is said to have spent 1 week each, after his enlightment. Drive to Dungeswari on Gaya’s outskirts to see the Barabar Caves.. the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India..purported to be the site where Buddha meditated before descending to Bodhgaya. Back in Bodhgaya, visit the 80ft high statue of Buddha; stroll along the Niranjan river banks; see the Sujata stupa, built in memory of Sujata, the Uruvela village chief’s daughter who offered him milk, rice and honey.