Bodhgaya is brimming with a Buddhist heart. This small town is the official location where Siddhārtha Gautama found enlightenment underneath a Bodhi tree and became the Buddha (The Enlightened One) over 2,600 years ago. Today, tiny statues have been placed at the main shrine of the Mahabodhi Temple to honour this significant spiritual event, and millions of Buddhist pilgrims flock here each year to gain inspiration, find solace and cleanse themselves of negative karma through prayer and meditation. Within the tranquil monasteries of the town, faithful monks and devout followers dedicate their time to study, which you can quietly observe.
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.