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Full Day City Tour Bodhgaya /Bihar
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Full Day Bodhgaya Tours

Bodhgaya is one of the most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center in the world. It was here under a banyan tree, the Bodhi Tree, Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha,the Enlightened One. Born; in the foothills of the Himalayas as a Sakya prince of Kapilvastu (now in Nepal), most of the major events of his life, like enlightenment and last sermon, happened in Bihar. Buddhism as a religion was really born in Bihar and evolved here through his preaching and the example of his lifestyle of great simplicity, renunciation and empathy for everything living. Significantly, the state's name of 'Bihar' originated from 'Vihara' meaning monasteries which abounded in Bihar. Several centuries after Buddha's passing away, the Maurya Emperor Ashoka (234-198 BC) contributed tremendously towards the revival, consolidation and spread of the original religion. It is the monasteries, Ashoka built for the Buddhist monks and the pillars known as Ashokan Pillars erected to commemorate innumerable historical sites associated with the Buddha's life, mostly intact to this day, that helped scholars and pilgrims alike to trace the life events and preaching of a truly extraordinary man. There is a magnificent Mahabodhi temple and the Tree from the original sapling still stands in the temple premises. The temple is an architectural amalgamation of many centuries, cultures and heritages. While its architecture has a distinct stamp of the Gupta era, it has later ages inscriptions describing visits of pilgrims from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and China between 7th and 10th century AD. It is perhaps still the same temple Hieuen Tsang visited in 7th century.

Mahabodhi Temple: The temple stands in the east to the Bodhi Tree. Its architectural effect is superb. Its basement is 48 square feet and it rises in the form of a slender Pyramid till it reaches its neck, which is cylindrical in shape. The total height of the temple is 170 ft. and on the top of the temple are Chatras which symbolize sovereignty of religion. Four towers on its corners rise gracefully giving the holy structure a poise balance. This sacred edifice is like a grand banner unfurled by time to proclaim to the world the pious efforts of the Buddha to solve the knots of human miseries, to ascend above worldly problems and to attain transcendental peace through wisdom, good conduct and disciplined life.

Inside the temple, in the main sanctum, there is a colossal image of the Buddha in sitting posture touching the earth by his right hand. In this posture the Buddha accomplished the supreme enlightenment. The statue is of black stone but it has been guilder by the devotees. The entire courtyard of the temple is studded with large number of votive stupas. These stupas are of all sizes built during the past 2500 years ago. Most of them are extremely elegant in structural beauty. The ancient railings, which surround the temple, are of the first century BC and are among the very interesting monuments of the century.

Sujata Village - he Village of Uruvella. After "coming down from the Mountains" (renouncing the deeply ascetic practices), Ssiddhartha Gotama waas offered food by the young woman Sujata who mistook him for a tree spirit (Yaksha) whom she worshipped in hopes of obtaining a suitable husband. It is from Uruvella that Siddhartha advanced across the Nairanjana (modern Phalgu), immediately to the west, and on to Bodh Gaya

Niranjan River - There is, however, one thing that sets this place apart from all others: here, under a Bodhi tree, prince Siddharta achieved enlightenment and became “the Buddha”.
So, Bodhgaya is one of the holiest sites for Buddhists and there are monasteries from just about any Buddhist country.
Very interesting to visit, - but exploring rural India is just as rewarding!

Gaya - Situated just 13 Km from Bodhgaya, Gaya is another highly sacred place for Hindus. You will find a slightly different scenes than Bodhgaya. Gaya is densely populated and full of noise and excitement. Hindus come here to offer oblation for salvation of their dead parents and forefathers in the huge and magnificent Vishnupad Temple. Though it is splendid to look at Visit Mangala Gauri Temple & Lord Shiva as well, Non Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple premises.

Temples And Monasteries - Around the big Mahabodhi Temple, there are a number of modern monasteries belonging to different countries. The monasteries give the area around the Mahabodhi temple a splendid atmosphere of peace and calm. The most magnificent of all is the Thai Temple which, with its splendid roof and aura, dominates the premises. Another important monastery is the Gelugpa Tibetan Monastery. Every year from November till February, hundred of Tibetans come to Godhgaya who make a complete setup of a market with restaurants and cafes. The other Tibetan Monastery of Kagyu sect is further west and is famous for its spacious main prayer hall decorated with beautiful murals, Lord Buddha Images and a large Dharma Chakra, 'Wheel of Law'. Sakya sect and Nyingma sect too have their representation in Bodhgaya. There are temples belonging to Nepal, Bhutan and China as well.


Location : Bodhgaya (Pick up & Drop at Bodhgaya City Hotel)

Duration : 8hrs/80Kms

Itinerary :



Pick up at 8.30am to 9.00am in morning from Bodhgaya City Hotel later move on for local sightseeing places covered.Sujata Village, Niranjan River

Temples And Monasteries like - Mahabodhi Temple,Ajapala Nigrodha Tree,Great Buddha Statue,Rajayatna Tree,The Bodhi Tree,Muchalinda Lake,Animesh Lochana Chaitya,Cankamana,Chinese Temple,Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple,Mahabodhi Temple (Main Temple),Ratnaghara,Royal Bhutan Monastery,Thai Monastery,Vietnamese Temple. Or addition temple in Gaya Vishnu Pad Temple,Mangala Gauri Temple & Lord Shiva Temple.Non Hindus are not allowed to enter the Gaya temple premises.& drop at hotel.Bihar (Buddhist Circuit) Hotels        

Number of Pax :

  • Minimum 1 person

  • Group sizes vary from 2-4 persons

Guide Service :

  • Optional on Request
  • English Speaking or language of your choice subject to availability


Full Day Bodhgaya Sightseeing Tour - Bodhgaya/Bihar


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