Ever since I was a child, stories of Lord Buddha fascinated me. Reading about his teachings and journey to enlightenment made me feel at peace. Moving to IIM Ranchi for my highers presented me an opportunity to trace back the origins of the religion right back door and see the place where it all began - Bodhgaya.
Where to stay?
Reaching Bodhgaya a day prior and checking in a hotel helped us get a tight sleep before we started our journey the next day early morning. There are various options available for stay. I'd advise that you take a hotel near the City center/Mahabodhi temple, which would make it easy to explore around.
Bodhgaya is a small town that primarily has various Buddhist Temples to explore. The main attraction is of course, the famous 'Mahabodhi Temple' (meaning literally: Great Awakening Temple) built around Bodhi tree where as the legends say is the site where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
On a rented EV auto rickshaw, we started our journey of the day. Temples in Bodhgaya are built by governments/communities from various Buddhist nations.