"Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace" - Gautam Buddha
And the one word which brings peace to me is 'Travel'.
Nothing is better than to visit the place one wanted to visit since ages.
So, yes I visited this place which was on my list, during a cousin's wedding reception trip. And the feeling was amazing!
We left from Delhi on 16/12 at 17 hrs and reached Gaya the next day morning on 17/12 at 4 hrs. Took rest at cousin's in laws place and after breakfast left for Bodhgaya which is located at the outskirts of Gaya. It took us one and a half hours to reach. After my nap on the way I opened my eyes to the beautiful view of Thai temple - the first leg of our one day trip.
After paying visit to Thai temple we went ahead to see the enormous 80 feet statue of lord Buddha. The statue is surrounded by standing statues of lord Buddha's first 10 prodigies.
From there we headed towards the main temple which is known as ''mahabodhi temple complex'. This temple complex consists of those 7 place where lord Buddha spent his 49 days (7 days each place) and finally gained enlightenment.
The temple is beautifully built and invites to spend time and get to know about oneself.
Unluckily or I should say Luckily, I lost my way as I entered the temple and got separated from my family. So, that short time separation gave me some time to roam around and look at the things peacefully and alone from my perspective - the cherry on the cake!
The guide we hired told us a lot of mythological stories related to the temple and lord Buddha. There were also a number of people in the temple who were humming and praying per the ritual they follow.
After spending almost 2 hrs in the main temple we moved out with positivity and rejuvenated souls towards the end of the trip and last temple to visit (name of which I've forgotten).
We got back to the reception venue by 17 hrs on 17/12 and after after attending the reception (which was the indirect way to go out and search soul) we finally left for Delhi by 22:50 hrs train.
This was the shortest (in terms of time), longest (in terms of distance) and most rejuvenating trip I've had till date.