Bodh Gaya is truly a land of wisdom, famous for enlightenment of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. It is a major tourist attraction for Buddhism followers all around the world.
How to reach:
1. From Delhi: 1.5 hour flight from Delhi to Gaya. Then, 17 km by road to Bodh Gaya
2. From Kolkata: 1 hour flight or 9 hours train to Gaya. Then 16 km by road to Bodh Gaya.
There is no entry fee required, but ₹100 for cameras and ₹300 for video cameras needs to be paid for photography inside Mahabodhi temple complex. Mobiles not allowed inside the Mahabodhi premise.
Mahabodhi temple stays open for visitors from 5 am until 9 pm.
We reached Bodh Gaya early morning to get mesmerized by the spirituality of the land, and were planned to return by evening.
Bodh Gaya has abundance of buddhist monasteries. But the major attractions are Mahabodhi temple complex, giant Buddha statue, Namdroling temple, etc.
We started exploring the Mahabodhi complex, and got mesmerizingly happy with the serene environment inside Mahabodhi and the super religious vibes all around us. Then we saw the huge Mahabodhi tree, under which the Buddha got his enlightenment. A lot of devoted followers were worshipping around and inside the temple, and experiencing peace under the shade of Mahabodhi tree.
Then we headed for the Jagannath temple just outside the Mahabodhi entry gate.