While Bodh Gaya is infamously known for the birth of Buddhism, what remains relatively unknown is that the place to Hindus is almost nearly what Mecca is to Muslims. The story goes that, Gaya (from whom, the place derives its name), was a demon whose body was pious after immense penance and blessings from Lord Vishnu. Gaya- the asura was so pious, that he could absolve others of their sins by merely touching them or looking at them.No wonder, that Hindus all over the world today, come to perform “shraddha” or last rites of their progeny in order to absolve them of their sins. While the place itself is serene and offers picturesque landscapes, it is this faith that people around you walk with, wants to make you believe – “Bodh Gaya is the doorway to heaven.”
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Best time to visit Gaya is from October to March
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231 Kms from Gaya
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One of the most colourful and indiscreet cities of India, Varanasi is one of the seven holiest cities for the Hindus. Also known as Kashi and Benaras, this place is known for its temples, ghats and the colourful people. The narrow alleys and crowded streets seem to be extremely blissful in spite of all the noise and chaos all around. People come here just to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges. Varanasi is also known as Uttar Kashi and is situated on the western banks of the Ganges. It is said that a dip in this river frees one from a lifetime of sins. People even say that death here is auspicious as people attain moksha if they die here. Some people also come here tp creamate their loved ones and the sound of the holy temple bells are really soothing music to the ears.
70 Kms from Gaya
Best time to visit - January,February,June,July,August,September,November,December
Home to the world famous World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora, Aurangabad is on every traveller's list. The city is located on the banks of the Kham River and is known as one of the most historically significant cities in Maharashtra. The Ajanta caves represent stories of Buddhism spanning from the period of 200 B.C. to 650 A.D. The Ellora caves were carved during 350 A.D. to 700 A.D. and represent the three different faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Aurangabad sees a lot of tourists from across the world and it is a great place for like-minded tourists to meet. A history lover's delight, the museums here will keep you super busy. Some of the more popular ones are Sunehri Mahal Museum, University Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum. You must also visit Lonar – it is said to be the site where a meteor crashed on earth some 50,000 years ago and formed a large crater in the ground. The cafes and restaurants here are warm, welcoming and offer world class cuisines. Colourful, intriguing and vibrant, Aurangabad is a traveller's delight so if it's not on your list yet, add it.
63 Kms from Gaya
Nalanda, a Mahavihara (large Buddhist monastery) part of the ancient city of Magadha, now Bihar, is situated at a distance of about 95 kilometers from Patna. Many think that Nalanda is one of the oldest universities in the world. Undoubtedly, the Buddhist monasteries had provisions for imparting education, and the architecture of Nalanda locates residential quarters and classrooms. It is said to have attracted students from all over Asia. Hire a car from Patna to visit this ancient site, and if you have time on your hands, also visit Rajgir, the ancient capital of Magadha. It is around 15 kilometers away from Nalanda.
94 Kms from Gaya
My base camp for most part. Interestingly more chaotic that any other part of Bihar I'd been to
123 Kms from Gaya
Famous for its forts, Mandu is a place of architectural marvels. The place was established in the 6th century AD and is shrouded in mythology. The place has been ruled by Humayun, the Mughal Emperor to the Rajputs from Malawi. Some of the famous tourist destinations here at Mandu is the tomb of Hoshang Shah, an Afghan architect, the Darwaza, the Jahaz Mehal and the Hindola Mahal. The Lohani Caves are another star attraction here.The story of romance between Rani Rupmati and Sultan Baz Bahadur happened here.
164 Kms from Gaya
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, is known for its gushing waterfalls and umpteen temples. Another place that attracts tourists is the unique Muta Crocodile Breeding Farm – a rare existence in India. Perfect for a leisurely holiday, this rapidly growing city overlooks the Chhota Nagpur plateau. If you are interested in learning about the various tribes here and their culture, the Tribal Research Institute and Museum will help you understand and explore their rituals, customs and way of life while also offering intriguing souvenirs to take back home! The mighty Hundru Falls, Jonha Falls, Panchghagh Falls and Dassam Falls must definitely be on your list for an adventurous, action packed holiday. For the spiritually inclined, the Jagannath Temple, Angrabari and Pahari Mandir are worth exploring for their architectural brilliance and faith.
193 Kms from Gaya
Best time to visit - August,September,October,November,December
Under the Deogarh district, Madhupur in Jharkhand is primarily considered a health resort. The water here is believed to be pure and have many health benefits for those suffering from stomach ailments. Known for being a preferred destination for many celebrities from Bengal, Madhupur now has many resorts and homestays for tourists. It is also surrounded by many tourist destinations, including Jamtara and Dumka. The local street food here is worth trying and includes sweets such as kaju barfi, cham cham and rabri. The Bardhamaan Mishtan Bhandar is a great place to try these. The lassi (buttermilk) here is also popular and so is a drink called sattu sharbat, which is only available during summer. Madhupur offers you the perfect laidback holiday, so if you are tired from the chaotic life of cities, this is the perfect place to be!