Bodh Gaya is a city in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous for being the place of Buddha's attainment of Enlightenment. Historically, it was known as the Bodhimanda (ground round the Bodhi-tree), and there was a large monastic settlement there. The main monastery of Bodhgaya used to be called the Bodhimanda-vihara (Pali). Now it is called the Mahabodhi Temple. For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath.
Mahabodhi Tree, the exact spot where Buddha attained enlightenment is visited by the devotees in heavy amount but the peace isn’t hampered. And to behold the 80-foot tall Buddha statue you would have to put your head held high. Archeological Museum will tell you more about the Hindu and Buddhist artistry. And if you want to know more about Buddha, there perhaps isn’t a better place than Bodhgaya Multimedia Museum. Or just walk inside any or all of the immaculate monasteries of Bodhgaya like Tergar and Karma Dhargye Chokhorling.
Day 01: Bodhgaya
Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Later evening visit Mahabodhi Temple. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Bodhgaya
After Breakfast full day city tour of bodhgaya. Visit Sujata Village, Niranjana river & various International monasteries. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda – Bodhgaya
After breakfast at hotel later excursion to Rajgir (102 kms), Rajgir is a site of great Sanctity and significance for Buddhists. Afternoon visit Gridhkutta Hill, Bimbisar jail & Ajatashatru's Fort. After drive to Nalanda, (12 kms). It was one of the oldest Universities of the World & International Centre for Buddist Studies. Nalanda was one of the greatest monastic universities of the ancient world University established in 5th century BC. It is believed that Lord Buddha and also the founder of Jainism religion Lord Mahavir taught at this university for years. There is even a monument to facilitate Chinese traveler monk and writer Hiuen Tsang who studied at this university in the 7th century A.D. After visit drive back to Bodhgaya. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Bodhgaya / Varanasi
After Breakfast leave Bodhgaya for Varanasi by surface (250 kms / 7 hrs). Varanasi is famous for Hindus and Buddhists as its close proximity to Sarnath. Arrival check in to the hotel and then proceed to Sarnath (14 kms), Visit Dhamekha Stupa and Deer park. Later Back to Varanasi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Varanasi Departure
Early morning boat excursion on the river Ganges, a ferry pilgrimage from ghat to ghat. People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. Come back to hotel for breakfast. Later sightseeing tour of the city including the Bharat Mata Temple with a big relief map of India in marble, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, Banaras Hindu University which has an Art Gallery and the Mosque of Mughul Emperor Aurangazeb built on the site of an ancient Hindu Temple. Evening transfer to Varanasi airport to connect the flight for onward destination.
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Gaya is the nearest airport which is approximately 17 kilometres from the town of Bodh Gaya.
The nearest rail head is Gaya Junction, which is 13 kilometres away from Bodh Gaya.
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