In this tour guide, you can easily explore all the Bodhgaya tourist destinations in Bihar. We stayed in Bodhgaya city for 2 days. All the places in Bodhgaya is not so far and are nicely cleaned. Within 2 to 5 km, We explore all the tourist places. The Mahabodhi main temple is the prime attraction here. After Bodhgaya, we also visit and include the Rajgir tour.
12 Places to visit in Bodhgaya Bihar
Our Holiday Story
We started our journey from Howrah station. It’s a family tour with 4 people. The train is Jodhpur Express time at 11.30 pm. We reached Howrah station 1 hour before and reached Gaya at 5.30 am.
From Gaya station, we rent an auto-rickshaw for Buddagaya, and it took 200 rupees. The distance between the Gaya railway station to Bodhgaya is 16.8 km.
After, We reached our hotel, completed breakfast, take a rest for a while and made a Sightseeing list of Bodhgaya tourist places. After we started our tour. First, we hired an auto-rickshaw for 200 rupees for Sujata Garh.
Kolkata to Buddha Gaya, Rajgir tour cost
|Place||Fare for 4||Per person|
|Howrah to Gaya||1180||295|
|Gaya to Bodhgaya by auto||150||37.5|
|hotel in Bodhgaya 2 days||2800||1400|
|Food in Bodhgaya 1st day||1900||475|
|Sideseeing Budhagaya auto fare||300||75|
|Budhagaya to Gaya ( auto with return)||450||112.5|
|Vishnupad temple puja||200||50|
|Shopping at Gaya||500||125|
|Lunch in Gaya and return||400||100|
|Buddhagya side seen by Toto (2nd day)||140||35|
|Shopping at Buddhagaya||300||75|
|Dinner at Buddha Gaya||500||125|
|Buddha Gaya to Rajgir Car||3000||750|
|Breakfast at Gehlaur (Dashrath Manjhi)||100||25|
|Sonbhandar guide Charge||100||25|
|Shanti stupa roapway||160||40|
|Shanti stupa shopping and Tiffin||200||50|
|Hotel with tanga||100||25|
|hotel room for 2 days||3200||800|
|Hotel food for 2 days||3000||750|
|Nalanda side see||1000||250|
|Tanga ride for Nalanda side seen||200||50|
|Last day side seen with tanga||500||125|
|Guide (Rajgir All side)||200||50|
|Rajgir to baktiarpur local train||140||35|
|Dinner AT TRAIN||600||150|
|Bakhtiyarpur to Kolkata station||2400||600|
Bodhgaya tourist places near me – Our route map
First, we visit Sujata Garh. It’s also called Sujata Stupa. This historical place is neat and clean, a sacred place. Next, we came to Buddha Gaya Museum.
After that, we had a small Tiffin and do shopping in the roadside market. In that place, we found two beautiful monasteries called Chinese and Thailand Buddhist Monastery.
We stopover both places to visit, and again we hired an auto-rickshaw and went to the Tirupati shopping complex. In that place, we completed our lunch at the Tirupati food centre.
After that, we visited 80 feet Buddha Statue in Bodhgaya. The Statue is the prime attraction in Bodhgaya.
From there, we back to our Hotel in the evening. In our hotel the dining facility was not available on that day, we arranged dinner from outside a restaurant. That’s how we spend our first day in Bodhgaya.
1. Gaya tour
The next day we travel for Gaya. You should include this place for your tour.
In the early morning, we completed our breakfast and start our journey. We booked an auto-rickshaw for 250 rupees for Gaya. Here, the main attraction is the Vishnupad Mandir. This temple is situated west side of the Falgu river. The place carries significance for the Hindu religion.
All the spiritual ceremony has been organized after the death of people to give peace to their soul. Also, rituals are performed in that place to give peace to their ancestor’s soul. From the name of ‘Gayaasur’, this place name is Gaya.
According to Hindu Mythology here Lord Vishnu kept his foot on the head of Gayasur and the footmarks are still there in that place of worship.
Then our next stop was Mangla Gouri Temple. On Tuesday Temple had overcrowded for puja. That’s why we couldn’t see the idol in this temple. We spend some good time in the temple and move to the main market of Gaya. It’s just similar to any market in Kolkata.
We completed our lunch in the Gaya market area. Therefore, we booked an auto and back to our place.
After we had taken some rest and in the evening, we again visited new places in Buddha Gaya. We visited two Monasteries and a Buddhist Meditation centre, this meditation centre is a Buddhist school where children are learning about the Buddhist culture and Rituals along with traditional education.
From there we took a Toto car and went to the Main temple of Buddha Gaya. Before entering that place we have to submit our shoes, phone camera etc in the nearby stall. There are many shops where you can put that stuff free of cost. If you wish, you can carry a camera for a 100 rupees fee.
Lastly, we visit Wat Thai Temple, Bangladesh monastery and a few more monasteries in Bodhgaya and returned to the hotel. The next day we left Bodhgaya for Rajgir tourism. In the way of Rajgir, we found Dashrath Manjhi village.
2. Sujata Garh
The Sujata Garh is the brick stupa that was constructed to commemorate the residence of Sujata. The maiden who offered milk and rice to Lord Buddha.
It Garh was established through excavations, which yielded an inscription of the 8th to 9th century AD. Excavations by the archaeological survey of India 1973-74 and again in 2001-06 have been exposed fully.
It was constructed in three phases from Gupta to the Pala period. There was a wooden railing around the ‘Pradakshinapath’ at the ground level. The entire structure was originally plastered with lime. Some of the antiquities were found during excavations. Those are displayed in Bodhgaya Museum maintained by the archaeological survey of India.
3. About Archaeological Museum in Bodhgaya
Bodhgaya is one of the most venerated pilgrimage centres for the Buddhist region. As Lord Buddha had attained Supreme Enlightenment at this place. Archaeological Museum, Bodhgaya was established by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1956 for better preservation of priceless antiquities brought from the Mahabodhi Temple complex.
4. Bodhigaya Museum Main Attraction
The greatest attractions of the museum are the stone railing which once enclosed the Bodhi Tree and the Mahabodhi Temple. Made of Sandstone and granite, these pillars belong to the Sunga (2nd-Ist Century B.C.) and early medieval (6th-7th Cent. A. D.) periods.
The pillars have sculptured panels and medallions at both faces representing themes from Jataka, Live-Events of Lord Buddha, zodiac signs, folk scenes, etc. Some pillars also bear inscriptions.
The museum houses have remarkable sculptures of the Pala period (8th-l2th Cent. A. D.). Significant amongst the Sculptures of the Buddhist faith are images of Lord Buddha in different attitudes, Maitreya, Manjusri, Padmapani, Tara and Jambhala. In addition, Images of the Brahmanical affiliation is also displayed representing Vishnu, Surya, Urna Mahesvara, Genesa, Kamadeva, etc.
A special attraction of the museum is the display of antiquities unearthed During excavations. It was conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India at Bakraur village situated one km from Bodhgaya.
East of the Mahabodhi Temple on the opposite bank of Niranjana river which has revealed a brick Stupa built-in memory of Sujata, which is discussed earlier.
Archaeological Museum in Bodhgaya Entry Fee
10 rupees per person and below 15 years of age entry free.
Archaeological Museum in Bodhgaya Opening Time
09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. ticket sold up to 04.45 p.m. and the museum closed on Friday.
5. The Chinese Buddhist Temple
The white Chinese Buddhist Temple was styled after Indo-Chinese architecture and Built-in 1945. The idol of Buddha is an importation from China. In the temple, they collect the name of pilgrims for chanting their names at the time of prayer.
6. Tibetan Buddhist temple near Bodhgaya mandir Bihar
The Tibetan Buddhist temple is just near Mahabodhi Temple and must include Bodhgaya tourist places. This is the main temple of Tibetan Buddhists. The Tibetan Buddhist temple has a large number of rooms for the lodge.
But this temple has limited access to rooms and lodges. The temple is under the Himalayan Community of Buddhists. In the temple, I interact with monks; they explain to me about the temple and load Buddha, their prayers etc.
7. The great 80 feet Buddha Statue Bodhgaya
After visiting Tibetan temples and archaeological museums, we visit 80 feet Buddha statue.
The 80 feet Buddha statue is the unique symbol of Buddha. It’s respected as the sacred place of Buddhists. From all over the world people come here, to pay tribute to the enlightened Buddha. Also, they promote education and symbolize peace and happiness.
The statue is made with blocks of pink sandstone; the lotus is made with yellow sandstone and the pedestal is made with red granite stone.
The Buddha statue is 64 feet, the height of the lotus—6 feet and the pedestal 10 feet.
The great 80 feet Buddha statue was disclosed to the public on 18th Nov 1989.
Besides the great Buddha statue, there are also 10 statues of the Buddha’s disciples. The statues are made with sandstone.
The place is open from 7 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm.
The place is very peaceful you should include this on your Bodhgaya tourist places list.
8. Metta Buddharam Temple
This is the newly built Lord Buddha Temple in white colour. The temple is on the Sujata bypass road of Bodhgaya. It’s really a beautiful temple in Bodhgaya, closed on Sunday. It blends a mixture of modernity, creativity and culture. This template is decorated with small bells. And when the wind comes, beautiful sounds come from the bells.
9. About Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya
Mahabodhi Temple is the prime attraction in Buddha Gaya for India travel. A huge gilded statue of the Buddha is on the ground floor of the Mahabodhi Temple. The temple is 60 feet wide and 180 feet high with its Pyramidal peak. The prayer hall is on the 1st floor.
The entrance to the temple is through an east-facing gate styled after the South Indian architectural pattern and cash in the Buddhist mould. All four corners are marked with four towers. The temple walls bear decorative illustrations of the Buddha in several postures, ornamental lotuses, birds, different sorts of animals and the Jataka tales.
This temple is an example of ancient Hindu architecture. The stone walls of this temple are of Ashoka’s times. According to another set of opinions, this temple was built by the Sungas (184 to 172 BC).
Hiuen Tsang (635 AD) the Chinese traveller mentions this palace in his travel stories.
The holy image of the Buddha was situated with gold plated brass umbrella in the temple. In 1877 the British revived it in public.
2500 years ago Siddhartha sitting on Bajrashila under a Peepal tree on the banks of river Niranjana in the Urubilwa village, had practised religious austerity for 49 days to attain spiritual salvation on the full moon day of ‘Baisakh’. After, the Niranjana river has come to be known as Falgu.
10. Bodh Gaya tree
Lord Buddha took Mahaparinirvan or enlightenment place under the Peepal tree. It is supposed to be the sacred seat on which Buddha sat and attained spiritual wisdom.
Later on, Emperor Ashoka sent a sample of this Peepal tree to Srilanka (Anuradhapura) with his daughter Sanghamitra and son Mahinda as escorts. After the main tree perished, a sample from Snianka (Anuradhapura) was bought and installed at Bodhgaya.
The Bodhi tree of today is the 4th descendant of the original tree. Buddha used to sit for meditation on the lotus-shaped ‘Vajrayana’ under the tree. Footprints on the stone testify to Buddha’s presence when he became the Buddha or the Enlightened.
On the branches of the Bodhi tree, devotees fasten pieces of cloth. Buddha as the 9th incarnation of Vishnu is quite accepted and popular among the Hindus.
11. Muchlind Sarobar Bodhgaya
In the main temple a few away I found Muchlind lake. The serpent king Muchlind lay to have given shelter to the meditating Buddha from rain and storm by spreading its hood like an umbrella. Besides this lake, the ancient University of Magadha had come up. But today it is in a state of ruins.
The Mahabodhi Temple may be exquisite in Godly grace but the Bodhgaya of today. It has become unique with the pouring in of wealth and artistic embellishments from all over the globe to celebrate the 2500th Anniversary of the Buddha.
12. Wat Thai Temple Bodhgaya
In 1965 Wat Thai Temple was built by the Thailand king in Bodhgaya. This is the only Thai temple in India. This temple shows the architecture of Thailand’s culture.
Wat Thai Temple has a beautiful statue of bronze Buddha in the temple. Inside the monastery, the atmosphere cannot be express in words. Bangladesh monastery Bodhgaya is just beside this monastery.
Is Gaya and Bodhgaya same?
No, Gaya and Bodhgaya are not the same. Gaya is approx 15 km away from Bodhgaya. Bus/ taxi/ Auto services are available from Gaya station.
What should I buy in Bodhgaya?
You can buy Buddha statues, souvenirs, wooden manuscripts, etc.
What is famous in Bodh Gaya?
Many beautiful monasteries enhance the beauty of Bodh Gaya. Bodhi tree is a special attraction here. Also, Gautama Buddha composed Pali here. This place is famous for Buddhist pilgrims.