Places to Visit in Bodhgaya

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Places to Visit in Bodhgaya


Bodh Gaya is a village in the north eastern state of Bihar. It is considered one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India. There is a huge list of places to visit in Bodhgaya, but it's not possible to visit at a time. So, below Four Wheel Drive India team share your top 15 places to visit in Bodhgaya.

Top Tourist Attractions to See in Bodhgaya -

  1. Mahabodhi Temple

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Mahabodhi temple is a major and most important attraction in Bodhgaya. It was built in the 17th century, surrounding the Bodhi tree under which the Buddha sat during his enlightenment realization.

  1. Great Buddha Statue

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This statue of 'Lord Buddha' is the tallest statue in India and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama XIV in 1989. It is a meditative statue based on a giant lotus, built using intricately carved sandstone and red granite.

  1. Tibetan Refugee Market

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This market is a heaven for shopping lovers. It offers a great variety of handicrafts, winter clothing, souvenirs, etc.

  1. Bodhi Tree, Bodh Gaya

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Bodhi tree is the tree where Lord Buddha meditates before he can achieve enlightenment. The original Bodhi tree may have been destroyed by many kings, but the direct descendants will thrive to this day and reach 80 feet in length.

  1. Thai Monastery

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The Thai monastery, known for its magnificent gold-tiled curved roof, is famous for its bronze statue of Buddha and other statues built at a height of 25 meters in the garden.

  1. Mahabodhi Temple Complex Book store

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This book shop offers a wide range of Buddhist books and books on Buddhist culture and the history of the Mahabodhi temple.

  1. Muchalinda Lake

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Popularly located in Bodhgaya, Lake Muchalinda is next to the main temple. It associated with a mythical tale that the Lord Buddha was protected from the storm by Snake King Muchalinda.

  1. Royal Bhutan Monastery

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The Royal Bhutan Monastery was named as such, where it was built by the King of Bhutan as a devotion to Lord Buddha. Clay sculptures were seen on the inner walls of the monastery depicting various aspects of Buddhist culture.

  1. Brahmayoni Temple

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Devotees wishing to visit this temple must go through a series of 424 steps of high stone to reach the top of the hill, above this temple.

  1. Cankamana

Situated along the Bodhi Temple, Cankamana is a holy shrine featuring a carving of Lord Buddha's feet into the black stone lotuses.

Located along the Bodhi temple, the Cankamana is a sacred shrine featuring a sculpture of Lord Buddha's feet in the black stone lotus.

  1. Chinese Temple

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The Chinese temple was built by Buddhist monks. It displays beautiful Chinese artwork with a statue of the Lord Buddha inside the sanctum.

  1. Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple

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A magnificent example of Buddhist culture and Japanese architecture, this temple was built in 1972 with the help of international Buddhist communities.

  1. Vishnupad Temple, Gaya

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As the name implies, this temple was built as a dedication to Lord Vishnu and features a 40 cm long footprint of Lord Vishnu surrounded by a basin made of silver dishes.

  1. Vietnamese Temple

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The Vietnamese temple is the newest mausoleum built in the area and houses a magnificent statue of Buddha, which exudes a soothing aura and appears to be smiling.

  1. Kundan Bazaar

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Kundan Bazaar is the perfect place for those looking for souvenirs to return home, books and other handicrafts in the area.

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