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A place where Lord Buddha left his foot steps nearly 2500 years ago while travelling in the quest of enlightenment, Bodh Gaya resonates the silent vibes of those sacred steps. Lord Buddha arrived here at the end of his search of the most tranquil and serene place to start his meditation that eventually led him to enlightenment.
Situated by the river Phalgu, the village is a complete isolation from the world, dotted with lush green forests, paddy fields and the silent scintillating atmosphere. The serenity of the atmosphere remains in the subconscious soul of any visitor who takes the village as a pilgrimage that the Lord himself had chosen for meditation.
At a distance of 7 miles from Gaya, this highly revered pilgrimage is in Bihar. From the capital, Patna, it is 105 km away.
The temple is an immense attraction to the Buddhists, and stands near the Maha Bodhi tree under which Tathagat, or Gautama attained enlightenment. It is a must visit not only due to its importance but also for the architecture and the art objects. The Shiva Lingam inside the temple was installed on 9th century beginning, is a splendid piece of sculpture.
The tree is considered holy since Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under it. Anyone, who likes an ambience of serenity, would understand this place's surroundings to be perfectly weathered for meditation.
Vajrasana - The stone platform, where Lord Buddha sat in meditation while he attained enlightenment is known as Vajrasana. The place is restricted for any tourist activity on it; however, even the sight doesn't fail to excite the spirituality of the watcher.
Rajgir was the capital of the mighty Magadhas, described in Mahabharata, during the 6th century BC. The attractions include the hot water springs and the forestry. There is an aerial ropeway for adding charm to the tour.
The place where an ancient university, famous all over the world existed, Nalanda is a place to understand the cultural richness of India during 5th century AD. The excavations have revealed some very interesting facts regarding the ancient university, and the artifacts obtained are naturally a must for every visitor.
Gaya is a Hindu pilgrimage and is especially important for the post death rituals, as it's believed that the rituals lead to a peaceful "moksha" of the dead soul.
How to reach
Air - Patna Airport is the nearest at a distance of 112 km.
Rail - Gaya (16 km) is the nearest railhead.
Road - Well connected by concrete roads to Gaya and Patna.
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