Top Tourist Places To Visit in Bodhgaya

Top Tourist Places To Visit in Bodhgaya

  • Bodhgaya
  • Bihar
  • India
  • Area

    249 km2

  • Main Languages
    Bhojpuri, Hindi and English.
  • Population

    As per the census 2011, Bodhgaya has a total population of 30,883 with males constituting 54% and females 46%.

  • Temperature
    Summer - Max : 41C. Min : 23C.
    Winter - Max : 34C. Min : 10C.

Bodhgaya Overview

Bodhgaya is a small village town in the Gaya district of Bihar. One of the most sacred pilgrimages of Buddhist religion, Bodhgaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment in 534 BC under the Bodhi Tree. Followers of Buddhist religion come to pay this holy place a visit from all over the world. It was after 250 years of Buddha obtaining enlightenment here, that the prominent follower of Buddhism, King Asoka, visited this place and got the Mahabodhi Temple here.

Tourism in Bodhgaya is centred around the Buddhist faith with all other tourist attractions also dedicated to Lord Buddha. The government of Bihar has developed facilities for tourists to conveniently access this place from all corners and revel in the beauty of this holy land. The authorities have also successfully worked to restore the former glory of the Mahabodhi Temple. Bodhgaya is a home to many other Buddhist temples or monasteries from many other nations with a Buddhist tradition (Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Tibet).

Climate and Geography

The climate is tropical. The summers of are very hot followed by heavy rains, which makes the atmosphere very sultry. The winters follow the monsoon and are also harsh.

Suitable Visiting Seasons ( months) : Between October and February.


Bodhgaya is at a distance of 12km from Gaya city, connected by NH83. The place can be reached from Patna using State Tourism facilities. There are direct trains and buses available from Kolkata to reach Gaya. ‘Wonder on Wheel’ is a special caravan service between Patna and Bodhgaya, introduced by Bihar Tourism Dept.

Bodhgaya International Airport is 7km away and approximately 10km from Gaya Railway Station.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • How many days should I plan for Bodhgaya trip?
    Plan for at least 2-3 days to explore all the major attractions and experience the tranquility of this spiritual destination.
  • What is the nearest major airport or train station for Bodhgaya?
    Gaya International Airport (about 17 km) and Gaya Junction Railway Station (about 12 km) are the nearest major transportation hubs for Bodhgaya.
  • What are the primary transportation options for reaching Bodhgaya?
    One can reach Bodhgaya by air, train, or bus. Gaya International Airport and Gaya Junction Railway Station are the primary transportation hubs.
  • Are there any special events or festivals in Bodhgaya?
    Bodhgaya hosts the annual Bodh Mahotsav and Kagyu Monlam Chenmo, which are special events and festivals attracting Buddhist pilgrims from around the world.
  • What are the top tourist attractions in Bodhgaya?
    The top tourist attractions in Bodhgaya are Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree, Great Buddha Statue, Thai Monastery, and Royal Bhutan Monastery.
  • What are some must-try local dishes and restaurants in Bodhgaya?
    Must-try local dishes in Bodhgaya include Litti Chokha, Dal Puri, and Bihari Thali. Restaurants like Bodhi Tree and Tibetan Om Café are popular choices.
  • What types of accommodations are available in Bodhgaya?
    Bodhgaya offers a range of accommodations including hotels, guesthouses, and monasteries that cater to different budgets and preferences.
  • Are there any public transportation available in Bodhgaya?
    Yes, there are public buses and shared auto-rickshaws available for transportation within Bodhgaya and to nearby towns.
  • What are the transportation options available in Bodhgaya?
    Transportation options in Bodhgaya include taxis, rickshaws, auto-rickshaws, and rented bicycles for local travel.
  • What is the primary language spoken in Bodhgaya?
    The primary language spoken in Bodhgaya is Hindi, but English is also widely understood and spoken by locals and in tourist areas.
  • What is the best time to visit Bodhgaya?
    The best time to visit Bodhgaya is from October to March when the weather is pleasant and suitable for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
  • What activities can be done in Bodhgaya?
    Activities in Bodhgaya include meditation and spiritual retreats, visiting monasteries, exploring the history and culture, and attending teachings and ceremonies.
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