Gaya is a temple town located in Varanasi, Bihar. It is a pilgrimage site for the followers of Hinduism. It has its mentions in the historic Hindu epic like Ramayana. The legends claim that Gaya was visited by Lord Rama along with his younger brother Laxman to do the pind-daan of his deceased father, King Dasharatha. At present, it is visited by hundreds of Hindu pilgrims throughout the year.
Perching on the banks of River Ganga, Gaya is elevated 364 feet above the sea level. It covers a gross area of 90 sq. km. and is surrounded by Jehanabad in North, Hazaribagh, and Jharkhand in South, Aurangabad in West and Nawada in East. The climate of Gaya is moderate. It faces humid summers with a median temperature of 37°C and pleasant winters with a median temperature of 18°C. The monsoon season is accompanied by strong winds and heavy downpour.
Since Gaya is a temple town, there are numerous pious shrines located there. The well-known temples like Mahabodhi Temple, Vishal Buddha Mandir, Brahmayoni Hill etc. are the popular places of interest. Hundreds of visitors flock to these holy places when they visit Gaya.