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Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya

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Visit the World Heritage Site of Mahabodhi Temple, the root of an entire religion. Tradition has it that Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, sat under a peepul tree here and attained enlightenment, sowing the seeds for Buddhist thought and practice for millennia to come. The first monastery and shrine were established here around 250 BCE, 200 years after the Buddha came to the site. Through the ages, the temple has undergone destruction, reconstruction, disrepair, and renovation. As you walk around, note the fine example of Indian brickwork, the design and structure of which date back to the Gupta period (300-600 CE). Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Mahabodhi Temple by using our Bodh Gaya itinerary planner.
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Where to stay in Bodh Gaya

Visitors to Bodh Gaya have a wealth of accommodation options to choose from, because of its dual status as a tourist attraction and a place of pilgrimage. Close to the main temple and park, a number of guesthouses provide comfortable rooms for good rates, as do different monasteries offering lodgings for a donation. Some more upmarket options, including hotels with fancy restaurants and themed rooms, tend to lie to the west, where the town opens up a little.
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  • No doubt a place beyond everything human. About 25 kms inwards from NH 19. Google maps help. The Mahaboddhi Tree is magical . Something very powerful about it . The temple architecture is beautiful. T...  more »
  • Bodhgaya is considered to be the most popular tourist destination in Bihar along with Rajgir. It's tourist and religious attractions can be covered within a day. Apart from Mahabodhi temple, there are...  more »
  • When you see the monks sitting around the tree and meditating even in the scorching heat, one understands how serene and peaceful one could be from inside. I have been to many Buddhist temples but thi...  more »
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  • A wonderful temple compound where one is in a sea of Buddhist energy. All manner of Buddhist adherents doing their thing...chanting meditating practicing prostrations...simply being. A truly delightful peaceful and spiritually satisfying place. The actual Mahabodhi Temple is very busy and one needs to move on fairly quickly but there are many other places where one can sit quietly.
  • Amazing place. Divinely feeling, serenity. This is the place where Lord Buddha attainted enlightenment. Lots of devotees come and visit the place from India as well as from the rest of the world. Take out some time out of your busy and stressful life and do visit the place for quite sometime and learn the art of meditation.
  • The Mahabodhi Temple is one of the major pilgrim site for the Buddhists as it the place where Lord Buddha received enlightenment. The temple is located at a distance of 96 kilometers from Patna and is also the sight of the Bodhi Tree, the exact spot where Siddhartha Gautama meditated in around 589 BC.
  • Must visit once in a lifetime. Very serene place. Advice to travellers please visit after 5 pm as it is very hot during the day in bodhgaya. Temple is open till 9pm.
  • wonderful Buddhist temple. devotional place. we can feel the emotion.