Tourism in Bodh Gaya

Being a Buddhist pilgrimage center, Bodh Gaya is mainly a center of attraction for the Buddha followers. However, a lot of tourists from all over the world visit this place for sight-seeing purpose as well. Whether you are a nature lover, an admirer for art or just a traveler, the city offers a plethora of alluring sites for all and sundry. Following are the top must-see allures of Bodh Gaya:

Great Buddha Statue

Tourist Places in Bodh Gaya

The Great Buddha Statue is one of the most noteworthy attractions of Bodh Gaya.  The height of the statue is 25 meters.  The statue is erected above a picturesque garden.  In the year 1989 Dalai Lama revealed this Japanese style sculpture.  This statue is encircled by ten smaller figurines of the disciples of Gautam Buddha.  This sculpture is partly hollow and comprises about 20 thousand idols of Buddha made of bronze.

Archeological Museum

Located on the Bodh Gaya road, this ancient museum of Bodh Gaya houses a plethora of Buddhist statues made of stone.  A majority of these sculptures are headless and date back from 8-12th century.  The major highlights of this museum are the holdings of the sandstone and granite pillars and railings that are almost 2000 years old and have been retrieved from the renowned Mahabodhi Temple of the city.

Sujata Stupa

This enormous Stupa was constructed in the memory of Sujata who was a resident of Bodh Gaya. As per the legends the locals believe that once Gautam Buddha was very hungry and then Sujata who was a cow-herder fed him rice pudding. This incident ended Buddha’s 7 years of asceticism and encouraged him to go after the middle way. This huge Stupa is located on the other side of Fagu River from the Bodh Gaya city. The old Sujata Stupa was painted in white color and topped with lime plaster initially. One can visit the site by taking a stroll of 20 minutes from the city. Sujata Temple is located at a 10 minute walking distance from this point where one can catch a glimpse of the well-known banyan tree where Buddha was fed by Sujata.   

Thai Temple

The outstanding Thai Temple of Bodh Gaya has a vibrant monastery with gold colored leaves shining from its arch-shaped rooftop and picturesque gardens. One can also enjoy the mediation sessions that are held here every morning and evening.

Bodhi Tree

Bodhi Tree

This is the well-known tree where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment. This tree and this very site happens to be the most pious place in Bodh Gaya. A myriad of tourists as well as pilgrims flock at this place every year to pay homage to Lord Buddha.

Dungeshwari Cave

This cave has not been very popular and it lies in the Pragbodhi Hills in the northeastern part of Bodh Gaya. It is believed that in this cave Gautam Buddha had spent 7 years as an austere (one who abandons all the worldly pleasures) and in this process he was dying of hunger. One can witness this site on foot or even on a bike. One can also avail auto-rickshaws and guides who offer to and fro trips to this cave.

Tergar Monastery

This is one of the most striking Tibetan style monastery of Bodh Gaya. This monastery belongs to the Karmapa School of the Tibetan Buddhism. Karmapa dwells here most of the time and offers his teachings in a compound which is located next door.

Shechen Monastery

This is another Tibetan monastery which belongs to the Nyingma School and is well-known for its enormous stupa which is dedicated to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (a Tibetan teacher or Lama). The stupa contains Gautam Buddha’s bone fragments.

Mahabodhi Temple

Temples in Bodh Gaya

The temple complex is situated 110 kms away from Patna with the Vajrasana(diamond throne) and the sacred Bodhi Tree. The Mahabodhi Temple is 55 m high.  Legends say that after 280 years of Buddha’s enlightenment, the great Ashoka visited the city of Bodh Gaya. It is believed that Samrat Ashoka founded the Mahabodhi Temple originally. The temple consists of a 50 m pyramid-shaped spire. The sanctum located inside the temple is very decorative and it possesses a Buddha sculpture of 2 m height. This idol dates back to the 10th century.

According to some historians, the Mahabodhi temple was built in the first century at the time of Kushan dynasty. As the time passed by, Buddhism became less popular and the temple was renounced and totally forgotten. It remained buried under the sand and soil layers for ages.

In the 19th century the temple was again restored by the great Alexander Cunningham. The site was excavated in the year 1883 by Cunningham, Dr. Rajendralal Mitra and J. D. Beglar. It took a long time to renovate Bodh Gaya to its earlier grandeur. 

Mediation Park

This is a well-groomed park which lies inside the complex of the Mahabodhi Temple. One can enjoy solitude by meditating and praying at this park.

Indosan Nippon Temple

This is a Japanese style temple which is a perfect place for meditation. This renowned temple of Bodh Gaya is located near the Great Buddha Statue. 

Muchalinda Lake

This beautiful lake is situated at the South of the Mahabodhi Temple. The lake houses a variety of large fishes. This tranquil lake is a beautiful place for those who relish solitude.

Chinese Temple

Located near the complex of the Mahabodhi Temple, this temple has a Chinese-style architecture.

Royal Bhutan Monastery

Royal Bhutan Monastery

This stunning monastery is situated on a side road and is just 100 m away from the Bodhgaya Regency Hotel. This monastery was constructed by Bhutan’s King and was dedicated to Buddha. The Bhutan monastery depicts the entire life history of Gautam Buddha through clay carvings. The well-designed and impressive façade of the monastery enthralls the visitors. The monastery also houses a temple as well as a rest house within its premises.

Hotels in Bodh Gaya

The following are some reputable hotels of Bodh Gaya where one can have a comfortable and memorable stay:

Sambodhi Retreat
Address: Village Hathiyar, Bodhgaya, Pin– 824231
Phone: +(91)-9308193675, 7488535208, +(91)-631-2900084 and 2900548

Hotel Delta International
Address: Near Do Muhan, Bodhgaya, Pin - 824231
Phone: 9973011675, 9431225234, +(91)-631-2200854 and 2200234

Hotel Taj Darbar

Address: Mastipur, Near Korea Temple, Bodhgaya, Pin- 824231
Phone: 9471002293, 7739320524, +(91)-631-2201918, 2201178 and 2200053

Hotel Om International

Address: Near Kalchakra Ground, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9582548682, 8809444463 and +(91)-631-2200185

Hotel Bodh Vilas
Address: Sujata Bypass Rd, Behind Karmapa Mandir, Bodhgaya, Pin- 824231
Phone: 9711047700, 9097687085 and +(91)-631-5001299

Hotel Orchid
Address: Sujata Bypass Rd, Bodhgaya, Pin- 824231
Landmark: Near the Tergar Monastery and the Old Vietnam Temple
Phone: 8292760320 and 7004758070

The Royal Residency Hotel
Address: Dumuhan Rd, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: +(91)-631-2201157, 2201156 and 2200181

Bodhgaya Regency Hotel
Address: Opposite Japanese Temple, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9582548682, 9199192534 and +(91)-631-2200415

Jevak International Hotel
Address: Near Maha Bodhi Society, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9934473633 and +(91)-631-2200039

Hotel Tathagat International
Address: Near Maha Bodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, Pin code- 824231
Phone: 9931836361, 9852553066, +(91)-631-2200106 and 3201567

R K International Hotel
Address: Near Thai Temple, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9939086069, +(91)-631-2201247 and 2201246

Hotel The Imperial
Address: NH 83, Mastpura Vill., Dobhi Rd, Bodhgaya, Pin - 824231
Phone: 9999930180, 9810204666 and +(91)-631-2200116

Niranjana Resort

Address: River Side, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Landmark: Near Bodhgaya Blck Building
Phone: 8434025501, 8434025499 and +(91)-631-2200007

Hotel Sujata
Address: Temple Rd, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Landmark: Near Japanese Temple
Phone: 9934024305, 9504440844, +(91)-631-2200761, 2200009, 2200481 and 2200011

Siddharth Vihar Hotel
Address: Bodhgaya, Pin- 824231
Landmark: Near Bank Of India
Phone: 9570593699, +(91)-631-2200445 and 2200127

Rama Guest House
Address: Near Kalachakra Ground North, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 8294885247 and +(91)-631-2200263

Hotel Buddha International
Address: Near Japanese Temple, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9546874580, 9504420009, 7654036713, +(91)-631-2200506

Embassy Hotel

Address: Opp Thai Temple, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9801862875, 9534668619, 9430202057 and +(91)-631-2200711

Tokyo Vihar Hotel
Address: Opp Japanese Temple, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9199192534, 9939995820, +(91)-631-2201147 and 2201141

Anukul Guest House
Address: New Temple marg, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Landmark: Beside Bhutan Temple
Phone: 9934063213 and +(91)-631-2201915

Lotus Nikko Hotel
Address: Bodhgaya, Pin- 824231
Landmark: Near Asi Museum
Phone: 9801863216, +(91)-631-2200700 and 2200789

Hotel Buddha Residency
Address: Sujata Bypass Rd, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Landmark: Near Tergar Monastery

Restaurants in Bodh Gaya


Bodh Gaya boasts of some remarkable restaurants which offer delectable cuisines to its customers. Following are the top restaurants of Bodh Gaya where the tourists and locals can satiate their taste buds:

Taj Darbar Restaurants

Address: Taj Darbar Hotel, Bodhgaya, Pin- 824231
Landmark: Near Coria Temple
Phone: +(91)-631-2201918, 2201178 and 2200053

Food House Restaurant
Address: Main temple Road, Bodhgaya, Pin- 824231
Landmark: Near hotel royal residency
Phone: 8084746576 and 7870000034

Mahamaya Restaurant

Address: Near Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9973636777, +(91)-631-2200221, 2200121 and 2200222

Pithasin Restaurants
Address: C/O Sambodhi Retreat, Hathyar, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9308090253, 9308193675, +(91)-631-2200954 and 2200921

King Restaurants
Address: C/O Prince Hotel, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9430202050 and +(91)-631-2200380

Baba Restaurant
Address: Pacchatti Bazaar, Bodhgaya Bazar, Main Rd, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9973046564

Om Restaurant
Address: Pacchatti Bazaar, Bodhgaya Bazaar, Main Rd, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: 9939646420

Aahar Restaurants
Address: Embassy Hotel, Bodhgaya, Pin- 824231
Landmark: Opp. Thai Temple
Phone: 9430202057 and +(91)-631-2200711

Swagat Restaurants

Address: C/O Tathagat International Hotel, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: +(91)-631-2200106 and 3201567

Shiva Restaurants
Address: Shiva Hotel, Bodhgaya, Pin code- 824231
Phone: +(91)-631-2200425

Siddhartha Restaurants
Address: C/O Siddharth Vihar Hotel, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Landmark: Near BOI
Phone:  9570593699, +(91)-631-2200445 and 2200127

Amrapali Restaurant
Address: C/O The Royal Residency Hotel, Dumuhan Rd, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: +(91)-631-2201157, 2201156 and 2200124

Pavitra Restaurants

Address: C/O Hotel Buddha International, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Landmark: Near Japanese Temple, Mastipur
Phone: 9504420009, 9546874580 and +(91)-631-2200506

Honey Point Restaurants
Address: Near Delta More, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Phone: +(91)-631-2200854 and 2200234

Uruvela Restaurants
Address: Uruvela International Hotel, Near Japanese Temple, Bodhgaya, Pin - 824231
Phone: 9931711686, 9431279530 and 9708473686 and +(91)-631-6940648

Vaishali Restaurants
Address: Vishal International Hotel, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Landmark: Near Japanese Temple
Phone: 9852920046 and +(91)-631-2200633

Osaka Restaurants

Address: Tokyo Vihar Hotel, Bodhgaya, Pin – 824231
Landmark: Opp. Japanese Temple
Phone: 9939995820, 9199192534 and +(91)-631-2201147

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