Must-see attractions in Bodhgaya

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    Mahabodhi Temple

    The magnificent Unesco World Heritage-listed Mahabodhi Temple, marking the hallowed ground where Buddha attained enlightenment and formulated his…

  • Bodhi Tree

    Undoubtedly, the most sacred fig tree ever to grace the Earth was the Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya, under which Prince Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism,…

  • Great Buddha Statue

    This 80ft-high Japanese-style statue of the Buddha seated in a lotus posture towers above a pleasant garden at the end of Temple St. The impressive…

  • Dungeshwari Cave

    This fairly nondescript cave in the Pragbodhi Hills northeast of Bodhgaya is where Buddha is said to have spent seven years living as an ascetic, almost…

  • Sujata Stupa

    The huge Sujata Kuti stupa, across the Falgu River from Bodhgaya, was built to commemorate the residence of Sujata, the cow-herder who fed the starving…

  • Bhutanese Monastery

    The richly decorated Bhutanese Monastery is unique in having images of the kings of Bhutan and the bearded Zhabdrung, Bhutan's religious leader, as well…

  • Archaeological Museum

    This museum contains a number of (mostly headless) stone Buddhist sculptures dating from the 8th to 12th centuries, but the highlight is the collection of…

  • Tergar Monastery

    The most impressive of Bodhgaya's Tibetan-style monasteries is the Tergar Monastery of the Karmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The Karmapa is often in…

  • Thai Temple

    The impressive Thai Temple has a brightly coloured wat with gold leaf shimmering from its arched rooftop and manicured gardens. Meditation sessions are…

  • Shechen Monastery

    This Nyingma-school Tibetan monastery is notable for its large stupa dedicated to Tibetan lama Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and containing bone fragments of…

  • Indosan Nipponji Temple

    This lovely temple is an exercise in quiet Japanese understatement and has meditation at 5pm.

  • Meditation Park

    Within the Mahabodhi Temple complex, there's a well-manicured Meditation Park for those seeking extra solitude, though it lacks the atmosphere of the main…