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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Bodhgaya

Mahabodhi Temple

The magnificent Unesco World Heritage–listed Mahabodhi Temple, marking the hallowed ground where Buddha attained enlightenment and formulated his philosophy of life, forms the spiritual heart of Bodhgaya. Built in t…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Bodhgaya

Mohammad Restaurant

Tucked away behind the market stalls at the Tourist Bus Park (take the lane beside Fujiya Green restaurant), Mohammad's whips up a fine array of food from across the Buddhist world – Tibetan, Chinese, Thai, Indian –…
Top Choice Italian in Bodhgaya

Be Happy Cafe

Quaint, cosy, cafe serving fresh coffee (₹100), herbal teas and healthy Italian cuisine: salads, pastas and freshly baked pizza. This is one place where you can trust the salads and fresh vegetables, and the dessert…
Top Choice Museum in Patna

Patna Museum

Housed in a majestic colonial-era building, this museum contains a splendid collection of Mauryan and Gupta stone sculptures, some beautiful bronze Buddhist statuary, and a gallery of early-19th-century landscape pa…
Top Choice Indian in Patna

Bellpepper Restaurant

Intimate and contemporary, this small restaurant inside Hotel Windsor is popular for its tandoori dishes. The murg tikka lababdar (boneless tandoori chicken basted with garlic, ginger, green chillies, and a pistachi…
Top Choice Historic Building in Patna

Golghar

For a dome with a view, climb this massive, bulbous granary, built by the British army in 1786 and renovated in 2016. The idea behind its construction was to avoid a repeat of the terrible 1770 famine – look for the…
Top Choice Buddhist Stupa in Rajgir

Vishwa Shanti Stupa

Constructed in 1965, this blazing-white, 40m stupa stands atop Ratnagiri Hill about 5km south of town. Recesses in the stupa feature golden statues of Buddha in four stages of his life – birth, enlightenment, preach…
North Indian in Patna

Pind Balluchi

For Patna's best food and views, head to this revolving restaurant with ever-shifting vistas over Gandhi Maidan, Golghar and the Ganges beyond. The kebabs are excellent (try the murgh malai kebab), and there is a fu…
Thai in Bodhgaya

Siam Thai

Authentically delicious curries made from ingredients flown in from Thailand, plus interesting starters such as fish cakes and larb kai (minced chicken with lemon, lemongrass and mint). The chicken paenang is addict…
Buddhist Site in Bodhgaya

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, achieved enlightenment. Buddha was said to have stared unblinking…