Top things to do in Bodhgaya

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, forms the spiritual heart of Bodhgaya. Topped by a 50m py…
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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

This quaint and cosy cafe serves aromatic espressos (₹90), 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…
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…
Multicuisine in Bodhgaya

Hari Om International Cafe

This informal, shanty-like, alfresco restaurant on the north side of the Kalachakra maidan has a backpacker-friendly menu, with lots of vegetarian options. Among the banana pancakes you'll find local specialities su…
Buddhist in Bodhgaya

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 monument was unveiled by the Dalai Lama in 1989 and is surrounded b…
Multicuisine in Bodhgaya

Nirvana The Veg Cafe

This new vegetarian restaurant across the street from the Thai Temple plates a good selection of dosas, as well as pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and noodles. The service is prompt and friendly, and the split-level dec…
Thai in Bodhgaya

Siam Thai

Delicious curries made from Thai ingredients, plus interesting starters such as fish cakes and larb gai (minced chicken with lemon, lemongrass and mint), are on offer here. The chicken paenang is addictive; for some…
Buddhist Site in Bodhgaya

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 dying from starvation in the process. There's not much to see …
Buddhist Stupa in Bodhgaya

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 Buddha rice pudding, thus ending his seven years of asceticism …