Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya

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Although Bodh Gaya is a small town, it is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the world, as the Buddha used to attain enlightenment there. Buddhist communities from all over the world have built numerous temples, monasteries and monuments in Bodh Gaya, including a 25 m high statue, known as the Great Buddha Statue. Many Tibetan refugees live in Bodh Gaya and the Dalai Lama often spends some time there. There are also many westerners who come to Bodh Gaya to learn about Buddha and to meditate.

Bodh Gaya's major reference point is the Mahabodhi Temple, with its 50 m high tower. Around the temple is a stone railing with beautiful carvings and inside you will find a gilded image of Buddha. The bo tree on the temple's premises is said to be a direct descendant of the tree under which Buddha did his meditation and reading.

There are several hotels and restaurants in town, but many people prefer to stay in nearby Gaya, where more facilities are available. Bodh Gaya is 885 km southeast of Delhi.

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