Bodhgaya is considered a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists. It is known as the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Bodhgaya is flooded with tourists throughout the year. Many Buddhism followers visit Bodhgaya from different parts of the world. Bodhgaya is situated near Niranjana River [Ref].
It is said that Siddhartha Gautam attained enlightenment under Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya and came to be known as Lord Buddha. Bodhgaya is situated at an altitude of 113m with a total population of 22,000 individuals from different communities.
Summers are quite hot here with a maximum temperature reaching 47 degrees and minimum going 27 degrees. Winters are pleasant here and temperature varies with 27 degree maximum and 4 degrees minimum.
Bodhgaya features monastery or temple of countries where Buddhism is preached. Dalai Lama inaugurated a 25m high beautiful statue of Lord Buddha in the Japanese Kamakura Style in 1989. Bodhgaya is well connected with adjacent cities. It is around 12 km distance away from Gaya, 140 Km from Patna, 66 Km from Rajgir.
The nearest airport is in Patna where regular flights from Delhi, Ranchi, Chennai, Mumbai and Calcutta land. Bodhgaya is just 482 Km away from the international airport in Calcutta. Gaya is the nearest railway station where many superfast trains are available. Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) also facilitates road service to Bodhgaya. The main bus stand is located opposite to Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya.
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