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5 Best tourist attractions in Bodhgaya - Explore Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya is a religiously important place for Buddhist devotees and it is an intriguing location for the non-Buddhists as well as it is a serene and quiet place to visit.


Mahabodhi Temple

The Mahabodhi Temple is the most visited attraction in Bodhgaya as it is one of the most significant locations for Buddhists from around the world. The shrine in Bodhgaya is constructed around the original bodhi tree in the 7th Century AD. The current structure is not the original shrine as it was destroyed by the Muslims in the 11th century. The shrine that is now at the Bodhgaya is the one that was rebuilt in 1880 and it has been renovated several times during the past years. Most Bodhgaya hotels are located in the vicinity of the temple so it can easily be added to the itinerary.


Bodhi Tree

The Bodhi Tree is the second most popular attraction in Bodhgaya. Those who to go the temple are mostly intrigued by the Bodhu Tree which is said to have provided shade to Lord Buddha when he attained enlightenment. The temple where the bodhi tree is located at is a religious place so it is important to dress accordingly in a way that is respectful to the religion and those who believe in it. The 115-year-old tree is about 80 feet tall and revered by many from around the world.


Royal Bhutan Monastery

This monastery was built by the king of Bhutan as a sign of respect and tribute to Lord Buddha. It depicts the many lives of Lord Buddha before he attained enlightenment. Due to the fact that the depictions are full of life and details, there are many Buddhist devotees who come to this Monastery in order to be able to go through all the paintings and details. The Royal Bhutan Monastery is one of the many monasteries that are built in the Buddhist town of Bodhgaya. Oaks Bodhgaya is located in the vicinity of the Royal Bhutan Monastery.


Indosan Nippon Japanese temple

The Indosan Nippon Japanese temple is one of the most unique creations as it is carved with the use of Buddhist preaching. The Japanese temple reflects Japanese architecture from years ago. Due to the unique wooden structure and architecture, there are many people who visit this temple as it is beautiful and intriguing at the same time. The temple is located a little out of the city centre which is about 15 kilometres away from the city. The interior of the temple has Japanese paintings which depict the different stages of the life of Lord Buddha.


Thai Monastery

The Thai Monastery is known as one of the most beautiful monasteries in Bodhgaya due to its architecture. The monastery is open from 7 am to 7 pm daily and entrance is free for locals and foreigners. There are two huge guard statues build on either side of the main entrance which are extremely intricate and full of details. The structure is designed to resemble a Thai Pagoda which is a significant difference from the rest of the monasteries. The location is absolutely peaceful and is a popular location for meditation.