Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous as it is the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 01 : Arrival At Patna
Pick up at Airport / Railway Station on arrival at Patna. Sightseeing of the city in AC taxi.
Patna was known as Patliputra in ancient times. It was the capital of powerful kingdom of
Magadh which in West started from modern day Afghanistan and extended till modern day
Bangladesh in East. During ancient times, Megasthenes (350-290 BCE), the Greek historian
and traveler, referred to it in Greek as Palibothra or Palimbotra. The place appears in the
records of the Chinese traveller, Fa Hien (5th
ruins of the ancient city of Pataliputra built during the times of Emperor Ashoka. Thereafter
leave for Bodh Gaya. Night stay in hotel at Bodh Gaya.
Day 02 : Bodh Gaya
After breakfast, visit important sites related to Lord Buddha.
According to Buddhist traditions, circa 500 BC Prince Gautama Siddhartha, wandering as an
ascetic, reached the banks of the river Phalgu, near the city of Gaya. There he sat in meditation
under a bodhi tree (Ficus religiosa). After three days and three nights of meditation, Siddhartha
attained enlightenment and thus became Lord Buddha. He then spent seven weeks at seven
different spots in the vicinity meditating and considering his experience.
The Mahabodhi temple is located in the east adjacent to the original Bodhi tree. It actually
stands on the temple erected by Emperor Ashoka and rises in the form of pyramidal spire till it
reaches its neck, which is cylindrical in shape. Several Buddhist temples and monasteries have
been built by the people of Bhutan, China, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim, Sri Lanka, Taiwan,
Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam in a wide area around the Mahabodhi Temple.
Have dinner and night stay in hotel.
Day 03 : Transfer To Patna For Airport / Railway Station By Taxi
After breakfast, leave for Rajgir (Rajgriha) by AC taxi. This place is a famous pilgrimage centre
for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism came here numerous
times with his Sangha. Ceramics dating to about 1000 BC have been found in the city. There
are several archeological sites related to Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira in this place.
Thereafter leave for Patna for Airport / Railway Station by Taxi.