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Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya

Weather

The city of Bodhgaya experiences extreme weather conditions. The summer season begins in the month of March and continues till May. The minimum temperature during this season is almost 27°C while the maximum temperature ranges from 45°C to 47°C. Rain showers occur frequently during monsoon, extending from June to August. The weather remains humid, leading to a sultry environment. Winters, extending from December to February, are cool and pleasant with the temperature ranging from a minimum of 4°C to a maximum of 28°C. The best time to visit the city of Bodhgaya is from the month of October to March.

How To Reach

By Road:

Regular buses of the BSTDC run from Patna to Bodhgaya. The city of Bodhgaya is connected to Nalanda, Patna, Rajgir, Gaya and Varanasi via bus. Luxury buses and taxis form a connection between Bodhgaya and Kolkata.


By Air:

The airport in the city of Gaya is located at a distance of almost 14 km from the heart of the city of Bodhgaya. The domestic airport helps establish a connection between Bodhgaya and Kolkata. The frequency of flights is less. Kolkata is the international airport situated nearby, about 485 km away. The city of Kolkata is well-connected to numerous cities within the country as well as several international cities.



By Rail:

The railway station closest to Bodhgaya is Gaya Junction which is 15 km from the city. The station is connected to most of the important cities within the state via rail. Taxis are available from the railway station to Bodhgaya city.


Overview

The city of Bodhgaya, also known as Uruvela, is situated in the state of Bihar in India. The land is famous for its association with Gautama Buddha. Prince Siddhartha arrived at Bodhgaya in the course of his wanderings and it was at this very site that he attained enlightenment while remaining seated under a Bodhi Tree. His initial three day period of meditation, followed by seven long weeks of enlightenment, is closely intertwined with different places within the city of Bodhgaya.

 

Bodhgaya, being one of the four most important sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, is known in history as Bodhimanda and the prime monastery is the Bodhimanda-vihara. The city is at present visited by a number of tourists, historians and devotees, and boasts of several monuments and places that are directly linked with the Enlightened Prince. The area was a major hotspot for the religion of Buddhism up to the 13th century, until it was overcome by the Turks.

 

The sacred city, complete with pilgrimage centres, is picturesquely located on the shores of the shallow but broad Lilanjan River, commonly known as River Neranjara River. Bodhgaya presents a unique juxtaposition of hectic city life and the shrines dedicated to the Lord Buddha by various nations such as Japan, Vietnam, China, Bangladesh. The majestic rivers, scenic hills, caves and the rich history of the city of Bodhgaya make it a must-visit location for tourists.

 

Bodhgaya does not offer many shopping opportunities to tourists. The spiritual city of Bodhgaya has numerous shops which sell decorative products associated with Buddhism. Statues of the Lord Buddha made of metal serve as perfect gift items. Sandalwood statues of the Buddha, deep in meditation, are common in the stores.

 

The Chinese cuisine is very popular in Bodhgaya city. The noodles and soups as well as the non-vegetarian dishes, cooked in different spices and sauces are available every where. The chicken shahi korma and the malai kofta are other popular dishes here. Restaurants and eateries within Bodhgaya also specialize in Tibetan and Japanese cuisine. A variety of tofu and vegetarian dishes and snacks are also served. The momos, thukpas and Chinese fast food fare are in great demand.