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From Bodh Gaya to Nepal?

What’s the best way to get from Bodh Gaya to Nepal? And how long it would take?

I’d like to go straight to Pokhara, if that’s possible (avoiding Kathmandu, I’ll be there later).

Shortest route from Gaya to Pokhra is via Raxaul/Virganj is in India side and Virganj is Nepal you hire a cab then it would take around 8 hour to reach Raxaul via can be taken at Virganj for Pokhra.

Have a good cab booked and travel to Rexaul which in India and after that if you wan to keep the car for inside Nepal, there is fee per day depending on the make of carcar inside.

If you want to leave the car at Rexaul and cross the border by walking and from inside Nepal border you can hire taxi or take buses as well.

Please mind Rexaul road was broken and it will take more time than your schedule time.

Are there flightsBangkokfly from Bangkok to Gaya with transition in New Delhi, but I’ve heard that all flights to Gaya would be canceled after March due to hot weather. Is it true?

All international flight operates mainly during tourist season,October to March can do BangkokNew Delhi to Gaya.AirIndia operates flight between NewDelhi and Gaya through out the year.

After March it’s lesser international tourists arrival in Gaya as well as other parts of India due to hot summer.

You have two options either you can fly via Delhi or Kolkata

From Kolkata it’s not daily flightsflights in a week, this will be little cheaper than via Gaya i guess.

Few of charter flights used to come from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan and other Buddhist countries, managed by travel agents depends on number of tourists.

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Bodh Gaya

As one of the four most important pilgrimage sitesBodh Gaya is the important place where Gautama Buddha attained the ultimate truth i.e. Nirvana. Bodh Gaya is also associated with other important Buddhist sculptures and sites such as Bodhi tree, Mahabodhi temple and is located in the state of India. Bodh Gaya is the symbol of starting point of Buddhism and the place where young prince Siddhartha from Lumbini found the ultimate truth by attaining Enlightenment and it is also the place where Gautama Buddha decided to teach every living beings about the knowledge that he gained through Nirvana.

Indian Buddhism is considered as the ancient Buddhist tradition that influence many other Buddhist tradition in various Asian Buddhist countries such as Nepal BuddhismTibetan BuddhismVajrayana Buddhism. Many Buddhist styles and arts in various Asian countries are influenced directly or indirectly by Indian Buddhism.

Indian Buddhism is considered as the ancient Buddhist tradition that influence many other Buddhist tradition in various Asian Buddhist countries such as Nepal BuddhismTibetan BuddhismVajrayana Buddhism. Many Buddhist styles and arts in various Asian countries are influenced directly or indirectly by Indian Buddhism.

Bodh Gaya

From Bodh Gaya to Nepal?

What’s the best way to get from Bodh Gaya to Nepal? And how long it would take?

I’d like to go straight to Pokhara, if that’s possible (avoiding Kathmandu, I’ll be there later).

Shortest route from Gaya to Pokhra is via Raxaul/Virganj is in India side and Virganj is Nepal you hire a cab then it would take around 8 hour to reach Raxaul via can be taken at Virganj for Pokhra.

Have a good cab booked and travel to Rexaul which in India and after that if you wan to keep the car for inside Nepal, there is fee per day depending on the make of carcar inside.

If you want to leave the car at Rexaul and cross the border by walking and from inside Nepal border you can hire taxi or take buses as well.

Please mind Rexaul road was broken and it will take more time than your schedule time.

Are there flightsBangkokfly from Bangkok to Gaya with transition in New Delhi, but I’ve heard that all flights to Gaya would be canceled after March due to hot weather. Is it true?

All international flight operates mainly during tourist season,October to March can do BangkokNew Delhi to Gaya.AirIndia operates flight between NewDelhi and Gaya through out the year.

After March it’s lesser international tourists arrival in Gaya as well as other parts of India due to hot summer.

You have two options either you can fly via Delhi or Kolkata

From Kolkata it’s not daily flightsflights in a week, this will be little cheaper than via Gaya i guess.

Few of charter flights used to come from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan and other Buddhist countries, managed by travel agents depends on number of tourists.

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Bodhgaya – Ort an dem der Buddha erwachte

„Bodhgaya“ bedeutet wörtlich „Ort des Erwachens“, denn hier hat der Buddha die Erleuchtung gefunden. Früher hieß der Ort Uruvela und lag im Königreich Magadha, in der Nähe der Stadt Gaya. Bodhgaya liegt im Gaya District im nordindischen Bundesstaat Bihar, dieser gilt als ärmster der 28 Bundestaaten. Eine Reise nach Bodhgaya ist sehr segensreich, einmal unter dem Baum des Buddhas meditieren, kann ein Life-Changer sein!

Bodhgaya - Ort an dem der Buddha erwachte

from Kathmandu to Bodh Gaya

Hi, I will be traveling to Kathmandu next September and from there to Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, etc., all the way up to Delhi. I am having trouble finding the best way to travel from Kathmandu to Gaya, it seems that there are no direct flights nor trains… How do I get there by bus? I appreciate any advise on this subject !

Hi, I will be traveling to Kathmandu next September and from there to Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, etc., all the way up to Delhi. I am having trouble finding the best way to travel from Kathmandu to Gaya, it seems that there are no direct flights nor trains… How do I get there by bus? I appreciate any advise on this subject !

It seems to me the easiest way to do this is fly from KTM to Varanasi (there are direct flights) and then go by train to Gaya; and then fly to Delhi. Alternatively, take the opportunity to visit Kolkata and fly from KTM direct to Kolkata. From Kolkata you could either fly or take the train to Gaya / BodhGaya.

From Varanasi you can visit Sarnath as a day trip by taxi/tuktuk; I assume if you want to visit Bodhgaya Sarnath is on your list as well. I took the overnight sleeper from Varanasi to Agra, whichy worked well for visiting the Taj and surrounding sights.

Its a tricky one. Nepal to India is generally difficult traveling. Getting to Nepal I went to Gorakhpur (more recommended for experienced travelers) and bussed to Sunauli, then crossed the border by foot and bussed to Bhairawa (accommodation is sparse).

From Bhairawa I took the public bus. Now, I have been on an El Oh Tee of journeys, and the Nepali bus journey is almost certainly the worst journey I have ever been on in my Life. I would Not recommend Nepali busses. Given the time and the distance to Pokhara, I calculated they travel on average 7 miles per hour. Seven.

On my way back after a month in Nepal, I flew into Katmandu airport (be warned, they dont let people upstairs if its a long time till your outward flight) and flew from Katmandu straight out to Delhi. See if there are any flights to Bhairawa itself. I hear theres an airport at Varanasi too, although I dont know of the frequency of flights (I stayed in Varanasi and would Not recommend it as your first port of call in India).

If you do go by land, there are of course no railroads, being the Hymalayas and all. I think the last (and thus first) train station on the Indian side for the Bhairawa crossing was Gorakhpur. From there, Kushinagar is accessible bus, which you might be interested in as youre going to Bodh Gaya. Once you reach Gorakhpur, or god help you, Varanasi, youve got the trains, and things should get better from there.

PS. Flying in Nepal can be pretty fun. Yeti and SpiceJet are some airlines Im fond of, with the potential for spectacular mountain/storm views, lovable primitive airports and tiny planes. Good luck – certainly one of the more advanced-level land journeys out there!

Another option in by to BirGunj on the Nepal over to Raxaul India on a rickshaw to bus a bus to Patna you have bus and trains to for buses

One thing to remember is that Varanasi is not on the same train line as Bodhgaya. You have to go by taxi from Varanasi to Mughal Serai to board a train for Gaya.

Thank you all for the responses… It seems that the best way would be flying from Kathmandu to Varanasi, taxi to Mughal Serai to Gaya, back to Varanasi, sleeper train to Agra or bus to Lucknow, spending the night there and bus to Agra. From Agra (bus or train ) to Jaipur and from Jaipur ( bus or train) to Delhi , ending our trip in Delhi . We have around 25 days to complete this trip… any other advise ??? any other city to visit on our way to Delhi ??? Thanks again !Sylvia

to Varanasi, taxi to Mughal Serai to Gaya, back to Varanasi

Consider: You fly into VNS, complete your visit there, including Sarnath, and then take the train from Mughal Sarai Jn to Gaya. Them from Gaya you can take an overnight train to Agra (a station called Tundla, about 30-45 minutes outside of Agra proper).

Twenty-five days? Inclusive of how long in KTM? On the averages, 3 nights per destination, less in Agra, more in Jaipur; so 7 or 8 destinations will see you out. Land transport (road or rail) is quite slow in India, compared to „the west“. Again, on the averages, expect to cover the ground at about 50 kilometres per hour.

near Agra – visit Fatehpur Sikri; a day trip to Vrindavan, Mathuranear Jaipur – visit the Chand Baori at Abhaneribetween Varanasi and Agra – Khajuraho or Orachha or Gwalior

Book your trains 60 days in advance. Read here for the instructions: Do a practise purchase before you need to buy tickets for real. Avoid the bus if you can help it.

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How to Visit Bodh Gaya India: Where Buddha Became Enlightened

Bodh Gaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage destination in the world. Located in the state of Bihar, India, it’s here that Lord Buddha became enlightened during intense meditation under a Bodhi tree. The exact spot is now marked by the sprawling Mahabodhi temple complex. In this very serene place, monks from all over the world can be found sitting at the foot of an enormous carved Buddha statue, reading holy scriptures, and in deep contemplation. The town is also home to dozens of Buddhist monasteries, maintained by various Buddhist countries. An increasing number of people visit Bodh Gaya each year.

Chinese Buddhists walk to Bodh Gaya from Nepal

A delegation of 170 Chinese Buddhists which walked all the way from Nepal to Bodh Gaya in Bihar arrived in the pilgrimage town on Sunday to join special chanting sessions of the Tripitak, Buddhism’s holiest scriptures.

The chanting has been organised by the International Buddhist Council (IBC) and the All India Bhikhu Sangh (AIBS) and was held at Kalchakra Maidan, but also under the Mahabodhi tree, where Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.

The tree is on the premises of the Mahabodhi Mahavihara, a UNESCO world heritage site. IBC secretary Bhante Pragyadeep said the Tripitak chanting had been organised for world peace and concluded on December 12.

He said that the Chinese monks had made a brief stopover in Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal – and then commenced the 15-day ‘padyatra’ to Bodh Gaya. They were carrying the Chinese version of the Tripitak, originally written in Pali, and donated it to the AIBS before joining the chanting, he said. Tripitak was translated from Pali into Chinese almost a century ago.

The route taken by the monks is said to be the same that fifth and seventh century Chinese travelers, Faxian and Xuanzang, had chosen to reach India. Apart from the chanting, the Chinese visitors will also attend programs at the Chinese monastery, located close to the Mahabodhi Mahavihara.

Figures vary, but an estimate of the US State Department’s 2016 International Religious Freedom Report places the number of Chinese believers of Buddhism, Catholicism, Daoism, Islam and Protestantism — the five permitted religions — at about 650 million.

Some 245 million Chinese — around 18% of China’s total population, practice Buddhism, which had travelled to China from India, during the Han Dynasty (150 CE)’s later decades of rule. According to Article 36 of China’s constitution, Chinese citizens ‘enjoy freedom of religious belief’.

But US-based think-tank Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) points out that while the Chinese government in February 2018 passed laws liberalising rules for registered religious organisations, it also imposed greater controls upon them. The visiting monks declined to speak to the media directly but answered queries with the help of the IBC secretary and interpreters.

Earlier on Sunday, monks from different countries, including Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Russia, had taken out a colourful procession from Thai Monastery to Kalchakra Maidan through the main roads of Bodh Gaya.

Chief monk of the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee, Bhante Chalinda, said after the chanting session, all foreign monks, including those from China, will visit Jeshthivan (Jethian), in Gaya district where Lord Buddha and Magadh King Bimbisara are believed to have first met.

From there, they will undertake a padayatra to Venuvan in Rajgir, where Bimbisara gave Buddha a bamboo grove. The Chinese monks will also visit Nalanda and Gurupadgiri, before returning to Bodh Gaya on December 13.

Bodh Gaya Hotels and Places to Stay

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History

After leaving the royal palace, prince Siddhartha practiced austerities from five ascetic followers but later realized that he couldn’t find any meaning and truth regarding the ultimate meaning of life, death and rebirth. Even though he realized that nothing could be gained from these austerities but these practices made him so weak and sat under the Bodhi tree of Bodh Gaya. So he realized that he would rather meditate than practice such austerities.

Later he was offered rice and milk by a local girl named Sujata who was passing the young prince. After receiving such offerings from Sujata, Lord Buddha realized that he would meditate under the Bodhi tree until he attained the Enlightenment. The offering made by Sujata can be considered the turning point in the realization of Nirvana by Gautama Buddha. Thus Bodh Gaya was considered as one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and the other three being Lumbini(birth of Buddha), Sarnath(First teachings of Buddha) and Kushinagar(death of Buddha).

Another important tale also took place in Bodh Gaya. When Lord Buddha attained Nirvana, Mara who is a demon of illusion, tried to distract Lord Buddha so that he couldn’t attained the ultimate truths of life, death and rebirth. Then Lord Buddha touch the earth and call the witness i.e. sometimes it is said that the witness was Goddess earth where as sometimes it is said that the witness were thousands lifetimes of virtues which led him to attained such truth. This poses is defined as Earth touching Mudra and there are different styles of Buddha statues in Buddhist sculptures. Thus when the witness was called upon, Lord Buddha broke through the illusion laid by Mara demon, and Mara demon along with his demon army fled from Gautama Buddha.

Later he was offered rice and milk by a local girl named Sujata who was passing the young prince. After receiving such offerings from Sujata, Lord Buddha realized that he would meditate under the Bodhi tree until he attained the Enlightenment. The offering made by Sujata can be considered the turning point in the realization of Nirvana by Gautama Buddha. Thus Bodh Gaya was considered as one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world and the other three being Lumbini(birth of Buddha), Sarnath(First teachings of Buddha) and Kushinagar(death of Buddha).

Another important tale also took place in Bodh Gaya. When Lord Buddha attained Nirvana, Mara who is a demon of illusion, tried to distract Lord Buddha so that he couldn’t attained the ultimate truths of life, death and rebirth. Then Lord Buddha touch the earth and call the witness i.e. sometimes it is said that the witness was Goddess earth where as sometimes it is said that the witness were thousands lifetimes of virtues which led him to attained such truth. This poses is defined as Earth touching Mudra and there are different styles of Buddha statues in Buddhist sculptures. Thus when the witness was called upon, Lord Buddha broke through the illusion laid by Mara demon, and Mara demon along with his demon army fled from Gautama Buddha.

Important Places in Bodh Gaya

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Bodh Gaya was the turning point in the life of Lord Buddha as well as inspiration to many Buddhist traditions in the world. In 2002, Mahabodhi temple of Bodh Gaya was announced UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside from Bodh Gaya, Buddhist pilgrimage sites of other Buddhist countries are quite popular in western cultures as well as all the Buddhist devout and most of them are announced World Heritage Sites By UNESCO such as Potala Palace, Bouddhanath Stupa, Bagan etc. Potala Palace is one of the most popular Buddhist pilgrimage sitesBodh Gaya, since it is the residence of .

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Via the Raxaul Border Crossing

The Raxaul border crossing to Birganj in southern-central Nepal is accessible from Patna in Bihar. It’s most convenient for anyone traveling from Bodh GayaKolkata. There are direct trains from Kolkata to Raxaul (16 hours). From Bodh Gaya, it’s quicker to take a bus or car and travel by road as opposed to train (13 hours). From the border, buses take six to seven hours to reach Kathmandu and eight hours to Pokhara. Shared jeeps to Kathmandu are a quicker option and only take four to five hours.

Other Border Crossings

Two other border crossing points (from Jamunaha in Uttar Pradesh to Nepalganj in western Nepal, and Gauriphanta in Uttar Pradesh to Dhangadhi in far western Nepal) are open to tourists. However, they’re difficult to reach and rarely used. Non-official border crossings at Janakpur, Biratnagar and Ilam rarely allow foreign tourists.

There are a few popular choices depending on whether you’re traveling by air or overland. Delhi to Kathmandu is the cheapest and quickest (less than two hours) route by air to Nepal.

If traveling by bus or train, though, Varnasi to Kathmandu is the most popular route.

Varnasi to Kathmandu is the most popular route by train, but there are also direct trains from Kolkata to Raxaul.

Varnasi to Kathmandu is a popular route for traveling by bus. Additionally, from Bodh Gaya to the Raxaul border, it’s possible to take a bus or car.

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How far is it between Kathmandu and Bodh Gaya

Kathmandu is located in Nepal with (27.7017,85.3206) coordinates and Bodh Gaya is located in India with (24.6979,84.9921) coordinates. The calculated flying distance from Kathmandu to Bodh Gaya is equal to 209 miles which is equal to 336 km.

If you want to go by car, the driving distance between Kathmandu and Bodh Gaya is 447.72 km. If you ride your car with an average speed of 112 kilometers/hour (70 miles/h), travel time will be 03 hours 59 minutes. Please check the avg. speed travel time table on the right for various options. Difference between fly and go by a car is 112 km.

What is the best time to visit Bodh Gaya?

October to March is ideal for a visit according to the weather conditions, but tourists flock here throughout the year. Post-October, a lot of monks, flock from Dharamshala to Bodh Gaya and the city is coloured with maroon robes. Dalai Lama himself spends some time here during December and January. Visitors also flock here in the month of Vaisakh (April-May) to celebrate the Buddha Purnima, the auspicious day when Siddhartha had attained enlightenment.

Who, When & Why Was Buddha ?

Lord Gautam Buddha, who showed the world a new path with his thoughts, was a great philosopher, scientist, religious leader of India, a great social reformer and founder of Buddhism. Buddha was married to Yashodhara. A child was born from this marriage, which was named Rahul, but sometime after the marriage, Gautam Buddha abandoned his wife and child.

He went from his palace to the forest in the night in search of true divine knowledge and a way to liberate the world from birth, death and sorrows. After many years of rigorous practice, he attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya (Bihar) and became Siddhartha Gautama to Gautam Buddha.

Today there are about 190 crore Buddhist followers in the whole world and the number of people following Buddhism is 25% in the world. According to a survey, it includes – China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Mongolia, Cambodia, Bhutan, South Korea, hong-kong, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Indonesia, America and Sri Lanka etc. countries which include Bhutan, Sri Lanka and India In Buddhism, there are a large number of followers. Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage for Buddhists

Lord Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment:

On the day of Vaishakhi Purnima, Siddharth sat in his meditation carefully under the tree tree. A woman from the village named Sujatha had a son, that woman had asked for a vow for her son from the vatavriksha which he had asked for and he had got a gold plate to fulfill this happiness. I filled the pudding of cow’s milk and reached that vatavriksha.

The woman very comfortably presented Kheer to Siddharth and said that my wish was fulfilled as well as yours. Siddhartha’s meditation was successful on meditating that same night, he realized the truth since then Siddhartha was called Buddha. The tree which Siddhartha had realized under the Peepal tree was called Bodhivriksha and Bodh Gaya was called the border place of Gaya.

BodhGaya for Visitors

Altitude: 113 MetersTemperature (Max./Min.) Deg C: Summer 47/28; Winter-28/4Rainfall:186 cms (Mid-June to Mid-September)Best Season: October to MarchClothing: Summer – Cottons; Winter – Heavy Woollens

Air: The nearest airport is at Gaya 7 Kms and Patna 135 kms. Indian Airlines and Sahara Airlines connect Patna to Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Ranchi, Lucknow and various other cities.

Road: Bodhgaya is well connected by road to Gaya (17km), Nalanda (101 km), Rajgir (78 km), Patna (135km), Varanasi (252 km), Calcutta (495km).

Bus: Regular direct bus services are available from Gaya, Patna, Nalanda, Rajgir, Varanasi. Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation run buses from Patna- Bodhgaya route twice a day.

Local Transport: Taxis, Tongas, Auto Rickshaws, Cycle Rickshaws are available.

Conducted Tour: Chartered buses or taxis are arranged from Ranchi and Patna by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation. Contact Bihar Touries

Bodhgaya to Kathmandu

As you might have noticed, it has been a couple of days since my last post. This was due to some difficulties in arranging transportation to Kathmandu. We had asked at several travel agencies about cars to the border and even all the way to Kathmandu, but the prices were outrageous. The owner of the internet cafe in Bodhgaya had been very helpful before, so we asked him if he knew where we might ask, and he indicated that he could find a car for us. After a long negotiation, we settled on a price of Rs12000 ($300) all the way to Kathmandu. Because the banks were closed we changed money at a restaurant just upstairs of internet cafe, but when we went back down to use the internet to post to the blog, the guy said that Rs12000 would only get us to the border! What a liar! We walked out immediately and started to think about plan B.

The next day we decided to just start moving north. We hired a tuk-tuk to take us the 14Km to the Gaya train station where we purchased a 2nd class ticket to Patna (the capital of Bihar). It was another cultural experience on the train with about 23 people packed into a compartment that was designed for 10. Fortunately, the ride was only 3 hours, and unbelievably, the train was on time!

In Patna we hired a car and driver to take us to the border (120 Km) for about Rs3200 ($80). They said that the 75 mile trip would take about 5-6 hours. We could not understand this until we got on the road. About 30-40 miles before the border the “road” consisted of deep potholes and rough brick resulting in an average speed of about 10 mph.

We arrived in the Indian border town of Raxaul at about 8:00PM. We took a bicycle pedi-rickshaw to Indian immigration, and on to Nepali immigration. Our book said that the border closes at 10:00PM, but when we arrived they told us that it closed at 5:30 and would not open again until 6:00AM. We were stuck between the two countries. The Nepalese soldiers were very nice, and roused 3 immigration officials who traveled from home to process our visas. They were very pleasant and gave us our visas with a smile. When we said that no one in America would do this, one of the officials said that, “this is our way.” It was a welcome change from the surliness of Indian officials. Our rickshaw driver then peddled us another 10Km to a hotel in Berganj. The hotel had hot water and room service, and brought us big bowls of rice and a large pot of tea at 10:00PM. We also got room service for breakfast, and the total for everything was about $20.

The next morning we negotiated a private car to take us to Kathmandu. They promised us a small diesel SUV, but when the vehicle showed up it was a tiny van. We eventually agreed to take the van as it was the best price in town, but as we were leaving Berganj, we stopped, and they transferred us to the SUV we originally thought we would get. It was a good thing too, because the trip to Kathmandu made the drive to Raxaul look like a trip on the German Autobahn. The road through the mountain was incredibly twisty and was mostly a single lane. We had to dodge a lot of oncoming SUVs and motorcycles. Once we got high into the mountains, the pavement stopped and it was hard off-roading for 20-30 KM over the tight passes with no guardrails and 1000 ft sheer drops. (If you haven’t seen Ice Road Truckers Dangerous Drives – India on the History Channel, you can google it to get a feel for this journey.)

We arrived in Kathmandu at about 5:00PM to find that almost every hotel in town is booked. This is the high season and there are many foreign tourists in town because the weather is pleasant, and there is usually a clear view of the Himalayas from small towns surrounding Kathmandu. The people here are very pleasant, and one woman at the reception desk of a hotel that was full arranged a room at another hotel for us. Fortunately, we are able to get a room tonight at the Tibetan monastery just outside downtown Kathmandu.

Getting There

Gaya airport, 12 kilometers (7 miles) away, has infrequent direct flights from Kolkata. If you’re coming from other major Indian cities, the nearest airport is in Patna, 140 kilometers (87 miles) away. From Patna, it’s a three to four-hour drive.

Bodh Gaya can be easily reached by train. The nearest railway station is Gaya, which is well connected with Patna, Varanasi, New Delhi, Kolkata, Puri, and other places in Bihar. The journey from Patna by train is about two and a half hours.

Bodh Gaya can also be visited as part of a pilgrimage to other Buddhist sites in India. Indian Railways operates a special Mahaparinirvan Express Buddhist Tourist Train. 

Another popular option is to travel to Bodh Gaya from Varanasi by car taking under six hours. 

When to Go

The pilgrimage season starts in Bodh Gaya in September and reaches a peak in January. Ideally, the best time to visit weather-wise is between November and February. Avoid the monsoon season between June and September. The weather gets quite oppressive, followed by heavy rains. Summers, from March to May, are very hot. However, Bodh Gaya still attracts a large number of devotees during this time for Buddha Jayanti (Buddha’s birthday) celebrations, held in late April or May.

What to See and Do

The elaborately carved Mahabodhi temple, Buddhism’s holiest shrine, is the big attraction at Bodh Gaya. The temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. It’s open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with chanting and meditation held at 5:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The other temples and monasteries, built and maintained by various Buddhist countries, are also fascinating— particularly the different architectural styles. Opening hours are from 5 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t miss the very ornate Thai temple, shimmering with gold.

The towering 80-foot sandstone and granite statue of Lord Buddha is a must-see. It took 12,000 stonemasons seven years to complete.

Bodh Gaya also has an Archaeological Museum displaying an array of relics, scriptures, and ancient statues of Buddha. It is closed on Fridays.

The sacred Dungeshwari Cave Temples (also known as Mahakala Caves), where Lord Buddha meditated for an extended period, are a short distance northeast of Bodh Gaya and worth visiting as well.

Meditation and Buddhism Courses

You’ll find plenty of courses and retreats available in Bodh Gaya. The Root Institute for Wisdom Culture conducts introductory and intermediate meditation and philosophy courses, explained in the Tibetan Mahayana tradition, from October to March.

Those interested in Vipassana Meditation can learn it at the Dhamma Bodhi Vipassana Center, with 10-day residential retreats starting on the 1st and 16th of every month.

Festivals

The biggest festival in Bodh Gaya is Buddha Jayanti, held on a full moon in late April or May each year. The festival celebrates Lord Buddha’s birthday. Other festivals in Bodh Gaya include the annual Buddha Mahotsava, a three-day celebration filled with cultural and religious activities.

The Kagyu Monlam Chenmo and Nyingma Monlam Chenmo prayer festivals for world peace are held around January-February every year. The Maha Kala Puja is conducted at monasteries for several days before the new year, for purification and to remove obstacles.

Where to Stay

If you’re on a strict budget, Bodh Gaya’s monastery guesthouses are an inexpensive alternative to a hotel. The accommodations are basic but clean. It can be difficult to make advance bookings at these places though. You can try the well-maintained Bhutanese monastery (phone: 0631 2200710), which is quiet and has rooms in a garden setting.

It’s also possible to stay at the Root Institute, which is conveniently located near the Mahabodhi temple and offers meditation retreats.

If you’d prefer to stay in a guesthouse, Kundan Bazaar Guest House and Tara Guest House are very popular with travelers. They’re located in the quaint village of Bhagalpur, a five-minute bicycle ride from the center of Bodh Gaya.

Hotel Sakura House has a peaceful location in town and a view of the Mahabodhi temple from its rooftop. Hotel Bodhgaya Regency is the pick of the top-end hotels is not far from the Mahabodhi temple.

Side Trips

A side trip to Rajgir, where Lord Buddha spent much of his life teaching his disciples, is recommended. It’s located about 75 kilometers (46 miles) from Bodh Gaya and can be reached by bus or taxi. There, you’ll be able to visit Gridhakuta (also known as Vulture’s Peak), where the Buddha used to meditate and preach. You can take the aerial tramway/cable car up to the top, for great views. The extensive ruins of ancient Nalanda University, a significant center for Buddhist learning, are also nearby.

Travel Tips

Electricity supply can be erratic at Bodh Gaya, so it’s a good idea to carry a flashlight with you.

It is traditional to take off your shoes before entering the inner parts of the main Mahabodhi Temple complex, as well as any of the monasteries around the area. Wearing loose-fitting respectful clothing and simple sandals is recommended.

The town isn’t very big and can be explored on foot or by bicycle.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Buddh Gaya to Kathmandu is to train and drive which costs RUB 1300 – RUB 1800 and takes 14h 20m.

The quickest way to get from Buddh Gaya to Kathmandu is to drive and fly which costs RUB 2900 – RUB 26000 and takes 5h 53m.

The distance between Buddh Gaya and Kathmandu is 336 km. The road distance is 437.9 km.

It takes approximately 10h 13m to get from Buddh Gaya to Kathmandu, including transfers.

The quickest flight from Janakpur Airport to Kathmandu Airport is the direct flight which takes 25 min.

Kathmandu is 15 min ahead of Buddh Gaya. It is currently 06:28 in Buddh Gaya and 06:43 in Kathmandu.

Yes, the driving distance between Buddh Gaya to Kathmandu is 438 km. It takes approximately 6h 44m to drive from Buddh Gaya to Kathmandu.

Yeti Airlines and Buddha Air Ltd offer flights from Janakpur Airport to Kathmandu Airport.

There are 679+ hotels available in Kathmandu. Prices start at RUB 7500 per night.

What companies run services between Buddh Gaya, India and Kathmandu, Nepal?

There is no direct connection from Buddh Gaya to Kathmandu. However, you can take the taxi to Gaya airport, take the bus to Patna, take the taxi to Hajipur Jn, take the train to Ghorasahan, then take the drive to Kathmandu. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Gaya Jn, take the train to Raxaul Jn, then take the drive to Kathmandu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, but conditions apply when entering India from Nepal.

Domestic travel is restrictedFace masks are recommendedThere is a social distancing requirement of 1 metreObserve COVID-19 safety rulesRegional restriction measures in placeFurther restrictions may be implemented at short notice

The national COVID-19 helpline number in Buddh Gaya is 1800118797.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Buddh Gaya is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Buddh Gaya is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1800118797.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Nepal from India.

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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Nepal to Buddh Gaya is to drive and train, which costs RUB 1300 – RUB 1800 and takes 15h 10m.

The quickest way to get from Nepal to Buddh Gaya is to drive which costs RUB 2700 – RUB 4000 and takes 6h 44m.

The distance between Nepal and Buddh Gaya is 390 km. The road distance is 436.8 km.

It takes approximately 15h 10m to get from Nepal to Buddh Gaya, including transfers.

The quickest flight from Kathmandu Airport to Janakpur Airport is the direct flight which takes 20 min.

Buddh Gaya is 15 min behind Nepal. It is currently 06:43 in Nepal and 06:28 in Buddh Gaya.

Yes, the driving distance between Nepal to Buddh Gaya is 437 km. It takes approximately 6h 44m to drive from Nepal to Buddh Gaya.

Yeti Airlines and Buddha Air Ltd offer flights from Kathmandu Airport to Janakpur Airport.

There are 84+ hotels available in Buddh Gaya. Prices start at RUB 7500 per night.

The best way to get from Nepal to Kathmandu Airport is to drive which takes 6 min and costs RUB 30 – RUB 50.

What companies run services between Nepal and Buddh Gaya, India?

There is no direct connection from Nepal to Buddh Gaya. However, you can take the drive to Raxaul Jn, take the train to Gaya Jn, then take the taxi to Buddh Gaya. Alternatively, you can take the drive to Buddh Gaya.

Buddh Gaya, India

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 attained Enlightenment (Pali: bodhi) under what became known as the Bodhi Tree. Since antiquity, Bodh Gaya has remained the object of pilgrimage and veneration for both Hindus and Buddhists. – Wikipedia

Fragen & Antworten

Die günstigste Verbindung von Bodhgaya nach Kathmandu ist per Zug und Autofahrt , kostet RUB 1300 – RUB 1800 und dauert 14Std. 20Min..

Die schnellste Verbindung von Bodhgaya nach Kathmandu ist per Autofahrt und Flugzeug, kostet RUB 2900 – RUB 26000 und dauert 5Std. 53Min..

Die Entfernung zwischen Bodhgaya und Kathmandu beträgt 336 km. Die Entfernung über Straßen beträgt 437.9 km.

Es dauert etwa 10Std. 13Min. von Bodhgaya nach Kathmandu zu kommen, einschließlich Transfers.

Die schnellste Flugverbindung von Janakpur Flughafen nach Kathmandu Flughafen ist der Direktflug und dauert 25 Min..

Kathmandu ist zeitlich 15 Min. vor Bodhgaya. Es ist derzeit 06:28 Uhr in Bodhgaya und 06:43 Uhr in Kathmandu.

Ja, die Entfernung über Straßen zwischen Bodhgaya und Kathmandu beträgt 438 km. Es dauert ungefähr 6Std. 44Min., um von Bodhgaya nach Kathmandu zu fahren.

Yeti Airlines und Buddha Air Ltd bieten Flüge vom Flughafen in Janakpur zum Flughafen in Kathmandu.

Es gibt mehr als 679 Unterkunftsmöglichkeiten in Kathmandu. Die Preise fangen bei RUB 7500 pro Nacht an.

About Gaya (GAY)

One of the most popular places of religious importance in India – Gaya attracts thousands of visitors from all corners of the country and world every year. Dotted with hills from all sides, Gaya – the second largest city of Bihar – boasts of attractions that are truly captivating. A significant land for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, the city is sprinkled with countless numbers of temples and ghats. The presence of the Falgu River adds to the sanctity of the place. During the monsoon season, especially September-October, hundreds of people visit the city to take a dip in this holy river and offer prayers for the departed family members. Located on the banks of the Falgu River, the Vishnupad Temple is one of the major attractions of Gaya. Known to have been built on the site where footprints of Lord Vishnu were found, this temple features a 40 cm long foot print of the God incised on a rock, which is enclosed by a silver-plated basin. Other places that tourists can visit in Gaya are the Surya Kund, Mahabodhi Temple, Barabar Caves, Pretshila Hill and Akshayabat. From atop the Pretshila Hills tourists can behold unobtrusive and breathtaking views of the surroundings. From MakeMyTrip, tourists can avail one of many exciting travel packages to travel around this holy city without any discomfort.

Buddha und Bodhgaya

Etwa 500 hat hier Siddhartha Gautama unter der großen Pappel-Feige meditiert bis er zum Buddha wurde. Bodhgaya gilt als wichtigster Pilgerort für Buddhisten, hier gibt es von vielen buddhistischen Ländern und Traditionen Klöster und Tempel. Der „Mahabodhi Tempel“ steht seit 2002 auf der Liste des UNESCO Weltkultur-Erbe. Der Pilgerort gilt als der Heiligste Ort des Buddhismus und gehört zur Gruppe der vier Stationen aus dem Leben des Buddha.

Fragen & Antworten

Die günstigste Verbindung von Bodhgaya nach Lumbini ist per Zug, kostet RUB 750 – RUB 950 und dauert 14Std. 16Min..

Die schnellste Verbindung von Bodhgaya nach Lumbini ist per Autofahrt , kostet RUB 2800 – RUB 4200 und dauert 6Std. 48Min..

Die Entfernung zwischen Bodhgaya und Lumbini beträgt 354 km. Die Entfernung über Straßen beträgt 456.6 km.

Es dauert etwa 11Std. 17Min. von Bodhgaya nach Lumbini zu kommen, einschließlich Transfers.

Es gibt keinen Direktflug vom Flughafen in Janakpur zum Flughafen in Bhairawa. Der schnellste Flug dauert 2Std. 55Min. mit einer Zwischenlandung.

Lumbini ist zeitlich 15 Min. vor Bodhgaya. Es ist derzeit 06:30 Uhr in Bodhgaya und 06:45 Uhr in Lumbini.

Ja, die Entfernung über Straßen zwischen Bodhgaya und Lumbini beträgt 457 km. Es dauert ungefähr 6Std. 48Min., um von Bodhgaya nach Lumbini zu fahren.

Yeti Airlines und Buddha Air Ltd bieten Flüge vom Flughafen in Janakpur zum Flughafen in Bhairawa.

Es gibt mehr als 20 Unterkunftsmöglichkeiten in Lumbini. Die Preise fangen bei RUB 7500 pro Nacht an.

Die beste Verbindung von Bodhgaya zum Flughafen in Gaya ist per Taxi, dauert 15 Min. und kostet RUB 270 – RUB 320.

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Bodhi Tree

The Bodhi Tree (Sanskrit: बोधि) also known as Bo (from Sinhalese: Bo) and „peepal tree“ (Devanagari: पीपल क पेड़) was a large and very old sacred fig tree (Ficus religiosa) located in Bodh Gaya, under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher who later became known as the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment (Bodhi). In religious iconography, the Bodhi Tree is recognizable by its heart-shaped leaves, which are usually prominently displayed.

Great Buddha

The Giant Buddha statue is one of the many stops in the Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist routes in Bodhgaya, Bihar (India). The statue is 19.507 m high in meditation pose or dhyana mudra seated on a lotus in open air. It took seven years to complete with the help of 12,000 masons. It is a mix of sandstone blocks and red granite. It is possibly the largest built in India and was consecrated on 18 November 1989 by the 14th Dalai Lama. The foundation stone for the statue was placed in 1982.

Bodhi Residency

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Kumari Boutique Hotel

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Lumbini Buddha Garden Resort

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