GAYA(BODHGAYA) General Information
Situated 125 km from Patna, Gaya has scared shrines of the Jains and
Hindus scattered around the city. The nearest airport is Patna. Gaya is
well connected by rail from Patna, Ranchi and Daltenganj. The important
places include the Vishnupad temple, believed to be built on the footsteps
of Vishnu. Brahma-Yoni, Ramshila, Pretishila, about 6 km from railway
station are picturesque hills. Deo, has a temple dedicated to the sun god.
Kurkihar, is a Place with ancient habitation.
Caves, has the earliest Buddhist rock carvings. Sasaram, has the
tombs of Sher shah suri and that of his father. Pawapuri has the famous
Jalmandir where Lord Mahavira breathed his last. Build of marble and
surrounded by a beautiful lake, it is a place of pilgrimage for the Jains.
Parasnath Hill, 20km from Gaya, is one of the most sacred pilgrim centers
Situated 16 km away from Gaya, it is a place were Buddha attained
enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. The nearest airport is at Patna. The
places for sight seeing includes The Mahabodhi Temple, which is an
architectural amalgamation of many centuries and cultures is nearby.
Gaya "The Land Of Enlightenment Of Buddha” is the place where
Prince Gautama attained enlightenment and came to be known as Lord Buddha.
Bodh Gaya was the place where his holy mission was achieved. It is
situated on the banks of the river Niranjana (also called Falgu) and is 11
kms. from Gaya.
Monastery, near the Mahabodhi Temple. Four temples dominate a huge
courtyard full of shrubs and samadhis represented by stones shaped like
upturned urns. The Buddha Archaeological Museum, near the temple houses a
rare collection of Buddhist sculptures. The Jagannath temple, is a Shiva
- 20 km from
Gaya, the Surya temple, here, is the site of the famous Chhath Puja
- 40 km from
Gaya, they are the earliest Buddhist rock cut caves.
- It is
believed that 22 'tirthankaras' out of 24 attained salvation here,
and is deemed one of the most sacred pilgrim centres for the Jains.
Chotanagpur plateau is one of the most beautiful areas in Bihar.
Studded with hills 300 - 900 m in altitude, and covered with verdant
virgin forests, this expanse of rivers, lakes, meadows and valleys
is an ideal retreat. Rich in wildlife, these forests are an
anthropologist's delight, as the clutch of ancient tribes, like
Santhal, Ho, Munda, Oraon, Koi, Chero, Kharia, Paharia, dwelling
within them, still retain their intriguing traditions and rituals.
- The erstwhile
summer capital of Bihar, Ranchi, is 676 m in altitude, and is a
wonderful hill station. Its significant landmarks are a hill - top
Shiva temple, with the Ranchi lake at the foothills.
- A popular
tourist resort 140 km from Ranchi.
to get there
is an important railway junction. There are bus services from all
important towns of Bihar.
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