Gaya located at a distance of 90 Kms from patna is a major city and a pilgrimage center for followers of hinduism and buddhism. Due to its connection with both the religion, Its a major tourist place for both hindus and buddhists.
Gaya has its existence from ancient times and having various religious affiliations according to hindu mythology as a must visit place once in a lifetime for the followers. Once you are in gaya, you can do various things and visit multiple tourist attraction and spots for sightseeing. Gaya is among one of the most visiting places in india by foreign tourists according to Tourism ministry and a major source of revenue for bihar tourism department
Vishnupad Temple, located in gaya is believed to be standing on the foot marks of Lord Vishnu and one of the most sacred place for hindus. Constructed in 1787 by Ahilyabai the queen of holkar dynasty, Indore, The temple is situated at the bank of Falgu river.
Also known as Baba Koteshwarnath Temple, This sacred place is located in main village at a distance of 32 Kms from Gaya. The place is dedicated to lord shiva and devotees across bihar and neighboring states come here to worship throughout the year specially in sawan.
Situated on a small hill, Mangla gauri temple is affiliated as one of the 18th saktipeeth situated at different places across india. Dedicated to deity shakti(Incarnation of Devi Durga), This is a famous tourist attraction of gaya and devotees come here to worship and fulfill their wishes. Apart from Shakti, Temples of Kali, Ganesh, Shiva and Hanuman are also there inside the complex.
Chowar Village Shiva Temple
An ancient temple dedicated to lord shiva is situated in chowar village 35 Kms from gaya. The temple is believed to be miraculous for the reason that no one knows where the water goes after pouring over shiv linga. Many scientific investigation has been conducted for hundred of years to find out any latent channel but it remained as an unsolved mystery till date. Devotees throng in large numbers to pray and worship during sawan at chowar village shiva temple. A three branches doub palm tree also known as tar, is a popular attraction near the temple. It is believed to be the trishul(weapon with three arms) of Lord Shiva.
Gautam Buddha Wildlife Sanctuary
Gautam buddha wildlife sanctuary is located in gaya district, 65 Kms from the city. Established in 1976, It covers an area of 259 square KM and also extended to area of kodarma district in Jharkhand. The place is ideal for those who want to go for nature and wildlife tourism. The Sanctuary houses Tigers, Leopards, Sambhars, Chitals, Wolves, and Sloth beers. Apart from this, Gautam Buddha wildlife sanctuary is a home to large species of birds.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Center Bodhgaya is located at a distance of 20 Kms from gaya and one of the important place to visit as a tourist. It is a major pilgrimage center for followers of buddhism and this is why every year lakhs of devotees across asia and different parts of the world visit this sacred place to pray under the Sacred Bodhi Tree.
Brahmayoni Hills is a sacred place for hindus located in gaya. One has to climb 440 steps to reach the lord shiva temple situated at the top of the hill under a big banyan tree. Hindus visit this place to offer pinddaan to their demised ancestors. According to hindu mythology, In treta yug, The river falgu used to flow above the hills but due to a curse by Lord Rama wife sita, The river started flowing through its foothills.
Sun Temple Gaya
Situated at the banks of river son, The sun temple(surya mandir) lies at a distance of 20 Kms from vishnupada temple. The temple is thronged by thousands of devotees during chatha, the most sacred festival of bihar celebrated in the month of October/November.
Located in Makhdumpur block at a distance of 24 Kms from Gaya, Barabar caves are regarded as the oldest existing caves in india constructed by cutting rocks during the rule of Mauryan dynasty between 325 to 185 BCE. These caves are among the best places to visit in gaya in order to get a glimpse of Mauryan era.
Gaya Travel Guide
[tabs][tab title=”How to Reach “]By Roads:
Gaya is well connected by roads through other parts of bihar and india. One of the oldest road know as Grand Trunk Road passes through gaya. This road connects Delhi and Kolkata.
By Train :
Gaya is a major railway station of bihar and having daily, weekly and biweekly trains from all the major cities in india. Please check out IRCTC website for more information about available trains from your location and their timings.
Gaya is an international airport and having flights available from major buddhist countries in asia. Currently direct or connecting flight is operating from colombo, Kualalampur, Bankok and Tokyo. [/tab] [tab title=”Hotels”]There are 2 and 3 star hotels available in gaya. Apart from this, accomodation facilities are available in various dharmshalas, youth hostels and resorts. [/tab] [tab title=”Things to do in Gaya”]Tourists can visit various spots mentioned above and do shopping at these places from local shops. [/tab][/tabs]