It is a popularly known fact that the founder of Buddhism, Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in Gaya, Bihar and hence the city forms one of the most admired Buddhist destinations. Earlier the city was a part of Magadh and is located 100 kms south of Patna. It is a place sanctified by all the religions.
It is surrounded by small rock-strewn hills namely Mangala-Gauri, Shringa-Sthan, Ram-Shila and Brahmayoni by three sides and the river flowing on the western side called Phalgu. Gaya city is bounded by Jehnabad district on the north, on the south by Chatra district of Jharkhand. On the east by Nawada district and on the west by Aurangabad district.
Gaya tourism offers you beautiful religious destinations that could make anybody spell bound. The place has serenity and peace which is definitely a desired break everyone looks forward to. The Mahabodhi temple is the heart and soul of Gaya tourism. Monks from all over the world turn up to the place and can be spotted sitting at the foot of an enormous carved Buddhist Statute.
Gaya tourism is famous for hills like Yoni, Ramshila, Pretishila and caves of Deo Barabar and Pawapuri are also worth mentioning. The ghats and temples are lined on the banks of the sacred river Phalgu. All the destinations are worth visting for spiritual enrichment. Gaya tourism is embellished by religious and architectural marvels such as Jama Masjid, Manga Gauri Mandir and Vishnupad Temple.
Other scintillating assets of Gaya tourism include the cuisine consists of sumptuous traditional Bihari food items like litti-chhokha, litti, pittha, pua, marua-ka-roti and sattu-ka-roti. The place is also well known for sweets like tilkut, kesaria peda and ansara of Ramana road and Tekari road. The festivals of Gaya are Gaya Pitrapaksha mela which is associated with the belief that Buddha had done first “Pind Daan” here and festival of Buddha Jayanti that always falls on full moon night of Vaisakha.
To reach one can go by air, road and rail suiting to the needs and the best time to visit the city is between November and February and the weather conditions are suitable this time because rest of the months are accompanied by either scorching heat or monsoons. The main shopping centre in Gaya is G.B. Road with swadeshi vastralaya, kalamandir and plaza and Ganny markets the preferred shopping hubs.
The best season to visit Gaya is from October to March. The month of October to March is pleasant and suitable for visiting the attractions in the holy town. The month of June to September is good for short trips and temple visits.
Those who wish to reach Gaya can make use of all the medium like roadways, railways and by air.