Places To Visit Around Bodhgaya


Places To Visit Around Bodhgaya

You Google for Bodhgaya and you will be bombarded with places that you can visit. You might think that it will take days for you to cover Bodhgaya and you would need a hired car or taxi but in reality barring a few places, which are on the outskirts of Bodhgaya the entire town can be covered on foot.

In my previous few blogs, I have already listed down a few of the prominent places that you can visit like Mahabodhi Temple, Barabar Caves & Dungeshwari Cave so what I have done in this blog is to collate all the places in a single blog post.

Mahabodhi Temple

This is the main reason why people flock to this part of the world. The main temple is one of the holiest sites in Buddhism and millions of visitors come here to pray. Out here, you will find the Bodhi Tree, which people say, is part of the same family tree under which Gautama Buddha got enlightened. This temple has also multiple sites where Buddha spent time before his final enlightened under the Bodhi Tree.

For details please read this detailed blog.

Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhgaya
Mahabodhi Temple – Bodhgaya
Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhgaya
Mahabodhi Temple – Bodhgaya
Inside Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhgaya
Inside Mahabodhi Temple – Bodhgaya
Bodhi Tree at Mahabodhi Temple - Bodhgaya
Bodhi Tree at Mahabodhi Temple – Bodhgaya

Jaya Shri Mahabodhi Vihara

Apart from the main Mahabodhi Temple, there are several temples and monasteries which were built in the last century by various groups, especially countries. Since this is frequented by monks from all over the world thus these places act like a guesthouse as well as the local office. Most places like these have attached temple and these are all unique to the country that it belongs to. This one is primarily that of Sri Lanka and is located right opposite to the main gate of Mahabodhi Temple.

Jaya Shri Mahabodhi Vihara - Bodhgaya
Jaya Shri Mahabodhi Vihara – Bodhgaya
Jaya Shri Mahabodhi Vihara - Bodhgaya
Jaya Shri Mahabodhi Vihara – Bodhgaya
Jaya Shri Mahabodhi Vihara - Bodhgaya
Jaya Shri Mahabodhi Vihara – Bodhgaya

Tibetan Monastery

This place is located right next to Jaya Shri Mahabodhi Vihara and outside the boundary walls; you will find several Tibetan street vendors selling their local stuff and memorabilia. This monastery also operates a clinic inside its compound, which mainly deals in natural healing. The temple upstairs on the first floor is a must-visit, especially for its beautiful colorful wall paintings.

Tibetan Monastery – Bodhgaya
Tibetan Monastery – Bodhgaya
Tibetan Monastery – Bodhgaya
Tibetan Monastery – Bodhgaya
Temple inside Tibetan Monastery - Bodhgaya
Temple inside Tibetan Monastery – Bodhgaya

Trung Tam Vien Giac

This Buddhist temple is for the people of Vietnam. This place is located a little ahead from Tibetan Monastery. This place also has an institute by the name of Vien Giac Institute.

Trung Tam Vien Giac - Bodhgaya
Trung Tam Vien Giac – Bodhgaya
Courtyard of Trung Tam Vien Giac – Bodhgaya
Courtyard of Trung Tam Vien Giac – Bodhgaya
Interiors of Trung Tam Vien Giac - Bodhgaya
Interiors of Trung Tam Vien Giac – Bodhgaya
Buddha Statue inside Trung Tam Vien Giac - Bodhgaya
Buddha Statue inside Trung Tam Vien Giac – Bodhgaya

Shechen Monastery

This is also a Tibetan monastery and was built in 1996. Other than the beautiful temple, there is also a Stupa in the memory of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. I found this to be one of the most beautiful monasteries in Bodhgaya.

Shechen Monastery - Bodhgaya
Shechen Monastery – Bodhgaya
Shechen Monastery - Bodhgaya
Shechen Monastery – Bodhgaya
Shechen Monastery - Bodhgaya
Shechen Monastery – Bodhgaya
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial Stupa inside Shechen Monastery - Bodhgaya
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Memorial Stupa inside Shechen Monastery – Bodhgaya
Monks inside Memorial Stupa inside Shechen Monastery - Bodhgaya
Monks inside Memorial Stupa inside Shechen Monastery – Bodhgaya

Mahabodhi Chinese Temple

This is right next to Shechen Monastery and as the name suggests is a Chinese temple.

Mahabodhi Chinese Temple - Bodhgaya
Mahabodhi Chinese Temple – Bodhgaya
Courtyard of Mahabodhi Chinese Temple - Bodhgaya
Courtyard of Mahabodhi Chinese Temple – Bodhgaya
Mahabodhi Chinese Temple - Bodhgaya
Mahabodhi Chinese Temple – Bodhgaya
Mahabodhi Chinese Temple - Bodhgaya
Mahabodhi Chinese Temple – Bodhgaya
Inside Mahabodhi Chinese Temple - Bodhgaya
Inside Mahabodhi Chinese Temple – Bodhgaya

World Chon Ghwa Buddhist Sangha – Taiwan Temple

This is located right behind the Chinese Temple and is for the Taiwanese people. This is the only temple in Bodhgaya that I have seen having a statue of Fasting Buddha.

World Chon Ghwa Buddhist Sangha - Taiwan Temple - Bodhgaya
World Chon Ghwa Buddhist Sangha – Taiwan Temple – Bodhgaya
Inside World Chon Ghwa Buddhist Sangha - Taiwan Temple – Bodhgaya
Inside World Chon Ghwa Buddhist Sangha – Taiwan Temple – Bodhgaya
Inside World Chon Ghwa Buddhist Sangha - Taiwan Temple – Bodhgaya
Inside World Chon Ghwa Buddhist Sangha – Taiwan Temple – Bodhgaya

Bangladesh Buddhist Monastery

This is managed by the Bangladesh Buddhist community.

Bangladesh Buddhist Monastery – Bodhgaya
Bangladesh Buddhist Monastery – Bodhgaya
Bangladesh Buddhist Monastery – Bodhgaya
Bangladesh Buddhist Monastery – Bodhgaya
Inside Bangladesh Buddhist Monastery – Bodhgaya
Inside Bangladesh Buddhist Monastery – Bodhgaya

Wat Thai Bodhgaya

If you talk of lavish design then according to me this wins the prize belonging to the Thailand government.

Wat Thai - Thailand Temple - Bodhgaya
Wat Thai – Thailand Temple – Bodhgaya
Wat Thai - Thailand Temple - Bodhgaya
Wat Thai – Thailand Temple – Bodhgaya
Wat Thai - Thailand Temple - Bodhgaya
Wat Thai – Thailand Temple – Bodhgaya
Inside Wat Thai - Thailand Temple - Bodhgaya
Inside Wat Thai – Thailand Temple – Bodhgaya

The Royal Bhutanese Monastery

Bhutan is a predominantly Buddhist nation and has a big presence in Bodhgaya with this large temple and monastery.

The Royal Bhutanese Monastery - Bodhgaya
The Royal Bhutanese Monastery – Bodhgaya
The Royal Bhutanese Monastery - Bodhgaya
The Royal Bhutanese Monastery – Bodhgaya

Indosan Nipponji

This is the Japanese temple at Bodhgaya. They have a huge garden in front of the main temple, which also has a stupa structure.

Indosan Nipponji - Japanese Temple - Bodhgaya
Indosan Nipponji – Japanese Temple – Bodhgaya
Stupa at Indosan Nipponji - Japanese Temple – Bodhgaya
Stupa at Indosan Nipponji – Japanese Temple – Bodhgaya
Main Temple at Indosan Nipponji - Japanese Temple – Bodhgaya
Main Temple at Indosan Nipponji – Japanese Temple – Bodhgaya
Interiors of the Temple at Indosan Nipponji - Japanese Temple – Bodhgaya
Interiors of the Temple at Indosan Nipponji – Japanese Temple – Bodhgaya
Interiors of the Temple at Indosan Nipponji - Japanese Temple – Bodhgaya
Interiors of the Temple at Indosan Nipponji – Japanese Temple – Bodhgaya

Giant Buddha

A five-minute walk from the Japanese temple will take you to one of the prime attractions of Bodhgaya, which is a giant stone statue of Buddha. The height of the statue is 64 feet and can be seen from a distance making it look very majestic.

Giant Buddha – Bodhgaya
Giant Buddha – Bodhgaya
Giant Buddha – Bodhgaya
Giant Buddha – Bodhgaya

Daijokyo Buddhist Temple

Many people do not know this but in reality, Daijokyo Buddhist Temple is the owner of the Giant Buddha statue and they share the same plot of land. This place contains a training center also.

Daijokyo Buddhist Temple - Bodhgaya
Daijokyo Buddhist Temple – Bodhgaya

Karma Temple

Not only different countries but there are different sects of Buddhism under the leadership of various monks and some of them have their seminaries at Bodhgaya.

Karma Temple - Bodhgaya
Karma Temple – Bodhgaya
Karma Temple - Bodhgaya
Karma Temple – Bodhgaya

Mongolian Temple

A little off the main road takes you to the Mongolian Buddhist temple.

Mongolian Temple - Bodhgaya
Mongolian Temple – Bodhgaya
Mongolian Temple - Bodhgaya
Mongolian Temple – Bodhgaya

Archaeological Museum Bodhgaya

Make sure not to miss this as this museum has many artifacts from the Mahabodhi Temple. A portion of the ancient stone gates is kept here for display along with several stone sculptures & artifacts.

Archaeological Museum – Bodhgaya
Archaeological Museum – Bodhgaya
Original Stone Gates of Mahabodhi Temple inside Archaeological Museum - Bodhgaya
Original Stone Gates of Mahabodhi Temple inside Archaeological Museum – Bodhgaya
Original Stone Gates of Mahabodhi Temple inside Archaeological Museum - Bodhgaya
Original Stone Gates of Mahabodhi Temple inside Archaeological Museum – Bodhgaya
Inside Archaeological Museum - Bodhgaya
Inside Archaeological Museum – Bodhgaya

Gaya Museum

This is separate from the Archaeological Museum Bodhgaya and is located in Gaya and not in Bodhgaya. This museum, however, has very little important artifacts considering its size. It is said that most of the important display items were shifted to the massive new museum (Bihar Museum) located in Patna.

Gaya Museum
Gaya Museum
Gaya Museum
Gaya Museum

Dungeshwari – Mahakala Cave Bodhgaya

This is an important place for the religious traveler to visit as they say that Buddha himself meditated in the cave for six years before proceeding to Bodhgaya and then meditating under the Bodhi Tree where he got enlightened. I have written a detailed blog about this place.

Click here to read that blog.

Way to Dungeshwari – Mahakala Cave Bodhgaya
Way to Dungeshwari – Mahakala Cave Bodhgaya
Dungeshwari – Mahakala Cave Bodhgaya
Dungeshwari – Mahakala Cave Bodhgaya
Gold Statue of Fasting Buddha inside Dungeshwari – Mahakala Cave Bodhgaya
Gold Statue of Fasting Buddha inside Dungeshwari – Mahakala Cave Bodhgaya
Dungeshwari – Mahakala Cave Bodhgaya
Dungeshwari – Mahakala Cave Bodhgaya

Barabar Caves

Ancient caves built during the reign of Ashoka for the use of monks for meditating and resting. Out here there are four caves Karan Chaupar Cave, Sudama Cave, Lomas Rishi Cave, and Vishwakarma Cave. A little up ahead you will find another set of caves known as Nagurjuni Caves. I have a separate detailed blog about these caves please refer to that for details.

Temple at the Foothill of Barabar Caves
Temple at the Foothill of Barabar Caves
Way to Barabar Caves
Way to Barabar Caves
Karan Chaupar Cave – Barabar Caves
Karan Chaupar Cave – Barabar Caves
Pali Inscriptions inside Karan Chaupar Cave – Barabar Caves
Pali Inscriptions inside Karan Chaupar Cave – Barabar Caves
Interiors of Sudama Cave – Barabar Caves
Interiors of Sudama Cave – Barabar Caves
Lomas Rishi Cave – Barabar Caves
Lomas Rishi Cave – Barabar Caves
Interiors of Lomas Rishi Cave – Barabar Caves
Interiors of Lomas Rishi Cave – Barabar Caves
Nagurjuni Hill
Nagurjuni Hill
Way to Nagurjuni Hill Caves
Way to Nagurjuni Hill Caves
Gopika Cave - Nagurjuni Caves
Gopika Cave – Nagurjuni Caves

Tilkut

This is not a place but a local delicacy and is famous around Gaya. This is like a cookie covered in sesame seeds and is available at most shops. These have a long shelf life thus do bring a few packets back home.

Tilkut
Tilkut

Shopping

The best and the cheapest place to shop in Bodhgaya will be around the Mahabodhi Temple. There are many street vendors selling souvenirs, woolen wear, etc. The best way to get the best price is through bargaining, visit a couple of shops to get an average and then bargain.

Shopping at Bodhgaya
Shopping at Bodhgaya
Shopping at Bodhgaya
Shopping at Bodhgaya
Shopping at Bodhgaya
Shopping at Bodhgaya

I have tried to do my best to cover most of the temples around Bodhgaya; however, there are more around Bodhgaya, which you can visit. I will try my best to keep updating this list from time to time.

4 thoughts on “Places To Visit Around Bodhgaya

  1. I had read about this place in history book in the school. It has really developed and become a first class tourist attraction. I hope it doesn’t get too commercialized.

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