Bodhgaya, located northeast of India in the central Bihar, is the place where Gautam Sidhartha attained enlightenment and that's why, it features among the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centres across the globe. Tourists throng here to visit numerous temples, museums, and striking Buddhist monasteries. Besides Bodh Gaya, tourist who come here also visit the nearby places or holy towns like Nalanda, Rajgir, Sonepur, and Patna.
In Bodhgaya, the Mahabodhi Temple is a prime attraction which houses a big, gilded statue of the Buddha. The Bodhi Tree in the same premises is another site of eminence here. Besides many beautiful Buddhist monasteries, the place has the Indosan Nipponji Japanese Temple, the Thai temple and three Tibetan monasteries. The Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum attracts tourists for its Buddha statues and stone carvings.
Tourists to Bodhgaya can go on excursions to Rajgir, which is a popular pilgrimage centre of three faiths - Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. The Barabar Caves at 57 Kms from Gaya are Buddhist caves known for their excellent carvings. Deo at 20 km from Gaya is popular for its Sun God temple. If Dungeswari at just 12 km is known for caves of Buddha meditation, then Nalanda is an ancient centre of Buddhist learning.