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About Bodhgaya

Bodh Gaya

Bodh Gaya is a town in the Indian state of Bihar. It is an internationally famous town known for its Buddhist temples. In fact, this is the place where the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment. Pilgrims from all over the nation as well as countries like South Korea, Myanmar, Japan, China, Cambodia, Thailand and Sri Lanka flock to the town in numbers on a regular basis. The state capital of Patna lies 111 km north of the town.

Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in the town. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Buddha Residency (Tariff- Rs. 700), Hotel Thai International (Tariff – Rs. 600), Welcome Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 600), Bodh Gaya Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.

Language
The official language of the area is Hindi. English is also understood.

Events
The important festivals celebrated in Bogh Gaya are Vesak or Buddha Purnima in May and the annual prayer festivals for world peace called Kagyu Monlam Chenmo and Nyingma Monlam Chenmo held around January-February.

Places of Interest
The place is almost exclusively famous for its Buddhist temples and structures. The most important among them is the Mahabodhi Temple (the complex within which Buddha achieved enlightenment). Apart from this, many temples and monasteries run by organisations from Tibet, the Far East and South-east Asian countries exist in the town.

How to Get There

Air:
The nearest airport is the Patna International Airport at a distance of 114 km.

Rail:
Gaya Junction Railway Station is a major railway station located within the town itself.

Bus:
Various state transport buses as well as smaller private operators connect Bodh Gaya to different towns and cities in the region. While booking your tickets online, look out for bus booking offer that many bus booking portals provide.



About Bihar Sharif

Bihar Sharif

Bihar Sharif is the district headquarters of Nalanda district in Bihar. It is placed at Hiranya Prabhat Parvat and along the bank of River Panchanan, 75 km from Patna. Bihar Sharif, then called Bihar, was the headquarters of the Magadha kingdom in the medieval period. Later, the headquarters was shifted to Patna and the whole of Magadha region was named Bihar. The town is well known for the ruins of Nalanda, an ancient centre of higher learning.

Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Bihar Sharif. Some of them are Amrapali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 200), Ajanta Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 200-800) and New Gulmarg Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 100-200).

Language
The official language of Bihar Sharif is Hindi. Bihari, a group of languages, is also spoken in and around here. 

Events
The Urs is celebrated in Bihar Sharif’s Ibrahim Baya Mukbara. The Rajgir Dance Festival is held in October.

Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Bihar Sharif. Some of the places include the tomb of Mallik Ibrahim Bayu at Pir Pahari, ruins of Nalanda University (13 km from Bihar Sharif), Odantapuri, a celebrated Buddhist centre of learning in Bihar Sharif, and Jarasandha ka Akhara (24 km from Bihar Sharif).

How to Get There

Air:

The nearest airport to Bihar Sharif is the Patna Airport. It is located about 76 km away from the town.

Rail:

Bihar Sharif is well connected with Patna and Rajgir. There is a direct daily superfast train connecting it to New Delhi.

Bus:

There are regular bus services to Rajgir, Bodhgaya, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh, Durgapur, Dhanbad, Ranchi and Kolkata. TicketGoose.com is a well-known online bus booking site of India where you can book bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations.




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