The exotic town of Bodhgaya is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The 2500-year-old religion of Buddhism has its adherents distributed all over the world. Devotees and tourists flock to Bodhgaya from far and wide to gain an insight into the teachings and doctrines of Buddhism. While at Bodhgaya, one can easily observe that peace and spirituality pervades all over the place. The Bodhi Tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment or Nirvana is the cynosure of all eyes here. Even followers from countries like Burma, Sri Lanka, China, Bhutan, Tibet and Japan have established numerous monastic settlements here. These settlements have heightened the spiritual charm of the place all the more. The surroundings are calm and are a perfect haven for those who are in search of peace and tranquility.
Mahabodhi Temple : The Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya is the biggest draw for tourists. It is the site where Lord Buddha attained Nirvana. He sat under a peepal tree, which is popular as the Bodhi Tree, and did not move until he got his queries answered and realised that he had gained enlightenment. Under the tree, one can notice the red sandstone slab where Lord Buddha is believed to have sit and meditated. The temple displays exquisite carvings and also bears a gilded image of Buddha.
» Bodhi Sarovar : At Bodhgaya, you can visit a number sacred sites that give an account of the where, when and how Lord Buddha meditated and got enlightened. One of these is the Bodhi Sarovar where Buddha is said to have a bath before he sat to meditate under the Bodhi Tree.
» Chankaramana or the Jewel Walk : The Jewel Walk is yet another significant site here. It is the place where Buddha reflected deeply on whether or not he should reveal the knowledge to the world. Here, you can also see a Tibetan Monastery that houses a large dharma chakra or the 'Wheel of Law'.