Places to see and things to do in Bodhgaya, Rajgirand Nalanda

Working everyday under so much pressure and not getting any time for yourself is that the kind of life you desire?? In some way or the other we all want to relieve ourselves from the everyday stress, well that’s not possible because we need to work for a living but a few days apart from this pressure doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

So, we would like to tell you about some places with beautiful sceneries, vast culture, rich heritage and serenity.

Top Attractions In Bodhgaya

Bodhgaya is a religious site for Buddhists, in Gaya District in Bihar. It’s a really famous place of pilgrimage as GautamaBuddha is said to have attained the enlightenment and became the Buddha. Bodhgaya is the most important pilgrimage sit for Buddhists, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini and Sarnath. There are so many places which can be visited and seen in Bodhgaya, such as.

Mahabodhi Temple :

Built in the 7th century, this temple is said to be the most important attraction in Bodhgaya. It is also called the “Great Awakening Temple” as Gautama Buddha is said to have attained the “awakening” here. The temple spreads over an area of 4.8 hectares and is 55 meters tall. It is an enriching experience to visit the temple and get enchanted in the peace and silence.

Great Buddha Statue :

It is a 64ft. high, giant statue in meditation pose seated on a lotus. It is constructed using sandstone blocks and red granite.

Bodhi Tree :

This tree is also known as “Sri Mahabodhi”. It is said that Gautama Buddha meditated under this tree for seven weeks and attained enlightenment. Later, a shrine known as Animisalocana Cetiya was erected on the spot where he sat.

Muchalinda Lake :

It is a lake near the Bodhgaya temple. Four weeks after Gautam Buddha began meditating, there was a great storm and the mighty king of serpents, Mucalinda saved Buddha from the terrible weather.

Top Attractions In Rajgir

Rajgir is an ancient city surrounded by rocky hills and beautiful views. This place has many archeological sites related to Buddhism and Jainism. A great amount of time can be spent here by indulging in the refreshing calmness. Things which can be done here are:

Vishwa Shanti Stupa :

It was built by the Japanese, known to be the symbol of world peace.

Venuvana :

King Bimbisara donated the bamboo groove,Veluvana to Buddha for his residence. It has now been developed into a beautiful park with admiring sights of bamboos, flowers and a pond.

Vulture’s Peak or Giddhakutta :

located on a small hill, it is an important sightseeing location perched at an altitude of 400m. this peak is shaped like a vulture and offers a view of the entire surroundings.

Rajgir Ropeway :

It is the only ropeway line in existence in the state of Bihar. It rises to a height of 1000m from the ground level and it is an amazing experience for sure.

Top Attractions In Nalanda

It is a popular tourist destination attracting a large number of Indians and overseas tourists. This city also has the world’s oldest and finest architectural universities. It is an important Centre for Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Sufism and is a famous tourist destination. Some of the places to visit are:

Nalanda university :

Considered to be the oldest university and a world heritage site, the university was a centre of advanced vedic learnings until it was ransacked by Bakhtiyar khilji in 12th century.

Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall :

this memorial hall is a distinct reminder of the architectural style of the nalanda university. It was built as a dedication to the Chinese scholar Hieun Tsang.

The Great Stupa :

This stupa was built in the 3rd century by Ashoka in honor of Sariputra. This stupa is shaped like a pyramid and marks some important events of Buddha’s life.