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How to get to Bodhgaya?

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Air: The nearest airport is at Gaya 7 Kms and Patna 135 kms. Indian Airlines and Sahara Airlines connect Patna to Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Ranchi, Lucknow and various other cities.

Rail: The nearest railway station is Gaya (17km).

Road: Bodhgaya is well connected by road to Gaya (17km), Nalanda (101 km), Rajgir (78 km), Patna (135km), Varanasi (252 km), Calcutta (495km)

Local Transport: Taxis, Tongas, Auto Rickshaws, Cycle Rickshaws are available.

Bus : Regular direct bus services are available from Gaya, Patna, Nalanda, Rajgir, Varanasi. Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation run buses from Patna- Bodhgaya route twice a day.

Conducted Tour : Bodhgaya Temple Management Committe operates a one day pilgrimage tour 'To the foot steps of Buddha'. Chartered buses or taxis are arranged from Ranchi and Patna by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation.

When is the best time to visit Bodhgaya

Bodh Gaya climatic conditions are fairly extreme.
Summers (March to May) have maximum temperature in the range of 45 °C to 47 °C and minimum is about 27 °C.
Monsoons (June to August) offer plenty of rain and are humid making the environment sultry. Still rains make the climate pleasant.
Winters are very pleasant during December to February with temperature ranging between 28°C to 4°C.

October to March is pleasant and suitable for visiting the attractions in the holy town.

Where to stay in Bodhgaya ?

Bodhgaya offers an extensive range of places to stay, from three star hotels to budget hotels, guesthouses and dormitories. In addition to comercial accommodations, some monasteries in Bodhgaya offer rooms and beds for piligrims to stay. These accomodations provide the basic necessities and are usually comfortable, clean and are very reasonably priced. You can find list of Bodhgaya hotels here and here.

What to do while you are in Bodhgaya?

There are a number of religious and historical places in and around Bodhgaya that you can visit. If you are interested in attending the poojas and other activities in Mahabodhi Mahavihara, you can get the schedule here.

Places of interest in Bodhgaya :
These web sites have comprehensive information about the places to visit in Bodhgaya :

1. Sulekha
2. Trip Advisor

Places of interest around Bodhgaya :
The Barabar and Nagarjuni hills are situated 41 kms from Bodhgaya. these historical hills contain seven rock-cut caves, 4 of which are in the Barabar hills. These caves which bear details of the life of Buddha were carved out from solid rocks.
Rajgir is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since Buddha spent 12 years here, and the first Buddhist council after Buddha attained Nirvana was held here.

Useful links :
1. BTMC Pligrimage Service
2. Lonely Planet