Bodhgaya is a small town, about three hours from Varanasi, where Buddha sat under the famous Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment.
When I first arrived in Bohgaya, I wait straight to Dhamma Bodhi, to attend a 10 day vipassana meditation course. Little did I know, vipassana is the meditation technique of Buddha, and after taking the course, I had a new interest and understanding of Buddhism.
After the course, I went into Bodhgaya with some new friends and we visited the temples around town. Bodhgaya is home to temples from Buddhist countries all over the world, each with their own individual style, and practices.
What impressed me the most about these temples was the bright colors, and the simple designs. The temples were also well kept, receiving fresh coats of paint often. The monks inside were open and accepting, and gladly invited visitors inside for a look around.
At some points during the day, monks congregated at various temples for chanting. I am not exactly sure of the timings, because we stumbled upon a few randomly, but it seemed to happen most in the afternoon hours.
Overall, Bohdgaya is a nice little place, full of happy friendly people, and it is worthwhile stop for a few days to relax and visit the temples.
Here are photos of the main temple, the MahaBodhi Temple:
This is the big Buddha statue, near the guest house where I was staying:
Here are images from the other temples around Bodhgaya:
What is the most inspirational Buddhist temple you have visited? Have you visited any other sights on the Buddha pilgrimage route in India?