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Sunday, September 2, 2007

Trip to Gaya, Bodh gaya Buddha Gaya Temple:

Trip to Gaya, Bodh gaya Buddha Gaya Temple:


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About General Place: Gaya, Bodh Gaya


Gaya and bodh gaya are just 12 km away. Gaya is the main places from where you can take a share auto or car to bodhgaya. Car and stay are quite costly at both these places.

http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Bihar/Gaya.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaya


http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/India-Guide/IndianStates/Bihar/Bodhgaya.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodh_Gaya

http://wikitravel.org/en/Bodh_Gaya

Hotels:

Caution: At both these places I am told you need to be very careful if u are traveling after 8 pm. It is best to ask for a pick up through the hotel. Though I would have preferred coming into this place Gaya in day light I could manage a reservation from Varanasi late night and eache the place at 2 am. Due to enough advice I had booked a room straight at Hotel Lumbini 0631 2200351 whose manager sashi kant also has a cell 9931424462…fax 0631-2200361.. check for of season discount…I had asked for a pick up from hotel late night which was a tad costly at Rs.400. Safety is an issue and again even in day time it would cost Rs250 at least. Since I arrived late I wanted to straight be in bodh gaya(12 km from gaya) and finish sight seeing there and then land in gaya and do my temple visits. You can also do the other way around ie stay in gaya and then see bodh gaya.

For stay in gaya Hotel surya 0631(std code) 222-0770 seems good as I saw the hotel from outside.



Details about the temple through links:

http://templenet.com/Ganga/gaya01.html


Photos of temple


Temple Phone Number:

Std Code-0631 Phone Number :


How I went:

I traveled from varanasi to gaya. You can also go from Kolkata to gaya. I had chked into hoel at bodh gaya and arranged a car for entire trip in bodh gaya and gaya of all important places for Rs 900 again any other place it would cost 600 but this place is costly and the service was real good( ph no of travels I booked car from 0631 2229401…sagar 9334789774, sanjay 9934058711, pappu 9304022177 are the owners of MAA mangala travels..u can bargain…we set off at 6 am to see bodh gaya which is the place of enlightenment of Buddha. The place is very serene. Did sit under the tree where Buddha was enlightened. Picked up a leaf from the pipul tree too…hope to be enlightened someday…there are seven places listed in the veg restraint link above of importance within the temple..took a guide for Rs 50 from near the entrance..he was good…we could visit the cave where Buddha sat in and meditated which is in a hill far away..it had rained and the road that leads is a slushy trail…so as per advice I dropped it as we cld get stuck in the middle…we went to brahamayoni hills..i climbed the 400 odd steps which are quite steep..the height is twice that of a regular step…there are two small rock caves through which you can just pass your body and come out through the other side if u do so all ur sins are gone…then you can visit the temple on top and have a wonderful view of the entire gaya town…then we went to mangala gouri temple which is a sakthi peet offered our prayers..went to vishnupada temple this is the main temple where we offer poojas to all our ancestors( I did not offer as it is the right of my father and as a son who has his father alive I am not to ofeer this pooja)….had a bath at falgu river…placed tulsi ont he pada(foot) of Vishnu and then offered bilva leaves to Shiva nearby..saw lot of people offering pandas to their ancestors..there are many priests who can do this for you… and the ramshila (near by) and pretshila hill (quite far away)..didnt climb this hill…

In all I could cover nearly all places in gaya and bodh gaya from 7 am to 1 pm and then dropped myself off at station to proceed to patna by an ac chair car train and after a brief visit of patna(previously pataliputra) set off by train to kolkatta… for flight back to Chennai…


How to reach

Nearest Airport – Kolkata

Nearest Rail Head/ Railway Station – Howrah Junction.,Gaya.



Road Access:

Preferred travel base: Kolkata

STD Code of Gaya and Bodh Gaya -0631


Railway Station code for Howrah – HWH, Gaya –GAYA, Varanasi -BSB



For Internet/ Mobile Railway ticket Booking in India use

www.irctc.co.in

For Travel by Private bus to and fro to any major town in Tamilnadu and some interstate destinations use the links below for bus booking through internet.

http://parveentravels.com/E-ticketing/index.php


http://kpntravels.in/ou/frmuserhome.aspx

For Travel by Private bus to and fro to any major town in India and some interstate destinations use the links below for bus booking through internet.

http://www.redbus.in/

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