Bodh Gaya, a pilgrimage site, known for Gautam Buddha obtaining enlightenment, lies in the Indian state of Bihar. A very important religious site for Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is famous for the Mahabodhi Temple Complex, a UNESCO World heritage site which houses the great Buddha statue and the Bodhi tree under which Gautam Buddha sought enlightenment while meditating under the tree for seven long days without moving. Animisalocana cetiya, a shrine was later on erected on the spot where he sat.
An architectural marvel, the 80 feet Buddha statue , situated inside the Mahabodhi temple complex, embodies tranquility, peace and calmness. The other places of interest in Bodh Gaya include the Thai Monestary, with its exquisite art and architecture and the beautiful wall paintings is a Thai architectural excellence. Royal Bhutan Monastery is another majestic site of visit around the Mahabodhi temple, with its ornate, colourful Buddhist architecture and the beautiful interiors and amazingly detailed mandalas on the ceilings. You must also visit the Muchalinda Lake inside the Mahabodhi temple to give you a sense of calmness and tranquility. It is known, that Lord Buddha used to worship here during his days of enlightenment. The lake has a very interesting history, of king of serpants, Muchalinda protecting Lord Buddha from storm & rains while he used to be on meditation and this is how the lake got its name. The other sacred and religious sites include the Chinese temple, Burmese Vihara Monastery and more. You will get to witness history, spiritualism and architecture which is entrenched in this pious land of the Buddha.
The best time to visit Bodh Gaya is from October to March, when the weather is pleasant and enjoyable for the spiritual experience the land has to offer.