The Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya lies 115 km south of the state capital of Bihar, Patna and 16 km from the district headquarters at Gaya, in Eastern India. It is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha, and particularly to the attainment of Enlightenment.
The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is the first temple built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C., and the present temple dates from the 5th–6th centuries.
The Mahabodhi Temple Complex has continuous visitation by pilgrims from all over the world to offer prayers, perform religious ceremonies and meditate.
How to reach there:-
1. By Rail : Nearest railhead is Gaya, 12km from Bodhgaya. From Gaya local transport is available to BodhGaya.
2. By Air : Gaya is the nearest airport which is approximately 17 kilometres from the town of Bodh Gaya. Though the frequency of flights is lesser, the airport is well-connected to Kolkata by flights.
The second nearest airport to Gaya is in Patna which is approximately 135 kilometres away from the town. Indian Airlines connect Patna to Bombay, Calcutta, Delhi, Ranchi and Lucknow.
3. By Road : Bodh Gaya is well connected by road to Gaya (12kms), Patna 178kms via Rajgir & Nalanda andVaranasi (245kms).