A city of ancient historical and mythological significance, Gaya is one of the main tourist attractions in Bihar and the second largest city in the state. It is 100 km from Patna, the capital of Bihar and one of the major pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. Its natural surroundings, narrow by lanes and its age old buildings make it special. DO SEE Photos of Bodh Gaya: These Images of Bihar’s Prime Pilgrim Spot Will Tempt You Visit It
Gaya derives its name from Gayasur, a mythological demon. Legends say that Gaya served rigid penance and secured blessings from Lord Vishnu, after which his body transformed into the rocky hills, which now form the landscape of Gaya. People following Jainism, Hinduism and Buddhism form the major population of Gaya. Hindus consider Gaya to be the place for attaining salvation. Hence, they perform pindadaan (funeral offerings of the deceased) here. Gaya is an important site for Jains as it is home to numerous Jain temples. Gaya is important for Buddhists as Buddha preached the Fire Sermon at Brahmayoni Hill, which was earlier called Gayasisa.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN GAYA
Gaya has several budget hotels, most of which are located along the station road and a few mid-range hotels, all of which have in-house restaurants.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN GAYA
Apart from in-house restaurants, one can also find roadside stalls that serve food in Gaya. Bhunja and Aloo kachalu are popular snacks in Gaya. You can try them at shops near Paradise Cinema Hall. Kaveri and Pramod Misthan Bhandar are the famous sweet shops in Gaya.
BEST TIME TO VISIT GAYA
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Gaya is as given below. The best time to visit Gaya is also specified.