Most people arrive by train. Auto-rickshaws will take you to Bodghaya from the station (Rs90–100, though you may find a shared one), or you can take a cycle rickshaw to Kacheri Bus Stand and can continue to Bodhgaya by shared auto (Rs10). If you arrive after dark, stay overnight in Gaya as the route between the two can be unsafe. There is a rather useless tourist office in the railway station (Mon–Sat 8am–8pm but often closed; t 0361/242 0155). I-Way and Vishal Cyber World on a narrow alley off Station Road have internet access (Rs25–35/hr; see which will offer the best rate).

Most of Gaya’s hotels are on Station Road near the railway station. Ajatsatru (t 0631/243 4584, f 243 4202; Rs301–1200) has grubby, basic rooms with squat toilets and cleaner, marginally more cheerful, but still overpriced, air-conditioned rooms. The downstairs restaurant, however, has good Indian and Chinese staples (non-veg mains Rs40–110). Akash (t 0631/222 2205; Rs300 and under), close by on Laxman Sahay Road, is slightly better, offering simple rooms with squat toilets and hot water on request in a bucket (Rs10). If you have a train ticket, the railway retiring rooms are clean and some have air conditioning (Rs75–125) (Rs300–700).

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