1 Sonepur Mela
This month-long festival and cattle fair is a spectacular gathering of pilgrims, sadhus and animals.
2 The Mahabodhi Temple
A cutting from the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment is the focal point of Bodhgaya’s renowned temple, which really does have an air of calm, meditative holiness about it.
3 Mahakala Caves
Climb a path lined with hopeful beggars to see the caves where Buddha underwent years of bodily mortification before realizing that this was not the true path to enlightenment.
A dusty Buddhist pilgrimage town filled with shrines, as well as therapeutic hot springs, and a chairlift to take you up to a Peace Pagoda on a hill.
The site of a fifteen-hundred-year-old university, from the days when Buddhism dominated India, strewn with the remains of ancient stupas and monasteries.