Wish to stay at Buddhist temple or Monastery at Bodhgaya

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Hi Friends, I wish to stay at a Buddhist temple or Monastery at Bodhgaya during my trip in March.

I shall be obliged if anyone can kindly suggest any Monastery or Buddhist Temple at Bodhgaya.
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Hi Rajeev
Is it mainly the guest house part that you are interested in, or the monastery part? There are a number of monasteries which have a more or less large guest house in the monastery compound itself.

Most monasteries in Bodh Gaya, as well as at other places on the Buddhist Circuit, are just representative ones, like each Buddhist country having its particular monastery with its specific architectural characteristics, at that place.

You have for instance a Thai Wat, a Cambodian temple, a Burmese, a Sri Lankan one and so on for the Theravada Buddhists, and the same series also for the Mahayana part, like a Japanese, several Chinese temples, and of course also the Tibetans with their versions of religious buildings, and the Nepalese and the Bhutanese (the guest house of which I happen to have popularised in this site, but which now has been turned into a kind of an upper class establishment, after more and more people have stayed there.)

Normally the guest houses of these state representative temples serve as shelters for the pilgrims of the respective country. Most pilgrims are on a tour on the Buddhist Circuit, which means they will stay only a day or two at each place. This also means you have a good chance to get a room in such a guest house, if there is no large tour group scheduled to be there at that time (and sometimes also in spite of there being a tour group there).

One place where you can ask for a room is at the Mahabodhi guest house, which is right opposite the ramp leading to the Mahabodhi temple entrance. Another place to stay is at the Burmese monastery, which is a bit loud though, in my view. It is also a bit further away from the Mahabodhi temple.

Next to the Mahabodhi guest house is a Tibetan one that offers rooms. Tibetan places tend to be occupied by the many Tibetan long term stayers.

An interesting place is a privately built Taiwanese monastery down the road, situated behind another Chinese temple. It is down the alley where a newer private guest house called Lucky Guest House is situated. A wealthy Chinese lady built that temple and guest house. Rooms there are, like at other rather basic places, around 400-500 Rupees per night. At that place you can also get a meal, which is a rare opportunity, as the food situation at Bodh Gaya is not very good. There are a number of restaurants at the roadside leading to the Mahabodhi, but they don't really serve good nurishing food, in my opinion.
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Thank you Rajeev Sethi and atala ..that is the question that I also wonder ...
K. atala I can not find Mahabodhi guest house on the internet..do it need a booking advance.

And may I ask more that if I want a joint tour to Nalanta for 1 day trip..I can find around Mahabodhi temple entrance?..Thank you again Ka.
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Well, the booking in advance question is difficult. You can't really book these places in advance.You would need someone there to book it for you, and even then, it might be questionable whether you will get the room. You just show up and ask. If it is not in a very busy time, which typically is the case in December/January when the Tibetans are occupying all the places, you will find a room in a monastery most likely.

About the Nalanda tour: I recommend you to go to Rajgir and stay there for one or two nights, and tour Nalanda from there. Rajgir/Rajgaha is almost the nicer place, compared to Bodh Gaya, in my humble opinion, for the simple reason, that there you have the hills and caves where the BUddha stayed, which certainly have not changed that much since the Buddha's time, while the Mahabodhi with its huge tree certainly has a nice devotional atmosphere, but the temple is an artefact that came many centuries,or even more than a millennia later.

At any rate, it is not possible to do Nalanda from Bodhgaya as a day trip. You would be extremely rushed, as Rajgir is 80 km from Bodhgaya, and Nalanda another about 10 km.
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Thank you so much for your kindly information

Anyway for Rajgir and Nalanta is it's possible for me to rent a car for 1 day tours as our time limited..What your idea for the price?
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You are most welcome, khun PompomperJa. I cannot recommend enough a good long stay in Rajgir. It is really worth it.
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Okay, you don't have the time to spend there, as I see only now in your post. If you do a day-trip from Bodhgaya with a car, it would cost you around Rs 2000.

But the important part to visit is Vulture's Peak, which is on the way to Rajgir from Bodhgaya. There you have caves where the Buddha stayed. There is a ropeway lift there, that gets you on top of a hill, from which you walk down and then again up to Vulture's Peak. If that is possible to do with your mother, do not miss that. It is far more impressive than Nalanda, which is just a large ruin area.
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Thank you so much ka. That a good idea!

Sorry I edit my post so let you trouble to come again.
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No problem with your editing.

I don't know your exact itinerary. But in case you travel through Kolkata, don't miss going to the Indian Museum there. It has some important Buddhist exhibits. If you travel through Delhi, go to the National Museum there; it has relics of the Buddha's body.
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Thank you so much K. atala and sorry Rajeev Sethi .you post this topic but seem I occupied the space But I think the answer of K. atala also useful for the one who go around this area

K.atala May I consult again.

1.That you mean for Vulture's peak is it that normally call Khao Kitchakut
2.The taxi for 1 day trip as mention..2000 Rs mean go and back or one way?
3.Museum sound very interesting....... but this time we went by direct flight it via Delhi but only a little bit time for connect domestic flight.

Thank you again for all Ka K.atala.
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1. Kitchakut sounds like the Pali Gijjhakuta for Vulture Peak in Rajgir (but Khao Kitchakut seems to be a National Park in Chantaburi, Thailand).

2. Prices for long distance taxis in India are always calculated for the return trip distance, even if you are dropped at the destination.

3. Isn't it the case that you have to get another flight with the problem with Spice Jet?

It is true, that Rajeev's thread is hijacked now. He placed the thread in the spiritual section, but it has now become a travel advise one. You might like to know that there are already many threads on Buddhist Circuit advice topics. But I think it does not hurt to have this discussion in the spiritual section, in as far as pilgrimage is a spiritual thing.

See more information on Rajgir and Vulture Peak in this thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/bihar...2/#post1606642
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Talking hijacked thread

Rajeev's thread is hijacked now still no one come ..I should hold these ha ha

1. I'm not sure for Kitchakut in India..seem that the tour also call Kichakut.. that the hills and caves where the BUddha stayed naar Rajgir ...anyway I will study more..
2.So it better to go and back with him

3.Spicejet..that another case.... also my big problem.

to bring mother to Gaya and Varansri on March I used Air India and TG..But Spicejet is that for SIKKIM on May

As I think that normally the VISA to India applied at BKK. They give double entry for 1 time that apply..so I think why not make a trip that normally I arrange for mother and her friend once a yaer to India too and also I want her and her friend to look Himalayan mouutains although the moutains not call them...So I deciced to bought tickets from Spicejet to Bragdroga for me, mother and her friend. total cost around 20000 bath.

During new year Spicejet seem cancel fright so oftens..that why i was worried about on May it can operate or not...If I cancelled now the price of ticket will return less than half...and mother not pay anything except me that take responsibility also for her friend that trust and go with us every year. quite q long story.Thank you for listen.

Thank you again for all of your concern and the link
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I'm not sure for Kitchakut in India.
Kitchakut is simply the (Thai?) pronounciation of Gijjhakuta, Vulture Peak, where the Buddha stayed when in Rajgir. So you are right, it denotes that particular peak with the caves there.
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Thank you so much Ka.
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Originally Posted by Rajeev Sethi View Post Hi Friends, I wish to stay at a Buddhist temple or Monastery at Bodhgaya during my trip in March.

I shall be obliged if anyone can kindly suggest any Monastery or Buddhist Temple at Bodhgaya.
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