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Gaya is a ritual place and it is
"Gaya is a picturesque city surrounded by temple-crowned hills… It is a place of great sanctity and a very important place for pilgrimage, the central point of which is the Vishnupad temple that enshrines a footprint of Vishnu. The temple was built in the 18th century by the Maratha princess Ahliyabai.The hills around the city are also places of sanctity. The highest is that of Brahmayoni, which rises precipitately to a height of 450 feet above the plain. Six miles south of Gaya is the great temple of Bodh Gaya, one of the holiest places in the world, and the most sacred of all places to the Buddhists.These (Barabar) hills are 6-8 miles east of Bela railway station, the second railway station on the way to Patna… This is the site of the ancient Silabhadra monaster. On a low ridge of granite in the southern corner of the valley are the famous Barabar caves. The reader of E.M.Forster’s book ''A Passage to India'' will recall the incident of which the scene is one of these caves." - Sir John Houlton in ''Bihar the Heart of India''
Gaya is well connected through air, rail and road. Bodhgaya is the nearest airport, which offers International flight for Buddhist countries like Thailand, Mayanmar, Japan. The second option is Patna, which is 125 km away and well connected by rail and road service. There are lots of train dirctly from Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai.
You can easily visit Gaya by car. There are many car rental companies available.
Nalanda Travels provides cabs on rent for Rajgir, Nalanda, Patna, Vaishali,Varansai.
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* <see name="Pretshila" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Hillock, which offers nice bird's eye view of the plains.</see>
* <see name="Brahmayoni" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Hillock, which offers nice bird's eye view of the plains.</see>
* '''Bodhgaya''' — the main attraction in the area is the Buddha Temple in Bodhgaya, here Buddha acquired the Power of Knowledge
* Kakolat Falls