- For the mountain in Korea, see Gayasan Mountain National Park.
"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
Now a days it is an ordinary district headquarter of India and bears a polluted, not so clean and dusty look though it still draws thousands of Hindu pilgrims as a pilgrimage and place for a compulsory pindadaan( funeral offerings to the deceased) for Hindus.Vishnupad Temple is the main draw which was constructed by famous Maratha princess Ahalyabayi of Holkar Dynasty of Gwalior in seventeenth century in place of old dilapidated temple.
Gaya is well connected thru Air, Rail and Road. Bodhgaya is the nearest Airport which offers International flight for Bodhist Country like Thailand, Mayanmar, Japan. 2nd Option is Patna which is 100 KM and well connected by Rail and Road service.
Also there are lots of train dirctly from Delhi, Kolcutta and Mumbai.
Vishnupad is the famous temple, which had got the impression of Lord Vishnu's Foot. Lots of person visiting every year to offer SHRAD for their died family member (PURVAJ). There are other so many small temples to see.
Other main attraction near by is Bodhgaya, which is famous for Buddha Temple. Here Budha has got the Power of Knowledge. There are lots of Buddhist temples made by different Country.
You can easily visit Gaya by car. There are many Car Rental Companies available which provide world Class Services.
Apart from Vishnupad Temple, one can visit Pretshila,Brahmayoni and other hillocks which offers nice bird's eye view of the plains.
GB Road is the main shopping centre. One can also visit Ambedkar market. There are a few showrooms of famous brands like Raymonds, Killer, John Players, etc.
The main sweets are Enursa, Tilkut and Lai all of which are exclusive to the city. One can easily get there in shops at Tekari Road and Ramna Road. Hotel Ajatsatru have good restaurant named Sujata Restaurant serving very good multicuisine food .
There are a lot of budget hotels in Gaya situated in the station road. Also there are a few good hotels in the city namely Hotel Ajatsatru, Sidharata International,Heritage Inn, etc.There are plenty of good hotels in Bodhgaya, the best of all is The Royal Residency which is a bit expensive.