Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya is the place where Prince Gautama transformed into Buddha (the enlightened one) after attaining enlightenment (Bodhi). Buddhists consider it as the navel of the Earth and the tree is among the top four places of Buddhist pilgrimage. According to the legends, the present day tree is the descendent of the original tree under which Buddha meditated.
Also known by the name Sri Maha Bodhi, the tree belongs to the family of figs and is known for its unusual heart-shaped leaves. It is believed that Buddha meditated for one full week sitting under the tree and stood in front of the tree for the next one week. He spent many more days in walking meditation near the tree.
A four-sided wall protects the tree which stands towards the west of the Mahabodhi Temple. The peace at the site is simply unmatchable.
Learn and follow the Buddhist rituals at the temple complex.
Bodhgaya being a popular tourist destination boasts of good connectivity by buses and taxis. The sacred tree is located near to the world-famous Mahabodhi Temple and is easily accessible by buses, taxis and cycle-rickshaws.
The railway station closest to the sacred tree is known as Gaya Junction (about 14 km. away). Trains connect the station with many popular Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.
Gaya Airport (about 10 km. away) with regular flights to and from Kolkata serves as the nearest airport. Taxis are available for hire to reach Bodhi Tree conveniently.