Gaya Airport, also called as Bodhgaya Airport, serves the holy city of Bodh Gaya, and is approximately 5 km from the city center. Operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Gaya Airport is a public airport and the second busiest in Bihar after Patna Airport. Bodh Gaya being the most revered pilgrim center of Buddhists, Gaya Airport has several airlines operating seasonal international flights to and from many South Asian countries with a greater Buddhist population, like Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia, and Japan.
Bodh Gaya is one of the most revered places for Buddhists, the place where Buddha received his enlightenment. The Mahabodhi Temple with its colossal image of the Buddha, the holy Bodhi Tree, and the Diamond Throne is the most famous and frequented site here, attracting Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world. Gaya has many monasteries that are open to visitors. The Tibetan Monastery and the Royal Bhutan Monastery are worth visiting. Metta Buddharam Temple, a newly built structure, and the Dungeshwari Cave Temples, where the Buddha is said to have meditated for 6 years, prior to enlightenment, are frequented too.
Gaya is also revered by the Hindus for its Vishnupada Temple, which has an imprint of Lord Vishnu’s foot and is a holy pilgrimage site for offering last rites for departed souls.
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