Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment under a Fig tree at Bodh Gaya. Mahabodhi Temple (Great awakening temple) Complex at Bodh Gaya (Buddha Gaya), spread over an area of 4.86 hectares (12.0 acres) was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a unique property of cultural and archaeological importance. The first temple was built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC (260 BC) around the Bodhi Tree (to the west of the temple). However, the temples seen now are dated between 5th and 6th centuries AD.
The structures have been built in bricks. Revered and sanctified as the place where Siddhartha Gautama Buddha was enlightened in 531 BC at the age of 35, and then propagated his divine knowledge of Buddhism to the world, it has been the ultimate temple for reverential worship, over the last several centuries, by the Buddhists of all denominations, from all over the world who visit on pilgrimage.
The main temple is 50 m in height built in Indian architectural style, dated between 5th and 6th centuries, and it is the oldest temple in the Indian sub-continent built during the “Golden Age” of Indian culture credited to the Gupta period. Sculpted balustrades of the Ashokan times (3rd century BC) are preserved in the Archaeological Museum located within the temple complex. With LPTI you can enjoy a roundtrip from Varanasi covering the many holy sites connected with Buddha including the Mahabodhi Temple Complex.