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GAYA SIGHTSEEING

 

Gaya is about 100 km south of Patna. It is a centre for Hindu pilgrims. Vishnupad temple: This sikhara-style temple was constructed in 1787 by Queen Ahalya Bai of Indore on the banks of The River Falgu. Inside the temple the 40-cm long 'footprint' of Vishnu is imprinted in solid rock and surrounded by a silver-plated basin. Other Attractions: A flight of 1000 stone steps leads to the top of the Brahmajuni Hill, one km south-west of the Vishnupad Temple.There is a good view over the town from the top.Gaya has a small archaeological museum. A temple of Surya, the sun god,stands 20 km to the north at Deo.The Barabar Caves, are 36 km north of Gaya. These are the 'Marabar' caves of E.M. Forster's A Passage to India. Two of the caves contain inscription from Ashoka himself.


GAYA - GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY Buses to Patna and Ranchi leave from the Gandhi Maidan bus stand. Buses to Rajgir leave from the Gaurakshini bus stand which is across the river. Gaya is on the main Delhi-Calcutta line and there are direct trains to Delhi, Calcutta, Varanasi, Puri and Patna. Gaya is on the main Delhi-Calcutta line and there are direct trains to Delhi, Calcutta, Varanasi, Puri and Patna.


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