The river Phalgu flows through the district. The waterbed of the river is below ground level and only the sandy surface is visible along the river bed. It is a very sacred river for the Hindus. Bodhgaya is the most popular destination for the tourists and Buddhist pilgrims.
The Mahabodhi Temple where the Buddha attained enlightenment in around 600 BCE had been announced as the World Heritage site by the UNESCO since 2002.
The tourist Places are as follows
The Bodhi tree under which the Budha was enlightened about 2600 years back became a magnetic location as Bodhgaya. A niche of Gaya city became place of convergence for the Buddhists especially on the full moon night known as Buddha Purnima that falls in the month of Vaishakh(April-May).
The history of Bodh Gaya is documented by many inscriptions and pilgrimage accounts. Foremost among these are the accounts of the Chinese pilgrims Fa Hien in the 5th century and Xuanzang in the 7th century. The area was at the heart of a Buddhist civilization for centuries, until it was conquered by Turk armies in the 13th century.
Numerous monasteries and temples devoted to Buddha have been constructed by various countries and visitors throng along this place throughout the year.