I'm checking on ground arrangements to Bodhgaya and would like to stay on for sometime (a month or 2) if conditions is supportive - to meditate there.
Pls assist and advise the following :
1) Suitable time to travel from Nov-Mar, but also crowded with tourists. Is it really crowded ? will food & lodging fees overcharged in Feb & Mar ? I'm on limited budget.
2) Flight to Bodhgaya
Dep : PEN/KUL, Travel period : Feb/ Mar
I'm looking reasonable cheap fare with not too long waiting time for connecting flights. I'm considering taking a train from PEN/ BKK and fly off from there, if could save alot. JetAirways seems to offer lower fare amongst others with 2 stop-over, but odd timing.
What is your advise?
When is the low fare period to Bodh Gaya?
Is return ticket cheaper than one-way ticket?
3) Stay around in the monasteries
There plenty listed in web. What is your recommendation & approriate donation per day to contribute?
How to i book/ arrange to stay there?Does it covers food as well? i'm female, velling alone. Is it safe to walk from these monasteris area in early morning (5am) to Mohabodhi Temple / Bodhi Tree?
4) Expenses per day
Could you advise estimate expenses per day? Not particular on food, can live on bread & biscuits. Cant really take spicy food.
5) Any nearest Malaysia embassy, in case i needs emergency help?
6) Travel to Sarnath/ Lumbini
If budget permits, i would like to covers Sarnath & Lumbini. Can i easily get help ( value for money agents) in Bodh Gaya ?