The ancient city of Gaya is important for Hindus and Buddhists. The name of Gaya is derived from the name of a demon Gayasur. According to Hindu mythological sources Lord Vishnu killed Gayasur at this place. The place is one of the pilgrim destinations for Vaishnavites in particular and Hindus in general. The Vishnupad Temple at Gaya attracts Hindu devotees from all over India and ritual Pind Dan which is mandatory for every Hindu is performed here religiously.
Parasnath hill is a pilgrim destination located in Gaya. Jain religious scriptures reveal that out of 24 Jain Tirthankars, 22 attained salvation at this place and for this simple reason the place is considered the most sacred for Jain followers. Jain devotees flock in large numbers every year to Parasnath hill.
The region of wild animals, rivers, lakes, and greenery is a major tourist attraction near Gaya. Located at the altitude of 300-900 meters, the plateau has verdant valleys to see and tribal culture of indigenous people in their original habitat is another attraction at the place. Tribes like Santhal, Ho, Munda, Oraon, Koi, Chero, Kharia, Paharia are really worth to observe and a silent study of their living and culture would really be a good idea.