KonchokZoepa wrote:are you sure, i really want to go to Bodh Gaya to do 100,000 prostrations.
If you really want to go, then go during the winter otherwise it is extremely hot even just walking around outside.
Bodhgaya is in Bihar, which is the poorest and arguably most uncivilized part of India. There are feces strewn about the streets, heaps of rubbish piled up outside monastery gates (the locals' fault, not the monastics) and a sheer lack of hygiene even in restaurants catering to tourists.
Mahabodhi Temple is not kept as well as it should be. There are bird droppings all over the marble walkways which are not regularly washed. Quite often locals will come inside and try to get money off foreigners. Thieves are common too (my shoes were stolen once).
In general, Buddhist sites are ruined and not enhanced by locals in India. They will vandalize stupas and disrupt pilgrims. You will often get approached by boys claiming to 'want to practice English', but really they want to take you to a merchant and get a cut.
In Nepal it is different. Locals enhance Buddhist sites. Lumbini is well maintained and the locals are helpful, not trying to squeeze money out of you. The same goes for Boudhanath here in Kathmandu. The local merchants organize for the stupa area to be tidy and washed. The restaurants in Boudha are generally clean and hygienic, and they serve a variety of things rather than Indian "multi-cuisine". In Bodhgaya most places are swarming with flies and the food generally sucks.
In general, I find Nepalis to have a sense of dignity and basic ideas of cleanliness, whereas in India it is the opposite. You can't trust anyone especially in places where tourists are common.
It is telling that most of the beggars harassing people in Boudha here in Kathmandu are from India, not Nepal.