Huseng wrote:Mahabodhi Temple is something else. It is very international and you have the whole Buddhist world there, so to speak.
Ven. Dhammika has a book on pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya, Maha Bodhi Temple which is available online, free:http://www.buddhanet.net/bodh_gaya/
It includes some stories of pilgrims over the centuries who have made the trip and the hundreds, perhaps thousands who died on the way. Such was their devotion, walking or traveling hundreds to thousands of miles /km for a chance to see the spot where Buddha attained enlightenment. It's pretty inspiring to not only walk in similar steps of the Buddha, Sariputra, etc, but also the thousands of pilgrims over the centuries.