However, it is famously associated with Gautama Buddha, said to be where he attained enlightenment. However, Gaya predates Buddha and finds mention in the Purana, taking its name from the demon Gayasur who performed rigid penance and was blessed by Lord Vishnu. It is said the rocks surrounding Gaya are the body of Gayasur. Fortuitously or otherwise, Buddha is considered the 9th incarnation of Lord Vishnu and his carving is even represented in the step well at Patan dedicated to the 10 avatars of Vishnu.
You will find over 30 interesting places in and around Gaya, some appealing to Hindus, some to Buddhists, some to Jains and some to Muslims. It may not be possible to take in all places during your one day sightseeing tour of Gaya so you could limit yourself to the following: