Bihar Tourism

 

A Journey to the interiors of Great Bihar

 

Lord Buddha lived and preached in Bihar and from Bihar Budhhism spread out into the world. It is from this land of learning that people took great ideas and came to learn at universities like Nalanda, from treatsies like the Arthashastra. It is this land of Viharas where buddhist monks prayed and spread the message of Ahimsa and Love. This is a land full of pilgrimage places for not only Budhhists but also Jains, Sikhs and Hindus. Bihar's Tourism Industry has great importance mainly due to Bihar's long and illustrious history. Laying along the eastern Gangetic Plains in North India Bihar has a distinction of being birth place of two great religions of Buddhism and Jainism.
The state also boasts of some of the finest monuments of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain architecture. Bihar's ecological wealth range from the foot hills of Himalayas, to the vast and fertile plains of the Ganga, hills, forests and wide plateau. An epitome of diversity Bihar has enchanting land and people, fairs and festivals, arts and crafts, flora and fauna of Bihar and that is what tourism in Bihar is all about.

Sonepur Tourism
The Sonepur Mela held around November is the largest cattle fair in Asia. It is 25 km from Patna. People from all over the country flock here to sell their livestock. Agro basex exhibitions are also held here. People from far and wide visit this mela. Sonepur has a temple of Hariharnath that is greatly revered by the Hindus who also take a holy dip at the confluence of Ganga and Gandak.

Bodhgaya Tourism
Bodhgaya is where the Buddha attained enlightenment and gave the world a great religion like Buddhism. It is very near the capital city of Patna. At a distance of around 125 km one can easily drive down from Patna. The Mahabodhi Temple is where Buddha attained enlightenment. It has a Peepal tree that is said to have been grown from the branches of the famed tree. The town houses, an Archaeological Museum and monasteries built by people of many Buddhist countries are the main Tourist places in Gaya.

Nalanda Tourism
At 90 km from Patna, Nalanda is again a days trip from Patna. Nalanda University was one of the greatest centers of Buddhist learning in ancient times and scholars from far and wide came here. Important attractions of Nalanda are the ruins of the Nalanda University, the Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall, the Surya Mandir, the Nalanda museum, and the Nav Nalanda Vihar.

Vaishali Tourism
Vaishali is an important spiritual place for both Buddhists and Jains. Vaishali is at a distance of 55 km from Patna. Named after King Visala of Ramayana, Vaishali has the distinction of being the capital of one of the first republics in the world run by the Lichchavis. It is here that Lord Buddha preached his last sermon and announced his approaching Nirvana. Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankara, was born here in Kundligrama (Vaishali) in 599 B.C. Tourist attractions are the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, the Ashokan pillars, and many Buddhist and Jain structures.

Sasaram Tourism
Sasaram houses the grand and beautiful mausoleum of Sher Shah, the man known for building the Grand Trunk Road across the whole of North India, that included Pakistan at that time. The mausoleum is located in a beautiful lake and looks like a floating structure. Sasaram is 148 km from Patna.

Rajgir Tourism
At a distance of 102 km off Patna, Rajgir is a well-known pilgrimage destination of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism alike. Before Pataliputra (Patna), Rajgir or Rajgriha was the capital of Magadh. The Swarna Gufa, Griddhakuta Parvat, hot springs, and the Vishwa Shanti Stupa are some of the tourist attractions here.

Gaya Tourism
Gaya is a Hindu pilgrimage center. Gaya too is easily accessible from Patna at a distance of only 112 km. Gaya houses the Vishnupad (Vishnu footprints) Temple, built by Rani Ahilya Bai of Indore in the 18th century.

 

Bhawanipur Temple, Madhubani

This temple is situated in village Bhawnipur, Distt- Madhubani. This is a historical and spritual place of Bihar in Mithila district. This is a place where Lord MAHADEV came with maithili poet " VIDYAPATI" as his servant "UGNA", and gave GANGAJAL to him.

 

Takht Sri Patna Sahib ji, Patna

Takht Sri Patna Sahi is a Great place of pilgrimage for Sikhs. This Gurudwara is built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in remembrance of Guru Gobind Singh, The Tenth Guru of Sikhs, who was born in the same place on December 22, 1666. It is very beautiful and One who does sewa here gets the blessings of Guru Gobind Singh ji.

 

Pawapuri Temple, Nalanda district

Pawapuri temple is the most famous shrine for Jains as Mahavir Jain attained Nirvana(Moksha) here. He left his body here around 500 BC. It is located about 38 kilometers from Rajgir and about 100 kilometers from Patna, the capital of Bihar.

 

 

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Comment by Dr Tarkeshwar on October 24, 2014 at 3:05pm

Sitamarhi Tourism


Sitamarhi is the one of the religious tourist place in India, Mata Sita born here from the earth. As written in history that, King Janak plough the land then Mata Sita born from the earth. This is the place whrere Jagatjanani Sita Born.

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Comment by Youthof Sbpur on August 12, 2013 at 1:16am

awesome!

Comment by Dr Tarkeshwar on July 11, 2012 at 3:09am

http://www.tourismbihar.org/

Bihar official tourism site.

Comment by Dr Tarkeshwar on July 11, 2012 at 12:21am

Few days back I got an email from the founder of this site ie Aakash. He requested us to write about the tourist places of our native in Bihar. So I am writing few of them.

Biharsharif-It is the district headquarter of Nalanda district. About 70 km from Patna by road. Also connected by train route.you can easily get bus from mithapur bus station of Patna.

       Magdha is a place on Ekanger road just few km from biharsharif town.It is famous for the Sitla mata     mandir.You can get convenience from bus stand of Ramchandrapur area.

  Pawapuri- A famous jain pilgrimage.12km from Biharsharif.  Mahavir jain took his last breath there. Jal mandir and other marble made temples makes it a wonderful  place. sambhusaran is nearby of it. It is also a Jian pilgrimage. You can get convenience from bus stand of Ramchandrapur area.  Or if you are with your own vehicle drive that on Ranchi road and turn from Pawapuri more to Pawapuri. Nearest hotels are in biharsharif.

Nalanda-  It is about 8km from biharsharif.Ruins of Nalanda university, museum, and some other places are in this circuit. A new modern Nalanda university which will be equivalent to world famous univ like Howard,Oxford is in construction and about to open in few years. Not going to tell anything more about Nalanda univ coz about all of us know well about that.To reach Nalanda univ ruins one has to take bus from Biharsharif and then by auto or Tamtam(tonga) to Nalanda.

Rajgir – Rajgir is a Hindu pilgrimage plus a historical plus a Buddhist pilgrimage. Hot water kunds and few other temples are present. Rajgir mahotsav  a good time to visit Rajgir.Buddhist monasteries are good place to calm your soul. In historical places Jarasandh ka akhada,Bimbisars jail,Ajatsharus tomb etc are main places. Ropeway is also present there to climb  the mountain .there is a temple on top of mountain. Steps are also present there. Winter season is best to visit Rajgir. Rajgir is about 20 km from Biharsharif and has also way from Gaya. To roam well in Rajgir if you are having some private vehicle then it will be best as Rajgir is spread in a vast area. A whole map of Rajgir is present on a platform in the market between road and bus stand, so firstly have a look of that, jot down the imp points and then roam. But to find that map is a little hard work.Tamtam is a common mode of transport in Rajgir.

Silao- It is between Nalanda and Rajgir. It is a small market famous for a sweet KHAJA. If someone visit Rajgir or Nalanda he must taste KHAJA.

Nalanda,Silao and Rajgir are in a series from Biharsharif side. 3 days is required to roam all these places with comfort.

 

others are requested to write about tourist places of Bihar. plz do so and make your contribution in tourism sector.

Comment by Saumya on February 28, 2012 at 12:59am

please write more about tourist places of Bihar...

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