Bihar Tourism

Bihar Tourism


About Bihar

Bihar

Bihar is located in the eastern part of India. It is bounded by Nepal in the north, and is surrounded by the states of Uttar Pradesh to the west, Jharkhand to the south and West Bengal to the east. Bihar is watered mainly by the River Ganga but also the Saryu, Gandak and Sone. Part of the flat Ganges riverine plain, it is mainly an agricultural state. There's little by way of industry, service sector or infrastructure.

 

The name Bihar is derived from Vihara meaning monastery and for visitors today Bihar is important as the land where Lord Buddha (6-5th century BC), the founder of Buddhism, spent most of his life, and where Buddhist monasteries flourished. Today, remnants of this past can be seen at Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda. Bodhgaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage destination in the world, hosting the site where Buddha attained enlightenment. Rajgir is important for both Jains and Buddhists. Nalanda was a great ancient centre of learning and still shows impressive ruins of the university. Given the importance of these places for Buddhists from Sri Lanka and Thailand, Gaya airport has a small international airport connected to Colombo and Thailand.

 

Bihar's capital Patna was the ancient city of Pataliputra, the capital of two of the most powerful dynasties north India has seen the Maurya (4th-2nd century BC) and Gupta (3rd -6th century AD). Patna is situated on the banks of the Ganges and has the 7.5-km long Mahatma Gandhi Setu, one of the longest bridges in the world. Gurudwara Har Mandir marks the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, Sikhism's tenth guru.

 

Sonepur village is situated near Patna, on the confluence of the Gandhak and Ganges, and is famous for its huge two-week cattle fair in November, where elephants, horses, birds are famously traded.

 

Bihar's single most important festival is Chhath, in honour of the sun god, celebrated by fasting and sun worship in October-November.

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Gautam

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  • Gautam
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  839 readers

"Religious visits"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 16, 2016
Bihar has famous Bodhgaya temple. Other than that you can visit Rajgir, Patna Zoo and museum. World's largest temple is being constructed. Greenery can be seen. Well connected to all the parts of India. Another state for tourism West Bengal is very near. Nepal can be reached very easily.
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Ravikant Ravi

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  • Ravikant Ravi
  • 15 Reviews
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"Bihar, a nice place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2015
Bihar is one of the most populations state in India. There are many famous places in Bihar like Patna, Bodhgaya where mahatma Buddha got his knowledge, India's first president Dr Rajendra Prasad was also born in Bihar. Bihar's most popular food is little Chokha.
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Ravindar

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  • Ravindar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"A nice destination"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 12, 2015
It is very good place to visit. Gaya and Bodhgaya are the places to visit. Visited to Rajgir it's fantastic place. Near by Purnea kathihar east west Champaran are the places. Vaishali Patna are places to visit. Only thing cleanness is the problem.
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Dheeraj Kumar

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  • Dheeraj Kumar
  • Lives in Mohali
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"Interesting & an amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 9, 2015
1. The Gangetic plain of Bihar, the biodiversity of Bihar, backed by good climate & fertile soil.
2. Direct access of country's population having common boundaries with UP, Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal and international border with Nepal & NE states with chicken neck.
3. The state has a strong agricultural base for setting up agro-based industries like agri & food processing units for sugar, jute, tea, etc.
4. The state has virtual monopoly in production of Litchi, Makhana and Honey.
Fairly motivated and hard working manpower.
5. The state is capable of producing mushrooms of best quality and in abundant quantity.
6. Traditional knowledge weavers are available in plenty.Very close to international silk route.
7. Producer of tasar, eri and mulberry silk of good quality.Water resource is available in abundance
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Kumar Amikar

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  • Kumar Amikar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Bihar an average one as a Destination"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Aug 31, 2015
As a destination Bihar is a poor site for visit. Infact we visit due to professional compulsion. By choice we never travel. Except few destinations Bihar is not a place to move. Some sites like Bodh Gaya and Kakolat no other place is OK for visit. I prefer south for touring purposes. Even some sites like Licchavi in Hajipur district is worth less to stay.
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Narayanan S

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  • Narayanan S
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 35 Reviews
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"Glorious Past"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 23, 2015
Bihar - the place where Indian civilization started
Chanakya was born and established norms for the rulers (Pataliputra)
Mahavira - founder of Jainism was born (near Vaishali)
Gautama Buddha got his enlightenment (Bodhgaya)
Guru Gobind Singh was born (near Patna)
Then world's largest university was founded (Nalanda)
Lord Krishna drove his chariot while Bheema fought and killed Jarasandha (Rajgir)
King Janaka found Sita (Sitamarhi)
Sita cursed that river Phalguni goes dry (Gaya)
Lord Vishnu saved the elephant from crocodile (Sonepur)

Many more such incidences, events places of interest one can see, feel and be part of the past and present in Bihar

The last time I was in Bihar was a few years ago to see Bodhgaya and do pithru karma in Gaya

Bihar is full of surprises - it is full of life buzzing with activity, growth and one can see and feel the growth. People are nice, helpful and polite.

There are many many places to see and each place takes time to see and learn and enjoy in short Bihar is full of HISTORY

I will list out the places one must visit
1) Patna, Pataliputra
2) Sonepur
3) Vaishali
4) Sitamahi
5) Nalanda
6) Rajgir
7) Gaya
8) Bodhgaya

At each of these places hire a guide to show you around - otherwise one will be crisscrossing and may miss important sites. I did not try any local food joints - to talk about food

Bihar is known for its silks, clothing and not much of handicrafts. There are many shops and malls. Sightseeing is the major activity you can think of, of course prayers help

Plan your trip well, Hire a taxi to move around - preferably for the entire trip. Plan a minimum of 7 day visit (by taxi from Patna to Patna). People try and frighten you saying Bihar is not a safe place to travel - it is not so we encountered hospitality and not threats
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Pankaj Kumar

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"The heart of India"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2014
Bihar is the heart of India. Once upon a time it was the capital state of Indian subcontinent. It is the centre of power, knowledge and beauty. Buddhism religion has its roots set at Bihar. It is the land of the holy river Ganges. It is the land of greenery and vegetations.
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Dangi

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  • Dangi
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"The wonderful cold water fall 'Kakolat'"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 23, 2007
Hi travellers,

Kakolat Water Falls, there is very less people know about it. The gov is not showing interest in developing this beautiful natural water falls. I visited the place so many times or you may say when ever I get time I must go there. Kakolat water falls is on NH-31 in Nawadah, Bihar - BEAUTIFUL, LIKE A FILM SET! Tough to get to, but worth it. Here water cascades down from a height of 150 to 160 ft. Near the falls there is a natural reservoir. Green forests and a calm and serene atmosphere makes it a favorite spot for tourists. People take a bath under falls and worship in shiva temple on the mountain, just beside the waterfall.

The right time to visit the place is from February to July.But people visit the over the year.

The only way to reach the place is by road.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: BSTDC done some work but not working till now....so you have to take food in advance...

Activities & things to do: Swimming....playing water ball.....trekking.....

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: nearest airport is Patna because Gaya airport is not operational now.....nearest rail head Gaya jn...by road on NH-31 reach there.....don't venture to go in forest.....there is snakes and other creature there....
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