Top 10 Places in Bihar

By | April 17, 2019

Bihar is an Indian state which is considered to be in the northern, eastern, and the north-central area. It covers an area of 94,163 sq. km. which makes it thirteenth largest state in India. Bihar holds an important place in the history of ancient India but today it has lost its place and suffers when it comes to heritage tourism in India. The name Bihar came from the Buddhist Vihar. This state has the prospered history as the seat of majestic empires like Magadh. This is the state who gave Buddhism and Jainism two important religions to the world. In the past years, Bihar developed as a rich historic site with diverse tradition and culture. the flavorsome extracts which we are witnessing today are the legacy of different empires. Here we are taking you to the Bihar from the eye of an avid traveler.

Top 10 Places in Bihar

So, let’s begin the journey to the historic land of Bihar.

Gaya

The most popular place of Bihar is Gaya. which is known for a transit point for Buddhist pilgrimage center of Bodhgaya, also a Hindu pilgrimage hub. It is believed that Buddha attained enlightenment here under the tree. Gaya situated on the bank of River Phalgu and stand as the evidence to the successful rule of Maurya and Gupta dynasty with replete with many temples. The glory of Gaya was extended so much that even Hiuen Tsang could not resist him from mentioning Gaya in his travelogues.

Tourist Attractions:

  • Bodhgaya
  • Vishnupad Temple
  • Mahabodhi Temple
  • Mangla Gauri Shrine
  • Barabar Caves
  • Dungeshwari Cave Temples
  • Bodhi Tree
  • Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum
  • Chinese Temple and Monastery
  • Muchalinda Lake
  • Royal Bhutan Monastery
  • Thai Temple and Monastery

Munger

Munger is dubbed as the seat of Bihar School of Yoga and another place that is popular amongst the tourists who come to Bihar. Munger called the ‘Midland’ by Aryans for their settlement. Munger is not an unknown name for yoga lovers and attracts a large number of foreign crowd. Munger is that city which was once the capital of Mir Kasim before it fell into the hands of British.

Major Tourist Attractions:

  • Sri Krishna Vatika
  • Kastaharni Ghat
  • Chandika Astahan
  • Pir Shah Nafah Shrine
  • Manpatthar
  • Sita Kund
  • Ucheswarnath
  • Goenka Shivalaya
  • Gurudwara at Piparpanti
  • Baptist Mission
  • Bhimbandh
  • Pirpahar
  • Kharagpur Lake
  • Maruk
  • Malnipahar
  • Safiabad-Mirza
  • Dilwarpur
  • Mullah Mohammad Syed Grave
  • Haha Punch Kumari
  • Rishikund
  • Rameshwar Kund
  • Munger Fort
  • Badi Durga Maa Temple
  • Sitla Mandir
  • Jai Prakash Udyan
  • Sita Kund
  • Kali Pahadi

Nalanda

Nalanda is the oldest university in India and also one of the important places to visit in Bihar. A perfect remembrance to the time of flourishing Gupta and Pala period. Most famous Jain Tirthankara ‘Mahavira’ who was the last Tirthankara, spent 14 monsoon seasons here. Even a mango grove in Nalanda where Buddha is said to have delivered lectures. Most parts of Nalanda lie in ruins today but the still this place is surely worth exploring for visitors.

Major Tourist Attraction:

  • Nalanda Archaeological Museum
  • Nalanda Multimedia Museum
  • Xuanzang Memorial Hall
  • Silao
  • Rajgir Dance Festival ( in October)
  • Surajpur Baragaon

Vaishali

Vaishali was once the capital city of Licchavi rulers and now is an important archaeological site. Vaishali is a birthplace of last Jain Tirthankar ‘Lord Mahavira’. It is believed that Mahavira was born in Kundalagram of Republic of Vaishali. Buddha’s last sermon in 483 BCE was also witnessed to this place. Vaishali is also popular for its beautiful courtesan Amrapali. Ashokan Pillar in Vaishali also adding historic charm and well-preserved here.

Places to visit here:

  • Relic Stupa
  • Coronation Tank
  • Kutagarasala Vihara
  • World Peace Pagoda
  • Bawan Pokhar Temple
  • Raja Vishal ka Garh
  • Kundalpur
  • Choumukhi Mahadeva

Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall, Kundalpur

The famous Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang’s memory is recalled by this hall. It is believed that in 5th century AD Hieun Tsang visited Nalanda and he was so impressed by this place. Then he decided to stay here for 12 long years. In that time he did his learning as well as teaching in the university. This memorial hall is the reflection of the academic grandeur and artistic of Nalanda University.

Patna

Patna is the largest city of Bihar Situated on the southern bank of Ganga. In ancient India, it was better known as ‘Patliputra’. The city earned fame all across India and flourished in the period of Nanda, Haryanka, Mauryan, Gupta, Shunga, and Pala. However, Patna has to speed up a bit to become part of other cosmopolitans but today’s Patna is a developing city with malls, high-end hotels, and theatres.

Tourist Attractions of Patna:

  • Kumhrar
  • Kuan
  • Agam
  • Didarganj Yakshi
  • Gurdwara Pahila Bara
  • Takht Sri Patna Sahib
  • Gurdwara Gobind Ghat
  • Gurdwara Bal Leela
  • Gurdwara Guru ka Bagh
  • Gurdwara Handi Sahib
  • Golghar
  • Padri Ki Haveli
  • Buddha Smriti Park
  • Qila House
  • Patna Museum

Jalmandir, Pawapuri

An important Jain pilgrimage Jalmandir has been revered highly by Jain devotees as it is believed that Lord Mahavira breathed his last in 500 BCE at this place and the demand of Lord Mahavira’s ashes was so high that time. So a large amount of soil had to be eroded from around the funeral pyre and a pond was created there.

Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Rajgir

Vishwa Shanti Stupa is better known as the ‘World Peace Pagoda’, proudly stand at the historic city of Rajgir. It is one of India’s 7 Peace Pagodas built in Bihar. It was built to spread the message of peace and non-violence. Here four statues of Buddha reflects four important phases of Buddha’s life i.e. birth, enlightenment, teaching, and death.

Sher Shah Suri Tomb, Sasaram

This tomb was built in the memory of Emperor Sher Shah Suri 1545 AD, which is an excellent example of Indo-Islamic architecture in India. This sandstone structure is architecturally splendid and erected at the middle of an artificial lake.

Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary, Begusarai

India’s largest freshwater Oxbow lake is Kanwar Lake situated in Begusarai. Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary is the haven for 60 species of migratory birds. Unfortunately, this place is losing its importance due to negligence. In 2014, a Wetland Governance in South Asia discussed the condition of this wetland ecosystem in Delhi. We hope that some actions are taken for this bird sanctuary.

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