Top Places To Visit In Bihar
The major attraction cities are Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Patna, Vaishali, Pawapuri and Nalanda.
Updated: September 26, 2019
Top Places To Visit In Bihar are Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Patna, Vaishali, Pawapuri and Nalanda.
Bodhgaya is a village in the state of Bihar which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. It is the place where Prince Siddhartha meditated under a Bodhi Tree to attain enlightenment and came to be known as Buddha forever after that. The place is bustling with pilgrims all through the year who come to pay their homage in the monasteries, shrines and temples. Buddha statue, the Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi tree attracts tourists from India and abroad.
The major attraction of Bodhgaya are Mahabodhi Temple, Mahabodhi Tree, Great Buddha statue, Tibetan Refugee Market, Cankamana, Thai Monastery, Muchalinda Lake, Mahabodhi Temple Complex Book store, Royal Bhutan Monastery, Brahmayoni Temple and many more.
Originally called as Pataliputra, Patna is situated on southern banks of river Ganges. Its plethora of artefacts, monuments and grand architectural heritage has made it one of the major and most popular tourist destinations in India.
This capital city of Bihar also holds significant religious and spiritual importance. It is a gateway to pilgrimage sites of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. It played a major role in Indian culture and even today has great historical and religious significance. It is close to nearby religious centres of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and the Buddhists like Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, Nalanda and Pawapuri. As Patna is the birthplace of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, it is an important pilgrimage for Sikhs.
The major attraction of Patna are Golghar, Gandhi Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Patna Sahib Gurudwara, Biskoman Bhawan, Gandhi Maidan, Srikrishna Science Centre, Patna Museum and many more.
Nalanda houses one of the oldest and finest residential universities of world which itself was an architectural masterpiece. It offers vibrant substance of spirituality, history, culture, architecture, and tourism. The entire complex presents a pretty picture that houses viharas or monasteries to the east and chaiyas or temples to the west. In addition to this, the complex houses a charming little museum, which has a collection of several of original Buddhist stupas, Hindu and Buddhist bronzes, coins, terracotta jars, a sample of burnt rice etc. Apart from Buddhism, it is an important center for Jainism, Hinduism, and Sufism as well.
The major attraction of Nalanda are Nalanda University, Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall, The Great Stupa, Pawapuri, Kundalpur, Nav Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda Archaeological Museum, Surya Mandir and many more.
Madhubani is an ancient city in Bihar which is known for the richness in art and culture. The city is known for the world popular Madhubani paintings whose origin lie here. Madhubani emerged from the Darbhanga district of Bihar in 1972 during the reshuffling of territorial boundaries which is now slowly growing as a popular tourist destination. Madhubani is also an important commercial town in the Madhubani district with Nepal on the north, Darbhanga to the south, Sitamarhi and Supaul on either side. The town has multiple temples which are the main attraction points of the town for the locals.
The major attraction of Madhubani are Kapileshwar sthan, Saurath, Nagar Fort, Ugaranath Temple, Uchaitha and many more.
Rajgir is town set in a green valley and surrounded by rocky hills, with hints of spirituality and vibrant hues of history that is linked with both Buddhism and Jainism. It is a spiritual town with natural serenity among the dense forests, mysterious caves and springs. Rajgir houses many religious destinations which are majorly dedicated to either Buddhism or Jainism. Both lord Buddha and Lord Mahavir had spent time here giving it huge spiritual and religious importance. One can visit various ruins, temples and sites here and also spend some time indulging in its refreshing calmness.
The major attraction of Rajgir are Venuvana, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Vulture peak, Rajgir ropeway line, Makhdum Kund, Bimbisara's Jail, Veerayatan Museum, The Cyclopean walls and many more.
Vaishali is a small district which is located in the interiors of Bihar and also a revered Hindu, Buddhist and Jain worshipping site. It is the city where Lord Mahavir was born. Vaishali is believed to have been named after King Vishal, from the time of Mahabharat and is considered as the first republic of the world. It is also the city where Buddha delivered his last sermon which marks the town as an extremely significant center for Buddhism. The village is an important religious and historical attraction site surrounded by groves of mango and banana and extensive rice field. It is now a part of Trihut division of Bihar that is flocked by tourists year in and year out. As it also happens to be Lord Mahavira's birth place, Vaishali is revered as a holy place by Jains. The footprints of Lord Ram in Ramchaura temple also builds a strong connection for Hindus as well.
The major attraction of Vaishali are The Ashoka pillar, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Abhishek pushkarni (coronation tank) and Archeological museums, Buddha's stupa, Vishal Fort, Hajipur, Bawan Pokhra temple and many more.