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5 Best Places To Visit In Bihar in 2021

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In this blog will explain about the best places to visit in Bihar. Whenever I say Bihar, What comes to your mind all of a sudden?

You would rarely hear about the crime and other activities of the state next to Uttarpradesh, Right?

You know what ? Bihar is famous for its monasteries and monuments, which belong to various religions.

Here in this article, let me take you through the best 5 places you can visit while you drop by in Bihar.

It was known as Magadha in ancient times. It was a centre of power, learning & culture. 

The Maurya empire is one of the world’s greatest pacifist religions, Buddhism arose from Magadha.

The most widely spoken languages of Bihar are Hindi, Bhojpuri, Magahi & Maithili.

Bihar has historical places too, like Nalanda, Golghar, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir etc.

Many People think that Bihar is not a welcoming place due to its unlawful acts. The truth was that the concept of non-violence originated from the famous historical pictures of the Lord Mahavira and the Lord Buddha.  

Here are the 5 best places to visit in Bihar.

Nalanda – Bihar

Nalanda - places to visit in Bihar

Nalanda was an acclaimed Mahavihara, a large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha in India. 

Nalanda was a centre of learning from the fifth century. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Nalanda flourished under the Gupta Empire’s patronage in the 5th and 6th centuries and later under Harsha, the emperor of Kannauj.

Most of our knowledge of Nalanda comes from pilgrim monks’ writings from Asia, such as Xuanzang and yijing,who travelled to the Mahavihara in the 7th century CE. History of Nalanda would be the history of Mahayanist Buddhism. One of the best historical places to visit in Bihar.

Timings :  9:30 am to 5:00 pm; every day

Entry Fee : ₹ 15 per person Indians

                  : ₹ 200 per person foreigners  

                  : ₹  25 Video camera 

Mahabodhi Temple – Bodh Gaya

The Mahabodhi Temple, or the Mahabodhi, is an ancient and most famous temple but much rebuilt and restored, a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya, marking the Buddha’s location to have attained enlightenment, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The site contains a descendant of the Bodhi Tree. Buddha gained enlightenment and has been a significant pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhism for over two thousand years. Some elements probably date to the period of Ashoka.

It is now visible on the ground, essentially dating from the 7th century CE, perhaps somewhat earlier, and several significant restorations since the 19th century. 

This stylistic feature has continued in Jain and Hindu temples to the present day and influenced Buddhist Architecture in other countries, in forms like the pagoda. 

Bodh Gaya (in Gaya districts) is about 96km from Patna, Bihar.

Timings:   05:00 am to 09:00 pm, Daily open

Entry fee:   Free

Patna Museum – Patna

places to visit in Bihar

Patna Museum is the state museum of the Indian state of Bihar. 

Started on 3rd April 1917 during the British Raj to house the historical artefacts found in the vicinity of Patna; it is in the style of Mughal and Rajput architecture and is known locally as the Jadu Ghar. 

Most of the early collections have now been transferred to Bihar Museum.

The British constructed the Museum to conserve and display the historical artefacts found in the vicinity of the state capital..

The concept of having a Museum arose in 1912 after Bihar and Bengal were separated.

In Patna Museum, there are many collections of archaeological objects, coins, art objects, paintings, instruments, textiles, paintings, bronze images and sculptures and terra cotta images by Hindu and Buddhist artists. One of the best places to visit in Bihar.

The fossils of a tree said to be more than 200 millions years old is on display.

Timings: 10:30am to 4:30pm, everyday

Entry Fee: ₹ 20 per person Indians

                 : ₹ 250 per person for Foreigners

Patna Zoo – Patna

Patna Zoo

Patna zoo is also known as Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan, is located off Bailey Road in Patna. 

The park was opened to the public as a zoo in 1973. The park is Patna’s most frequented picnic spot, with more than 36000 visitors on new year’s day.

The park was first established as botanical garden in 1969. Since 1973, this park has been a biological park, combining a botanical garden with a zoo. 

Several schools & families visit the place regularly. One whole day you can engage here and become an animal lover. places to visit in Bihar with family and kids. Book online ticket.

Timings: 05:00am to 06:00pm, Monday closed

Entry Fee: ₹ 30 per person (Adult), ₹ 10 per head (above 5)

Viswa shanti stupa – Rajgir

Rajgir is an ancient city and a municipal council in Nalanda districts in Bihar.

The city of Rajgir was the first capital of the kingdom of Magadha, a state that would eventually evolve into the Mauryan empire.

The city of Rajgir became one of the Buddha’s most important preaching locations.

Viswa Shanti Stupa is one of the 80 peace pagodas globally, making it one of the popular tourist attractions in Rajgir. 

Ti was built in 1969 and is officially the oldest peace pagoda in India. As it is nestled in the hills, you can take around 500 steps to reach the Stupa. Or else there is a ropeway service.

It was here that Gautam Budha spent several months meditating and preaching at Gridhra-Kuta(Hill of the vultures).  

He also delivered some of his famous sermons and initiated king Bimbisara of Magadha and countless others to Buddhism. One of the awesome places to visit in Bihar with family and friends.

Timings: 09:00am to 05:30pm, everyday

Entry Fee: No fees

So, I hope this article helps you to understand the true color of Bihar. It has a rich religious history of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Jainism, and many worship places.

And about the Famous dishes of Bihar,

  •  Litti Chokha,Chicken Masala. 
  • Most common dairy food is lassi, dahi, buttermilk, known as mattha, ghee, malpua, sattu paratha gol gappa, motichoor ke laddoo and pakoda.

And not only this, you can try visiting other places as well in Bihar. Here is the list of other places to visit in Bihar.

  1. Buddha Smriti park 
  2. Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji
  3. Hanuman Mandir
  4. Vaishali
  5. Pawapuri
  6. Tomb of Sher Shah Suri
  7. Navlakha palace

The best time to visit these places is after monsoon and before summer from October till March since the spots would get flooded by tourists during the season. Hope you liked my blog about the 5 best places to visit in Bihar.

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Thanks for your valuable time. Do share this article and let me know your feedback as well.

I'm Rohit Singh, I'm from Patna, Bihar. I did my schooling in St. Schooling in St. Thomas High School and my 12th at Patna. After that I came to Bangalore for my further studies. I have done my BBA in Marketing at Seshadripuram First Grade Collage, Yelahanka. Cooking, Badminton, Cycling, Dancing are my Hobbies. Most importantly travelling is my passion.

10 Comments

  1. Nice info about the places to visit in Bihar. I never thought Bihar is a place for tourism. I always hunt for new places to visit as I get bored easily with the regular tourist places. After the lockdown my next destination is Bihar. Very excited to explore. Thanks for the opportunity to get to know about Bihar tourism.

    • Rohit Singh Reply

      It’s my pleasure that i am able to show you places like Bihar. Do visit and let me know your experience.

  2. Good job, brother ????.. your article will help me to explore Bihar. Once I had been to Mahabodhi Temple. Such a beautiful and historical place to visit in Bihar.

    • Rohit Singh Reply

      Thank you Bro! Yeah, best part of this temple is we can visit anytime between 5am to 9pm.

  3. Shashank singh Reply

    That’s great Dude. ????❤❤ . I had been to several places in Bihar. Thanks for sharing the information about Bihar tourism. It’s helped to list down the places to visit in Bihar to explore. You made my job easy.

    • Rohit Singh Reply

      Thank you so much!!
      I am glad that you liked this blog. yes visit all the places whenever possible for you.

  4. Kajal singh Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful info. It is so appreciated. Gaya is one of the famous places in Bihar. Many People think that Bihar is not a tourist place due to its unlawful acts, but the truth is Bihar is the birthplace of two religions Jainism and Buddhism and due to this you can find many historical places to explore. This article is helping me to explore more places in Bihar.

    • Rohit Singh Reply

      Thank you so much!!
      ya your are absolutely correct Bihar is basically known for Historical places, these historical places is really very beautiful and getting more information about our history, visit rest of the places and let me know.

  5. Wow! Very interesting, Loved the way you described about the places in Bihar. Will surely visit it once. Any beaches near Bihar? Any other places near by Bihar to explore? Please suggest.

  6. Rohit Singh Reply

    thank you!!
    No any beaches near Bihar. but Nepal is nearest place from Bihar and Nepal is also very beautiful place. And you can also explore Mount Everest over there.

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