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 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
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 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.
- Buddha Smriti park
- Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji
- Hanuman Mandir
- Tomb of Sher Shah Suri
- 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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