Bihar attracts a huge number of tourists every year on the basis of its several pilgrimage and tourism sites. Bihar is religiously an important state for Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims. The Buddhist followers visit most in the state as Lord Buddha had spent his most crucial parts of his life in Bihar India. The state of Bihar is also crucial for Jainism, as Lord Mahavira Swami was born at this land. For Hindus, Bihar tour is also considered a holy place where goddess Sita, the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi was born. Sikh's tenth guru 'Guru Govind Singh' was also born in Patna, the capital of Bihar.
Historically, Bihar has various heritage sites like the ruins of ancient Taxila, Nalanda and Vikramshila Universities, the pillar of Ashoka in Vaishali, the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, which is a UNESCO's World Heritage Site etc. that attract myriad visitors every year. Patna's Gol Ghar and Hajipur-Patna road bridge (Mahatma Gandhi Sethu, which is the World's second largest road bridge on a river) are the example of modern architecture, which also attracts a huge number of tourists. Patna, Gaya, Vaishali, Rajgir and Sitamarhi are the most visiting places of the state.
Here is the list of major tourist destinations of Bihar.
Patna, the capital of Bihar is one of the most attracting visiting places because of several reasons like its glorious history, its religious importance, its architectural importance and the status of capital. Patna houses numerous most visiting tourist places like Patna Museum, Golghar, Kumrahar Excavations, Har Mandir, Qila House, Khuda Baksh Oriental Library, Mahaveer Mandir, Patna Sahib Gurudwara, Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, Birla Mandir, Nawab Shahid-Ka-Maqbara, Pachim Darwaza, Padri-Ki-Haveli, and Gandhi Sethu etc.
Gaya Tourism Bihar
Gaya is one of the major tourist places especially for Buddhists, as it contains Bodhgaya, one of the four holiest places of Buddhism. Currently the Bodhgaya region houses a UNESCO's World Heritage Site: Mahabodhi Temple. The places of attractions in Gaya are Vishnupad Temple, Jama Masjid, Shrine of Hazrat Makhdoom Syed Shah Durwesh Ashraf and Baitul Anwar etc.
Visit to Rajgir of Bihar
Tourism in Rajgir is amongst the most attractive tourist places of Bihar because of religious reason and natural beauty. Geographically Rajgir is situated in Nalanda district and a low altitude hill area. Its hills, lakes, springs, flora and fauna, migratory birds and Buddhist shrines make it one of the most favorite places of interest of Bihar. Brahmakunda, a hot water spring, sacred for Hindus and a 'Vishwa Shanti Stupa', a peace pagoda are the most important places to visit in Rajgir followed by Bimbisar's Jail, the Ajatshatru's Fort, Jarasandh's Akhara, Amaravana, the Cyclopean Wall, Griddhakuta, and Swarna Bhandar etc..
Nalanda Tour of Bihar
Nalanda is one of the oldest cities of world and India. Currently, Nalanda district is famous for the ruins of Nalanda University. The Nalanda University Archaeological Complex, the Nalanda Archaeological Museum, Nava Nalanda Mahavira, Hieun Tsang memorial hall and Rajgir town. The ruins of Surya Mandir (Sun Temple), Sariputta Stupa and some Buddhist excavations are other major attractions in Nalanda.
Places to Visit in Vaishali Bihar
Vaishali is sacred for Jains and Buddhists people, as Lord Mahavira, the 24th and last Tirthankar of Jainism was born here, and Lord Buddha had preached his last sermon in Vaishali. The famous Ashokan pillar is also situated in Vaishali district.
Visit to Pawapuri of Bihar
Pawapuri is famous for Jain's pilgrimage. Lord Mahavira took his last breath in Pawapuri. It is 38 k.m. from Rajgir and 90 k.m. from Patna.
Trip to Sasaram in Bihar
Sasaram is another major tourist place in Bihar. It is famous for Sher Shah Suri's mausoleum, situated on the Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road), made by him.
Kesaria Tour of Bihar
Situated in East Champaran, Kesaria is famous for a Buddhist Stupa (pagoda). It is said that Kesaria Stupa is the biggest stupa in India. It was built by Emperor Ashok.
Visit to West Champaran of Bihar
West Chamaparan is also a major tourist destination because of having several religious important places like Chanki Garh, Valmiki Nagar, Hazarimal Dharamsha, Bhitharwa Ashram, Brindaba, Koeldih, Shri Rampur, Amolva, Murli Bharhawa, Sariswa, and Hardiya Kothi etc.
Sitamarhi Tourist Places
The Sitamarhi district is another major tourist destination for Bihar visitors. Sitamarhi is considered the mythological birth place of Deity Sita, the incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Currently Sitamarhi has three major tourist sites which are also major pilgrimages for Hindus. These are: Janki Temple, Haleshwar Asthan, and Panth Pakar.
Other tourist destinations in Bihar
Moreover, Bihar has some other tourist destinations where visitors can find several tourist places. These are:
Buxur, Bhojpur, Bihar Sarif, Jamui, Jahanabad, Madhepura, Munger, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Madhubani and Darbhanga etc.
Top Wildlife National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries of Bihar
Bihar is rich wildlife reserves and holds several wildlife national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. These are: Betla National Park, Palamau, Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary, Valmiki National Park, Bhimbandh Sanctuary, Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, Lawalong Wildlife Sanctuary, Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, Topchanchi Wildlife Sanctuary, Kabar Lake Bird Sanctuary, Vikramshila Gangetic and Dolphin Sanctuary etc.
How to Reach Bihar ?
The state of Bihar links Northern India to Eastern India. So it lies at the hub point and well connected to other major cities of India by means of air, rails and buses.
How to Reach Bihar by Air: Bihar has two national airports ? Patna and Gaya, which are well connected to India's international airports. Some international flights are also been operated from Gaya.
How to Reach Bihar by Train/Rail: Bihar is rich in railways network and its major stations like Patna, Gaya, Barauni, Muzaffarpur, Bhagalpur and Darbhanga are well connected to other major stations of India.
How to Reach Bihar by road: The conveyances of Road are also available in the state. The interstate bus service, intrastate bus service and shared taxis or hired taxis can be opted to reach different points of Bihar according your budget and convenience.
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