Tourist places in Bihar

1. Gaya

Gaya Bihar

Amongst the most famous places in Bihar is Gaya which is a Hindu pilgrimage hub and a transit point for Buddhist pilgrimage centre of Bodhgaya. It is believed that it was here under the tree that Buddha attained enlightenment. Gaya is a busy city situated on the bank of River Phalgu and it is replete with many temples and historic sites dating back to different eras that stand as the evidence to the successful rule of Maurya and Gupta dynasty here. The glory of Gaya was extended so much so that even Hiuen Tsang could not resist mentioning it in his travelogues.

Major Tourist Attractions:

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

2. Nalanda

Nalanda Bihar

Probably the oldest university in India, Nalanda is an important site to visit in Bihar. A perfect reminisce to the time of flourishing Gupta and Pala period, Nalanda is an acclaimed tourist attraction in Bihar. It is believed that the last and most famous Jain Tirthankara, Mahavira spent 14 monsoon seasons here. Even, Buddha is said to have delivered lectures near the mango grove in Nalanda. The fame of this education centre was to an extent that Hieun Tsang, the famous Chinese traveller visited here and stayed for at least two years here. Even, I-tsing another famous Chinese voyager stayed at Nalanda for about 10 years, AND such was the glory of this place. Today most parts of Nalanda lie in ruins but the place is surely worth exploring!

3. Munger

Munger Temple

Dubbed as the seat of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger is yet another place that is popular amongst the tourists in Bihar. The history of Munger dates back to Aryans, who called Munger the ‘Midland’ for their settlement. For yoga buffs, Munger is not an unknown name, thus we can expect a large foreign crowd thronging this place. The present-day Munger is a twin city, which comprises of Munger and Jamalpur. Reckoned to be one of the oldest cities of Bihar, Munger was once the capital of Mir Kasim before it fell into the hands of British. The place has several historic relics that further add to the charm here.

4. Vaishali

 Ashoka Lion Pillar Stuba Vaishali

Vaishali is an important archaeological site that was once the capital city of Licchavi rulers. Vaishali earned fame as a birthplace of last It is believed that Mahavira was born and brought up in 6th century BCE in Kundalagram of the Republic of Vaishali. Another major event this place was a witness to was the last sermon of Buddha in 483 BCE. Vaishali was a prosperous kingdom during the time of Buddha, it is also known for its beautiful courtesan Amrapali. So, you see, one has enough to recall in Vaishali and adding to its historic charm is the well-preserved Ashokan Pillar. This ancient city finds mention in the travel accounts of eminent Chinese travellers like Fa-Hien and Hieun Tsang.

Major Tourist Attractions:

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

5. Patna

Situated on the southern bank of Ganga, Patna is the largest city of Bihar. Better known as Patliputra in ancient India, the city is also believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Patna is a pilgrimage for Sikh devotees as it is reckoned to be the birthplace of last Sikh Guru, The city flourished in the period of Haryana, Nanda, Mauryan, Shunga, Gupta and Pala earned fame all across India. Today’s Patna is a developing city, which is endeavouring to match up to the modernization; malls, high-end hotels and theatres have cropped in the city. However, Patna has to speed up a bit to become the part of other cosmopolitans. Altogether, Patna is a decent destination, with most of the modern facilities available

Major Tourist Attractions:

  • Kumhrar
  • Agam
  • Kuan
  • Didarganj Yakshi
  • Takht Sri Patna Sahib
  • Gurdwara Pahila Bara
  • Gurdwara Gobind Ghat
  • Gurdwara Guru ka Bagh
  • Gurdwara Bal Leela
  • Gurdwara Handi Sahib