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Top Destinations in Bihar

Located mid-way between West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, Bihar is bounded by Nepal to the north and Jharkhand to the south. A center of power, learning and culture in the ancient past, this is the historic region where Buddhism originated and was first practiced. Although, comprising of vast stretches of the fertile plains alongside the River Ganges which cuts across the state, the economy of Bihar is largely service oriented. Hindi, Urdu and several regional dialects are widely spoken in this 3rd most populous Indian State, where the population is presently characterized as mixed-religion.

Top Tourist Attractions in Bihar

Heritage Sites: With a history spanning 3000 years, this oldest inhabited place on earth has several heritage sites and structures which include the Mahabodhi Temple, Nalanda and Vikramshila Universities, and several other heritage landmark remains of ancient civilizations.

Wildlife Attractions: A diverse landscape with floral and faunal compositions sheltering rich wildlife habitats including the Valmiki National Park, the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary, and the sub-Himalayan foothill regions of Someshwar and Dun.

Pilgrimage Centers: Home to people of all religions, especially Buddhism, Bihar is most famous for the Mahabodhi Temple, which is the main shrine for Buddhists from all around the world. Some of the other pilgrimage sites in the state include Pathar-ki-Masjid, Sher Shah Suri Masjid and the Harminder Sahib Gurudwara.

Top Cities in Bihar

Patna – Situated on the banks of River Ganges and formerly known as Patilputra, Patna is one of the oldest historic cities in the Indian sub-continent and is the capital city of Bihar and a prominent tourist attraction today.

Gaya – One of the most renowned Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in the world is Gaya where Buddha once roamed searching for peace and enlightenment. This ancient city of Gaya is presently visited by scores of visitors from all around the world.

Bhagalpur – Also known as the ‘Silk City’ due to the Tussar silk and saris produced here, Bhagalpur is also home to the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary located at a 50-kilometer stretch from Sultanganj to Kahalgaon.

Muzaffarpur – Situated on the banks of the Burhi Gandak River, Muzaffarpur is the largest city in northern Bihar which is famous for a special variety of bangles and large litchi crops cultivated within this district.

Travel & Lodging:

The capital city of Patna is the chief entry point in the state which is very well connected through the railroad and air-route with the rest of the country. Another international airport is located at Gaya, which is largely catering to the Buddhist pilgrim tourists. Although the deeper regions of the state lack development, over 6 million tourists visit Bihar every year seeking comfortable and budget accommodations mostly around the cities and popular tourist destinations.