Bihar: Culturally diverse and historically rich, filled with religions and home to numerous forest reserves, Bihar is one of the offbeat destinations in the country that truly deserves our attention. It has remained an underrated tourist destination in India for many years now. Derived from the Sanskrit word “Vihara”, which implies a religious community, Bihar has a sublime heritage when it comes to Indian history.ALSO READ – Fire breaks out on a train at Bihar station. look
Patna, the capital of Bihar, is quite famous while other places like Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Vaishali, Rajgir, Pawanpuri and Kesaria are among the top destinations in Bihar which also welcome tourists from across the country and abroad. Also Read – My misinterpreted statement: Punjab CM Channi clarifies his remark “UP, Bihar Bhaiyas”
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Discover Bihar’s Top 5 Must-See Tourist Attractions
As you all know, Bihar is where the Buddha started his journey to enlightenment. This is considered one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world, as lord Buddha became enlightened while meditating under a bodhi tree here. The magnificent Mahabodhi Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marks the spot. If peace and a little quiet is what you are looking for, then you should pay a visit here. Bodhgaya also has many Buddhist monasteries and temples, with various architectural styles. Check them out on your trip here.
- Ruins of Nalanda University
Located 90 km from Patna, the extensive ruins of Nalanda University date back to the 5th century, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016. As you already know, Nalanda was an important center of Buddhist learning with around 10,000 monks and students. It survived until the 12th century when it was ransacked by Muslim invaders and its library burned down. According to reports, more than nine million manuscripts were destroyed.
- Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Rajgir
Vishwa Shanti Stupa, known as the World Peace Pagoda, is located in Rajgir. It is one of the 7 peace pagodas built in India and it is truly an example of Japanese style architecture. The pagoda was built in 1969 and has four Buddha statues that represent the four important phases of Buddha’s life: birth, enlightenment, teaching, and death. A must visit.
Vikramashila was one of the two most important centers of learning in India during the Pala Empire, along with Nalanda. It is said to have been destroyed by the forces of Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khalji around 1193. A visit to these ruins is definitely worth it.
Interestingly, the annual Sonepur Mela in Bihar is a vibrant rural fair that combines spirituality, animal trade and fun. Street magicians, religious and tantric gurus, pilgrims, snack stalls, crafts, rides, circus performers, martial artists and dancers all create a carnival like no other. It attracts visitors from all over Asia and is held during the months of November and December.
Other things to explore in Bihar
- Explore the ruins of Navlakha Palace
- Discover Chhath Festival
- Buy Madhubani Art
- See a Chhau dance performance
- Explore the Mausoleum of Emperor Sher Shah Suri
- Besides, you can also enjoy skewers, litti chokha, bihari boti, bihari chicken masala, sattu paratha (parathas stuffed with roasted chickpea flour) and much more.