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Madhubani Tourism

An ancient city, Madhubani in Bihar is known for the richness in art and culture that the district strives for. Mentioned in the Ramayana, the city is known for the world popular Madhubani paintings whose origin lie here.

Madhubani emerged from the Darbhanga district of Bihar in 1972 during the reshuffling of territorial boundaries. This small district is slowly growing as a popular tourist destination among art enthusiasts coming here for Madhubani paintings. With Nepal on the north, Darbhanga to the south, Sitamarhi and Supaul on either side, Madhubani is also an important commercial town in the Madhubani district. The town has multiple temples which are the main attraction points of the town for the locals. However, the town is not very tourist-friendly, and there isn't much to do if you are thinking of a sightseeing tour.

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1. Kapileshwar sthan

Kapileshwar sthan
9km away from Madhubani is a small village called Kapileshwar sthan, this village is known for having the Kapileshwar temple dedicated to lord Shiva.

2. Saurath

Saurath
On the road from Madhubani to Jaynagar, Saurath is a small roadside village, known for the popular Somnath Mahadev temple.

3. Nagar Fort

Nagar Fort
Built by Maharaja Shri Rameshwar Singh, the Nagar fort is popularly known as the Naulakha Palace. The fort had to suffer tremendous destruction owing to the severe earthquake in the year 1934, since t (Read More)hen, this once magnificent structure which used to be the residence of the royal family now just stands there like a Khandahar.

4. Bhawanipur

Bhawanipur
Located 5 km away from the Pandaul Block Headquarters in Madhubani District in the state of Bihar, the Bhawanipur Village is popular for its Ugaranath Temple and its association with the poet Vid (Read More)yapet.

5. Uchaitha

Uchaitha
On the western bank of Thumne river, stands tall the Bhagwati temple. If historic stories were to be believed, goddess Bhagwati blessed the famous writer and poet Kalidas on this spot, it is said that (Read More) the goddess was supremely impressed by the talent, skills and dedication of Kalidas.

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Pilgrimage through Madhubani

Known for its religious temples that are of historic importance and architectural splendour, you could take a pilgrimage tour throughout the town. There are many temples such as the Kapileshwar Sthan, Saurath Temple and the Uchaitha Temple.

Madhubani Paintings

It is popular belief that paintings and art reflect a certain culture and traditions of a place. They tell a tale of the time when they originated. Same goes for Madhubani paintings, which originated about 2500 years ago in Mithila district of Bihar. This ancient folk art is said to date back to the times of Ramayan, when king Janaka asked an artist to capture the event of Sita’s wedding with Lord Ram, on canvas. Later, the household women started making these similar paintings on the walls and floors of their houses during festivals and ceremonies.
The paintings were discovered in 1934 by a British Colonial, post a massive earthquake. He found remnants of the art on the interior walls of the homes while examining the damage done. Since then, the paintings have been getting fame, and a visit to Madhubani district or Ranti village will tell you how much has this art been thriving.
The paintings are done using fingers, twigs, pen nibs or matchsticks. The figures usually have prominent outlines, pointy noses and bulging protruding eyes. There is rarely any blank space left. The borders are also filled with geometrical and abstract patterns. The outline is made from rice paste, and vibrant bright colours are used to fill the insides. The colours too, are made from natural dyes.
The paintings are known to portray traditional functions like weddings or festivals and the themes usually include natural elements and symbolize emotions like love, valour, devotion, fertility etc.

Restaurants and Local Food in Madhubani

It is interesting to note that despite of the fact that Bihar has a number of river flowing within, the diet of the locals mostly include of vegetarian meals. Bihar has a number of local traditional delicacies to gorge on, Litti Chokha, Sattu ke parathe, Daal Baati and Jhal Moodhi to name a few. Take on to a decent restaurant or a roadside stall and must try the local food here. If going during summers, get your hands on the direct from the farm mangoes and litchis.
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Suggested Itinerary for Madhubani

Begin your trip by visiting the famous Nagar Fort, popularly known as Naulakha Palace. Proceed to Kapileshwar Sthan and Saurath next, which are the popular temples in the area. Later in the evening, you can take a stroll to the roadside markets and handicraft stores.

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How to Reach Madhubani

How to Reach Overview

Madhubani is a small district in Bihar. It is connected to the rest of the country by a good network of roads.

How to reach Madhubani by flight

Patna airport is 128 km away from Madhubani and has constant flights from most metro cities of the country.

How to reach Madhubani by road

Well connected to nearby cities via road. State tourism and private buses run regularly across the borders of the city. Cars and taxies are also available.

How to reach Madhubani by train

Madhubani has a small station of its own, not majorly linked via direct trains, trains can be taken to Madhubani by changing in Patna or Darbhanga junction. There are selected direct trains available from major metros.

Local transport in Madhubani

State buses and private buses are available to travel to and within the city. Other than that, people travel within the city by sharing taxies, jeeps and autos. When going to nearby places, you can also commute by cycle rickshaws.

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FAQs on Madhubani

What is famous about Madhubani?

Religious and historic place. Architectural splendours.

What is not so good about Madhubani?

Difficult to reach. Not tourist friendly. Not much to explore.

Who should visit Madhubani?

Located in Bihar, Madhubani is a small district that is of religious and historic importance and is mainly for pilgrims.

What is the best time to visit Madhubani?

Madhubani experiences extremely hot summers, it is only after monsoon that the tourist season takes off here. Many tourists prefer visiting Madhubani during monsoon while some like to visit it during winters. The state of Bihar celebrates Durga puja with a lot of pomp and show, the ceremonial celebrations here are worth attending.
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What is the local food in Madhubani?

It is interesting to note that despite of the fact that Bihar has a number of river flowing within, the diet of the locals mostly include of vegetarian meals. Bihar has a number of local traditional delicacies to gorge on, Litti Chokha, Sattu ke parathe, Daal Baati and Jhal Moodhi to name a few. Take on to a decent restaurant or a roadside stall and must try the local food here. If going during summers, get your hands on the direct from the farm mangoes and litchis.
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What is the best way to reach Madhubani?

Madhubani is a small district in Bihar. It is connected to the rest of the country by a good network of roads.
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What are the places near Madhubani?

The top places near to Madhubani are Gangtok which is 274 km from Madhubani, Darjeeling which is located 230 km from Madhubani, Nalanda which is located 149 km from Madhubani, Patna which is located 123 km from Madhubani, Vaishali which is located 106 km from Madhubani

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Rohit Shroff

4 years ago
- Before starting on your trip to Madhubani, must check the climate.
- If you are considering to buy the authentic Madhubani work from here, make sure you browse through a couple of shops as well (Read More)as local market, compare and negotiate the quoted price.
- There isn't a lot to do in Madhubani, try clubbing the trip with Patna or Gaya or even parts of West Bengal.
- If you are looking for a touristy place for a comfortable and relaxing trip, Madhubani is not the right place to be.
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