Tourist places in Bihar

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Here are the top 8 places to visit in Bihar:

1. Bodh Gaya

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Believed to be the world's most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage center, Bodh Gaya is believed to be the place where Gautam Buddha achieved Enlightenment.

Best Time: October to March

2. Patna

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The capital city of Bihar, Patna serves as an important base for visiting various religious sites such as Vaishali, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Kesariya, Nalanda etc.

Best Time: October to March

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3. Nalanda

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Extensive ruins of center of higher learning in Bihar, Nalanda has various temples and monasteries, including the 'Great Stupa'.

Best Time: October to March

4. Vaishali

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Getting its name from Raja Vishal of the Ramayan era, Vaishali is recognised as the world's first republic, even before the birth of Gautam Budhha. Lord Buddha has spent a significant time of his life here and he used to visit Vaishali every now and then and this also the site of his last sermons.

Best Time: October to January

5. Madhubani

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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.

Best Time: October to February

6. Muzaffarpur

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The Litchi Kingdom, Muzaffarpur is located in the north of Bihar. Lying on the banks of Burhi Gandak River, along with the rivers Bagmati and Lakhandayee, Muzaffarpur is one of the major towns of Bihar. Muzaffarpur gets the name from a Revenue Officer Muzaffar Khan.

7. Bhagalpur

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This historically significant city of Bhagalpur lies on the southern banks of the river Ganges. Bhagalpur, also known as the silk city, it is the 3rd largest city of Bihar. Bhagalpur is well known for being a major educational centre, apart from being the commercial and political centre.

8. Rajgir

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Set in a green valley and surrounded by rocky hills, Rajgir is a spiritual town with natural serenity amongst the dense forests, mysterious caves and springs.

Best Time: October to March

9. Pawapuri

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Pawapuri is a holy site for the Jains. It is situated in the Nalanda district of Bihar state in Eastern India. A long time ago, Pawapuri was the twin capital of Mall Mahajanpad. Mahajanpad later became a part of the kingdom of Magadha and Ajatshatru was a devotee of Lord Mahavira. During the rule of Ajatshatru, the king of Pawapuri was known as Hastipal. When in Pawapuri, Mahavira stayed in the Rajikshala of the king. It is considered as a sacred place because Lord Mahavira was buried here in 500 BC.

10. Hajipur

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Hajipur is one of those cities of India which has connected the past and the present in a smooth transition over the years. Though scarce and scattered, Hajipur keeps coming back in the pages of Indian history - be it the time of Lord Buddha or the rule of Islam or the British era, in some way or other, Hajipur is always there. The district of Vaishali, of which Hajipur is the headquarter as well as the largest city, is known for being the place where Lord Gautama Buddha decided upon his final resting - nirvana after bodily death.

11. Lauriya Nandangarh

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Lauriya Nandangarh is a small town situated 28 km northwest of Bettiah famous for its beautifully erected Ashokan Pillar. Lauriya gets its name from a pillar (Laur) of Mauryan emperor Ashoka, which is sited here. Nandangarh is the name of a bank, located about 2 km to the south-west of the Ashoka Pillar. Lauriya Nandangarh is also a site for about 20 archaeological banks organized in three rows. Forty pillars were built here by Emperor Ashoka originally but today only one pillar exists in complete form, at its initial position in Lauriya Nandangarh.

12. Sitamarhi

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Sitamarhi, a town and the district headquarters of the Sitamarhi District in Bihar is the birthplace of the wife of Lord Ram, Sita. Bordered by Nepal in the North, Muzaffarpur in the south, Champaran and Sheohar in the west and Darbhanga and Madhubani in the east, Sitamarhi is a town of great historical importance and has a large number of modern tourist attractions. Rivers like Baghmati, Aghwara, Lakhandei and Manusmara flow through the Sitamarhi District and the northern part of Sitamarhi District is located in the foothills of the Himalaya. The place has a moderate climate and is rich in alluvial soil. Sitamarhi is filled with spots of religious, historic and modern tourist attractions.

13. Valmiki National Park

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Located in the West Champaran district, Valmiki National Park is situated on the India- Nepal border on the banks of river Gandak. Sprawling over a humongous area, the park is divided into two sections- the wildlife sanctuary declared in the year 1978 covers and area of 545 sq km and the national park which was established in 1990 covering an area of around 335 sq km. The only wildlife reserve in the state of Bihar, Valmiki National Park is covered in dense green forests of the Himalayan Terai landscape. Flaunting of a flourishing wildlife with extensive varieties of flora, fauna and avifauna, the highlight of the region is Bengal tigers (22 in the region as of 2013). The government further plans to convert 800 hectares of the forest area into grasslands to make it the largest grassland in the country. Valmiki National Park gets its name from Valmiki Nagar- the adjoining town to the forests which is also the only possible entrance to the wildlife reserve.

14. Chhat Puja

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An ancient Hindu festival, dedicated to Lord Surya and Chhathi Maiya (known to be the wife of Surya), Chhath Puja is the only Vedic festival that is dedicated to the Sun God, who is supposed to be the source of all powers and Chhathi Maiya (another name for Goddess Usha from the Vedic period). The god of light, energy and life force is worshipped in order to promote well being, development and the prosperity of human beings. Through this festival, people aim towards thanking the Sun God for a period of four days. The festival commemorates on the 6th Day after Diwali.

15. Tomb of Sher Shah Suri

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Situated in the town Sasaram in the state of Bihar in India, Tomb of Sher Shah Suri is a stunning mausoleum which has been dedicated to the memory of Emperor Sher Shah Suri. Boasting of Indo- Islamic architecture, the tomb is one of the most popular tourist spots in town and is also known as the ‘Second Taj Mahal of India’ colloquially. Built in red sandstone, the monument is three storeys tall and stands in the centre of a picturesque lake, adding to the ambiance and beauty of it. The construction of the tomb started during the life of Sher Shah Suri itself but was completed 3 months after his death.

16. Navlakha Palace

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Situated in Rajnagar on the eastern bank of River Kamla, near Madhubani district of Bihar, Navlakha Palace, also known as Rajnagar Palace, is an ancient royal palace which is a popular heritage building in the region. Built by Maharaja Rameshwar Singh, the palace formerly boasted of well paved gardens, tinkering ponds, temple complexes and the like. However, it suffered major loss and extensive damage in 1934 when an earthquake hit it. It has never been repaired and currently lies in ruins. However, even then, it boasts of old world charm and brilliant architecture and still visited by tourists and locals frequently.

17. Jal Mandir

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Located in Pawapuri in the state of Bihar, Jal Mandir is a revered Jain temple which is dedicated to the 24th Tirthankara- Lord Mahavir. Also known as Apapuri, the gorgeous white marble temple marks the cremation spot of Lord Mahavir and is a sacred pilgrimage centre of Jainism. The gorgeous temple is constructed within a huge water tank that is filled pretty pink lotus flowers. Considered to be one of the top five Jain temples in the region, the temple has "Charan Paduka" or foot impression of Lord Mahavir as the central deity.

18. Mundeshwari Temple

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The Mundeshwari Devi Temple lies within the Kaimur district of Bihar. It is an ancient temple dedicated to worshipping the eternal duo of Shiva-Parvati. It is considered as one of the oldest temples in India, perhaps being as old as 625 CE. Built of stone, the temple architecture follows a rare octagonal plan. The main deities in the temple are Devi Mundeshwari and the four-faced Shiva linga. It also hosts murtis of Ganesha, Surya and Vishnu. It has been an official subject of archaeological study for some time now, dating certain inscriptions to 635 CE.

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