Bihar - The Land of Buddha
Bihar is one of the ancient states in India, possesses a prosperous cultural legacy which is apparent from the several ancient monuments that are multiplied all through the state. Bihar attracts many visitors from all over the globe. The warmth and kindliness of the local people entices many tourists all through the year. Bihar is totally stuffed with tourist attractions that leave the tourists fascinated. Apart from Patna, the capital city, one can find numerous places in Bihar that are attractive and sacred. Some of the chief places to visit are Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Ranchi and Sitamarhi. The climate is magnificent all through the year and is very tourist friendly.
Bihar is a sanctified place for many religions. It is a significant spiritual destination for pilgrims from different religions like Jainism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam and Buddhism. The shrines in Bihar are very attractive and have wealthy historical associations. The Buddhist shrines are beautiful and the UNESCO world heritage site is reasonably a fair sight.
Northern part of Bihar is conquered by Sitamarhi and Sonepur. Other towns of Northern Bihar are Madhubani, Balmiki Nagar and Muzaffurpur. There are quite some great tourist spots in this area. One can visit Sitamarhi if engrossed in learning hindu myths. This place is truly a cultural extravaganza. The carnivals and practices that take place here are most adored by the community. The quaint location of these temples eases one’s mood and helps to feel tranquil throughout the journey.
Vaishali is a vital religious place for both Buddhists and Jains. Vaishali is at a distance of 55 km from Patna. Coroneted after King Visala of Ramayana, Vaishali has the characteristic of being the capital of one of the first democracy in the world run by the Lichchavis. It is here that Lord Buddha advocated his last oration and declared his forthcoming Nirvana. 24th Jain Tirthankara, Lord Mahavira, was born here in the holy place of Kundligrama (Vaishali) in 599 B.C. Tourist attractions are the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, the Ashokan pillars, and several Buddhist and Jain constructions. Gaya is another Hindu pilgrimage hub. Gaya too is effortlessly reachable from Patna at a distance of only 112 km. Gaya dwells the Vishnupad – the sacred Vishnu footprints Temple, built by Rani Ahilya Bai of Indore which dates back to the 18th century.
The Southern part of Bihar is conquered by religious destinations like Bodhgaya and Nalanda. Bodhgaya is a foremost Buddhist shrine close by to capital city of Patna. The journey to this place is pretty stunning. Tourists throng in all through the year to arrest a glimpse of the origin of Buddhism. To spend a couple of days in this part of Bihar will be a pleasant and a great spiritual journey too. Nalanda is another very imperative place in southern Bihar. The relics of Nalanda University are much admired for being the reason that of the historical connotation of the ancient Buddhist learning centers.
Other attractions comprise the Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall, Nalanda Museum, Nav Nalanda Vihar and the Surya Mandir. The tourists touring this part of Bihar barely miss these places. There is a lot of scope for shopping too in southern Bihar. One can bring home some striking handicrafts, paintings and photographs to cherish.