Fondly known as the Litchi Kingdom, and one of the major towns of Bihar, Muzaffarpur lies at the banks of the Burhi Gandak River, along with the rivers Bagmati and Lakhandayee. It is named after Muzaffar Khan, a revenue officer under the British rule. The city is the administrative headquarters of the Muzzafarpur district, which is a part of the Tirhut division. One of the largest commercial and educational centres in North Bihar, the town is famous for its production of Litchis, which are much sought after by locals and tourists alike.
In the year 1990, Valmiki National Park was declared a protected sanctuary. Today it is one of the most renowned national tiger reserve located in the east of India. In the year 2013, the tiger head count was a staggering 22 and has only grown since. Valmiki National Park is spread across an area of 899.38 square kilometers and houses a range of animal species within its ecosystem.
If you want to have the time of your life being surrounded by mountains, rivers and lakes, then you should visit Katihar which is a beautiful tourist destination in Bihar. Its proximity to the Himalayas in the north, Jharkhand plateau in the south and the passage of Ganga flowing deep makes it a pleasant spot for tourists. Once famous for its Jute mills, this city has rich heritage and close links with the parent district of Purnia. Katihar Railway Station is one of the busiest railway stations in Eastern India which consists of 7 railway lines. Here is the list of top 5 tourist spots to explore in Katihar:
From the eyes of an avid traveller, Munger has remained a historically affluent site with diverse culture and tradition. It is one of the tourist destination of Bihar and its history dates back to Aryans who called it the “Midland” for their settlement. Hailed as one of the oldest cities of Bihar, it was the capital of Mir Kasim before it fell into the hands of British. Present day Munger is a twin city which consisting of Munger and Jamalpur. Here goes the list of top five must visit places in Munger:
After having split from Patna, Nalanda was declared as a district in itself, with Bihar Sharif as the headquarters. Known as a great centre for learning since ancient times, the district of Nalanda is the house of the famous Nalanda University. Buddhist monks are said to have resided in Nalanda during the establishment of Nalanda University. The ruins found in this part of India have been declared to be of great importance by the Archaeological Survey of India. Bihar is the house of various such locations of religious, historical, mythological, and cultural importance that attract a lot of attention, even in the lesser known parts of the state. The history of Nalanda traces back to the ancient times when Bihar was the capital of Magadha. Let’s take a look at the few tourist destinations that one can visit in Nalanda.
The vivacious capital of the Lichhavi republic in ancient times, Vaishali was named after King Vishal. In memory of the primordial city of Vaishali of Mithila, this city has been mentioned in mythological scriptures such as the Mahabharata. The Lichhavi republic is known to be possibly the first republic in the world. Mythological and historical records have mentioned Vaishali in their scriptures various times. Now belonging to the Tirhut division in Bihar, Vaishali used to be a part of the Muzaffarpur district. The city is surrounded by groves of mango and banana as well as extensive rice fields. A Buddhist monastery is found at the edge of the city, the edifice being a proof of the spread of Buddhism in this area. Along with its religious and historical importance, here are a few tourist spots one can visit at Vaishali:
‘Hot springs and holy land; ‘tis here Bhim waved his magic wand.’
Bhimband Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the south west of Munger district in Bihar. The sanctuary is spread across an area of 682 sq km and comprises of an undulating topography. Here, you can find a unique amalgamation of hills, plains and plateau region blanketed by a thick forest cover and some incredible hot springs. The hot springs here seem to have a constant temperature throughout the year and attract a lot of tourists.
Of significance is the historical legend behind this wildlife sanctuary. Dating back to the time of Mahabharata, it is believed that the Pandavas set up their ‘disguised’ temporary shelters here by the hot spring and constructed a dam (known as ‘bandh’ in Hindi) across the stream. The dam was named after Bhim, the strongest of all Pandavas. This is also where the name of the sanctuary is derived from. Even today you can find the stone slabs remnant of the dam.
If you are looking to travel to a place that taps the beliefs you hold dear, you may visit places that boast of ancient temples and famous spots that are associated with your beliefs. Gaya is one such place that is close to the heart of those who follow Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. If you are not the category that limits yourself to a particular religion but seek to admire the wonders of the world of the ancestors, Gaya could still be a great choice as the land has some of the best constructions that highlight the architectural brilliance of an era in the past. Here are top 10 places in Gaya, the city in Bihar, which is famously associated with Gautama Buddha, a prince who turned down his right to throne to rule the hearts of millions who were sick, homeless and who believed in him as their savior. He was a precise example that proved that power does not lie in acquiring and ruling lands but true power is all about remaining detached from worldly pleasures and conquer the hearts and not the lands.
If history fascinates you, land in Patna, the capital of Bihar on your vacation. Patna has ancient elements written all over it. It is the largest town in Bihar and its history dates back to 3000 years. During ancient times, the city was famously known as Pataliputra and it served capital of Magadha kingdom. Ruled by various dynasties, the land reflects the influences of varied culture and lifestyle. You may want to take a long vacation to enjoy the essence of Patna, which was one amongst the earliest lands inhabited. Here are the top 15 important places to visit in Patna, which would bring to your mind’s eye the spirits of the city.
Bihar has many tags attached to it. The state owns the pride of establishing one among the first democracies in the world called Lichhavi. The earliest university in the world was established in Bihar. The name Bihar is a derivative from Vihara, which means ‘monastery’. True to its name and its rich cultural heritage, the state houses various monasteries and it is famous for monuments belonging to various religions. The major empires of India rose to great heights here and they succumbed here as well. River Ganga enriches the plains of the landlocked state and contributes to the fertility of lands along with rivers Kosi and Gandak. A wonderful place with a rich history offers many tourist attractions out of which, the top 10 places to visit in Bihar are mentioned below.