Bihar is a living example of the oldest heritage and rich culture. It attracts tourists from all over the world for its hospitality. Bihar is not only famous for its magnificent monuments, but also for its education, industry, arts, and food. The exotic cuisine is the biggest treat to every foodie. So get ready and pack your bags to treat your tummy and tour the best place in India – Bihar.
As Bihar is scattered with several spiritual places and tourist attractions, it is hard to cover the entire city in an unorganized tour package. At Visiit.com, we help you to explore all the beautiful sightseeing attractions of Bihar with our well planned Bihar tour package. We ensure that our itinerary remains more practical and efficient. Bihar is popular for a Buddhist tour package, pilgrimage tours, adventure tours, and wildlife tours. Decide your tour requirement and we would suggest the best places to include in your tour itinerary.
Some of the important and top places to visit in Bihar are:
Patan Devi also recognized as Maa Pataneswari is one of the oldest and most sacred temples of Patna. Two other temples also comprise in Patan Devi temple. They are Chhoti Patan Devi Temple and Bari Patan Devi Temple. Once a year, Devi Navaratri Mela is celebrated in a grand manner attracting thousands of devotees. Tuesday is considered auspicious and so it remains crowded during Tuesdays. Patan Devi is one of the top places to visit in Bihar. So, ensure to include in your Bihar trip itinerary.
Location – 3 km from Patna Junction, Chowk Area, Patna
Best Season – March-May
Timings – 5:00am -10:00pm
2. Mahavir Mandir
If you are the true devotee of Lord Hanuman, then this temple is a must visit place in Bihar. Thousands of devotees visit this temple daily as it’s believed that every wish of the devotee is fulfilled in this temple. Hence it is also known as `Manokamna Temple’. Do not leave without tasting the famous prasadam `Naivedyam’ prepared by the famous Tirupati experts.
Location – nearest town Danpur, Patna
Timings – 5:30 am – 10:30 pm
3. Vishnupad Mandir
The Vishnupad temple is the most popular and ancient temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple looks beautiful with arched entry with colourful pyramidal shrines. This temple is famous for Shraddha or Pind Daan to gain access to heaven. One must pre-book with the pundits to perform the rituals.
Location – Gaya, Bihar
Timings – 9:00am – 12:30am and 5:00pm – 8pm
4. Navlakha Palace
The Navlakha Palace is a gorgeous temple dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is also one of the important places to visit in Bihar. Maharaja Rameshwar Singh of Darbhanga built this palace. The palace offers great personal collections of Maharaja and Maharani. This palace is in ruined condition after the earthquake of 1934. It has limited access to the visitors but the temple is open to all. Navlakha Palace can be visited all throughout the year.
Location – Rajnagar town, Madhubani, Bihar
Timing – 9:00am – 5:00pm
5. Barabar Caves
Barabar Caves date back to Mauryan period. It is said to be the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India. The caves are beautifully designed with arches and the chambers are made of granite. The Barabar Caves comprises of four caves – Sudama, Karan Chaupar, Lomas Rishi and Vishva Zopri. The polished interiors of the caves give the unique echo effect. Out of the four caves, Lomas Rishi is the most captivating cave that resembles the wooden hut cut and completely made out of granite and the Sudama Caves have arches almost identical to bow. You need to carry food and water as there is no canteen nearby.
Location – Jehanabad district, 31km from Gaya, Bihar
Best season – October – March
Golghar is giant grain storage. It is a simple architectural design built for the sole purpose of the storehouse. It was never filled to its maximum because of its engineering fault as the door could be opened only through inwards. Apart from the storage, the Golghar gives a wonderful scenic view from the top. The 145 stair stupa shaped building is surrounded by greenery and serves as a best relaxing place in Patna. It is the best place for a picnic. It also houses a children’s park where kids can enjoy.
Location – West of Gandhi Maidan, near Ganges River, Patna
7. Rohtasgarh Fort
The Rohtasgarh Fort is the strongest and oldest forts of India. The fort stands tall in the Kaimur Hills. It is the perfect example of Mughal architecture and has 84 passages and 14 main gates. At present, only 4 gates are open to visitors. One has to walk 2000 limestone steps by foot to reach the fort. It is worth the pain since you can enjoy scenic views of sun, river, and valley from the fort. The entry is free, and it is recommended to carry own food and water.
Location – Sasaram District, Bihar
Timing – 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
8. Munger Fort
The Munger Fort is another famous fort built on the stony hill on the river Ganges. It has two well-known hills called Karnachaura and other is a mound of rectangular shape, a location of the citadel of the fort. The fort has a massive four gates with square towers. The river Ganges flows to the south of Munger fort. The government has recently introduced a tourist cruise which tours around famous destinations covering the Munger Fort too.
Location – Near Gun Company Garden, Munger, Bihar
9. Agam Kuan
Agam Kuan is an ancient well dating back to Ashoka Period. The shape of the well is circular where the first 13 meters is lined with bricks and the remaining 19 meters is lined with wooden rings. The eight arched windows covering the well surface is the highlight of the well. It is protected by the Archeological Survey of India. The act of throwing coins in the well is considered as an auspicious thing. There is also a small temple adjacent to the well.
Location – Near Shitala Devi Temple
Best season – October – March
10. Sher Shah Suri Masjid
Sher Shah Suri Masjid is one of the important spiritual places to visit in Bihar. It is the best example of the Afghani architectural style. It is the most popular and the oldest mosque of Patna. It is known for its fine architecture with attractive carved designs. The masjid is located in the centre of four domes and a tomb covered by a stone slab is octagonal in shape. The best part about the tomb is only three domes can be seen, no matter by which angle you see.
Location – South-West Corner of Purab Darwaza, Patna
Best season – March-May
11. Nalanda and Vikramshila University
This university is the oldest and famous university in Nalanda, Bihar. Many students from all over the world visit to study at Nalanda University. It was built during the Gupta Period. The entire campus spread 15,000,000 sq meters. During the early years, it had about 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers. The students were selected only through entrance test. The main attraction of this university was that it has a massive library, spreading to three buildings. It was believed that one could get the best knowledge and experience by studying in this university. Everything was perfect until the Mughal Ruler Bakhtiyar Khilji destroyed and burned the university into ashes. Today, Nalanda University has again opened its door to students to gain knowledge and experience.
Location – Nalanda District, Bihar
12. Patna Museum
Patna Museum is also called as Jadu Ghar. The building is a combination of Mughal and Rajput architecture. It houses many collections such as art objects, paintings, textiles, archaeological objects sculptures and many more. One will easily get lost by the mesmerizing beauty and collections. The eye-catching attraction is the Buddha relic casket, Silicified tree trunk, dating back to 200 million years, a life-size statue of Didarganj Yakshi and the list goes on. The museum has a cafeteria, locker room, auditorium etc.
Location: Vidyapati Marg, Patna
Timing: 10:30 am – 4:30 pm (Monday holiday)
Entrance fee: Rs 15 (Indian citizen) Rs 250 (Foreigner)
13. Mahabodhi Temple
Mahabodhi is an ancient Buddhist temple. This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also known as `Great Awakening Temple’. Devotees from all over the world come here for pilgrimage and seek blessing from the spiritual `Bodhi Tree’. The lotus pond adjourns the temple. It is mostly crowded by the Hindus and the Buddhist. The temple is well maintained with many eateries surrounding the areas.
Location: Butter Lamp Road, Bodh Gaya, Bihar
Timings: 5:00 am – 9:00 pm
14. Ashokan Pillar
The Ashokan Pillar is the oldest historical pillar that is built more than 2000 years ago. The Pillar has a life-size figure of a lion and is the treat for the history lovers as it has ancient inscriptions inscribed. The Ashoka Pillar is known as the stone sculpture. The pond and the brick stupa make this a calm and soothing place.
Location: Vaishali, Bihar
15. Takht Sri Patna Sahib
Takht Sri Patna Sahib is a Gurdwara temple, also called Harmandir Sahib. This temple was built to celebrate the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh. The temple is well maintained and consists of the museum which showcases the 10th and the last Sikh Guru Gobind Singh processions. The architecture of the temple looks magnificent and it has the most prized possession, the cradle of Guru Gobind Singh covered in gold paint. There is a pond next to Gurudwara and also has a garden for relaxing.
Location: Patna – Aurangabad road, Mithapur Farm Area, Patna
16. Rajgir Vishwa Shanti Stupa
Vishwa Shanti Stupa is a World Peace Pagoda presented by Japanese community to spread peace and nonviolence. It is a Buddhist stupa constructed over Ratnagiri Hills. It is a white marble-domed stupa, surrounded by Buddha on all four sides in meditation pose. The main attraction is the chair lift aerial rope, which takes us to top of the hill in the time of around 20 minutes. Stairs are also available for those who don’t opt aerial lift.
Location – 3km from Rajgir, Ratnagiri Foothills
Timings – 9:00am – 5:00pm
17. Pawapuri Jal Mandir
The Pawapuri Jal Mandir also known as Water Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira. It is the famous white marble Jain temple. It is built in the middle of the lake, surrounded by colourful lotuses. The temple is connected by a 600 ft bridge. The temple looks best in the moonlight as it glows brightly like a star.
Location – Pawapuri, Nalanda, Bihar
18. Padri Ki Haveli
Padri Ki Haveli is the oldest Catholic Church in Bihar. It is also known as St. Mary’s Church. The church has a spacious hall and accommodates about 400 people. It is famous for sculptures written on wooden sheets. The interior of the church has beautiful floral artwork. The church has a spectacular shaped bell and has inscriptions engraved on it. The church has opened its door to people of all religions.
Location – Sonar Toli, Gurhatta in Patna City
Timings – 9:00am – 6:00pm
19. Mahatma Gandhi Setu
Mahatma Gandhi Setu is the second longest bridge in India extending from south of Patna to north of Hajipur. It is 5.7 km long and hosts four lanes of pedestrian and roadways on each side. The bridge is the lifeline of Patna. It not only serves as a bridge but also offers an impressive view of the Ganges that flow beneath. It gives a spectacular view at night decorated with colourful lights.
Location – It connects Patna and Hajipur.
20. Funtasia Water Park
A perfect getaway for family, Funtasia Water Park is the first water park in Bihar. The famous attractions are the water rides, wave pool, bowling, climbing wall, and the list goes on. The park also offers a locker room, parking, and swimming costumes. One can also host birthday parties, weddings or corporate meetings in this park.
Location – Sampatchak-Parsa Road, 9 Km from Patna Station
Ticket – Rs 350 per head- Monday to Friday and Rs 450 per head- Saturday and Sunday
21. Sonepur Cattle Fair
Sonepur Cattle Fair is the biggest cattle fair in Asia celebrated in the month of November-December. It is held near the Ganges and Gandak River. This festival is called Harihar Kshetra Mela and lasts 15 days to a month. It is like a carnival and attracts visitors from all over Asia. Street magicians, circus performers, dancing group, food court, exhibitions, and many others participate in this fair.
Location – Sonepur, Patna
22. Gridhakuta Vulture Peak
The Griddhakuta Peak is also known as Vulture Peak is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. It offers a spectacular 360-degree view from the top position. One can reach a peak through ropeway or steep path. It is a popular place in Bihar for a half day’s trip. It is also referred to as Holy Eagle Peak.
Location – Rajgir, Bihar
23. Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan
It is also known as Patna Zoo, famous for snake house, aquarium, and home to different kinds of animals. It also has a botanical and zoological garden. Famous attractions in this zoo are elephant riding, boating, and a toy train. It also has a nice cafeteria. It is the best breeding place for rhinos due to its innovative technique.
Location – Bailey Road, Patna
Timing – 8 am-5.30 pm
24. Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary
It is the protected dolphin sanctuary. The endangered dolphins are taken care of along with aquatic flora and fauna. Indian smooth-coated otter, Gharial, and turtles are also taken care in this sanctuary. It offers boating and fishing facilities. You can even spot migratory birds in this park.
Location – Bhagalpur district, Bihar
Best season – June – October
25. Gandhi Maidan
It is also known as Patna Lawns and has witnessed many Indian freedom movements. In the early years, it was the hotspot for rallies and many activities. Gandhi Maidan spreads about 60 acres of land. Presently it is used for private parties, carnivals, and prayers. The main highlight of Gandhi Maidan is 72 feet bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi. It is said to be tallest Gandhi statue in the world.
Location – East Golghar Falls, Near Banks of Ganga River, Patna.
It is renowned as Sita’s birthplace. Sita is the companion of Lord Rama. One of the important destinations to visit in Bihar is Sitamarhi. It is a historic and pilgrimage site and said to be one of the most interesting places to visit in Bihar. The city houses the Janaki Temple that is more than 100 years old. It is the birthplace of Sita. Along with the temple, the city houses rock cut sanctuary belonging to the Mauryan period. It is also a must-see attraction in Bihar.
27. Trip in Mahaparinirvan Express
If you have a decent budget, you can plan for a train journey in Mahaparinirvan Express. It is an exclusive train where it takes people to tour Buddhist places in and around North India. So, do not miss to plan for a spiritual tour in Mahaparinirvan Express. Some of the popular Buddhist destinations you can cover in this trip are Nalanda, Gaya, and Rajgir. It is truly worth to plan this train journey. It remains highly comfortable and enjoyable if you spend some extra bucks.
28. Palamau Tiger Reserve
Palamau Tiger Reserve occupies a vast land area of about 1026 sq.km. It is the most rewarding and interesting sanctuaries to visit in Bihar. It is divided by Koel River with its several tributaries. The majority of the animals living in this reserve depend upon man-made resources. It is simple to spot several magnificent animals in this reserve. Gaur, the Indian Wolf, Elephants, leopards, and Tigers are frequent visitors to the coasts of manmade lakes.
29. Valmikinagar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Valmiki Park is located within the Valmiki Sanctuary. It is located in West Champaran district. It is fabulous to see the background of the sanctuary since it is formed by the eastern Himalayas. It is one of the beautiful places to visit in Bihar. This place would not disappoint you in any way. It is simple to spot animals like jungle cats, civets, hyenas, leopards, Sambars and much more.
30. Valmiki Ashram
It is a small ashram and temple located within the Chitwan National Park. It has got the name Valmiki due to the popular sage Valmiki. It was believed that he wrote the well-known Ramayan here. It is a calm and nice place where you can roam around the vast ghat area during evenings and mornings and witness locals performing hygienic duties and religious activities. It is possible to go for boating in the scenic river located close by.
31. Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary
Rajgir Wildlife houses a large range of animals and birds. It is a large sanctuary covering around 34 sq. km. Though it is small in size when compared to other Indian sanctuaries, it still remains as one of the interesting places to visit in Bihar. Some of the commonly seen animals in this sanctuary are Hyena, Barking Deer, Nilgai, and Leopards. There are several sanctuaries located close by such as Koderma Wildlife Sanctuary and Gautam Buddha Sanctuary.
32. Bhimbandh Sanctuary
Located near to Bhagalpur, Bhimbandh Sanctuary occupies a land area of about 682 sq. km. This sanctuary is popular for splendid land animals and birds. It has about 106 types of native birds. Nilgai, chitals, sambar, panthers, and tigers are commonly seen in this sanctuary.
Located in Bihar’s Truth division, Muzaffarpur is an important town of Bihar. Bajjika is the common language spoken by the people residing in this region. It is the fourth crowded city in Bihar. Shahi Lychees produced in this region are famous all over the world. The region is influenced by Nepali, Islam and Hinduism culture. Here, you can relish the combination of North Indian cuisine and Bihari cuisine. Some of the popular places to visit in Muzaffarpur, Bihar are Ramachandra Shahi Museum, Litchi Gardens, Jubba Sahni Park, Baba Garibnath Temple, and Khudiram Bose Memorial.
Bihar is simply awe-inspiring land with the combination of right weather and attractive tourist spots. It is historically a rich destination in India. If you are open to travel to less known places, you would definitely enjoy Bihar tourism. Plan a Bihar trip with Visiit.com and enjoy one of the best vacations in your life.