Bihar has remained an underrated tourist destination in India. There are 303 tourist places in Bihar, which can be explored!
It is ironic that Bihar was once the seat of one of the most prosperous ancient Indian kingdoms and today it suffers listlessness when it comes to heritage tourism in India.
The history of Bihar is believed to have roots back to the breaking dawn of civilizations in India and then the state of Bihar prospered as the seat of majestic empires like Magadh. It is also the state that gave two important religions – Buddhism and Jainism to the world. But today it has lost its importance as a tourist destination.
So without any further ado, let us begin our journey into the historic land of Bihar and list out the top spots which you should add to your list!
Tomb of Sher Shah Suri
The tomb of Sher Shah Suri is situated in Sasaram, Bihar in the middle of an artificial lake, with the look of a floating monument. It rises from a stone terrace, which is placed on a platform that is reachable through a flight of steps.
This tomb is also known as Tomb Of Hasan Khan Sur. Hasan Khan Sur was the father of Sher Shah Suri.
The tomb was built in memory of Emperor Sher Shah Suri, a Pathan from Bihar who defeated the Mughal Empire and founded the Suri Empire in northern India. This tomb is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture. it was designed by the architect Mir Muhammad Aliwal Khan and built between 1540 and 1545.
Mahabodhi Temple is one of the highlights of the religious township of Bodh Gaya. The shrine is constructed around the original Bodhi Tree in the 7th century AD.
The ancient temple was destroyed during the Muslim invasion in the 11th century. The current structure restored in 1880 has been renovated several times in yesteryears. At present, the shrine is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
This shrine was built by the Burmese King identical to the stupa constructed by Emperor Ashoka.
A Statue of Lord Buddha in a cross-legged seating position is situated here that attracts tourists and devotees from all over the world.
Bodhi Tree is one of the chief revered locations in Bihar. It is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The tree is believed to be the sapling of the original Bodhi tree, which was taken away by King Ashoka’s daughter to Sri Lanka.
There is a red sandstone slab under the Bodhi tree, known as Vajrasana or the diamond throne. Located behind Mahabodhi Temple, the revered 115 years old tree stands 80 ft high.
Kumhrar Kumhrar, Patna
Kumhrar which is also pronounced as Kumrahar is a historic city of Patliputra in Bihar. It depicts the remains of the Mauryan Empire from 600 BC to 600 AD.
This ancient city of Pattliputra has situated about 5 km from Patna Railway Station on the Kankarbagh Road. Over the past years, many excavations have discovered various structures from the Mauryan times from here.
Archaeological remains of the Mauryan period (322–185 BCE) have been discovered here, this includes the ruins of a hypostyle 80-pillared hall. The excavation found here dates back to 600 BCE and marks the ancient capital of Ajatshatru, Chandragupta and Ashoka, and collectively the relics range from four continuous periods from 600 BCE to 600 CE.
Thai Monastery, Bodhgaya
Thai Monastery is another incredible gem from the treasure chest of Bihar. The only this is the only Thai temple in India. Thai Monastery of Bodhgaya was built by a Monarch of Thailand in 1956.
Established in 1957 with the help of Thailand’s government and Indian Buddhist monks, this temple is a must-see in Bodhgaya.
Made in the typical architectural style of Thailand, this temple reflects the culture and traditions of Thailand.
The aura is very serene and thus you can find many meditation centers near the monastery too.
Seek Blessing of Shah Daulat at Choti Dargah and Bari Dargah, Patna
Maner has two famous Mohammedan tombs, of Shah Daulat or Makhdum Daulat, known as Choti Dargah, and the other that of Sheikh Yahia Maneri or Makhdum Yahia, called the Bari Dargah.
Makhdum Daulat died at Maner in 1608, and Ibrahim Khan, Governor of Bihar and one of the saint’s disciples completed the erection of his mausoleum in 1616.
The mausoleum is rich in architecture and is adorned with intricate carvings on the walls and the inscriptions from the Quaran on the roof. Truly a place to relish, Choti Dargah and bari dargah is absolutely a must-visit in Patna.
Golghar is a magnificent beehive-shaped building. It was established in the year 1786 by Captain John Garstin. Inspired by the stupa architecture, the structure of the building’s base is about 125 m in width and the walls are about 3.6 m thick.
After climbing about 145 steps build in a spiral pattern around the infrastructure, a picturesque view from the top of the city and of the river Ganga can be viewed.
Takht Sri Patna Sahib
Takht Sri Patna Sahib, commonly known as Gurudwara Patna Sahib, is a gurudwara built in the fond memory of Guru Gobind Singh, who was born at this very place.
Guru Gobind Singh was born on 22nd December 1666 and was the tenth Guru of Sikhism. Situated at the banks of the holy Ganga River, Gurudwara Patna Sahib was constructed by the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh during his reign from 1780 to 1839.
This place is considered as one of the only five sacred thrones or Takhts among Sikhs. Guru Tegh Bahadur stayed at this place along with his wife, after traveling from cities like Kaithal, Kurukshetra, Delhi, Agra, Etawah, Kanpur, Allahabad, Banaras, Sasaram and Gaya.
This Gurudwara Takht Sri Patna Sahib is considered as the epicenter for Sikhism in the eastern part of India. It is home to many of the belongings of the 10th Guru of Sikhism.