State Capital: Patna
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Climate: hot summers / cold winters
Airport(s): Patna airport
Bihar is an adaptation of the term 'vihara' that literally means a Buddhist monastery. With a rich historical and religious heritage, Bihar was the nerve center of Buddhist learning in the ancient times. Famous for the Nalanda University, Bihar was known as Pataliputra or Magadh in the olden times.
Spread on fertile Indo-Gangetic plains, Bihar has bustled for ages on the banks of the sacred river Ganges. A trove of scenic waterfalls, hot springs and tranquil lakes, Bihar is simply spectacular - and a tourist circuit that unfortunately hasn't been explored much.
As foretold by Lord Buddha Bihar has always faced a danger from three evils -"feud", "fire" and "flood."
Magadh under Chandragupta Maurya was perhaps the most powerful kingdom in the history of Bihar, India. Later the Pala kings and Muslim rulers also played a significant role in the history of Bihar.
Travel to Gaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Vaishali and Patna on Bihar tours. Track an ancient Buddhist trail that takes you to fascinating tour destinations that played significant roles in the life of Lord Gautam Buddha.
Patna the capital city of Bihar has a history that enthralls with its unbroken chain of imperial history traceable to the ancient times. Patna has had several names during the course of history - Pushpapura, Pataliputra, Azeemabad et al.
Written records left by the great Chinese scholar, student and traveler, Huen Tsang indicate that Bihar was a great land of learning and culture in its time.
Places of Tour Interest
Drive to Nalanda a great university and seat of Buddhist education in the Days of the yore. Though in ruins, you'll be taken in by the aura of dignity that prevails in the region. Nalanda - literally means "the place that confers lotus or knowledge."
Tour Mahabodhi Temple that is an important Buddhist pilgrimage and Girdhrakuta hill -the site of Lord Buddha's first sermon on Rajgir tours with India State Tour Packages.
Explore archaeological remains near Kumrahar; tour Golghar, Patna Sahib, Patthar ki Masjid, Sher Shah Suri Masjid, Sadaqat Ashram, Bari Dargah, Padri ki Haveli, Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park and the Patna Yoga Vidyalaya on Patna tours.