Bihar Tourism

While you may be thinking that Bihar is a troubled state and should not venture into a place turbulent by eventualities, you just forgot that every coin has two sides and are exactly opposite to one another. Ok you have seen the bad side of Bihar, but does that restricts you from relishing the better half of Bihar, of course not. The better half of Bihar lies in its rich cultural background and sites of tourist interests which still lie scattered across the region in its most preserved and natural forms.

Topography wise Bihar is guarded by Uttar Pradesh on one side, while on the other it is lined by Nepal border, which makes it a foot hill Himalayan land scape. For a tourist aspiring to venture into Bihar for religious and vacational needs, Bihar offers some of the best places to visit; the place is well connected by air, railways and roads to nearly all the major cities and airports of India. Not to mention the recently developed national highways also cater to the communication means for the tourists who wish to be enchanted by countryside firsthand experience. An amazing feature of Bihar and its people is that they have not lost their touch with the soil and represents India in its 

crude old form and the tourists’ experiences the aroma of Indian yesteryears. Baati and Liti chokha one of the most sought after delicacies of the region. Its unique traditional taste is enjoyed by both rich as well as poor. This scrumptious Bihar dish is tastier than the cuisine served at the finest Las Vegas hotels!

 There are a number of places to visit in Bihar.

Rajgir: Rajgir is situated 34 Km from Gaya and 102 km from Patna, Bihar. Tourist Attractions: Amaravana, Venuvana, Ajatashatru's Fort, Bimbisara's Jail, Swarna Bhandar, The Cyclopean Wall, Griddhakuta, Jain Temples, Hot Springs, Pippala Cave, Jarasandha Ka Akhada. More on Rajgir and how to get there.

The Sonepur Fair/MelaSonepur fair in Bihar, India has its origins during ancient times. This is where Chandragupta Maurya used to buy elephants and horses across the river Ganges from Patliputra (Patna of ancient times). Now Sonepur mela is one of the biggest and the world’s greatest fair. More on Sonepur Mela.

Patna: Patna is the capital of Bihar also known as Patliputra of the ancient times. More on places visit in Patna.

Vaishali: Vaishali is situated 35 Km from Hazipur and 55 km from Patna, Bihar. Tourist Attractions: Ashokan Pillar, Bawan Pokhar Temple, Buddha Stupa-I, Buddha Stupa-II, Raja Vishal ka Garh, Shanti Stupa, Kundupur, Coronation Tank. Best Buys: The city has not much to offer, but 100 km ahead is Madhubani, famous for its paintings with same name. Festivals: The Vaishali Mahotsav in April celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira. Nearest Tourist Destinations: Patna, Rajgir, Bodhgaya, Madhubani. When to Visit: The best time to visit this place is October to March. Places to visit in Vaishali.

These are the top tourist destinations of Bihar:

1. Bodh Gaya - Buddha's footsteps 

2. Nalanda Univesity

3. Vaishali

4. Rajgir - first republic of the world

5. Sonepur fair also known as Sonepur mela

6. Akal Takhat Patna

7. Kakolat

8. Deo Sun Temple

Read more on Patna - history of Bihar - Capital of Bihar - Bihari Languages - History of Patna - The legend of Patna - Sonepur mela - Historical facts on Bihar - Bihar History - Ashoka - Meaning of the word Vihara -History of - Ancient Magadha - Bihar at the time of Buddha - Nalanda University - Bodh Gaya - Historical Mahavira of Magadha

Learn more about Bihar:

Patna - History of Patna - The legend of Patna - Sonepur mela - Historical facts on Bihar - Bihar History - Ashoka - Meaning of the word Vihara - History of - Ancient Magadha - Bihar at the time of Buddha - Nalanda University - Bodh Gaya - Historical Mahavira of Magadha

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Comment by SANTOSH KUMAR on December 8, 2012 at 3:13pm

yah great bihar!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by sonu on December 5, 2012 at 10:20pm

Why don't Nitish government have some negotiation or  tourism collaboration with Jharkhand govt. also so that there will be lots more in the Bihar attraction chain to attract more tourists...like Parasnath,Hazaribag National park,Tilaya Dam...really Tilaya dam spot is not less than Goa...just the govt should provide security and favorable atmosphere to the tourists.....Govt may attract starting hot air ballooning ride as was initiated before.is sucessfull in Rajasthan still...thanks,Sonu 

Comment by Md.Wasim Ahmad on August 5, 2012 at 4:15pm

GOOD AFTERNOON,ALL OF YOU,BIHAR HAS A LOT OF TOURISM POTENTIALS,TOURISM IS BASICALLY BASED ON 5 A'S-1-ATTRACTION,-HERITAGE,MOUNTAINS,LAKE,HISTORICAL BUILDINGS,CULTURE ETC

       2-ACCESSIBILITY, TRANSPORTATION FACILTY TO THE DESTINATION

       3-ACCOMODATION,  STAYING FACILITY AT THE THE DESTINATIONS,LIKE HOTELS,BUNGLAWS,SARAI ETC

       4-AMINITIES, DESTINATIONFACILITIES,LIKE,ELECTRICITES,WATER,CULTURALPROGRAMMES,SHOPPINGS.

       5-AFFINITY,  CO-OPERATION AND FRIENDLINESS WITH THE THE TOURIST BY LOCAL PEOPLE AS A HOST AND GUEST.

 BROTHER AND SISTER, AS I AM DOING RESEARCH ON ''A STUDY ON TOURIST SATISFACTION IN BUDHHIST CIRCUIT,WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO BODH GAYA RAJGIR AND NALANDA.AT THE EID FESTIVAL I LEAVING MY PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY TO MY HOME TOWN ,AND AFTER EID  I WILL START MY ONE MONTH FIELD VISIT TO MY RESEARCH AREA,BODH GAYA,RAJGIR NALANDA,DURING MY FIELD VISIT,I HAVE TO SNAP PHOTOS,COLLECTION OF BOOKLETS,PAMPHLETS AND BROCHURES ABOUT THE DESTINATIOS,INTERACTION WITH TOURISTS,ABOUT THE DESTINATIONS,INTERACTION WITH LOCAL TOURISM AUTHORITIES,LOCAL PEOPLES PERCEPTIONS ABOUT TOURISM,STAYING AT HOTELS TO KNOW THE STANDARD OF THE HOTEL,AND INTERACT WITH HOTEL MANAGER, I WILL KEEP WITH ME DEPARTENT LETTERS FOR FIELD VISIT,OF MY GUIDE AND HOD,

EVERYBODY IS REQUESTED,TO CO OPERATE ME,IF YOU CAN,MY MOBILE NO-07598237975,I WANT TO DISCUSS PERSONALLY TOURISM MINISTRY OFFICIALS,HOTEL MANAGERS ETC, THANK YOU ALL

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Comment by Navin Mishra on March 12, 2012 at 6:18pm

Govt need to focus on this segment also , since it has lot of potential in it & it can raise Bihar at a very high speed.

Comment by Aruni Pandey on January 26, 2012 at 4:56pm

share all unknown historik information about bihar as much as u can. 

Comment by Kshitij Tiwari on January 19, 2012 at 7:54am

Sunset symphony of lights over Maidan
- BSTDC selects agencies, starts to issue work orders for illumination of buildings

 

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120119/jsp/bihar/story_15024872.jsp

Comment by Ashutosh Tiwari on November 24, 2011 at 10:53am

Bihar is full of tourist attractions of The land of Buddha and the rise and fall of major empires and the centre of Indian culture and education.

Comment by chandan kumar PANDEY on November 24, 2011 at 10:31am
hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kehu bate ho jo hamara se chat kari pls.. agr koi online hokhe ta aao bat kai;l jao 'i'm waiting..................
Comment by AJAY MISHRA on July 22, 2011 at 9:28am
Hello kay hal hai
Comment by manish jaiswal on June 22, 2011 at 12:20pm
There are many historical palace in bihar.
Comment by HIMANSHU GARG on March 24, 2011 at 11:12am
Bihar tourism has a potential to attract more tourists than other states, it only needs promotion and branding.........................
Comment by Md.Wasim Ahmad on March 7, 2011 at 11:59am
Fort

Coveringan an are of one km, the Vishal Fortat Vaishali is worth a visit, as it is a specimen of the world's oldest democracyand is named after King Vishal.Also merits a visit a small but well-presented archeological museum of Vaishali, which provides a glimpse of the ancient Buddhist world.
Built during the time of Mohammedan kings of India, the Fort of Munger encloses an area of about 222 acres and a circuit of four km. Do not forget to visit the Rohtasgarh Fort at Sasaram, built by Mughal emperor Sher Shah Suri. It is considered one of the largest and strongest hill forts in India.
Vishal Fort

This fort is said to have housed parliament of those times. Named after King Vishal, the fort was a part of the oldest democracy in the world. The construction of this fort is worth giving a look. Apart from the fort, the museum of Vaishali is worth visiting.

This museum has some of the excavated artifacts from Vaishali. Then there are the Stupas, Abhishek Pushkarni and the Dargah of Miran ji which are major tourist places at Vaishali. The stupas found in Vaishali had stone caskets which contained the ashes of Buddha. About Abhishek Pushkarni it is said that kings were anointed with the water of this tank before their coronation.
Rohtasgarh Fort

Near Sasaram - 39 km away, to be precise are the remains of Sher Shah Suri's Rohtasgarh Fort. It now occupies a part of the plateau, about four miles east to west and five miles north to south, 28 miles in circumference.

it is considered one of the largest and strongest hill forts in India. This fort served as a safe shelter for treasures and families of Sher Shah Suri, Shah Jahan, Maan Singh, Mir Qasim. Records suggest there are 84 passages to the hill with 14 main gates. However, Sher Shah closed ten of them.

Munger Fort

The most famous and important of the monuments at Munger is the fort, built on a rocky eminence projecting into the river Ganga which protects it from west and partly from the north, the other sides being defended by a deep moat.The fort enclosesan area of about 222 acres and has a circuit of four km. It was built during the time of the early Mohammedan kings of indi
Comment by Md.Wasim Ahmad on March 7, 2011 at 11:56am
NAWADA TOWN

Headquaters town of the subdivision of the same name, lying on both sides of  the river Khuri in 24º 53’ N and 85º 33’ E. population (1901) 5,908.The name is a corrupt-ion of Nau-abad or the new town. It is divided into two blocks by the river, the Portion on the left bank being the older, while that on right bank is modern and Contains public offices, sub-jail, dispensary and school. Since the opening of The South Bihar Railway, on which it is a station, Nawada has been growing into an important trade centre. Two miles to the north there is a handsome Jain temple standing in the middle of a large tank to the west of the public road, but town itself contains no important buildings and has but little historical interest.

             Before its acquisition by the East India Company, it was ruled by the nearly independent Rajas of Hasua, and after its acquisition it was the center of great disorder till 1845, when it became the headquarters of the newly created subdivision. The elements of disorder came to the front again during the Mutiny, when Nawada was overrun by marauding parties. The local offices were destroyed, but the Government record was saved by the native officials who hide them in a cave in a neighboring hill. These are the only public record dating beyond 1857 which still exist in district.

 

HASUA

Town and police outpost in the Nawada subdivision situated on the right bank of the river Tailya on the Gaya-Nawada road, 9 miles from Nawada and 27 miles from Gaya town, in 24º30’  N and 85º25’ E. Population (1901) 6,704. It has a considerable reputation for the manufacture of ornamental pottery, contains the residence of several wealthy zamindars, and has recently gained some commercial importance Railway. The place is also of some historical interest as having been the Headquaters of Namdar Khan and Kamgar Khan, military adventures of the eighteenth century. Previous to the permanent settlement, Namdar Khan and his brother, Kamgar Khan was amils of subahdars. The former owned 14 parganas and 84 ghatwali gadis or rent free tenures, which extended beyond the confines of the district into Patna and Hazaribagh.

 WARISALIGANG

Warisaliganj to the north of Nawada Town is an important mart, founded by Waris Ali Khan, a member of the family Kamgar Khan. Warisaligang, the name is some time spelt Worseleygang from an erroneous belief that it was named after Mr. Worseley, a former Deputy Magistrate of Nawada.

 

 

SITAMARHI

A name given to a curious isolated boulder lying 1.5 miles south of Gaya –Nawada road and 6 miles south-west of Hasua in the Nawada Subdivision. In the boulder it has been  excavated a small chamber about 16 feet long by 11 feet wide, and tradition relates that it was in this cave that sita lived during her exile and gave birth to Lava. The interior has been chiseled to a smooth polish, which is equal to that of the Barabar caves, and contains several sculptures, including a statue said to represent Sita and her two sons. The main figure is however that of a male and it has been suggested that it may be a figure of Buddha with two attendants. The neighborhood is also hallowed in Hindu mythology, as Lava and Kusa are said to have fought with Ram’s army on the wide uplands near this boulder. About a mile to the east is a group of bare and rocky but picturesque hills, which are covered with ruins. On one of these near the village of Rasulpura, is the tomb of a local saint named Sheikh Muhammad. Judging from the style of the dome, the building dates from a very early period, and it no doubt occupies the site off some older Hindu shrine. A mile to the north- east of Sitamarhi is the village of Barat, where the poet and saint Valmiki is said to have lived when Sita was sent i

Comment by Md.Wasim Ahmad on March 7, 2011 at 11:50am

DEVELOPMENT AND IMPACT OF TOURISM INDUSTRY IN INDIA

WASIM AHMAD,Phd in tourism managemnt,

INTRODUCTION

There are various definitions of tourism. Theobald (1994) suggested that etymologically, the word "tour" is derived from the Latin 'tornare' and the Greek 'tornos,' meaning 'a lathe or circle; the movement around a central point or axis.' This meaning changed in modern English to represent 'one's turn.' The suffix -ism is defined as 'an action or process; typical behavior or quality' whereas the suffix -ist denotes one that performs a given action. When the word tour and the suffixes -ism and -ist are combined, they suggest the action of movement around a circle. One can argue that a circle represents a starting point, which ultimately returns back to its beginning. Therefore, like a circle, a tour represents a journey that is a round trip, i.e., the act of leaving and then returning to the original starting point, and therefore, one who takes such a journey can be called a tourist. [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourism]

The Macmillan Dictionary defines tourism as the business of providing services for people who are travelling for their holiday. Wikipedia defines it as travel for recreational, leisure or business purposes. The OECD glossary of statistical terms defined tourism as the activities of persons travelling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes not related to the exercise of an activity remunerated from within the place visited. [stats.oecd.org/glossary/detail.asp?ID=2725]

Over the decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening ‎diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. Tourism has become a thriving global industry with the power to shape developing countries in both positive and negative ways. No doubt it has become the fourth largest industry in the global economy.

Similarly, in developing countries like India tourism has become one of the major sectors of the economy, contributing to a large proportion of the National Income and generating huge employment opportunities.  It has become the fastest growing service industry in the country with great potentials for its further expansion and diversification. However, there are pros and cons involved with the development of tourism industry in the country. Let us discuss the development as well as the negative and positive impacts of tourism industry in India.

DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM IN INDIA

Early Development

The first conscious and organized efforts to promote tourism in India were made in 1945 when a committee was set up by the Government under the Chairmanship of Sir John Sargent, the then Educational Adviser to the Government of India (Krishna, A.G., 1993). Thereafter, the development of tourism was taken up in a planned manner in 1956 coinciding with the Second Five Year Plan. The approach has evolved from isolated planning of single unit facilities in the Second and Third Five Year Plans. The Sixth Plan marked the beginning of a new era when tourism began to be considered a major instrument for social integration and economic development.

But it was only after the 80’s that tourism activity gained momentum. The Government took several significant steps. A National Policy on tourism w

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Kakolat Waterfalls Falls

The Kakolat waterfall has great historical and mythological significance. The waterfall is located near Govindpur police station, about 33 km away from Nawada on Kakolat Hill. Below the falls there is a deep natural reservoir.

The fall is approximately 160 feet (49 m) in height. The scene is panoramic due to all-round green forest area Kakolat Fall is a popular tourist spot in Bihar. During the summer, people from all over India come to the falls for picnics.

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