Bihar finds mention in the Vedas, Puranas, Epics etc and was
the main scene of activities of the Buddha and the 24 Jain Tirthankaras.
It is also one of the important places in the annals of Indian
history which has seen the rise and fall of major empires. With
its historical past, there are many tourist destinations especially
pilgrim centres in the state like Patna, Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Vaishali
and ruins of the the world famous, ancient university of Nalanda
etc. The best time to visit is from October to March. Temperature
varies from 43 C- 21 C in summer and 20 C - 6 C in winter.
Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation organises trips
for Rajgir, Nalanda etc. from its headquarters in the capital
Patna. Biharís Buddhist circuit to places like Bodhgaya, Gaya,
Vaishali etc has modest back-up facilities by way of accommodation,
international dining and surface transport.
Tourist Information Centres
- Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation
Beer Chand Patel Path
Phone: 222622, 225411,226721
- Department of Tourism,
Government of Bihar,
- Bihar Tourist Information Centre,
F Block, IInd Floor,
26/B Camac Street,
Phone: 033- 2440821
- Bihar State Tourist Information Centre,
216 Kanishka Shopping Plaza,
19, Ashoka Road,
New Delhi 110 001.
How to get there
Bihar has two airports at Patna connected to Delhi, Mumbai,
Lucknow, Calcutta, and Katmandu. Indian Airlines and Sahara
Airways have direct flights to Patna from Delhi.
Bihar has well developed railway network with almost all the
major and minor places connected by good trains. Major railway
stations like Patna, Muzaffarpur, and Gaya are connected to
all the major cities of India by regular trains.
There is good network of roads connecting all the major parts
of the state with Patna, the state capital. National highways
like 2, 31, 28, 23, 30, and 33 connect the state from places
all over India. Distance of some of the major places in the
state from Patna are Sonepur (25 km), Vaishali (55 km), Nalanda
(90 km), Gaya (97 km), Bodhgaya (117 km) and Rajgir (102 km).