Please read the article entitled "Tears I Shed for Bihar".

BIHAR: PLACES TO VISIT

Bihar state boasts four historically important sites: Patna (erstwhile capital of Magadha and called Pataliputra), Nalanda, the first live-in university in the world, Vaishali, the first Republic in the world and where democracy originated, and Bodh Gaya, the place where the Budha meditated under a Bodhi tree and attained enlightenment.

BIHAR STATE STATS:

Area: 94,16 sq. km (36,357 sq. mi) Rank: 12th
POPULATION (2011): 103,804,637 Rank: 3rd
CAPITAL CITY: Patna  
LARGEST CITY: Patna  
LITERACY RATE: 63.82% Rank: 28th
HDI: 0.41 Rank: 21st
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Hindi, Urdu  
Official Website: www.gov.beh.nic.in  

 

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BIHAR LOCATOR MAP

 

BIHAR TOURIST MAP
BIHAR TOURIST MAP

CENTRAL: Patna: Capital city. (Patliputra, the capital of Emperor Ashoka)

Nalanda: Ruins of the great Nalanda University. A Buddhist center of learning. When the Buddha, Mahavira and Aryabhata I and many other scholars. Princes and Generals were associated with.

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nalanda

 

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nalanda
Above are three more views of the ruins of Nalanda University

Vaishali: World's first Republic with duly elected assembly of representatives. Lord Mahavira was born here. Ashoka Pillar at Kolhua.

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SOUTH: Bodhgaya:

The site where the Buddha attained enlightenment, 13 Km from Gaya town. The Bodhi tree, Mahabodhi temple etc. The most sacred place for Buddhists.

Bodhgaya Bodhgaya

 

Bodhgaya
Gaya: Pilgrim center for Hindus

Bodhgaya

 

STATE SYMBOLS: (COURTESY WIKIPEDIA)

State animal Gaur  
State bird House Sparrow  
State flower Pot Marigold  
State tree Peepal  
State seal   seal


TOURIST INFORMATION:

FLIGHTS: http://bihar.com/flight.html
TRAINS: http://bihar.com/train.html

TOURISM: www.bihartourism.gov.in

BIHAR STATE TOURSIM DEPT: Tel: 91-0612-225411
Fax: 91-0612-236218