Vishwa Shanti Stupa at Rajgir (Nalanda district of Bihar) is one of the most visited places in Bihar. There is a rope-way to take you to the hill where the stupa is situated. It takes about 15 minutes to get there via the rope-way. But if you fancied taking a hike up the hill, you can do so as well. You will find monkeys (langurs) on your way. On the top of the hill, there is a Buddhist monastery where you will find peace and tranquillity.
Patna Museum is a must visit for those going to Patna. It was built in 1917 by the British to keep the artefacts found in and around Patna during its excavations. The museum contains archaeological objects, coins, paintings, instruments, textiles, bronze images and sculptures and terra cotta images by Hindu and Buddhist artists. It is also supposed to contain the ashes of Lord Buddha. Those interested in history will certainly like Patna Museum.
Address of Patna Museum: Budh Marg, Chajju Bagh, Patna, Bihar 800001, India. It is open from 10:30 to 5 PM.
Jalebi as we know it is a very popular sweet in Bihar. It’s best eaten when hot. Adding to the flavour is Rabri (made of yogurt) and you have a double punch of pure sweetness. Here’s one I made earlier. You will find Jalebis on many roadside stalls in Bihar. You will have to ask them if they have Rabri to go with it.
Kum Rima of Bhagalpur, Bihar addressing students of Vivekananda Vidyalaya, a rural school for poor children in Ranchi Distrct, Jharkhand. Many schools of the Bihar board have their assembly outside their classrooms. Despite this, many students of Bihar do extremely well in their Bihar board exams no thanks to the government. Remember the result of Bihar Board can be obtained from Bihar Board Matric Result. Image Source
Woman drawing water the primitive way in Rambad village in Bihar. In many villages of Bihar, this is a typical scene. There are many villages that do not have electricity and the only way to get drinking water is either through wells or hand pumps. (Source: Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security)
If you love the Indian countryside then you are going to love the countryside of Bihar. Here’s a glimpse of what the countryside looks like in Bihar. In the picture, the farmers are drying jute. Bihar is a big producer of the jute crop used to make jute sacks. Photo by Jim (yumievriwan)
Wherever you go in Bihar, you will find women wearing their saree over their heads, called the “pallu” This is a particular trait of Bihari women especially from the villages.
If you happen to be visiting Patna, the capital of Bihar, then don’t forget to take a trip to Patna’s most visited Hindu temple, the Hanuman Mandir. It is thought to be a very important temple in Bihar and considered very auspicious. The Hanuman Mandir (temple) is situated near the Patna Railway Station. On every religious occasion, we used to frequent the Hanuman Mandir to get the blessings of Lord Hanuman and I still do. The temple is open for people of all religious faiths so don’t miss it if you happen to be in Patna. If you want to learn more about Hinduism then a new book has been published called, “Hinduism For Kids: Beliefs And Practices” by me a native of Patna and a frequent visitor of the Hanuman Mandir.
The most famous of all Bihari foods has to be the litti-chokha. Even Amir Khan, the Bollywood actor tried it when he was in Patna. It is supposed to be made of Sattu (gram flour and other lentils). Litti Chokha goes well with chutneys made of tomatoes and eggplant (brinjals).
If you happen to be in Patna then don’t forget to visit the world famous Khuda Bakhsh Library. Historians and educationalists from all over the world come to this special library to conduct researches using the numerous resources available in the library.
Some of the important manuscripts kept in the library include Timur Nama (Khandan-Timuria), Shah Nama, Padshah Nama, Diwan-e-Hafiz and Safinatul Auliya that has signature of Mughal Emperors and princes and the book of Military Accounts of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. In addition to all this, the library contains numerous Mughal paintings, calligraphy, and Urdu and Arabic manuscripts, including a page of Quran written on deer skin. The Khuda Bakhsh Library is a real treat if you are studying Indian history.
Address: Khazanchi Rd, Patna University Campus, Patna, Bihar 800004, India.