Bihar is nestled on the banks of the holy river Ganga in the eastern part of India. The state shares its borders with Bengal, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal. Bihar derives its name from a word "Vihara" that means monastery since the place in the past was a major learning centre of Buddhism. Ruled over by many great empires, it is renowned for its glorious past. Every nook and corner of this sacred land is dotted with historical monuments and Buddhist monasteries. Bihar is also renowned for its religious places. There are many Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Muslim and Sikh shrines, which abound this ancient land. Some of the noteworthy Bihar travel destinations are Nalanda, Rajgir, Bodh Gaya, Patna,Vaishali, Vikramshila, and Pawapuri.
Bihar Tourism with its numerous ancient monuments, famous pilgrimage sites and scenic natural beauty attracts a large number of tourists from all across the world. Bihar Tourism Development Corporation has taken major initiatives to show the potential of various tourist places of Bihar to the world. Bihar Tourism Development Corporation provides infrastructure like Tourist Bungalow, Cafeteria, Restaurant, Transportation facilities and Ropeway at various tourists’ spots in the state. The comprehensive website of Bihar Tourism India provides all travel related information to tourists who are planning to visit Bihar. In order to promote tourism in Bihar, Bihar Tourism Development Corporation organizes interesting city tours, wildlife tours, Buddhist tours and offers cheap holiday packages that cover major tourist destinations of Bihar. Bihar tourism guide provided by Bihar Tourism Development Corporation carries all relevant travel information about Bihar.
The ideal time to visit Bihar is during winters when the weather is cool and pleasant.
Harminder Sahib, State Museum, Martyr's Memorial, Sher Shah's mausoleum, Sanjay Gandhi Zoological Park, Har Mandir Takht, Pathar ki Masjid, Khuda Baksh Oriental Library, Gandhi Setu Jalan Museum, Bihar Institute of Handicraft and Design, Golghar, Kumhrar Bagh are some of the major tourist attractions in Bihar.
Travel to Bihar by Air: Patna, the capital city of Bihar is connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal by regular flights operated by various low cost carriers and full service airlines such as Jetlite, Indian Airlines, and Kingfisher red airlines.
Travel to Bihar by Rail: Patna is well connected to all major cities in India by many express and super fast trains like Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express.
Travel to Bihar by Road: A good network of highways and roads connects Patna with all major towns of Bihar. Regular direct bus services connect Patna to Calcutta, Rajgir, Nalanda, Pawapuri, Vaishali, Gaya-Bodhgaya, Ranchi, Raxaul, Muzzafarpur, Sasaram.
Bihar Tourism Development Corporation provides luxury coaches and taxis for local sightseeing as well as outstation sites. It also runs some buses on daily basis on certain popular tourist routes. Bihar Tourism has its own fleet of deluxe buses, vans, caravans, taxis and cars, which can be hired at reasonable prices. Local buses, auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and Tongas are also available.