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Bihar is a land of historical tourist destinations, where major Indian empires rose and fell. The state of Bihar is home to world’s earliest university, numerous monasteries and religious shrines. The state is among the oldest regions with human settlements, with recorded history of 3000 years. The state government of Bihar is putting lot of efforts in popularizing the pilgrimage and historical sites of the state. 

One of the major tourist attraction of the state is its Buddhist circuit that is the linked to Buddha’s pilgrimage trail. The starting point of Buddhist trail is Patna with main tourist attractions being the museum of Buddhist sculptures and the terracotta urn that contains ashes of Lord Buddha. Patna is also known for the Sikh pilgrimage site - Harmandir Takht Sahib, which is the birth place of 10th Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

The state of Bihar holds an important position among Buddhist travelers, with Buddhist tourists coming from all over the world to visit the city of Bodh Gaya, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The Mahabodhi temple along surrounding the Bodhi tree is the exact place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Bodh Gaya along with four other sites of Lumbini, Kushinagar, and Sarnath are among the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India.

The ancient city of Vaishali attracts Buddhist tourists for its ancient Buddhist monuments and structures. There are many Buddhist stupas and monasteries here. The city is also popular among both Jain pilgrims, as it is beileved that this is the birth place of Lord Mahavira. Vaishali is the place where the second Buddhist council took place.

Nalanda attracts tourists to experience the grandeur of world’s first University where Lord Buddha taught once and Hieun Tsang, the 7th century Chinese traveler was a student. Rajgir, the ‘royal palace’, was the venue for 1st Buddhist council and Lord Buddha spent five years after having attained enlightenment. The hill of Gridhrakuta in Rajgir is where the Buddha delivered most of his sermons. 

One of the must visit event for travelers is the Sonepur Mela (Fair), that is among the largest cattle fair in India. The festival takes place during the month of November in Sonepur, around 45 minutes away from Patna. 


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