Bihar remained an underrated tourist destination in India. It is ironic that Bihar was once the seat of one of India’s most prosperous ancient kingdoms and today suffers from apathy when it comes to historical tourism in India. We agree that we can get a good number of foreign tourists to invade Bihar, but said they were not told that all were limited to fewer destinations in this historically rich state.
If we look at it, Bihar’s history is believed to have its roots in the early Indian civilizations, and then the state thrives as the seat of majestic empires like Magadh. It is also the state that has given the world two important religions – Buddhism and Jainism. Over the years, Bihar has developed into a rich historical site with diverse cultures and traditions. Today, what we are witnessing are the tasty extracts from the legacy of various empires. And if we become a little more adjustable and open to travel, we can explore an important jewel in the Indian treasure chest.
Here is Bihar from an avid traveling point of view, and for the sake of convenience, the list has been divided into three sections so that you do not leave any stone unchanged. Let’s start our journey through the historic land of Bihar without further ado:
Popular Tourist Destinations to Visit in Bihar
Probably the oldest university in India, Nalanda is an important place to visit in Bihar. Nalanda, which is a perfect reminder of the era of the flourishing Gupta and Pala period, is a recognized tourist attraction in Bihar. The last and most famous Jain Tirthankara is believed to have spent 14 monsoon seasons here. Buddha is said to have given lectures near the Nalanda mangrove. The fame of this educational center was to some extent that Hieun Tsang, the famous Chinese traveler visited here and stayed for at least two years here. Still another famous Chinese traveler stayed in Nalanda for about 10 years and it was the glory of this place. Today, most parts of Nalanda are in ruins, but it is worth exploring!
Major tourist attraction in Nalanda:
- Nalanda Archaeological Museum
- Xuanzang Memorial Hall
- Rajgir Dance Festival (October)
- Malanda Multimedia Museum
- Surajpur Baragaon
How to Reach Nalanda?
The best way to reach Nalanda would be to board a plane/train to Gaya (95 km from Nalanda) and then book a taxi.
Gaya is among the most famous tourist places in Bihar, which is a Hindu pilgrimage center and a transit point for the Bodhgaya Buddhist pilgrimage center. It is believed that it was here under the tree that the Buddha obtained enlightenment. Gaya is a busy city located on the banks of the Phalgu River and is full of many temples and historical sites dating from different eras that are proof of the successful dominance of Maurya and the Gupta dynasty here. Gaya‘s glory was so extended that even Hiuen Tsang could not resist mentioning it in his travel diaries.
Major Tourist Attractions of Gaya:
- Mahabodhi Temple
- Bodhi Tree
- Great Buddha Statue
- Chinese Temple and Monastery
- Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum
- Muchalinda LakeThai Temple and Monastery
- Royal Bhutan Monastery
- Vishnupad Temple
- Magla Gauri Shrine
- Dungeshwari Cave Temples
- Barabar Caves
How To Reach Gaya
Gaya is well connected by air, rail, and road from major cities in India. The best way would be to take a flight or a train.
Patna: Capital Of Bihar
Patna is located on the south bank of the Ganga and is the largest city in Bihar. World-famous also known as Patliputra in ancient India, the ancient city is also believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Patna is a pilgrimage for Sikh devotees as it is considered the birthplace of the last Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh. The city flourished during the period Haryanka, Nanda, Mauryan, Shunga, Gupta, and Pala, gained fame all over India. Today’s Patna is a city in development struggling to keep up with modernization; shopping malls, luxury hotels, world-famous restaurants chains, famous temples, and theaters have emerged in the city. However, Patna needs to step up a bit to become part of other cosmopolitans. All in all, Patna is a decent destination with the most modern amenities available.
Major Tourist Attractions in Patna:
- Buddha Smriti Park
- Patna Zoo
- Patna Museum
- Bihar Museum
- Patna NIT Ghat (Kali Ghat)
- Takht Sri Patna Sahib Patna Sahib Gurudwara
- Gurdwara Baal Leela Maini Sangat
- Gurdwara Gobind Ghat
- Gurdwara Guru ka Bagh
- Gurdwara Handi Sahib
- Agam Kuan
- Didarganj Yakshi
- Padri Ki Haveli
- Qila House
How To Reach Patna
Patna is well connected to all major cities of India through railway, road, and air connections, so it is easy to commute to this place anywhere in the country.
Vaishali is an important archeological site that was once the capital of Licchavi’s rulers. Vaishali gained fame as the birthplace of the last Jain Tirthankar Lord Mahavira. It is believed that Mahavira was born and raised in the 6th century BC. in Kundalagram of the Republic of Vaishali. Another great event that this place witnessed was the last sermon of the Buddha in 483 BCE. Vaishali was a prosperous kingdom in the time of the Buddha, it is also known for its beautiful courtesan Amrapali. So you understand, just remember Vaishali and in addition to its historical charm, the well-preserved Pilar Ashokan. This ancient city finds mention in travel accounts of prominent Chinese travelers like Fa-Hien and Hieun Tsang.
Major Tourist Attractions in Vaishali:
- Relic Stupa
- Kutagarasala Vihara
- Bawan Pokhar Temple
- Coronation Tank
- World Peace Pagoda
- Archaeological Survey of India Museum
- Raja Vishal ka Garh
- Choumukhi Mahadeva
How To Reach Vaishali
The nearest airport to Vaishali is in Patna (70 km) and the nearest railway terminal is in Muzaffarpur (36 km). Thus, it is possible to choose between flight and train, the most suitable can be followed and book a taxi to Vaishali.
Popular Tourist Attractions Must See in Bihar
Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Rajgir
Better known as the World Peace Pagoda, Vishwa Shanti Stupa is proudly located in the historic city of Rajgir. It is one of the 7 peace pagodas built in India and is definitely a must-visit in Bihar. The pagoda was built in 1969 to spread the message of peace and non-violence. Marked by four Buddha statues that reflect four important phases of the Buddha’s life – birth, enlightenment, teaching, and death, this Peace Pagoda is among the best examples of Japanese architecture in India.
Major Tourist Attractions in Rajgir
- Swarn Bhandar
- Venu Van
- Griddhkut Parvat
- Rajgir Ropeway
- Saptaparni Cave
- Ajatsatru Fort
- Pandu Pokhar
- Rajgir Kund
- Bibisar Jail
- Cyclopean Wall
- Makhdum Kund
- Pant Wildlife Sanctuary
- Maniyar Math
- Brahma Kund
- Veerayatan Jain Museum
- Hot Springs
- Rajgir Hills
- Ghora Katora Lake
How To Reach Rajgir
Patna (100 km) is the closest airport to Rajgir with flights to other cities. The nearest train station is in Rajgir with good connections to Patna, Kolkata, and New Delhi. Rajgir is well connected by frequent roads and buses to and from Patna, Bodh Gaya, and other nearby towns.
Griddhakuta Peak, Rajgir
Also popularly known as Vulture Peak, Griddhakuta Peak is located in Rajgir, Bihar. This peak is the most famous place to visit in Rajgir and is located at an altitude of 400 m. It is called Pico do Abutre because of its shape and frequent visits by vultures. The place occupies an important position in history as it is considered the place where Lord Buddha preached the Lotus Sutra to convert King Mauryan Bimbisara. It is also believed that the Buddha initiated the second wheel of the law and gave several sermons here. The summit has a peace pagoda that is said to have been built by Buddhists in Japan. There are also a few caves here that increase the excitement of arriving here by cable car.
An important Jain pilgrimage, Jalmandir, is located in Pawapuri, Bihar. Jalmandir was highly revered by devout Jains as it is believed to be the place where Lord Mahavira took his last breath in 500 BC. It is considered the cremation site of this last Tirthankara sect by Jain. Legend has it that the demand for Lord Mahavira’s ashes was so great that a large amount of soil had to be eroded around the funeral fire that a dam was created here. A white marble temple was built and an important Jain pilgrimage in Bihar remained.
Major Tourist Attractions of Pawapuri
- Jal Mandir
- Gaon Mandir
Tourist Places to Visit Near Pawapuri
- Nalanda (19 km)
- Rajgir (20 km)
- Bodhgaya (93 km)
Best Season to Visit – October to March
How To Reach Pawapuri
By Air: The nearest airport is Patna 101 km. Indian Airlines connects Patna with Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi, Ranchi, and Lucknow.
By Railway: Although Rajgir itself has a train station, the nearest convenient track is on Patna 90.kms.
By Road: You can take a taxi or bus from Patna, Rajgir, Gaya, or other major cities in Bihar to visit Pawapuri. A local car or taxi is the best way to go to different places to visit in Pawapuri.
Sher Shah Suri Tomb, Sasaram
Sher Shah Suri’s tomb is located in the city of Sasaram, in the state of Bihar, India. The epic historical tomb was built in the memory of the great famous Emperor Sher Shah Suri, a real Pathan from the land of blissful and incredible Bihar, who defeated the Mughal Empire and founded the Suri Empire in northern India. He died in a random explosion of gunpowder at Kalinjar Fort on May 13, 1545 AD.
This tomb is one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture, it was designed by the great architect Mir Muhammad Aliwal Khan and built between 1540 and 1545, this red sandstone mausoleum (122 feet high) that sits in the middle of an artificial lake that is almost square, is known as the second Taj Mahal in India. The tomb lies in the middle of the lake, on a square stone pedestal with vaulted kiosks, chhatris in each of its corners; In addition, there are stone benches and anchors on all sides of the pedestal, which are connected to the mainland by a large stone bridge. The main tomb is built in an octagonal plan, overlaid by a dome that is 22 meters long and surrounded by kiosks with decorative domes that were previously covered with colored tiles.
The tomb was built during the reign of Sher Shah, as well as the reign of his son Islam Shah. An inscription dates from its completion until August 16, 1545, three months after Sher Shah’s death.
Major Tourist Attractions of Sasaram
- Waterfalls in Sasaram – Dhuan Kund and Majhar Kund
- Maa Tara Chandi Temple
- Rohtaas Fort
Things to see
- Enjoy the beautiful structure of this tomb, known as the second Taj Mahal in India.
- The artificial lake around the mausoleum is considered a photographer’s paradise.
- The well-designed octagonal chamber in the tomb.
How to Reach Sasaram?
It is an easy walking distance from Sasaram Train Station or you can take an auto-rickshaw. You can land at Bodhgaya Airport, which is the nearest airport. If you take a bus, get off at Sasaram Bus Station.
Vikramshila Ruins, Bhagalpur
Vikramshila was considered one of the two important Buddhist learning centers in Bihar and was established by King Dharmapala. It is believed that the king was dissatisfied with the quality of Nalanda and therefore he decided to set up another better institute for learning. Vikramshila is now in ruins, but the renovation work has started. During the excavation, Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and various wall sculptures were unveiled here.
Major Tourist Attractions Of Bhagalpur
- Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary
- Mandar Parvat
- Kuppaghat Ashram
- Ajgaivinath Temple
- Boudhanath Temple
- Champapur Jain Temple
- Khanqah e Shahbazia
How To Reach Bhagalpur
Bhagalpur is well connected to major cities in India via road and rail lines. The nearest airport is Patna with regular flights between the whole country. Transportation in and around Bhagalpur is facilitated by local car, taxi, and bus travel.
Janki Temple, Sitamarhi
It is estimated that it was built 100 years ago, the Janki Temple is located in Sitamarhi, Bihar. Sitamarhi is considered the birthplace of Sita, Lord Rama’s consort. The temple in Janki is believed to be the place where Sita was born and to mark this event, a temple was built here. The temple has an inviting portal and a large courtyard that can accommodate a large number of devotees. Also, a nearby lake, called Janki Kund, is an interesting place for devotees and tourists.
Major Tourist Attractions Of Sitamarhi
- Janki Mandir Sitamarhi
- Sita Kund
- Haleshwar Asthan
How To Reach Sitamarhi
The city of Sitamarhi is approximately 3 km from Sitamarhi Train Station. Sitamarhi Train Station has regular trains to cities like Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, and Raxaul. The nearest main railway station is in Muzaffarpur, 53 km away.
Kesaria Stupa, Kesaria (East Champaran)
Bihar’s historical significance was reaffirmed with the discovery of the “largest Buddhist stupa ever” in Kesaria, in the district of East Champaran, around 120 K.M. from Patna and 48 km from Vaishali on the Indo Nepal border. The proud privilege of housing the tallest Stupa ever excavated in the world. Kesaria Stupa is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Bihar. The stupa is believed to have been built between 200 and 750 AD. under the government of Raja Chakravarti. 40 meters high, it is an impressive structure to be visited during a visit to Bihar.
How to Reach
By air – Patna Airport, at a distance of 150 km, is the nearest airport associated with all major cities in India.
By Train – Chakia is the nearest train station connected to all major cities and places in India.
By Bus – Kesaria is well connected with good roads from all over India. Distance from some places in Kesaria 22 km from Chakia, 40 km from Motihari, 75 km from Muzaffarpur, 55 km from Vaishali, 80 km from Sonpur, 110 km from Patna
Barabar Caves, Sultanpur
The Barabar Caves are located in the mountainous area just near Makhdumpur, 25 km south of Jehanabad. These ancient Buddhist chambers carved into the rock date back to the 3rd century AD. and are known as the origin of the Ajivika sect.
Baba Siddhnath Temple, also known as Shiva Temple and originally known as Siddheshwar Nath Temple, is located on one of the highest peaks in the Barabar Hills region. The temple was built during the Gupta period in the 7th century AD. Local residences attribute the construction of the temple to Bana Raja. (Father-in-law of the legendary King Jarasandha of Rajgir.)
How To Reach Barabar Caves
By Air – The nearest Airport is Patna and Gaya.
By Train – The nearest Railway station is Banavar Halt, Jehanabad.
By Bus – It can be reached by road from Patna, Gaya, Nalanda, and Arwal. It is 25 km south of Jehanabad.
Buxar Fort, Buxar
The Buxar district is closely connected with the Bhojpur district and has an interesting and ancient history. Built-in 1054 AD. by King Rudra Deo, Fort Buxar recalls Bihar’s glorious past. The fort is known for its architectural splendor and the sculptures on the wall. Tourists have a chance to experience a treasure trove of artifacts here.
Buxar has been famous since the epic period for being home to prominent saints, the battlefield of gods and demons according to Puranas, and a battle zone between foreign invasion and countrymen in modern history. The remains of archeological excavations established the connection between Buxar and the ancient civilizations of Mohanjodaro and Harappa. This place was also popularly known as “Siddhashram”, “Chaitrath”, “VyaghraSar” “Vedgarbhapuri”, “Karush”, “Tapovan”, “Buxar” in ancient history. Buxar’s history goes back even before the Ramayana period. The word Buxar is said to be derived from VyaghraSar. The tiger face of Rishi Vedshira, the result of the curse of the sage Rishi Durvasha, was restored after bathing in a sacred tank that was later called VyaghraSar.
Animal Trade Fair at Sonepur Fair, Sonepur
The Sonepur Fair has become quite famous among wandering souls who are constantly looking for something new to explore. The festival is held in November and the pet trade is the highlight of this event. Also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela, the fair is considered the largest cattle fair in the world. The fair has its origins in the time of Chandragupta Maurya. Marked by several exciting places, this fair is an absolute pleasure for travelers who want to explore the culture of India.
Named as the seat of the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger is another popular place among tourists in Bihar. Munger’s history goes back to the arenas that called Munger “Midland” for their settlement. For yoga fans, Munger is not an unknown name, so we can expect a large foreign crowd to gather at this place. The present Munger is a twin town consisting of Munger and Jamalpur. Munger was considered one of the oldest cities in Bihar and was once the capital of Mir Kasim before falling into the hands of the British. The site has several historical relics that add to the charm here.
Famous Tourist Attractions in Munger
- Sri Krishna Vatika
- Chandika Astahan
- Kastaharni Ghat
- Munger Fort
- Sitla Mandir
- Badi Durga Maa Temple
- Pir Shah Nafah Shrine
- Rameshwar Kund
- Jai Prakash Udyan
- Kali Pahadi
- Sita Kund
How To Reach Munger
The railway is the ideal way to get to Munger. The nearest train station is Jamalpur, which is a short distance of approx. 9 km from Munger.
Navlakha Palace, Rajnagar
In ruins is Navlakha Palace in Rajnagar, near Madhubani, in Bihar. This palace was built by great king Maharaja Rameshwar Singh and is said to have suffered extensive destruction during an earthquake in 1934. No renovations were done after the destruction, so this palace remains in ruins now. It is a royal palace, and despite the fact that we have suffered great damage, we can still marvel at its architectural splendor. The palace consists of gardens, a lake, and temples.
Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary, Begusarai
Kanwar Lake is the largest freshwater Oxbow lake in India. Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary is located in Begusarai and is considered a paradise for 60 species of migratory birds. Unfortunately, this place is losing its significance due to neglect, in wetland management in South Asia held in Delhi in 2014, the state of this wetland ecosystem was discussed. We hope that some careful steps will be taken towards this bird sanctuary, which has been home to many domestic and migratory birds.
Thai Monastery, Bodhgaya
The Thai monastery is another incredible jewel in Bihar’s treasure chest. Founded in 1957 with the help of the Thai government and Indian Buddhist monks, this temple is a must-see in Bodhgaya. This temple is made in the typical architecture typical of Thailand and reflects Thailand’s culture and traditions.
Bihar School of Yoga (Munger Ashram)
This prominent center of the Bihar School of Yoga has been a fascinating object for many around the world. Like Rishikesh, Munger also has many fans who follow international tourists. There are many Ashrams here that provide accommodation and training for those who want to learn yoga. The place guarantees a change of perspective in relation to life and a 180-degree turn in relation to the previous lifestyle.
Things to Do in Bihar
Visit Maner Sharif Shah Daulat at Choti Dargah, Patna
When in Patna, take the time to visit Choti Dargah, the mausoleum of the venerable Sufi saint Makhdum Shah Daulat. The mausoleum is rich in architecture and is adorned with intricate carvings on the walls and the inscriptions of the quarantine on the roof. Truly a place to taste, Choti Dargah is an absolute must-visit in Patna.
Try the Famous Food & Cuisines of Bihar
The most important aspect of exploring the blissful Bihar, another state or country, is the opportunity to try completely different types of famous food and cuisines of the state. Bihar is a land of physically strong people who are often seen in their fields or taking masonry or carpentry jobs that require a lot of physical strength. Thus, Bihar’s gastronomy is attached in such a way that it provides enormous strength and energy to the people while maintaining a dignified taste for food lovers. Some of the best things on Bihar’s dish may be Litti Chokha, Dal Pitha, Kheer Makhana, Thekhua/Khajuria, Dal puri, Parwal Ki Mithai, Chana Ghugni, and Khaja.
Attend the Chhath Puja Festival
Chhath is one of the topmost celebrated festivals of Bihar. Celebrated with a lot of pomp and show, Chhath is time to witness another brighter side of Bihar. This 6-day festival where the sun god is worshiped is the most important part of Bihar’s culture. Although Bihar during the festival season becomes almost inaccessible to people from all over the world who are going to witness this party, you can still try to book your tickets to see a very happy and prosperous Bihar.
Shop and Buy Handloom and Handicrafts
Bihar is truly a land of art and can be in any shape. The large industry of handicrafts and handicrafts in Bihar is certainly worth praising. Bihar produces cotton materials, fine silk, sand gamchas, fine cough silk, mulberry, and matka and has a rich collection worth buying. Not to forget, Bihar also has Bhagalpur, better known as the Silk City of India. So book a small amount for shopping, you never know you may find something invaluable in Bihar.
Take a Tour of Birthplace of Sita
Sitamarhi is considered the birthplace of Sita, Lord Rama’s companion, and is an important destination in Bihar. Sitamarhi is a pilgrimage and a historical place, so it can be an interesting place to see in Bihar. The city has a 100-year-old temple called the Janaki Temple, which is believed to be the place where Sita was born. Along with that, there is a sanctuary carved into the rock from the Mauryan period, which is also a must-see place here. Sitamarhi may be a delight for Hindu devotees, but history fans will appreciate the place more!
Amazed with Madhubani Art and Paintings
Madhubani is also known as Mithila Painting and is an important part of Bihar’s culture. This ancient art is made using fingers, twigs, brushes, pens, and matches using natural paints and pigments and is characterized by attractive geometric patterns. These paintings are mainly made by the women of Bihar and are therefore of great importance. If you happen to be in Bihar, buy some of these paintings to add color to your living rooms.
Dargah of Hazrat Bibi Kamal, Jehanabad
Hazrat Bibis Dargah is believed to have mysterious healing powers. If one believes in believers, many come to find a cure for incurable diseases and mental problems, and no one has returned empty-handed from here. The dome of the mausoleum is covered with the sacred inscriptions of the Karan, and there is a black stone that also has an inscription in Arabic. This stone is said to have healing power. Whether you have faith or not, the mysteries of this place are really worth exploring and that is why it is one of the must-do things in Bihar.
Meet the Tribes To Know Their Lifestyle
Tribes of Bihar can rightly be called the Souls of Bihar. To witness the tribal culture in Bihar can be quite exhilarating and if done with proper planning, one might end up with some valuables. Bihar is home to several tribes like Bathudi, Binjhia, Birjia, and Chik Baraik, each of these tribes has their specific rituals, dances, festivals, and music, which certainly can be intriguing to witness. Taking a tribal tour in Bihar can open your eyes in so many ways and can give you a whole new perspective about life. Therefore, it is one of the best things to do in Bihar.
Visit The Famous Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall, Kundalpur
As obvious as it may seem, this hall was built in memory of the famous Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang. Hieun Tsang is believed to have visited Nalanda in the 5th century AD. and was so impressed with this place that he decided to stay here for 12 long years to learn and teach. This memorial hall is a reflection of the artistic and academic greatness of the University of Nalanda.
Take a Tour on Mahaparinirvan Express
If you are a traveler and love to travel on trains, take a ride on the Mahaparinirvan Express. It is a special train that takes people on a spiritual journey (Buddhist sites) in northern India. The train is named after the Buddha’s sacred journey to various places in India to preach. Destinations include some of the best Buddhist sites in Bihar, such as Rajgir, Gaya, and Nalanda. The trip may be more expensive when it comes to cost, but it’s really worth doing!
Enjoys Chhau Dance
Bihar is a country with a rich culture, and we must all agree on that. So far, we have talked about Bihar’s handicrafts, cuisine, history, and architecture, and to complete this list of things to do in Bihar, a dance performance needs to be added. Chhau is a dance genre that can be seen in Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand along with Bihar. The dance is performed mainly during the festivals and the use of masks happens, Chhau requires a lot of physical strength as the dance moves are difficult and require many spins and jumps. A complete fun presentation, the Chhau dance is a must in Bihar.
We have tried to cover all of the best places to visit in Bihar and famous tourist places and the top tourist attractions of Bihar. But if we missed anything then you are welcome to send us suggestions through our contact us.
Valmiki Tiger Reserve Champaran
Valmiki National Park, Tigers Reserve, and Wildlife Sanctuary are located on the border of India and Nepal, in the West Champaran district of Bihar, India, on the banks of the Gandak River. The total area of the park is approx. 335.65 km2. Valmiki National Park was established in the year 1990. Valmiki National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Valmiki National Park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The Valmiki protected areas of India and Chitwan National Park and Parsa Wildlife Reserve in Nepal have been rated as level – 1 Tiger Conservation Unit (TCU) by the US – WWF due to sufficient core areas and low creep pressure.
The Valmiki Tiger Reserve is the easternmost edge of the Terai Forest in the Himalayas, India. The forest is located in the biogeographical zone of Gangetic Plains in the country and has a combination of bhabar and terai tracts. Deposits of rocks and pebbles next to the Himalayan rivers at the foot characterize the Bhabar Canal, while deposits of finer sediments present terai lands.
There is a healthy diversity of animals along with tigers in the tiger reserve such as leopards, fish cats, deer, blackbucks, wolves, deer, sloths, Nilgai, Cheetal, Unicorn horn horn, Indian Bison, hyenas, jungle cats, rhesus monkeys etc. Jungle Safaris are the best way to spot several species of wildlife in the park. Camera capture is widely used in the park.
The Valmiki National Tiger Reserve Park is an area strictly reserved for the improvement of wildlife and biodiversity, and where activities such as development, forestry, poaching, hunting, and grazing on cultivation are not permitted. Their boundaries are well marked and demarcated.
Best Time To Visit the Valmiki Tiger Reserve
October to March is the best time to visit the Valmiki National Tiger Reserve Sanctuary. The winter months (December to mid-February) are cooler and the minimum temperature drops to 7-8 degrees Celsius. Warm clothes are desired in winter.
How to Reach Valmiki Tiger Reserve
By Rail: The sanctuary is located on the Gorakhpur – Muzaffarpur (via Narkatiaganj) railway route. Direct trains are available from the major cities in the country to reach the shrine. Daily/weekly trains are available from New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Siliguri, Dehradun, and Amritsar to reach Bagaha (to reach the western part of the sanctuary) and Narkatiaganj (to reach the central and eastern part of the sanctuary). Muzaffarpur and Gorakhpur are the main intersections closest to receiving express passengers/mail/trains to Bagaha and Narkatiaganj. The Field Directorate, located at the West Champaran District Headquarters in Bettiah, approx. 70 km from the sanctuary, is also on the same railway route.
By Roadways: The sanctuary is located approx. 275 km from Patna, the capital of Bihar; 200 km from Muzaffarpur, the largest city and railway in northern Bihar; 70 km to Bettiah, West Champaran district seat; and 125 km from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, by road. Vehicles can be rented at these places to reach the sanctuary.
Nearest Airports: Patna, Kolkata and Gorakhpur.
Accommodation: Valmiki Vihar, a tourist accommodation at the State Tourism Development Corporation Hotel is located in the picturesque location of Valmikinagar. Twelve rooms with a double bed are available here. Forest Rest houses with two double rooms each are also there. These are located in Kotraha, Ganauli, Madanpur, Naurangia Done, Govardhana, Manguraha and Manpur.