Bhikha is a village in the east Indian state of Bihar. It is a part of the Araria district and comes under the Purnia division. The place is very close to the neigbouring Indian state of West Bengal to the east as well as Nepal to the north. The nearest major well-known hub is the city of Bhagalpur at a distance of 142 km (two and half hours’ drive).
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in Bhagalpur. Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Hotel Shiva (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Vineet (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Shradha (Tariff- Rs. 950), Lakshman Niwas (Tariff – Rs. 300) and others.
The official language of the area is Hindi. Maithili and Urdu are also commonly used.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in Bhagalpur are Mandar Hill, Vaasupujya Bhagwan Mahavir Jain Mandir, the ancient Vikramsila University, Ajgaibinath Temple and others. The neighbouring city of Banka (53 km away) also has some interesting sites among which the old Mandar Parvat – a temple complex and the Jain temples are a few places to visit. One can always cross over the border into Nepal as it is legal to get there for Indian nationals even without a passport or visa.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Patna International Airport at a distance of 336 km.
The Purnia Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 53 km.
Various state transport buses as well as smaller private operators connect the area to different cities in the region. Bus booking online facility enables travellers to get to popular destinations without any hassle.