Bihar Sharif is the district headquarters of Nalanda district in Bihar. It is placed at Hiranya Prabhat Parvat and along the bank of River Panchanan, 75 km from Patna. Bihar Sharif, then called Bihar, was the headquarters of the Magadha kingdom in the medieval period. Later, the headquarters was shifted to Patna and the whole of Magadha region was named Bihar. The town is well known for the ruins of Nalanda, an ancient centre of higher learning.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Bihar Sharif. Some of them are Amrapali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 200), Ajanta Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 200-800) and New Gulmarg Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 100-200).
The official language of Bihar Sharif is Hindi. Bihari, a group of languages, is also spoken in and around here.
The Urs is celebrated in Bihar Sharif’s Ibrahim Baya Mukbara. The Rajgir Dance Festival is held in October.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Bihar Sharif. Some of the places include the tomb of Mallik Ibrahim Bayu at Pir Pahari, ruins of Nalanda University (13 km from Bihar Sharif), Odantapuri, a celebrated Buddhist centre of learning in Bihar Sharif, and Jarasandha ka Akhara (24 km from Bihar Sharif).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Bihar Sharif is the Patna Airport. It is located about 76 km away from the town.
Bihar Sharif is well connected with Patna and Rajgir. There is a direct daily superfast train connecting it to New Delhi.
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