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.
There are regular bus services to Rajgir, Bodhgaya, Ramgarh, Hazaribagh, Durgapur, Dhanbad, Ranchi and Kolkata. TicketGoose.com is a well-known online bus booking site of India where you can book bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations.
Ranchi is a beautiful place and is also the capital of Jharkhand. Ranchi is considered to be the second most heavily populated city. The name of this city, “Ranchi” has been plagiarised from the name of an Oraon Village which was called “Archi.” Some of the attractions of Ranchi are the Dassam Falls, Jonha falls and also the Hudru falls.
Places to Stay
There are many places to stay in Ranchi that come under budget of the visitors. Some of the hotels are Hotel Rajdhani Plaza (Tariff – Rs. 783), Hotel Radiant (Tariff – Rs. 980), Hotel Tribhuvan (Tariff – Rs. 661) and Hotel Churuwala Inn (Tariff – Rs. 1,470).
Languages spoken in Ranchi include Asuri which is an Austro-Asiatic language and is spoken by approximately 17,000 people
Some of the festivals celebrated in Ranchi are Durga Puja celebrated in October and Chhath Puja celebrated in November.
Places of interest
Some of the places of attraction in Ranchi are Rock Garden and Kanke Dam (4 km from Ranchi), Hundru Falls (45 km from Ranchi on Ranchi Purulia Road) and Jonha Falls (40 km from Ranchi).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to reach Ranchi is Birsa Munda Airport which is 7 kms from the centre of the city.
The Ranchi railway station (RNC) is the main station of Ranchi and is located only 3.4 kms away from the city.
Some of the travel operators running the bus service in and around Ranchi are Travel Mart, Tripti Travels and Choudhary Travel and Holidays. Some of the bus stations of Ranchi are Argora Chowk Bus stop, ITI Bus stand and State Bus Depot. You can get discount on bus booking if you log on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking portal.