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.
Purnia is a city of the Purnia dictrict of the state of Bihar. This place has a population of around 400000 people and its literacy rate of 75% is above the national average. It has been the centre of education in this region of Bihar. Purnia is famous for ‘Anaaj Mandi’ which is a major grain storehouse and one of the biggest suppliers of grain across this region of the country.
Places to Stay
There are accommodation options in Purnia such as Harsha Hotel (Rs.900), Hotel Renu Vihar (Rs.850) and Hotel Shine (Rs.1000).
Diwali, Navarathri, Chhattha and Holi are the major events across the year.
Maithili, Hindi and Bengali are the local languages spoken in Purnia.
Places to Visit
Shri Ankulchandra Thakur Satsang Ashram and Bhupendra Mandir are about 35km away from Purnia.
How to Get There
Purnia Airport has restricted connections to Patna and Kolkata. Travellers are recommended to make father connections from Bagdogra, 150km away.
Purnia Railway station is the local railway station at Purnia. There are weekly trains to New Delhi, Patna and Kolkata which have great connectivity to the rest of the country.
NH31, NH57, NH107 and SH 62, SH65 and SH77 pass through Purnia making road travel most convenient. BSTRTC and local buses are ideal for inter and intra state travels. You can now book your bus tickets from a number of travel portals checking out for the best bus ticket prices.