Patna is the capital of the Indian state of Bihar, and is the second most populous city of Eastern India. It is the administrative, industrial and educational centre of the state. The city is situated on the southern bank of the Ganges. It also straddles the rivers Sone, Gandak and Punpun. Patna is also an important pilgrim center for Jain, Sikh Buddhists and Hindus pilgrims.
Places to Stay
Patna has many good budget hotels. Some of them are Hotel Fortune Inn (Tariff - Rs.1500), Hotel Windsor (Tariff - Rs.1400), Hotel President (Tariff - Rs.1100), and Hotel Linkway (Tariff - Rs.1400).
The official language in Patna is Hindi. Other widely spoken dialects and languages include Angika, Bhojpuri and Maithili.
All major festivals of India are celebrated in India. Some of the festivals unique to Patna are Sonepur Mela (November), Kite Festival (January) and Pitrapaksha Mela (September).
Places to Visit
Places to see in and around Patna include Vaishali (61 kms), Rajgir (90 kms), Nalanda (70 kms), and Pawapuri (83 kms), Gandhi Maidan (6 kms) and Kumhrar and Agam Kuan (7 kms).
How to Get There
Patna has an airport called the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport. It is classified as a restricted international airport.
Patna is a major railway hub and has six major stations: Patna Junction, Rajendranagar Terminal, Gulzarbagh Station, Danapur Station, Patliputra Station and Patna Sahib Station.
Luxury bus service between Patna and several neighboring cities is provided by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation and the Bihar State Road Transport Corporation. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers traveling to Patna include Vaishali Travels, Gaurav Luxury Bihar State Transport Corporation and Sri Krishna Rath. Avail of bus ticket offers from Ticketgoose.com when you book your tickets online.
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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