“Let’s plan a trip to Bihar,'' said nobody we know, ever! To begin with, it’s quite certain that you laughed and scoffed at the idea immediately. It’s a statement one doesn’t hear too often or at all. Perceptions of Bihar are almost always colored by prejudice through overly dramatized representations on television and selective news covered by the press.
Admittedly it isn’t the easiest place to visit, but that never stopped the ardent and wisely cautious traveler. The name ‘Bihar’ is derived from the ancient word ‘Vihara’ meaning Monastery. With an abundance of Buddhist, Muslim, Jain, Hindu, and Sikh shrines, Bihar lives up to its ancient name. The history of pre-independent India reverberates throughout the state. One can retrace the footsteps, triumphs, and tribulations of Mahatma Gandhi at various locations such as Hazarimal Dharamshala, known as the epicenter of the Satyagraha Movement.
The state could also put most eco circuits to shame. The Valmiki Tiger Reserve extends to the Royal Chitwan Park in Nepal, right up to the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a hotspot of biodiversity and home to tigers, leopards, sloth bears, chital, sambar, and rhesus monkeys among many others. If water bodies are your thing, the mythical Kakolat Waterfall and its surroundings will appeal to both the nature enthusiast and the storyteller in you.
Bihar’s rich historical and religious significance is often lost to the din of mainstream news or caricatures in Bollywood. The few who dare to venture are usually Buddhist practitioners traversing the holy circuit of Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, and Vaishali. This ancient circuit, while recommended, is just one of the many trails to follow in Bihar.
85 kilometers from Patna is the quiet town of Chapra. A quaint, offbeat destination in Bihar offering glimpses of the state’s rich Bhojpuri heritage. Chapra is abundant in history and archaeological remains. Chirand, which is located near the river Ghaghra contains numerous prehistoric artifacts. The Ashoka Pillar is a famous stop for Buddhist devotees, who believe that Lord Buddha made his thirteenth stop at this location before attaining Nirvana. The Amba Asthan in Aami, a seminal place of worship is dedicated to the Hindu Mother Goddess. The Garhdevi Temple in Marhaura is a popular shrine that attracts devotees of Goddess Durga from across the country. The annual cattle fair during Karthik Purnima at Sonepur should not be missed for an intimate experience of local culture and traditions.
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