Bihar is one of the oldest inhabited places in the world and known for rich culture and heritage monuments. The state is home to many tourist attractions dotted all over the Bihar state such as Mahabodhi temple,Buddha Smriti Park,Mahavir Mandir, Asokan pillar,Barabar Caves and Vishwa Shanti Stupa. Other major attractions of state are Buxar Fort,Muchalinda Lake,Patan Devi, Srikrishna Science Centre,World Peace Pagoda Vaishali,ISKCON Temple Patna and Kargil Chowk.
Patan Devi is the oldest and one of the most sacred temples of Patna and said to be one of the 51 Siddha Shakti Pithas in India. There are two temples of Patan Devi in the city, one is known as Bari Patan Devi and another is Chhoti Patan Devi.
Mahavir Mandir is dedicated to Lord Hanuman located near Patna Junction and the second most visited religious shrine in North India. The Mahavir Mandir is one of the holiest Hindu temples and must visited temple in Patna.
Vishnupad Temple is the most attractive destination in Gaya,dedicated to Hindu God Lord Vishnu. The temple is the ancient temple in Gaya,located along the Falgu River and has 8 rows of beautifully carved pillars.
Navlakha Palace is situated in town of Rajnagar near Madhubani is one of the heritage site of Bihar. This palace was built by Maharaja Rameshwar Singh,situated near eastern banks of Kamla River but now this palace is in ruins.
The Barabar Caves are located 18 km north of Gaya in the Jehanabad and are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India. These rock-cut are situated in the twin hills of Barabar and the site has several rock-cut Buddhist,Jain and Hindu sculptures.
The Golghar is the Stupa architecture round house,located to the west of the Gandhi Maidan in the capital of Patna. This historical monument was built by Captain John for the purpose of storing grains.
The Rohtasgarh Fort is situated on the top of the Kaimur Hills and said to be one of the largest and strongest hill forts of India. Rohtas Fort is one of the most ancient forts of India,located in a small town of Rohtas but now in ruins.
Munger Fort is one of the most important of the monuments at Munger,built on a rocky hillock on the south bank of the Ganges River. The fort houses a number of religious and historic monuments such as Palace of Shah Suja,ancient temple and Tomb of Pir Shah Nufa.
Agam Kuan is an ancient well and known to be the oldest and the most important archaeological sites in Patna. The 105 feet deep well is situated close to the Gulzarbagh railway station and the complex contains Shitala Devi temple.
Sher Shah Suri Masjid is one of the many historic mosques in India and a landmark of Patna city. The Afghan architectural style dome is the star attraction of the Sher Shah Suri Masjid and the view from any angle appears to be three domes.
Nalanda University was best architectural design university,located in Rajgir and Vikramashila was one of the most important Buddhist learning centre in India. These two ancient universities are pride of Bihar state.
The state museum of Patna also known as Jadu Ghar is a majestic heritage building with historical artefacts of Mughal and Rajput. Patna Museum has fine collection of art objects,paintings,sculptures,instruments and archaeological objects.
The Mahabodhi Vihar is a World Heritage Site in Bodh Gaya and the temple complex is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha. The complex has Bodhi tree,Monastery and Mahabodhi Temple with tallest Gopuram in Bihar.
Asokan Pillar in the ancient city of Vaishali is now an archeological site and important place for both Jain and Buddhist religions. Notable Buddhist sites in Vaishali also includes Kutagarasala Vihara,Ananda Stupa,Buddha’s ashes Stupa and World Peace Pagoda.
Tomb of Sher Shah Suri is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture,stands in the middle of an artificial lake in the Sasaram town of Bihar. The tomb is also known as the second Taj Mahal of India and Sasaram known for the magnificent mausoleum.
Takht Sri Patna Sahib is one of the most important Sikh pilgrimage site and one of the five Panj Takht or the five gurudwaras of religion of Sikhism. Takhat Sri Harimandir Ji Saheb is situated in Patna city and Guru Gobind Singh was born here.
Vishwa Shanti Stupa at Rajgir is an ancient pillaris and one of the 7 Vishwa Shanti Stupa or World Peace Pagoda in India. The pillar is situated on top of Griddhakuta or Ratnagiri Hill,near Rajgir..
Pawapuri is a Jain temple in the middle of a lake in the Nalanda district and a holy site for Jains. Bihar State Tourism offers train travel facility for to visit Buddhism circuit, Jain Circuit and Sikh Circuit in the state.
Padri Ki Haveli also known as St Mary’s Church is the oldest church in the state of Bihar. The Church stands as an architectural wonder and the main attraction is large cathedral bell.
Mahatma Gandhi Setu over the river Ganges connecting Patna to Hajipur is one of the longest river bridges in India. The man-made river bridge of Bihar has been witnessing major traffic, so two more rail-cum-road bridges are currently under construction.
Funtasia Water Park is an amusement located in Patna and is the first water park in Bihar. The theme based water park contains many attractions such as Wave pool,Swimming pools,numerous water slides,Multi cuisine restaurant and other water playgrounds.
The Sonepur Cattle Fair held on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak in Sonepur. Sonepur Cattle Fair is the biggest cattle fair of Asia and is the only place where such a large number of elephants,horses, rabbits, goats,camel,dogs, buffaloes, donkeys and ponies are traded,
Griddhraj Parvat also called Gridhra-kuta Hill situated near Devrajnagar village is a religious, archeological and ecological site. The place is of archeological importance has a unique habitat for vultures,Indian vulture and White-rumped vulture.
Patna Zoo is known as Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park and Zoological Garden, located in the city of Patna. Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park is currently home to wild animals and bird species including clouded leopard, hippopotamus, crocodile, giraffe and white peacock. The park also includes an aquarium and a botanical garden with more than 300 species of trees.
Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary is India’s only dolphin sanctuary of the Ganges River,located in Bhagalpur. The endangered Gangetic dolphins have been declared as the National Aquatic Animal of India,Only a few hundred remain.