Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Bodhgaya

Mahabodhi Temple

Mahabodhi Temple

The magnificent Unesco World Heritage-listed Mahabodhi Temple, marking the hallowed ground where Buddha attained enlightenment and formulated his philosophy, forms the spiritual heart of Bodhgaya. Topped by a 50m...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Patna

Patna Museum

Housed in a majestic colonial-era building, this museum contains a splendid collection of Mauryan and Gupta stone sculptures, some beautiful bronze Buddhist statuary, and a gallery of early-19th-century landscape...

Top ChoiceMughlai in Patna

Karim's

This stylish new outlet – operated by the hallowed kebab house of the same name in New Delhi – has recently begun treating Patna to its legendary menu featuring tikka rolls, chargrilled mutton burra kebab,...

Top ChoiceNorth Indian in Patna

Pind Balluchi

For Patna's best food and views, head to this revolving restaurant with ever-shifting vistas over Gandhi Maidan, Golghar and the Ganges beyond. The kebabs are excellent (try the murgh malai kebab), and there is a...

Top ChoiceMulticuisine in Bodhgaya

Mohammad Restaurant

Tucked away behind the market stalls at the Tourist Bus Park (take the lane beside Fujiya Green restaurant), Mohammad's whips up a fine array of food from across the Buddhist world – Tibetan, Chinese, Thai,...

Top ChoiceItalian in Bodhgaya

Be Happy Cafe

This quaint and cosy cafe serves aromatic espressos (₹90), herbal teas and healthy Italian cuisine – salads, pastas and freshly baked pizza. This is one place where you can trust the salads and fresh vegetables,...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Patna

Golghar

This massive, bulbous granary was built by the British army in 1786 and was being restored at the time of writing. The idea behind its construction was to avoid a repeat of the terrible 1770 famine – look for the...

Buddhist Site in Bodhgaya

Bodhi Tree

Undoubtedly, the most sacred fig tree ever to grace the Earth was the Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya, under which Prince Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, achieved enlightenment. Buddha was said to have stared...

Buddhist Site in Vaishali

Kolhua Complex

Set in a landscaped park, Kolhua comprises a large, hemispherical brick stupa guarded by a lion squatting atop a 2300-year-old Ashoka pillar. The pillar is plain and contains none of the Ashokan edicts usually...

Historic Site in Nalanda

Nalanda Ruins

Allow an hour or two for wandering the extensive ruins at Nalanda – they’re peaceful and well maintained with a parklike atmosphere of clipped lawns and shrubs. The red-brick ruins consist of 11 monasteries and...

Park in Patna

Buddha Smriti Park

This peaceful 9-hectare park, inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 2010, is notable for its massive sandblasted charcoal stupa (₹50), which houses a unique, bulletproof relic chamber, and sapling plantings from both...

Multicuisine in Bodhgaya

Hari Om International Cafe

This informal, shanty-like, alfresco restaurant on the north side of the Kalachakra maidan has a backpacker-friendly menu, with lots of vegetarian options. Among the banana pancakes you'll find local specialities...

Buddhist Site in Rajgir

Vulture Hill

Buddha is thought to have preached the Lotus sutra on this rock outcrop. There are some faint remains of a 1500-year-old stupa, some prayer flags and a small shrine where Buddhist pilgrims come to pray. Get here...

Buddhist in Bodhgaya

Great Buddha Statue

This 80ft-high Japanese-style statue of the Buddha seated in a lotus posture towers above a pleasant garden at the end of Temple St. The impressive monument was unveiled by the Dalai Lama in 1989 and is...

Museum in Patna

Bihar Museum

This impressive museum, one of the largest in south Asia, has three history galleries, plus displays on contemporary art and ethnic groups of Bihar. It has poached some of the finer pieces of the Patna Museum,...

Museum in Nalanda

Archaeological Museum

The Nalanda archaeological museum is small but has some fascinating finds, including the Nalanda University seal and a host of sculptures and bronzes unearthed from Nalanda and Rajgir. Along with the many Buddha...

Multicuisine in Bodhgaya

Nirvana The Veg Cafe

This new vegetarian restaurant across the street from the Thai Temple plates a good selection of dosas, as well as pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and noodles. The service is prompt and friendly, and the split-level...

Indian in Patna

Bellpepper Restaurant

Intimate and contemporary, this small restaurant inside Hotel Windsor is particularly popular for its tandoori dishes. The murg tikka lababdar (boneless tandoori chicken basted with garlic, ginger, green...

Thai in Bodhgaya

Siam Thai

Delicious curries made from Thai ingredients, plus interesting starters such as fish cakes and larb gai (minced chicken with lemon, lemongrass and mint), are on offer here. The chicken paenang is addictive; for...

Indian in Patna

Tandoor Hut

This streetside grill serves delicious kebabs and other tandoor offerings, as well as huge biryanis and curries. Eat on-site, take a pack back to your hotel, or call them and ask for a delivery. The chicken malai...