Top things to do in Bihar

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Bodhgaya

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 py…
Top Choice Museum 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 pa…
Top Choice Mughlai 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, char-grilled mutton burra kebab, slow-coo…
Top Choice North 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 fu…
Top Choice Multicuisine 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, Indian –…
Top Choice Italian 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, and…
Top Choice Historic Building in Patna

Golghar

This massive, bulbous granary was built by the British army in 1786 and is being restored as of 2018. The idea behind its construction was to avoid a repeat of the terrible 1770 famine – look for the old carved sign…
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 unblinking…
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 carve…
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 six …