Nalanda Vihara (University) Archaelogical site, Bihar, India | Day visit to UNESCO World Heritage site of Nalanda

The remains of Ancient Buddhist Monastery in Nalanda, Bihar, India is famous world over as the remains of an ancient Buddhist Monastery & university during 5th  to 1200 century B.C., which was visited by scholars from world over, most notably Chinese scholar Hiuen Tsnag   I was in Nalanda district some time back on work and […]

Bodh Gaya in Bihar, India ~ Buddhism’s holiest site in the world

Bodh Gaya is popular world over as the place where Gautama Buddha obtained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Located in eastern state of Bihar and once a small village, Bodh Gaya today sees international visitors from all over the globe, many of them from the major Buddhist following countries. I visited Bodh Gaya for the […]

Brahma Kund in Rajgir, Bihar | Bihar Travel Diaries

The Rajgir hills, in Nalanda District of Bihar, located near the city of Rajgir are an important Buddhist, Hindu and Jain pilgrimage site. I visited the Rajgir hills region on my work trip in rural Bihar and while I did not have time to visit all the religious attractions/pilgrimage sites this time around, I was able to visit […]

Pawapuri Jal Mandir in Nalanda, Bihar, India | Bihar Travel Diaries

Pawapuri Jal Mandir or Pawa is a holy site and temple for Jainism, located in the small town of Pawa in Nalanda district in Bihar (around 101 kilometers from the capital city of Patna), India. I actually had no idea about this important holy site/temple for Jain religion, until I was passing by Nalanda district […]

Barabar Caves in Gaya, Bihar, India | Oldest rock cut caves in India

The Barabar caves are the oldest surviving rock -cut caves in India, apparently dating from the Maurya Empire (322–185 BCE), located in the Bela Ganj Block in Gaya district, Bihar, India. Earlier this month, I was on a work trip to Gaya region and after a long day of field visits, the site co-workers insisted to take me to […]

Travelling in Bihar, India | First sights and impressions

I visited the state of Bihar sometime ago and it was a fascinating experience into a region & state of India, known for diverse reasons – poverty, culture, freedom struggle, politics, Kosi River & most of all the tenacity of ‘biharis’. Travelling in the rural areas and interacting with the locals busted a lot of […]

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