This is a temple with a history of over 2500 years and is the same place where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. It is in Gaya which is a few kilomteres away from Patna and is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This temple around what is known as the Mahabodhi tree is said to have been built by Emperor Ashoka, who was an ardent follower of Lord Buddha after he left the path of violence and shifted completely to non- violence following the teachings of Lord Buddha. The Emperor visited this place in the 3rd Century BC and decided to pay his respects to Buddha. Afterwards also when Fa Hien, the ambassador from China visited this place he has mentioned it in his account. He has mentioned seeing the Bodhi Tree surrounded by brick walls. This temple is the forst brick temple dedicated to Lord Buddha and is often considered as the oldest and most important place of Buddhist worship in the country. Later with the advent of the Delhi Sultanate in the 18th Century, the temple lost its importance completely and was not repaired or maintained at all. Later again with the fall of the intolerant Delhi Sultans and the advent of the Burmese rulers, the temple recieved its necessary maintenance and this carried on till the time of the British. People flock here in huge numbers every year to seek blessings from the lord.
These are the oldest rock- cut caves of the country that date back to the 2nd Century BC and some during the Mauryan Period. This is known because some of the rock caves bear Ashokan and other Mauryan inscriptions on them. This cave complex is in the Mukhdumpur Region of the Jehanabad District. Most of the caves belong to the first phase of Buddhism and are deep cut caves. Most of these are built in the design of cottages or huts and do vary in sizes. The inside of each cave was made highly polished with a glass finesse which still gives the look of modern day laser work. The caves were mainly built to be used as residence for the Ajivika Buddhists and monks. Many jataka tales are inscribed on the walls of these caves apart from other royal inscriptions. The caves are comparatively in good condition in spite of ignorance.
This is the only Thai Temple and monastery in India which was built by a Thai Monarch. It was on the request of the former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru that this temple was built. The main aim ws to strenghthen relations between Thailand and India and this place also became a favourite of tourists- Buddhists or not. The temple is just adjacent to the tourist bungalow and has typical, subtle Thai architectural patterns and designs with sloping roofs and pagoda style facades. There is a beautiful idol of Buddha made of Bronze inside. The recent addition is a life size idol of the Lord. The best thing firstly is that you are welcomed inside the temple irrespective of your caste, creed, clan or social status and the second is the peaceful atmosphere of the temple. This is an apt place to meditate and detoxify yourelf.
This is a beautiful waterfall in the Newada District of Bihar and lies on the Bihar- Jharkhand border. According to legendary tales, once there lived a king here who was cursed by a rishi due to which he had turned into a snake. He regained his original form when the Pandavas came to live here in exile and then prayed never to be born again. his prayers were addressed in this same Kakolat area. Below the waterfalls are a cover of lush greenery on the hill surrounded valley. This place is best to be visited after monsoon and then right after the strong winters are gone. The immense natural beauty of this place makes it a huge favourite of nature lovers. You can also do bird watching here especially during the colder season when migratory birds come here.
Valmiki Tiger Reserve
Valmiki Tiger Reserve:- The only tiger reserve in Bihar which is adjacent and extension to Chitwan National Park, Nepal, it is a home to almost 26 tigers, elephants that comes form Chitwan National Park and a perfect place for birding. Besides all other Tiger Reserves, Valmiki Tiger Reserve has almost 5 entry points, namely Valmiki Nagar, Manguraha, Naurangia, Gobardhana and Manpur.After so many enquiries and lots of searches I booked eco huts for the dated 19.11.2015 and 20.11.2015 one each at Gobardhana Range and Naurangia Done by sending e-mail to the Divisional Forest Officer, Bettiah -1. Then the actual problem came as there was no bus from Patna to Ramnagar (the nearest village to Gobardhana Range), thanks for the support of Forest Officials who helped me in my travel from Bettiah to Gobardhana Range.As I was travelling from Patna, I went to Bettiah, you can get a bus from Patna to Bettiah which takes almost 5-6 hrs. From Bettiah there are many mini buses to Ramnagar but the condition of road is not good. From Ramnagar the forest department sent a vehicle which took me to Gobardhana. Finally I reached Gobardhana at about 5 PM.(Day 1) -Gobardhana As I was very late and tired I decided to take some rest and then to meet the Forest Range Officer, so I directly went to the Eco Hut, the Eco huts were nice and clean, everything was well maintained. I moved around and was surprised to know that I was the only person staying in one of the Eco Huts, and also found that the food is being prepared by the caretaker, I ordered for food which was simple but delicious. After having my dinner, I planned for next day with the forest guards and went to sleep.(Day 2) -I woke up early and went around, the place was very beautiful, the song of birds were coming from every direction, the morning time in a Forest is the best time to soothe your senses, the fresh and cold air, the songs of birds makes u feel relaxed. While I was roaming I found some Flowerpecker birds, Parkeets and flycathers. At 6 30 the driver came and we went for my First Safari in Valmiki Tiger Reserve, I have been to few of the Tiger Reserve but Valmiki Tiger Reserve seemed to be a dense forest with lots of trees rather than grass land. On my way, the driver cum guide of the Safari car told me that there are very few visitors coming to this place which was evident as I was the only one present there that day. He then started telling me the stories of sighting of a Tiger near the Eco huts few days back and just then we spotted four Peacocks who went into the dense forest. During our safari we saw Nilgai, sambhar, Jungle fowl, Chital, langurs, River lapwings. The jungle path was well maintained and it crosses few rivers which made the journey worth. One thing which I noticed that the jungle was used by the villagers nearby for their basic needs which is a very big threat as villagers are using forest for fire wood and even for cremation. Besides all these threats I felt the presence of tiger as there were pug marks all over.On my way back to the eco hut, we saw two Hornbills in flight. On returning to the eco hut I met Shri A. Shankar Sinha, Forest Range Officer who gave me vital information about the fauna of Valmiki Tiger Reserve. From the conversation it was quite clear that this Tiger Reserve of Bihar needs to be explored as many surprises might be hidden inside its dense forest. Thereafter, I started my onward journey to Naurangia Done which was connect to Gobardhana by a Forest Road which was through Tiger Reserve.Journey to Naurangia Done -The journey from Gobardhana to Naurangia Done was through forest road which was a thrilling ride through forest and rivers, sandy river beds. The journey was bit tiring but I enjoyed a lot and also saw few butterflies and may birds including wire tailed swallow, bee eaters, bulbuls and eagles.Naurangia Done (Done is a place surrounded by forest) is village which is surrounded by forest and is devoid of electricity and mobile connectivity, this was the first thing which I heard from the forest guard who accompanied me to Naurangia Done. There were only two eco huts which were well maintained but without electricity, though having all the electrical appliances. Later on it was known that the visitor has to pay for the diesel which runs the generator for supplying electric current. It was a tiring day so I opted not to go on a safari again and took some rest and planned to return Patna. The nearest place from Naurangia Done to get a bus to Patna is Bagaha which was 40 Kms away so I booked a Car run by a villager to reach Bagaha.The next day I woke up early and left the beauty and calmness of Valmiki Tiger Reserve. But that was not the end of my journey, the road from Naurangia Done to Bagaha was a forest road and again there was a forest safari for me which again was through rivers that made me to think that whether this was in Bihar. I spotted may birds like pipits, peacocks, yellow wagtail, forest wagtail, lapwings etc. on my way back and returned back with lots of memories and with a promise to visit Again.Pros & Cons. -Pros: Clean, unexplored, well maintained Eco huts and helpful staffs of forest department.Cons: Connectivity and availability of any conveyance. (U have to depend on the vehicle of forest Department) Lack of trained guide. Non-availability of Jungle Safari at Naurangia Done.This post was originally published on 'My Escapes to Nature.For more about Valmiki National Park visit official website at - http://valmikitigerreserve.com/ or at Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/valmikinagartigerreserve
Fatehpuri Masjid was built in 1650 by Fatehpuri Begum, one of Shah Jahan's wives. The mosque is built with red sandstone on a large scale and is surmounted by a single dome. This mosque is a beautiful specimen of the magnificence of Mughal architecture and stands as a silent spectator, witnessing all historical events right from the Mughal and British periods till date.