4. Bhitharwa Ashram, Motihari (Springboard for India’s independence) (West Champaran) - Invited by Shri Raj Kumar Shukla, a representative of farmers from Champaran at 1916 Lucknow Congress session - Champaran is the place from where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi went on to become Mahatma Gandhi post launching the famous Champaran Satyagraha (Against the tinkathia system of Indigo planters) and opened up a new chapter in India's Independence struggle which ultimately culminated into our freedom. Originally known as Kasturba Sewa Kendra, was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1917.
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260 Kms from Motihari
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One of the most colourful and indiscreet cities of India, Varanasi is one of the seven holiest cities for the Hindus. Also known as Kashi and Benaras, this place is known for its temples, ghats and the colourful people. The narrow alleys and crowded streets seem to be extremely blissful in spite of all the noise and chaos all around. People come here just to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges. Varanasi is also known as Uttar Kashi and is situated on the western banks of the Ganges. It is said that a dip in this river frees one from a lifetime of sins. People even say that death here is auspicious as people attain moksha if they die here. Some people also come here tp creamate their loved ones and the sound of the holy temple bells are really soothing music to the ears.
127 Kms from Motihari
It was day 1 i.e. 21st Jan, 2017, a flight from Air India at IGI Airport, Kolkata at 1.45PM. a flight of 1.30 hours which land u in between Himalayas...the view from the window seat was amazing just a minute before u land in Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal.
209 Kms from Motihari
Pokhara's beauty is best expressed in poetry, yet even a thousand odes wouldn't suffice. It is the perfect place to relax and soak in the views of snow-capped mountains and the meandering river. For those who find solace in adventure sports, Pokhara is just the right place. Despite being home to a number of fancy hotels, it is simple and as laid-back as it could possibly be. Interestingly, this little escape is also the gateway to some of the finest treks in the world.
218 Kms from Motihari
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As the name suggests, the history and significance of this place revolves around the Bodhi tree which is actually a peepal tree. The original name of the place is Gaya and the Bodhgaya is the combination of the two words Bodhi and Gaya. This is the tree under which Gautama Buddha had attained enlightenment and became Buddha- The Enlightened one. The main attraction of this place apart from the history of the Mauryan Empire is the Mahabodhi Temple. This is the oldest seat of Buddhist worship and dates back to the 2nd or 3rd Century. The initial temple structure was built by Emperor Ashika when he visited this place after he had left violence and adopted the path of peace and love. What we see at present is not at all the temple the Chinese Ambassador Fa Hien had mentioned in his account. This is a beautiful ornate temple and monastery with a beautiful spire and a large complex. What Fa Hien had mentioned was just the Bodhi Tree surrounded by brick walls. No doubt this was the forst brick Buddhist temple in the country, but presently it is much more beautiful and the magical sense of inner peace you recieve on visiting this place cannot be explained in words.
122 Kms from Motihari
I liked the Patan Durban Square cultural heritage.
128 Kms from Motihari
A visit to Five Storey Temple..
218 Kms from Motihari
Best time to visit - January,February,June,July,August,September,November,December
Home to the world famous World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora, Aurangabad is on every traveller's list. The city is located on the banks of the Kham River and is known as one of the most historically significant cities in Maharashtra. The Ajanta caves represent stories of Buddhism spanning from the period of 200 B.C. to 650 A.D. The Ellora caves were carved during 350 A.D. to 700 A.D. and represent the three different faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Aurangabad sees a lot of tourists from across the world and it is a great place for like-minded tourists to meet. A history lover's delight, the museums here will keep you super busy. Some of the more popular ones are Sunehri Mahal Museum, University Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum. You must also visit Lonar – it is said to be the site where a meteor crashed on earth some 50,000 years ago and formed a large crater in the ground. The cafes and restaurants here are warm, welcoming and offer world class cuisines. Colourful, intriguing and vibrant, Aurangabad is a traveller's delight so if it's not on your list yet, add it.