The ancient origins of Bihar’s name, which is taken from the old term “VIHARA,” are readily apparent (monastery). It is, without a doubt, a region of monasteries. In this historic land, where India’s oldest major empires developed and collapsed, there are countless Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Muslim, and Sikh shrines to visit. The remains of the world’s first university lie dormant in the abyss of antiquity, untouched by the passage of time. The Ganga’s course, running wide and deep, enriches the lowlands of Bihar before dispersing into Bengal’s deltoid zone, where it eventually ends up.

One of the most intimately connected Indian states to the Buddha’s life and teachings is Bihar, which has resulted in a path of pilgrimages called the Buddhist circle that stretches from north to south across the country. Beginning in the state capital of Patna, where a renowned museum houses a variety of Hinduism and Buddhism artworks as well as an urn believed to hold the remains of Lord Buddha, the Buddhist route takes visitors on a journey through time.

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