20 Places to Visit near Patna for A Quick Weekend Trip

Tourist Places near Patna

Nalanda, Gaya, Rajgir, BodhGaya, Darbhanga, Rohtas, Nawada, Madhubani, Jamui, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Munger, Motihari, Lakhisarai and many more.

A plethora of places to visit near Patna give the tourist amalgamated touring experience of ancient royal kingdoms as well as the birthplace of Buddhism. While places like Nalanda offer the tourist a walk through the Ancient International Monastic University, Gaya takes visitors close to the place where Gautam Buddha attained Salvation. While Rajgir lets you marvel at the hot water springs, BodhGaya lets you explore the age-old caves and Mahabodhi Tree Complex.

Tourist places near Patna offer a wonderful vacationing experience for all ages. You will come across some of the places like Darbhanga which can be considered as the cultural and artistic capital and at the same time Bhagalpur is termed as one of the silk capitals of Bihar. You will also get to visit the birthplace of famous writer George Orwell in Motihari, and the place of the first Satyagraha movement led by Gandhi in India, Champaran.

Here is the list of best places to visit near Patna:

01

Nalanda

Nalanda was an ancient Buddhist monastery located in Bihar and was most famous for the Nalanda University, a famous centre of learning. The traditional history of Nalanda goes back to the 5th-6th century BCE, during the time of Buddha. Nalanda has been ransacked and destroyed at least three times throughout its history. Here you can explore the ruins of the ancient monastery and temples of Nalanda, surrounded by high walls.

The Nalanda Archeological Museum exhibits numerous treasures found during the excavations. You can also visit the Xuanzang Memorial Hall, Nalanda Vipassana Centre, and Nalanda Multimedia Museum. The Nalanda University was resurrected in 2010 and the new Nalanda University has been designated as the ‘International University of National Importance.’

Distance from Patna: 80.4 km

Best time to visit: October to March

Highlights: Ancient International Monastic University
02

Gaya

Located near the Chota Nagpur Plateau and the Gangetic Plain, Gaya is a major tourist attraction in India. This pilgrimage centre has about 45 sacred Places to visit near Patna . You can explore the popular Vishnu temple, built by Ahalya Bai, a Maratha princess, in 1787. Some other famous places include the hills of  Ramsilla and Brahmajini, covered with rocky temples.

The Brahmajini hills were later called the Gayashirsa hill, a well-known place where Buddha preached. You can also visit the famous nearby town of Bodhgaya, the site of Buddha’s enlightenment. Gaya is also sanctified in the Hindu religion as a major pilgrimage site where people complete the pind-daan ritual.

Distance from Patna: 97.9 km

Best time to visit: May - June and November - February

Highlights: Birthplace of Buddhism as Gautama Buddha attained nirvana in this holy site
03

Rajgir

Rajgir can be translated as ‘the Royal House’ and was considered a favourite place of spiritual leaders such as Gautam Buddha and Lord Mahavira, turning it into a major pilgrimage hub for Jain and Buddhist faiths. The rich history of Rajgir goes back to the Mauryan era.

You can explore the numerous historical tourist attractions like Champanagar, Indasala Cave, Bimbisar’s Jail, Jethian, Jian temples, Shanti Stupa, Swarna Bhandar, Pippala Cave, Venuvana, Kundalpur, Jarasandh ka Akhara, the Cyclopean wall, Pandu Pokhara, and Ghora Katora. This city is also famous for its beautiful getaways and health resorts, where you can visit the hot springs and Amaravana or Jivakas Mango Garden. You can also climb up then Griddhakuta or Vultures peak and even enjoy the beautiful city via the ropeway.

Distance from Patna: 93.7 km

Best time to visit: October to March

Highlights: Hot water springs
04

BodhGaya

This 2500-year-old city is the birthplace of Buddhism and attracts numerous pilgrims. You can visit the city for peace and see the monks dressed in saffron and maroon, chanting and wandering around the temples and monuments. Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in the city under the Bo or Bodhi tree, which you can still see. This city also has a significant role in the Hindu religion as Lord Rama, Sita, and Lakshman offered pind-daan for their father King Dashratha.

You can also explore the Archaeological Society of Indian Museum, Barabar Caves, Dungeshwari Caves, Buddha statues, Mahabodhi Temple, the Great Buddha Statue, Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple, Vajrasana, Vishnupad Mandir, and Sujata Garh. You can also buy books about Buddist philosophy, statues of Lord Buddha, etc. from the shops around here.

Distance from Patna: 110.6 km

Best time to visit: December and February

Highlights: Place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex
05

Darbhanga

Made from two words Dar and Bhanga, Darbhanga means the Gateway of Bengal and is located in the north of Bihar. Ancient brick fortifications belonging to the 2nd century BC were found during the excavation at Balirajgarh.

Some of the famous tourist attractions that you can explore are Maharajadhiraja Lakshmeshwar Singh Museum, Darbhanga Fort, Anand Bagh Palace, Chandradhari Museum, Shyama Mai Temple, Nargona Palace, and the Kusheshwar Asthan Shiv Temple. You can also come across some wild animals like wolves, hyenas, jackals, foxes, and wild cats. The various fairs and melas are conducted in Darbhanga namely Dussehra Mela, Janmashtami Mela, Kartik Purnima Mela, and Diwali Mela, which attracts many tourists here.

Distance from Patna: 138.1 km

Best time to visit: August-October

Highlights: Cultural capital of Bihar with its rich musical, folk-art and literary traditions continuing from centuries
06

Rohtas

Rohtas district of Bihar came into existence after the bifurcation of Shahabad into Rohtas and Bhojpur in the year 1972. Rohtas is also a part of the Red Corridor and is also known as the ‘Rice Bowl of Bihar’. It is most famous for the Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary. You can visit Emperor Ashok’s minor rock edict, conquering the Mauryan conquest of the district.

This district has a rich history throughout the rule of various emperors. Some of the famous tourist spots here are the Sher Shah Suri Tomb, RohtasGarh Fort, Indrapuri Dam, Maa Tara Chandi Temple, Pilot Baba Temple, Gupta Dham, Manjhar Kund, Dhua Kund, and the Hills of Kaimur.

Distance from Patna: 151.4 km

Best time to visit: October to May

Highlights: Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary
07

Nawada

The administrative headquarters of Bihar, Nawada has a rich history as it was a part of the historical empires of Magadha, Shunga, and Gupta. You can explore the plain and hilly areas of the district and also the five rivers namely Sakri, Khuri, Bhusri, Tilaiya, and Panchane.

You can visit the picturesque Kakolat Falls, known in Hindu mythology as the home of a  king who turned into a python as a result of a Rishi’s curse. It is also considered the bathing place of Lord Krishna and has cold water throughout the year. Some other famous spots to visit are Surya Narayan Dham Temple, Sokhodewra Ashram, Shri Gunawan Ji Tirth, Sitamarhi, 52 Kothi 53 Dwar Monastery, Indrasal Cave, and Budhauli Monastery.

Distance from Patna: 104.9 km

Best time to visit: September to March

Highlights: Museum of national importance, the Narad Museum
08

Madhubani

Madhubani is the centre of the ancient Mithila territory and was carved out from the Darbhanga district in the year 1972 and is connected with the boundary of Nepal. Visit the beautiful Somnath Mahadev temple, famous for the annual Maithil Brahmins Sabha, located in the Saurath village of Madhubani.

You can also get the famous Mithila painting or the Madhubani art, traditionally created by women of the Mithila region of India and Nepal. This art form was used as a form of wall art and is also used in various occasions and rituals. Some other well-known tourist attractions that you can visit are the Uchaitha, Bhawanipur, Balirajpur, Mangrauni, Satghara, Bisfi, Andhratharhi, and Kapileshwar Sthan.

Distance from Patna: 171.8 km

Best time to visit: October, November and December

Highlights: World class paintings popularly called as Mithila paintings
09

Jamui

Formed in the year 1991 as a result of separation from the Munger district and was also known as the Jambhiyaagram during ancient times. Currently, the Jamui district is a part of the Red Corridor. The landscape of the district has plain and hilly regions with two main rivers namely Kiul and Ulai. you can visit the Nagi and Nakti Dam bird sanctuary.

You can also climb up a block of hills which are also called the Gidheswar Pahar. You can also explore some other popular tourist spots like the Jain Mandir in Lachhuar, Siddheshwar Temple, Simultala Hill Station, Kali Mandir in Malaypur, Minto Tower in Gidhaur, Maa Netula Temple, Bhim Bandh, and the Patneswar Temple.

Distance from Patna: 165.0 km

Best time to visit: July to November

Highlights: Mythological and historical importance for Jain religion
10

Bhagalpur

Known as the famous silk city, Bhagalpur is one of the oldest cities in Bihar. This beautiful city derives its name from “Bhagduttpuram'', which when translated means the city of good luck. It attracts a huge number of tourists because of its religious and historical sites especially the ones with the Buddhist’s architecture, culture and importance.

Five Places to visit near Patna you must visit while you are in Bhagalpur are Vikramshila, Mount Mandar, Colganj Rock Cut Temple, Sultanganj and Kuppa Ghat. Vikramshila monastic university is basically the pride of Bihar which has attracted many scholars and learners to understand more about the glorious past.

Distance from Patna: 238.9 km

Best time to visit:  November to mid of March

Highlights: Silk, Architecture, Culture and Beautiful Temples
11

Muzaffarpur

One of the largest commercial and educational centers in North Bihar, Muzaffarpur lies at the bank of the Burhi Gandak River as well as the rivers Bagmati and Lakhandayee. This wonderful town is famous for its production of Litchis which are not only loved by the locals here but also by the number of tourists that visit this place.

Some of the Places to visit near Patna that you must see before leaving are the Litchi gardens, Baba Gabrinath Temple, Jubba Sahni Park, Ramchandra Shahi Museum and the famous Khudiram Bose Memorial. Muzaffarpur is a town that takes pride in its culture, so every corner of the town speaks a different story of its history.

Distance from Patna: 83.4 km

Best time to visit: December and February

Highlights: Headquarters of the Tirhut division
12

Munger

Munger is one of the most alluring cities in Bihar because of the beauty of its scenery and its perfect location on the bank of river Ganga. Munger is also a popular tourist attraction with a certain historical importance regarding the First World War.

It is believed that the Munger Gun factory had supplied cartridge guns not only for the First World War but also during the Indo China War. The Places to visit near Patna that have the most tourist footfall are the Bihar school of Yoga, Bhimbandh Wildlife sanctuary, Munger Fort, Shri Krishna Vatika and the healing Kashtaharini Ghat.

Distance from Patna: 178.0 km

Best time to visit: June through August

Highlights: Manufacturing of iron, located on the banks of the Ganges, yoga school
13

Motihari

Motihari is a town that is almost 156 kilometers away from Patna and is predominantly known for its historical importance. This town is not only just a place from pilgrims but also a must try place for backpackers.  Motihari is a place that boasts about its Buddhist stupa and is also known for being the place from where Mahatma Gandhi had started Satyagraha.

The best time to visit Motihari is during the post monsoon season. This place is definitely a beautiful blend of religious and scenic Places to visit near Patna that include the Moti Jheel, Lauria, Chakia, Kesaria, Sitakund and many more.

Distance from Patna: 152.2 km

Best time to visit: June through August

Highlights: Birthplace of famous writer George Orwell, born Eric Arthur Blair, and of Mahatma Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha
14

Lakhisarai

Known for being the land of the Pal Dynasty, Lakhisarai is the most religious place in the state of Bihar. This city has always been passionate about Hindu temples and is proud of having the famous Ashok Dham that protects a huge black Shivling which rests beautifully on a pure white façade.

Some of the Places to visit near Patna that you should visit in Lakhisarai are the Ashok Dham Temple, Shringi Rishi Ashram, Surya Mandir etc.  Shiringi Rishi Ashram is a place amidst mountains that only helps calm the mind and attain spiritual benefits but also has boating facilities for tourists visiting from far and near.

Distance from Patna: 136.3 km

Best time to visit: October to March

Highlights: Indradameshwar Ashokdham temple, Bhagvati Sthan temple at Abhaipur,  and Abhaynath temple
15

Hajipur

Hajipur is home to some of the best Places to visit near Patna. The places that you need to visit in Hajipur are Mahatma Gandhi Setu, which is famous for being the longest bridge in the world. Ramchaura Mandir, a landmark destination that marks the visit of Lord Rama to Hajipur. Vaishali Mahotsava, a mahotsava that is dedicated to the 24th tirthankara, Lord Mahavira is celebrated in a grand way in a village called Vaishali that is 40 km from Hajipur.

It is one of the most celebrated events in this place. You can also visit Kaun Hara Ghat, which is one of the key Ghats of the Ganga- Gandak rivers that witness a lot of Hindu rituals.  The Bateshwarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Bateshwar Nath Temple is one of the oldest temples of Bihar. Nepali Mandir is exclusively dedicated to the Shaivite shrine that was initially built by Mathbar Singh Thapa.

Distance from Patna: 21.0 km

Best time to visit: October to March

Highlights: Banana Cultivation, Vaishali Mahotsav
16

Kaimur

Lying in western part of Bihar, the plains of Kaimur are lush, productive alluvial lands and are known for being the most vibrant regions of Bihar. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the largest wildlife sanctuary in the state along with a few waterfalls and lakes. You can also visit Maa Mundeshwari Temple, Sidhanath Temple, Baidyanath, Karmanasa River and many other places to visit near Patna.

Distance from Patna: 187.9 km

Best time to visit: January until march

Highlights: Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary, Baidyanath, Maa Mundeshwari Temple, Chorgalia, Karmanasa river, and Siddhanath temple
17

Samastipur

Samastipur is a relatively small town in Bihar that is known for its vast stretches of lovely scenery, deep rooted religious traditions, gorgeous age old temples, other legacies attached to its name and for having abundance  production of food grains, spices, fresh fruits and so on.

While exploring the city you will find that a number of temples here are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here, the Thaneshwar temple and the Khudneswar temple are the popular Places to visit near Patna.

Distance from Patna: 85.4 km

Best time to visit: October to March

Highlights: Forts, temples and Bridges
18

Begusarai

Begusarai is known for being the industrial capital of Bihar. The name of this city is derived from the fact that the queen of Bhagalpur used to visit the river Ganga for pilgrimage purposes. This place is adorned with rich history and lush green landscape.

Some of the Places to visit near Patna in Begusarai are the Kanwar Lake Bird sanctuary, Begusarai Museum, Naulakha temple, Jaimangal Garh temple and the Ajatshatru Fort. In order to know the city through history, paintings, pottery, art, manuscripts, architecture etc you must visit the famous begusarai museum and the naulakha temple.

Distance from Patna: 127.7 km

Best time to visit: October to March

Highlights: Simaria Ghat and Jai Mangla Temple
19

Champaran

Champaran is not only the home to a wide variety of birds and animals but also is the administrative district of the state of Bihar. The tourism here is vividly diversified with its lush green forests, fertile plains and enthralling heritage. The months between October to March are best for visiting this peaceful place.

The number of places that add to the beauty and glamour of the west Champaran are the Valmiki National Park, Bank of Triveni, Bawanghari, Nandangarh, Bhiknatohari and the wonderful Ashoka Pillar. In the east Champaran you will find more shades of art and culture in places like Motihari, Someshwar Shiv Mandir, Kesariya Stupa and several other attractions.

Distance from Patna: 227.0 km

Best time to visit: October to March

Highlights: Place of first Satyagraha movement led by Gandhi in India
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  1. Which are the best places to visit near Patna within 150 km?

    1. Rajgir: The historically ingrown town with beautiful scenic sites, Rajgir is a spiritual town catenating the religious importance with Buddhism and Jainism . It has numerous forests, caves and parks with tranquil surrounding and sacred ambience.

    2. Bodhgaya: Bodhgaya is one of the most consequential Places to visit near Patna. It is probably a famous village as the devotional Lord Gautama Buddha achieved the moksha or enlightenment under the vast Bodhi Tree.

    3. Lakhisarai: With the mythological importance, Lakhisarai is a beautifully developed city comprising many small towns as well. It draws the attraction of many tourists by the elicit past stories with prominent qualities.

    4. Gaya: Gaya is a famous pilgrimage landmark and one of the largest towns of Bihar linked with the traditionalism and spiritual significance of Buddhism. It has numerous small as well as big temples with religious importance that attracts a lot of visitors every year.

    5. Nalanda: Nalanda is a top listed attraction in Bihar limning about the spiritual purposes of Jainism and Buddhism. It has a museum with archaeological importance and some other important sites like memorials and monasteries.
  2. Which are the best places to visit near Patna?

    1. Golghar: Located in the heart of Patna, Golghar is an exciting tourist place near Patna. It has a great architecture in the form of a Stupa which is a glorious place to witness . It has numerous stairs that would take you to the top from where you can see the magnificent cityscapes. It is not only a place of tranquil surroundings but also a romantic place where you can spend peaceful moments with your loved ones.

    2. Bihar Museum: One of the famous tourist places near Patna, which depicts the historical past of Bihar. Further, this museum is the oldest museum of Patna comprising all the archaeological artifacts of the place preserving the past histories of the Bihar City.

    3. Eco Park: Filled with the most relaxing atmosphere, eco park is located in an immensely vast field encaged with large varieties of floras and faunas. It forms to be the best relaxation point for the visitors and has many amusing amenities and facilities like children's playground, boating rides, walking and cycling trails, mini food courts and mane halting spots where you could enjoy the serenity of the park.

    4. Funtasia Waterpark: The Funtasia Water Park is one of the exhilarating tourist places near Patna comprising amusing activities that would offer you the best surroundings where you'd get involved yourself with your near and dear ones as it is the best place to spend your weekends at. Being built up in a vast field, it has numerous Water slides, Swimming pools, wave pools for adults as well as for kids along with the multi cuisine restaurants where you can experience audacious fun amenities.

    5. Buddha Smriti Park: Buddha Smriti park is one of the most important and magnificent tourist places near Patna. Famously known as Buddha Memorial Park,this park depicts the past life of Lord Buddha. Being established in vast acres of land, this place is enveloped with a lot of greeneries and beautifully organized flowery gardens. Do experience the laser and sound show that would get you goosebumps.
  3. How to reach Bodhgaya from Patna?

    - By Road: Bodhgaya is located at a distance of 111 km from Patna via NH22. you can drive down the roads or else travel by bus to cover the distance in 4 hours.

    - By Train: You can also reach Bodhgaya from Patna by trains. Some of the major trains between these destinations are Patna Singrauli Lohian Khas Express,  Ranchi Janshatabdi, Rjndr Ngr Bihar Hatia Express, Patna Hatia Express, Palamou Express.
  4. How to reach Bodhgaya from Patna?

    The best time to visit Bihar would be in between the month of October to the month of March. The climatic condition remains a bit moderate and makes it easy for outdoor activities like visiting tourist places near Patna.
  5. What is Bihar famous for?

    Bihar is known for its age old royalty as it was the centre of power, learning and culture of the Maurya Empire. The greatest pacifist religion of the world, Buddhism rose from Magadha. It is also home to many divine sites as per the Buddhism where Gautam Buddha used to meditate.