How To Get There?
Patna-The capital City Of Bihar is a little more than an overnight journey by train from Delhi.
Watch me as I take you through interiors of the unexplored Bihar,watch in youtube for better video clarity.
I believe over the years it is the most critized state in India.The reasons we all know or seem to know.The reason which is true yet not so true.The reason which is in our subconscious mind.The reason truly covered in my previous post
The Being Bihari Conversation
Today we discover the reason beyond what you might have thought of and give you insight on some positive sides of the coin.
But let me take a small quiz before we start,all you got to do is rate on the basis of your answers 1-10..1 being highest,10 lowest.
1)Do you think Bihar is Safe to Travel?
2)Do you think Bihar has anything worth looking at?
3)Do you think it can progress the way other states have?
4)What is the condition of girls in Bihar?
5)Bihar and Adventure sports,possible?
Dicey,its quite obvious to know that most of us have the same backward image we have had in our mind since long..and why so?
Because we are too hesitant to accept a change,a change so substantial that even I was surprised.
Bihar Tourism : How Many Takers?
It'my experience working in firms,talking to people that made me think one word Bihar and the people are off.Off to their own wonderland of negatives.When I was working in an adventure firm,I requested my senior to grant me permission to visit the Bihar Road Show,which he said to me would be of no use.
And it was true.It was of no use.The program started,the pictures clicked on some local dance sequence,the whos who invited,but nobody was really interested in promoting Bihar. Sad to say ,not even the tourism folks.
Don't you think its sad?
Patna - Nalanda
Adventure and Bihar?Rajgir is the first place in India to have started the single seated rope way long back.Is it scary?That's for you to decide,for me it was just another whirlwind where we sang aloud in thrill.Wish we could jump off.
Dona is a small village nestled some 125 kms away from the main city Patna.Named after Dronacharya,the village is worth visiting.Unlike what people might think of next,the roads to every place from Patna have been build upon in recent years.So yes,there are no more pot holes,no more narrow roads.Taxis charge 15 Rs/per km on rent from Patna.
In Between the Journey
Some people reach the destination,we believe in living the destination.When we started from Patna,we had three specific places in mind,Rajgir Nalanda and Dona.And while returning back we had planned Bodh Gaya the only famous and truly marketed place in Bihar.
With a hope that sparked a journey of curiosity,we were not sure what would be ahead.We started with the same set of fear as you would have thought of cows on road,pot holes,not even electricity.We were prepared.But unlike what we had thought of,we were pampered.
Lines of sugarcane juice stalls along the fields of sugarcane were on both sides of the road.It felt good and thirsty.We all excited with a live sugarcane juice in front,stopped our car for our very first break.When the gentlemen was busy preparing the sugarcane juice for us,we played in the sugarcane fields for the first time,as if it was ours.
Next was a break and a place we have never heard of nor seen.It so happened on the way to Nalanda via Bihar Sharif.Rocks with white color on both sides and a road.Clean as hell. We asked the driver what is the place, he said there's a garden on top.We had no time to drive to the top,so we clicked as many pictures as we could at the location which was so unknown yet beautiful.
Next was Nalanda,a university in ruins.A big one at that.It will take more than 3-4 hours to cover the whole periphery.Very popular with international tourists,the Nalanda University is one of the major attractions in Bihar.A series of excavations lay ahead.A series of surprises lay ahead.
Since it is frequented by international tourists due to importance to Buddhists,the place is maintained to the core.There are announcements on directions and how tos. There are instruction boards everywhere.
Next was supposed to be Rajgir.In between we stopped for biting on a sweet delicacy known as Khaja which we get in a place called Silao near Rajgir.The fresh Khaja melted in our mouth and we had several sweetened as well as non sweetened Khaja along the way.