Patna to Bodh Gaya

The area to the south of Patna has many major Buddhist sites, and also some Muslim and Hindu places of pilgrimage. This circular route to the southwest of Patna visits the ruins of Nalanda, one of the world's oldest universities, Rajgir, royal capital of the Magadh Empire, the Barabar Caves and Bodh Gaya. On the return journey to Patna, you can take a longer route via the immense tombs of Sher Shah at Sasaram. It's preferable to take at least two days even for the shorter trip. Once out of Patna the countryside is often very attractive, early morning being particularly crisp and inviting. From March to the monsoon it gets extremely hot during the day.

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