The East Indian state of Bihar is, without doubt, one of the richest states of the country in terms of historical legacy as well as cultural heritage. From being the seat of one of the world’s oldest democracies and the first University to being the cradle of religions like Jainism and Buddhism, Bihar has a lot to its credit. The state is also gifted with rich natural heritage that ranges from beautiful hills, waterfalls, and mysterious caves to a variety of wild life. No wonder then that the place is a photographer’s delight, regardless of whether one is a professional photographer or an amateur one.
Let’s look at some these attractions:
Wildlife: Bihar is home to rich wild life which has been protected in its many national parks and animal and bird sanctuaries. These parks are not just home to tigers, leopards, and other wild animals but also a large variety of aquatic animals and birds. Situated in the Tarai region of Himalayas, Valmiki National Park is a scenic tiger reserve and a major attraction for wild life enthusiasts. Other must visit national parks include Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary. It is spread around Kanwar Lake which is Asia’s largest fresh water oxbow lake and boasts of over 60 migratory bird species in winters, apart from over 100 resident bird species. The river Ganges which flows through the state is also home to River Dolphins and this endangered species is protected in the Vikkramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary.
Heritage: For those enchanted by history and eager to capture it through their camera, Bihar is just the right destination. Be it the ruins of Nalanda, world’s first residential university established in 5th century AD that taught over 10,000 students from all over the globe, the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya, a World Heritage Site, under which Lord Buddha attained Nirvana or enlightenment, the Griddhakuta Peak, also known as vulture peak, from which Lord Buddha delivered many of his sermons, the Pawapuri Jal Mandir which is the location where Lord Mahavira attained enlightenment, the ancient Buxor Fort, or the Barabar caves with exquisitely cut chambers on orders from King Ashoka some 2300 years back, each of these historical sites has a story that has been told a million times, and yet it’s fascinating for the first time visitor eager to take everything in.
Landscapes: Situated on the banks of the Holy Ganges, the landscape of the state is enhanced in beauty and charm not just by the natural beauty of hills, waterfalls, and its flora and fauna, but also by the many ancient monuments, temples, monasteries and castles that dot the state. The well- known Sonepur cattle fair, largest in Asia is held on the banks of the river Gandak has its own energy and can be a treasure trove of click-worthy moments for photographers looking for interesting and unusual subjects.
Himalayas: Bihar is a land locked state with its northern plain areas, bordering Nepal, starting from Himalayan foothills and extending to the south of the river Ganges. Its geographic location gives it a beautiful and majestic backdrop in the form of snow peaked ranges of Someshwar and Dun hills, offshoots of the Himalayan system. The place has a lot to offer both to the adventure seekers and the nature lovers, not to mention those on a historic trail.
Apart from the destinations mentioned above, we also offer photography tours to other locations such as Chitwan, Nepal, Goa, Bandhavgarh, Sariska and Periyar. All the tours are sure to peak your excitement level, as they are tailor made for your needs. Nature-lovers and adventurers who enjoy photography will have a wonderful experience!