Road Trips in Bihar

#1. Patna - Buxar -143.2 kilometers
#2. Buxar- Rohtas - 70.9 kilometers
#3. Rohtas-  Rajgir - 170.8 kilometers
#4. Rajgir- Munger - 125.6 kilometers
#5. Munger- Begusarai - 94.3 kilometers
#6. Begusarai- Darbhanga - 112.9 kilometers

With the various cities of the state well inter-connected with good roads, you can enjoy amazing road trips to take in Bihar, no matter where you are placed. Offering you a break from your mundane life, these roadtrips are the best ways to explore the best kept secrets of Bihar state. These road trips take you through charming villages and scenic expanses, offering you fresh air to breathe and picturesque spots to click some gorgeous pictures.

Some of the best road trips to take from the capital city of the state, Patna are to Buxar, Rajgir, Nalanda, and Gaya. Other scenic road trips to take in the state are from Munger to Begusarai and from Rajgir to Munger. Some of the shortest, one-day road trips to take in the state are from Buxar to Rohtas and from Rajgir to Gaya. On the other hand, fun long road trips you can take are from Muzaffarpur to Valmiki National Park and from Rohtas to  Rajgir. 

Here is the list of best road trips to take in Bihar:

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Patna - Buxar

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One of the best road trips to take in Bihar, from Patna is to the calm and peaceful town of Buxar. Having witnessed two popular historical battles of India - the 1539 A.D. battle between Sher Shah Suri and Humayun and the 1764 battle between Mir Kasim and Major Hector Monro - Buxar brims with rich history.

Nestled on the picturesque banks of River Ganges, Buxar is packed with a host of religious sites, including the Bihariji Temple and the Brameshwar Nath temple. Other famous attractions in Buxar include Katkauli-ka-Maidan, Buxar Fort, and Sita Ram Upadhyaya Museum.

Route-Map: Patna - Danapur - Bihta - Arrah - Jagdishpur - Buxar

Distance: 143.2 kilometers

Duration: 4 hours 22 minutes
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Buxar- Rohtas

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The road from Buxar passes through a myriad of small charming villages to finally reach Rohtas, which was once a part of the historic Magadha empire. At present, Rohtas flaunts teeming history and culture. Perched at an elevation of around 1500 meters above sea level, the magnificent Rohtasgarh Fort makes for the prime attraction of this quaint town.

This beautiful fort is home to many important structures including Ganesh Temple, Jama Masjid, Hathiya Pol, and Aina Mahal. Another top place of interest is the Tarachandi Temple, which is considered to be one among the country’s 52 Shakti Peethas. Other places to check out in Rohtas include Bhaluni Dham and Shergarh Fort.

Route-Map: Buxar - Shukraulia - Uttampur - Rajpur - Jamauli - Kochas - Sirsia - Kharari - Rohtas

Distance: 70.9 kilometers

Duration: 2 hours 17 minutes
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Rohtas - Rajgir

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One of the longest and most exciting road trips to take in Bihar is from Rohtas to Rajgir. The historic town of Rajgir was once the capital of the Magadha Empire. At present, Rajgir is known popularly for its beautiful Buddhist ruins, stunning rock-cut caves, intriguing Muslim tombs, and majestic Hindu and Jain temples.

Rajgir is packed with a host of religious sites related to Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist interests. The Saptaparni Caves, Vultures Peak, Ajatshatru Fort, Bimbisara jail, Swarna Gufa, and the famous Rajgir hot springs have attracted tourists since time immemorial. Tourists also love to take a tour to Rajgir during the popular local festivities of Rajgir Mahotsav and Makar Sankranti Mela.

Route-Map: Rohtas - Shiyawak - Daudnagar - Nagain - Goh - Rupaspur - Panchananpur - Punahda - Panari - Khizarsarai - Sultanpur - Khudai - Lodipur - Rajgir

Distance: 170.8 kilometers

Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes
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Rajgir - Munger

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One of the most popular road trips to take in Bihar is from Rajgir to Munger. Known for its rich traditions, Munger well preserves its old-world charm and colourful cultural heritage. This beautiful town is known famously for its dense wilderness, gurgling streams, quaint streets, age-old monuments, and mesmerizing hot springs.

Once the capital of the kingdom of Mir Kasim, Munger is also a popular yoga retreat. Some of the historical places in Munger include Munger Fort, the tombs of Pir Shah Nufa, and the Palace of Shah Suja. The religious sites here include the Chandisthana Temple, Kastaharni Ghat, Sita Kund, and the Baptist Mission. Sri Ram Market and Purani Bazaar are some of the best shopping destinations in Munger.

Route-Map: Rajgir - Ghorahi - Chandinama - Sanaiya - Sheikhpura - Lakhisarai - Balgudar - Surajgarha - Jamalpur - Munger

Distance: 125.6 kilometers

Duration: 3 hours 13 minutes
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Munger - Begusarai

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One of the best weekend road trips to take in Bihar is from Munger to Begusarai. The industrial town of Begusarai is famous for its rich artefacts, imposing stupas, and ancient pillars. The Begusarai Museum showcases impressive art and artefacts excavated in and around the town.

The museum exhibits stone sculptures, ancient coins, terracotta objects, pottery, and Pala artworks. Begusarai is packed with a myriad of religious sites, including Radha Shyam Temple, Jaimangal Garh Temple, and Panch Mandir. The colourful Simaria Mela held at the Simaria Ghat is one of the prime attractions of Begusarai.

Route-Map: Munger - Jamalpur - Rajdham - Surajgarha - Balgudar - Tahadiya - Barahiya - Malpur - Minapur - Gobindpur - Begusarai

Distance: 94.3 kilometers

Duration: 2 hours 34 minutes
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Begusarai - Darbhanga

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A road trip to Darbhanga will take you through many historic villages, letting you interact with the locals and learn a lot about the glorious past of the region. Darbhanga will welcome you with its breathtaking historic remains, while its magnificent monuments and elegant palaces take you on a time travel back to the past.

Fondly known as the ‘Cultural Capital of Bihar’, Darbhanga offers the perfect amalgamation of rich culture, unfathomable mythology, and intriguing folklore.

One of the oldest cities of Bihar, Darbhanga will also lure you with its art and musical richness. Colourful local markets like Masraf Bazar, Pahee Market, Tower Chowk Market, and Tara Market will offer you ample opportunities to shop for excellent souvenirs including Sikki Mauni artifacts, Madhubani paintings, and authentic sweets.

Route-Map: Begusarai - Fatehpur - Ajnaul - Dalsinghsarai - Chandchaur - Mohanpur - Samastipur - Mohiuddinpur - BasudeoPur - Phulhara - Dath - Barheta - Darbhanga

Distance: 112.9 kilometers

Duration: 3 hours
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Darbhanga - Patna

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Darbhanga to Patna is a short, weekend road trip, which is often taken by families and couples alike. Once known as Pataliputra, Patna is one of the fastest growing cities of the country. One of the earliest continuously occupied places in the world, Patna is over 2,500 years old.

The epicenter of Jainism and Buddhism, Patna is also the birthplace of many revered Indian scholars, including Chanakya, Panini, and Aryabhatta. The Patna Museum, Jalan Museum, and Ruins of Pataliputra will offer you an insight of the rich past of this city. Other attractions awaiting you in Patna include Golghar, Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, & Takht Sri Patna Sahib.

Route-Map: Darbhanga - Kamtaul - Shiv Daha - Jarang East - Maithi -Karanpur - Paigamber Pur Kolhua - Jarhua - Kurhani - Bhagwanpur - Hajipur - Patna

Distance: 139.7 kilometers

Duration: 3 hours 27 minutes
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Patna - Rajgir

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Patna to Rajgir is one of the most frequent road trips to take in Bihar. Rajgir is very conveniently connected to Patna with extremely well-kept roads all the way. The erstwhile capital of Magadha, Rajgir will surprise you with not only history, but also nature. Lying in a deep valley, Rajgir is flanked by breathtaking hills.

One of the primary attractions in Rajgir is the hot springs, which is said to have medicinal properties. The Ajatshatru Fort, Bimbisara Jail, and Swarna Bhandar are some of the proud monuments in Rajgir. Other important attractions of the city include Jivaka Avan Gardens, Venu Vana, Cyclopean Walls, and Vishwa Shanti Stupa.

Route-Map: Patna - Khusrupur - Chandi - Chandasi - Bihar Sharif - Bakhri village - Rajgir

Distance: 93.7 kilometers

Duration: 2 hours 31 minutes
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Rajgir- Gaya

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Gaya is one of the shortest road trips to take in Bihar from Rajgir. A city of spiritual and historical importance, Gaya is the second largest city of the state. The city is known popularly for its Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites and scenic natural surroundings.

With the rugged hills encompassing it and the holy waters of River Phalgu flowing through the city, Gaya is one of the most beautiful cities in Bihar. The Mahabodhi Temple, Lord Yama Temple, Chinese Temple, Vishnupad Temple, Dungeshwari Cave Temples, and Mangla Gauri Temple are some of the prime religious places to visit in Gaya.

Route-Map: Rajgir - Sarsu - Raj Bigha - Gehlor - Khamri - Nawada - Itwan - Kaiya - Manpur - Gaya

Distance: 59.7 kilometers

Duration: 1 hour 43 minutes
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Muzaffarpur - Valmiki National Park

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For every nature lover, one of the best road trips to take in Bihar from Muzaffarpur is to the breathtaking Valmiki National Park. Sprawling on the banks of Gadak river, Valmiki National Park is spread across an area of 335 square kilometers. Packed with dense lush forests, the national park is home to avifauna, fauna, and flora.

On your visit to Valmiki National Park, you can spend time enjoying Jeep Safari, river rafting, boating, cycling, nature walks, and tiger trail. You can also check out the top attractions of the park including Bhatiyari Watchtower, Bhikhna Thori, Rohua Nala, Kapan, Lalbhitiya, and Parewa Dah. You can also stay in the eco-hut overnight and trek to Someshwar Peak the next morning.

Route-Map: Muzaffarpur - Kanti - Motipur - Bettiah - Donwar - Ramnagar - Valmiki Tiger Reserve

Distance: 215.6 kilometers

Duration: 5 hours 50 minutes
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Munger - Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary

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Take a road trip to the wetland ecosystem of Kanwar Lake Bird Sanctuary from Munger for a refreshing weekend escape. The largest freshwater oxbow lake in Asia, this place is a abode to exotic migratory birds. Sprawled across an area of around 68 square kilometers, this lake lets you enjoy wildlife photography and birdwatching.

You can also take a serene boat ride across the blue waters of the lake, as you soak in the surrounding green environs and enjoy the breathtaking sunset views.

Route-Map: Munger - Farda - Deoghar - Surajgarha - Jakarpura - Rampur - Balgudar - Tahadiya - Barahiya - Begusarai - Kanwar Taal Lake

Distance: 122.9 kilometers

Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
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Patna - Nalanda - Gaya

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Take a fascinating road trip from Patna to Gaya via Nalanda. Start your road trip from Patna and head to the historic and ancient educational hub of Nalanda. Once you reach Nalanda, pay a visit to the ruins of the ancient Nalanda University, which is spread across a whopping area of around 14 hectares.

You can also visit the Nalanda Archaeological Museum, Nav Nalanda Mahavihara, The Great Stupa, and Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall. If you want, you can spend the night in Nalanda or proceed to Gaya. Gaya will welcome you with a host of religious sites including Vishnupad Temple, Mahabodhi Temple, Mangala Gauri Temple, and Tibetan Monastery.

Route-Map: Patna - Chandi - Chandasi - Bihar Sharif - Nalanda - Rajgir - Khudai - Dihuri - Gaya

Distance: 150 kilometers

Duration: 4 hours 10 minutes
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People Also Ask About Bihar

  1. What are the best road trips to take in Bihar from Patna?

    1. Patna - Vaishali: One of the most-loved road trips to take in Bihar is from Patna to Vaishali. The quaint historical town of Vaishali is the birthplace of Lord Mahavir. Vishali is also the place where Gautama Buddha delivered his last sermon.

    2. Patna - Lakhisarai: If you are seeking a weekend escape from Patna, head to Lakhisarai, which was once the administrative centre of the Pal dynasty. Lakhisarai is famous for the Ashok Dhaam Temple and its laidback charm.

    3. Patna - Madhubani: If you are an art lover, take a road trip to Madhubani, which is the birthplace of the world-famous Madhubani painting. While in Madhubani, you can visit the Kapileshwar Temple and Somnath Mahadev Temple, alongwith shopping for Madhubani art.

    4. Patna - Muzaffarpur: One of the quick road trips that you can take from Patna is to Muzaffarpur, the litchi capital of India. The Litchi gardens, Devi Mandir, Garibnath Temple, and Jubba Sahni Park are the top attractions in Muzaffarpur.
  2. What is Bihar famous for?

    Bihar is famous as the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. The state is known for its ancient monasteries, beautiful temples, intriguing Buddhist caves, towering stupas, the Nalanda University, and the traditional Chhath Puja, and the authentic Bihari Litti Chokha & Thekua.
  3. How far is Rajgir from Patna?

    Rajgir is located at an approximate distance of 94 kilometers from Patna. It generally takes 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach Rajgir from Patna via SH 78.
  4. What is the best time to visit Bodh Gaya?

    The most ideal time for visiting Bodh Gaya is during the winter season, between the months of October and March. During this time of the year, the city experiences a cool and pleasant climate, which is suitable for sightseeing. The month of Vaisakh (April to May) also sees a lot of tourists flocking to Bodh Gaya to celebrate Buddha Purnima.
  5. How is the road from Patna- Gaya?

    The road from Patna to Gaya is well-paved and truly scenic with natural views. You will find a host of good photo-shoot points on the route.
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