Experience Bihar’s rich art and culture
Bihar though not so prominent on the tourism map is rich in its culture, history and beauty. It played a shaping role in India’s history being the seat of the Mauryan and Gupta empires and later being the place where Mahatma Gandhi launched the Satyagraha movement.
On Make it Happen’s curated Expressions of Bihar tour you will get to experience the rustiness and the heady amalgamation of multi -cultural influences in Bihar.
We have collaborated with Chanchal~Bringing Art to Life, a social venture which works directly with artists and craftsmen across the length and breadth of India to bring forth their art forms, craftsmanship and unique perspective. Together we will take you meet the artists behind some of the most intricate art in Bihar and trail to some of the sacred religious centers
• Orientation with a senior artist of Madhubani Paintings
• Orientation with Tassar Silk weaving aritist in Bhagalpur
• Orientation thread painting artist in Bhagalpur
• Visit Bodhgaya where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment
• Visit Nalanda , an ancient centre of Buddhist learning
Day 1: Land in Patna.
Pick up from Airport and transfer to Hotel. It is the capital city and largest town in Bihar and its history dates back to 3000 years. During ancient times, the city was famously known as Pataliputra and it served capital of Magadha kingdom. Ruled by various dynasties, the land reflects the influences of varied culture and lifestyle
We will spend the evening exploring this beautiful city.
Day 2: Head to Madhubani ( 200 kms , 5 hours)
Arrive at Madadhuni and check in at the hotel. Spend the evening soaking in the experience of being at the fountainhead of creativity.
In folklore, Madhubani dates back to Ram -Sita Kalyanam (marriage). King Janak commissioned artists to create paintings for the divine wedding and create murals on the palace walls. It has been a tradition ever since. Women decorate their huts with these beautiful paintings on festivals and important functions.
We will conduct an orientation with a senior Madhubani aritist. Madhubani painting uses a wooden splinter to create intricate portraits — with Lord Krishna and marriages making up a majority of the themes — that are then filled in with colour.
Day 3: Orientation with Madhibani Artist
Post breakfast we spend time visiting the temples and sightseeing around the town. You will see this intricate art in almost every household and inside temples in the area.
Post lunch we head to Baghalpur. (280 kms, 6 hours). Reach Baghalpur and check in at the hotel
Day 4: Orientation with weaving artist in Bhagalpur
The village is known for famous Tassar silk. We will spend some time with a small weaving unit where you can see the weaving process and interact with the artist.
Later we will also see another see another art form in making – thread painting
Post lunch we will head to Rajgir ( 199 kms, 5 hours)
Day 5: Day to explore Rajgir
Being located in a valley, Rajgir is a very scenic place. The small hill grit town is covered with lush green forest which add to the beauty of the place.
We will spend the morning exploring Gridhakuta which was the place where the lord Buddha set in a motion his second wheel of law and for three months even during the rainy season, preached many inspiring sermons to his disciples. The Buddha Sangha of Japan have constructed a massive modern stupa, the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), at the top of the hill in commemoration
After lunch head to Nalanda
Nalanda, founded in the 5th century AD, is famous as the ancient seat of learning. The ruins of the world’s most ancient university lies here. Though the Buddha visited Nalanda several times during his lifetime, this famous center of Buddhist learning shot to fame much later, during 5th-12th centuries. Hieun Tsang stayed here in the 7th century AD and left detailed description of the excellence of education system and purity of monastic life practiced here
Day 6: Head to Bodhgaya( 70 kms, 2 hours)
Bodhgaya was where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment beneath a bodhi tree and became Buddha 2600 years ago. In terms of blessedness, this tiny temple town is to Buddhists what Mecca is to Muslims.
Spend the day exploring the Buddhist temple
Day 7: Breakfast and Check out.
Post breakfast we will spend some time exploring Bodhgaya if time permits and head to Patna for you onward flight/ train
Cost: INR 44500
Referral Discount:INR 2000
Early bird discount for booking by 15th Dec:INR 2500
– Hotel chanakya Patna– Room and BF
– Madhuyamini inn, Madhubani – Room, breakfast and dinner
– Hotel Rajhans, Bhagalpur — Room, breakfast and dinner
– Hotel Rajgir Residency, Rajgir – Room, breakfast lunch and dinner
– Hotel Sujata , Bodhgya -Room, breakfast lunch and dinner
(Our Meal service will start from day 02 with breakfast)
– Transport in AC Tempo Traveller as per itinerary
– Orientation with artist in Madhubani and Bagalpur
– Tour Escort and tour guide.