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Motihari Tourism

Motihari is one of the most important cities in the state of Bihar, as it is considered to be the starting place of India’s struggle for independence that was begun by Mahatma Gandhi. It is the headquarters of East Champaran district and is the birthplace of numerous eminent personalities. Known for its Buddhist tourist sites as well as historically important places, Motihari forms one of the must visit places in Bihar. Apart from tourist sites, easy accessibility and transportation facilities, plenty of accommodation options, numerous shopping avenues, pleasant climatic conditions add to the charm of this place.

Tourist spots in Motihari

Helplines and Important Contact Numbers

Motihari TourismBihar State Tourism Development Corporation
(A Govt. of Bihar Undertaking)
Address: Bir Chand Patel Path,
PIN - 800001.
Bihar, India.
Phone No: +91-612-2225411,
Fax: +91-612-2506218.
Email: contact@bstdc.gov.in, bihardarshan2014@gmail.com
Web Site: http://bstdc.bih.nic.in/

Best time to visit Motihari

Motihari experiences hot summers, with temperature soaring as high as 46°C at times. It experiences chilly winters from December to February, and heavy rainfall from June to August. An ideal time to visit Motihari therefore would be during the months of October and November, when you can experience a mild and pleasant climate, apt for sightseeing and tourism. You can also witness the grand celebrations of the Chhath Puja, celebrated during the last week of October.

Places of Interest in and around Motihari

Motihari has a number of picturesque places as well as historically important sites and Buddhist places of religious significance. Apart from numerous places of attraction within the city, there are a number of tourist spots near the city, that are not to be missed and serve as excellent weekend getaways with your family and friends.

Motihari tourist placesBuddhist Stupa: Located in Kesariya near Motihari, it is known to be the largest Buddha Stupa in the world.

Moti Jheel: A beautiful lake and canal in Motihari, providing picturesque views to the visitors, from the canal.

Gandhi Sangrahalaya: A leading centre of educational and cultural activities, showcasing an exotic collection of works of several great leaders, photographs and relics related to the Champaran Satyagraha.

George Orwell Monument: The birthplace of one of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century and the author of several famous books, George Orwell.

Ashokan Pillar, Lauriya, Areraj: A 36 feet high pillar, bearing the edict of Emperor Ashoka and has been declared as a protected monument.

Areraj Temple: A popular temple at Arereaj near Motihari, dedicated to Lord Shiva and draws huge crowds during the Shravani Mela.

NREGA Park: A cool and pleasant recreation spot for people belonging to all ages.

Ashokan Pillar: The Ashokan Pillar at Lauriya, Areraj is believed to have been erected by the MauryanEmperor, King Ashoka. It is also called the Stambh Dharma Lekh and this well preserved structure has six letters engraved on it. It is currently devoid of any capital.  This beautiful structure is a single block of polished sand stone, with a height of about 36 and half feet above the ground. It has a diameter of 41.8 inches at the base, and tapers towards the top, the diameter at the top being 37.6 inches. The weight of the structure above the ground is about 34 tons, while a portion of it might be sunk into the ground. According to the reports, this pillar had an animal statue on its crown, that was later transferred to the museum at Kolkata.

In addition to these places, there are a number of other places like the Gayatri Mandir, Navyuvak Pustakalay, Sitakund, Urdu Library etc are places in and around Motihari that are worth visiting. Patna, Kushinagar, Darbhanga, Samastipur are places near Motihari, that you can visit and enjoy with your friends and family.

How to reach Motihari ?

Motihari has a well organised network of transport, ensuring its connectivity to major nearby cities. Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport in Patna is the airport nearest to Motihari, with flights to various important cities. The Bapudham Motihari railway station has regular trains to major cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Porbandar, Lucknow, Amritsar, Kanpur, Guwahati, Jammu, Ahmedabad etc. A number of Bihar State Road Transport Corporation (BSRTC) run buses as well as private bus as well as private buses run at regular intervals, connecting Motihari to other cities. Taxis, auto rickshaws and private vehicles like cars, scooters form the means of local transport in Motihari.

Also Read: Transport in Motihari

Where to Stay in Motihari ?

For those opting to stay in Motihari, there are plenty of accommodation options available, that vary according to the individual’s needs as well as budget. From posh luxury hotels to budget ones, there are many to cater to the needs of the visitors and ensure that they enjoy a pleasant stay.

Jagat Inn Hotel
Address: Railway Station, Main Road, Motihari Ho, Motihari - 845401
Phone No: +(91)-6252-230371

Hotel Shivoy International
Address: Chhatauni, National Highway 28, Chhapawa Phulwaria, Motihari - 845456
Phone No: +(91)-9608615715, 7488552392
Website: www.hotelshivoy.com

Hotel Monica
Address: Madhuban Chawani Chowk, Dharam Samaj Road, Motihari Ho, Motihari - 845401
Phone No: +(91)-9430255419, 7488307954

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Where to shop in Motihari ?

Apart from tourist places, there are several shopping avenues in Motihari to keep the visitors engaged as well as entertained. There are malls like like V Mart and Vishal Mega Mart, that catch the fancy of the visitors with their variety and attractive offers. Home to numerous branded outlets they are what you would like to call a shopaholics paradise. Besides, there are shopping complexes, shopping centres and departmental stores that cater to the needs of the people belonging to all sections of the society. Shopping in the colourful markets in Motihari that sell a variety of articles at attractive prices can turn out to be a highly fun filled and a relaxing experience.

Also Read: Tourist Attractions in Motihari, Weekend Getaways near Motihari

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