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Tourist Attractions in Motihari

Motihari city is a popular historic, religious and tourist destination. Its strategic location, easy accessibility, pleasant climate, tourist spots, rich and varied culture have together contributed in making this place one of the most important and fastest developing cities in Bihar. Here are some popular tourist attractions in and around the city of Motihari.

Kesariya Buddhist Stupa in Motihari

Places of Interest in Motihari

Kesariya, close to Motihari boasts of being home to one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. It was excavated by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in the year 1998. At a height of about 104 feet, it is taller than the Borobodur Stupa in Java, which is a popular world heritage monument. This Stupa is of great significance, especially to the Buddhists, as it is called as ‘Raja Ben Ka Deora’ and is believed to have been constructed by the Licchivis in Vaishali before Lord Buddha attained Nirvana. Records have also shown that this site was visited by the Chinese pilgrim, Hieun Tsang in the seventh century. Excavations carried out in this site have also revealed terraces with ‘Pradakshina path’, statues of Lord Buddha in Bhoomi Sparsha pose, earthen pots and lamps, bricks etc. Do visit this Stupa to experience the divine aura surrounding this Buddhist site. The exquisite Buddhist architecture is sure to leave the tourists enthralled and mesmerised by its beauty.

Gandhi Memorial in Motihari

Tourist Attractions in MotihariThe foundation for this structure was laid in the year 1972, by the then governor, Mr. D.K.Barooch. Mr. Vidyakar Kavi, an ardent follower of Mahatma Gandhi and his principles, dedicated this to the nation. There is a 48 feet high stone pillar at the place where Gandhiji was presented before the Motihari court regarding violation of the orders issued. This memorial thus commemorates the beginning of India’s independence movement against the oppressive British rule. The Champaran Satyagraha played a crucial role in the freedom struggle as it was here in Motihari that Mahatma Gandhi first brought into light the cruel atrocities committed by the British against the poor peasants . Apart from an extensive library that boasts of a huge collection of books and magazines, the museum here has a collection of photographs and relics related to the Champaran Satyagraha.

NREGA Park in Motihari

It is one of the most preferred recreational spot in Motihari catering to the people belonging to all age groups. With cool and an attractive ambiance, this park beckons people to experience and enjoy its refreshing beauty. Surrounded by lush green lawns, and a huge ground, it is a favourite among the natives as well as the tourists visiting Motihari.

Moti Jheel in Motihari

Travelling in MotihariIt is a beautiful canal located in the heart of the city, dividing it into two divisions. Visitors get to experience beautiful and picturesque views from the either side of the canal. The sun set as seen from here is exquisite and relaxing to the mind. It takes one closer to the nature. Apart from sight-seeing, there are a number of other activities like boating are available to keep the visitors engaged.

Areraj Shiva Temple in Motihari

Areraj is a holy city, about 30 kilometres from Motihari. It is known for its temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is said to be one of the oldest temples there, situated on the bank of the river Telie. It is a beautiful temple with a divine and tranquil ambience. This temple is renowned for its celebrations during the Shravani Mela, when lakhs of pilgrims from all over the country as well as from Nepal throng to this place to participate in the grand festivities. Besides the temple, there is also an Ashoka Pillar at Areraj that attracts huge crowds.

A visit to Motihari thus entails a visit to these places to experience the rich and exquisite culture of this city and to revel in its beauty and glory.

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