My Ranchi Patna Bodh Gaya Trip (2012)

It was one of the hottest days in Jamshedpur, during the early days of May, when my family, friends and I decided to take off for a short trip to Ranchi, Patna and then finally to Bodhgaya. All in all it was an interesting journey.


Day 1: We departed from home in our car (Ford Fusion) at around 1.30 p.m.

Took the route from Jamshedpur straight to Tamar – Ranchi [130 Kms covered there]. On the way we halted at Ramgarh – Hazari Bagh for the rest of the night. [220 Kms done there]. This was one of the nerve wracking experiences that we had to face that day. For hours we were stuck in a massive road jam. Helpless we sat for hours in the car doing nothing. All we could think of was how to drive our way out amongst the big trucks and trams.  I was driving for continuous 9 hours now. Exhausted and impatient, we decided to stop by at Hazari Bagh during the night.

Day 2: There are lot of good restaurants in Hazari Bagh, especially for a relaxed BRUNCH … Next day, early morning, around 5:30 a.m. we took off for Barhi – Jumhri Tilaya [this drive was be very picturesque]. Places covered on the way were Nawada – Rajgir – Silao. The green Nature at the peak of its beauty was stretching its hands to welcome us during the sun-kissed morning. The air though warm was not disturbing, rather made the drive worth enjoying. The sun peeping its way through the far sighted trees and mountains shined upon the window glasses of our car, brightening the scenery around.

Then we straight headed towards Nalanda University. There we purchased the sweet khajas… this is a BIHAR SPECIAL [400 Kms covered there] … and this was a great experience, a complete visit to the place through the eyes of our guide was worth it. We noticed how India still nurtures the unprivileged in its womb. . . . . . . .While we stopped by a ‘thela’ to have some spiced up chana mix, we saw some tender hands at work there trying hard to make a living. On being asked whether they go to school, they said yes. It was good to see a smile on their face defeating their poverty.  The visit to the Nalanda university and the museum took around 2 hours – there is an excellent restaurant at this place to relax.

From there we went straight towards Bihar Sharief, crossed Fatwa and finally reached Patna [490 Kms covered there]. The last 80-90 Kms were the most painful – given the heavy traffic – especially the trucks from the North East… in the midst of the tiring journey, we halted at one of my friend’s house for the night, had great food, attended a dear one’s wedding, all the pain taken was after all worth the time spent.

Day 3: A good sound sleep followed by a warm welcoming day helped us regain all the lost enthusiasm. We made our way towards the famous Bodh Gaya, where we visited the well-known Bodhi tree, took a glance of almost all the monasteries, captured some really good photographs, learned about the different Buddhist cultures. Each monastery follows Buddha in its own way, for instance the people of Thailand have a different Buddhist culture than that of the people of Nepal. The statues of Buddha too look a bit different from each other. At every interval, there were shops wherein we could see ornaments made of beads and stones only. This round took another 2 to 3 hours. We had a brunch on our way back to Ranchi. Since we were a bit late, we decided to halt at the Guest House. From there we went to a nearby mall and did our shopping and ended up watching a movie and thereafter went onto relish a South Indian dinner. We straight went to the guest house as all we could think of was taking rest now.

Coming back to the guest house- a pleasant stay, great arrangements done for a family stay, quite a homely atmosphere, all in all a great end. Next day, early morning we packed our bags and headed towards Jamshedpur. J

My suggestion to anyone planning to visit Patna with family, please do not miss the following few things of Patna for the kids … Golgarh, Museum, Mahaveer Temple, etc. ZOO. You can have loads of evening sightseeing. Please note that Patna has some excellent restaurants and the vegetarian food is very good to taste due to the fresh vegetables of the Gangetic planes – please do not miss the revolving restaurant]

If one goes to RAJGIR, then the ropeway based sightseeing should not be missed [distance, around 100 Kms].

While returning from Patna, take the route: Patna – Jehanabad – Gaya (100 Kms done, have a quick Darshan of the Vishnupada Temple … will reach by 7.30 AM) – Bodh Gaya (120 Kms done, enjoy the LORD BUDDHA Temple and the many monasteries there … Reaching around 8.30 AM and departing around 12.30 Noon … if needed, you can book an AC room for a few hours … this place has decent accommodation at budget rates … also do  not forget to enjoy the East Asian influenced dishes especially the mommos] – Dobhi – Huntergunj – Chatra (this will  be a wonderful drive to some serene atmosphere and full of trees and small mountains) – Simaria Kalan – Tandwa – Ratu – Ranchi (320 Kms done, will be reaching around 5 PM types, have a good HIGH tea in the evening … depart around 6.30 to 7 PM) – Tamar – Jamshedpur (back home by 9 PM for a good sleep).