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Formerly known as Aligunj, Siwan is a district in the western part of the state of Bihar. The district was a prominent part of the Kosala Kingdom in the ancient times. Though geographically small, Siwan is an extremely beautiful place and has a lot to offer in terms of tourism.To discover the unexplored and unspoiled beauty of the place can be really fascinating for the tourists. For those passing through this region can afford to stay for a day and explore the hidden beauty of this region in Bihar.
How to Reach Siwan ?
If you desire to spend some time away from the rush of city life, then Siwan can definitely offer you the tranquility and serenity that you are most likely to enjoy.The place has a rich history; thus it is full of various historical and religious places. You can visit a lot of tourist places in Siwan in a single day. The district of Siwan is well-connected by both Roadways and Railways. You can choose either of them to reach there. The nearest airports are at Patna and Gorakhpur; from where further you would have to travel by road or rail to get to Siwan. You can even take a bus to Siwan.To roam around in the district, you can hire a cab but it would be best to travel via public conveyance. It will give you the best opportunity to discover the real essence of the place at its best.
Begin your day by visiting famous temples in Siwan
For the beginning of the day you can choose to visit the MahendraNath Temple in Siwan which is situated 32 kms from the headquarters of the district. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and attracts devotees from far and wide which includes foreigners. After seeking blessing from God you can move towards Raghunathpur, which is famous as it is believed to be the place where Lord Rama halted for rested after killing the evil, Tarka near by Buxar. It is about 27 kms away from the district headquarters.
Spend your afternoon exploring rich heritage of the region
Head towards Don, which is a small village close to Darauli. There is a fort and stupa in Don, both of which have a legend linked to them. The fort supposedly has a connection with the great teacher of all times, Guru Dronacharya.The stupa is believed to have enshrined the vessel of a Brahim named Don who was given the task of dividing the ashes of the Buddha, after his cremation. Now, it has become a prominent pilgrimage.
Make your evening special by trying taste of Siwan
Visit a local restaurant or eatery to get a taste of the lip-smacking culinary delights which are especially made there. You will enjoy the local cuisine and refreshing beverages. Further, you can go to shop at Maharajganj, the largest market in the entire district. You can buy souvenirs and memorabilia for your loved ones from the bazaar. Here you will find a lot of interesting stuff to shop.By the time you are done with shopping, you would be tired and then you can relax and get back to another restaurant to binge on the tasty local food. You will get many kinds of sweets and exotic drinks which are unique to this place that you can have.