Tiny cottages clustered together along narrow dusty alleys, and quaint mosques and temples tucked between sleepy neighborhoods; Araria has a rustic feel attached to every aspect. Basking in the glory of the past, this small northern town has not quite caught up with the pacing routine of the present
Located in the northern part of Bihar, the settlement shares its borders with Nepal. Once believed to have been a part of the legendary Maurya and Gupta empires, the city served as residential quarters for British officials during the colonial era. Weaving the diverse influences into one colorful and musical blend, Araria lures travelers with its leisurely pace and calm demeanor.Given it glorious past, there is much to explore and discover in Araria. The city houses several sites and monuments of historical significance. The Forbesganj area is a reminder of the city’s colonial past as it has been named after a British official Mr. Forbes. A striking feature of the area is the quaint colonial bungalow of Mr. Forbes, which now lies in ruins.The Jogbani region near Araria is located on the Indo-Nepal border, making it an interesting tourist attraction. It has also attained the status of an important trade hub on account of its location. Visit the local markets to get some of the best deals on traditional handicrafts made from bamboo and wood carvings. Simply wandering through a cross-border market is an enjoyable experience in itself.Along with its many attractions, Araria is also considered to be an important religious site. Sacred places of worship belonging to both Hindu and Muslim faiths can be found here. The Kali Mandir, Thakurbari Shiva Mandir, Khalidabad Mosque, Masjid Diyaganj, and the Sultan Pokhar pond are popular sites known for their religious significance. Traveling in Araria is easy as there are a number of transport services available. Auto-rickshaws are the most commonly used means of traveling within the city. You can also hire a cycle-rickshaw for traveling over shorter distances. City buses and mini-buses are available for traveling to areas in and around the city. Private taxis and cabs can also be hired from one of the car rentals for traveling and sightseeing in Araria.Women are advised against traveling alone in Araria, especially in isolated areas, as it may be unsafe.Modest clothing is recommended for public spaces in order to avoid discomfort
Araria is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Biratnagar at a distance of 43kms.
Airports: Biratnagar Airport
There is no regular trains to Araria from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Katihar which is located at a distance of 65kms.
Railway Station(s): Katihar Jn