From the busy, crowded city streets and the buzzing, colorful marketplaces, to the tranquil aura of quaint temples and the lush riverside farms in the outskirts, every aspect of Purnia emanates a distinct charm. Nestled on the banks of the river Kosi, the city, despite moving forward with time, is still entranced by the legacy of its timeless traditions
While folk songs and dances grace festive occasions, the houses adorned with vivid pieces of ethnic art and the mundane yet poetic banter in Maithili dialect, imbibe this rich heritage in Purnia’s day-to-day life.Housing a number of prominent religious sites, Purnia is indeed a pilgrim’s delight. In fact, the city gets its very name from its oldest religious site, the Puran Devi Temple. Some of the other popular religious attractions in Purnia include Kali Bari Mandir, Matasthan, and Kamakhya Mandir among others. The Dargah of Hazrat Mustafa Jamalul Haque Bandagi is a noteworthy Islamic shrine.History buffs, too, will find much to delight them in Purnia. The city’s Deorhi region is home to noteworthy historical ruins such as the Kala Bhawan and Darbar of Raja Kalanand Singh.Purnia’s local markets such as Line Bazaar, Chimni Bazaar, and Madhubani Bazaar offer you a unique way of exploring the local culture as well as collections of some exquisite souvenirs of traditional artifacts.There are several convenient transport options for traveling within the city. The government-run city buses ply through major routes. They are commonly used by local commuters due to the cost-effective fares. Cycle-rickshaws are perhaps the most popular means of local transport. Auto-rickshaws can also be hired easily from any part of the city.Avoid visiting during monsoon as the region is prone to heavy flooding in the river Kosi.Ladies are advised against traveling alone, especially after dark
Purnia is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Biratnagar at a distance of 81kms.
Airports: Biratnagar Airport
There is no regular trains to Purnia from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Katihar which is located at a distance of 26kms.
Railway Station(s): Katihar Jn