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Sasaram, located in the Rohtas district of Bihar, is a beautiful tomb of renowned Mughal emperor Sher Shah Suri that is sited in the centre of a big artificial lake. The tomb is finely constructed and still manages to get a lot of attraction from tourists from across the globe. Sasaram is an ancient city in the state of Bihar that has witnessed many historic legacies and was also the gateway to Nalanda and Gaya. This city is surrounded by Kaimur mountain and Sone and Kav rivers. 

As soon as the best time to visit Sasaram is concerned, early mornings and late evenings are apt to visit this destination. In case you are planning to have an elaborate trip of the entire state, then winter is great to explore the city. 

History of Sasaram 

Sasaram is an ancient city in Bihar that has witnessed many powerful kingdoms. It was in its golden period during the rule of Sher Shah Suri and, currently, is a hub of many historical Hindu and Islamic structures. Historians claim that the city was a part of the Kashi kingdom and it derived its name from ‘Sahastrarama’ which means a thousand groves.  

Also Read: Famous for its beautiful temples, this place is one of the thirteen districts of Andhra Pradesh

Sasaram flourished a lot in the region of Sher Shah Suri, who belonged to the Suri empire and was also born here. There is another popular destination in Sasaram and that is the Rohtasgarh Fort which is believed to be the residence of Sher Shah Suri. Rohtasgarh Fort was built by Raja Harishchandra in the 7th century and the name of the Fort came from his son who was called ‘Rohitashwa’. 

Babu Nishan Singh, who fought the Gadar freedom struggle of 1857 belonged to Sasaram. Apart from that, one finds no mention of the city during the British rule. After India’s independence, Sasaram was made a city of Rohtas district and all the historical structures got preserved. Today, Sasaram stands as an ancient urbanized city that has all the facilities and advancement that a modern city needs along with old treasures from the bygone era. 

Major Attractions in and Around Sasaram

1. Tomb of Sher Shah Suri. Positioned in the middle of a man-made lake, the tomb exhibits an appeal-like a floating monument. The upper terrace is bordered by a castle parapet wall that looks like octagonal domed chambers from its four corners. There are two pillared balconies on every side that have been sliced by a doorway in the east. The Indo-Islamic architecture of the tomb in a surreal ambience is simply breathtaking. 

2. Rohtasgarh Fort. Located 39 km away from the city of Sasaram, this fort stands among the major and toughest hill forts of India. Rohtasgarh fort covers a range of 4 miles from east to west, 5 miles from north to south and 28 miles in the circumference of its plateau. The fort used to serve as a safe shelter for treasures and families of Shah Jahan, Maan Singh, Mir Qasim, and Sher Shah Suri. 

3. Maa Tara Chandi Temple. A must-visit place for the devotees of Goddess kali. Situated just one km away from the Chandan Shaheed Hill, this temple is devoted to Maa Tara Chandi, a reincarnation of Goddess Kali. An idol of the goddess of Tara Chandi temple is present on the premises of the temple which is worshipped every day. A large number of visitors are seen on the occasion of Dussehra.

4. Manjhar Kund And Dhua Kund. Manjhar Kund And Dhua Kund are undoubtedly two of the most amazing waterfalls in Sasaram. These two waterfalls have the capability of generating 50-100 MW of electricity when they are operated to their optimum potential. A fair is also organized on the premises of these waterfalls every Raksha Bandhan.

How to Reach Sasaram

Sasaram has a well-developed transportation network that connects it to all the prominent and nearby cities and states. You can arrive here conveniently via roadways, railways, and airways. The distance to Sasaram from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru is approx. 935, 1,600, 550, and 1,900 km respectively. Listed below are some best travel options that you may consider.  

By Road. One may make the reservation in the inter-state tourist buses or private Volvo buses to reach Sasaram in Bihar. Apart from that, riding enthusiasts may also take their cars or bikes to travel. All the major attractions of Sasaram are well connected by roads hence commuting in the city will be a pleasurable experience. In case you have any plans to travel by road then the below-mentioned information will be useful for you.

  1. Delhi - 975 km via Agra Lucknow Expressway 
  2. Lucknow - 435 km via NH 19 
  3. Patna - 155 km via NH 139 
  4. Ranchi - 300 km via NH 20 
  5. Gaya - 130 km via GT Road

By Rail. One must deboard the train at Sasaram railway station to reach the historic city Sasaram. The station receives trains from all the metropolitan cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Bengaluru, and Chandigarh. The railway station is just a kilometre away from the popular site, hence one may take an auto-rickshaw to reach this popular tomb. Shipra Express, Gaya Special, and Budhpurnima express are the trains on which seats can be reserved to reach Sasaram. You can consider travelling by the following direct trains to reach Sasaram. 

  1. Delhi - Mahabodhi Express, Neelachal Express, Poorva Express 
  2. Lucknow - Doon Express, Gangasatluj Express, Kolkata Express 
  3. Patna - Budhpurnima Express 
  4. Ranchi - RNC BSB Express, RNC DOS Express
  5. Gaya - Shipra Express, Durgiana Express, Garbha Express

By Air. Gaya airport is the nearest airport to reach Sasaram. One has to travel another, nearly, 125km from the airport in any locally available transportation such as a taxi or a bus. Gaya airport receives direct and connecting flights from all the major airports of India. You may fly with AirIndia if arriving from Delhi and IndiGo airlines from Kolkata via their direct flights to Gaya.  

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