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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 center of a big artificial lake. The tomb was 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. 

History of Sasaram 

Sasaram is an ancient city in Bihar that has witnessed many powerful kingdoms. The city was in its golden period during the rule of Sher Shah Suri. The city 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.  

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. 

Places to Visit in and Near Sasaram

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 ambiance is simply breathtaking. 

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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. 

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.

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.

Events and Festivals in and Around Sasaram

Sonepur Mela

Sonepur Mela is one of its kind fair which is also known as the Harihar Kshetra Mela. The fair is one of the biggest cattle fairs in India. Sonepur fair is a huge attraction for people who wish to buy or sell elephants, horses, dogs, birds, etc. Majorly, farmers and people who deal in the dairy business participate in the fair. Read More 

Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja is a thanksgiving four-day festival celebrated in Bihar. People offer their gratitude to the Sun God and pray for the prosperity of all. People on this day gather at the banks of River Ganga and take a dip in the holy waters to further pray to God and perform the rituals. Read More

Pitrapaksha Mela

Shradh or Pitrapaksha Mela is a holy event that is of much value to the people of the Hindu religion. Pitrapaksha is an event of performing several rituals dedicated to the departed souls. One of the important rituals is ‘Pind Daan’ in which prayers, food, and clothes are offered to the priests and the needy in order to offer salvation to the souls which have departed. Read More

Best Time to Visit Sasaram

Early mornings and late evenings are apt to visit the temple. In case you are planning to have an elaborate trip of the state then winters are great to explore the city. 

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 kilometer 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 traveling 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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