Bettiah is a city in Bihar in India, near Indo-Nepal border, 225 kilometres north-west of Patna. Its Stupas, Ashoka Pillars, Forts and temples narrate its magnificent history whereas valmiki wildlife sanctury and Udaypur forest have scenic beauty. Witnessed the first experiment with non-violence by Mahatma Gandhi in India during his Struggle for the Abolition of Indigo Plantation in 1917.
The nearest airport is in Patna.
There are direct trains from Delhi, Kolkata and other major cities.
The city is accessible by bus from Patna, in addition to numerous cities in northern Bihar.
- Bank of Triveni (Confluence). This is in the north-western part of the district under Bagaha-II Block and situated about five miles above the Valmikinagar dam. The confluence of river Gandak. Panchanand and Sonaha is an attractive place to see. This place is at the Indo-Nepal border. One bank of this confluence touches Triveni village of Nepal while another bank extends to Bhaisalotan village of India. The holy book “Srimad Bhagwat” describes that the thousand years battle between Gaj (Elephant) and Grah (Crocodile) was started at this place. Lord Vishnu appeared and protected the elephant. Every year a fair is held at this holy place on the eve of “Magh Sankranti” (Magh is the 11th month of the Hindu lunar calander and ‘Sankranti’ refers to the period of time when Sun enters into a new sign of zodiac. This occasion is also known as bathing festival in holy rivers. Thousand of devotees including old, women, children take the holy dip in this confluence. edit
- BAWANGARHI. A name meaning 52 forts, given to the remains of some old fortifications near Darwabari in Bagaha-II block about 8 Kms. from Tribeni. The place is also called Tripan Bazar . The remains of the 52 forts and 53 bazars are at a short distance to the north of the village. To the north-west across the swamp are remains of massive embankments which may perhaps have been intended to serve as reservoirs. No trustworthy informatrion is available as the history of Bawangarhi though legends abound. edit
- BHIKNATOHARI. A beauty spot located in Gaunaha block on the northern part of the district, is the last railway station on Narkatiaganj Bhiknathori section. Located in the midst of beautiful scenery, it gives a clear view of the snow capped Himalayas and the Annapurna peak in the winter. King George V had visited this place for hunting. An attractive bunglow is still existent here. edit
- SUMESWER. A fort is situated on the summit of the Sumeswer hills, at a height of 2,884 feet above sea level, in Ramnagar block. The fort which stands on the edge of a sharp precipice, is now in ruins, but its remains are well defined and reservoirs cut out of the soild rocks, in which water was stored for the use of the inhabitants, can still be seen. From the ridge upon which Fort Sumeswer is situated. a magnificent view of the snow and of the intervening valleys and low hills situated in Nepal can be seen . The ridge here forms the boundary between West Champaran and Nepal. The great Himalayan peaks of Dhoulagiri, Gosainthan and Gaurishanker are all clearly visible, and the view is said to be, for extent, one of the finest obtainable from any place on the frontier line India. edit
- BRINDAVAN. Situated at a distance of 10 Kms. from Bettiah, in Gaunaha Block, this village had the honour of being the venue of the annual conference of 'All India Gandhi Seva Sangh' in 1937. It was attended by Mahatama Gandhi, Dr.Rajendra Prasad and Shri J.B. Kripalani. From that time a basic school founded by Gandhiji, has been functioning there. edit
- BHITIHARAWA ASHRAM. It is a village in Gaunaha block from where Gandhiji started his freedom movement that came to be known as 'Champaran Satyagraha' in India history. The village houses the hut which is called Ashram and has become a place of Gandhian pilgrimage. edit
- NANDANGARH AND CHANKIGARH. Nandangarh is situated in Lauria block while Chankigarh is situated in Narkatiaganj block. These are actually two big mounds which are the remains of palaces of Nanda Dynasty and Chanakya, Nandangarh has also been conjectured as the Stupa where the ashes of Buddha are said to have been enshrined. edit
- ASHOKA PILLARS. About one kilometer east of Nandangarh in Lauria block is the lion pillar of Ashoka, over 2300 years old and is in excellent condition. This pillar is 35 feet in height and its base diameter is 35 inches and upper diameter is 22 inches. Its massiveness and exquisite finish furnish striking proof of the skill and resources of the masons of Ashokan age. Two more such pillars with their capitals removed have been discovered in Rampurwa village, close to Gandhi's Bhitiharawa Ashram in Gaunaha block. One of their capitals, the bull is now in the National Museum at New Delhi and the other, the lion, is at Calcutta Museum. edit
- Valmiki Tiger Reserve (Valmikinagar). Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) is one of the nature's virgin recesses in east India and is situated in the North West corner of the State of Bihar. The pristine forest and wilderness of VTR is an excellent example of Himalayan Terai landscape. VTR comprises of the Valmiki National Park and Valmiki Wildlife Sanctuary. The VTR forest area covers 901.07 sq km which is 17.4% of the total geographical area of the district West Champaran. edit
- Saraiya Man (Saraiya Man). Situated at a distance of about 6 Kms. from Bettiah town, Saraiya man is a lake which is a beauty spot. The water of this lake is considered salubrious for digestion because of black berries (Jamun) planted on its banks which fall in the water. The lake attracts large varieties of birds. edit
Sattu is available in many different forms. Dahi-Chura, in the season of mangoes, is the best jarda aam.
Kawab with lai.
Mahiwa is a drink made from sugar cane juice.
- Sattu ka Sarbat Lajawab.. edit
- Hotel Amrapali, lal bazar bettiah, ☎ 06254-242002. a three star hotel ,luxury suites edit
- Hotel Kishan, supria road bettih (Beside LIC). a small 0star hotel , small roos edit
- Shanti International Hotel. edit
- Hotel Radha Krisna, Lal Bazar (Hazarimall Dharmasala Rd.). edit
- Ridhi n Sidhi, Supriya Cinema Road (Nr to Railway Station & Bus Stand), ☎ 06254-240313. 500 to 2000. edit