Modern Muzaffarpur, along with the districts of Champaran, and Darbanga, may have been comprised in the Lichhavi territory at the beginning of the 6th century B.C., when the Lichhavis were in the zenith of their power. There are, therefore, plenty of interesting historical sites around the area.
It is also one of the oldest and largest trade centres in the entire state. A major road and rail hub, it is a trade centre on the Patna-Nepal route. Rice and sugar milling and cutlery manufacture are the chief industries. It is the seat of the University of Bihar that was founded in 1952. This is also the gateway to Nepal via Birgunj.
One of the oldest republics of the world, Vaishali was once the capital of the Lichhavis. It is also a place of immense religious significance for the Buddhist community as Lord Buddha preached his last sermon here.
Famous for its annual animal fair, which is the biggest of its kind in the whole of Asia, Sonepur is situated at the confluence of the river Ganga and Gandok.
It is also one of the beautiful excursions of Muzaffarpur.
It is 70 kms from Patna Airport.
There is a railway station at Muzaffarpur.
A well laid network of buses operates in the area.