Bhagalpur Tourism

Bhagalpur Tourism

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  • State: Bihar
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Bhagalpur was known as ‘Bhagdattpuram’ which meant ‘the City of Good luck’ as per the references to it in the epics like Mahabharatha and Ramayana. It is an important city in southern Bihar and is one of the oldest districts located on the fertile plains of the River Ganga. The main language that is spoken here is Angika named after the Anga kingdom.    

Historically, it was a place of great importance. Many powerful kings have ruled here. It was a big trading market in Eastern India even during the 7th century and was even visited by the famous Chinese travellers Hüan-tsang and Fa-Hien. It was also known as Champanagar during those times and it had a big harbour too.  

As it is located on the banks of the River Ganga, the crops grown here are rice, maize, wheat, barley and oil seeds and agriculture is one of the main revenues. It is a major rail and road junction too. There are also many good educational institutions here.

The historical town of Bhagalpur is also famous for the production of high quality silk. It has a nickname and it is known as the 'Silk City of India’. Weaving as an occupation in Bhagalpur is many centuries old and generations’ have been involved in silk production. It is a customary domestic industry here.

Bhagalpur is well-known for its sericulture, silk yarn manufacture and finally weaving them into products. The silk woven here is of a distinctive and unique type. It is known as Tussah or Tussar Silk.

Some of the places of tourist interest in Bhagalpur are Vikramasila, a Buddhist University built in the 8th century by Dharmapala, a Pala King. He was a great supporter of the Mahayana form of Buddhism. This university was then famous for being a Centre for Tantric learning. Today, the ruins of this great university situated at the Patharghat Hills on the banks of the River Ganga can be seen about 40 km away from Bhagalpur.

Mandar Hills is about 50 km away from Bhagalpur and it is a mythological and sacred place. As per religious texts, this Hill is believed to be where the ‘Sagar Manthan’ or the Churning of the ocean by the Devas and Asuras took place. The Hill was believed to be Lord Vishnu’s abode and that his footprints are there on the Hill. The marks of the Snake used as a rope during the Churning can still be seen on Mandar Hill. There is a lake on the peak and also many statues and rock cut sculptures that can be seen here.  

Madhusudan Temple is a sacred temple of Lord Vishnu situated near Mandar Hill in a nearby town called Bounsi or Balisa Nagar. There is also a Shiva Mandir and a Masjid located here which depicts Hindu Muslim harmony as the walls of the temple and mosque are common. Another place of interest is the Chandan Dam located near Bounsi and is a good source of water to the fields nearby.

Colganj temple is known for its rock cut carvings, and was built between the 5th to 7th centuries.  These carvings represent Hindu, Buddhist and Jain gods. Sultanganj is another important holy place for the Hindus. It is located on the banks of the River Ganga, and is about 26 km away from Bhagalpur. Many devotees visit here during the Shravana month to collect water from the Ganges and it is considered very sacred. The Burh Nath temple famous for the Visharhi Asthan is where the famous Bihula or the Mansa puja, i.e. the worshipping of the snakes is held in July every year.

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Bhagalpur Traveller Reviews

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Sumit Roy

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"Bhagalpur - the silk city" new review

  • 4.0 / 7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Bhagalpur, once a retreat for health change has been featured in numerous novels and movies like devdas & apharan. It is also called the silk city, famous for Bhagalpuri silk and milk.

The present city is a dark shadow of the past. The NH 80 passes through the city. Perhaps one of the worst maintained national highways in India. The bhagalpur airport has seen more cows than planes. Horrible is a good word to describe the road and power conditions.

There is nothing to see in Bhagalpur that would attract tourism. However, it might be used as a stopover for visiting the ruins of Vikramshila university (more than 1200 years old constructed during the pala dynasty), about 45 kms from here. The sandy's compound, a huge open space offers the lungs of the city. A good place to take a stroll.

For staying overnight, nihar, atithi palace, panchwati, bhavna international, rajhans are some of the preferred choices and for quenching a glutton, the stretch between ghantaghar and khalifabagh chawk (the commercial area) houses some of them like big byte, metro mirchi, royal durbar, khana khazana, mughal darbar, rajhans. The adarsh japlpaan in variety chawk area is favourite among vegetarians. However, one who likes chicken - rice should definitely make a trip to sabour station, 11 kms from bhagalpur to have a bite in a local shop. It has no name, although mere mention of a sabour chicken will land you there.

One must remember that for commuting within the city, cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws are the only option available. Bhagalpur has a sort of extreme climate with chilling cold and scorching heat in winter and summer respectively. Monsoons should be avoided as the roads turn out to be a nightmare.
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Sanan Kashyap

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"The underdog from Bihar" new review

  • 5.5 / 7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
To experience the truly rustic milieu from the hinterlands of south Bihar, one must experience Bhagalpur and the nearby places.

Must visit places:

1. The only gigantic dolphin sanctuary in India
2. The rock cut temples at Kahalgaon
3. Mandar hills
4. Ajgaibinath temple at Sultanganj
5. Jain mandir
6. Mehi asram
7. Bihar yoga school, munger( around 55-6 km from bhagalpur)

Local food and shopping:

Cuisine is similar to that of rest of Bihar with a bit of influence from Bengal. You can have samosas and chats (and they really are great). Sweets like rosagulla and barfi are must haves. Nice eating joints include adarsh jalpan, balaji sweets( near the historic budhanath temple).

You can look for tasar bhagalpuri silk products. They are all locally made and yes, they are plain awesome. Beware of touts. You can directly visit those silk mills in and around nathnagar to get your stuffs at reasonable rates. I personally enjoyed the serenity offered all around. Those strolls along the bank of river ganga is forever etched in my memory. I also enrolled myself for a short term yoga course at the international yoga school in monghyr. It was too good.

Mandar hill (around 45 km to south) was used to churn the ocean according to hindu mythology, the place is secluded but great for introspection and personal appraisal (you know what i mean with no one around to disturb you and sanctity-in -the-air kind of feel). It's absolutely must visit. The place is a bit offbeat for regular fun seeking crowd, but if you really want to experience India at level that is soul enriching, then bhagalpur is a must visit point.

P. S. - try visiting the place alone without partners or friends, who knows you may get enlightened along the way :P :)
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Shreesh Uygefr

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"Masti times"

  • 5.5 / 7
  • Posted May 11, 2015
Very good place and religious place. People are nice, you can get good food (veg and non veg). Place to visit nearby area vikramsila, mahavir mandir, ganga river side, university campus.
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Kumar Bk

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"Nice place - must visit"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted May 5, 2015
Great place to revisit ancient India, reached nearest railway station kahalgaon from their private vehicle to this site. Vikramshila was founded in 8th century so you will get glimpse of importance of education during that time. It was one of the largest Buddhist universities. We can see various stupa and wall carvings of various ancient gods. There are various monastery, or residence for the Buddhist monks. It was big enough to accumulate more than 1000 of pupils. Nice place, do visit if anyone gets chance.
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Pooja Jaiswal

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"Cooperative people & good place for shopping"

  • 5.5 / 7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2015
Visiting place was very good. People of this place was very co-operative. Local food like pakori, Jilebi was very tasty. City was not clean. There as many hand made material for shopping. Tourist can visit here. There is also way to go on Debghar.
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"Holiday trip to Bhagalpur"

  • Posted Aug 6, 2013
Very good place and religious place, people are nice, you can get good food (veg and non veg). Place to visit nearby area Vikramsila, Mahavir Mandir, Ganga River side, University campus.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Silk shopping, hand woven cloths, Bengali sweets, milk sweets.

Activities & things to do: Near by city visit

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Must see Lord Shiva Temple in Deoghar.
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