From the eyes of an avid traveller, Munger has remained a historically affluent site with diverse culture and tradition. It is one of the tourist destination of Bihar and its history dates back to Aryans who called it the “Midland” for their settlement. Hailed as one of the oldest cities of Bihar, it was the capital of Mir Kasim before it fell into the hands of British. Present day Munger is a twin city which consisting of Munger and Jamalpur. Here goes the list of top five must visit places in Munger:
1. Bihar School of Yoga
Lying on the banks of river Ganga, with sunrays dancing on the golden water of the holy river is the seat of Bihar School of Yoga. A great place to learn life skills and yoga culture, it has been an object of fascination with huge fan following from international tourists looking for peace and good health. Some of the specialized courses offered here are Yogic Sadhana, Yogic Health Management and Yogic Stress Management. It also guides Yoga projects in various corporations and medical research.
Spread over an area of 682 sq km, Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect place for nature lovers to find bliss and explore the hidden gems lurking in the forests of Bihar. It derived its name from the legend that Bheema (one of the five Pandava brothers from epic Mahabharata) built a dam (bandh) here. Situated atop Kharagpur hills, it houses variety of animals like wild boar, panther, van murgi, nilgai, tiger, chital and sambhar with picture perfect settings. Also, it has 2 biomes which are grassland biome and forest biome. During the migratory season, a number of birds reach here. It also boasts of a number of hot springs in the valley like Risi kund and Sita kund.
3. Munger Fort
Shining brightly on its historic fronts is the majestic Munger fort built during the reign of the slave dynasty. Located on the banks of river Ganges and built atop a hill, the interesting architecture reflects various influences that reminds past glory of the place. Its barricade has 4 gateways, one on each side. It covers an area of 222 acres with 2 main hills- Karnachaura and Rectangular Mound in the fort complex. There are many tombs and monuments inside the fort- Palace of Saha Suja, Tomb of Phir Shah, Chandistana temple and an old British cemetery. There is plenty of greenery around to relax and unwind.
4. Shri Krishna Vatika
Enjoy a walk down the lanes of nature with the pleasure sight of holy river Ganga in this striking garden opposite to the Kashtaharni Ghat. Named after the proud son of Munger and the first Chief Minister of Bihar, Dr. Shri Krishna Singh, Shri Krishna Vatika is an interesting place. There are two tunnels in the Krishna Vatika and efforts have been made in the past to pass through the tunnels but in vain as it proved to be life threatening. The garden also has tombs of Gul and Bahar, wards of Mir Kasim. It is said that Gul and Bahar used to hide under the tunnels in order to weaken vengeance upon the British officers.
5. Kashtaharni Ghat
Located on the banks of river Ganges, this place doesn’t only hold religious importance for the Hindus but is also a wonderful spot to spend one’s morning and evening in the rich scenic beauty. Local people believe that Lord Rama and Goddess Sita bathed at this site while returning to Ayodhya. Kashtaharni literally means- “the bathing place which expels all pain“. According to popular beliefs, bathing in the Kashtaharni Ghat relieves all the pain and soothes mind, body and soul. Very close to this Ghat is a place called Manpathar. It is a rock in the bed of the river giving the impression of two feet supposedly to be the feet of Goddess Sita.
Come to Munger- a traveller’s paradise to witness the charm of several historic relics, countryside beauty, magnificent shrines, and spirited culture and be enticed by the enthralling beauty of its tourist destinations.
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