bhagalpur Travel Guide

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Bhagalpur,The Silk City of India 

Introduction 
Bhagalpur is a beautiful city and a municipal corporation which is situated in the Indian state of Bihar. The city is located on the banks of the River Ganga. Bhagalpur is popularly known as the Silk City  because of its very good Silk Production. It is one of the major educational, commercial and political centers of Eastern India. Being a centre of education, the city has played a great role in providing education to the people. The city offers a host of universities and colleges for the students to pursue different courses including Engineering, Medical, Homeopath, Agriculture etc. Apart from this, Tourists can also explore this city by visiting various beautiful places like Vish-hari Puja, Sultangunj, Mount Mandara, Roman Catholic Diocese, Champanagar, Nathnagar, Tillah Kothi, Vikramshila Setu and Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udhyan.

History
Bhagalpur formed a part of the ancient Sanskrit kingdom of Anga, said to be ruled by king Karna of Mahabharata who was well known for his charity. Later on, it became a part of the dominant Hindu kingdom - Magadha. Bhagalpur became an independent state in the 7th century. Afterward, it came to be known as the Mohammedan kingdom of Gaur. Bhagalpur was included in the Delhi Empire, when Akbar acquired control over it. Emperor Shah Alam passed it on to the East India Company in 1765. Apart from this, Bhagalpur was one of most important trade centers in Bengal Presidency in British India. The city and the district was notorious for its criminal activities and lack of human safety, both of which peaked during 1970s leading to 1980 Bhagalpur blindings. It has emerged as one of the most economically and socially stable districts of Bihar in present times.

Tourism
Bhagalpur has made a very important place for itself not only in Buddhist History but also in the tourism map of the country. There are several Tourist Attractions in Bhagalpur that are visited by a large number of tourists each year. The excursions near the city are also worth paying a visit. Some of the prominent places to see in Bhagalpur include the temple of Dudheswara Mahadeva, the Shiva temple at Budhanath, Jain temple at Nathanagar, Mandar Hill, Vikramashila, Sahjangi, The Tomb of Pir Baba, Lajpat Park, Rabindra Nath Bhavan (Tillha Kothi), Kuppa Ghat and many more.

Places To Visit 

Mandar Hill
Mandar Hill is a major tourist attraction in Bhagalpur. It is well known for its mythological background. Apart from the mythological significance, the hill is also famous for rock cut sculptures, depicting various Brahmanical images.

Vikramshila
Vikramshila is a small town located 40 kms from the city of Bhagalpur. The town is famous for ancient Vikramshila University. It was founded by Dharmapala, a Pala King, in 8th century, the educational institution served as a learning center of Tantric Buddhism.

Colganj Rock Cut Temple
Colganj Rock Cut Temple is a nice place to visit in Bhagalpur. The temple is famous for its rock cut carvings, which date back to Gupta period (5th-7th Century CE). These carvings depict a number of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain deities.

Sultanganj

Sultanganj is an important religious center for the Hindus located on the banks of River Ganges in Bhagalpur city. A large number of pilgrims visit this place in the month of Shravana (July-August), in order to fetch water from the north-flowing Ganges.

Area 110 km²
Population 410210
Language Angika, Hindi
Pin Code 812001

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