Encased in a spiritual and historical legacy, Bhagalpur reverberates with a nostalgic charm that entices travelers at the very first sight. The ancient ruins and remains of past glory that grace its landscape adorn the city with a splendid, majestic aura that adds to its allure
Yet, Bhagalpur does not intimidate you, but rather, engulfs you in the warmth and affection that flows from the culture and minds of its humble and genial people. From the crowded bazaars filled with frenzy to the occasional humming of unorchestrated folk music, Bhagalpur will never cease to fascinate you.With the gigantic River Ganges flowing by perennially, Bhagalpur in Bihar basks in history, culture and spirituality. The name has evolved from a mythological reference to ‘Bhagattpuram’, which means the ‘city of good luck’. Known for its agricultural and handloom production, along with its cultural riches, Bhagalpur is sure to win you over.Bhagalpur has much in store to lure and delight travelers to its beautiful, natural vistas. You can visit the nearby hills to trek through and explore the greenery that livens up its surroundings. Animal lovers can visit the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary and seize the opportunity to sight the rare and graceful Gangetic Dolphins that call the mighty river their home.One certainly cannot deny Bhagalpur the privilege of being among one of India’s heritage-rich cities. History and archeology buffs will have particularly enjoyable experience surveying the ruins of Vikramshila. The rock-cut temples at Colganj are another highlight of Bhagalpur's significant role in not just history, but religion too.The best way of getting to know the city and the essence of the Bhojpuri culture that engulfs it is by partaking in the many festivals celebrated here. The Bishari Puja is one such festival unique of Bhagalpur. The celebrations are often punctuated with performances of the Bhojpuri folk dances and songs, especially the Behula Bishari folk songs.Visit the local markets to shop for some truly beautiful artifacts made from bamboo, ceramic and cotton durries, and some handloom woven sarees. Pick out some colorful Manjusha paintings to enhance your home décor. Mouth-watering delicacies like tilkut, churna and rabri are not to be missed.A number of local transport options are available in Bhagalpur making it easier to navigate around the city. Cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaws are the most commonly used means of local transport in the city. They allow you to move around conveniently and at affordable fares. The city buses run by Bihar State Road Transport Corporation are another cost-effective way of traveling to certain major areas within Bhagalpur. However, avoid it if you are not comfortable traveling in crowded vehicles. Metered taxis can be hired from the streets whereas radio cabs and rental cars can be booked through several portals in the city.Avoid traveling alone through isolated areas and narrow streets especially at night.Ladies are advised to dress modestly in public to avoid uncomfortable gazes.Beware of touts near popular tourist attractions and outside religious places
Bhagalpur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Biratnagar at a distance of 140kms.
Airports: Biratnagar Airport
There is no regular trains to Bhagalpur from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Katihar which is located at a distance of 69kms.
Railway Station(s): Katihar Jn