With a name like Saharsa, it’s hard not to enjoy what the city has to offer. Saharsa translates to ‘with great pleasure’, and this quaint town in Bihar lives up to its name
Lying just east of the Kosi River, Saharsa officially became a district in 1954. Earlier it was a part of the Munger and Bhagalpur districts of the state, and today it forms part of the Kosi greater region. Saharsa city serves as the headquarters of the district.The region passed through many rulers, with the Pala dynasty being its most influential. The region was also under the rule of the powerful Guptas and the Karnatas. Archaeological remnants of these dynasties are scattered throughout the area. Although regular flooding of the Kosi River devastated many of the ancient monuments in the area, European colonizers managed to save and preserve many of the monuments and artifacts once they took control of the region. Saharsa retains its position today as an important destination of historic and religious significance, drawing tourists and pilgrims from across the country. The town is filled with temples that will fill you with awe because of their religious importance and architectural beauty.It is believed that the right eye of Sita had fallen at the Mahishi Tara Temple in Saharsa, making it a Shakti Peetha and popular religious destination. Dedicated to the ancient Goddess Urga Tara, this temple is known for its three-foot-long statue of the deity and massive celebrations during the festive period.The Karu Sthan, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated in a picturesque location, on the banks of the River Kosi. Devotees often flock to the temple to offer milk and food to the Lord to appease his temperamental spirit.The Matsyagandha and Raktakali Temple are also popular spots for tourists and pilgrims alike. While reminiscent of Buddhist monastic architecture, the complex is today a complete recreation spot. A pond within the premises offers water sporting activities, while a hotel offers accommodation to those who come from far and wide. A rarity among Hindu temples, this is a must-visit.The most popular modes of transport in Saharsa are the cycle-rickshaw, the auto-rickshaw and the tanga or hand-pulled/horse-drawn carriages. Buses are also easily available. Private taxis can be hired from hotels and are the best option in terms of both comfort and convenience.Women should avoid venturing out alone, and all visitors should avoid getting out after dark.Take care of your belongings at crowded religious destinations.
Saharsa is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Biratnagar at a distance of 94kms.
Airports: Biratnagar Airport
There is no regular trains to Saharsa from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Katihar which is located at a distance of 102kms.
Railway Station(s): Katihar Jn