The Munger Fort is the most alluring tourist spot of Munger which was built during the reign of the slave dynasty, though there is no clarity of the exact date it was built. The fort has two famous hills called the Karnachaura, and the other is a rectangular mound, which is more or less, in the location of a citadel. It was an important hub in ancient times.
The fort has witnessed the cascade of rulers such as the Tughlaqs, Khiljis, Lodhis, Nawabs of Bengal, the Mughal rulers and lastly the British empire. This has etched a unique memory on the soul of the fort. The beauty of the fort lies in the fact that it is a home to other key religious and historical monuments like Pir Shah Nufa and Tomb of Mulla Muhammad Said.
The Kastaharni Ghat has been mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana and according to it, Lord Rama with his brother Lakshmana had come to this spot to take rest on their way back after confronting demoness Tarka.
It is also believed that when Rama after marrying Sita, was travelling from Mithila to Ayodhya he had crossed Kastaharni Ghat and many of his companions had stopped for a while to bathe in the ghat. As per the popular beliefs, bathing in the ghat relieves all pains and soothes mind, body and soul.
The place not only has religious significance for the people but also is a wonderful place to spend one's evenings and is one of the best loved tourist spots for the rich scenic beauty. Since the water on the ghat flows northward, it is also known as Uttar Vahini Ganga.
Sita Kund is a hot water spring. Tourists visit the spring throughout the year but visits on the full moon day of Magh hold a special charm. According to folklore, Goddess Sita emerged from the flames and bathed in this very pool to extinguish the heat of her body.
The place is also popular because of the presence of Rama Kund, which is a cold-water spring and is situated opposite the Sita Kund. In the west direction lie three reservoirs namely Lakshman Kund, Shatrughan Kund and Bharat Kund. These are named after the three brothers of Lord Rama.
Manpathar is one of the renowned rocks which is close to Kastaharni Ghat. On this rock one can find the impression of two feet believed to be the foot prints of Sita who had touched the rock while crossing Ganga. The rock is 250 m in length and 30 m in width. A small temple is present there and this place symbolizes eternal faith.
Sri Krishna Vatika is a garden that has been named in the memory of the first chief Minister of Bihar Dr. Sri Krishna Sinha. Sri Krishna Vatika is a very striking garden just opposite the Kastaharni Ghat. One can get the pleasure of enjoying the sight of the holy river Ganga and the greenery of the place.
Bihar School of Yoga was established by Swami Satyananda in the year 1964. This school is popular all over the world for its yoga instruction. The school teaches yoga and focuses on its vitality in personality development. This beautiful school, situated near the banks of Ganga river, welcomes students from all corners of the world with absolutely no inhibitions of caste, creed or nationality.
The integral system of teaching yoga aims to create a perfect balance between physical, psychological and spiritual arenas of human life. The benefits of yoga are well known and hence the motto of the school is to impart awareness through meticulous techniques of yoga teaching, developed at the Bihar School of Yoga.
These techniques are not limited to Bihar, but are used in various colleges, prisons, hospitals and institutions. The school also guides yoga projects in various corporations and medical research.
Rishikund is a hot spring located 6 miles away from Sitakund between two ridges of the Kharagpur Hills. The place benefits the areas through a reservoir meant to collect water. One can see bubbles rising at the bottom, from the western side of a ridge, as bubbles emerge from the cavities of minute craters which release gases.
Mullah Mohammad Sayyid Grave is the grave of a reputed poet of Aurangzeb's court called Mullah Muhammad Sayyid. He enjoyed great favours and is known to have written under the pen name of ‘Ashraf’. The poet died in the year 1672 while on his way to Mecca Masjid.
Bhimband Wildlife Sanctuary of Munger is famous all over the country for the extensive and rare variety of flora and fauna. It is located in the southwest of Munger atop the Kharagpur hills. The sanctuary is inhabited by animals such as the tiger, wild bear, nilgai, van murgi, hyena, python and barking deer to name a few.
With respect to flora the sanctuary has got two biomes; one being the grassland biome and another being forest biome. It is a wonderful sight to witness during the migratory season. A great number of birds arrive from the Central Asia Region. Bhimband Sanctuary is one place not to be missed.
Pirpahar Hill is located three miles away from Munger in the eastern direction. From the hilltop a beautiful view of the city can be enjoyed. The hill is associated with deep religious beliefs as this has been named after a Mohammedan saint whose name is unknown but devotees do come up to worship at his grave.
There are two tombs at the foothill, one of which is in the memory of a lady named Mary Anne Beckett and and the other is of a person called D’Oyly. There is no clarity on the tombs, nevertheless, they add to the attraction and mystery of the entire location.
Pir Shah Nafah Shrine was built in 1177 and is located near the Munger Fort’s southern gate. The tomb is dedicated to a sufi saint hailing from Persia who was sent to Munger by Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer.
The domed tomb chamber is 16 ft in height and has circular turrets. There is a rest room and prayer room too. To honour the sufi saint a mosque was constructed at the spot and every year on 1st January a musical programme is organized.
Ucheshwarnath Temple is located in the Kharagpur area, and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a celebrated seat of Lord Shiva and he is worshipped here. For the Santhal tribe residing here this place holds special value as the place hosts a public fair where Santhal boys and girls get married as per their tribal customs.
Goenka Shivalay is one of the brightest names among all Shiva temples. It is one of the oldest and one of the most acknowledged places as far as Hindu pilgrimage is concerned. The temple has been built in the middle of a big water tank brimming with big and playful fish and watching them is a wonderful sight.
There is ample greenery and also beautiful gardens all around. The temple brims with visitors on the occasion of festivals associated with Lord Shiva.