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Now, whenever we talk about the cities of Jamalpur and Munger, we shall mention them in unison. This is because both are now part of 'Munger-Jamalpur' twin cities. Jamalpur can be broken down into 'Jamal' which means beautiful and 'Pur' which means town. It proudly provides employment to over 25,000 people at its institution, 'The Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical And Electrical Engineering'. It is 8 km away from the Munger City Centre.
Now, let us throw some light upon the city of Munger. When you look upon Munger from the eyes of a budding traveller, you shall be carried away by its vibrant culture and tradition. The twinning cities are situated on the southern bank of the river Ganges, around 60 km west of Bhagalpur and 180 km east of the capital city of Patna. This is one of the ancient cities of Bihar and was even deemed to be the capital city of Mir Kasim, before the British conquered it.
How To Reach Munger And Jamalpur
By Air: Munger has no commercial airport facility. It is the Patna airport around 180 km away. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata should be at a distance of 480 km from Munger.
For Jamalpur, Patna Airport will be the nearest; around 134 km away. Whereas the Gaya airport will be around 163 km away.
By Road: Munger is well-joined to several parts of India by numerous National and State Highways. The important cities of Jharkhand and Bihar, such as Patna, Ranchi, Bhagalpur, Bihar sharif, Muzaffarpur, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Gaya, Bokaro and Darbhanga, can be reached via NH 80, NH 333 and NH 333B.
Let daily bus services be provided by BSRTC carry you to all major destinations. You will be happy to know that the Munger Ganga Bridge will be ready by 2019 and will link Munger to several districts of North Bihar and Northeast India.
Jamalpur, on the other hand, does not have many bus services available from major cities to Jamalpur. There is one bus stop, some 59 km away from Jamalpur - from where you have to catch your bus to other destinations, i.e., the Saharsa bus stop. Also, Barh bus stop, 80 km away from Jabalpur, could be your ideal means of transport.
By Rail: Munger flaunts three major railway stations, namely Jamalpur Junction, Munger Railway Station and Bariarpur Railway Station. Jamalpur is the main railhead whereas Bariarpur, earlier called 'Purabsarai Railway Station', is a suburban facility.
It connects to cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bangalore, Surat, Guwahati, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jammutawi, Puri, Vishakhapatnam, Bhagalpur, Patna, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Agartala, Ranchi as well as Jamshedpur.
In the case of Jamalpur, it has an extensive rail network. You shall easily get trains from all major cities to Jabalpur. The main railway station is Jamalpur Junction.
Tourist Places Of Attraction In Munger
Bihar School Of Yoga
On the banks of the holy Ganges, the sunlight shimmering on the pristine waters, you shall find the Bihar School Of Yoga. An excellent learning cradle for seeping in knowledge regarding yoga and certain useful life skills to lead a good life.
International tourists are crazy fans of this particular school in their soul-searching, seeking peace and abundance of good health. Are you interested in knowing about the courses taught here in which people gain proficiency in?
Yogic Sadhana, Yogic Stress Management and Yogic Health Management. It provides guidance for extensive medical research and also numerous corporations incorporate Yoga projects.
Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary
It is an excellent bird-lover's paradise where all the Nature enthusiasts shall feel blissfully wonderful and can chase after stunning gems hidden in the Bihar forests.
Can you guess how it got its name? Blame it on the legend Bheema (one of the Pandava brothers) who built a dam here. Situated on the peak of the Kharagpur hills, it comprises numerous animals in a picturesque location like wild boar, panther, van murgi, tiger, chital and sambhar.
Grassland biome and forest biome are two biomes present here. Numerous birds also find comfort here via migration. Heard of hot springs bubbling over? It is present in the valley of Risi Kund and Sita Kund.
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When the slave dynasty was in power, the Munger Fort stood strong and gleaming on the banks of the river Ganga, on the very top of a hill. It has a fabulous architecture which shall remind you of the glorious past of the fort.
There is a gateway on four sides and it covers two main hills - Karnachaura and Rectangular Mound in the fort. Can you imagine it covers an area of 222 acres and has a rich display of forts like the Palace of Saha Suja, Tomb of Phir Shah, Chandistana temple as well as a British cemetery? You can spot greenery around to rejuvenate yourself as well.
Shri Krishna Vatika
If we take a refreshing walk across the pleasurable vision of the holy river of Ganga, you shall come across the glittering garden just on the other side of the Kashtaharni Ghat. How this Vatika got its name?
Munger along with the first chief minister of Bihar, Dr Shri Krishna Singh, had a son they were extremely proud of and named it after him. An interesting anecdote about this Vatika is that it comprises two tunnels which many tourists tried to enter but it turned out to be quite life-threatening.
Remember Mir Kasim? There are tombs of his children, Gul and Bahar. It is said that the tunnels were the kids' favourite hiding place to ward away the Britishers.
Now let's check out the places that can be visited in Jamalpur
It is an upgraded hostel premise for whom? The special class Railway Apprentices of Indian Railways. It was erected just next to the Jamalpur workshop. Not very long but a small batch of short courses were conducted by the IIRMEE for the IRSME Officers. It is just like any other club but with only membership offers for the special class railway apprentices.
How about traversing the delectable picnic spot and making merry with your near and dear ones? It is a tiny hill which is usually visited by the tourists as well as localities.
You can also join your hands in prayer to a certain Goddess Kali, residing in a temple above. Rack your brains about Guru of Ananda Marga? Let us tell you that he used to meditate on top of this hill.
Madras Coffee House
This is something which is not missed by any of the tourists of Jamalpur as it is quite popular. It began as a small sweet-meat selling shop in the beginning but later began to pay attention to the exquisite cooking skills of the South Indians. However, it can accommodate as many as two people and a telephone booth.
Before you keep wondering why this valley is named so, let us state a few reasons for you. Firstly, a pack of soldiers in this area disappeared to never return again, leaving their families in despair. It turned out to be impossible to find them.
Secondly, a herd of the most dangerous animals keeps lurking in the dense jungles of this valley. Nevertheless, the surrounding beauty of this place is simply untouched.
It is extravagantly mesmerizing and it is usually said that 'Baba' spent a lot of his time reminiscing under the Tamarind tree. This lush place is like a soothing paradise for all spiritual practitioners where they can meditate in tranquillity.