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Bhagalpur, fondly called ‘Silk City of India', is a major tourist destination of Bihar. Find out more about Bhagalpur travel & tourism.


Location: Bihar
District: Bhagalpur
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Major Tourist Attractions: Vikramshila, Mandar Hill, Colganj Temple, Sultanganj

The city of Bhagalpur is renowned worldwide for the production of exceptional quality silk. The people here have been involved in Sericulture since generations. The “Silk City of India”, as it is popularly called, is one of the leading educational centers of Bihar. The city offers a host of universities and colleges for the students to pursue different courses including Engineering, Medical, Homeopath, Agriculture etc. A Silk Institute is also located in Bhagalpur.

Bhagalpur also holds a prominent place in the tourist map of the state. Located on the highly fertile Indo-Gangetic Plain, the land of Bhagalpur is conducive for the growth of crops and plants. It was one of the popular destinations throughout the medieval history of India and even today, continues to be one of the must-visit tourist attractions of Bihar. Bhagalpur bears some mythological significance. It has been referred to as Bhagaddat-Puram in Ramayana, Mahabharata and Panchtantra.

In Vedic ages, the city was known to be a part of Anga Pradesh, the land of earlier Aryan immigrants. 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. Angika, one of the oldest languages of the world, is widely spoken in Bhagalpur.

Bhagalpur serves as the abode of a number of tourist attractions. The excursions near the city are also worth paying a visit. The ruins of the ancient Vikramshila University have been found in the city. 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) and Kuppa Ghat (situated on the bank of river Ganges).

Vikramshila is an ancient site located 40 km away from the Bhagalpur city of Bihar. The small town is famous for housing Vikramshila University, which was built under the guidance of Dharmapala, a Pala king of 8th century AD.

Places To See in Bhagalpur
Bhagalpur is one of the oldest cities of Bihar, a prominent state located in eastern India. Known as the ‘Silk City’ of the country, it holds religious as well as historical importance, apart from being home to a large number of tourist attractions.

How To Reach Bhagalpur
Bhagalpur, the ‘Silk City’ of India, is one of the most beautiful places of Bihar that deserves frequent visits from tourists. Located amidst the highly fertile Indo-Gangetic Plain, it is an area of astounding scenic beauty.

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