Bhimbandh Wild Life Sanctuary

Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in south west part of Munger district, Bihar state, India, south of the holy river, Ganges.

Peacock inside the Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary
Peacock inside the Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Legend is that one of the ‘Pandavas’ constructed a dam (Bandh in Hindi Language) and hence the name Bhimbandh. )

There are many hot springs inside the Bhimbandh Wild Life Sanctuary. Bhimbandh, Rishi Kund, Sita Kund,etc, are to name a few hot water springs in the Bhimbandh Wild-Life Sanctuary.

Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in Flora and Fauna. Bear, Tiger, Leopard, Cheetah, Jingle cat, fishing cat, leopard cats, etc, are to name a few of the wild animals inside the Wild Life Sanctuary. Crocodiles, Phtyon, King Cobra, etc, are some of the reptiles of this Wildlife Sanctuary. Bhimbandh Wild Life Sanctuary is home to a large number of birds including Bulbul, Falcon, Kingfisher, Night jars, Peacock, Quail, Pied Horn-bill, Swallow, etc. Many migratory birds comes to this Wildlife Sanctuary during winter.

How do I go to Bhimbandh Wildiife Sanctuary?

Munger town is the nearest town to the wildlife sanctuary. NH 80 connects Bhimbandh with other parts of the country. Munger-Jamui state highway connects the wildlife sanctuary to NH-80. Munger is at around 55 kilometers from the Wild Life Sanctuary.

“Bhagalpur Junction” railway station on the Jamalpur-Bhagalpur section is the nearest railway station. Another convenient station is Jamui Railway Station, at around 20 kilometers distance. The nearest airport is the one at Patna, at around 200 kilometers distance.

Is Accommodation Aailable Inside the Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary?

There is a Forest Guest House and a Tourist Lodge inside the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Cave temples, Gurdaspur

Cave temples at Gurdaspur in Punjab state of India, are a group of very ancient temples dug into the rock face on the banks of Ravi River.

These Cave temples are believed to be associated with “Pandavas”, of the great Hindu epic, Mahabharatha. There is a cleft, a little away from the rock temple site at Shahpur Kandi. This cleft is known as “Arjun’s Chulha” (Hindi word ‘chulha’ means ‘stove’ in English. ‘Arjun is one among the five brothers, known as “Pandavas”, heroes in the great Hindu epic, Mahabharatha.)

Sehdev’s Cave” is another famous cave at Shahpur Kandi. All these suggests to the association of these places to ‘Pandavas’.

Cave temples found here are also called ‘Doong Caves’, as they are situated near to Doong city.

How Do I Go to The Cave Temples of Gurdaspur?

The cave temples are located mid-way between Dhar and Shahpur Kandi, near to Doong. The cave temples  are situated 8 kilometers north-east of Shahpur Kandi. Pathankot is a major city near to Gurdaspur.

Gurdaspur District

The Gurdaspur district, the northern most district of Punjab, is sand-witched between the rivers ‘Ravi’ and ‘Beas’. This district shares its borders with Pakistan on the north western side, Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir state on the northern side. Chamba and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh state lies on the north-eastern side of the district. Hoshiarpur district borders this district on the south-eastern side while Kapurthala district lies on the southern side of the district. Amritsar district lies on the the south western side of Gurdaspur district.