Trip location: Bhimbandh, Bihar
Timings: 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM
About the tour:
Bhimband is situated in the south-west of Munger district in Bihar. The sanctuary is spread across an area of 682 sq km and comprises of undulating topography. Here, you can find a unique amalgamation of hills, plains and plateau region blanketed by a thick forest cover and some incredible hot springs. The hot springs here seem to have a constant temperature throughout the year and attract a lot of tourists. Of significance is the historical legend behind this wildlife sanctuary.
Dating back to the time of Mahabharata, it is believed that the Pandavas set up their ‘disguised’ temporary shelters here by the hot spring and constructed a dam (known as ‘bandh’ in Hindi) across the stream. The dam was named after Bhim, the strongest of all Pandavas. This is also where the name of the sanctuary is derived from. Even today you can find the stone slabs remnant of the dam.
They are close to the forest village of Bimbandh. The first spring is about 300 yards north of the village, immediately under a small hill named Mahadeva. From the base of this hill the hot water issues in a fine stream.
How to reach?
Air: The nearest airport is located at Patna, almost 200 km away.
Rail: Nearest railway stations include Jamui railway station (20 km) and Bariarpur station on Jamalpur Bhagalpur section.
Road: Bhimband wildlife sanctuary is located 56 km away from Munger and can be reached easily by buses or private vehicles.