Darbhanga TourismDarbhanga, also known as Cultural Capital of Bihar is famous for its historical past and several beautiful locations. It is widely famed for its association with Darbhanga Raj. Numbers of royal palaces, historical monuments, ponds, museums, temples adds to the beauty of the city. Every part of this city tells about its glorious history and mesmerizing culture. Art and craft of this region is far famed for its unique appeal. Mithila and Madhubani paintings are well known for their artwork across the world.
Traditional folk art, music and dance of this region are simply captivating . And when it comes to shopping there is lot to do. You can buy a lot of traditional stuff available at art and craft centers and handloom stores in the city. Traditional food of Darbhanga is too delicious to try and no journey to the city is complete without getting flavor of the rich and aromatic food of the region.
Best Time to Visit DarbhangaIt is advisable to visit Darbhanga during October to March when weather of this city remains relatively cool and pleasant. Tourists can enjoy perfect vacation and explore more about this historically and culturally rich city during this time.Darbhanga is well known for its rich art and culture which amused one with its royal charm and elegance. Natural attractions like scenic ponds to captivating bird sanctuary, royal palaces to ancient temples and historical monuments to museums everything is present to keep one amazed.
Tourist Helplines and Important Contact NumbersDepartment of Tourism
Government of Bihar
Old Secretariat, Patna-800015, Bihar (India)
Tel: +91 612-2234194 / 2215531
Fax: +91 612-2234194
Office Number: 06272-245088(O) 245356(R)
Email- Id: firstname.lastname@example.org
District Magistrate, Darbhanga
Mobile Number: 9473191317
Office Number: 06272-240200
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Tourist Attractions In and Around DarbhangaKnown for its cultural richness and traditional values, Darbhanga has a lot to offer to its tourists. There are innumerable tourist spots in Darbhanga ranging from charming palaces, scenic ponds, marvelous temples, historical sites, exotic wildlife and informative museums which simply captivate visitors with their charming presence. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Darbhanga are:
Kankali TempleKankali temple is located 2 kms far from Darbhanga railway station. It was built by Maharaj of Darbhanga in the premises of Darbhanga fort. This temple is much popular among locals of this city who worship Goddess Shakti with lot of devotion.
Kusheshwarasthan Bird SanctuaryOne of the most beautiful tourist spots in Darbhanga is Kusheshwarasthan Bird Sanctuary which is home to many rare and endangered species of birds. It is also the favorite stay for migratory birds which fly down here every year during November to March. Located about 45 km east of Darbhanga town in Kusheshwarasthan block (Biraul Sub-division), Kusheshwarasthan Bird Sanctuary is most popular among wildlife lovers.
The place is no less than a paradise for nature lovers specially those having interest in avian fauna. Every year the sanctuary is visited by number of tourists traveling to this part of Bihar. Apart from wide variety of species of birds the region is also famous for its lush green and pristine beauty.
Mahinam-Mahadeo-SthanMahinam-Mahadeo-Sthan is another popular temple in Darbhanga district. It is located approx. 5 kms far from Darbhanga- Biraul pucca road. This temple is specially dedicated to Lord Shiva and devotees from far and wide come to offer their prayers here. On Kartik and Maghi Purnima, large fairs are held here annually which are the major sources of amusement for visitors.
Maharaja Laxmiswar Singh Museum
Maharaja Laxmiswar Singh Museum is the perfect place to visit for history lovers and all those who want to know more about Darbhanga Raj and royal family. It is located near Darbhanga Railway Station on eastern bank of Mansarover Lake. Maharaja Laxmiswar Singh Museum houses unique artifacts and precious items which were gifted by Prince Subheshwar Singh for establishment of this museum. This museum was established on 16th September 1977. There is no entry fee to visit this museum and it is everyday open for visitors except Monday.
Chandradhari MuseumSituated on the North bank of Mansarover Lake in Darbhanga, Chandradhari Singh Museum was established on 7th December, 1957. It houses rare artifacts and objects which are great sources of knowledge and information about history and culture of this region. This museum is named after Late Chandradhari Singh of Ranti Dyordhi (Madhubani) who donated all these artifacts for establishment of the museum. There are eleven galleries in this museum, divided as per specific arrangement of objects and artifacts. Chandradhari Museum remains open every day except Monday and there is no entry fee for visitors.
BrahmpurBrahmpur is an old village in Jale block of Darbhanga district which is far famed for Gautam Kund and temple of Gautam Rishi. Located about 8 kms from Kamtaul, Brahmpur village is rail head in Jale block. There is a famous Khadi Gramodyog Centre and a Khadi store which are the perfect shopping spots for visitors in this village.
Apart from these famous places there are a lot many like Chhaprar, Kusheshwar-asthan, Makranda, Nawadah Durga-Sthan, Newri, Darbhanga Fort, Raghopur, Malechchhed Mardani Temple, Shyama Temple, Sati Asthan, Manokamna Temple, Kaitholic Church, Bhikha Salami Majar, Mazar of Makhdoom Baba and the list goes on. One thing is certain that you will never feel bore while traveling to this part of Bihar.
Travel Tips to Darbhanga
- Don't forget to carry an identity proof and other important documents
- Always book suitable hotel in advance to avoid any inconveniences
- Always carry a hard copy map of the city and GPS devices for searching your destinations
- Keep your mobile phone charged properly so that you can use it in emergency
- Keep a common first aid box or medical kit ready with you during travel
- Always keep all your important contacts and emergency numbers all the time with you
- Avoid carrying hard cash in bulk and avoid isolated areas and by-lanes
How to Reach Darbhanga ?Darbhanga has good road network and thus very well connected with other cities of the country. National Highway 57 linking Muzaffarpur to Jhanjharpur passes through this city. NH 105 is another national highway crossing through this district. East-West corridor express way, which connects Porbandar to Silchar also passes through this district. SH 50, SH 56 and SH 75 are main state highways which connect Darbhanga with other nearby places as well as provide internal road connectivity to this district. Buses operated by Bihar State Road Transport Corporation are one of the safe and secure medium to reach the city via roadways.
Darbhanga has perfect rail connectivity which connects it with most of the major cities in the country. Darbhanga Junction is the busiest A1+ categorized railway station of Samastipur division and lies under East Central Railways of India. Laheriasari is another railway station of Darbhanga district. Nearest airport is Jayprakash Narayan International Airport located in Patna at distance of approx. 135 km. from Darbhanga. There is an aerodrome at Darbhanga which is known as Darbhanga Airport but that is not the civilian one. It is under control of Indian Air Force and mostly used for relief operations.
Where to Stay in Darbhanga ?When it comes to accommodation, numbers of hotels and inns are present in Darbhanga catering to the needs of tourists and visitors. One can easily find the suitable option for stay in the city as per budget and amenities. Some of the popular hotels in Darbhanga are mentioned below :
Hotel A P Palace
Address: Near Poonam Cinema, Lalbagh
Darbhanga Ho, Darbhanga - 846004
Mobile: +(91)-7870031639, 7488585430
Hotel Naveen Residency
Address: Tower Chowk, Darbhanga Ho, Darbhanga - 846004
Mobile: +(91)-9999293466, 9304335935
Hotel Rama Residency
Address: Near Benta Durga Mandir, Benta Chowk
Laheriasarai, Benta South, Darbhanga - 846003
Mobile: +(91)-9905910710, 9470876717
Hotel Shyama Regency Private Ltd
Address: Bihar State Highway 50, Kathalbari
Darbhanga, Bihar 846004
Rambagh Kila, Darbhanga, Bihar
Phone: +(91)-6272-254457/ 58
Internal Transport in DarbhangaInternal transportation in Darbhanga is too good due to presence of several state highways in the district. City buses, trains, auto-rickshaws, man-pulled rickshaws, cabs and taxis are available for local transportation in this district. Thus, one can easily commute within city and surrounding regions too without any hassle availing services of local modes of transport in this district. Apart from that car rental services in Darbhanga make a perfect choice for those who prefer comfortable journey with privacy.
Where to Shop in Darbhanga ?Darbhanga is the city where one can come across traditional shops selling unique local artifacts and handicrafts of this region. Charm of Madhubani paintings or Mithila paintings is incomparable and thus, one of the major attractions of this region. Pahee Market at GM Road, Darbhanga and Tower Chowk market are some of the local markets flooded with variety of traditional handicraft items and electronic goods.
Besides, modernized shopping hot spots such as V2V Mall & Showroom, VMV Mall and Showroom, City Life, V2 Value and Variety Hypermarket and V-Mart Retail Limited are also present in city. From exclusive outlets of some famous brands like Van Heusen, Allen Cooper, Peter England, Allen Solly, The Raymond Shop, United Colors of Benetton etc. to local shops all are ready to serve the shoppers. So, once in Darbhanga don’t forget to buy some unique gifts for your dear ones.