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A rather less explored place of Jharkhand is this beautiful ideal location for your next vacation. You can come here with anyone to take a break and rejoice from within. Be its ancient sites, trekking spots, or picturesque scenery - Sahibganj will give you the best of everything.

This town is nicely nestled between River Ganges and Rajmahal Hills. A lot of refugees from Bangladesh reside here along with other people from Bengal, Bihar, and Jharkhand. Rajmahal and Teliagarhi Forts are the main witnesses of history and their structures speak a lot about it. 

The best time to visit Sahebganj would be between the months of October and March. During this time, the overall temperature is quite pleasant for the tourists.

Also Read: This city has fascinating architecture, culture, and cuisine

History of Sahebganj

Sanhebganj was home to several Mughal and British rulers. This is probably the reason why it was named what it was, where Saheb means 'ruler' and ganj means 'place'. 

Ancient History

The history of Sahibganj mainly revolves around Rajmahal and Teliagarhi Fort of Jharkhand. The inhabitants of this beautiful town were called Malo Paharia who settled at Rajmahal Hills and still live there. They were also mentioned in the notes of Megasthenes as 'Malli', Greek Ambassador of Seleucus Nicator. It was Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang who made the place popular after mentioning the fort of Taliagarhi in his famous travelogue in 645 AD. Also, several traces of Buddhism was found during the ancient age. 

Medieval History

A consistent history of Sahebganj can be traced from the 13th century when Bakhtiar Khilji (Sultanate-e-Dilli) visited Bengal with his Muslim armies through Teliagarhi Pass. During the visit, he captured Bengal where Sahebganj was also a prominent part. Again, the battle took place between Humayun and Sher Shah Suri and the Mughal rule was set up on July 12, 1576. Then, several Mughal rulers ruled Bengal. During the reign of Akbar, the Rajmahal became the capital of Bengal. 

Formation of British Rule 

During the rule of Sher Shah Shuja (son of Emperor Shahjahan), Rajmahal became the capital of Bihar and witnessed the utmost glory and development. Rajmahal was also the place where Dr Gabriel Boughten cured the daughter of Shah Shuja and in return, he got the permission to trade in Bengal. Also,  this was the start of the British Rule.

Major Attractions in and Around Sahebganj

1. Moti Jharna. Moti Jharna is one of the most amazing tourist destinations to visit with your loved ones. If you love nature then you will be definitely finding this place to be exceptionally serene, beautiful and phenomenal.

2. Raj Mahal. A historically enriching destination, this town is a very interesting tourist destination to visit and explore. Sited on the bank of River Ganges this town was once used to be the seat of the government during the Mughal period. Furthermore, this town is also home to major monuments like Singhi Dalan, Akbari Masjid, Tomb of Maina-Bibi, and Tomb of Miran.

3. Teliagarhi Fort. The Teliagarhi Fort is one of the most important tourist destinations which is a must-visit. The Teli Zamindar who dwelled here during this time was the builder of this fort. And near this temple, you will also be finding the ruins of the fort such as Raksisthan Temple.

4. Shivgadi Temple. This holy place is specifically dedicated to Lord Shiva. The aura and the spiritual significance which this place holds is quite enticing. On an annual basis, this place witnesses a huge footfall.

5. Bhagwan Kuan. Bhagwan Kuan is one of the most interesting tourist destinations to visit. This is also one of the oldest tourist places situated in Sahebganj. It was built in the memory of Edward II.

How to Reach Sahebganj

To reach Sahebganj, you will need to cover a total distance of about 1,009, 1,834, 659, 2,160 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how you can easily travel to Sahebganj by the following means of public transport. 

By Air. The nearest airport is the Patna Airport situated at a distance of about 300 km. Patna Airport is well-established serving regular flights from major Indian cities. You can easily get a bus, auto or taxi to reach Sahebganj from the airport.

  • From Delhi - Board IndiGo, Air India, Spicejet flights from Delhi Airport. The airfares start from INR 2,500-3,000
  • From Kanpur - Board Spicejet flights from Kanpur Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000-4,000
  • From Praygraj - Board IndiGo, Go Air, Air India flights from Prayagraj Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000-6,000

By Train. Sahebganj has its own railway station which is well-routed to nearby cities of Jharkhand. It also serves with direct trains from several metropolitan cities. From the station, you can easily book a cab or some other means of local transport to reach your destination. 

  • From Prayagraj - Board Brahmaputra Spl from Prayagraj station and deboard at Sahebganj
  • From Guwahati - Board DBRG DLI SPECIAL from Guwahati station and deboard at Sahebganj

By Road. Frequent bus services are available for commuting within Jharkhand. National Highway 33 connects Sahebganj to Ranchi. Apart from the internal connectivity, Sahebganj is also well-connected with other nearby cities and states via interstate (private/government) buses and private taxis. And depending upon your comfort and convenience, you can also consider travelling via your own vehicle here. 

  • From Gaya - 199 km via NH22
  • From Darbhanga - 199 km via NH22 or SH74
  • From Varanasi - 286 km via Patna-Parsa-Siwan highway

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