To the southern west part of Munger district in Bihar there is an area named as Bhimbandh. It is spread across an area of 682 square kilometer which comprises of tropical dense forest covering undulating tract of Kharagpur hills. Bhimbandh is situated at a distance of two hundred kilometers from Patna airport and twenty kilometer from Jamui railway station.
In 1976 the hills of Jamui and Kharagpur hills area notified as Bhimbandh Wild Life Sanctuary. There are six hot springs at six different places surrounding the hilly area namely Bhimbandh, Rishi Kund, Rameshwar Kund, Sringi rishi Kund, Hingania and Bharari stream. Out of all six streams Bhimbandh has recorded highest temperature ranging from 55 to 72 degree centigrade.
The climatic condition is normal for Bhimbandh and three distinct seasons prevail here as mentioned below.
Monsoon (June to September), winter (October to February) and summer (March to May). The average annual rainfall is 1146 mm. The average temperature during summer is about 37 degree centigrade and during winter the average temperature is observed as 5 degree centigrade. The best time to tour this place is from November to April.
Bhimbandh has an enthralling history back to the times of Mahabharata. The Pandvas were defeated by Kaurvas in gambling and according to rule they had to leave the Kingdom Hastinapur and live in unknown places for 12 years. Bhimbandh is one of those place where Pandvas spent some time during their disguised stay (Agyatbas). It is believed that Pandvas helped the villagers to build a dam in order to check the high flow of the stream and the dam was named after the second Pandav Bhim. There are big stone slabs near the spring and seems to be remnant of the dam. Bandh means dam.
There are several varieties of animals found in Bhimbandh wildlife sanctuary. Animal like tiger, leopard, monkey, deer, chital, sambar, rabbit, wild bear, spotted, barking deer, van murgi, hanuman, sahil, nilgai, peafowl, hynah, jungle cat, fishing cat, Indian gray mongoose, hispid hare, Bengal fox, leopard cat, small and large Indian civets, golden jackal, sloth bear, hog badger, particolored flying squirrels etc. are found in this sanctuary. However, the sanctuary is famous for its birds. Common bird species found are pied hornbill, swallow, nightjars, dronge, paradisefly, kingfisher, bulbul, mainas, pigeon, wood pigeon, greater spotted eagle, white-tailed eagle, Pallas's fish eagle, grey-headed fish eagle, lesser kestrel and vulture, peafowl, grey partridge, quail, Malabar, blue jay, owl, falcon, kite, eastern imperial eagle.During winter birds migrate from central Asia to Bhimbandh.
Other Tourist Attraction Point
Near by the Sanctuary there are other tourist places like, Rishikund, Ha-Ha Punch Kumari, Rameshwar Kund, Kharagpur Lake, Sringrishi etc. There are Forest Rest House and Tourist lodge which provide accommodation to tourists in the mid of the forest.
Bhimbandh attracts several tourist around the globe for its beauty. But the Maoists attack incident in the year 2005 has adversely affected the number of visitors to this place.
How to reach Bhimbandh?
One can reach this place by road from Munger town. And also visitors can accesses the nearest railway station that is Bhagalpur Junction and can avail private transport to reach Bhimbandh.