It is surprising, but true besides a peaceful place, Kishanganj is home to several places of tourist interest. In fact, very few give their attention towards the tourism aspect of Kishanganj. Luckily nature has blessed Kishanganj with a number of picnic spots, shimmering Mahananda River, beautiful parks, tea gardens and other interesting place. Fact is that every village, every panchayat (block), every road leading to villages, offer visual feasts to all. While moving along the district roads, you will come across several interesting sights. Kishanganj also serves as an excellent base to visit the world famous Darjeeling Hill Station (150 km), and Gangtok (170 km).
Some of the major attractions in and around Kishanganj are:
Nehru Shanti Park: Situated close to Bengal Bus Stand and Indira Talkies, Nehru Shanti Park is a good place to spend some leisure time. Although, the park is lagging behind in basic amenities, but you will surely enjoy the serene environs and wonderful sight of colourful flowers and plants. The massive statue of Lord Buddha inside the park is the prime attraction. In addition, the park offers excellent entertainment options for children.
Nehru Shanti Park
Kargil Park: Built in the memory of martyrs of Kargil War, Kargil Park is a new park in Kishanganj. The park is located close to historic Ruidhasa market and looking very beautiful inside. Visit the park in the evening, it will certainly refresh your mind and body. Like Nehru Park, this park has also flowering plants, herbs and shrubs. Kargil Park is more serene than Nehru Park, because of its strategic location, far from hustle and bustle of city.
Ruidhasa Maidan: Ruidhasa Maidan, a historic ground is the landmark of Kishanganj district. The massive ground is the venue of political affairs in Kishanganj. During election time the ground turn into a virtual fair. Plitical leaders address the people from a high stage and try to convince them. Ruidhasa Maidan is visited by many prominent political leaders including Rajiv Gandhi, M J Akbar, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Nitish Kumar and Shatrughan Sinha.
Khagra Mela: Definition of Kishanganj is incomplete without mentioning Khargra Mela. An annual fair, Khagra Mela was once considered one of the biggest fairs of Bihar and the country as well. Khagra Mela is inaugurated every year on January 26 and the fair goes for one month till February end. Cattles are major attraction of the fair, besides, the shops dealing in clothes, toys, bangles, eatables add more charm. Most of the shops sell the items in fixed prices fondly called, ‘Har Ek Maal’.
Mahananda River: One of the biggest rivers of India, Mahananda River divides the district into two parts. Mahananda River is also referred as the ‘sorrow of Kishanganj’, because the river washes away crop and many villages during monsoon. However, the river has several good spots, where you can go for picnics and enjoy some good time.
Mahanda River & Bagalbari Ghat
Udra Ghat & Bagalbari Ghat: Located 15 km from Kishanganj at Belwa, Udraghat is a famous picnic spot on Kishanganj – Thakurganj road. On New Year people throng the ghat to enjoy picnics and prepare meal from the water of the river. Bagalbari Ghat is another popular picnic spot, about 8 km away from the district headquarters on Kishanganj – Bahadurganj Road.
Tea Gardens: Tea Gardens in Kishanganj certainly sound amazing, but is a reality. Now the district is also producing tea gardens. Hardly 10 kms from Kishanganj city in Belwa, there are acres and acres of lush gardens. Take a drive on Kishanganj – Thakurganj Road, as the road hit Belwa, you will come across exciting vistas offered by the tea gardens.
Tea Gardens, just 10 km from district headquarters
Siliguri (95 km): Siliguri is a major city of West Bengal and serves as a base for Darjeeling. From Silguri, you have to take the toy train or taxis to reach Darjeeling. You can visit Silguri for shopping, as the city has several good shopping malls. In addition, the views of Himalayan Peaks and tea gardens en-route will thrill you. While visiting Siliguri, don’t forget to buy few kilos of Darjeeling tea, known for its special aroma.
Darjeeling (150 km): One of the most popular hill stations of India, Darjeeling doesn’t require any introduction. Situated thousands feet above the sea level, Darjeeling takes one close to the nature. You will certainly enjoy a stay in Darjeeling, from where you can also see the snow clad mountain ranges, including world’s third highest peak ‘Kanchenjunga’. From Kishanganj board any train running towards New Jalpaiguri or a bus to reach New Jalpaiguri / Silguri. From there, you may reach Darjeeling either by boarding the toy train or by a taxi (available on share basis).
Signboard showing distance of nearby destinations
Gangtok (170 km): The capital of Sikkim state, Gangtok is also a famous hill station. Far from the hustle and bustle of Kishanganj, you can enjoy a peaceful vacation here. The route to Gangtok is similar till Siliguri. From there, taxis are available for Gangtok. The journey takes around 3 to 4 hours.