Sahibganj, Jharkhand – A place where time stands still


The picturesque town of Sahibganj or Sahebganj rests on the southern bank of the River Ganges in the north eastern region of Rajmahal subdivision of Jharkhand. It is a place where time stands still. The town has some historical significance. From the notes of Megasthenes to the decisive battle of Sher Shah and Humayun, from the Santhal Rebellion of 1855 to the Freedom of India, Sahibganj has played a very crucial role. Here the ancient royal palaces with the riches are full of dirt and the landscape is dotted with twin lakes, bird sanctuaries and the mighty Ganges. Moreover, the exotic landscape of the region features plenty of fossil remains of flora preserved as casts, impression and petrifaction.

Sahebganj-Udhwa-Bird-SanctuaryPlaces to see in Sahibganj: Sightseeing in Sahibganj is truly a visual pleasure. There is a natural twin lake at Sahebganj, called Udhwa Lake attracting tourists to enjoy the charm of its beauty. The lake is a safe refuge for different exotic species of birds. Moreover, migratory birds from as far as Siberia also visit the lake every year in huge number. You can also visit the Udhwa Bird Sanctuary, the sole bird sanctuary of Jharkhand nestled in the nearby village of Udhwa also known as Patauda.

On your way to Sahebganj, you will find the beautiful ruins of Sangi Dalan built under the benefaction of Raja Maan Singh between 1580 and 1600 AD. The meandering River Ganga flowing next to this edifice offers a visual splendour. There is a historical well in Sahibgang, built in 1915, which is locally called ‘Bhagwa Kuan,’ constructed to commemorate the memory of Edward VII. You can also visit nearby Mandro to see the fossils of trees and animals.

Nearby attractions around Sahibganj: Sahibganj is ornamented with a number of historical attractions. An experience of visiting the historical city of Rajmahal near Sahibganj is truly a pleasure to watch. It was established by Emperor Akbar long back Sahebganj-lakein the 15th century. The place is a major witness of a number of significant battles. The town houses some remarkable monuments, which include  Akbari Masjid, Singhi Dalan,Tomb of Maina-Bibi and Tomb of Miran. Nearly 13 km north-west of Rajmahal town there is a serene village called Kanhaiyasthan, which owes its name to the shrine of Lord Krishna (Kanhaiya). It is said that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu on his way to Brindavan from Bengal stayed at this place and received the vision of Lord Krishna. The impression of the step of Chaitanya  Dev has been preserved at the site.

You can also visit the ruins of Jama Masjid at Hadaf in Rajmahal, built under the reign of Raja Maan Singh in 1592 AD, which was once recognized as the most elegant building of Gaur (Bengal). In close proximity from the location, you will find Bara Darwaza, a unique fort located at the top of a hillock. The fort features 12 identical doors. The Archaeological Survey of India has declared the remaining of the fort as a heritage site.

You will also find a number of temples in the neighbouring areas of Sahebganj. The temple of Shiva in Barhait is truly adorable. The place is frequented by disciples during the month of Shravan and the Mahashivratri. You will also admire the Binduvasini Temple near Barharwa railway station. Thousands of devotees assemble at the place during Ram-Navami when a grand fair is also held for nine days at the site. There is also a temple at Mirzapur village, known as Shukravasini Temple.

There are ruins of an ancient fort called Teliagarhi near the Karamtola station. It was named after its builder Teli  Zaminder. Do not miss a trip to Bhoganadih, the historical village of Sido and Kanu, the two legendary brothers who triggered the Santhal revolt in 1855. The village is considered as a sacred location by the tribes. The village also houses a memorial to pay tribute to the sacrifice of the brothers. You can also visit Panchkathiya, the place where these siblings were hanged by the British. Moreover, Malda in West Bengal is around 2.5 hours away from Sahibganj.

Things to do in Sahibganj: Sightseeing is the major activity of the people visiting Sahibganj. Try to visit the mela held on every full moon of Magh month at Rahmahal. The mela is mainly dominated by the tribals gathering from all over the district.

Best time to visit Sahibganj: You can visit Sahebganj any time of the year.

How to go ?

To reach Sahebganj you have to travel upto Ranchi by rail or road .


Where to stay?

Decent accommodation and dining facilities are available in Sahibganj. Some options are:

Hotel White House: (06436) – 223355/9798117311 Website:
Priya Hotel: 06436 223 369

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.


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