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Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in Bihar in the south west of Munger district.

While during Mahabharat period, after being defeated by Kaurvas in chaupad / chess the Pandvas had to live in unknown places and in disguise at several places in jungle .This site Bhimbandh is one of such places. There are big stone slabs near hot spring stream.It appears as if somebody has kept these slabs to cross the stream.But hear say is that Pandawas while in disguised period helped the villagers by damming a stream which was flowing with high velocity. Bhim being physically most capable the dam was named after his name.These stone slabs are remnant of the same dam. Presently it is known for its hot spring It was called green forest in 7th century AD. as mentioned by Huensang in his tour diary. It is situated between the Kharagpur hills of Munger and hills of Jamui The Kharagpur hills have been notified as Bhimbhandh forest life sanctuary since 1976.

Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the south west of Munger district. The forests cover an area or 681.99 km² on the hills and undulating tract of Kharagpur Hills. It is situated at a distance of 56 km from southern border of Munger, 20 km from Jamui Railway Station and 200 km from Patna Airport.

Bhimbandh is situated south of the Ganges River, at the northern edge of Chota Nagpur Plateau and west of Santhal Pargana. it is surrounded on all sides by densely inhabited non-forestry areas. In the valley portions and at the foothills are several hot springs of which the finest are at Bhimbandh, Sita Kund and Rishi Kund. All the hot springs maintain nearly almost same temperature all year round. Of them, the Bhimbandh springs have the hottest temperature (52 °C to 65 °C) and discharge (0.84-1.12 cum/sec) and constitute the best area for the exploration of geothermal energy potential.

There are number of places of tourist interest near the Sanctuary, including Rishi Kund, Sita Kund, Ha-Ha Punch Kumari, Rameshwar Kund, and Kharagpur Lake

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