(Last Updated on : 04/11/2014)
Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary is a reserved forest covers an of area of 681.99 square kilometers that is actually located in the south west region of the Munger district
Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the most attractive Indian Wildlife Sanctuaries
, is located in the Kharagpur
Hills and it is surrounded by the non forestry areas as well as Ganga River
on the South. The non forestry areas around this wildlife sanctuary are inhabited with dense population. The natural vegetation of the Kharagpur Hill is extremely rich because it consists of Kend Tree, Sal Tree and Semal Tree. Many other trees also grow on the hilly terrain on this sanctuary and protect the forms as well as creepers from the scorching sun rays.
Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary also consists of many animals like Nilgai
, barking deer
, sloth, Royal Bengal Tiger
and four horned antelope. All these wild animals are used to live in this forest. This wildlife sanctuary is more famous for its birdlife because it is a home to more than hundred of different bird species. These resident birds stay in this forest cover area all the year around. However, the number of resident birds increases during the winters because it is the migratory season. This forest area mainly consists of bamboo
forest, sal forest, grass lands and many other small forests.
These forests are comprises various species of flora. The top canopy of this forest cover area consists of Diospyros melanoxylon (kendu), Terminalia Arjuna (Arjun
), Holarrhena antidysenterica, Boswellia serrata (salai), Pterocarpus Marsupium (Paisar), Terminalia bellayoica (Bahera), Shorea Robusta (sal), Madhuca indica (Mahua
) and Terminalia tomentose (Asan). The ground flora of this sanctuary includes Zizyphus Xylopyra and Flemengia Chappar whereas the climber flora includes Bauhinia Vahlii and Smilex
There are some hot springs also that are located in the valley portions of this forest cover area and some of these foot hills are Sita Kund
, Bhimbandh and Rishi Kund. The temperature of these hot springs ranges from 52 degrees to 65 degrees. These hot springs also contain traces of many radioactive materials.
The Munger district experiences normal climate all across the year. There are mainly three different types of district seasons in this zone and they are summer, winter and monsoon. Summer season lasts from March to May, monsoon season from June to September and winter season from October to February. This region also experiences an annual rainfall of about 1146 mm. The best for tourists to visit the Bhimbandh wild life sanctuary is November to April.
Bhimbandh wildlife sanctuary is located about 10 kilometers away from the Munger-Jamui District
state highway. The nearest train head to the Bhimbandh wildlife sanctuary is the Bhagalpur
Junction. Bhimbandh wildlife sanctuary is located very close to the Patna airport. It is extremely important for the tourists to note that there are two major biomes that are present in the Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary. They are forest biome and grassland biome respectively.