A portion of Bihar, situated in the North East. Bordering W. Bengal, Bangla Desh and Nepal has been undeveloped for a long time. Gradually, it made some progress. But, the speed of progress was not so encouraging. Fortunately, it become a district in 1990. It is heartening to see that the day it was declared a district, the progress and Development activities also commenced giving a new look of the area.
Peace loving people became conscious. Being in an agricultural belt, previously, they were not so active. they were content with what was available easily. Today, the situation has charged and conditions are very much inspiring.
Administrative and Financial support by the Government and the Co-operation of enlightened persons of the community have facilitated the rapid development of the Area.
The Business in Kishanganj has given a new look to the market. The consumers do not have to go to Siliguri, Kolkatta , Katihar or Patna so often now. They get what they want without going anywhere. Different Banking facilities have become available.
Communication and road facilities have improved a lot. Roads are getting repaired and lighted here and there. Several kinds of Factory and Mill are in operation as well as underway.
Town Hall, Stadium, Nehru Park, Khagra Mela, , Novoday Vidyalaya, M.G.M. College, Lion Seva Kendra, Tauheed Educational Institute, Total literacy campaign and the trainings in the name of Ujala and Angna Vidyalaya under the supervision of Bihar Education Project are some of the special features of this District.
Education is spreading. The number of Government and private schools is increasing. Vocational, Technical, Professional and medical facilities are providing many sided such needs of the Area
Traditional Cuisines of Kishanganj
The visitors of Kishanganj can’t ignore the special veg thali and Nihari-Paya cooked at Sheheen in Khwanqah. The regular foods are common and so are traditional tikkis but eating Litti-Chokha and variety of meat items remain a distinct taste to enjoy. Spicy delicious kebabs and tikkas are major attractions in Kishanganj whose cuisines are great testes to enjoy. Traditional rice plate comprising of rice, onion chutni, variety of veg leaves and special breads are amazing. Typically cooked parathas and special light foods are ultimate. People also enjoy various types of fishes and cook them in multiple styles in Kishanganj district. The common sweets prepared in this city include jalebis, laddoos, khastas, rasgullas, kalaqand and malpuwa amongst others. The options are unlimited in Kishanganj city.
Fast Food Culture in Kishanganj
Fast foods are now order of the day due to the likings of young generations and their preferences to opt fast food on the rest. Such food joints play multiple roles for them to be a rendezvous for great fun while enjoying some lightly cooked easy food options to taste. Youngsters enjoy such junk foods and most importantly use such food joints their favorable hangout places to spend quality time with friends. Kishanganj city, being a small city still doesn’t have well organized big fast food brands yet. Places like barbeque palace and Bakery Palace are great options to explore besides Mahamaya where both fast food and traditional sweets are available. The food joints of Kishanganj also offer good choices to taste Chinese cuisines. One can find some of the favorite food items like Chinese fast food, pizzas, French fries, cookies, cakes, burgers and various local fast food items such as littis. The list is very long.
Street Food in Kishanganj
If you are keen to enjoy yummy dishes from the street food then go to some of the narrow and crowded streets of Kishanganj which can offer best eating out options. People get captivated by the aromatic food tastes of even street vendor food sellers. Although most of them don’t care for hygiene but they definitely offer you good taste of food which every food lover would like to try in the market area where shoppers gather to purchase clothes, saris, terracotta items or handicrafts et al. Local markets in Kishanganj are best to taste variety of local street foods especially various types of snacks. They also sell low cost foods. Such roadside food carts have wide range of food options for tourists and inhabitants of this city. Chinese foods, dosas, bhelpuri, pav bhaaji, chowmein and litti chokha amongst others offer great food choices.
Sweets of Kishanganj
Countless sweet shops cater to the needs of people in Kishanganj who love sweets. These shops also serve local and common desserts as well as tea. A few famous sweet shops in this city are D.R Sweets, Mahendra Mithaiwala, Maruti Restaurants and most rushed Mahamaya that offer variety of sweet items. A few less known sweet shops are also available in the city. In fact such shops are seen in each and every nook and corner. They prepare sweets through using natural ingredients to offer best quality to the masses. Festive seasons are worth noticing in Kishanganj when too many people rush to such sweet shops to buy snacks and sweets of their choice.
Ruins of Churli Estate
Churli EstateKishanganj bears with pride, its connection to the erstwhile Churli estate on the outskirts of Thakurganj block bordering Nepal. The Haveli, once the pride of the Churli estate, is now in a totally dilapidated condition, even as it reminds visitors of its proud bearing. During the British period, this estate was owned by Kudan Lal Singh and extended up to Sonapur in West Bengal, Kharudah in Kishanganj and 100 km up to the Nepal border. Churli Estate had taken zamindari rights (landlordship rights) from Tagore estate for two mauzas, Besarpatti and Nijagacch.
After independence Tagore estate and Churli estate together fought the court case against the abolition of zamindari but lost everything in the land ceiling Act. Today, the descendants of Kudan Lal Singh live in abject poverty in the vicinity of the Haveli.
HarGauri Temple is located in Thakurganj block. It is believed that this temple is at least 100 years old. In the year 2000, it celebrated its Golden Jubilee Year. This temple was built by the Zamindar of Tagore Estate. Folklore says that the Zamindar found the statues of Mahadev and Parvati co- joined together in one stone. He took the statue to Benaras, but one night he dreamt that Lord Mahadeva instructed him to return the statue to the original place and build a temple there. The Zamindar got so scared that he returned back next day and also subsequently got the temple constructed. Every year on the occasion of Shiv Ratri people come from far off places to worship and to offer holy water to the Shivling here.
Bandarjoola is a village located in Benugarh area. During excavations beautiful statues of Lord Vishnu and Sun God were found. This clearly marks the historical relevance of this place. Bandarjoola patiently awaits the arrival of archeologists to unravel its mysteries
This beautiful natural lake is located 40 km from Kishanganj. It is home to hundreds of migratory birds that make it their temporary home. Recently the Tourism Department, Government of Bihar, sanctioned money for the beautification and development of the area around the lake for promoting local tourism.
Bihar became the first state in India to have separate web page for every city and village in the state on its website www.brandbihar.com (Now www.brandbharat.com)
See the record in Limca Book of Records 2012 on Page No. 217