Monghyr, India

Munger, also spelled Monghyr, is a city in Bihar state, north-eastern India. It lies on the Ganges River, just north of Jamalpur.

Munger is said to have been founded by the Guptas (4th centuryBC) and contains a fort that houses the tomb of the Muslim saint Shah Mushk Nafā (died 1497). In 1763 Mīr Qasīm, Nawab of Bengal, made Munger his capital and built an arsenal and several palaces. It was constituted a municipality in 1864.

With major rail, road and ferry-steamer connections, it is an important grain market. Industries include the manufacture of firearms and swords and ebony work. The city contains one of the largest cigarette factories in India. To the southeast is the pilgrimage site and thermal springs of Sitakund.

Munger is known for the ancient 'Seat of rule' and the Bihar School of Yoga, deemed a university for yogic studies. It is also home to many sacred Hindu temples and has good schools and colleges.

Munger is located on National Waterway No-1 running from Allahabad to Haldia and it is well connected to major cities like Patna, Bhagalpur, Varanasi, Kolkata, and Allahabad through waterway. Good rail, road, air and waterways services provide good and reasonable reliable transport routes in and around Munger.

The climate of Munger is humid and subtropical (warm in summer and cold during winter).

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General Information:

Population: 213,303 (2011)
Language: Angika (similar to Maithili language), Hindi
Currency: Indian Rupee
Time zone: IST (UTC+5:30)
Dial code: +91-6344

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