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Forbesganj is located in Bihar
Location in Bihar, India
Coordinates: 26°18′N 87°15′E / 26.3°N 87.25°E / 26.3; 87.25Coordinates: 26°18′N 87°15′E / 26.3°N 87.25°E / 26.3; 87.25
Country  India
State Bihar
District Araria
Elevation 46 m (151 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 50,475
 • Official Maithili, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 854318
Telephone code +91-6455-22****
Sex ratio 1.14 /
Lok Sabha constituency Araria
Vidhan Sabha constituency Forbesganj

Forbesganj is both a town and a municipality in the Araria District (formerly Purnia District before 1990) in the state of Bihar, India. Situated at the border of Nepal and India, the town is an important economic location in the region. The development of infrastructure here has recently increased because of the broad gauge railway services on the Katihar-Jogbani route and construction of the national highway, NH-57. These developments are predicted to improve the town's economy.[citation needed]

Famous People[edit]

"Phanishwar Nath 'Renu" was a famous writer from Forbesganj.

He wrote "Maila Anchal" which is considered one of his
masterpieces and was later produced for television.

Pandit Ramdeni Tiwari Dwijdeni (1885 - 1952) was a great freedom fighter from Forbesganj. He was the first elected Member of Legislative Assembly(MLA) from this town.


Apart from Hindi, Maithili, Kulhaiya is the most common language spoken by the people in Forbesganj. Bengali, Bhojpuri and Marwari are other common languages spoken particularly in this town area.


Forbesganj is located at 26°18′N 87°15′E / 26.3°N 87.25°E / 26.3; 87.25.[1] It has an average elevation of 46 meters (150 feet). The Nepalese border is only 12 km away.


As of the 2012, Forbesganj had a population of 373,933.The female to male ratio here is 89.98%. Forbesganj has an average literacy rate of 47%, the same as its state, Bihar. Male literacy is 49.47%; female literacy is 26.89%.The non-working population is 51.47% of the total population. There is a total of 79,741 children under the age of 6 in Forbesganj. Forbesganj is the biggest subdivision and town of the Araria district.


For a long time Forbesganj was known for its jute production, but the advent of synthetic fibers and the closing of mills due to non-profitability caused the jute industry to die a slow death. With the broad-gauge conversion of the railway tracks and construction of a four-lane highway, the economic activities are set to pick up. Some MNC's and Indian Companies are planning to set up huge manufacturing and R&D units in Forbesganj. Recently, the demand for small-scale industries has also increased. Forbesganj, due to its diversity, maybe soon given an SEZ status for the development of the nearby areas and to revive the trade that once used to flourish here.


The town has a railway station with both broad-gauge (Katihar Jogbani branch line) and meter gauge tracks. Railway services are available for Katihar (five passenger trains, daily), Delhi (12487 Jogbani-Delhi Seemanchal Exp., seven days per week), Kolkata (3160 Jogbani-Kolkata Exp, three days per week), and Saharsa (two express and two passenger trains daily, meter gauge). Trains for almost all big locations in India can be boarded from Katihar (98 km from Forbesganj).

Frequent bus services are available for Jogbani (Nepal Boarder), Araria (District Headquarters), Purnia (Commissioner's Headquarters), and Katihar. Many night-service and luxury buses travel between Forbesganj and Patna, the state capital.

There is also an abandoned aerodrome in the town.


Forbesgunj has an All India Radio Relay station known as Akashvani Forbesgunj. It broadcasts on FM frequencies.

Schools and Institutes[edit]

  • AICT-Computer Education'*
  • Lee Academy High School
  • Bhagwati Devi Goyal Girls High School
  • Mithila Public Sr. Secondary School
  • Shri Rani Saraswati Vidya Mandir
  • Central Public School


  • Ebenezer Mission School
  • Modern Academy
  • Modern Public School
  • Shishu Bharati
  • Shishu Shiksha Niketan
  • Modern Children Academy
  • Pravat Primary School
  • JP Memorial Public School
  • Thana Middle School
  • Adarsh Vidyalaya
  • DDS High School
  • Boys Middle School
  • Government Adarsh Madhya Vidyalaya
  • KKD High School
  • Ram Lal High School
  • Central Model School
  • IHHS
  • Institute of Banking Services (IBS)


Net Point[edit]

Creative cyber station,vijay cinema compound.


Computer Institute[edit]

[Institute of Advance & Professional Studies]

  • Computer World Institute
[Advance Studies Data Entry Forbesganj]
  • M.T.E.T
  • DIGITECH Computer Education
  • PYREX Technology
  • NIIT Forbesganj


Hospitals and medical services[edit]

Forbesganj has adequate medical facilities. The government hospital includes that at the Sadar Road, Referral Hospital .Private clinics include Dr. Alakh Niranjan's Clinic.

But for major medical assistance available in Purnia division.


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