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Forbesganj is located in Bihar
Location in Bihar, India
Coordinates: 26°18′00″N 87°15′54″E / 26.300°N 87.265°E / 26.300; 87.265Coordinates: 26°18′00″N 87°15′54″E / 26.300°N 87.265°E / 26.300; 87.265
Country  India
State Bihar
District Araria district
Named for Forbes
 • MLA Vidya Sagar Keshri
 • Total 3 km2 (1 sq mi)
Elevation 46 m (151 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 3.51 lacs
 • 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 a town with municipality in the Araria District (formerly Purnia District before 1990) in the state of Bihar, India, situated at the border of Nepal and India. {Famous Durga Puja= Chhuapatti Durga Puja Samiti.]


The city was given its present name from its British ruler named Forbes. After the Independence the name was changed to Forbesganj. It is said that the British used this place for Indigo farming. Still the remains of the British premises can be seen at the banks of the famous landlocked water body Sultan Pokhar[1]


This small city has hot and wet summers and cold and dry winters. During summers the temperature can reach C and in winters the temperature can drop to C on occasion. There is significant rainfall during the rainy season.


Forbesganj is located at 26°18′N 87°15′E / 26.3°N 87.25°E / 26.3; 87.25.[2] 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%,. 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.


The city is well planned with a central road, Sadar Road, which runs through the heart of Forbesganj. Most of the major shops are located on both the sides of this road. Another major road, Hospital Road, connects to the main bus stand; it passes through the other part of the city and joins to the highways.

Administration and politics[edit]

Forbesganj Municipal Corporation is responsible for maintaining the city's civic infrastructure and carrying out associated administrative duties. Forbesganj (Vidhan Sabha constituency) (Hindi: फरबेसगन्ज विधान सभा निर्वाचन क्षेत्र) is an assembly constituency in Araria district in the Indian state of Bihar. In Bihar Legislative Assembly election, 2015, Forbesganj was one of the 36 seats to have VVPAT enabled electronic voting machines.[3][4]


In addition to its role as an educational and administrative place, the economy of this small city is fueled by fertilizer production, rice production, building and construction material supply, and other industry. Because the Nepal border is very close by, Forbesganj also entertains a fair amount of tourists throughout the year.


Forbesganj has a very rich culture. The people of this place are deeply attached to their traditions. The way of life is simple but people also welcome modernity. The society allows overall growth of the people.


Typical dishes include Dal Bhaat and Aloo ka Chokha (very easy to cook and common in all kitchens), Seasonal Mixed Veg., All Non-Veg Curry's (Chicken/Egg/Fish/Mutton), Rice items (Plain rice/Pulao or Briyani's), etc. Sweet dishes include Rasgoolla, Gulabjamoon, Khajoor ki Mithai, Khaja, Chana Barfi, Balushahi and many more.

Among street foods the most common is Samosa-Chat, Aaloo Chop, Gupchup (Golgappa), Bhunja.


The main language spoken over here is Hindi. But, there are people who speak, Bhojpuri, Maithali, Bengali, Marwari, etc.

Places of interest[edit]

There are several beautiful, religious as well as historical spots which one can visit after reaching this place. A list of some of these places is as follows:

  1. Chhuapatti Durga Puja Samiti
  2. Sultan Pokhar
  3. Hawai Adda
  4. Kali Mandir
  5. Badi Masjid
  6. Vishnu Yagya
  7. Mahavir Mandir
  8. Kotihat Nahar
  9. Gandhi Maidan
  10. Sundarnath Temple (Sundari )
  11. Vishnu Dhaam
  12. Birpur Barrage
  13. Malang Baba ka Darbar
  14. Bara shiv Mandir
  15. College Chowk
  16. Dak Bangla
  17. Haunted House Naka(near police station)
  18. Lal Kothi
  19. Post office chowk


The major game played here is cricket. Several local district level cricket tournaments are organized on a regular basis at the famous Gandhi Maidan. In almost every small lane children can be found with a bat and a ball. Other games include Kabaddi, Football, etc.


There are several CBSE and State Board schools present in this city. The list of a few famous schools are as below:

  1. Mithila Public School[5]
  2. Sri Rani Saraswati Vidya Mandir
  3. Sishu Bharti High School
  4. Ebenezer Mission High School
  5. District Institute of Education & Training, for training of all government teachers of Araria district.
  6. Industrial Training Institute, Forbesganj
  7. Women's Industrial Training Institute, Forbesganj
  8. Aryabhatt Public School, Pro. colony Forbesganj

An engineering college has also started at Forbesganj named MBIT[6] which is adding to the city's technical education. A day boarding school DPS World School is being setup in the city which will start their admission process from 2018-19 session, which will have all the amenities required in a modern educational institution and will have Boarding for both boys and girls.


Major daily Hindi news in Forbesganj include [Hindusthan samachar], Hindustan, Dainik Jagaran, Sahara News and Prabhat Khabar.



NH-57 connects to Forbesganj. Daily bus service is available from the Patna , Siliguri & Kolkata.


Forbesganj railway station is a junction. There are direct trains available to the major cities (Delhi/Kolkata/Patna, etc.) of the country.


The nearest airport to this place is Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri, West Bengal and the second nearest is Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport, Patna. From Bagdogra Airport it takes 3–4 hours to reach the city by road.


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