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Nickname(s): clean city in bihar
Kishanganj is located in Bihar
Location in Bihar, India
Coordinates: 26°04′46″N 87°56′14″E / 26.07944°N 87.93722°E / 26.07944; 87.93722Coordinates: 26°04′46″N 87°56′14″E / 26.07944°N 87.93722°E / 26.07944; 87.93722
Country  India
State Bihar
District Kishanganj
Area rank 652
Population [citation needed]
 • Total 107,076
 • Official Urdu and Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 855107
Literacy 74.71%

Kishanganj is a town and district headquarters of Kishanganj district in Purnea division of Bihar state. Nestled in the foothill of Himalaya this border district historically has been part of Nepal and Sikkim. Kishanganj old name is Nepalgarh. In 1840 Kishanganj became part of main land Indian subcontinent after the local ruler lost battle with Mughals.Subsequently it was absorbed in British empire. It is part of the chicken neck of Indian map. It is located at 26°04′46″N 87°56′14″E . Main rivers of this district are Mechi, Mahananda, Kankai. it is the only tea producing district in Bihar. It is one of the most sensitive districts of India, as the borders of this district are very near to Bangladesh(10 km), touching Nepal in southeast and north to Uttar Dinajpur and Darjeeling district of West Bengal respectively.Kishanganj has seven Block.


The Koch-Rajbongshi area starts from Kishanganj and extends up to Goalpara district in Assam. The native people of the district are Koch-Rajbongshi (locally called Surjapuri). Geographically and culturally part of north-east India Kishanganj is known for its rain and humid climate. As of the 2011 India census,[1] Kishanganj has a population of 107,076; of which male and female are 55,688 and 51,388 respectively.[2] Kishanganj have an average literacy rate of 74.71%: male literacy is 79.84%, and female literacy is 69.13%. In Kishanganj, Total children (0-6) in Kishanganj city are 17,017 as per figure from Census India report on 2011. There were 8,743 boys while 8,274 are girls. The child forms 15.89% of total population of Kishanganj City.

Religions in Kishanganj
Religion Percent
Distribution of religions
Includes Sikhs (0.2%), Buddhists (<0.2%).

The regional language of Surjapuri (a dialect of Koch-Rajbanshi language) is spoken by majority of people in Kishanganj. Hindi, Bengali, and Urdu are also spoken.


According the statistics, Kishanganj has a major railhead which is connected to major cities and towns of India. Kishanganj railway station comes under Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR). The railway station and NH 31 are connecting northeastern region of India to the rest of India. It has direct train connected to majority of major cities namely- New Delhi, Mumbai, Patna, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bangalore, Chennai, Trivandrum etc. Garib Nawaz express starts from here for Ajmer. Rajdhani Express which runs between Delhi and Guwahati has its stoppage in Kishanganj. The National Highway No. 31 runs along with the railway line. NH 31 is one of the important and busiest highways in India. You can see that the national highway 31 in Kishanganj is beautifully made with the chain of flyovers.



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


  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  2. ^ District Informatics Center, Kishanganj, Bihar
  3. ^ "Kishanganj Pincode". Retrieved 2014-05-19.