Banka is a city in the East Indian state of Bihar. It is a part of the Banka district and comes within the Bhagalpur division. The city has a rich and balanced religious composition of both Hindus and Muslims. Banka as a city has produced many famous freedom fighters such as Satish Prasad Jha, Sri Kirti Narayan Singh and others.
Places to Stay
Good budget hotels are available in plenty in the neighbouring city of Bhagalpur (53 km). Some of the lodges which are worth considering are Hotel Shiva (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Vineet (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Shradha (Tariff- Rs. 950), Lakshman Niwas (Tariff – Rs. 300) and others.
The official language of the area is Hindi. Urdu is also commonly used.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The place is well known for its Hindu and Jain temples. Some of these places which are worth visiting are the old Mandar Parvat – a temple complex which has many places to visit within itself. The Jain temples of the city are also a sign of religious tolerance.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Patna International Airport at a distance of 257 km.
The city has a fairly big railway station of its own. However, Patna Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 250 km.
Various state transport buses as well as smaller private operators connect Banka to different cities in the region. Bus ticket booking offer can help you save money when you go on your vacations