Gopalganj is not only a town but also the headquarters of the Gopalganj district of Bihar, India. Some of the best tobacco is made in Gopalganj and it is also one of the largest producers of sugarcane. The state capital, Patna, lies at a distance of 167 km south-east. The nearest major urban agglomeration is Gorakhpur, across the border in Uttar Pradesh at a distance of 122 km west.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Gopalganj. Some of the ones worth a try are the Yatri Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Ashish Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and Sher-E-Punjab Line Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000).
The official languages of Gopalganj are Hindi and Bhojpuri.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November and the two Eid(s). There are four main fairs held every year – Shri Ram Navmi Fair, Holi Fair, Navratri-Mahalaxmi Fair and the fair during Dasara-Diwali.
Places of Interest
One can see an old fort 6 km south of Gopalganj. The ruins of King Hathwa’s palace can also be visited, which is symbolic of the city’s once great past. The district as a whole will give a visitor a taste of the true Indian countryside.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is located in Patna at a distance of 174 km.
Gopalganj has a station within the town and is well-connected to many major cities in the region.
Several bus services like Pawa Puri Motors and Gaurav Luxury run buses from various towns and cities to Gopalganj. One has the options of Volvo, AC and AC sleeper at competitive rates. Booking a bus ticket has never been easier as you can book through your mobile as well.