Biratnagar

In Brief:

Biratnagar is Nepal’s second biggest city which is located near the south-eastern border to India. It is known by agriculture, commerce and industry. Country’s most manufacturing industries are located in this region. Tourists discover Biratnagar on their way to the Himalayan states of India, known as Sikkim and Darjeeling. Visitors also arrive Biratnagar by air to begin their trekking to mountains such as Kanchanjunga. In recent days, a day or two is also spent at Biratnagar city by tourists adventuring into Nepal’s tea growing regions like Illam and Dhankuta.

Main Attractions :

Nepal’s first large scale industry was setup in Biratnagar, the Biratnagar Jute Mills in 1936. Today, the city has some of the largest industrial undertakings in the country. It is Nepal’s second biggest city which is believed to be the capital of language, culture and politics of the country. Biratnagar Jute Mills, was set up here in 1936. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (90-minute drive) is a bird watching spot. The Koshi Barrage on the Koshi river (two-hour drive) is an impressive sight. Biratnagar is the hub of air routes in eastern Nepal. (Temperature 8-39 degrees Celsius.)

Baraha Chhetra

Take an hour’s splendid scenic drive away from Biratnagar to Baraha Cheetra, an important Hindu pilgrimage site located at the confluence of Koka and Sapta Kosh rivers. Walk for 15 minutes from the nearby surroding area to reach the temple. Temple offers magnificiant view of the surrounding view of the riverside. Reach the temple by local bus for less Rupees or by hired taxi for Rupees 2000 to Rupees 2500. On the banks of the river, view devotees taking holy baths. According to Hindu Legand, Lord Vishnu came down to earth and destroyed Hirayankashyapu, an evil demon at this very spot.

Biratnagar Haat Bazaar

Open Market (Haat Bazaar) takes place every Wednesday in a field east of Biratnagar. Make sure to visit the Haat when you get to this place.

The Koshi Tappu

Visit this wet wonderland in Nepal for bird watching expeditions. It rests along the flood plains of Sapta Koshi river in the Terai belt of Saptari and Sunsari districts of eastern Nepal. It is belived to be one of the best wild life rich wetlands of Asia. Two hours drive from Biratnagar is all it takes to discover a hidden wetland in Asia.

How to get to Biratnagar ?

City is linked with Kathmandu by Road and Air. Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar for 40 minutes, or take a bus for about 8 hours.

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