Birgunj in Brief:
Birgunj is situated about 3 KM from the Indian northern border Raxaul. It is a main entry point to Nepal from India for routes such as Calcutta and Patna. Majority of all the foreign goods shipped to Nepal by sea go through Calcutta-Haldia Port to Raxaul to Birgunj then reach to main cities like Kathmandu. Hence Birgunj is an important land entry point for goods to Nepal.
Things to Do
Apart from a few tourists who actually go to Birgunj to see the city, the city is simply taken as a stop over place for travelers, businessmen and pilgrims going to other destinations in Nepal. But spending a day or two at Birgunj is recommended, and is worth it, to discover another taste of Terai of Nepal!
Do sightseeing of many places including (a) Shankar Acharya Gate (b)- Buddha Chaitya (c) Durga Temple (d) Ghadiharwa Pokhari (e) Clock Tower (f) City Hall, (g) Goddess Gadi Mai temple at Kalaiya town (13km from Birgunj).
Meet some local folks and farmers and learn about the way of Terai (low altitude, flat land) life of Nepal.
A Medical School is also located here which accommodates both local as well as international students. Those visitors going here should make a trip to the school upon interview to withness education and medical studies.
Notes and Facts
- The population of Birgunj is about 400,000
- Many multi lingual and multi ethnic groups can be found in this city
- People here speak many languages such as the Nepali, Maithili, Newari, Nepali and Hindi
- Goods to Terai and others regions are imported from India through the border located near the city towards India.
How to get there?
Birgunj has a railway to Raxaul, connecting import and export transportation as well as locals to travel in and out the region. The Airport is at Simara, about 20 km from Birgunj city. From a flight from Kathmandu to Simara is only 20 minutes. City is also well connected by highways to other cities in the country.