Dharan City in Brief
At the east of Nepal, right at the foot of hills, at an altitude of 1148 ft (349m) lies this beautiful city, Dharan. Beautiful roads, remarkable homes and natural beauty aren’t all that makes Dharan. It embraces cleanliness, openness, friendly hill people and their smiles. Dharan grew after British setup the `Gurkha Recruitment Center’ in 1953, which helped many Nepalese earn employment. Two ethnic groups namely Rais and Limbus used to constitute the major portion of Gurkah soldiers. These groups came from the eastern region of Nepal, and Dharan was their center for training.
What is Dharan known for?
It is known for having B. P. Koirala Institute of Health and Science, over 25 Temples and holy sites, making it an important pilgrimage destination, and Dharan is the gateway to Nepal’s popular tea growing region `Dhankuta’. It is also known as environmentally friendly city, and a land of friendly hill people.
Places to See
Dharan is one of the holy places of Nepal. It has numerous temples; Pindeshwar temple, Dantakali temple, Pancha Kanyan temple, and Buddha Subba temple. Many Hindu pilgrims visit holi temples located in this region as well as those located in other parts of Makwanpur District of Nepal
In Dharan and also in north of Dharan, find a special Limbu culture of drink known as Tongba, which is another name for Limbu’s homemade wine. Fermented millet seeds are put in a wooden or plastic mug which is filled with hot water. One sips through a bamboo straw as more hot water is added which makes Tongba go down easily and has more influence. Many consume this drink during winter season, and is also a favorite drink of the domestic tourists in the region.
Bhedetar is a great place to visit for a beautiful mountain views. Bhedetar is located 9 Kilometer away from Dharan. When the sky is clear one can witness magnificent views of the Himalayan range, and enjoy fresh Himalayan breeze and hiking to this region is easy.
Small hill village which had the British base camp built to Recruit Gurkha Army. Some British monuments can be found here.
Visiting temples and nearby places won’t be enough and many travelers love to ride a bus or take a taxi towards other region such as the Dhankuta hill to meet with locals up there whose main source of income comes from labor in Tea gardens and selling locally produce groceries. In certain days of the week, there are open markets in and around Dharan that is equally work visiting. Trek to other nearby places here. Guides can be available from the Dharan city.
This hill is located about 90 KM from Dharan, and about 1 KM from Hill. It is the starting point for trekking to Kanchanjunga base camp. Beyond the hill, beautiful forests Rhododendrons (Guranse in Nepali) can be seen. Guranse is the Nepal’s national flower. Dhankuta is a great trekking base for other mountains in this region including Bansatapur, a beautiful mountain to visit for good trekking experience and get acquainted with unique village folks and their daily mountain life.
Raja Rani Hill
Excellent spot to view Kanchenjunga, Khumbakarna, Makalu and Mt. Everest. The hill is located 20 Kilometer from Dharan and can be trekked easily.
Dharan has a tropical monsoon climate with maximum temperature of 35 to 36 Degree Celsius in April, and minimum of 10 to 12 Degree Celsius in January. The maximum rainfall is about 460mm which is usually seen in August. Nepal’s one of the largest river, Saptakoshi, runs near Dharan.
How to get to Dharan?
Dharan is linked by road with the East-West highway of Nepal. Dharan can be reached by a two hours drive from Biratnagar with a highway that also links to Kathmandu Capital. The road to Dharan and Dhakuta is considered to be one of the finest–moving in between and up the great mountains and gorgeous jungles.