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The Koshi Tappu, Biratnagar

  • Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is the smallest of Terai’s National Park. However, it is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The grassland habitat is home to almost 500 species of birds and is also the habitat for endangered water buffalo species called the arna. This place was founded in 1976 and it is located on Sapt Kosi river, one of the tributaries of River Ganga

    Highlights
    : The wildlife reserve is certainly a serene arena, where you can enjoy rare species of birds, from Swamp francolin to Sarus Crane and Bengal Florican. During the winters, migratory species from Siberia and Tibet welcome you. This place is popular for gangetic dolphins as well, along with marsh muggers, golden jackals, blue bulls, deer, civet cats and porcupines. Visit the bridge at Koshi Barrage to spot gangetic dolphins. You will be surprised with the number of animals and the natural beauty that can be observed at this place.

    Location
    : Bairawa, Nepal.

Attractions

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Baraha Chhetra

One of the greatest Hindu pilgrimages in Nepal, Baraha Chhetra is the spot where Lord Bishnu’s avatar, Barah- a boar incarnation fought with the demon called Hiranakshya and killed him. The shrine is dedicated to the reincarnation, Barah and the images of the boar are spread beautifully throughout the temple. The temple is located at the confluence of might Saptakoshi and Koka Rivers.

Highlights
: The serene and beautiful surroundings of the temple are its major highlight. They will invigorate you with a ton of energy. It is a bridge that connects the temple to the mountain. A stroll down this bridge is an excellent measure of watching the confluence of rivers. One of the most attractive things here Is that all 7 Koshi Rivers meet together to form the holiest Sapta Koshi River.

Location
: Biratpur.

Timings
: From morning to evening.

Price
: Free entry.
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Haat Bazaar

Nepal’s second largest city is home to several industries, agriculture, places of interest and centers of commerce. But what makes it more interesting is the Haat Bazaar, a local marketplace where you can have a gala time. It is one of those markets that will rejuvenate you, where shoppers will find delight and where everyone gets something!

 Highlights: Haat Bazaar is a leading open market, which is located in the Eastern region of the city. This place is quite well known for its fresh produce. Since Biratpur is a land of agriculture, you can find a number of fresh items, including vegetables and fruits. This place is also reckoned as a culturally important place as small-scale farmers get the incredible opportunity to earn here. The Haat Bazaar has several small vendor stores as well, where you can find memorabilia or enjoy eating some local food.

Location
: Biratpur.

Timings
: From 8 am to 10 pm.

Price
: Free entry.
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Ilam

Explore the stunning beauty of Nepal by visiting Illam, a municipality zone in the Ilam District. The hilly region, known as the Mahabharata range is popular for its tea-production. So, if you are a tea enthusiast and want to be them being made from ground up, then Illam is the place for you.

Highlights
: The major highlight of Illam is that it is a quiet, serene place. So, if you are looking for a serene place where you can rest and enjoy with your family, then this is it. And that’s not all! This municipality is known for its stunning natural sceneries as well. So, while at the mountains, you can enjoy the panorama of the hills, fog, mist and the beautiful blue skies. Or else, visit acres of farms to see tea gardens and production.

Location
: Mechi Zone, Illam District. 

Timings
:Open at all times.
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Forests of Tinjure, Milke and Jaljale

One of the most exquisite places on earth, Forests of Tinjure, Milke and Jaljale are a must visit if you are fond of tranquility and nature. Dense deciduous shrubs cover and fill the shades of red hues across the 30 km forest in the eastern Nepal. The place might not seem like large when you are reading about it, but every meter in the 30 km is beautiful, stunning and leaves an indelible imprint on the heart!

Highlights
: In these forests, when the rhododendron bushes begin to flower, you will notice something breathtaking and exquisite. The full glory of these bushes and the bright red color, with white, pink and purple cannot be described in words. Rather, it has to be experienced. One of the major highlights of this place is the TMJ route, where you can get views of Everest and Kanchanjunga mountains.

Location
: TMJ route.
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Koshi river

If natural beauty, serene, tranquil environment is what you are looking for, then Kosi River is the place to be! This river, which travels across Nepal, India and China is considered to be one of the most sacred rivers in the Hindu mythology. The river, which comes from the major confluence of tributaries from Chatra Gorge offers incredible sites, while giving you the opportunity to discover the mountains and terrain of Nepal.



Highlights
: The river basin is surrounded by several tributaries as well as major hill stations. It is also the home for several lakes and glaciers. The place is a must visit if you are a nature enthusiast and wish to see how the Nepalese government is taking different steps for irrigation, flood control and regular development of the river. Koshi is perfect for fishing, river rafting, cannoning and other adventure sports.

Location
: Sun Kosi, Arun and Tamur (source)
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Basantapur

A village development committee in Kosi Zone’s Sunsari District, Basantpur has recently become an important travel destination. One of the major reasons why this region is so popular is that it is the base village for some major treks, including the ones to Tinjure, Milke and Jaljale forest treks. The route which is taken from Basantpur is likely to bring you closer to the natural beauty of Nepal.

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Highlights
:One of the major highlights of this place is undoubtedly the natural beauty here. This place is well known for its views of the Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makulu, which are some of the largest mountains in the world. The place is also popular for providing tourists cheap, affordable places to stay. On the days when it is cloudless, you are likely to see some stunning natural views throughout the region. That’s what makes it a must visit.

Location
: Sunsari District, Kosi Zone.
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Hile

Once upon a time, Hile in Nepal was the place where people began their camping trek to Makalu. However, once the road from Tumlingtar and Khandbari advanced, the place stopped being the trekking hub that it once was. Still, it is known for its natural beauty. And if you are searching for a calm and quite place, then this it!



Highlights
: The place has a bustling bazaar where every shopping enthusiast is likely to find a lot of things. The bazaar is particularly fun during Thursday’s market when you can buy a number of items. It is also an off beaten destination for travelers who want something different, who crave for serenity. The place has a good mountain viewpoint as well, which is located just 30 minutes’ walk above the town. So, go ahead and visit it!

Location
: Hile, Nepal.
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Kali Mandir

Just a few kilometers ahead from Pharping, you will find a blood soaked temple of Dakshinkali. The temple, popularly known as Kali Mandir around the world is a favorite Hindu pilgrimage destination. This place, which was undamaged in the 2015 earthquake is set at the confluence of two sacred streams in the region. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali, an incarnation of Parvati, the wife of Shiva.



Highlights
: While Hinduism usually promotes vegetarianism, this temple has a lot of blood and a number of animals sacrificed for the goddess. It is believed that Goddess Kali has a blood-lust. Therefore, the pilgrims bring anything from ducks to goats, pigs to sheep and even buffalo as a gift for the goddess. These are cut into meat by priests, who are quite skillful butchers. The temple has a religious bazaar as well. 

Location
: Biratpur.

Timings
: Open from early morning to 8/9 pm.

Price
:Free entry.

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