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12 Places to Visit in Biratnagar

 
  • There are numerous places to visit in Biratnagar which the second largest city in Nepal. The place serves some awesome street food which features some amazing momos, chats and other popular street food. The place also encompasses some unique wildlife reserve such as Koshi Tappu which can be the best place for many bird enthusiasts.

    You can also explore the nearby tourist destination like Ilam which has one of the most beautiful tea gardens. If you are lucky enough you can be a part of the famous festival of Dasain and Tihar. Just walk towards and soothe your spiritual senses by visiting Kali Mandir which will give you ample opportunity to relax and will set you free.

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Biratnagar:

  • 01Baraha Chhetra

    Image Credit : jussihuotari
    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.
  • 02Hile

    Image Credit : philippe leroyer
    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!

    Image Credits : philippe leroyer



    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.
  • 03Dhankuta

    Image Credit : Mountain Partnership at FAO
    Want to shop till you drop? Then Dhankuta is the place to be! The place is quite popular in Nepal and is perhaps best known for shopping some fun items. The Eastern Nepal destination is widely popular for its silk, banana and nettle fibers, which are used to create tablecloths, cushion covers and even clothing. The items are prepared from Dhaka style of clothing.

    Highlights
    : Dhankuta itself is a little town in the Koshi zone and has a popular bazaar where you can enjoy buying some local items and goods. The place is known for its local vegetation as well. So, if you are interested in buying fresh foods and produce, then this is the place to be. It is also an ideal location for a short visit or before you embark on a trek to someplace else.

    Location
    : Patan, Nepal.

    Timings
    :11 am to 6:30 pm.
  • 04Forests of Tinjure, Milke and Jaljale

    Image Credit : Deana Zabaldo
    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.
  • 05Koshi river

    Image Credit : Davide Zanchettin
    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.

    Image Credits : Aboli Salvi



    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)
  • 06Biratnagar Jute Mills

    Jute mills in Nepal are widely popular. But the most popular Jute Mill is the Biratnagar Jute Mill. This widely well-known mill is also the oldest in the country. The jute mills were established in 1936, after the orders of Prime Minister Juddha Shamsher.

    Highlights
    : The major highlight of this mills is that it is the first registered company in the country. And therefore, it is also the inspiration for the industrial revolution and development of manufacturing companies across Nepal. Today, because of this company, jute mills’ industry is over 75 years old. That’s what makes it one of the most important industries in the country. The place has a power house, a turbine power house as well and is connected to major railway station in the area. It also has several playgrounds, where employees can enjoy and be more productive
    .

    Loca
    tion: Located in Biratpur. 

    Timings
    : Opens at 9/10 am depending on the weather conditions.
  • 07Dharan

    Some cities have a distinct character! Dharan is one of them. This sprawling city of Nepal has a lot to offer for distinct type of travelers. This place has a western perimeter, which will give the glimpse of middle-class suburban societies with parks and affluent people. It is here where you will find well maintained bungalows and pavements and even a gold course.

    Then, there is the Gurkha recruiting area, where you will see world famous Nepali soldiers. On the eastern side, you can notice steep streets and a relaxed village like atmosphere. The third distinct character is the Dharan Bazaar, which is a flat and dusty local market.



    Highlights
    : Dharan is famous because it is the spot where Shiva’s first wife Sati was consumed by the flames. It is also a place where you will find beautiful reclining body statue of Shiva along with a variety of markets and temples.

    Location
    : Dharan.

    Timings
    :Open at all times.
  • 08Ilam

    Image Credit : Mountain Partnership at FAO
    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.
  • 09The Koshi Tappu

    Image Credit : GrahamC57
    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.
  • 10Kali 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.

    Image Credits : Yutaka Fujii



    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.
  • 11Haat 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.
  • 12Basantapur

    Image Credit : S Pakhrin
    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.

    Image Credits : Miriam Gómez Blanes

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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.