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.
Timings: From morning to evening.
Price: Free entry.
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.
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.
Forests of Tinjure, Milke and Jaljale
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.
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)
Biratnagar Jute Mills
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.
Location: Located in Biratpur.
Timings: Opens at 9/10 am depending on the weather conditions.
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.
Timings:Open at all times.
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.
The Koshi Tappu
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.
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.
Timings: Open from early morning to 8/9 pm.
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.
Timings: From 8 am to 10 pm.
Price: Free entry.
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.