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Nepalgunj is the centre of Mid western region of Nepal. It has various community among are native Nepali along with Madhesi and muslims. Nepalgunj is connected with the border town of (Uttar Pradesh)India. The topography is flat like a pan, as the southern strip of Nepal is the northern extension of the great Gangetic Plane, called "Avadh" or in Nepali Terai. The town has a busy bazaar area and the highest percentage of Muslim peopulation of any town in Nepal. The Himalayan foot-hills are only seen in the distance. Babai conservation valley is just an hour drive away and famous Karnali river is 90 mins drive from here. The Holy Birth place of Lord Buddha, Lumbini is 5 hrs. drive from Nepalgunj.
The climate is sub-tropical, with high temperatures during April-June, reaching sometimes more than 40° C. In July-September the rainy season, monsoon, sets in, and it becomes very humid and sticky. The winter is usually very pleasant if the sun comes out. It can, however, also be foggy and overcast. Then it can become quite chilly with temperatures below 10°C, but no frost.
The place has many advantages. It is a central place for the Mid-Western Region, and you can reach other places easily by road or air. A lot of people visit the town for official business or shopping. Due to the near proximity to India, supplies are quite cheap, esp. vegetables. Many Nepalis cross the border and go shopping in Rupaidiha, a little Bazar town just beyond the border. One can easily move around the place by bicycle, or hire one of the many rickshaws.
Nepalgunj has a very diverse culture.
Direct Flight from Kathmandu. 45-55 min. flight, daily 4-6 flights.
You can reach here from lucknow(India) by car. The drive will take approximately 6 hrs. Thought the drive is through some what deserted area, a variety of landscape you can see. You will be crossing a big river Karnali, which is called Ghagrah in India. The River Ghaghara with some tea stall stop over ezt ther since he 1950 a time when the river was crossed over by boats
Its still a rictual by old time cabbies to stop over for some refreshments
From kathmandu there are dozens of daily bus service from Nepalgunj. Few of them have quality services. its 10-12 hrs. ride to Nepalgunj. An overnight bus servise from Pokhara and Bhairahawa( Near Lord Buddhas birth place). From Lucknow( India) you can take a Bus till Bahraich(India-Nepal Border) and from there there are plenty of local Rikshaws avaliable for you to corss border, and once you reach Nepal Gunj you get lots of connecting buses to other cities of Nepal. Infact lot of people come across the border for work/study everyday.
Remember to perform your Journey during day time.
Mini Zoo with a play ground and a few animals; Water park with one! treddle boat; Muslim bazaar; Indian border crossing; INF, a Christian Mission working in Health and Development; take a walk to neighbouring villages; bicycle trip to the Rapti river.
Hotel Batika with a nice swimming pool; Kitchen Hut restaurant; Travellers Village hotel and restaurant; Sneha Hotel.
You can find many things on streetif like Birayani, Chat, sweets. The attraction of Nepalgunj is Sekuwa(Barbeque). Mutton Sekuwa is famous. Do try it. Shrijana hotel, Hamro momo, Gulmeli are famous joints for the.