Difference between revisions of "Nepalgunj"
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Nepalgunj is a town near the Uttar Pradesh border of India. Although this is Nepal, 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.
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. First there is the Muslim influence, you hear the call to prayer 5 times a day, there are many mosks at the street corners. There is also the Indian influence, and there are many so called "Deshi" people, who speak their own language called "Avadhi" how originated from India but later settled in the area. Last, but not least there are Hill-Nepalis who migrated to Nepalgunj who speak Nepali.
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