Nepalgunj is the centre of Mid Western Nepal. It has various communiies including native Nepalis as well as Madhesi and Muslims. Nepalgunj is connected with the border town of Uttar Pradesh in India. The topography is as flat as a pan, as the southern strip of Nepal is the northern extension of the great Gangetic Plain, 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 a 5 hour 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. As it the central point of the Mid-Western Region, 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 market 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 in India by car. The drive will take approximately 6 hrs. Thought the drive is through a somewhat deserted area with a variety of landscape. You cross the river Karnali, which is called Ghagrah in India. The River Ghaghara has some tea-stalls for a stop over.
From Kathmandu there are dozens of daily bus services to Nepalgunj. Few of them have quality services. It's a 10-12 hour ride and an overnight bus journey from Pokhara and Bhairahawa. From Lucknow you can take a bus until Bahraich on the Nepalese border and from there there are plenty of local rickshaws available to corss the border. Once you reach Nepalgunj there are many buses to other parts of Nepal.
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 Hotel; Travellers Village hotel and restaurant; Sneha Hotel.
- pahuna ghar.
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.