Biratnagar is the second largest city in Nepal and is easy to access either by road or by air. You can either fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar in about 45 minutes or take a bus that is about 8-9 hours of travelling. Yeti Airlines provides daily flight services to Biratnagar, you can book your flights online anytime.
To get the best of the southern city, traverse into the urban vicinity that is widely known for its agriculture, flourishing industry and commerce. Explore local markets and eateries. Witness religious ceremonies and discover hidden temples near riverbanks. Walk into nature and watch incredible birds and beasts in their natural habitat. Hike up the eastern trails to view the most spectacular vista of the eastern Himalayas and engage with the native people and culture of eastern Nepal.
The Khosi Tapuu Wildlife Reserve
The Khosi Tapuu Wildlife Reserve is home to a wide range of animals and various species of birds. Only a mere 90-minute drive from the city you enter one of the smallest Terai national parks. The wildlife sanctuary offers you an ideal break to connect with nature. Enjoy the melodic calls of the elusive birds of the wild and get an impressive view of the endangered water buffaloes wallowing in the wetlands.
The much-revered Kali Mandir, dedicated to Goddess Kali, is flocked with Hindu devotees especially during Dashain (an auspicious festival celebrated in Nepal). Take a rickshaw ride to the temple, located at the centre of the city, and observer the lively celebrations during Dashain.
Another popular Hindu pilgrimage site is the Baraha Kshetra, which is only an hour's drive through the scenic countryside. The temple is located nearby the confluence of the Sapta Koshi and Koka River. It is set in a sublime setting with its tranquil vicinity surrounded by green nature. Many devotees of Lord Vishnu bathe by the river as a sign of purification and make offerings in the temple.
In between Local Markets
Biratnagar is an industrious hub and is always bustling with business. Delve into the local neighbourhood by visiting the weekly local market. At the market, farmers sell locally grown fresh vegetables and fruits. Buy local handmade goods and handicrafts items to take home as memorable souvenirs.
The Trail in Bloom
Fly to Taplejung from Biratnagar and hike up the Tinjure Milke Jaljale (TMJ) trail to enjoy the scenic view of the eastern Himalayas. The TMJ trail is famous during the annual flowering of the rhododendron, as over 30 species of the flower has been found in the Kingdom of rhododendron. It is a pleasant route for any nature enthusiast to journey through the eco-tourism trail.
The southern city is usually hot and humid, the raging heat can be unbearable at times and some may feel that the city lacks touristic attractions. However, the true essence of a place is its people and culture and Biratnagar is ideal to experience local culture.
Biratnagar can be the point for explorers to navigate the offbeat paths of diverse eastern Nepal. Through Biratnagar, one can explore places like Hile, Ilam, Taplejung, Sankhuwasabha, Panchthar, and Dharan. Yeti Airlines offers connecting flights to the several remote eastern regions of Nepal. Book your flights with ease and travel to discover the hidden trails of eastern Nepal.