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Biratnagar

Country
Nepal
State
Kosi Anchal
City
Biratnagar
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Biratnagar Airport (IATA: BIR, ICAO: VNVT) is an airport serving Biratnagar,a city of the Morang district in the Kosi zone in Nepal.Nepal government owned and operated, Biratnagar Airport began its service on 6 July 1958, the same year the nation's first Royal Nepal Airlines began its scheduled domestic and international flights.The airport is the hub of the Eastern Region of the nation and supports 6 STOL airports: Taplejung, Bhojpur, Phaplu, Rumjatar, Lamidanda and Tumlingtar.The airport boasts the highest domestic traffic.Civil Aviation is planning to enable Biratnagar Airport to operate bigger airliners like Boeing 747.Equipped with air traffic control, the airport is located at an elevation of 236 feet (72 m) above mean sea level.It has one runway designated 09/27 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,524 by 30 metres (5,000 × 98 ft).

By Train

It is also easy to travel to and from India by trains from the bordering Indian city of Jogbani.There are direct trains to the city of Kolkata and the Indian capital New Delhi from Jogbani.In 2008, a survey for a railway extension from India was done.It was completed in 2009.

By Bus

it may take 10-12 hours of time for about ($8-13).There are two ways in travelling in bus one is in day and other in night.In comparision to day, night buses are safe to travel because at night there are no strikes.But there is maximum probability of accident in night.While travelling in bus we can wittness the beauty of various scenes that lacks in the aeroplanes.Its good to take food of your own because where the bus stops to feed the passangers are expensive and the food is either stale or it is not warm.Only the crew members of bus gets proper food.

Key places to visit
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Dasain Festival, Tihar festival, Baraha Chhetra, Biratnagar Haat Bazaar, The Koshi Tappu


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Places to Visit

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

is a protected area in the Terai of eastern Nepal covering 175 km2 (68 sq mi) of wetlands in the Sunsari, Saptari and Udayapur Districts.In altitude it ranges from 75 to 81 metres (246 to 266 ft) and consists of extensive mudflats, reed beds, and freshwater marshes in the floodplain of the Sapta Kosi River.It was established in 1976 and designated as a Ramsar site in December 1987.It can be accessed from the Mahendra Highway.A study of the reserve was conducted between 1997 to 1998 by the Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.The study found serious conflicts between the reserve wildlife and the local people living adjacent to the reserve.The people suffered crop depredations and animal harassment while the reserve managers had the problems of poaching, cattle grazing, and other illegal activities in the reserve.The study has several recommendations, one of which is the promotion of tourism to the area with the reserve using local tourist guides trained by wildlife experts.Notable among the 485 bird species are Watercock, Indian nightjar, Dusky eagleowl, Black-headed cuckooshrike, Whitetailed stonechat, Striated grassbird, Large adjutant stork, Pallas’s fish eagle, Common golden-eye, and Gullbilled tern.Bengal Florican, Swamp Francolin and Nepal Rufous-vented Prinia occur as well.

Dasain Festival

is the 15-day national (religious) festival of Nepal,It is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the globe. The festival falls around September–October, starting from the bright lunar fortnight and ending on the day of full moon.Throughout the country the goddess Durga in all her manifestations are worshiped with innumerable pujas, abundant offerings and thousands of animal sacrifices for the ritual of holy bathing, thus drenching the goddess for days in blood.This festival is also known for its emphasis on the family gatherings, as well as on a renewal of community ties.People return from all parts of the world, as well as different parts of the country, to celebrate together.All government offices, educational institions and other offices remain closed during the festival period.

Tihar festival

is a five-day Nepalese festival celebrated in late autumn, which comes soon after Dashain.Two of these days incorporates the Hindu festival Deepavali, where one day is celebrated for goddess Laxmi and the other one is celebrated to worship brothers for their long life.However, all ethnic groups celebrate this festival.The festival is celebrated from Trayodashi of Kartik Krishna to Katrik Shukla Dwitiya every year.The name Tihar means the festival of lights, where many candles are lit both inside and outside the houses to make it bright at night.The five-day festival is considered to be of great importance as it shows reverence to not just the humans and the Gods, but also to the animals like crow, cow and dog, who maintain an intense relationship with the humans.

Baraha Chhetra

Take an hour's splendid scenic drive away from Biratnagar to Baraha Cheetra, an important Hindu pilgrimage site located at the confluence of Koka and Sapta Kosh rivers. Walk for 15 minutes from the nearby surroding area to reach the temple.Temple offers magnificiant view of the surrounding view of the riverside.Reach the temple by local bus for less Rupees or by hired taxi for Rupees 2000 to Rupees 2500.On the banks of the river, view devotees taking holy baths. According to Hindu Legand, Lord Vishnu came down to earth and destroyed Hirayankashyapu, an evil demon at this very spot.

Biratnagar Haat Bazaar

Open Market (Haat Bazaar) takes place every Wednesday in a field east of Biratnagar.Make sure to visit the Haat when you get to this place.

The Koshi Tappu

Visit this wet wonderland in Nepal for bird watching expeditions.It rests along the flood plains of Sapta Koshi river in the Terai belt of Saptari and Sunsari districts of eastern Nepal.It is belived to be one of the best wild life rich wetlands of Asia.Two hours drive from Biratnagar is all it takes to discover a hidden wetland in Asia.

Right Time to Visit

December - February
August - November

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