Biratnagar may not be a popular tourist hotspot but the city has a few charming surprises for visitors
RINA KUMARI MANDAL
A city full of surprises, Biratnagar has its own charm and non-deniable aura. Biratnagar, a city with a diverse cross-section of communities is the fifth-largest city and the capital city of Province No.1 in Nepal. Serving as one of the major industrial centers, it has much more than people. Biratnagar may not be as popular with tourist as other cities in Nepal, but don’t let that fool you. The colorful city can give you the experience of a lifetime.
Check out the top 6 major attractions:
One of the greatest Hindu pilgrimages in Nepal, Baraha Chhetra is the spot where Lord Bishnu’s avatar, Barah - a boar incarnation fought with the demon called Hiranakashyap and killed him.
The shrine is dedicated to the reincarnation, Barah and the images of the boar are spread beautifully throughout the temple. The temple is located at the confluence of the mighty Saptakoshi and Koka Rivers. The beautiful environment and serene settings are the major highlight of the place.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is the smallest of Terai’s National Parks. However, it is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The grassland habitat is home to almost 500 species of birds and is also the habitat for endangered water buffalo species called the arna.
This place was founded in 1976 and it is located on Sapta Kosi River, one of the tributaries of River Ganga. The wildlife reserve is certainly a serene arena, where you can enjoy rare species of birds, from Swamp Francolins to Sarus Cranes and Bengal Floricans.
During the winters, migratory species from Siberia and Tibet welcome you. You will be surprised at the number of animals and the natural beauty that can be observed at this place.
Biratnagar Jute Mills
The first registered company in the country and therefore also an inspiration for the industrial revolution and development of manufacturing companies across Nepal, these jute mills are something that one must go for when in the city.
This well-known mill is the oldest in the country. The jute mills were established in 1936, after the orders of Prime Minister Juddha Shamsher.
Nepal’s second-largest city is home to several industries, agriculture, places of interest and centers of commerce.
But what makes it more interesting is the Haat Bazaar, a local marketplace where you can have a gala time. It is one of those markets that will rejuvenate you, where shoppers will find delight and where everyone gets something! Don’t forget to get your souvenirs.
Since it is a land of agriculture, you can find a number of fresh items, including vegetables and fruits. This place is also reckoned as a culturally important place as small-scale farmers get the incredible opportunity to earn here and where you can find memorabilia or enjoy eating some local food.
The Koshi Barrage is a sluice across the Koshi River that carries vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between Saptari and Sunsari district of Nepal. It was built between 1958 and 1962 and has 56 gates. People usually visit to have a variety of fresh fish dishes in the nearby restaurants and to enjoy the scenic view from the barrage.
The sunrise and the sunset view from the barrage is jaw-dropping. The mesmerizing color above the vast water gives a perfect reflection which is a sight to see. Rowing or a motorboat is available there for an extra adventure that carries people to the islets.
Food and lifestyle
Biratnagar is situated within one of the most ethnically diverse regions of Nepal, and the rural hinterland is home to a diverse cross-section of communities. The Culture of Biratnagar is a blend of Indian and Nepalese cultures. Known for its high-spirited, full of light festival celebrations like Dashain, Tihar, Chhaath, Holi the city is always busy every season with something going on.
Delicious street food is the specialty of the city. Street food like Chat, Aloo Chop, Panipuri, Jhal Muri, Dudhbhadi, Ladu, phuchkas, sweets, chola, pakaudas, jhiljhilii , bhaakka, are some of the local delicacies everyone should try when visiting the place.