The fashion capital of Nepal has many charming attractions for visitors
RINA KUMARI MANDAL
Nestled in the foothills of the Mahabharat Range, the sprawling city of Dharan is well known for its ancient temples, greenery, scenic views, and cleanliness.
The city is the gateway to the hill districts of eastern Nepal and has a lot to offer visitors. Tagged as the fashion capital, Dharan will amaze you with its exceptional beauty and charm.
Places to visit in Dharan:
This famous religious shrine has many folk tales surrounding it, along with many religious beliefs. The temple is best known for being at a peaceful and serene location where people can wish for happiness and luck. It is believed that tying a string to the tree trunk invites luck and happiness in life.
Surrounded by the small local souvenir shops it is a great place for family outings.
Namaste Falls is recognised as a plunge waterfall and the place is also known for the most number of rainbow sightings.
Reaching Namaste Falls requires a short hike of 2 kms or so from Bhedetar. Thus, reaching there can turn out to be a great day-long outing with loved ones. The reason behind its name is because of its shape of joined hands as it cascades down the slopes of a rocky hill from a height of 80 metres.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva the temple is located in the central region of Dharan, at the base of the Vijayapur Hill, The temple is older than Pashupatinath Temple.
During the auspicious month of Shravan and on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, Pindeshwor temple particularly witnesses an increase in the number of devotees. Besides the eternal burning lamp, its spiritual environment is what attracts many visitors.
Dharan Clock Tower
The Dharan Clock Tower is a striking landmark in Dharan and also a popular tourist attraction that was built in 1991. The design closely resembles the Clock Tower of Hong Kong.
Locally, the Dharan Clock Tower is identified as “Ghantaghar” and is located in Bhanuchowk. The Clock Tower measures approximately 76 feet standing over a 55 feet tall pedestal which makes it seem even taller. The stunning appearance, architecture and fabulous view of the city from the top makes it a must visit place.
Considered the most significant sakti peeth the temple was built in the honour of Goddess Parvati. This temple mainly attracts devotees during the festival of Dashain, which is an auspicious Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil.
Legend says after the passing of Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva carried her dead body on his shoulder and roamed for days. Decayed parts of the goddess' carcass fell at several locations among which her tooth feel where the temple is currently built.
The temple is known for its unique practice of worshipping the tooth.