Lakes surrounded by the hills
Raja Rani lake is a lake and orchid sanctuary located at Lotang–Bhogateni Municipality, the North of the Morang District of province no. 1. There are three ponds namely, Raja Pokhari, Rani Pokhari, and Rajkumari Pokhari. Among them, Rani Pokhari has 2.6 square kilometers of dense forest growing up from the water, and its orchid-rich habitat is a center of attraction. It is located about 77km north of the district headquarter, Biratnagar and 37 km away from the Dharan city. This place occupies two temples; Raja Rani Temple and Dhimal's Temple.
The area is a wetland, surrounded by Sal forest and the lake is stream-fed but a dam which regulates the water reserves, therefore, the lake is classified as a semi-natural freshwater lake. People from the terai cities like Biratnagar, Dharan, Damak, Dhankuta come to the lake to get away from the hot environment of Terai and get lost in the beauty of nature with panoramic views along with a chilled environment. It has also been recognized as one of the best places for sunrise viewpoints.
Beside the lake, there is one of the famous villages of Eastern Nepal named Namje. This village has been listed on the CNN for the community homestay and culture is getting more attention and attraction among the domestic and international tourists. Boating, fishing and trekking are other recreational activities which can be done at Raja Rani lake
The lake has become an important part of the local people. The lake has been able to develop the hospitality and tourism industry of the place uplifting the people's lifestyle. However, the lake is very prone to pollution and preservation of the lake is of prime importance. The local authorities responsible for the lake are maintaining the lake and preserving its beauty for the tourists who visit to see its beauty.