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Birganj and Raxaul Bazaar on the Indian side of the border are basically connected. The bus stations in the two towns are about a 30 minutes rickshaw ride apart. The Birganj bus station is 500m east of the clock tower on Ring Road. Nepalese immigration is open 24 hours (maybe 6 am to 7 pm), but after 7 pm you may have to find the immigration officer. When entering Nepal it is best to have the exact amount in US dollars, or you may have to wait hours for change. Most businesses in Birganj accept Indian rupees at the official rate.
Foreigners can cross the border here into India. As this place is a dirty, polluted, industrial city, you most likely will want to leave this town as soon as you get to it. If you are coming from Calcutta or Patna, Birganj is the best place to enter Nepal, otherwise there is no reason to come here. If you are coming to Nepal from Delhi or Varanasi, it is best to enter at Sunauli.
There are plenty of bus services arriving at Birganj from Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara, Gorkha, Nepalganj, Janakpur, Biratnagar, Kakadbhitta, Dharan, Pashupatinagar and many other motorable destinations.
Accommodation & Restaurant in Birganj
Hotel Prakash, Birganj, Nepal: is a cheap run-down budget place. Unless you are really pushed for cash it is best avoided.
Hotel Kailash, Birganj, Nepal: has rooms with common bath, with bath & with A/C. It has a good A/C restaurant.
Hotel Diyalo, Birganj, Nepal: next door, is a well-managed place with clean, good rooms with bath, with air-cooling, and with A/C. It is a good value and has a good restaurant.
Hotel Cottage Fulbari, Birganj, Nepal: has rooms with A/C. It has a good restaurant.
Hotel Makalu, Birganj, Nepal: has A/C rooms and is one of the best places in town.
Hotel Heera Plaza, Birganj, Nepal: is a comfortable place.
Hotel Samjhana, Birganj, Nepal: in the north part of town, has a nice garden and a pool. It has comfortable rooms in the new wing. The older rooms are not a good value. They may give a discount.
- Kanchha Sweets has good sweet, snacks and dosas.
- New Angan has Indian food.
- Hariyali Restaurant in the Hotel Samjhana has very good Indian and Continental food.
- Himanchal Cabin, on the main road, has good South Indian food.
Hotel Kalilash, Hotel Diyalo, and Hotel Cottage Fulwari have good restaurants.
Birganj is a sub-metropolitan municipality and border town in Parsa District in the Narayani Zone of southern Nepal. It lies 190 km west of the capital Kathmandu, 2 km north of the border of the Indian state of Bihar. As an entry point to Nepal from Patna and Calcutta it is also known as the gateway to Nepal. The town has significant economic importance for Nepal as a large part of goods enter Nepal through Birganj via Raxaul on the Indian side. Tribhuvan Highway links it to Kathmandu.
According to the 2001 census of Nepal it has a population of 112,484, there are several languages spoken in the town including Bhojpuri, Nepali, Maithili, Newari, Marwari and Hindi. It is the biggest city in Narayani Zone and is a headquarter of Parsa District. Birganj is a major business centre of Nepal, especially for trade with India. Important industries are sugar refinery, cigarette manufacture, drugs, and fish-breeding.
Birganj was served by a station on a branch of Indian Railways which extends to Amlekhganj (Nepal). It is also served by Tribhuvan Highway extending from the Indian border at Raxaul through Birganj and Hetauda to Kathmandu with frequent bus service. Simara Airport -- 18 km (11 mi) north near the highway in Pipara Simara, Bara district offers scheduled flights to Kathmandu.
Village Development Committees VDC's & Towns of Parsa District:
|Bahurbamatha||Basadilwa||Basantpur||Belwa Parsouni||Beriya Birta||Bhawanipur||Bhedihari|
|Hariharpur||Hariharpur Birta||Harpatagunj||Harpur||Jagarnathpur Sira||Jaimanglapur||Janikatala|
|Jeetpur||Jhouwa Guthi||Jitpur||Kauwa Ban Kataiya||Lahawarthakari||Lakhanpur||Lal Parsa|
|Langadi||Lipani Birta||Madhuban Mathaul||Mahadevpatti||Mahuwan||Mainiyari||Mainpur|
|Pancharukhi||Parsauni Birta||Parsauni Matha||Patbari Tola-Warwa||Paterwa Sugauli||Pidariguthi||Pokhariya|
|Prasurampur||Ramgadhawa||Ramnagari||Sabaithawa||Sakhuwa Prasauni||Samjhauta||Sankar Saraiya|
|Sapouli||Sedhawa||Shiva Worga||Sirsiya Khalwatola||Sonbarsa||Sreesiya||Subarnapur|
|Sugauli Birta||Sugauli Partewa||Surjaha||Thori||Tulsi Barba||Udaypur Dhursi||Vauratar|