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Birganj Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 2 photos

Border city

Birganj isn't the most lovely of places, but certainly not the least interesting either. For tourists, Birganj generally means hassles - those linked to a border crossing, shady businesses and trickery. However, you find more of the latter on the Indian side, in Raxaul. Birganj was where I first place entered when I arrived Nepal in 1980. It has grown larger and more industrial, but certainly retains the atmosphere of a border town and place of everything temporary: Birganj for most means transit.

In transit

Crossing from India and into Nepal or v.v. here is straight forward. Everything follows the main road: emi/immigration, customs, physically crossing the border and the same routine on the other side. It may seem utterly confusing and you may feel lost in the flow of trucks, ox carts, bikes and what not crossing the border. The buses for Kathmandu and elsewhere in Nepal are lined up close to the border crossing, along the main road. If you need a rest, choose to cross the border and stay on the Nepal side, the atmosphere is better here, and food, too, in fact. There are some decent places to stay. Take a walk around town in the evening, but not too late. Birganj is one of the crime hotspots in Nepal. Do not let this deter you from exploring the city, though; it is rare that tourists are targeted.

  • Last visit to Birganj: Nov 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 20, 2009
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