As well as Bhairahawa City, Siddharthanagar is a city in Nepal’s Terai. The city is located 275 kilometers west of Kathmandu and 186 kilometers south of Pokhara. It is about 3 kilometers from the Indian border, Sunauli. Bhairahawa is an important hub for trade due to its proximity to the Indian border. Lumbini and Kapilvastu are both accessible from Bhairahawa.
Since Bhairahawa is in the terai, it is hot in the summer, but it gets plenty of rain during the monsoon. Bhairahawa has many attractions in the vicinity, making it a great place to rest and resume your journey. You can ride a rickshaw around the town, or take a taxi or other larger vehicle if you want to travel further.
Due to the weekly bazaar system, you can find local foods and goods at the bazaars every week. Due to this, the bazaar is moved around the city depending on the day of the week. From Kathmandu, it is about 35 minutes to reach Gautam Buddha airport. It takes 6-7 hours for a bus driver to get to Bhairahawa. It is about 20 kilometers between Pokhara and Bhairahawa, and Butwal is the nearest major town.
There are significant numbers of Muslims and Buddhists living in Bhairahawa, and the region is also culturally and religiously diverse. As well as Nepali, Hindi, Awadhi, and Bhojpuri spoken by the majority, street foods in most parts of the city include momos and pani puris (fulki), as well as sweets and deserts.
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Those wanting to make a detour can take a microbus towards Palpa. Or they can catch a bus from Sunauli to Nautanwa and catch a train to Gorakhpur from there.
Budget: Rs 2,000 per person for one day.
Located about 25 km from Bhairahawa, Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha. A bus takes approximately an hour from Buddha Chowk to Lumbini.
It is difficult to travel by public bus on the Bhairahawa-Lumbini road because it is being built. Visitors often hire a car for a two-way trip that takes all day. There are e-rickshaws and bicycles for rent at one of the gates of the 1,95-hectare area. You can also find monasteries from around the world. There is the Mayadevi Temple, the World Peace Pagoda and the World Peace Pagoda.
For tourists who do not want to stay overnight in the hustle and bustle of Bhairahawa, Lumbini offers several hotels, resorts, and lodges.
Lumbini is also listed on the list of UNESCO Heritages Sites of World.
Belahiya-Sunauli Border is near Bhairahawa
It is a walk in the park for the locals of Bhairahawa to cross the Belahiya-Sonauli border, but for tourists, this can be a fascinating experience. For Nepalis, it is quite simple to travel to India—just walk over the border. If you plan to travel by land through Nepal and visit India, an Indian visa should be sufficient.
It is a small bazaar with a lot of shops all over the country. In Sonauli, you’ll find ethnic women’s clothing at a fair price, even though the overall aesthetics are overwhelming. Sonauli, however, offers an intriguing glimpse of how Indians and Nepalis live together.
While it makes more sense to visit while in Butwal, Fulbari, also known as Manimukunda Sen park, is forty-five minutes by bus from Bhairahawa. In Fulbari, also known as Manimukunda Sen park, the palace of the Palpali king Manimukunda has been preserved. If you visit Lumbini to see the ruins of the stupas next to the Mayadevi temple, history enthusiasts can take another thrilling trip to Fulbari.
It is possible to travel to Gangoliya, where you can visit the Ostrich Farm, before returning to Bhairahawa.
This farm is located in Gangoliya, about 30 minutes away from Bhairahawa city. It consists of 8.81 acres devoted to ostriches and emus. Students are given a discounted rate of Rs 50 to visit the farm.
A restaurant is located nearby the farm where visitors can find the chance to enjoy ostrich momo, Sekuwa, Choila, and khana sets in addition to viewing the tall birds between the hours of 7am and 6pm.
Feel Free to Taste Local Pedas
In Bhairahawa, pedas are the most popular dessert. Pawan Misthan Bhandar is a vegetarian restaurant that specializes in traditional desserts. The locals still crave the taste of authentic pedas that Pawan Misthan Bhandar was famous for decades ago, even though there are a variety of options for food there. Despite the place’s revamp, its pedas and dudh malai—my personal favorite—still retain their unforgettable flavor.
The Black Forest café is right next to Pawan, a small café that is always full of people if you prefer a café vibe with music playing in the background. If you have spent a hot day exploring Rupandehi in the sun, a cool frappé will revive you, although the cream is unusually thick. Bhairahawa’s Black Forest is the place for waffles in Bhairahawa, serving everything from bakery items to momos.
Additional Things to do in Bhairahawa
I saw a swarm of locals on top of the overhead bridge before sunset in Bhairahawa because there aren’t many tourists at the moment, so it’s mostly about locals living a routine life. When the sun slowly sinks into the distant horizons in fiery orange and cotton candy pink shades of sky, a new overhead bridge is an excellent place to cool off from the heat.
Each Sunday and Thursday, the Haat bazaar offers a variety of goods, such as vegetables, fish, sweets and clothing. If you visit the haat bazaar, you’ll get to interact with the locals and see what Bhairahawa has to offer in terms of languages, cultures, and food.
How to reach Bhairahawa?
The journey to Bhairahawa takes 30 minutes by plane from Kathmandu or a day by bus starting from Kalanki bus park.
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