The street food in Nepalgunj is famous! Now, when you see that central part of Nepalgunj you really wonder about this, but nevertheless, when the sun sets and the heat of the day withdraws and it becomes a balmy tropical evening, the thing to do is to hang out on Surkhet road and side alleys and eat sekuwa. Sekuwa is simply grilled meats, mostly...more
If leaving Nepal, you head south on the Surkhet road toward the border post. Withoiut much luggage it's an easy rickshaw ride away. With luggage, try to get a vehicle with lockable doors and an engine. It is a very confused border with lots and lots of people and scams. But if you catch on to a local rikshaw driver you should be fine. He will take...more
Grasscutters' Lane in the old section of Nepalgunj is a very special place; this is the location of a caste called "grasscutters".Their main job is to cut grass on private lawns, public parks, roadsides etc, chop it up at a platform made for this work, and then sold in bags as horse fodder to the tonga drivers. It's a heart-rending scene, but one...more
I went to Hotel Sneha to get some food late at night and arrived at the tail end of the buffet dinner there. It was extensive and tasty.Later, I had an a la carte dinner here as well, also good. If you are a daal bhat fan or just entered from India and want to sample good Nepalese food, the buffet dinner here is probably worth it. You can get...more
NB! I visited this place in June 2009 just to find it closed. It may have been for refurbishment or whatever. Do look out for reopening, because its near-namesake Kitchenette is not even worth that name...Kitchen Hut is the only really funky and good place to eat in Nepalganj outside the hotels. You will not be alone here, and that's because of its...more
Want to splash out on an American or European style meal in Nepalgunj? Then your choice will be the restaurant in Travellers' Inn. Travellers' Inn even cater food for discerning guests at the top Sneha and Batika Hotels...They have a real good pepper steak here, the choice fillet meat imported from across the border. The selection of cakes is the...more
What do you expect in a dirty border town under the pressure of insurgents and army house-to-house searches and curfews???
All sorts of scruffy stuff here, and you do best to avoid the company offered by some here or involve in any shadowy deals.
Until the situation with the maoists settles, be sure you are keeping out of trouble, and don't venture out too late (check the conditions...). If you go to a late dinner, ensure that you have a vehicle or rickshaw to wait for you to return to your hotel. The town is dead by 8 pm.
Hotel dinners may be the best option.
Another way to do an evening in Nepalgunj is to go to the main Surkhet Raod in the centre and have "sekuwa" BBQ street food and beer.
Dress Code: Only in the hotels and in the Kitchen Hut do you need to dress up more than in a longyi and shirt.
In the morning, taxis enter Nepalganj from india loaded with the day's Indian newspapers for distribution. On therir return to Lucknow these taxis will be very happy to have paying passengers. And you will get fast to Lucknow. Maybe 4-500 Rs - cannot do better by public transport!more
Distance to Nepalgunj: 260 Km West from Kathmandu.These are the 2 airlines that go to Nepalganj or Nepalgung as many others spell it. **** Buddha Air schedulle *** firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com From: Kathmandu To: NepalgunjFlight Operation Departure Arrival BHA 401 Daily 09:40:00 10:40:00 for $ you need to book it BHA 403 Daily...more
Arriving at Nepalganj airport there will normally be a few taxis competing with the rickshaw wallahs. If you are going to stay in the nearby airport town, don't bother about a taxi. But if tired of the open air and you are heading to the border or central Nepalganj hotels with a bit of luggage, a taxi will be handy. Count on paying a couple of...more
Karnali Hotel close to Nepalgunj airport is the holding place for a modest export of beans from Humla.
What to buy: Very colorful and tasty beans from Humla. OK, not really the thing for your wife-to-be, but Ihave certainly had success serving daal soup and bean stews and beans and chilli from those colorful beans from way up in the mountains.
You may also get them at the Machhapuchhare Hotel on Surkeht Rd in the middle of Nepalgunj.
What to pay: More expensive than regular brown beans, but how many kilos do you really want? It's not that much for a kilo or so.
There are many moslems who call Nepalgunj their home. In fact, there is a whole moslem section of town, with neat little mosques and horsecartloads of covered-up ladies out shopping and ferrying kids from school. Be sensitive to dress code and general behaviour; the Nepalese moslems deserve a honorable mention and sincere acknowledgement for their calm and sensibility in times of adversity and turbulence. They are really downtrodden in what now has become a Hindu republic, being the only community that has not seen any economic improvement the last decade. Most other Nepalis have - statistically speaking.
Hilsa Travel screwed up my flight ticket from Far West Nepal top Kathmandu via Nepalganj completely. I had prepaid the ticket, but they apparently "lost it" and kept me sitting for hours waiting for them to find it as flight time approached. They themselves sat for hours, too, doing nothing. Neither references nor receipts did any impression on...more
Outbreaks of Japanese Enciphalitis and Dengue fever happens in Nepalganj. Ensure that you are properly vaccinated against j.e. prior to going here. This is a very serious, insect-born disease, but hits only people staying close to poultry, ducks and pigs for a while. These features are ever-present in Nepalgunj. As for dengue, dress up against...more
Travelling out of Nepalgunj and on the East-West Highway in this area of Terai you notice all the fixed roads, looks like some huge potholes were just fixed. They are bomb craters, being filled in as they get blown. Especially on raised stretches of road, embankments against flood water, the maoists have this uncanny habit of digging a small...more
This could enter under "danger and annoyances" as well.... Frequently, travellers are stuck for days and days at Nepalgunj airport. The ordeal of getting through here if you are going especially to a mountain destination (Humla, Bjajura, Dolpo, Mugu) is tremendous. You sense it when you are alone as a tourist or a hapless local without connections to staff and other airlines and tower personnel at Nepalgunj airport. There are a number of issues, but the three most important for dealys here are the weather, cancellations or redirection of flights, and corruption. You may find your seat bought by somebody else. As dollarpaying tourist in a grou you are not likely to face much trouble with corruption, but the group staff may have to deal with it.
Unique Suggestions: Ensure that you have a fair idea of what you can expect: try to obtain a fair flight scenario ofor the day and next two, bring a good book, be prepared to make cell phone calls, be prepared to reroute to Surkhet (also flights to the mountains from there), to hop on a cargo helicopter or return.
Fun Alternatives: A cargo helicopter may be a real option. They normally fly out of Surkhet 3-4 hrs travel north of nepalgunj, and start early morning. Fare will be up to 200-250 usd for a one-way flight. If you can wait it out, enjoy Nepalgubnj for a day or two. A-Line travel agency up on Surkhet road near the kitchen Hut are good fixers and can help you out.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Wear long sleeves, long trousers and plenaty of mosquito repellant in Nepalgunj at nightfall as the mosquitos here can be infernal. They hoover about you ankles unseen and unheard as your beer takes your mind of the trivia of the day. If staying longer and in exposed, primitive conditions (like no net, or in the rural areas having dinners on peoples`porches) do take malaria prophylaxis with you.
Hardly a tourist attraction, it's still well-worth knowing about social conditions in the Terai. Just a few years back thousands of domestic slaves, mostly of the Tharu peoples who inherited debt due toa big landowner, and daily interest matching a day's labour... became freed. They had nowhere to go, and a big action was organised to get them land and assistance to settle and build up new lives as agriculturalists. The success had been mediocre, but some have stayed on the new land and made use of the small opportunities given to them for subsistence agriculture. To see the Kamaiya camps for yourself, the nearest are up the Surkhet road to Kohalpur and then west on the Mahendra Hwy for some kilometres. Then, with local guides and assistance you will find at least one camp. Do not go there without a sense of purpose and local guides.