Bhairahawa for a shopping spree
Bhairahawa, also known as Siddhartha Nagar, is located near the far western Indian border, about 260 km west from Kathmandu. It is one of the important places for import and export business between Nepal and India as it is located near the Indian border. It is also the gateway to the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini. The airport located here connects the capital to many other cities and towns like Butwal and Tansen which do not have their own airports.
One of the major reasons behind people visiting this place is ‘shopping’. Because of its nearness to the Indian border of Sunauli, the products are also comparatively cheaper than most of the other markets. Also, the Indian tourists who come for shopping or even pilgrimage to Nepal make sure that they stop here for shopping before they leave the country. Moreover, the goods made in China are also popular here along with the Indian goods making it one of the popular places in Nepal for a shopping spree.
Another major reason is the availability and experience of biking on the plain Terai lands. The 23 km long road connects Bhairahawa to the city of Butwal and riding the bike to and fro is one of the best biking experiences you could ever live. The biking trip not only gives you an adventurous feel but also takes you closer to the people in Terai, their living style, the small mud huts and the wide green fields. It is an excellent opportunity to experience the life of Terai up-close. Moreover, an hour bus ride from Bhairahawa takes you to the holy land of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
A thirty minute flight from Kathmandu will take you to Bhairahawa or you could also board a bus from the bus park in Kathmandu and enjoy the seven to eight hour long drive to the city of Bhairahawa through the various beautiful places coming in-between the highway. So, if you have a long list of products you need to buy and also has a desire to visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Bhairahawa is the perfect destination for you. However, make sure to avoid summers if you can’t resist sun or are allergic to hot climates.