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Best Time: January to April; September to December Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest Airport: Biratnagar Airport Check Flights

"The Gateway to Mahabharata Hills"

Dharan Tourism

Dharan is a city located near the Southeastern border of India and is a replica of Indian culture and tradition. Dharan is the gateway to the Mahabharat hills and is one of the biggest pilgrimage locations in Nepal. This low-lying hilly region is extremely clean, colourful and culturally diverse as well as a centre for football in Nepal, hence it being called 'mini-Brazil'. Located in the Sunsari District of Eastern Nepal, the city does not have extreme climates, making it a pleasant destination for tourists throughout the year.

Tourists mainly visit this place for its natural beauty as well as take part in activities like golf, hiking to Namche, driving to Bhedetar hill station, picnicking at Raja Rani Lake and visiting places like Tamar Khola, Yalamber Park and Bhanu chowk. A few historical and religious sites to visit in Dharan are Buddhasubba Temple, Pindeshwor Temple, Panchakanya Temple, Shiv Jatta, Vijaypur Hill and Dantakali Temple. Apart from these, there are many local pubs and bars in Dharan, making it a major tourist attraction in Nepal.

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Important Information for Tourists

  • Seek Insurance & Stay Alert of Warnings: This region of Nepal is prone to earthquakes and other natural calamities, so it is always good to speak to travel agencies and travel insurance companies before planning a trip.
  • Have a Travel Buddy Who's Familiar With Dharan: It also helps if you are travelling with someone who knows the area well so that you are never caught unawares in case of an unfortunate natural calamity as the landscape here is pretty rugged.

Culture & Festivals in Dharan

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Dharan is called a colourful city with multi-cultural diversity. People living in this city are from Sankhuwasabha, Panchthar, Ilam, Bhojpur, Dhankuta and Taplegung Khotang. This calls for multi-ethnic festivities and activities that are celebrated here all throughout the year.

Dhan Naach, Dhol Naach and Chyabrung Naach are a few dances that are performed in Dharan. A very famous Hindu temple called Pindeswari is located in Dharan where people hundreds of devotees come from all over India and Nepal in order to receive blessings from Lord Shiva. Needless to say, the culture in Dharan is surely multicultural.

Festivals Celebrated in Dharan:
  • Sangdangragma is also a festival that is dedicated to the goddess of Wealth.
  • Gai Jatra of Newars
  • Sakela of Rai
  • Rodighar of Gurungs
  • Baalan and Saangini of Brahmin and Chhetris
  • Selo of Tamangs
  • Sakela Competition which starts on the Baisakh Sukhla Purnima and goes on for 15 days. 


Dharan was found around 1580 AD. The city of Bijaypur, located next to Dharan, was founded prior to it. Dharan traces its history to the kingdoms of Limbus during 865 AD. King Mawrong and King Sirijonga were important rulers in this region. This alludes to the lineage and monarchy in Nepal. In terms of the modern era, Dharan’s foundation was laid by the first Prime Minister, Chandra Shamsher in 1902. During this time, Dharan played a very important role in supplying timber to East India Company.

Later, in 1953, the British Gurkha Recruit Center was opened in this city when people from all over Nepal came in to join the British Gurkhas which led to the influx of population in Dharan. In 1960, Dharan has officially been declared a municipal town. Since then, Dharan has grown into one of the biggest towns, rather cities in Nepal with tourists visiting this place throughout the year.

Restaurants and Local Food in Dharan

Dharan is known for its Dal Bhat (steamed rice in a lentil soup), Pork Sekuwa, Pork Dameko, Barbecued Pork, Sargemba and Aalu Nimki. These delicacies are best served at Yangtaru Sekuwa Corner at Bagarkot. Momos, Chowmein and Wai-Wai are very popular dishes found in Dharan.

Top places to eat in Dharan are:
  • Susant’s Home
  • Prazwal Sekuwa Corner
  • VRC Momo
  • Olive Cafe

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How To Reach Dharan

The nearest airport to Dharan is Biratnagar International Airport. It is around 37 kilometres and an hour and a half away from Dharan. Another close airport is Bhadrapur airport which is around 103 kilometres away from Dharan and takes around 2 hours to reach. Tourists can take a cab or the local bus from the two airports till Dharan. Visitors can also take a bus till the Dharan Bus stop. 

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