Bhim Dutta / Mahakali / Mahendranagar – This town is in the district of Kanchanpur. It is six kilometres from the border of India and the Mahakali River. It is inhabited by people of various races including the indigenous Tharu people. This city is the eighth largest city in Nepal after the cities of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lalitpur, Biratnagar, Dharan, Birganj and Bharatpur. It is situated just five kilometres east of the Indian border and seven hundred kilometres west of Kathmandu. It is named after late king Mahendra Bir Bikram Saha of Nepal. After Nepal was declared republic in 2008 the city name changed to Bhim Dutta. There are three settlements in Nepal by the name of Mahendranagar they are as follows.
Mahendranagar (Mahakali - 8th largest city in Nepal), Mahendranagar (Janakpur) is a village development committee in Dhanusa District in south-eastern Nepal and Mahendranagar (Kosi) is a village development committee in Kosi Zone of south - eastern Nepal near river Kosi. Mahendranagar is the starting point for tours to the Royal Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. Other places of interest are Mahakali River and Tanakpur Barrage and the places are worth visiting.
Places of interest include the Royal Shuklafanta National Park. The festivals celebrated by people reflect the blend of the people of Mahendranagar, namely the ethnic Tharu people celebrate Dhikri festival while Brahman and Chhetri primarily celebrate Gora Parba and Dipawali or Diwali is also celebrated. Tourist can enjoy these festivals.
Road communication is decent and has improved over the years. Mahendranagar is linked with bordering India town of Banbasa and Tanakpur through the bridges in Mahakali River. Hence Mahendranagar is the nearest city of Nepal from New Delhi the capital of city of India. There are regular bus service to the Indian city of Delhi, Almora, Haridwar and Nainital. Mahendranagar is well connected with air service to Kathmandu. Bus and private vehicles connects this city to all the other parts of Nepal. Mahendra Highway is the longest highway of Nepal starting from Mahendranagar till the eastern city Kakarbhitta the eastern border of Nepal near Siliguri. Mahendranagar is also connected to the hill towns of Baitadi, Amargadhi, Dipayl and Darchula. Nepal is beautiful beside its tourism destination; it is also home to some of the exotic wildlife parks and sanctuaries that include Chitwan National Park, Rara National, Sagarmatha National Park, Makalu National Park, etc. This beautiful country is must visit once in a lifetime as the country is globally acclaimed for its not only scenic beauty, heritage attractions, adventure tourism, Leisure holiday, temple tour, but also for its friendly environment, world class accommodation facilities and warm hospitality of the people.
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Places of Interest
- Shuklafanta National Park
- Brahmadev Mandir
- Gora festival
- Local routes to Mountt Kailaish in Tibet
- Ra Ra Lake in Humla district
- Ruins of Far Western Malla Kingdom
- Dodhara (Island in the Mahakali river)
- Chadani (Island in the Mahakali river)
- Dhikri festival
- Bardia National Park
- Suspension bridge outside Mahendranagar
- Local Shopping Center
Communication / Connectivity
Airways – There is a domestic airport in Bhim Dutta / Mahendranagar with air service to Kathmandu. There are many other airlines operating domestic as well as international flights. Domestic air service links Kathmandu with almost all the major towns of the country. There are many private airlines providing services to different parts of the country
Railways – Bareilly is the nearest railway station in India and can be reached from Delhi. From Bareilly one can hike or drive to the border town of Banbassa. The only railways lines which Nepal has at present in Nepal Janakpur Jaynagar Railway (NJJR). It is 53 kilometres long. This railways service still exists.
Roadways – Bhim Dutta is connected well with the rest of Nepal and with India by roads. Mahendra Highway is the longest highway of Nepal; it starts from Bhim Dutta tto the eastern city Kakarbhitta. It is also connected by some of the sub highways with Dipayal, Baitadi, Amargadhi, Darchula, etc.Road transport is also linked with bordering India to Banbasa and Tanakpur through the bridges in Mahakali river making Bhim Dutta the nearest city of Nepal from New Delhi, the capital of city of India.