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Nepalgunj (also commonly spelled as Nepalganj) is a popular, developed and trading city in Banke district, Nepal that is west to Kathmandu (the capital city of Nepal). It is located in the Terai Plains and borders with India (Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh (UP) state in the southern part.

It is one of the popular custom hubs of Nepal. Eklaini, Sadarline, BP Chowk, Tribhuvan Chowk, Dhamboji chowk, Gharbari Tole, New Road, Birendra Chowk are some of the major marketplaces in Nepalgunj city center. And Rupaidiha, which is a town in India bordering with Nepalgunj to the south, is a famous shopping area for the people because of availability of many things within that area and also because of the cheaper price.

Amongst many touristic attractions in Nepalgunj, some of them are Bageshwori temple (renowned for Hindu Devotees), Bageshwori Park, Rani Pokhari and mini zoo.

The popular foods in Nepalgunj are Samosas, Chaat, Dahibada, Sekuwa, Biryani, Ravadi (made out of milk), and momo (unofficially can be called the Nepali national lunch).

Bardiya National Park in Bardiya district, which is to the west of Nepalgunj, is just a couple of hours drive from Nepalgunj. Bardiya national park is famous for tiger watching and exploring other wildlife and culture of Tharu people (indigenous people) in Bardiya.

bardia-national park
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Nepalgunj is also a famous gateway to places such as Jumla, Mugu, Humla, Dolpa by flights (which are surely going to be adventurous flights) and Surkhet, Chisapani (Karnali River), Kohalpur etc. Also, Nepalgunj receives hundreds if not thousands of travelers visiting Mt. Kailash and Lake Mansarovar as it is the easiest route from Nepalgunj.

Nepalgunj is 16 KM away from Kohalpur in Mahendra Highway (also known as East-West Highway) in the north, around 515 KM west of Kathmandu, 153 KM southwest of Ghorahi, 35 KM East of Gulariya.

Nepalgunj Sub-Metropolitan City

Nepalgunj is currently a sub-metropolitan city with 27 wards. The population of Nepalgunj sub-metropolitan city according to the census of 2011 is 141,700. Similarly, the total area of the sub-metropolitan city is 89- Sq. KM.

Map of Nepalgunj

map of nepalgunj

Nepalgunj Weather

Nepalgunj has a sub-tropical climate. This place is popularly known for its warm climate in Nepal. Sometimes, the temperature exceeds more than 40 degree Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

During the time of monsoon, which starts from the month of June until September; it is less likely to be hot but at times, it can be very humid making the lives of people very difficult. Similarly, the winters are pleasant during the day as the sun is out. But when it gets foggy, the morning and evenings get very tough because of bone-chilling cold. The temperature can be as less as below 10 degree Celsius (42 degrees Fahrenheit) without the presence of frost.

45 degree Celsius was the highest ever recorded temperature in Nepalgunj in 1995 and the lowest ever recorded temperature was -0.3 degree Celsius (31.5 degrees Fahrenheit) in 2013.

Nepalgunj Postal code

The postal code of Nepalgunj, which lies in Banke district, is 21900. Some of the postal codes of places that fall in Banke District are as follows:

S.N. Places Postal Code
1. Banke 21900
2. Suiya 21901
3. Bhojbhagawanpur 21902
4. Khaskusma 21903
5. Kohalpur 21904
6. Ramjha 21905
7. Udayapur 21907
8. Chisapani 21910
9. Godahana 21911
10. Jayaspur 21912
11. Khajura 21913
12. Chandranagar 21914


Nepalgunj Airport

nepalugunj airport
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Nepalgunj Airport is located to the north of main city center at about the distance of 6 KM. In the name of late King Mahendra, The Nepalgunj airport was officially named after the late King Mahendra. But in the present day time, the airport is commonly known as Ranjha Airport.

There are regular flights being operated on a daily basis from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu and vice versa by Budhha air, Yeti air, Shree air, etc. Nepalgunj airport is a connecting hub for the places to the north of Nepalgunj, which are Jumla, Dolpa, Mugu, Humla, and Rukum along with seasonal flights to other parts of the country.

Budhha Air Nepalgunj

Budhha air Nepalgunj operates three flights from Nepalgunj airport to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu on a daily basis. The duration of Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight is somewhere around 50 minutes and sometimes it might increase because of air traffic in TIA, Kathmandu.

Contact Information:
Phone number: 081-520745, 081-525745
Airport: 081-565077

Mahendra Multiple Campus

Mahendra Multiple Campus is one of the oldest and reputed colleges in Mid-Western and far-western region of Nepal. It was established in 2014 BS and it was named “Narayan Inter College”. Later, in 2028 BS it was named Mahendra Multiple Campus because of multiple courses offered in the college. The college is affiliated to Tribhuvan University. And the college offers courses in education, management, science, law and humanities faculties in Bachelor and Masters level.

Contact Information:
Mahendra Multiple Campus, Nepalgunj-13, Bhansar Road, Banke
Phone Number: +977-81-520278, 525578, 520278, 520336

Nepalgunj Medical College (NGMC)

Nepalgunj Medical College

Nepalgunj Medical College is managed by Lord Buddha Educational Academy Ltd (LBEA) and was established in 1997. The College is affiliated and recognized by Kathmandu University, Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, Nepal Medical Council and Sri Lanka Medical Council. Nepalgunj Medical College offers academic programs under MBBS, Nursing and Postgraduate program.

Contact Information:
Head Office
Nepal Medical College
B.P. Chowk-12, Nepalgunj, Banke
Phone Number: +977-81-521572, +977-81-521152

Principal’s office, Kohalpur
Phone Number: +977-81-540409
Hospital Admin Kohalpur: +977-081-540401, +977-81-540402

Vice Principal’s Office, Chisapani
Chisapani, Nepal
Phone: +977-81-401003, +977-9848134483

Kathmandu Office
1011, Pacific Building, Ram Shah Path, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977-1-4430373, 4434908, 4430813

Nepalgunj QFX

QFX Nepalgunj

Nepalgunj QFX is located in New Road, Nepalgunj. There are two halls in this newly built QFX cinema hall. The hall 1 has a seating capacity of 315 and the second one has the seating capacity of 290.

On a weekday (i.e. Monday to Thursday), the normal ticket price is NRs. 280 for deluxe and NRs. 220 for a premium one. Similarly, during the weekend i.e. Friday to Sunday, the ticket price is NRs. 330 for deluxe and NRs. 270 for premium.

For the 3D, the ticket price during the weekday (Monday to Thursday) is NRs. 360 for deluxe and NRs. 300 for premium. And the ticket price during the weekend (Friday to Sunday) is NRs. 410 for Deluxe and NRs. 350 for premium.

Contact Information;
QFX Bageshwori, New Road, Nepalgunj, Nepal
Phone Number: +977-81-411330
Lost and Found section: +977-81-411330

Nepalgunj Transportation

Kathmandu Nepalgunj bus

Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

The distance between Kathmandu to Nepalgunj is about 515 KM. There are regular buses that go to Nepalgunj from Kathmandu and vice versa. It takes around 12 hours to reach Kathmandu from Nepalgunj on a bus if there is not much traffic.

Butwal to Nepalgunj

Butwal is around 250 KM away from Nepalgunj. Since the roads are plain in the Terai, it takes about 6 hours to reach Butwal from Nepalgunj.

Nepalgunj to Talcha

Talcha airport lies in Mugu district and it is a popular airport in Karnali region because of Rara Lake. There are regular flights from Nepalgunj to Talcha and it takes around 40 minutes from Nepalgunj to reach Talcha. Tara airlines and Nepal airlines operate flights on a regular basis.

Nepalgunj to Jumla

The distance between Nepalgunj and Jumla is about 340 KM via Karnali Highway. There are regular buses going to Jumla from Nepalgunj as well. It takes around 12 hours from Nepalgunj to reach Jumla. However, the roads are tough and vulnerable to road accidents.

There are regular flights being conducted from Nepalgunj to Jumla by Tara and Nepal airlines. It takes around 30 minutes to reach Jumla from Nepalgunj.

Pokhara to Nepalgunj

Pokhara is about 415 KM away from Nepalgunj via East-West Highway and it takes around 10 hours to reach there by bus.

Nepalgunj to Surkhet

Surkhet is another trading hub, which is near to Nepalgunj. The distance between Nepalgunj and Surkhet is about 122 KM. There are buses traveling to Surkhet from Nepalgunj on a regular basis and it takes around 3 and a half hours to reach there.

Nepalgunj News

Nepalgunj News is a leading daily local newspaper published in Nepalgunj, Nepal. This daily newspaper covers sources of news, sports, and entertainment to its readers. Mr. Jhalak Gaire is the editor-in-chief of Nepalgunj News.

Contact Information:
Nepalgunj News, Nepalgunj, Setu BK Chowk, Banke
Phone: 081-526511

Hotels in Nepalgunj

hotels in nepalgunj
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Since Nepalgunj is one of the major customs hubs of Nepal and also the marketing and business destination in the Mid-western region, the numbers of hotels are growing at a considerable rate.

As per the requirement of the travelers, there are numerous hotels in Nepalgunj. Starting from around Nrs. 500 to ranging until NRs. 4000, there are plenty of hotels to accommodate. Among the hundreds of hotels available, Siddhartha Hotel Nepalgunj, Hotel Sneha, Kitchen hut, Hotel city palace, and Hotel Indreni are some of the most popular ones.


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