Nepalgunj ([nepaːlɡəndʒ]), also spelled Nepalganj, is a
Sub-Metropolitan City in Banke District, Nepal. It lies on the Terai
plains near the southern border with
Bahraich district in Uttar
Nepalgunj is 153 kilometers south-west of
16 km south of Kohalpur. Former Village Development Committee:
Udayapur, Bhawaniyapur, Piprahawa, Jaispur, Paraspur, Indrapur,
Puraina were added to
territory in order to make it Sub metropolitan city on 2071 Paush 28
Puraini was also added in list on 2072 Paush 21. Further,
while restructuring of local levels nationwide, ward no. 23 (former
Indrapur VDC) was taken out to Janaki Rural Municipality and ward no.
Hirminiya VDC was added to Nepalgunj.
3 Culture and religion
8 Places of interest
11 See also
13 External links
The Dhamboji neighbourhood is the center of the city and main business
hub. The 24 km long
Surkhet Road runs through the middle of the
The 2011 census counted 73,779 inhabitants, with 20% growth since
2001. Nepali is spoken natively by Paharis as well as by people of
other ethnicities as the national language and lingua franca. The
mother tongue for the native inhabitants is still Awadhi, which is
understood and normally spoken by the entire population of the
Culture and religion
Nepalgunj has a diverse culture with people from different faiths
living within mixed communities.
Islam are two major
religions in the city, with Hindus comprising the larger percentage of
the population. The city also has followers of other religions like
Sikhism and Christianity. People of different ethnicity are
known to have traditionally lived together, without any significant
Mutilated statue of Tribhuvan at Tribhuvan Chok Nepalgunj.
However, recent conflict occurred in December 2006 between the Pahari
people and the Madhesi people, following immediately after the 2006
democracy movement in Nepal. The conflict resulted in the death of at
least one person, while dozens of others were injured.
Nepalgunj Airport is located 6 km north of the city centre. The
airport was officially named Mahendra Airport after the late King
Mahendra, but it is commonly referred to as Ranjha Airport. It
operated flights to Kathmandu and to airports in less developed
western districts such as Dolpa, Jumla, Mugu and Rukum.
Section of the newly widened
Surkhet road at Pipari
Nepalgunj has bus and mini-bus services. The country's longest
highway, Mahendra Highway, runs through the town of Kohalpur, 10
Nepalgunj city center.
Indian Railways line reaches
Rupaidiha across the border. It
involves train changes at Gonda,
Bahraich and Nanpara. For travellers
coming in from India it is also possible to take an express train to
Lucknow and from there a direct bus to Rupaidiha. Indian and Nepalese
nationals may cross the border without restrictions; however, there is
a customs checkpoint for goods and third country nationals.
See also: List of hospitals in Nepal
Nepalgunj has several boarding and government-run schools. Mahendra
Multiple Campus is the largest public higher-level institution in the
district, and is affiliated to Tribhuvan University. The following is
a list of secondary and higher-level academic institutions in the
ABC Residential Higher Secondary School
Angels High School
Adarsh Higher Secondary School
Brightland Higher Secondary School
Bheri Vidhya Mandir
City College of Management
City Public High School
College of Engineering and Management
Dream Land Secondary School
GVN Higher Secondary School
Golden ABC High School
Holy Land Higher Secondary School
Jaya Bageshwori H.S. School
Junior Cambridge Higher Secondary School
Jaycees Bal Sansar E.M. School
Lotus English Medium School
Mahendra Model Higher Secondary School
Mahendra Multiple Campus
Maithawa higher secondary school
Modern Public Higher Secondary School
Muntara Secondary School
Shree Sharada Lower secondary school nepalgunj-10, Banke
Nepalgunj Medical College
Nepalgunj Multiple Campus (NMC)
Nepalgunj Technical College
National engineering college
Pashupati Higher Secondary School
Shree Buddha English Medium School
Shree Shaileshwori Vidhya Niketan
St. Thomas Higher Secondary School
United Educational Academy
West Zone E. M. Higher Secondary School
Bheri English Medium High School
A post office is located at Charbahini Chok
Telephone networks (land lines) including telephone exchange systems.
Mobile phone networks.
Cable television physical networks including receiving stations and
cable distribution networks.
Internet Services (Several cyber cafes, private and Governmental ISPs
Nepalgunj has a sub-tropical climate. Temperatures sometimes exceed
40 °C (104 °F) from April to June. During the rainy
season—arriving in June and lasting into September—it is less hot
but sometimes very humid. Winter is usually pleasant while the sun is
out. It sometimes is foggy and overcast; then it can be chilly with
temperatures below 10 °C (41 °F) but no frost. The highest
temperature ever recorded in
Nepalgunj was 45.0 °C
(113.0 °F) on the 16th June 1995, while the lowest temperature
ever recorded was −0.3 °C (31.5 °F) on the 9th January
Climate data for
Nepalgunj 144m (1981-2010)
Average high °C (°F)
Daily mean °C (°F)
Average low °C (°F)
Average precipitation mm (inches)
Source: Department Of Hydrology and Meteorology
With the boost in the tourism industry after the change in political
Nepal in the 1950s, the hotel and restaurant industries in
Nepalgunj have experienced significant growth. The Sneha Hotel
features in the atmospheric travel memoir A Glimpse of Eternal Snows
by Jane Wilson-Howarth.
Places of interest
The statue of Junge Mahādeva.
Banke National Park
Manpur Mainapokhar is half an hour drive to travel Badhiya Lake
Bardia National Park
Bardia National Park is an hour's drive west
Karnali River is 90 minutes drive west
Tharu villages in Deukhuri Valley to the west along the east-west
Surkhet, an Inner
Terai Valley north of Nepalgunj.
Cricket and association football are the two most popular sports in
Nepalgunj. Most of the city's big sports tournaments are held in the
city's football stadium and gymnasium. As of
September 2011[update], an international cricket stadium is under
construction in Kohalpur.
Two cinema halls, Laxmi hall and QFX Bageshwori, can be found in
Nepalgunj. The city also has several community radio stations:
Radio Xpress FM 88.4 MHz
Radio Himal 92.6 MHz
Nepalgunj Community FM 104.8 MHz
Bheri FM 105.4 MHz
Radio Krishnasar 94 MHz
Radio Bageshwori 94.6 MHz
Bheri Awaj FM 95.6 MHz
Morning Star 90.0 MHz
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Nepalgunj electorate elect RPP candidate Rana as mayor
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2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-27. . Retrieved 27 February 2016.
^ . Department Of Hydrology and Meteorology Retrieved 26 September
Jane Wilson-Howarth (2012). A Glimpse of Eternal Snows: a journey of
love and loss in the Himalayas. Bradt Travel Guides, UK. p. 390.
Cricket ground under delay Cricnepal.com".
cricnepal.com. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
Website of Nepalgunj
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Nepalgunj.