The Rautahat district of Province 2 is one that encompasses the heart, soul and spirit of the Terai nation. You don’t have to drive far from Chandranigahapur, the district headquarters, to get a Rautahat experience. For eg, just around 16 km north-east of Chandranigahapur lies Nunthar, a small settlement of great religious significance for locals. The goal of a traveler’s visit to Nepal is to see high mountains, intertwined hills and rivers flowing from high land, slowly losing their intensity in gentle meanders to the southern plains. Most of them stop there and are on their way out of the country. Yet they start on their way south, and they can see the other sight of Nepal — that of Tarai, abundant in large landmasses, forests, grasslands, and lowlands populated by indigenous communities with different cultural backgrounds.
Situated on the boundary of Rautahat, Makwanpur and Sarlahi in the lap of the Chure woods, Nunthar hosts religious pilgrims who come to pray their respects to the Shiva Temple. The temple is thought to be more than 100 years old, with myth and myth woven into its narrative. There is a large pool of acidic water on the south side of the building. Locals claim that the water in the well has curing powers and make frequent trips to the temple to peruse the water from the well.
Nunthar sees hundreds of local visitors from the nearby districts of Sarlahi, Dhanusha, Mahottari, Bara, Parsa and Makwanpur. Tapping into the footprints of the city government has stepped up to render the region a global tourism destination. The Committee has invested Rs 10 million so far on the development of a children’s park . It is for picnic places, fishing sites and boating facilities in the Bagmati River. According to Bhattarai, the position and environment of Nunthar allows it the perfect place to establish it as a tourist destination. Curiously, the suspension bridge over the Bagmati River, which links Sarlahi, has lately gained prominence among travelers. The bridge was a popular place for selfie enthusiasts. The bridge has been another place to visit when Junge Jharana is in Rautahat. Locates about 16 km west of Nunthar, it is one of the least frequented parts of the district.
The Musahar settlement in Chandranigahapur, which make the headlines .It was founded by the popular duo Dhurmus Suntali. The model settlement designed by the Dhurmus Suntali Foundation saw tourists come to Rautahat from far and large to take a tour of the settlement. A view
tower was install within the town, providing a 360-degree view of the surrounding hills. Visitors may pay a charge of Rs 100 to ascend the roof.
TOP TIPS: How to get there: Chandranigahapur is around a five-hour drive from Kathmandu via Bhimphedi.
Tourists can stay at Chandranigahapur hotels.
‘Katiya’ goat curry is very famous in Rautahat. It is cooked in a mud vessel which gives it a distinct flavor. Visitors may also enjoy Dhindo and popular chicken dishes in Nunthar.
Budget: Rs 2,500 per citizen per day in Chandranigahapur.
Detours: Nijgadh International Airport and Kathmandu-Tarai expressway in Bara district, 22 and 28 km
west of Chandranigahapur.
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