Dharan is one of the major cities in the Sunsari District in Eastern Nepal. It is located on the foothills of the Mahabharata Range in the north with its southern tip touching the edge of the Terai Region. The delineated town, that was once a British settlement, stands 1,200 ft. above the sea level.
Dharan is the second largest city Eastern Nepal and is also known as the footballer producing factory of Nepal. The charm of Dharan is marked by it broad roads, decorated houses and nature.
Dharan is surrounded by hills in three directions; Charkose Jhadi (forest) is to the south, to the east and west is Seuti and Shardhu rivers respectively. It has temperate climate. Dharan is the midpoint between Hills and the Terai plains (Bhawar region), and a gateway to the hills.
Dharan is a melting pot of many cultures, representing a mix of diverse cultures of Nepal. There are many people who reside in Dharan from the surrounding district, Sankhuwasabha, Tehrathum, Ilam, Panchthar, Dhankuta, Bhojpur, Taplegung Khotang etc.
Different ethnic groups host their traditional cultural festivities all year around. The Dhan naach (Dance) and Chyabrung naach (Dance) of Limbus, Lakhe naach (Dance) and Gai Jatra of Newars, Sakela of Rai, Selo of Tamangs, Rodighar of Gurungs, Baalan and Sangini of Brahmin and Chhetris, all add to the cultural tradition of Dharan. Dharan also hosts a Sakela competition in Dharan every year. It starts from the Baisakh Sukla Purnima (full moon of day of the month of Baisakh) and lasts for 15 days.
You can reach Dharan by bus or micro-van from Kakarbhitta or Biratnagar. From Itahari, Dharan is only 20 minutes bus journey and Itahari is well connected to all the other cities of Nepal. So anybody can come to Itahari and then take a micro van or bus to Dharan.
There are direct long distance bus routes from Kathmandu and Pokhara. From Kathmandu, you can take Volvo buses from Swayambhu bus park (adjacent to the Swayambhunath Temple). It is suggested to go the bus park at least one day in advance to book a ticket, or to book in advance through an agency.
A twenty minutes ride from the main bazaar of Dharan takes you to the cool and rejuvenating hill station in Bhedetar. The view from the Charles Point is breathtaking and one cannot think of leaving the place behind and leave.
Namche is recognized by CNN as one of the top ten places to see. A 20 minute walk uphill from Bhedetar takes you to this picturesque village that offers a perfect break from the hustle and bustle of the town.
The famous Dantakali temple is in Dharan. Make sure to visit this temple which is believed to be one of the Shakti Peeths where SatiDevi’s tooth had fall. Also, the temple of Budha Subba is enshrined here where the bamboo plants do not have the top part and also no crows are seen around the area.
The sugarcane of Tomar Khola is a must-try thing while in Dharan. If you miss tasting this stuff, you would be regretting it as savoring the sugary goodness of this sugarcane could make you forget some of the sweetest tastes in the world.