Set in the thick jungles of eastern Nepal, the city of Dharan also called Nepalese Hong Kong offers magnificent glimpses of Mt. Everest. Dharan is developed with the contributions of former British Army stationed at Hong Kong. Geographically located at the meeting point of the Himalayan foothills and the Terai Plains, Dharan is a striking place for exploring the natural and cultural wonders of eastern part of Nepal.
Just 6 miles north from Dharan, Bedhetar provides the best viewpoints of all the Terai in its downwards and range of Himalayan peaks to its north. Further, Raja Rani Hill, just more than 12 miles from Dharan, also is a splendid viewing spot for Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Everest.
Visitors also may enjoy the misty hills and tea gardens of the nearby hill towns of Dhankuta and Hile which are 30 miles from Dharan. Basantapur, about 50 miles north east of Dharan treks depart to the base camp of Kanchenjunga (the third-highest mountain in the world). Other than hiking and trekking, adventurers may enjoy paragliding from Bedhetar and torrential rafting on the Kosi and Tamur rivers.
Dharan contains blending of cultures, races and castes, offering a diversity of cultural attractions. Further, the city contains more than 25 Hindu temples. The temples of Dantakali Panch Kanya, Buddha Subba, Pindeshwar and Shiva Jhata are most meaningful to visit, each featuring distinct architectural styles and history of pilgrimage. Also around the vicinity of Dhankuta, Hile offers impressive Tibetan temple, Urgay Namedo Chöling Gompa.
In short, Dharan (Nepalese Hong Kong) a magnificent meeting point of plains of Terai and Himalayan foothills developed with the contributions of ex-Gurkhas has impressive view of Himalayan range, melting point of cultural diversity and pilgrimage sites, and adventurous ventures to offer to the visitors.