Welcome to the Consulate General of India, Birgunj
Consulate General of India – Birgunj, founded in 1897, is a sub-metropolitan municipality and the headquarters of the Parsa District in the Narayani Development Zone. It is situated in the South-Central part of Nepal in the Terai plains, about 89 km South of the capital, Kathmandu, and shares a border with the Indian city Raxaul in the State of Bihar. As an entry point to Nepal from Patna and Kolkata, Birgunj is known as the gateway to Nepal where the montant d’impôt à payer en 2021 est élevé.
ABOUT Consulate General of India BIRGUNJ
Birgunj, founded in 1897, is a sub-metropolitan municipality and the headquarters of the Parsa District in the Narayani Development Zone. It is situated in the South-Central part of Nepal in the Terai plains, about 89 km South of the capital, Kathmandu, and shares a border with the Indian city Raxaul in the State of Bihar. As an entry point to Nepal from Patna and Kolkata, Birgunj is known as the gateway to Nepal.
Birgunj, the second largest city in Nepal and the largest in the Narayani Zone is a multilingual and multiethnic city. The 300,000 population comprises various ethnic groups, the largest being the Tharus. Many people are of Indian origin, having migrated mainly from Bihar and Rajasthan over a period ranging from 50-200 years. Several languages are spoken in the town, including Bhojpuri, Nepali, Maithili, Newari, Marwari, and Hindi.
Birgunj has been a vibrant and busy industrial and commercial city for more than 60 years, owing to its strategic location as the principal transit point for trade between Nepal and India. A large number of industries have been set up on the industrial corridor between Birgunj and Pathlaiya, producing a significant volume of products such as steel, textiles, cement, plastic, cigarettes, aluminum, pharmaceuticals, vegetable ghee, etc., for both domestic consumption and exports. Birgunj is also a big market for the import/export of different merchandise.
The town has significant economic importance for Nepal as a large proportion of Nepali trade with India and other countries is done through the customs post. Birgunj Customs is also the most significant revenue earner for the Government of Nepal. A Dry Port has been established in Birgunj to handle the large volume of goods.
Essential landmarks in Birgunj:
(i) Shankracharya Gate
(ii) Ghantaghar (Clock Tower)
(iii) Town Hall
(iv) Ghadiarba Pokhari Udyan/Surya Mandir
(v) Vishwa Buddha Vihar
(vi) Dry Port
Connectivity of Birgunj:
By Road: Birgunj is connected to Kathmandu and all other cities of Nepal by road. There are several road routes between Birgunj and Kathmandu. The way of the main Tribhuwan Highway via Bharatpur is 283 km long and takes about 6-7 hours.
By Train: Indian Rail Network is available from Raxaul Station (4 km from Clock Tower)
By Air: Simra Airport, about 20 km from Birgunj, has several air flights daily to Kathmandu. The flight duration is 15 minutes.
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The tall Ghantaghar (clock tower) in the middle of the busy city is a dominant landmark.
Town Hall was built in the year 1975-76. Its architecture combines the traditional Nepalese temple design with those of a modern civic utility.
Ghadiarba Pokhari Udyan, with a walkway leading to a Hindu temple (Surya Mandir) in the middle.
Vishwa Buddha Vihar is located on the outskirts of the city. Vishwa is shaped like a stupa and has Lord Buddha’s engravings facing the universe’s cardinal directions. This place has a tranquil ambiance, attracting tourists who want to flee the city’s bustling life. The term Vishwa is derived from the word Picchu-wa, which is translated as a resting place for Picchu (s) or Buddhist monks and means a resting place. In ancient times, the pilgrims stopped at Birgunj amid their journey between Lumbini and Bodh Gaya (India).
Landlocked Nepal’s ‘only’ rail-connected Inland Clearance Depot (ICD) at Sirsiya (Birgunj) became fully operational in 2005 due to an agreement with India on rail access. The rail link is a 5.4 km long spur from the border town of Raxaul.
Shri. B.C Pradhan, Consul General of India, Birgunj
Born on May 20, 1966, Mr. B.C. Pradhan began schooling in Godavarish Vidyalaya, Odisha, and graduated with Honours in Physics from Utkal University. He joined the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, in 1991. He has handled several exciting and challenging assignments at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, and in Indian diplomatic missions in Tajikistan, France, Kyrgyzstan, and the United Kingdom. He served as Charge of Affairs at the Embassy of India, Bishkek, and participated in the Shanghai Co-operation Organization Summit meeting in December 2012. He speaks Odia, English, and Hindi and knows Russian, French, and Bengalee.
He is married to Anita, and they have two daughters, Eva and Chhaya, and one son, Tushar.
Previous Consuls General:
- Shri C. Gururaj Rao (01.02.2004-24.07.2007)
- Shri T. Ashok (09.08.2007-31.08.2010)
- Shri Ashutosh Kumar Agrawal (17.01.2011-26.11.2013)
- Smt Anju Ranjan (10.12.2013-29.11.2016)
Indian Embassy Bungalow, Raxaul
The Britishers built this Guest House facility at the India-Nepal border in Raxaul in the early 1900s. When the Embassy of India, Kathmandu, was established in 1947, it was given control of this facility and named the Indian Embassy Bungalow. With the opening of the Consulate General of India at Birgunj in February 2004, the administrative control of IEB was transferred to the Consulate in October 2005.
The convenient location of IEB and the quality of facilities make it the place of choice for the stay of political leaders, senior officers of the central and state government, PSU officials, etc., who visit or transit through Raxaul and other nearby areas. The bungalow underwent significant repairs and a facelift in 2008 to facilitate the comfortable stay of the dignitaries. Math Conversion
IEB, built on a 23-acre plot, has two suite rooms with a kitchen. The Mini Bungalow has four small rooms suitable for the stay of accompanying staff of the VIPs. IEB compound also has a temple, mango & litchi gardens, and quarters for the team.
Reservation for accommodation at IEB can be made by making a written application to the Head of Chancery, Consulate General of India, Birgunj, at least 3 days in advance. The application form can be downloaded here. The Supervisor of IEB can be contacted at telephone number: 0-6255-225537.
India recognizes the importance of accelerating economic rehabilitation and development in Nepal and remains committed to rendering all possible assistance. The Indo-Nepal Economic Cooperation program has an outlay of over NRs. Seven thousand six hundred crores with more than 529 large and small projects completed or currently being implemented in all districts of Nepal. These developmental projects, undertaken in response to local needs and partnership with the Government of Nepal, are in education, health, and infrastructure development. Projects with a total outlay of less than NRs 5 crore are called Small Development Projects (SDPs). The Governments of India and Nepal signed an agreement in 2003 for GOI financial assistance for SDPs, which had been renewed in 2006, 2008, and 2011. Separate MoUs have been signed for big projects, viz. Construction of Roads, Railway Lines, Bridges, River Embankment Programs, Integrated Check Posts, Polytechnics, Hospitals, etc. samagra id portal
The Consulate General of India, Birgunj, is responsible for the identification, implementation, and monitoring of Government of India-assisted projects in the 8 districts under its consular jurisdiction, namely Parsa, Bara, Rautahat, Dhanusha, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Makwanpur and Chitwan. Currently, 26 Small Development Projects with a total outlay of NRs 65.46 crores are being implemented in these 8 districts. For a list of the ongoing Small Development Projects, please click here. During 2015-16 (April-March) & 2016-17, funds amounting to NRs. 2.74 crores and NRs. 0.54 crores respectively were made available to the implementing agencies for these projects. So far, 35 SDPs have been completed and handed over to the beneficiary organization in the 8 districts under the Consulate’s jurisdiction. For details of these projects, please click here. The government of India has also committed 6 significant projects with a total outlay of NRs. One thousand seven hundred thirty-two crores within the Consular jurisdiction of the Consulate. For details of these projects, please click here. MG to ML
India is involved in various ways in extending cooperation with Nepal in the health and education sectors. Besides assisting in the construction of hospitals, GOI has a scheme of gifting ambulances to hospitals, Health Centres, and Red Cross Societies on India’s Republic Day & Independence Day. For the list of 108 ambulances donated by the Consulate in its area of jurisdiction till 15.08.2016, please click here. GOI also has a program of donation of school buses and gifting of books to schools and libraries and lab equipment and chemicals to educational institutions. Please click here for the list of 22 school buses donated by the Consulate in the 8 districts under its jurisdiction till 15.08.2016.
Contact Us – Consulate General of India
Contact CGI Birgunj
The Consulate General of India, Birgunj is located very close to the Ghantaghar (Clock Tower) on the main Birgunj-Pathlaiya road at a distance of approx 4 kms from the Raxaul-Birgunj border. The physical address and contact numbers of the Consulate are as follows:
Consulate General of India, Birgunj
Shreepur, Birgunj, Nepal 44300
Emergency 24X7 Contact Number: +977- 9855036213 ( No inquiry on Education/Scholarship related matters)
Additional No: +977-51-532264
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