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Consulate General of India, Birgunj, Nepal

Welcome to 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 South-Central part of Nepal in the Terai plains about 89 km South of the capital Kathmandu and sharing 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.

ABOUT 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 South-Central part of Nepal in the Terai plains about 89 km South of the capital Kathmandu and sharing 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. A large number of people are of Indian origin having migrated mostly from Bihar and Rajasthan over a period of time ranging from 50-200 years. Several languages are spoken in the town including Bhojpuri, Nepali, Maithili, Newari, Marwari and Hindi.

Birgunj has been vibrant and busy industrial and commercial city for more than 60 years owing to its strategic location on 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, aluminium, pharmaceuticals, vegetable ghee etc. for both domestic consumption and exports. Birgunj is also a big market for 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 in the world is done through the customs post located here. Birgunj Customs is also the largest revenue earner for the Government of Nepal. In order to handle the large volume of goods, a Dry Port has been established in Birgunj recently.

Important 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 route of 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 situated about 20 km from Birgunj has several air flights a day to Kathmandu. The flight duration is 15 minutes.

More information:

Please visit wikipedia page by clicking here.

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. It's 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, located in the out-skirts of the city. Vishwa is actually shaped like a stupa and has engravings of Lord Buddha facing the cardinal directions of the universe. This place has a tranquil ambiance and it attracts those tourists who want to flee the bustling life of the city. The term vishwa is derived from the word vicchu-wa, which is translated as a resting place for vicchu(s) or Buddhist monks and means a resting place. In the ancient times, the pilgrims stopped at Birgunj in the midst of their journey between Lumbini and Bodh Gaya (India).

Landlocked Nepal’s 'only' rail-connected Inland Clearance Depot (ICD) at Sirsiya (Birgunj) became fully operational during 2005, as a result of an agreement reached with India on rail access. The rail link is a 5.4 km long spur from the border town of Raxaul.

Consul General

Shri. B.C Pradhan, Consul General of India, Birgunj

Born on May 20, 1966, Mr.B.C.Pradhan began his 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 interesting 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 d’ Afffaires, Ministre du logement, Embassy of India, Bishkek and participated in the Shanghai Co-operation Organization Summit meeting in December, 2012. He speaks Odia, English and Hindi and has knowledge of Russian, French and Bengalee.

He is married to Anita and they have two daughters: Eva and Chhaya and one son: Tushar.

Previous Consuls General:

Different Wings of Consulate

Consul General Office (E-mail: cg.birgunj@mea.gov.in)

Name

Designation

Office (00-977-51)

Shri B.C Pradhan

Consul General

532211

Shri Munish Kumar

Personal Assistant

532211

Shri Jagat Singh

Chauffeur - designate

532244

Administration, Economic Cooperation & Education Wing (E-mail: hoc.birgunj@mea.gov.in)

Name

Designation

Office (00-977-51)

Shri Ramesh P. Chaturvedi

Deputy Consul General / HOC

532233

Shri Vikash Kumar

Steno

532233

Shri Alok Kumar

ASO

532271

Political, Consular and States Wing (E-mail: cons.birgunj@mea.gov.in)

Name

Designation

Office (00-977-51)

Shri Vinod Kumar Loshali

Consul (PCS)

533714

Shri Sohani Sharma

Personal Assistant

533714

Shri Rajwinder Singh

ASO

534049

Economic & Commerce Wing (E-mail: com.birgunj@mea.gov.in)

Name

Designation

Office (00-977-51)

Rajesh Kumar

Consul (ICS & Commerce)

534417

Vacant

Personal Assistant

534417

Information, Culture & Security Wing (E-mail: info.birgunj@mea.gov.in)

Name

Designation

Office (00-977-51)

Shri Rajesh Kumar

Consul (ICS & Commerce)

531422

Shri Abhimanyu Chouhan

AP&WO

531422

Shri Subhash Kumar

AP&WO

532244

Shri Ravishankar Mani Pandey

Yoga Teacher

532244

Indian Embassy Bungalow , Raxaul

This Guest House facility at the India-Nepal border in Raxaul was built by the Britishers in early 1900s. When Embassy of India, Kathmandu was established in 1947, it was given control of this facility and named Indian Embassy Bungalow. With the opening of 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 available make it the place of choice for stay of political leaders, senior officers of the central and state government and PSU officials etc. who visit or transit through Raxaul and other nearby areas. The bungalow underwent major repairs and facelift in the year 2008 to facilitate comfortable stay of the dignitaries.
IEB, built on a 23 acre plot, has two suite rooms with a kitchen. The Mini Bungalow has four small rooms suitable for stay of accompanying staff of the VIPs. IEB compound also has a temple, mango & litchi gardens and quarters for the staff.
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.

Contact Us

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
The working hours of the Con

List of Holidays

S.No.

Holiday

Date

Day Of Week

Republic Day

January 26

Thursday

Maha Shivaratri

February 24

Friday

Holi

March 13

Monday

Ram Navami

April 04

Tuesday

Mahavir Jayanti

April 09

Sunday

Good Friday

April 14

Friday

Raksha Bandhan

August 07

Monday

Independence Day

August 15

Tuesday

Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid)

September 02

Saturday

Dussehra (Maha Navami)

September 29

Friday

Vijay Dashmi (Dussehra)

September 30

Saturday

Muharram

October 01

Sunday

Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday

October 02

Monday

Diwali (Deepavali)

October 19

Thursday

Guru Nanak’s Birthday

November 04

Saturday

Milad-un-Nabi {Id-e-Milad (Birthday of Prophet Mohammad) }

Decemeber 02

Saturday

Christmas Day

December 25

Monday

Economic Cooperation

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India recognizes the importance of accelerating economic rehabilitation and development in Nepal and remains committed to rendering all possible assistance in this direction. The Indo-Nepal Economic Cooperation program has an outlay of over NRs. 7600 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 in partnership with Government of Nepal, are in the sectors of education, health and infrastructure development. Projects with a total outlay of less than NRs 5 crore are termed as 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, Poly-technics, Hospitals, etc.

The Consulate General of India, Birgunj is responsible for 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 list of the ongoing Small Development Projects please click here. During the years 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 Consulate’s jurisdiction. For details of these projects please click here. Government of India has also committed 6 major projects with total outlay of NRs. 1732 crores within the Consular jurisdiction of the Consulate. For details of these projects, please click here.

India is involved in various ways in extending cooperation to Nepal in the health and education sectors. Besides assistance in construction of hospitals, GOI has a scheme of gifting ambulances to hospitals, Health Centres and Red Cross Societies on the occasion of 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. For the list of 22 school buses donated by the Consulate in the 8 districts under its jurisdiction till 15.08.2016, please click here.

Registration of Indian Nationals

  1. All Indian nationals – living or working in the 8 districts of Nepal under the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Birgunj – are advised to register themselves with the Consulate and obtain the Registration Certificate. The Registration Certificate is useful for the following:
  1. The application form for registration of Indian Nationals can be downloaded here.

  2. For details of documents required to be submitted along with the application form please click here. This service is provided free of charge to the Indian nationals.