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What to do ? Walk along dust roads through beautiful rural scenery/Hire a bike and aim for the Kachenjunga foothills/Leave or enter Nepal at the immigration gate
What you may not like ? All the accommodation is clustered behind the bus park or along the main road.
How long ? Well, less than a few hours if you are just leaving or entering Nepal, but if you have time why not spend two or three days in this part of Nepal that travelers rarely see.
Other information ? There is a bank and a money changer in town and a tourist office. Most of the hotels that double as restaurants do little food business, so expect the cook not to be in and the food selection limited. Best to eat on the street or at Shere Punjab Hotel.
The River Mechi is the dividing line between India and Nepal and so, although I dare say it is fine to go for a swim, don't cross over onto the other
Walking the rural roads ? I spent a very pleasant two days walking the roads north of Kakarvitta. Walk at 90
degrees to the main road past Hotel Kachanjungha. The road quickly becomes unpaved. You needn't have a destination; just walk as long as you want and give yourself time to get back before dusk. On a clear day you can see the foothills of the Kachenjunga range; from the plains where you are now walking all the way up to 2500 metres is Nepal's tea growing area. Notice the well-practiced intercropping method the local farmer's use. No vast plains of wheat here, but potatoes in with corn, spinach in with spices etc. Walking these roads you really see how modern Nepal lives alongside ancient Nepal. You'll see houses with satellite dishes and the occasional latest model Chinese built motorbike but also people tilling the field by hand and buffalo-drawn carts.
If you want a destination, ask the locals which is the road for Bahundangi. It can be walked in about two hours. This village has a bazaar that operates daily and people come here for horticultural supplies and ayurvedic medicines.