Ancient fort Sangurigadhi awaits touristic footfall
Dharan and Bhedetar are the two most popular tourist destinations in State 1. However, Sangurigadhi, an ancient fort located at the border of these two touristic places, is still struggling to welcome visitors.
Sangurigadhi is located at ward number 6 of Sangurigadhi Rural Municipality of Dhankuta. bordering ward number 4 of Dharan Sub-Metropolitan City of Sunsari.
It is located at around 1.5-kilometre western side of Bhedetar hill station. And one can reach here within a 25-minute walk from Bhedetar. Similarly, it is approximately 5 kilometre away from Zero Point, Dharan. Some 4-hour hike from Dharan’s BP Park.
Bhedetar Village Development Committee and Kakarbhitta Tourism Office had invested fund for the construction process. There are 10 open-sky stoned rooms at the fort. It provides a breathtaking view of Dharan, Bhedetar and Eastern Terai. Nonetheless, people are not thronging to this historic area.
Basudev Baral, a tourism activist of Dharan, has written about the forts of Dharan, Sangurigadhi. He said that it was a strategic fort during ancient Nepal.
Local people said, “There was a cannon in the fort a few decades back. Our elders used to tell us stories of it. Later on, Panchayat-era administrators took it to Dhankuta. These days, only a few number of people know about this historic place. Some fort lovers and hikers visit this tourist place.” Further, they said, “Different programmes in this area can promote tourism here and assist the government campaign Visit Nepal 2020.”
Lilaraj Lawoti, former Chairperson of the Hotel Association of Bhedetar said, “Our local government is named after this fort. But, it is not developing organic infrastructures and some recreational structures in and around the fort.”
Chair of the municipality Kumar Jung Yakhkha informed that the government has forwarded a plan to develop Sangurigadhi as a famous tourism point.