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About Banbasa

Banbasa is a town in Champawat district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is located about 10 Kms from Khatima on Tanakpur Road. Banbasa is known for the Banbasa Barrage and Dam across the Sharda River. Many consider it as the launching point for the trip up into the mountains on the Holy Poornagiri Pilgrimage. The place abounds in sugarcane, paddy, wheat, mango orchards etc. and has a hot and humid climate, typical of the Terais during summers, with heavy rains in late summers and hard winters.
Banbasa has several hotels. The majority of tourist and visitors that arrive in Banbasa are either crossing into Nepal (via Mahendra Nagar) or heading up in to the Himalayas and its hill stations. Banbasa is a popular spot for the people to cross into Nepal from India as there is an immigration office for both countries. The Nepal border is about 5 Km. from Banbasa and rickshaws or horse drawn carts can be hired with ease. Nepalese and Indian nationals may cross unrestricted; however there is a customs checkpoint for goods and third country national.