Named in honor of the late King Birendra (28 December 1945-1 June 2001), the city of Birendranagar is located in the beautiful Surkhet Valley of the Mid-Western Region of Nepal and is considered to be one of the principal urban areas of the region. With a domestic airport situated just east of the city, Birendranagar has flights to and from Kathmandu, Jumla, Kalikot, Jumla, Mugu and Dolpa. Visitors who prefer to stay on the ground will find an adequate bus service between Birendranagar and Kathmandu, Bharatpur, Pokhara and Dharan.
Birendranagar has a number of attractions which visitors to the city will find interesting. The Dauit Bajai Hindu temple is considered to be the most important in the Mid-Western Region of Nepal, and as such, it has been declared a national heritage site. The 12th century Hindu Buddhist temple of Kakre Bihar is located near Birendranagar in an area noted for its scenic beauty. This solid stone structure contains superbly crafted bronze statues of Buddha and Hindu deities. Another attraction on the outskirts of the city is a park with fountains and a small lake, known as Bulbul Tal, which is popular with locals and visitors alike.