It is one of the most important junction towns, and one of the most unattractive, in Nepal. It links the Mahendra and Prithvi highways and most travelers venturing into the Terai will find themselves passing through or stopping for tea, though it cannot be recommended as a destination in itself. The name comes from its position on the Narayani River. Bharatpur is the continuation of Narayanghat to the east. Originally two separate and distinct villages, the construction of the highway network resulted in rapid growth to the extent that they are now contiguous. Narayanghat is exclusively a functional town and lacks anything of significant cultural interest. There is a small church just southwest of the river view hotel, near the local bus park.
There is a pleasant excursion to Devghat, seven kilometers to the north. It lies at the confluence of the Trisuli and Kali Gandaki rivers, seven kilometers of Narayanghat. The name means 'place of gods' after its riverside location. There are numerous temples around here which between them are dedicated to an unusually wide range of deities. Some are very old, though none stand out as architecturally exceptional. The peaceful site is surrounded by forests and hills to the west. There is not a great deal to actually do here, but if you find yourself stood in Narayanghat for at least half a day, it is a good alternative to strolling through the bazaar. Allow two hours to walk around.