Flat, dry and dusty, Butwal has all the hallmarks of a typical Terai town, its bustling streets dominated by bell-ringing rickshaws. Sitting on an ancient trade route from the Indian plains towards the Himalaya, Butwal remains an important trade and transport hub at the crossroads of the north–south Siddhartha Hwy and east–west Mahendra Hwy. Nevertheless, Butwal offers no sights of interest for visitors, and hence most people choose to pass right through.
Archaeologists have recently identified a village 15km east of Butwal as the site of the kingdom of Devdaha, home to Maya Devi. There’s a small memorial park on the site, signposted off the Mahendra Hwy towards Narayangarh.