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Khaptad National Park

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Khaptad is a land of grasslands and forests. Its rich geography ranges from high mountains to deep gorges and mid-elevation plateaus. The diverse landscape of Khaptad is filled with subtropical, temperate and sub alpine vegetation. Khaptad offers: treks that range from short easy hikes to strenuous ones, religious sightseeing with its several sacred sites, quiet rejuvenation in its pristine surroundings and the rich cultural experience of far west Nepal.

One of the main attractions of Khaptad is the Khaptad National Park established here in 1984. Located in the mid-mountains, the Park is a rich natural habitat and has also gained religious significance as the home of Khaptad Swami, the renowned hermit. There are several places of religious and natural significance inside and outside the National Park in Khaptad. The best time to visit Khaptad is during autumn and spring, October-November and March-May. During autumn several festivals are held here. A fair is held at Tribeni near Khaptad, every Dashain (annual Nepali festival) which falls in October and another fair is also held at Khaptad Doha (lake) around the same time at the end of summer. Rains occur between May - September. Snowfall occurs during the extreme winter months.

Khaptad is a land of grasslands and forests. Its rich geography ranges from high mountains to deep gorges and mid-elevation plateaus. The diverse landscape of Khaptad is filled with subtropical, temperate and sub alpine vegetation. Khaptad offers: treks that range from short easy hikes to strenuous ones, religious sightseeing with its several sacred sites, quiet rejuvenation in its pristine surroundings and the rich cultural experience of far west Nepal.

One of the main attractions of Khaptad is the Khaptad National Park established here in 1984. Located in the mid-mountains, the Park is a rich natural habitat and has also gained religious significance as the home of Khaptad Swami, the renowned hermit. There are several places of religious and natural significance inside and outside the National Park in Khaptad. The best time to visit Khaptad is during autumn and spring, October-November and March-May. During autumn several festivals are held here. A fair is held at Tribeni near Khaptad, every Dashain (annual Nepali festival) which falls in October and another fair is also held at Khaptad Doha (lake) around the same time at the end of summer. Rains occur between May - September. Snowfall occurs during the extreme winter months.

PEOPLE

The main ethnic groups living here are Brahmin, Chettri, Thakuri, Damai, Kami and Sunuwar. The predominant culture is Hindu. Khaptad is a place of high I'eligious value. The religious and cultural values of this place were highly enhanced after Khaptad Swami settled here 53 years ago. The area is believed to have been the center of the civilizations that covered southwest Tibet, far west Nepal, and northwest India of Kumaon and Garhwal region.

EXPERIENCE KHAPTAD NATIONAL PARK

The Khaptad National Park (about 3,000 m) is rich in its flora and fauna variety. The National Park is covered by subtropical forest of Chir pine at lower altitude, and sub alpine forests of fir, hemlock, oak and rhododendron in the higher areas. The area boasts of 224 species of medicinal herbs and is described as the living garden of herbs .and a museum of natural history. It is estimated that about 567 species, 11 percent of flowering plants of Nepal, are found in Khaptad. The Park also offers excellent birdwatching opportunities, with 270 species of birds, the common ones being different varietiesof Impheyan pheasant, partridges, flycatchers, bulbuls, cuckoos and eagles. The Park is also fairly rich in its variety of wild animals, common ones being barking deer, wild dog, wild boar, ghoral,. Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, rhesus monkey and langur monkey.

Other areas in the National Park of interest to tourists are Khaptad Doha, Nag Dhunga and Upper Tribeni. Khaptad National Park also offers religious sightseeing.

ASHRAM OF KHAPTAD BABA

The Ashram (hermitage) of Khaptad Baba as the name proclaims is the area where the famous Khaptad Baba (Late Swami Sachchidananda) resided. The Ashram located at Tribeni is an important destination for pilgrims and tourists to Khaptad. The meditation area includes temples of lower Tribeni. There are no entrance restrictions for visitors. In the core zone, however, grazing animals, cutting firewood and activities like drinking alcohol, smoking, slaughtering animals are prohibited.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Saileswori is one of the most famous religious stops on the way to Khaptad from Attariya Chowk, Kailali. The temple of Goddess Saileswori in Sigarhi, Doti, comprises temples of Ganesh and Masto. Silgarhi Bazaar, which is a historical town is the main business center of far west Nepal. 

Ramaroshan lies in Achham district. It is also called Pancha Pura (five cities) in Hindu scriptures and is attached to the stories of Pauranic Age. The site is famous for the five historical cities connected to stories of Goddess Parvati. In addition are 12 lakes that are good birdwatching sites. There are also remains of old historical buildings that make this region important from archaeological point of view. 

Badimallika houses the temple of Mallika Devi (4,153 m) in Bajura district. It is believed that Goddess Sati, Shiva's consort, was reborn as Parvati in this holy area. From this place, one can observe the enchanting views of the Himalayas. The month of April - October are ideal months to visit Badimallika. One can reach this place from Khaptad National Park within 8 to 10-day trek.Surma Sarovar (4,307 m) is a holy and beautiful lake site in the district of Bajhang. A temple dedicated to Surma Devi is situated near the lake. Hindus believe that Surma Devi is the incarnation of Goddess Kali. Mt. Kailash in Tibet believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva can be seen from Surma Sarovar. Surma Sarovar is 3-day trek from Khaptad National Park.

GETTING THERE

Khaptad National Park is in Seti zone and is surrounded by districts Doti, .Bajura, Bajhang and Achham.

The gateway to Khaptad is Silgarhi Bazaar in Doti district, from where the Park headquarters is 50 km and almost 2-day trek away. The best way to reach Silgarhi is via Attariya Chowk in Kalali district. Silgarhi Bazaar is 9-hour drive from Attariya Chowk. Buses to Attariya Chowk, Kailali, are available at Central Bus Station, Gongabu, in Kathmandu and transportation to Silgarhi is available at Attariya Chowk. Another option is to take a flight to Dhangadi from where one can drive to Silgarhi Bazaar.

Khaptad National Park can also be reached easily from the west entry point of Nepal at Gadda Chowki, Mahendranagar. Silgarhi Bazaar is approximately 10-hour drive from Mahendranagar, while Mahendranagar is 30-minute drive from the Indian border town of Banbasa, from where buses depart to Delhi every hour of the day.

TOURIST SERVICES

Trekkers and travelers to Khaptad National Park should be self sufficient in terms of food and accommodation as there are not many commercial lodges that cater to tourist needs. Various campsites are available and home-stay could be possible if arrangements are made beforehand. A government guest house is available near Khaptad Swami Ashram.

For further details about the Khaptad National Park, please refer to other travel books, log on towww.welcomenepal.com or www.dnpwc.gov.np, or contact registered travel/trekking/ tour agencies.

Note: The total cost and further information will be provided on request.The package can be customized as per your requirements. The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, trail slides, and avalanches.

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