Khaptad National Park

Khaptad National Park

The Khaptad National Park is located at the height of 3,000m. It consists of subtropical forest of Chir pine at lower altitude, and sub alpine forests of fir, hemlock, oak and rhododendron in the higher areas. There are 224 species of medicinal. 11 percent of flowering plant of Nepal are found in Khaptad. There are about 224 species of birds. So one can get excellent opportunities to do birds watching. The common birds available are impheyan pheasant, partridges, flycatchers ,bulbuls, cuckoos and eagles and the common wild animal found in the region are barking deer, wild dog, wild bear, ghoral, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, rhesus monkey and langur monkey. The major tourism attractions of Khaptad are Khaptad Daha, Nag Dhunga and Upper Tribeni. There is also possibilities of doing religious sightseeing.

The Ashram (hermitage) of Khaptad is the main tourism attractions of the Khaptad national park. The late Swami Sachchidananda also called Khaptad Baba resided in this Ashram. There are no any entrance restriction for the visitors. Grazing of animals, cutting firewood and the activities like the drinking alcohol, smoking and slaughtering animals are prohibited.

Getting there
Khaptad National park lies in the Seti Zone and is surrounded by districts Doti, Bajura, Bajhang and Achham. Silgarhi Bazaar in Doti District is the gateway to Khaptad National Park. Khaptad National Park is 50 km away from Silgarhi Bazaar and almost 2 days trek. The best way to reach Silgarhi is via Attariya Chowk in Kailali district. It is 9 hrs drive from Attariya chowk. From Gongabu, Kathmandu buses to Attariya , Chowki, Kailali are available.

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