Khaptad National Park

Khaptad has been a protected land of 225 square kilometers in the Far Western Region of Nepal. Earlier, late Khaptad Baba used to live in his ashram located near the part headquarter. The Ashram located at Tribeni is an important destination for pilgrims and tourists to Khaptad. Hindu pilgrims visit the site to worship Lord Shiva on the full moon of July-August every year. In the core zone, however, grazing animals, cutting firewood and activities like drinking alcohol, smoking, slaughtering animals are prohibited. Khaptad Baba moved to the area in the 1940s to meditate and worship. He spent about 50 years as a hermit and became a renowned spiritual saint.

The amazing landscape of Khaptad combines moorland, steep slopes, and streams. 567 species of flora have been discovered in the protected area. Vegetation types include chir pine-rhododendron forest, oak forest, and Himalayan fir-hemlock-oak forest and alder forest in riverine areas.

Leopard, Himalayan black bear, wild dog, and musk deer are some of the highlights of Khaptad. The park also offers superb bird-watching opportunities, with over 270 species of birds, the common ones being different varieties of Impheyan pheasant, partridges, flycatchers, bulbuls, cuckoos, vultures and eagles.

Reaching Khaptad National Park

It is around 2 days trek to reach Khaptad from Silgarhi Market in Doti District which is 50 km in distance. The best way to reach Silgarhi is via Attariya Chowk in Kailali district. 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 GaddaChowki, Mahendranagar. Silgarhi Bazaar is approximately 10-hour drive from Mahendranagar, while Mahendranagar is the 30-minute drive from the Indian border town of Banbasa, from where buses depart to Delhi every hour of the day.