Khaptad

Khaptad

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.

Access

Khaptad national park is in seti zone and is surrounded by districts Doti, Bajura ,Bajhang and Achham .The gateway to Khaptad is silgarhi Bajaar in Doti district , from where the park headquarters is 50 kilometers and almost 2 day trek away.

The best way to reach silgarhi is via Attariya Chick in kailali district . Silgarhi bajaar is 9-hour drive from Attariya chock . Buses to Attariya chock , kailali, are available at central bus station , gongabu , in Kathmandu and transportation to silgarhi is available at Attariya chock . Another option is to take a flight to dhangadhi from where one can drive to silgarhi bajaar.

Khaptad national park can also be reached easily from India via the west entry point of Nepal at gadda chocki, mahendranagar. Silgadhi bajaar is approximately 10- hour drive from mahendranagar, while mahendranagar is 30- minute drive from the India border town of banbasa, from where buses depart to dehi every hour of the day.

When to visit

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 which falls in October and another fair is also held at Khaptad daha around the same time at the end of summer.

Summer here is cool and wet with temperature ranging from 0 to 18 -degree Celsius , while winters are cold and dry with temperature sometimes below – 18 degrees. The monsoon rains occur between May-September. Snowfall occurs during the extreme winter months.

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