Khaptad

Khaptad National Park

Activities:  Trekking, Birdwatching

Accommodation: Camping

Access: Fly from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj (60 min.), then fly to Chainpur (Bajhang)20 min. and then a three-day walk; or fly Kathmandu-Dhangadi (1 hr 10 min.) 670 km by drive, then 10 hours’ drive to Silgadi and then 1 day trek

Wildlife: Wildlife include 20 species of mammals including barking deer, wild boar, ghoral, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, rhesus monkey and langur monkey

Birds: 175 species of birds, the common ones being different varieties of impeyan pheasant, partridges, flycatchers, bulbuls, cuckoos and eagles including several species of migratory birds 

Vegetation: Grasslands and forests of subtropical, temperate and sub alpine vegetation; 224 species of medicinal herbs  

Best Season: March-May and October-November (10-20 degrees Celsius), June-September (rainy), December-February (snow)

Park Headquarters: Khaptad

Added Attraction: Ashram of Khaptad Swami, Khaptad Lake, Tribeni, Sahashra Linga (at 3,200 m, the highest point of the park), Ganesh Temple, Nagdhunga and Kedardhunga

Entrance Fee: Nepali - Free, SAARC nationals -NPR 100 per person per entry, Foreigners - NPR 1,000 per person per entry

RAMAROSHAN

Ramaroshan in Achham district is also called Pancha Pura (five cities) in Hindu scriptures and is attached to the stories of the Pauranic Age. The site is famous for the five historical cities connected to the stories of Goddess Parvati. There are 12 lakes in Khaptad National Park that are good bird watching sites. There are also ruins of old historical buildings that make this region important from an archaeological point of view.

Badimallika

From Badimallika, there are enchanting views of the Himalayas and the ideal time to visit is from April to October. One can reach the area from Khaptad National Park by trekking for 8 to 10 days through remarkable landscapes of verdant forests and pastures. Badmallika houses the temple of Mallika Devi (4,153m) in the Bajura district. It is believed that Goddess Sati, Shiva's consort was reborn as Parvati in this holy site.

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