The Wild West of Nepal

Mid western NepalThe western region of Nepal is the largest among the 5 development regions. Covering 42,378 km2, it consists of 15 different districts, 4 major rivers, 4 national parks and numerous other Himalaya peaks.

An offbeat travel destinations, most of the travel in the region requires walking on foot. Karnali, Bheri, West Rapti and Babai are few of the major rivers. Mt. Kanjiroba, Mt. Sisne and Mt. Patarasi dominate the northern sceneries, and Banke National Park, Bardiya National Park, Shey Phoksundo National Park and Rara National Parks are some of the major conservation areas and public parks.

Here are 3 of the most highlighted places of western Nepal.

Upper Dolpo

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Aesthetically captured by Eric Valli in his 1999’s Oscar nominated movie “Caravan” -also known as “Himalaya,” Upper Dolpo is one of the restricted regions in Nepal. With only about 200 permits provided by the government in a year and the higher permit fees, the region managed to remain distant from urbanization.

Part of the region falls under Shey Phoksundo National Park. The inhabitants are the adherents of Bon, the religion that predates main-stream Buddhism. For those who seek to explore the scenic Himalaya, there are Phuksundo Lake, Kanjirowa Himal and mountains embedded in its typical terrain.

Rara National Park

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Rara National Park 106 sq. km is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic national park. Established in 1976, most of the park remains at the altitude of about 3,000 meters. Established for the protection of the unique flora and fauna of the Humla-Jumla region, the park is managed by the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation.

Rara Lake also known as ‘Mahendra Tal,’lies at the an altitude of 2,990 m above sea level and having water surface of 10.8 square km, with a maximum depth of 167 meters. Oval in shape the Rara Lake is 5.1 km in length and 2.7 km in a width.

Bardia National Park

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Bardiya district is located at the western region of Terai. It is mostly covered by wild vegetation. Today, many endangered animals are protected and bred inside the Bardiya National park. Wildlife safari is guaranteed to take you inside the covert hideouts of some of the most dangerous wild beasts of Nepal.

Previously used as a hunting ground by the royals and hunting enthusiasts, the large area once was confiscated and controlled by the British Raj(East India Company) for over 45 years. It was later returned to Nepalese government in 1860, and was referred as Naya Muluk (New World) by the locals.

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