The Wild West Of Nepal

The 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.

By: Hawrry Bhattarai + Save to a List

Offbeat travel destinations require 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, Bardia National Park, Shey Phoksundo National Park and Rara National Parks are some of the major conservation areas and public parks.

Upper Dolpo

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 government permits in a year and the higher permit fees, the area has managed to stay away from urbanization.

Part of the region falls under Shey Phoksundo National Park. The inhabitants are Bon's followers, the religion predating main-stream Buddhism. There are Phoksundo Lake, Kanjirowa Himal and mountains embedded in its traditional landscape for those looking to explore the scenic Himalayas.

Rara National Park

Rara National Park 106 sq. km is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic national park. Established in 1976, most of the park remains at an 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 an altitude of 2,990 m above sea level and has a 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 width.

Bardia National Park

Bardia 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 Bardia 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 to as Naya Muluk (New World) by the locals.

- Photo courtesy of Flickr, thirdrockadventures

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