Far Western development of Nepal is the untouched and unexplored region but with potential to become a major tourist destination in Nepal. One of five development regions of Nepal, the Far Western has an abundance of natural attractions.
Far-western region is 460 Km far from the Capital of Nepal, Kathmandu and has been able to maintain the meaning of Nepal as Tapoban, which means the forest for meditation.
The Far-Western Region covers an area of 19,539 sq Km.As, This Region is comprised of two zones, Mahakali and Seti. This region includes the flatland (The Terai), middle hills, and high mountains, with highest elevation at 7,132 meters. Combining different climatic zones FarWest offers different experiences and tourist products ranging from wildlife in the plains of Terai to the misty hill stations in middle hills and spectacular views if the Himalayan mountain range.
Far-western region is cursed by Geography but the region is gifted or blessed with stunning scenic beauty by nature. It doesn’t have any recognized adventurous tourist spot but visiting far-west itself is an adventure for nature’s raw adventure lover.
Here we have listed some places which are still unseen by most of the visitors to Nepal and are worth to Visit which are in Farwest Region of Nepal:
The bridge over the Karnali river(500 metre) is the second of its kind in Asia. The single-pillar bridge was constructed by the Japanese government. But this is not the only attraction in this region. The Bardiya National Park connected to the area, Karnali River and the beautiful scenery with the delicious fish have enhanced the beauty of the region. After the decade-long conflict, economic activities in the area had diminished. But such activities are now on the rise.
It is at the center of Far-western Development Region and stretches over 4 districts, Doti, Achham, Bajhang, Bajura. It’s difficult journey to reach its different fabulous places which covers an area of 225 km².The place is also well renowned for the Khaptad Baba Ashram of the holy man Khaptad Baba, who spent 50 years as hermit to meditate in this region.
The park also offers excellent bird-watching opportunities, with 270 species of birds, the common ones being different varieties of Impheyan pheasant, partridges, flycatchers, bulbuls, cuckoos and eagles. Khaptad Park is also fairly rich in its variety of wild animals, common ones being barking deer, wild dog, wild boar, ghoral, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, rhesus monkey and langur monkey.Other areas in the national park of interest to tourists are Khaptad Daha, Nag Dhunga and Upper Tribeni. Khaptad National Park also offers religious sightseeing like Saileswori,Ramaroshan,Badimallika,Surma sarovar likewise many places.
Mahakali Bridge(commonly known as Dodhara Chandani Bridge) is a suspension bridge over Mahakali(sharada) River with a length about 1,496.5m. Which is located on Kanchanpur District of Malakali Zone in Farwestern development Region. It is famous for it’s unique style of engineering technique. It is constructed by Nepal-Japan Co-operation.
This Bridge is a sequence of four suspension bridges with eight pylons, which are anchored to large anchor blocks on both banks as well as three common anchor blocks in the river bed. The lands between the 32.72-metre-high (107.3 ft) pylons have a wingspan of 225.40 m, the webs between the anchors and the pylons have a wingspan of almost 70 meters. The bridge segments are curved slightly upwards.
SHUKLAPHANTA NATIONAL PARK
The National park was previously a hunting reserve, then a wildlife reserve now it has gained the status of a National Park and it’s the youngest National park of Nepal, located in Kanchanpur district. It is famous for the World largest single herd of Deer. The Park is also famous for its conservation and protection of tigers.
The main attraction for tourist is the Jungle Safari and elephant safari and also can view swamp deer’s largest herd in this region by sitting on the back of elephants. Park is also famous for One Horned Rhinoceros.
API AND SAIPAL
We all know Nepal is the country of Himalayas but far-western Region doesn’t have any eight-thousander but it has two high mountains Api (7132m) and Saipal (7031m). The Mt. Api lies in Darchula district and Saipal in Bajhang.
The trek to these regions is a lifetime experience to see the real unspoiled Nepal with the spectacular views of the mountain with the unseen culture of hilly Nepal. The breathtaking and unseen beauty of nature is also not visited by most of the tourist but it is something really to see in a lifetime if you’re an adventure lover.
The BadiMalika Temple is another Shakti Peet located in this region. The Kalika Devi is worshiped in this Temple.
It is located in Bajura district at 4200m high at top of the hillock and also the journey to the temple is really a difficult one, many people die due to altitude sickness in the journey. Only possible way to reach to the temple is by one or more days trek from Martadi, headquarter of Bajura district.
In winter due to snowfall, it is closed but two fairs are held every year in the Temple. The trek to the BadiMalika Temple is a famous adventure for tourist and thousands of devotees and worshipers visits the temple during the fairs (mela).
Tikapur park is located in Kailali district which is famous for its natural beauty and geographical location. The Karnali river passes through the park and is famous for Rafting. Park was made by King Mahendra as a pleasant and silent rest place. So it’s also famous as “The Rest Place”.
The park provides natural, pleasant and cool environment surrounded by trees, rivers, and silence from the noise and free from pollution of the city. It’s truly a place for recreation and good for health to visit. The park is also famous for the near banana cafe which provides an opportunity to taste many dishes made with bananas and even wine made of banana too.
The famous Hindu shrine of Tripura is one of the Shakti Peeth of Devi in far western Region of Nepal. It is a divine place and a religious and cultural heritage of the region. It is located in Baitadi district.
It is one of the famous sacred places for Hindus to visit and for pilgrimage. It is strongly believed that devi fulfill the wishes of her worshippers.
The fort from which the brave Gurkhali army fought against British East India company. It is named after the great warrior of Nepal Amar Singh Thapa who fought bravely against British from this fort. The fort has historical importance as it was constructed during the time of the unification of Nepal.
Dadeldhura district which is also known as Queen of hills has a climate similar to Mediterranean region, so the British wanted to capture the region to create it as a hill station for the British general who was in East India company. But the brave Nepali soldiers fought against the British and saved the region without advanced weapons as of British.