The Wild West Region Nepal mainly covering Mid & Far West comprising of Mahakali, Seti and Karnali zone is abundant in natural beauty and is culturally appealing offering a wide range of attractions. Breathe in the fresh mountain air of the Majestic Himalayas- Api, Saipal, Kanjirova , be awestruck by the dramatic landscape from the foothills of Dolpo to the Terai belt , delighted by the captivating trails along the enchanting forest , fascinated by the strong presence of Shamanism, be dazzled by the rich culture of the region, charmed by the cultural places and enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the local ethnic groups.
Home to five national parks namely- Rara National Park, Shey Phoksundo National Park (the largest national park in the country), Bardia National Park, Banke National Park and Khaptad National Park and one wildlife reserve Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve this region is naturally rich with exotic flora and fauna.
The Rara Lake (largest lake in the country) changes color multiple of times throughout the day- a scenic beauty which is just magical. The main feature of Rara National Park, The Rara Lake is seated at an altitude of 2,990m above the sea level. This alluring lake is a delight to one and all and the trek to this region offers an amazing glimpse of the Himalayas, the rich flora and fauna also offering beautiful glimpse of the majestic Himalayas.
Shey-Phoksundo National Park the largest and the only Trans Himalayan national park in the country is diverse and rich in flora and fauna. The prominent feature of this park is the Phoksundo Lake (the deepest lake in the country) turquoise beauty which is simply breathtaking. A popular destination for trekker the region has so much to offer with its magnificent trail.
Khaptad National Park in the far west is a hidden gem of the region which is equally important for the flora and fauna providing panoramic view of the majestic snow-capped mountains Api and Saipal Range. Well renowned for Khaptad Baba’s Ashram this place is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. Trekking along this national park is an extraordinary experience leaving one awestruck with the dramatic landscape and inhaling the fresh mountain air.
Trekking along these national parks is a bliss allowing one to encounter the beautiful Himalyas, a wide range of diverse landscape, home to endangered species and the fascinating lifestyle of the indigenous people living in the region.
Banke and Bardia National Park located at the Terai belt is equally alluring offering a great deal of adventure. Banke National Park is the youngest National Park of the country and is well recognized as “Gift to the country”. Located in the Terai belt of the mid- western Region endangered species like Royal Bengal Tiger is protected in the region. Well known for Hyenna this national park is abundant in flora and fauna.
Bardia National Park – the most undisturbed national park in Nepal’s Terai is home to endangered species like Royal Bengal Tiger and One horned rhinoceros. Dolphin watch in the Karnali River also adds beauty to this place.
These national parks in the low land are popular for Jungle safari, Bird watching, Research bringing one closer to the nature. It offers superlative scenery setting it apart from others.
The region is also equally important from the religious perspective. It features Simikot- the entrance for Kailash Manasarovar holy place for Hindus and Buddhist. Swargadwari seated on a hill top is another culturally and historically important national heritage site offering breathtaking views which is another major attraction for Hindus from Nepal and India. Many temples, Gumba are found all over the region making it a culturally rich and popular destination for Hindus and Buddhists.
It also caters to a wide range of Adventure activities from Rafting at Karnali River- the longest fresh water River to fishing, kayaking, Guerrila Trail, Dolphin excursion and many more.
The region is historically and culturally rich. Tikapur the biggest park seated in Kailali district offers pleasant environment where more than 55 species of flowers are found. Also famous for the variety of dishes made from banana- wine, pickle, momo, chips and many more.
Combination of different cultures is found in the region. Dailekh, Jumla and Doti are vital place of historical importance. Culturally mix of Hindu and Buddhist is found in this region. Shamanism is well practiced in the region by the various ethnic communities, making it an ideal place for researchers. Rana Tharu culture is well renowned in Terai belt where Homestay has been introduced allowing one to experience the rich culture and warm hospitality.
A lot of tourism prospective is found in this region making it an ideal place for nature lovers and allowing one to experience the extraordinary. Wild West is historically, culturally and naturally breathtaking setting it apart from the other region. Be a part of this thrilling journey bringing you a step closer to the nature, a place that is just magical and truly mesmerizing. Feel the presence of Wild west- Paradise yet to be explored!