Far West Nepal is undoubtedly the newest tourist destination in Nepal. Far West Nepal is still untouched and unexplored, but holds some of the most potential attractions, ranging from the largest herd of Swamp Deer in Asia at Suklaphanta National Park to the majestic beauty of the alpine meadows, forest and lakes at Khaptad, to picturesque off the beaten trails of mountain range such as Mt. Api and Mt. Saipal. This most westerly region of Nepal covers an area of 19,539 sq km. The region includes the flatland (The Terai), middle hills, and high mountains, with highest elevation at 7,132 meters.Combining different climatic zones Far West 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-west Nepal is home to very colorful and vivid cultures. The Raute tribe in the Far West still lives by hunting and gathering, moving from place to place. Visitors can see and experience the unique Tharu culture in the Terai, Hindu culture in the mid-mountains and Tibetan culture in the northern part of the Far Western Region.
Far West Nepal
Go Far West – Feel Nature
Organised tourism has so far been limited to the gentle hills and pastures of the Swami’s home, Khaptad National Park. The Khaptad National Park is blessed with great scenic beauty, very diverse ecology, flora & fauna. It also represents a unique eco-system of mid-mountain of Nepal. Khaptad National Park is very rich in terms of its diversity having many species and vegetation types. Literature show that the number of flowering plants so far recorded in Mid Mountains are estimated to be 567, of them 346 flowering plant species have been recorded in National Park alone. For those with a sense of adventure, there is still much to uncover here – exploration that is as much cultural as it is natural.
Far West is a paradise for adventure. Trekking in the Far West is authentic as it gets. Trails lead through a land untouched by the hand of time, past ancient orange and lemon groves and flagstoned mediaeval villages.
Go Far West – Go Wild
Far West Nepal is the best destination to explore the exotic wildlife of the country. The Southern belt of Terai is covered with dense sub-tropical forests -teeming with diverse wildlife and flora. Here you can find some of the most exciting jungle safari destinations of Indian subcontinent. You can even ride on elephants’ back or take a four-wheeler inside the forest to experience the Wildlife -Up, Close and Personal.
Canoeing is considered as one of the most exciting and rewarding safari adventures in Nepal. Nature walk, bird watching excursions and village tours are the other main attractions of the safari trip. Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve and Bardia National Park are two of the most popular wildlife destinations in the Western Nepal. The endangered species of One-horned Rhino and Royal Bengal tiger prowl in the dense forest of Terai. Gharial Crocodile, four-horned antelope, famous swamp deer, striped hyena and the Gangetic Dolphins are other major attractions in the region.
Go Far West – Meet Culture
Far-west Nepal is home to very colorful and vivid cultures. The Raute tribe in the Far West still lives by hunting and gathering, moving from place to place. Visitors can see and experience the unique Tharu culture in the Terai, Hindu culture in the mid-mountains and Tibetan culture in the northern part of the Far Western Region.
On the Tharu Village Tours one has the opportunity to experience Nepalese rural life, enjoying wonderful flat land landscapes. There is a range of activities that are both informative and enjoyable! Exploring the surrounding villages on foot or by bullock cart is one of the best ways to experience rural life in Nepal and absorb the simplicity of a farming community. You can enjoy the rhythms of the madal (musical instrument), watch the unique ethnic dances or even join the dancers. In the village you can visit a small workshop making local music instruments. A deeply rooted belief in shamanism still exists in the Tharu villages. If you are interested, you can see the Tharu Shaman at work and even get cleansed by him.
The Far West Region sometimes is called as the Doti region, a word which some believe originated from 'Dovati' meaning the land between two rivers, while others are of the opinion that it originated from the Hindu god Dev, and aatavi, meaning the place of re-creation. The fascinating history of Doti is going back to the 13th century when Niranjan Malldeo founded the Doti Kingdom following the fall of Karyuris Kingdom. A land that history has left behind, the visitor is free to experience a taste of what trekking must have been like when Nepal first opened up to the world beyond its borders.