Wild West located in the Mid and Far-Western Region of Nepal covers 24 districts of five zones. As its name suggests, Wild West Nepal possesses many pristine places abundant in natural and cultural resources. This part of Nepal boasts the famous Rara Lake, the enchanting Bardia National Park- the biggest national protected area in the lowland Terai which is also renowned for sighting endangered Royal Bengal Tiger; the Karnali River- the longest freshwater in Nepal, The Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve- home to swamp deer and a variety of other wildlife and flora and fauna species.
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 also an ideal place for meditation. Trekking along this national park is an extraordinary experience leaving one awestruck with the dramatic landscape inhaling the fresh mountain air.
Apart from such tourist attractions, these regions offer the newly introduced Gorilla Trail, Gateway to Kailash Manasarovar, Simikot and Limi Valley, Shey-Phoksundo Lake and Upper Dolpo, Khaptad National park, Rara-Khaptad Terk, Banke National Park, Api Namba Conservation Area, Api and Saipal mountains .Trekking in this region 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.
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. Jeep drive on the Karnali Highway also offers adventure seekers and nature lovers a real adventure experience.
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.
The region have also been home to a variety of communities such as the Tharus, Magars, Khas, Mugalis, Lamas, Dotelis among others, The Wild West is famous for innumerable pilgrimage sites like Swargadwari, Bageshwari, Shaileshwari, Siddhanath,Salamuni and Ugratara Temple. There are also many Buddhist stupas and monasteries and mosques in the region. The festivals celebrated by the different religious and ethnic groups can also be a tourist attraction. The Wild West is also a place where Rautes, a nomad community people lives. Upper Dolpo is also famous for its traditional practice of Shamanism.
Visitors can explore the untouched Wild West different ways in different seasons. Some of the pars of the Wild West are directly connected with Kathmandu by road and air. Tourists can fly to Nepalgunj and Dhangadi from Kathmandu and explore the regions. Direct bus services between Kathmandu and the cities in the regions have also facilitated tourists. Similarly, Gaddhachauki in Mahendranagar is the nearest distance from the Indian capital city of New Delhi which is approximately seven hour drive. This route can be useful to travelers extending their trip to Nepal via India.
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 itself is a complete destination. It offers a wide range of tourist attraction from the nature, adventure to culture. The region is a round-the –year destination. Embark on this beautiful journey to the Wild West- Paradise yet to be Explored!