The area can be reached by public bus from Dhangadhi (3,5h) and by
bus, bicycle and rickshaw from Tikapur (30min).
The source of the Karnali River lies high up in the Himalayas. It is one of four rivers that rise from the holy Mount Kailash in Tibet. On its journey down to the South, Karnali is wild and rapid, thus, offering excellent white water excitement. When the river reaches the flatland of the Terai, it settles down into more moderate and gentle currents and eventually becomes a wide, majestic stream. Traveling on the river in this area offers a relaxed journey surrounded by pristine wilderness. You can find more information about rafting and boating trips on the Karnali River here.
In the Far Western Terai, just south of Tikapur, the Karnali River is joined by three streams, which make it the ideal habitat for one of the oldest species of aquatic animals on earth: the Ganges river dolphins. There are only four river systems worldwide that are inhabited by the rare freshwater dolphins. One of them is the Ganges River and its tributaries, including Far West’s Karnali and Mohana River. There is a higher chance of seeing the dolphins during monsoon season, when the river is swollen. Since the dolphins migrate during the monsoon season. There are probably up to 60-70 dolphins that can easily be spotted when they come to the surface to breathe. More information about this rare species, can be found on the website of the Dolphin Conservation Center in Dunghanatole.