There are daily flights from Kathmandu (70 min, Buddha Air and Yeti Air). Busses go from many Nepali towns as well as from India (a 5h drive from Nainital or Lucknow, 7h from Delhi)
Dhangadhi is the perfect starting point for all adventures in the Far West. The Sub Metropolitan City with its airport and Indian border entry point, is the main gateway and transportation hub of the Far Western region. It is also the capital of Kailali district and provides you with all necessities: from hotels and restaurants to bike rentals and health care institutions, everything can be found there. Before starting an exploration of the Far West, it is worth taking some time to enjoy the attractions of Dhangadhi and its surroundings. For example, Nepal’s only aircraft museum in the city. Located inside a real Fokker jet, its possible to feel like an actual pilot, or enjoy 200 miniatures aircraft models.
When the hustle and bustle of the city becomes too much, the rural surroundings of Dhangadhi offers a lot. Set between rice fields and the Kailali Jungle, two beautiful wetlands, Jokhar Lake and the Mohana River, everything can be easily reached by bicycle or rikshaw. Jokhar Lake is located at the eastern outskirts of the city and is a great place for a relaxing walk or boating. In the western part of the city there is the Mohana River Corridor located, a famous bird watching area. The best time to come is in the morning between 6 and 7 am.
Around Dhangadhi there are many villages of the Tharu people, Terai’s original inhabitants. Most of them are farming communities, responsible for tilling the area’s many rice fields. But the Tharu also produce high quality handicrafts and cherish a vivid cultural life including special dances and traditional dress. It is easily feasible to explore Dhangadhi’s rural surroundings by foot, cycle or bullock cart and absorb the atmosphere there.