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. Dhangadhi provides you with all necessities: from hotels and restaurants to bike rentals and health care institutions, everything can be found here! Before starting your journey in the Far West, it is worth taking your time to enjoy the attractions of Dhangadhi and its surroundings. For example, Nepal’s only aircraft museum is located here. The museum is inside a real Fokker jet! This will make you feel like an actual pilot. In addition, you can enjoy 200 miniatures aircraft models. A newly opened waterpark ‘Fun City & Amusement’ can help you refresh during the hot and humid weather!
When the hustle and bustle of the city becomes too much, the rural surroundings of Dhangadhi offer a lot. Set between rice fields and the Kailali Jungle, the two beautiful wetlands Jokhar Lake and the Mohana River 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. The Mohana River Corridor – a famous bird watching area – is located in the western part of the city. The best time to come is in the morning between 6 and 7 am.
There are many Tharu villages around Dhangadhi. The Tharu people are the Terai’s natives. Most of them live in farming communities, responsible for tilling the area’s many rice fields. The Tharu also produce high quality handicrafts and cherish a vivid cultural life, including special dances and traditional dress. It is easy to explore Dhangadhi’s rural surroundings by foot, bicycle or bullock cart and absorb the atmosphere here.