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 beautiful 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 westernmost region of Nepal covers an area of 19,539 sq km. This region includes the flatland (The Terai), middle hills, and also high mountains, with the highest elevation at 7,132 meters. Far West offers a variety of experiences and touristic attractions with very different climates. These range from wildlife in the plains of Terai, to the misty hill stations in middle hills and spectacular views in the Himalayan mountain range. Far-west Nepal is also home to very colorful and vivid cultures. The Raute tribe in the Far West still lives on 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
Previous tourism has been limited to the gentle hills and pastures of the Swami’s home, Khaptad National Park. Khaptad National Park is blessed with great scenic beauty, very diverse ecology, flora and fauna. It also represents a unique eco-system of the Nepalese mid-mountains. Khaptad National Park has a rich diversity of species and vegetation types. Literature shows that the number of flowering plants in the Mid Mountains recorded so far, are estimated to be 567. 346 of these flowering plant species have been recorded in the National Park alone. If you are adventurous, then this is the place to be! There is still a lot to discover and explore here, both culturally and scenically. Far West is a paradise for adventurers. Trekking in the Far West is as authentic as it gets. Trails lead through ancient orange and lemon groves, flagstoned mediaeval villages and wonderous landscapes. Witness a land untouched by the hand of time!
Go Far West – Go Wild
Far West Nepal is the best destination for exploring the exotic wildlife of the country. The Southern belt of the Terai is covered by dense sub-tropical forests - teeming with diverse wildlife and flora. Far West Nepal has some of the most exciting jungle safari destinations of the Indian subcontinent. You can also ride on an elephant's back or take a four-wheeler into the forest to experience the wildlife up-close. Canoeing is considered one of the most exciting and rewarding safari adventures in Nepal. Nature walks, bird watching excursions and village tours are also main attractions of the safari trip. Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve and Bardia National Park are two of the most popular wildlife destinations in Western Nepal. The endangered great Indian rhinoceros and the Bengal tiger roam the dense forests of the Terai. In addition, the gharial (also known as the fish-eating crocodile), the four-horned antelope, the famous swamp deer, the striped hyena and even Ganges river 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 on 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, you have the opportunity to experience Nepalese rural life, whilst enjoying wonderful flatland landscapes. There is a range of activities that are both informative and exciting! 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. In addition, 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 that makes local musical instruments. A deeply rooted belief in shamanism still exists in the Tharu villages today. If you are interested in seeing the Tharu Shaman at work and maybe even getting cleansed by him, a Tharu village is worth a visit! The Far West Region is sometimes called the Doti region. Some believe this word originated from 'Dovati', meaning "the land between two rivers". Others, however, believe that it originated from the Hindu god Dev and the word aatavi, which means "the place of recreation". The fascinating history of Doti goes back to the 13th century when Niranjan Malldeo founded the Doti Kingdom, following the fall of Karyuris Kingdom. Here, visitors can experience a taste of what trekking must have been like when Nepal first opened up to the world beyond its borders!