Khaptad National Park: No Walk After Sunset and Before Sunrise

Khaptad National Park was established in 2040 B.S. (1984 AD.) situated in the Far-Western Development Region of Nepal. It preserves the unique and important ecosystem of the mid hilly region of western Nepal.

The area of this park is 225 sq. kilometers. Out of 225 sq. kilometers the area of the buffer zone is 216 square kilometers.

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Khaptad National Park, Nepal

Khaptad National Park lies in the altitude ranging between 1450 and 3300 meters. It is spread in the district of Bajhang, Bajura, Doti, and Achham of Seti Zone. The Park Headquarter is about 50 km and 32 km walking distance respectively from Silgadhi town of Doti and Chainpur town of Bajhang. There are various kinds of vegetation and wild organisms.

Habitat diversity is found here. The park has coniferous forest, hardwood, mixed hardwood, scrub, and grassland. Chirpine, Spruce, Birch, Maple, and Rhododendron are important vegetation species of this park.

The barking deer, ghoral, common leopard, black bear, Himalayan thar, Himalayan langur, ratua, wild dog, wild cat, red monkeys are the wildlife found here.

Various kinds of butterflies are also found in this park. This is the habitat for beautiful and attractive birds like Danfe, Monal, etc. Besides these, a wide variety of herbal plants are also found here.

Khaptad national park is important for religious and social points of view. Tribeni, Khaptad Dah (lake), Sahasra linga, etc. of this area are the holy sites of Hindus.

Thousands of pilgrims gather in these places to celebrate religious occasions, the love of nature and popularly known as ‘Khaptad Baba’ had chosen this national park for his dwelling.

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khaptad national park Nepal

We all knew that the late Khaptad Baba (Swami) moved to the area in 1940′s to meditate and worship. He spent about 50 years as a hermit and became a renowned spiritual saint in the Hindu religion.

The Khaptad Baba Ashram is situated near the park headquarters. Shiva temple is on the way to Headquarters. This has certainly helped in this conservation of this park.

The climate of this park in summer is cool and wet, whereas in the winter season is cold and dry.

It is restricted to everyone that is No one should walk within the park after sunset or before sunrise.

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