Khaptad National Park
The Khaptad National Park was established in 1984. The Park was named after Khaptad Baba (Late Swami Sachchidananda) who moved in the area in 1940ies to meditate and worship. He is known for being a doctor and researcher. The Park is sometimes called Khaptad Swami or Khaptad Baba, and is a place of high religious value. The area is believed to have been the center of the civilizations that covered South West Tibet, Far West Nepal, Kumaon and Garhwal.
Flora and fauna
Climate in the Khaptad National Park cool and wet in summer, and cold and dry in winter. In summer the temperatures range from 0 to 20-degree Celsius, while in winter the temperature can fall bellow 20 degrees. The best time to visit the Park is in autumn (October - November) and in spring (March-May), when the climate is mild.
It is a 7 hour drive by local transport from Dhangadhi, in Kailali district to Silgadhi in Doti district, which is the main gateway to KNP [The bus fare is 550/- Nepali rupees]. Here you have suitable accommodation in the form of hotels. From Silgadhi you have you have trek to Baglek (3hrs). Up to here, apart from in the rainy seasons when road are in bad conditions one can hire a jeep for 2000 NPR. And from Baglek you have to trek for 2hrs to reach Jhingrana, where you can find teahouse and accommodation also. From Jhingrana a 5 hour trek takes you to place called Bichpani. From Bichpani it take 3-4h more up to Khaptad National Park.
Nepalese Nationals — free SAARC Nationals — NPR 100/- other Foreign Nationals — NPR1000/-
- Hike to Khaptad Daha lake, small lake, which could be reached in 1,5 hours. - Visit of the Khaptad baba Ashram. The Khaptad national park was named after him. Khaptad Baba moved in the area in 1940ies to meditate and worship. He is known for being an doctor and researcher.
In Jigrana village there is a guesthouse run by local family. The guesthouse has 3 rooms and can accommodate 6 persons at once. The rate is NPR500/person.
In the National Park itself there are guest houses and the army barrack which looks after the National park, also offer accommodation and food, but it’s good to have camping gear and food with you to be on the safer side.