is Nepal's newest national park, receiving its designation
only in 1985. It consists of 225 sq. km of forest and grassland,
and lies on a plateau where the districts of Bhajhang, Bajura,
Doti and Achham meet. The forest comprise a mixture of tall
fir, yew, rhododendron and oak along with dense stands of
bamboo and numerous shrubs, and represents one of the last
remaining such areas in the lower Himalaya. The vegetation
provides a natural habitat for healthy population of wildlife,
including the musk and barking deer, bears various birds
including the impedance pleasant. One flower. Known as Bheeg
and resembling a white rose, grows in several parts of the
park. It is said to be so poisonous that single sniff from
close up can be lethal!
Khaptad Swami among Nepalis, Khaptad is best known as a
holy site and is closely associated with a widely revert
ascetic who lived here for Mandu years and who was known
simply as the 'Khaptad Swami'. The origins and background
of Khaptad Swami, who died in 1996 at the grand old reported
age of 110, are shrouded in mystery. Some speculate that
he was a doctor from India who renounced his worldly life
in favor of a purely spiritual existence in a remote part
if the holy Himalaya. In any event, he never divulged either
his name or anything of his own life to anyone-including
to King Birendra who went to consult him several occasions.
He was undoubtedly a good, learned and widely read man who
also had a good command of English. He lived in a cave on
the eastern side of the park to where pilgrims traveled
from far and wide to see him and receive his counsel and
It is said that Khaptad Swami was instrumental in persuading
the King to give National Park status to Khaptad. About
1 km from the Swami's cave is the small Bhagawan Shanker
Mandir with a Dharmalala. Nearby is the small pond, or Pokhari,
whose water is said to be lethally contaminated by the Bheeg
and other toxic flowers growing around it. Symptoms of poisoning
are believed to begin with joint pain, lethargy, nausea
and vomiting. Some people carry lemons and chills with them
as an antidote when walking through the area, through it
is interesting to remember that strings of lemons and chills
are also widely used elsewhere to ward off evil sprits.
Fencing now surrounds the pond. The Khaptad Mela [Festival]
takes place in September / October and attracts several
thousand pilgrims from throughout Nepal for whom this pilgrimage
is believed to be especially meritorious. Celebrations include
the pouring of milk over the Linga of the Bhagawan Shanker
Mandir and, reminiscent of Diwalii, the lighting of ghee
lamps at night. Visiting Khaptad very few westerners ever
visit Khaptad. The best time to visit is from April to September.
The monsoon is relatively weak in West Nepal. At other times,
snow makes travel to and through most areas impractical.
Itinerary ( Note : Itinerary can be customized according
to your duration of holiday )
|Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Intl. Airport
and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free.
Day 02 : Breakfast Kathmandu city
sightseeing Lunch Continue sightseeing Dinner and
night halt at hotel
Day 03 : Breakfast Transfer to
domestic airport. Fly over the Mahendra Nagar, Lunch
Walk along a clear trail to the park at Jhigrana
[4 hrs] Night stop at Jhigrana, Dinner [Dal-bhat-tarkari
tipical Nepali's foods supply by our staffs]
Day 04 : Breakfast Trek start
from Jhigrana to village Chorpani [3 hrs] Lunch,Trek
to Chorpani to Khaptad National Park back to Chorpani
and over night at camp.
Day 05 : National Park Program
end Back to Jhigrana about 7 hour's trek Night stop
Day 06 : Break fast Walk
3 hrs from Jhigrana to Mahendranagar airport Fly
back to Kathmandu Overnight at hotel.
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What to bring :-
Camera and binoculars to enjoy maximum the wildlife as well
as abundant bird life.
Light colored & casual clothing's that will blend with
nature. Light jackets and sweater during the winter months
Insect repellent and personal medicine.