There are many destinations to visit all over the country. Although the places of attraction for foreign tourists are popular, the habits of tourists and the interest of Nepalis and foreigners are somewhat different. On top of that, the culture of traveling among Nepalis has also flourished in recent times.
Experience everywhere says that if the tourism industry is to rise, domestic tourism must grow in the same way.
Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari is of the view that domestic tourism should be strengthened to attract foreign tourists. He says, “Better facilities can be provided to the tourists only after 12 months of business operation. For that, internal tourism must be strong.”
For Nepalis, Dashain is such an opportunity, which provides a suitable opportunity even for those who want to travel. Because the long leave of the workers is in tens.
A herd of rhinos in Shuklaphanta. Photos by Nepal Tourism Board
The main attraction of Shuklaphanta National Park is the vast meadow field and the herd of more than two thousand reindeer seen together. Spread over an area of 305 square kilometers, Shuklaphanta has about 17 percent grassland.
In Shuklaphanta, along with rhinoceros, wild animals including Patebagh, unicorn rhinoceros and black rhinoceros are found. It is very exciting to see tigers from Babatal, Ranital and Lalpani areas inside the park.
The park entrance is five kilometers west of Kanchanpur district headquarters Mahendranagar. There is an inscription in Shuklaphanta National Park which mentions the palace of Tharu King Simpal in ancient times.
There is also a 1500 meter long suspension bridge connecting Dodhara and Chandani VDCs of Savik.
Hotel Expenses: Although Mahendranagar has a three star hotel facility, there is only one resort near the park. You can spend Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 2,500 a night at the resort depending on the facility. Rana Tharu Community Homestay is in operation in the area adjacent to the park. Homestay costs only Rs. 500 per night.
How to get there: Kathmandu can be reached in about 18 hours by bus from Mahendranagar, which is 704 kilometers away from the new bus park. Shuklaphanta is five kilometers west of Mahendranagar. If you go by plane, you can reach Shuklaphanta in 50 minutes from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi and in about an hour and a half by car from Dhangadhi. The fare from Kathmandu to Mahendranagar is Rs 2,000 on AC bus, Rs 1,600 on deluxe and Rs 1,350 on ordinary bus.
Major Attractions: Grass Plain, Bahrasinga, Suspension Bridge at Dodhara Chandni.
Confluence of nature and culture Bardia
Patebagh in Bardia National Park
Spread over an area of 968 sq km, Bardiya National Park is home to 56 species of animals including Patebagh, one-horned rhinoceros, leopard, rhinoceros, chital, rhinoceros and wild elephant.
The park is home to more than 450 species of reptiles, including crocodiles, crocodiles, and sows. You can enjoy the wildlife with a beautiful view by taking an elephant or jeep safari or walking in the forest as per your desire.
Mohan Chaudhary, who runs the Tharu Home Resort near Thakur by the park office, says that it will be easy to get acquainted with nature and see wild animals easily as there will be no crowd of tourists in Bardiya.
Along with the joy of the forest, the opportunity to understand the Tharu culture is also an important attraction of Bardiya. You can also enjoy rafting and fishing on the Karnali and Babai rivers.
Herds of Krishnasara can be seen in the endangered Krishnasara Protected Area in Khairapur, about 25 km east of the park. The protected area is at a distance of 5 kilometers from Bardiya district headquarters Gulariya.
After reaching Bardia, one can reach the bridge over the Karnali River at Chisapani, which separates the borders of Province-5 and Far-Western Province. The cool breeze that lasts for 12 months and the taste of fish make it even more thrilling.
Hotel Expenses: In Bardiya National Park, Nepalis can get a room with attached bathroom for Rs. 800 and an air-conditioned room for Rs. 1600. Homestay costs Rs. 800 for a meal and accommodation.
How to get there: Nepalgunj can be reached in 50 minutes by ship from Kathmandu and Bardia National Park in one and a half hours by bus from there. A deluxe bus is also available from the new bus park in Kathmandu to Gulariya, the district headquarters of Bardiya, for Rs 1,100. These buses leave Kathmandu in the morning and evening and reach Bardiya in about 15 hours.
Bardiya National Park can be reached by looking at the Krishnasara Conservation Area, which is five kilometers away from Gulariya. There are also buses to Bhurigaun in Bardiya to reach the park directly without going to the district headquarters. From Bhurigaon, it takes 30 minutes by local bus to reach Thakur.
Major Attractions: Elephant and Crocodile Breeding Center, Tharu Cultural Museum, one hour elephant safari for Rs.500.