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Khaptad National Park

Khaptad national Park in West Nepal has gained religious significance as the home of Khaptad Swami, the renowned hermit. The Park with rolling hills of grasslands and forests of subtropical, temprate and sub alpine vegetation,is also a rich natural habitat, The park boasts of 224 species of medicinal herbs. The park also offeres excellent bird watching opportunities, with 270 soecies of birds, the flycatchers, bulbuls, cuckoos and eagles. Animals inthe park are barking deer, wild boar, ghoral, Himalayan Black bear, yellow throated marten, rhesus monkey and langur monkey. Khaptad National Park also offers religious sightseeing at Tribeni onthe way to its headquarters. There are several historical tempoles surronounding this area and an annual celebration of Ganga Dahhara is held here every Jestha Purnima. Another religious site is Sahara Linga at 3,200 meters, the highest point ot hte park. Other religious areas inthe park include Ganesh Temple, Nagdhunga, and Kedardhunga. These areas are ideal places for meditation. Toward the northeast of the park is Khaptad Lake where a fetival is held every August and September, The easiest way to reach Khaptad National Park is via Nepalgunj in Wet Nepal. Daily buses and airplanes to Nepalgunj are available from Kathmandu and other cities. From Nepaljung one can drive to Silgadhi in Doti District, from where the National Park entrance is a six-hour hike from the area.

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