FAR-WESTERN REGION

Khaptad Ashram

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It is believed that the first Aryan entered Nepal through the route of Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash to settle in Khaptad. The history of Khaptad was enhanced half a century ago when the great scholar Swami Sachidananda Saraswati also known as Khaptad Baba, chose the place for his ashram (dwelling). Far-Western Nepal is as exciting for naturalists as it is for pilgrims and tourists. The Mahakali and Seti region famous for Khaptad National Park is plentiful in rare variety of living species. The green plateau of Khaptad is home to musk deer, jungle cats and the extensive grassland of Khaptad abounds in uncommon breeds of aromatic and medicinal plants. Among the 35 different types of forests recognized in Nepal 16 are found in the Khaptad Park.

Access: Khaptad Ashram, is situated at 2,923 meters and the national park region falls in the districts of Achham, Bajhang, Doti and Bajura in far west Nepal. The region is accessed from Attariya on the Mahendra Highway toward from where one has to travel north to Dipayal. From Dipayal it is an 8 to 9-hour trek. Another option is flying from Nepalgunj to Sanphe Bagar from where the Khaptad National Park area is only a day’s trek away. The best time to visit Khaptad is during fall and spring when the weather is good. Buki Daha and Sajhghat are other religious sites in the area.

 Baidyanath, Achham

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The Shiva Temple at Baidyanath is located at the confluence of the Budhi Ganga and Saraswati rivers in Achham district in the far western hills. There is mention of this place in the Skanda Purnana.

 Badi Malika, Bajura

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This temple dedicated to Goddess Kali is situated at an altitude of 3,800 m in Bajura district in the far western hills near the Budhi Ganga and Karnali rivers. There is mention of Badi Malika in the Skanda Purana and Swasthani Brata Katha. According to the Swasthani Brata Katha, the shoulder part of Sati Devi, Shiva’s consort, fell at this place while Shiva wandered around the earth with the corpse of his dear wife on his shoulders. It is a Shakti Peeth, and a temple was built at the spot where the part of the body fell. Pilgrims visit this temple hoping to get their wishes fulfilled.

 Shaileshwari, Doti

shaileshwori The temple of Goddess Shaileshwari is situated at Silgadhi in Doti district. It is one of the most famous shrines in the mid-western and far-western hills of Nepal. There is mention of the place in the Skanda Purana. The deities in the temple complex include a Shiva lingam, Chaturbhuj Narayan, Ganesh, Bhairab and Masta. Special pujas are offered here during the Dashain festival.

Access: There is a motorable road served by regular bus services from Dhangadhi, Kailali to Dadeldhura and then to Silgadhi, Doti in the hills. The mountain road is known as Bhim Dutta Marga. Silgadhi is also linked by air service to Dipayal, the headquarters of the Far Western Development Region.

 Sahasreshwar, Achham

This temple is located in the famous Khaptad region of Achham. This site is also mentioned in the Skanda Purana.

 Tripura Sundari, Baitadi

tripura-sundari-baitadiThe temple of Tripura Sundari is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It is in Baitadi district.

 Ugratara, Dandeldhura

ugrataraIt is a famous shaktipeeth of far western Nepal. It situated 5 km north of city of Dandeldhura. The main deity is Durga with eight hands and there is a two storied pagoda style temple. There is a big fair on the full moon in the month of Kartik.

Access: It is a three hour bus ride from Dhangadhi in the Terai.

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