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ShuklaPhanta Wildlife Reserve

ShuklaPhanta Wildlife Reserve
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ShuklaPhanta Wildlife Reserve is located in the southern part of Far-West Nepal in Kanchanpur District. The reserve had been a famous hunting area for many years and was declare a Royal Hunting Reserve in 1969. The reserve was gazette in 1973 as Royal Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. It covers an area of 305 sq. m after completion of an extension.

Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, the open grassland is a perfect setting for amusement review and wilderness safari for guests. Similarly, the riverine flood plain of the reserve comprises of hill wash and alluvial deposits. Sal (Shorearobusta) is the dominant tree species. The species is endanger and there is a population of about 2000 in the reserve.

The park that was initially save as a hunting reserve and later change over an untamed wildlife reserve, in order to secure swamp deer. Furthermore,  268 species of birds has record in the reserve. Many grassland birds along with the rare Bengal florican can be seen in the phanta. Marsh mugger crocodile, Indian python, monitor lizard and snakes like cobra, krait and rat snake have been record in the reserve. The extensive open grasslands of Suklaphanta are worth visiting for a breathtaking view of the largest herd of swamp deer in the world and other grassland birds including Bengal florican.

Wetlands such as Ranital, Sikarital and others in the extension area like Kalikitch Lake, Lalpanital and Taratal. Support a healthy population of many kind of waterfowl, reptiles and other wildlife and another major attraction is Ranital, 18 km far from the reserve headquater. It is a beautiful lake for viewing waterfowl, with viewing towers.

How to get there?

By Flight : Daily flights from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi are available. Also, regular buses from Dhangadhi to Mahendranagar takes around 3 hours to reach Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve.

By Bus: The reserve is easily accessible by road from any part of Nepal with the completion of the far-western sector of the east-west Highway. However, you can find buses from New Buspark and Kalanki of Kathmandu to Mahendranagar. Further,you can easily find auto risckshaw which take further 15 -20 minutes from mahendranagar buspark to wildlife reserve.

Where to stay?

Small type of cottages are available inside the Reserve or you can find hotel near Mahendranangar.

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