27, Apr 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

The gateway to Far-Western Region of Nepal

Tikapur, located at the Far-Western part of Nepal, is the third-largest city in Sudurpaschim Pradesh after Dhangadhi and Bhimdatta. Tikapur is a municipality of Kailali in Sudurpaschim Pardesh. The city lies on the bank of the Kauriala river. The district has an elevation of below 300m to up to 2000m above the sea level. During the reign of King Mahendra, Tikapur was chosen for the establishment of the biggest and most beautiful park in Nepal:  ‘Tikapur Great Garden’. The natural and fresh environment of the garden had a positive effect on the king’s health. Consequently, this place is also known as ‘King Mahendra‘s retreat.’


At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, it had a population of 80,690 people living in 15,356 individual households. Most of the people of this region speak Tharu language as their first language which is followed by Nepali, Doteli, Acchami, Magar, Maithili, and also Hindi. Being in the Terai region, the land is fertile and easy to irrigate. So, many of the people are engaged in Agriculture while some are engaged in Government Works and Business.


Some of the major attraction of the City

Ghodaghodi Lake.

Ghodaghodi Lake.

Taste the delicacy made from Banana in the ‘Banana Restaurant’.

Rafting in Karnali River. 

Rafting in Karnali River. 
Karnali Bridge (Chisapani).

Karnali Bridge (Chisapani).

Puraina Lake and Jokhar Taal.

Banana Farm.

Banana Farm.

Community Homestay; Experience the warm hospitality of the Bhadgau community.

Fishing in the Karnali River.


Explore the wildlife and the vast jungle of the Kailali.

Aircraft Museum.

Bardia National Park.

Bardia National Park.

Traditional Dance like Deuda and Sakhiya Nach.

Famous religious places; Shree Behada Baba, Navdurga Temple.


Tikapur Garden.

Tikapur Garden.

Hike around the easy trails in the hills.

Tharu Cultural Programs.

Tharu Cultural Programs.

Khani Dada; Mesmerizing view of the district forest, valley, rivers and also mountains if the sky is clear.

Explore the nearby villages like Attariya, Lamki, Dhangadi, Mohanyal.



Getting There

Tikapur is connected to Mahendra Highway, by a spur road from Lamki Bazar through Tikapur- Lamki road. This north-south road is nearly 12 km lengthy. The city is 600km from Kathmandu and can take about 13 hours on a local bus. Another important city, Dhangadi is 90km away from Tikapur. The best way to explore the city is by cycle rickshaws, local bus, taxies and electric rickshaws. They are found almost everywhere ready to take you to your desired location. Kailali has its own airport connecting the far western region with different parts of Nepal i.e Dhangadhi Airport. Regular buses and taxis leave from the airport to Tikapur.



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Martadi: Unidentified diamond of the Far-Western Region

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Dolpa; The land of snowy peaks, ancient and remote villages, rich wildlife, lovely Buddhist monasteries and wonderful lakes

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