Dhangadhi City: Dhangadhi city serves as the headquarter of Kailali District as well as headquarter of Seti Zone in the far western region of Nepal. Dhangadhi is the perfect starting point for travelers in the Far West as it has an airport and is connected to India. It is the transportation hub of the Far Western Region and has all the facilities from hotels and restaurants to bike rentals and health care. This city is prime commercial hub of Far Western Region of Nepal.
Before exploring the beautiful Far West Region of Nepal, let’s have a look at the attraction of Dhangadhi and its surroundings.
Jokhar Lake and the Mohana River
In the rural surrounding of Dhangadhi,there are two wetlands: Jokhar Lake and the Mohana River. These places are easily reached by bicycle or rickshaw. Jokhar Lake is situated at the eastern outskirts of the city. One can enjoy boating in the lake and also walk around in content at the peaceful surroundings.
Mohana River area lies to the west of the city and famous for bird watching. The recommended time to enjoy bird-watching in the area is around 6 to 7 am in the morning. Other rivers in this area are Patheraiya, Karrha, Kanara and Surmi.
Tharu Culture and Home-stay
There are many villages of Tharu people in Dhangadhi. Tharus are the natives of the Terai region (Southern Plain) of Nepal. Tharus are known for their rich culture, tradition, dances and tribal tattoos among others. They also produce high quality handicrafts.
17 kilometers east of Dhangadhi, in Bhada Village, some 18 houses offer Home-stay service. You can go to Bhadha village by bullock cart from Chaumala of East-West Highway (Mahendra Highway). This home-stay is popular as Bhada Home-stay in Kailali District.
Tikapur is another city in Kailali district famous for Tikapur Brihat Park made by King Mahendra.
Ghodaghodi Tal (Lake) and the temple
Kailali district has hundreds of small lakes and ponds. Ghodagodhi Tal is the largest lake in Terai belt of Nepal located about 53 km east of Dhangadhi. It is four meters deep and covers an area of 138 hectors. There are other 13 lakes in the surrounding of Godhagodhi Tal (Lake).
Legend says, there was a beautiful village in the ancient times. However, one night, long terrestrial rain converted the village into a lake. Hearing the incident, the king of that area sent a He-horse to inspect the area. The horse didn’t return so the king again sent a She-horse. But she also didn’t return. Both died on the way without reaching there. The king thought there was some divine force so he constructed a temple. Both the temple and the lake are named after the horses, Ghoda means He-horse and Ghodi means She-horse. So is the name Ghodaghodi.
Thousands of people visit the temple each year during Marga (Mangsir) Panchami (November) and Maghe Sakaranti (January).
Kailali District was returned to Nepal from the East India Company (British India) in 1860. There was a fort (gadhi in Nepalese language) in Hansuliya Village in between 1968-1978 AD in Kailali District. Dhangadhi got its name from the fort.
Dhangadhi has sup-tropical climate. Maximum Temperature reaches 40 degree centigrade in the summer. The minimum temperature falls up to 17 degree centigrade in the winter. The rainfall is 1577 ml.