Not your usual beat, Dhangadi is a small, yet bustling town in the far western region of Nepal. It is the district headquarters of the Kailali district in the Seti zone of the country.
You land at Dhangadi airport, located at an elevation of 689 feet, which is in the process of being upgraded to an international airport.
The city borders the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. As such, it is part of the large Terai swathe of fertile rice fields and beautiful wetlands. Dhangadi is particularly blessed with the presence of the Jokhar lake and the Mohana River, both of which can be easily reached on bicycles. This setting gives visitors a view of the rice fields and the Kailali Jungle, set between the two water bodies.
While in the city itself, you should not miss Nepal’s only aircraft museum. Located inside a real Fokker jet, you can feel like an actual pilot yourself and also enjoy 200 miniature aircraft models.
West of the city you will find the Mohana River Corridor, a famous bird watching area.
Take a village tour or simply rent bycycles and discover the villages around Dhangadi. This is where the Tharu live, the Terai’s original inhabitants. Most of the Tharu are farming communities, responsible for tilling the area’s many rice fields. The Tharu also produce high quality handicrafts and cherish a vivid cultural life including special dances and traditional dresses. You can easily explore Dhangadi’s rural surroundings by foot, bicycle or bullock cart and absorb the natural, vibrant atmosphere.