Ever heard Salyan district, with rich is a tourist attraction. Well, Salyan district lies in the midwestern part of Nepal and this district is a potential tourism destination of Nepal. This district is rich in ancient, cultural, historical, and natural heritage. Salyan is surrounded by Rolpa in the East, Surkhet, and Bardiya in the West, Rukum, and jajarkot in the North, and Dang and Banke in the South. The headquarter in Salyan district is Khalanga.
Khalsa Bazaar is beautiful with magnificent natural surrounding hills. The altitude range of the Salyan district is 300 meters from the basin of Babai River to 2,000 meters of highland. Salyan district is also popular in ginger, oranges, and Sirupate Khukuri production.
A. Reaching There
Road to Salyan is only recommended to those people who will love an adventurous ride or you are on a tight budget. Because the journey is long and exhausting. The bumpy road of Prithivi Highway and traffic will feel you tired.
Salyan lies about 518 km west of Kathmandu. There is no direct bus route from Kathmandu to Salyan, so you have to change the vehicle. You can catch the public vehicle from Gongabu Bus Park which leads you to Dhalkebar. It takes about 11 hours to reach Dhalkebar. From Dhalkebar you can take a public vehicle or reserve the vehicle to reach Salyan which takes about 2 hours.
The adventurous domestic flight from Kathmandu takes you to the city of Nepalgunj. The flight is the easiest and fast way to reach as it only takes 45 minutes to go to Janakpur. There are several early morning flights so reach in time for your onward journey to Salyan. From Janakpur to Salyan it takes about 2-3 hours of the ride.
B. Suitable Time to Visit Salyan
Average temperature range if this district is from 3.9 degrees to 28.2 degrees Celsius. There will be a clear sky and most sunshine from June to August. So, the best time to visit the Salyan district would be from June to August month. January to March is the highest temperature stress so it may not be favorable for you.
C. Best Place in Salyan District
Salyan district is bounded with beautiful green hills, mountains, lakes, and caves. This district has great tourism potential. There are many unexplored tourism destinations because of a lack of resources and geographical structure. Here I have listed the best travel destination in the Salyan district.
1. Mulpani Botanical Garden
Muplani botanical garden is established in 1990 and spread over 5.5 ha of land. This botanical garden is located at Mulpani Village near Kapurbot Bazaar. Inside this garden, you can find more than 30 species of orchids that are conserved here. Some economical and medicinal plants are also grown here.
2. Kumakh Hill
This hilltop is located at the altitude of 2,537 m north of Salyan. This hill is the highest in Salyan District. This hill is also the pilgrimage site for many Hindu devotees. The name of the temple is Siddheswari Mandir which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The hilltop of Kumakh is abounding in scenic and magnificent natural surroundings. It takes about 2 hours of hike to reach on top. The breathtaking scene of Dhaulagiri, Sisne, Chakhure, and other small peaks makes your hike memorable. You can also see the lush green wide expanse of plains to terai in the south. You can also see unexplored caves in some parts of the Kumakh hill.
3. Kupinde Lake
Kupinde lake is a great lake among the Rapti zone. This lake covers the area of 23.53 hectors with 34 m depth, 834 m length8, and 538 m width. This lake is situated at an altitude of 1120 m above sea level. Kupinde Lake lies around 25 kilometers west of Khalanga.
This lake is surrounded by awesome green hills which makes an awesome sight. This lake is free from any kind of tampering as a result it is truly pristine. According to locals, this lake changes its color 3 times a year. Near this lake, you can see Barahdev temple. In this lake, the devotees come to pay respect twice a year. Once in February month and another in April month.
4. Khairabang Temple
This temple is located at Sarada Municipality at 1600 ft above sea level. It is said that those devotees who want to get rid of anger, greed, lust, and jealousy will visit here. Thousands of devotees will gather here twice a year and sacrifice an animal to Goddess Bhawani Bhuwaneswari. This temple can be reached from Khalanga through the road.
5. Chattreswori Devi Temple
Chattreswori Devi Temple is dedicated to the goddess Chattreswori Devi. This temple is only Shaktipith in Nepal where the animal is not sacrificed. According to Swostahni’s story, Lord Shiva rested the dead body of Satidevi (his wife) in this temple. This temple holds great importance among Hindu Devotees. This temple is located 19 km away from the Khalanga district. This temple is spread over 50 ropani of land.