Rolpa district is located west of Kathmandu and about 280 kilometers far from the district headquarters Living. The neighboring districts are Dang to the south, Pyuthan to eat, Salyanthe the to west, and Rukum to the north. Rolpa district is rugged highlands with the indigenous of the Kham Magar tribe. Rolpa district is drained southward by Madi River from 3,000 to 4,000-meter ridges about 50 kilometers south of Dhaulagiri Himalayas.
Rolpa district is isolated by mountainous barriers so that the traveler mainly from India and Tiber is inspired to come here to see the beauty. Located between the green hills of Nepal, this district in the hidden gem of western Nepal. With vast valleys, traditional peoples, religious places, and amazing geography, Rolpa has all which traveler is looking during their holiday.
Regular bus from Gomgabu Bus Park via east-west Mahendra Highway takes you to Rolpa. It is 520 kilometers far from the capital city, Kathmandu which takes about 13-14 hours by bus.
Air is the quickest means to travel to Rolpa. Buddha air provides flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung airport. From Nepaljung you have to drive about 3 to 4 hours to Rolpa. From Nepaljung there is about 190 kilometers far to Rolpa.
Best Season to Travel
As the Rolpa is located in the Himalayas region, the winter season is not so suitable. The best time to travel Rolpa is from October to December and February to April.
Best Places in Rolpa District
Rolpa is a less visited and refreshing destination for travel lovers to explore. If you are in the Rolpa district and willing to travel somewhere then here are some reasons we have listed below.
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
Dhorpatan Hunting reserve is the only hunting reserve in Nepal and established in 1987. It covers an area of 1,325 km2. This hunting reserve covers three districts like Rukum, Myagdi, and Baglung. This hunting reserve covers an area of 2,850 meters to 5,500 meters. 58 vascular plants are recorded here and there are 18 species of mammals, 137 species of birds and 2 reptile species occurs.
Jaljala carries great religious importance with an altitude of 3,100 meters. Jaljala is famous among Hindus as many people visit Lord Baraha temple. Devotes gather here three times a year to worship god. First is full moon day at the month of Baisakh and then at the month of Jestha and Shrawan. The temple is ornamented with thousands of devotees from Rolpa and other neighboring districts like Salyan, Pyuthan, Dang, Rukum, and Arghakhanchi. People come here to worship Baraha temple on the belief of fulfilling the wish of devotes.
Jaljala is a day walk from Liwang which takes about 7-8 hours hike. As you are hiking, you can see a beautiful forest rich in wildlife like Ghoral, Leopard, Himalayan bear and Jackal. Devotees are also attracted to the rhododendron flowers in the spring season.
Guerilla trek is just introduced in around 2015. Guerilla trek is an easy yet very remote trek starting from Beni to Sulichaur in Rolpa. You also pass through the Dorpatan Hunting Reserve as you are traveling to guerilla trek. Guerilla trek open for those people who are curious about the way of life in the Maoist cadres led in rugged terrain. You can also see the scenic panoramic view of the landscape, innocent locals, and untouched nature. Some beautiful moments you capture during the trek are Jaljala Pass, Mt. Api, Saipal, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and other small peaks. Some popular ethnic groups in Rolpa are Thakali, Chhetri, Brahmin, and Magar ethnic.
Thawang is the beautiful Magar village in Rolpa. This village is the epicenter of Maoist insurgency. There were about 300 settlements that are giving the shelter in for Maoist leaders and combatants. During the civil war, 33 local peoples from this village lost their lives. 21 traditionally made wooden houses were also burnt while in the insurgency. But now this beautiful village is beautiful, peaceful with tourism prospects.
Gadhilek carries historic significance standing on the hilltop in the southern part of Rolpa. This is the strategic fort made by the Chaubise kingdom. Local people also constructed a view tower to add the attraction in Gadhilek. Is also said that this place is the birthplace of Swargadwari Mahaprabhu, Swargadwari of Pyuthan. You can see a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Sisne Himal, and beautiful valley