|Dodhara Chadani Jholunge pul|
Only a few decades ago, Kanchanpur was a malarial forest inhabited by the indigenous Tharus. But today, it has become heterogeneous. In 1871,the Tharus represented 43 percent of the total population; in 1991 the proportion, despite immigration, stood at only 27 percent. The Tharus are swamped by non-Tharu migrants from the hills. The hill tribes in the district composed of Brahman (15%), Chhetri (28%), Kami(10%), and Sarki (13%). Others include Thakuri, Sanyasy, Tamang, Magar and Damai. The overall literacy rate of Kanchanpur is 59.3 percent – female 45.2 percent in 1999, the latter being higher than the national average. However, 27 percent children between 6 to 10 years.
Other wildlife of the park includes spotted deer, also seen in large numbers, hog deer, nilgai, wild dog, jackal, porcupine and otter. The park and the adjoining forest is the territory of small number of tigers which because of open terrain are not uncommon to sight on the prowl. Wild elephants were also sighted in park. According to local villagers, they are attracted by the rice crops during the monsoon season.
|Rani taal in Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve|
Access:There are daily/weekly air flights from Kathmandu to the nearby Dhangadhi airstrip. Bus service from Kathmandu and eastern part of Nepal is regular. The best time to visit is from November to April.
Area: 1610 km²
Total no. of Municipalities: 1 (Mahendranagar – eighth-biggest city of Nepal)
Longitude: 800 3"- 800 33"
Latitude: 280 32"-290 8"
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