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Snowy Khaptad: A beauty in remote Nepal [Photo feature]

Khaptad is a picturesque land in Far West Nepal, is veiled by snow this winter. This could be a perfect destination for holidaymakers as the pasture land is now covered with sublime white snow giving travelers a pleasant feeling. The snowy beauty will last till mid-March.
It usually takes 3 days from Kathmandu to reach this remote nature filled destination that is perched at an elevation of 3,100 meters. However, the travelling to this region that stretches over four districts Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti is not that easy.

One has to travel through Kathmandu Dhangadhi Dadeldhura Baitadi and Bajhang.  Alternative route could be Kathmandu Dhangadhi Dadeldhura Doti and Khaptad.

Khaptad is the virgin land for tourism in far western region of Nepal. Let's go to khaptad and enjoy with nature. 

(Photo Cr: Kishore Khadka and Kumar Chaulagai/ Kantipur)

Raute : Nomads of western Nepal (Photo feature)

Raute People
Raute are the nomadicTibeto-Burman ethnic group officially recognized by the Government of Nepal. They are known for subsistence hunting of langur and macaque monkeys. They eat monkey meat.
They gather wild forest tubers, fruits, and greens on a regular basis. To obtain grain, iron, cloth, and jewelry, they carve wooden bowls and boxes to trade for goods from local farmers. They do not sell other forest products, bushmeat, or forest medicinal plants. 

Their population is estimated at about 650 persons living in small settlements in the Karnali and Makahali (Kali) watershed regions of western Nepal. Most have been forcibly settled by the government of Nepal but there are about 150 nomadic Raute.  Head of the community is known as 'Mukhiya'. Mukhiya has all power related to community.  They change there placement or they leave there place after death of any member of group.  Raute language The Raute language is classified as Tibeto-Burman. It is called "Raute" in…