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The name of the park is based on
the name of the Lake Rara which is located at the north-west section of Nepal.
Rara National Park

The name of the park is based on the name of the Lake Rara which is located at the north-west section of Nepal. This park is the smallest park of Nepal covering an area of 106sq. km. only but containing the biggest lake called Rara with an area coverage of 10.8 sq. km, a depth of 167 m. and a perimeter approximately 15 km. The park was gazetted in 1976 AD.

The lake has made the park most beautiful and interesting. In winter season bird-lovers can fetch a good time to see the different varieties of the migratory birds. The ground floor of the park covers more than a hundred varieties of flowers. It forms a colorful carpet in the summer season.


When To Visit?
The best season to visit the park is October-December in the fall and March-May in the spring. From late December-February the park remains mostly covered with snow and after late May the monsoon commences.

What To See?

The park consists mostly of the coniferous type of forestations. The surroundings of Rara Lake are covered with blue pines up to 3200 m. Other kinds of trees like the Black Juniper, West Himalayan Spruce, Rhododendron  and Oak are the associated plantations in the level. Above the mentioned height, to a level of 3350m. vegetation like the Spruce, Fir, Indian Horse-Chestnut, Himalayan Poplar and Walnut are commonly found in the park.

The park is found to be one of the perfect habitats for the Musk Deer. Other animals like the Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Himalayan Tahr, Jackel, Ghoral, Yellow Throated Morten, Wild Bear, Common Langur, Rhesus Monkey, Wild Dog, etc can also be spied. Concerning aquatic creatures, the lake contains Snow Trout Fishes and different varieties of Cots.

This park consists of different varieties of resident birds and migratory birds according to the different seasons. Birds like the Great Crested Grebe, Black Necked Grebe, Red Crested Pochard, Mallard, Common Teal, Merganser, Gulls, etc are mostly seen in the winter season. Other common birds are the Snow Cock, Dhukoor Patridge, Imperyon Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, etc.

How To Travel?
Fly to Jumla from Kathmandu or Pokhara. The trek lasts for two and a half days to reach the park or fly to Surkhet and trek for ten days to hit the park.

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