Interesting Facts about Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

Did you know, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only hunting reserve in Nepal?

The irony is, the hunting reserve preserves wild animals.

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, perched in western Nepal, was established in 1987, covering an area of 1,325 sq km. Dhorpatan, a beautiful village in Baglung District of Nepal, ranging from 2,850 to 5,500 m, boasts alpine, temperate, and sub-alpine vegetation and is home to 18 mammal species, 137 bird species, and 58 vascular plants.

Its eco-system provides shelter to wildlife like blue sheep, musk deer, Himalayan thar, red panda, and more. You can also see elusive leopards and Daphe, the national bird of Nepal. Besides, you can admire stunning views of Dhaulagiri, Gurja Himal, Churen Himal, and Putha Hiunchuli. One of the draws of traveling to Dhorpatan is close-up views of Dhaulagiri.

The reserve is divided into two hunting blocks: Southern Hunting Block and Northern Hunting Block. Hunters can hunt blue sheep and Himalayan tahr in the designated Hunting Blocks. But you must have a special permit for hunting game. 

There are some facts about this reserve that you must know. That said, here are some interesting facts about Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve:

1) The Name

Dhorpatan is derived from two words: Dhor and Patan. Dhor means marshland, and Patan means flat meadows. The flat meadows above tree lines are locally known as patan.

2) No Hunting of Leopards

Trophy hunting in Dhorpatan allows the hunting of two mountain goats. But hunting of leopards and other rare animals is strictly prohibited.

3) The Sundaha lake

There are more than 10 lakes, and more than 5 streams in reserve. The Sundaha lake is the largest lake in reserve.

4)  The reserve’s elevation 

The elevation of the Dhorpatan Hunting reserve ranges from 2,850m to more than 7000m and is one of the highest hunting reserves in the world.

5) Hunting Blocks

One of the interesting facts about Dhorpatan hunting reserve is that there are 7 blocks in the hunting reserve: four blocks in the Southern part and three in the Northern part. 

Southern Hunting Block:

1) Falguna: Blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr

2) Barse: Blue sheep

3) Gutsang: Blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr

4) Surtibang: Himalayan Tahr

Northern Hunting Block:

1) Seng: Blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr

2) Dogadi: Blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr

3) Sundaha: Blue sheep and Himalayan Tahr

6) Medicinal Herbs 

50% of the landscape in reserve covers Medicinal herbs like Yarsagumba, Pachaule, Jatamasi, Nirmasi, Chiraaito, and others.

7) Endangered animals in the reserve

Dhorpatan Hunting reserve is home to some endangered animals, including elusive leopards, red panda, musk deer, cheer pleasant, etc.

8) Dhorbaraha

Dhorbaraha is the pilgrimage site perched on the banks of the Uttarganga River near the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. Thousands of devotees travel to Dhorbaraha on the occasion of Janai Purnima in August every year.

9) Revenue Per Year

Reportedly, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve earns over Rs 4.6 m through hunting permission per year.

10) Opening season

The hunting reserve is not open throughout the year. It opens only for two seasons: September to November and February to April.

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