There are more than 100 lakes/pond in Kailali
district of which Ghdaghodi Tal is the largest one. It is also
the largest lake in Terai belt of Nepal. It is ocated about
53 Km east of the Dhangadhi on the east-west high way. Darakh,
Ram Shikhar and Sandepani VDCs border it. The geographically
the lake lies at 28°41'03'' north latitude and 80°56'45''east
latitude. The altitude of the lake is 205 m from the sea level.
It is 4 meter deep and covers an area of 138 ha. It has a palm
with 19 fingers shape. There are other 13 lakes in the surrounding
areas. The total area of all these lakes is 248 ha.
As per the legend, there was
a beautiful village in ancient time. The village converted into
a lake after a nightlong terrestrial rain. The king of that area
sent obedient he-horse first and then she-horse to inspect the
area. Both of the horses died on the way without reaching the
destination. The king thought that there exists some divine force
and decided to construct a temple. The temple and the lake are
named after the horses.
Thousand of the religious people visit the
temple each year during Marga Panchami (November) and Maghe Sanskati
(Janaury).The area is rich in natural bio-diversities. Thirty-four
species of mammals, 29 species of the fishes, 32 species of he
butterfly, 11 species of snails, 140 species of birds 9out of
them four are in endanger), 455 species of plants are reported
from these areas. Being the international importance of the area,
as per Ramsar international treaty,
His Majesty's Government of Nepal has requested
to declare this area as protective swampy land.In addition,
this area is located in between of the Bardia National Park
and Shahi Shukla Phant. This place could be an important tourist
destination in the district.
Chisapani is located in the West Bank of Karnali
River, which is around the middle (90 km) of district headquarters
of Banke and Kailali90km east of Dhangadhi and 90 km west of
Nepalgung on the East-West highway.Because of cold water and
delicious fish dishes, people prefer to visit this place.Rafting
and boating sports can be introduced in the Karnali River and
thus could be an excellent tourist destination tin the district.