ढोरपाटन सेरोफेरो; हामी रहरले घुमन्ते, ढोरबासी करले!

ढोरपाटन सेरोफेरो; हामी रहरले घुमन्ते, ढोरबासी करले!

२०७४ साल भर्खरै मात्र सुरु भएको थियो, म पनी  रारा ताल घुमघाम पछि घर पुगेको थिए केहि दिन बिदा मनाउने  साथै बिश्राम लिने चक्करमा। अझै सम्म प्रस्ट याद छ मेरो आँखा घरको भित्ते पात्रो मा पुग्छ, पात्रो देख्न साथ् उही त होनी नेपाली को पारा बिदा कहिले कहिले छ, दशैं तिहारको बिदा अनि तिथि मिति हेरे । तर त्यति मात्रै के हेरेको थिए पात्रोको एउटा तस्बिर [Dhorpaatan] ले निकै मन छोयो । ताजै थिए मेरा कर्णाली बुलुजहरु, जुम्लाको रातो चामलको स्वाद अनि रारा राष्ट्रिय निकुञ्जले गरेको  स्वागत  पनि। त्यति नै बेला मैले मनमनै योजना  बनाए,  यसपाली  छोरो आफ्नै गृह जिल्लाको सुदुर भेग ढोरपाटनको यात्रा गर्नेछ। त्यसपछि केहि दिन बिताएर म फेरी कर्म थलो राजधानी तर्फ लागे। एक सेमेस्टर सकेर सबै बडा दशैंको घर जाने माहोल थियो, मेरा  सहपाठी मित्रहरु अन्नपुर्ण तिर कोही मनांग कोही थोरंगला भनझ्यांग जाने आफ्नो योजना सुनाउदै थिए, म पनि मनमनै निकै हर्स उल्लास बोकेर घरतर्फ पुन: लागे। नेपालको एक मात्र शिकार आरक्ष क्षेत्र आफ्नै जिल्लामा अवस्थित छ भन्ने थाहा चाहि थियो, तर सानो बेलामा धेरै दिन (एक हप्ता) नै लाग्ने भन्ने सुनेको थिए। झ्याप्प आटेपनि मनमा डर थियो, कताकता होला जस्तो लागेको थियो। त्यही डर चिन्ताले होला अब कस्लाई सोध्ने होला भनेर सामाजिक संजालमा जानकारी खोझ्दै गरे। एकदमै कम पर्यटक पुगेको ठाउँको बारेमा जानकारी पाउन चुनौती नै थियो । खोजे पछि के पाउदैन र? 😛 अन्ततः मलाई ३  जना मान्छे फेला पर्नुभो । थमन कायत दाजु, बसन्त दाजु र रोबिन चिन्तु भाई, उहाँहरुको जन्म थलो बाग्लुंग जिल्ला ढोरपाटन नगरपालिका मै हो रहेछ, तर अहिले भने विदेशमा संघर्षरत हुनुहुन्छ । उहाँहरुको सफलता ,प्रगति र सुखमय जीवनको शुभकामनाका साथ हार्दिक कृतज्ञता व्यक्त गर्न चाहन्छु । दशैं मनायौ त्यति...
Langtang National Park

Langtang National Park

The Langtang National Park is the third biggest national park of Nepal. Established in 1976, the protected area covers an area of 1,710 km2 (660 sq mi) of Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sidhupalchowk districts of the central Himalayan region encompassing 26 Village Development Committees. Sacred lake of Gosainkunda is one of the key trekking destinations of the National Park.  The summit of Mount Langtang Lirung , 7245 meters is the highest point of this region.  The northern and eastern border of the national park coincides with China. The western boundary follows the rivers Bhote Kosi and Trisuli. The southern border lies 32 km (20 mi) north of the Kathmandu Valley. Most people living here are Tamang and Sherpa. About the way of life,  “Syabru Songs” and performing a few ceremonies are performed routinely. Individuals living here are exceptionally kind, liberal and supportive. Their livelihood mostly depends upon agriculture; tourism and hospitality industry; and raising livestock, mostly yaks. We were fortunate enough to come across Snow Leopard and Red Panda on our journey, which are very rare and listed on the endangered species. Being here feels euphoric and fulfilling. Our trip was of 6 days to The holy lake  Gosainkunda (4380m).   Day 1:   Our journey began by taking a bus ride from Jorpati, Kathmandu to Thankuni Bhanjyang. A four hours ride to the north of Sindhupalchowk district. We had our day meal at Thankuni Bhanjyang and after a short rest, we started our trek to Golfu Bhanjyang. It was a 7 hrs walk to reach our destination for the day at Golfu Bhanjyang. Day 2: Second day was the main day of the trek. We entered Langtang National Park with a steep climb to Kutumsang. It marks the beginning of...
Waling, the heart of Syangja

Waling, the heart of Syangja

Waling Municipality, the heart of Syangja, is a small valley surrounded by hills. It is a small town in the western hills of Nepal, in the Aadhikhola valley in Syangja district, Gandaki Zone of Nepal. Waling bazaar is at the height of 800 meters from sea level while the municipality’s height varies from 731 to 1596 meters. Waling isn’t a place often visited by tourists/travelers but I decided to visit nonetheless. This place is immensely rich in tradition and culture. People of the Brahman and Chhetri ethnic group are major residents here. Most lands are cultivable and agriculture is the main occupation of most of the people. I stayed here for 4 days mingling with the people of this fascinating place. The people welcome you with their big heart and smile. The beautiful sunset and view of the valleys seen from the hills of waling are stunning. Bird watching holds a great scope here as the region abundant species of birds are found around the area. Nearby destinations are Pokhara in the northeast and Palpa in the south. During my four days of stay, the climate was so dramatic. 75% of the time, it was cloudy and the last day was a sunny day with clear blue skies and view of the mountains. Mt. Machapuchre is clearly visible from Waling. The Annapunra Ranges, Mt. Fishtail are seen up close from Amale village as if they are just besides the next hills. Exploring nearby villages is fun with the old traditional houses , farmers , children and beautiful views. As I had visited on October all the fields were full of paddy . People fishing in the bank of Andhikhola and working on...
On traveling

On traveling

There’s something amazing about reaching new places and seeing things for the first time. When you see a stunning sunset, when you see the clouds beneath your feet, or when you’re amazed by the magic of cosmos, overwhelmed by the volume of vastness around you, you get this thrill of being; and at the same time, you feel pity for your own insignificance. If you’re lucky enough, you have this epiphany: if there’s anything to do before you die, it is to SEE! And to KNOW. And to EXPERIENCE. More landscapes and sunsets, rains and moonrises. More cultures. More perspectives. It is all there in this barrel to drink from. Going Places I want to be in places, Walk their pavements and stairs, I want to see faces, Eye to eye, heart to heart. I want to be the one with their sundry beats. Forests, dark, I’d love to cross, I want to strain myself horizons afar, I want to kiss sunset, get high on its hue I’d like to find if what’s said of the earth is true. That’s why sometimes I wander. Away from the irregular regularity, Far from noises Away from shame and pity, of senseless voices. Wandering I find, At times from hill-tops, the river runs both ways. Other times I find It’s just twelve hours, as the world snores by, before sunrise, darkness pays. In clouds and snow-flakes, In white rivers and blue lakes, Wondering, I see, myself and my reflections. But I still can’t say which one’s which. So I want to be in more places. Or rather, I need to be. I have always...
Khopra Ridge Trek

Khopra Ridge Trek

Text: Dovan Rai Photographs: Sean P. Grady and Dovan Rai October 2016: Three of my friends were visiting Nepal for the first time and one of the interesting things they wanted to do in Nepal was trek in the mountains. Considering the tight schedule and their unfamiliarity in the terrain and my own, I picked the famous Poon Hill trek. But my friends wanted to go further and higher. So, we modified our original Poon hill trek itinerary and extended further north to Khopra hill. Khopra trek was not a well-known trekking route and I had my concerns. But I am very glad that we chose this lesser-known route. Within four days, we got to experience varied vistas: beautiful and breathtaking, heart-warming and humbling. Starting with beautiful villages and charming tea-houses, we walked through far-away forests and exhilarating ridges, taking elevation each day and feeling closer to the mountains. Our itinerary Day 1: Kade (1770 m ) to Ghandruk (1940 m) Day 2: Ghandruk to Dobato, Muldai Dhanda (3637 m) Day 3: Dobato to Khopra (3660 m) Day 4: Khopra to Tatopani   Day 1 Our hotel van drove us from Pokhara city and dropped at Kande. We started our trek from there. Since it was a peak trekking season, there were a number of people starting their trek from Kande. We also met a lot of people trekking towards us, probably concluding their trek. We walked through various cute villages. It was already dark when we reached Ghandruk. Day 2 Ghandruk as our starting point, we trekked up to Dobato as our destination for day 2. This was the most...
An Evening by the Lake

An Evening by the Lake

We Humans have striking accomplishments in our names. Be it diving deep into the ocean or climbing the highest mountains in the world, landing on the moon, and many more, we have done it all with astounding precision. Its our tendency to always try to do things that are never done before. Despite all these achievements, sometimes, this heart of ours still feels void. And that is when the heart needs a “Soulscape”. A soulscape is not a literal escape from the standard vocation, but rather an inquiry into self, “Who Am I ?”  Far from the uproar of  the city, into a place where we can rediscover ourselves spiritually. It could be climbing a  mountain or simply sitting by a peaceful lake. After coming back from Mardi base camp, I chose to spend few days in the Lake city. Individuals from all across the globe visit Pokhara to satisfy their spirit with the views of the Annapurana Mountain range and sail in the chill water of Phewa. Having returned from the mountains, I was very little intrigued into the sight of the mountains (which was not very remarkable in the trip because of awful climate), and, the entrancing dusk took my heart away. The breeze from the mountains in the waters of Phewa, caressing me was a fascinating feeling. Moreover, the mystical dusk was making the water appear fluid gold which was captivating. You can only see it but keep it in your recollections forever. With the experience of having visited more than 30 districts of Nepal, I can bet this is the best place to see the nightfall. Sitting by the lake, doing absolutely nothing, watching the sun take cover behind the mountains...