A quick escape into wilderness; Bethanchowk, Narayanthan Hike

A quick escape into wilderness; Bethanchowk, Narayanthan Hike

Introduction: Bethanchwok, located on the southern hills of Kavrepalanchwok, is believed to be the highest peak of the Mahabharat Range. Located at an altitude of 3000m from the sea level, it boasts different views of the hills and Himalayan ranges. Some places of Makwanpur and Janakpur can also be seen from Bethanchowk.  Hilltops in Nepal are one of the best place for sightseeing in Nepal many offering views of Tibetan peaks on the North and Indian plains in the south. Bethanhowk is one of them. Actually, this whole mountain is called Bethanchowk Narayanthan, named after the small temple, Narayanthan, enshrined at the hilltop. Narayanthan is crowded with devotees during the Fagu Purnima every year. The peak is usually known as Narayanthan rather than Bethanchowk. People also refer it as the King of the Hills. The suitable month for visit is Mangsir according to the villagers. How to get there? According to the locals of Kavre, there are several trails to reach Narayanthan, one from Dhungkharka, one from Kavre and  another one from Makwanpur. We went from Dhulikhel. Dhungkharka is about 25 kms away from Dhulikhel and 55 kms from Kathmandu. From Dhungkharka, it takes about 5-6 hours of uphill hike to reach the top of Bethanchwok. Must Have Stuffs: The essentials are season dependent. They vary according to the season you are going there. As we visited on the month (Jestha), below are the must have accessories for the hike. Hiking shoes or comfortable sports shoes. Wind cheaters, Thermo coat and down jackets (in winter). (40-50) L Bag. Dry foods, instant energy provider such as chocolates. Min a couple liters...
In the lap of nature; Godawari

In the lap of nature; Godawari

Eyes that my lens seek for the beauty. The beauty it wants to observe from outer world. I can connect my eyes with the beauty of nature by seeking and travelling to the place that my heart whispers. Godawari ,a fine place to be. The greatness of the nature is widely present there. I took my equipment and headed off to Godawari. Godawari has always been a good choice for many people. A short distance from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. I caught a bus from Ratnapark. After a cup of tea and some light breakfast at Lagenkhel, I headed to Godawari. After an hours ride from Lagankhel, I reached my destination. As the weather was chilly, I had another cup of tea. Then I started my walk. Godawari is a place of refreshment for everyone. Away from the pollution, away from the noise and crowd and away from the suffocation. It was Saturday and the place was quite packed. As I entered the gardens, it was an entirely different world. Nature has been very gracious to Godawari. I saw many people with families, friends and couples enjoying. I smiled to myself, life is so much enjoyable. I took a long breath in the open air. I was fortunate to meet lot of photographers over there. The weather at noon was quite hot compared to the morning. But luckily, it was cool inside the garden. I took many photos as memories. The chirping of  the birds, the pleasant sound of rivers and streams and the pleasant environment inside the garden, were the things that I loved the most. I suggest everyone to visit this place. A short destination from Kathmandu, for sight seeing...
राजधानीदेखि रारासम्म

राजधानीदेखि रारासम्म

काठमाण्डौ विश्वविद्यालयको (Computer Science) तेस्रोवर्ष को स्नातक तहको सेमेस्टर बिदामा हामी २५ जनाको टोलिले यसपाली नेपालको मध्यपश्चिममा अवस्थित राराताल को भ्रमण गर्ने निधो गर्यौ। बसन्त ऋतुको आगमनले होला वातावरणले पनि निकै साथ दिएको महसुस हामीले गरेका थियौ। करीब हप्तादिन भ्रमणको घुम्ने योजनार तालिका तय गरेपछि हामी बैशाख ५ मा राजधानीबाट,मुगुको (हुटु) मा पर्ने राराताल को लागि अगाडी बढ्छौ। कसरी र कहाँ बाट जान सकिन्छ त रारा ताल ? सामान्य जसो राराको लागि नेपालगंज बाट ताल्चा (मुगु) को हवाईयात्रा नै प्रचलित एवं सजिलो मार्ग हो । ताल्चा बाट ३-४ घण्टा को पैदलयात्रापछि तालमा पुगिन्छ। तर हामी स्थल मार्गबाट जाने भएकाले, रिजर्भ गाडी लिएर गएका थियौँ  । पछिल्लो समय हवाईमार्ग भन्दा बढी  बस,बाईक,निजि सवारीबाट हुटू(रारा) पुग्नेको संख्या ह्वात्तै बढेको स्थानिय बाट जानकारी भयो र हामीले देख्यौ पनि । आजकल निजी कम्पनीहरुले पनि रारा भ्रमणको प्याकेज सुरु गरेका रहेछन । जुनबाटो भएर गएपनि निकुन्ज भित्र सवारी निषेध गरिएकोले २-३ घण्टा हिड्नु पर्दोरहेछ, जुन घुमफिरको बेग्लै मज्जा नै हो । ताल सम्बन्धि छोटो जानकारी इतिहास वि. स. २०२० मा स्व. राजा महेन्द्र जुम्ला गएका बेला हिँडेर मुगुको राराताल अवलोकन गर्नुभएको रहेछ । त्यस पछि मात्रै यो तलाउ रास्ट्रिय तथा अन्तरास्ट्रिय रुपमा चिनिन पुगेको रहेछ। त्यसपछि २०३२ सालमा यो क्षेत्र लाई निकुन्ज (रारा रास्ट्रिय निकुन्ज) स्थापना गरि सिमसार क्षेत्र घोषणा गरिएको रहेछ । त्यसताका रारातालको किनार मा छाप्रु र रारा नामक दुइ गाउँलाई नेपालगंज मा पुनर्बास गराइएको कुरा पनि जानकारी भयो । त्यसको करिब तीन वर्ष पछि नेपालीसेनाको दुर्गा भंजन गुल्मले निकुन्जको रेखदेख हालसम्म गर्दै आएको छ । यो ताल राजा महेन्द्रको माध्यमबाट चिनिएकाले कहिँ,कतै महेन्द्र तालको नामले पनि मानिसहरुले चिन्ने रहेछन। तालहरुकी रानी मानिने राराताल मुलुककै ठुलो र गहिरो तालको रुपमा सुपरिचित छ । कलकल र निश्चल पानीले...
Traveler’s Tale: Trip to Kalinchowk, A Heaven on Earth

Traveler’s Tale: Trip to Kalinchowk, A Heaven on Earth

Introduction Located at an altitude of 3842m above the sea level and 150 kilometers away from Kathmandu, Kalinchowk is a quick city escape which lies in Dolakaha district, Kalinchowk VDC. It is about 132 kilometers from Kathmandu to Charikot, 18 km off road up to Kuri Village and an hour hike from there. Kalinchowk, being one of the most visited local destinations in this winter, we also decided to give it a try. This trip to Kalinchowk was our weekend getaway. For people who want to experience snowfall, high altitude, sightseeing and light adventures with less effort, this is the perfect option. In addition to that, it is also famous spiritual or pilgrimage site for Hindus. Day 1 Excited about the trip, we got up early in the morning and took the local bus from Kathmandu to Charikot at 6 am. However, Kalinchowk can also be reached via private vehicles or through Travel and Tour Companies with special packages. As the bus started moving, we slowly left the urban chaos and started to feel the serenity of misty hills, rivers and streams on our way. After four hours drive, the bus stopped at Kharidhunga for lunch. An hour later, we reached Charikot, which is also a beautiful tourist destination. After having some refreshments, we left Charikot at 2:30 pm. We reserved a jeep and headed up from MakaiBaari route. A 6-7 hours hike through the forest trails is another good alternative to reach Kalinkchowk. As we were passing through the lush green pine forest, we saw traces of snow on our way.  The altitude was increasing gradually so was...
Poon hill Trek

Poon hill Trek

If you are planning to escape from the city crowd in a low budget, Poon Hill might be one of the best destination for you. If you can walk fast enough, the trek can be completed in 2 nights and 3 days. In my case though, it took 3 days and 4 nights as my team decided to observe the places thoroughly and enjoy. Trek to Poon Hill is short and comfortable. There are rest points almost everywhere on the way and water taps are readily available. Read my travel story here if you are bored now, or else, come back when you are bored 😛 Day 1 : Me and four of my friends, started our journey from Pokhara Bus Park. We took a bus from Pokhara to Nayapul which took almost 2 hours . It was nearly 11 in the morning when we reached Nayapul which is situated at a height of 2070 meters. The famous Annapurna Base Camp trek and Poon hill trek both start from here. After having some breakfast, we started our hike from Nayapul. While walking, we met many children asking for chocolates and they were happy to get one. We walked dirt road for almost 4-5 hours, in between we took some snack breaks and finally reached to our destination Ulleri at around 6pm. Our Guests house in Ulleri was nice and people were very friendly. It was freezing cold, so we warmed ourselves and enjoyed a very tasty dinner. Day 2 : Next day, we started our journey at around 8:30 am. Our plan was to reach Ghorepani by evening. We...
My First Trip to Nepal

My First Trip to Nepal

This was my first visit and trek to Nepal. The 20 March 2016 marked the beginning of our trek in Shivalaya, with the finish date set for 9 April 2016 in Salleri. With no expectations we began our journey wide-eyed and raring to go! We endured many diverse weather conditions in a short space of time – heat, cold, hailstones, wind and clouds. We trekked up, down and around scenic mountains; viewing terraced mountainsides, vibrant vegetable gardens, raging rivers and tinkling streams. We walked across long wire bridges, passed donkey and yak trains, made way for Nepalese Cowboys and many men, women and children carrying extremely large and heavy loads. We trekked through flowering Rhododendron forests and fields of purple flowers. We felt the effects of altitude when we scaled Renjo La Pass at 5417m. We made it!! Celebrations were in order and we feasted on chocolate, cake and other treats to mark our achievement. We experienced many different types of transportation from a 10 hour ride in a local bus, an 8 hour jeep ride with 11 of us all squashed in, including one car sick passenger and the bumpiest ride on a tractor. Along the way I met people from many diverse countries and walks of life. Our trek was much more than a physical journey – it was a spiritual awakening. I experienced the generosity of the beautiful Nepalese people – some people who themselves had few possessions but were able to give so freely from their heart. When you are faced with and overcome obstacles, feats harder than you can imagine and you are taken...